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Bullet Basketball Tourney: Oguche Pays Tribute To CEO, Ahuja For Sponsorship

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The Initiator of the Sam Oguche/Bullet Energy Drink Invitational Basketball Tournament, Sam Oguche has thanked the CEO of Bullet Energy Drink, Mr. Harmeet Ahuja for his support towards basketball in Nigeria.

He was speaking ahead of the grand finale.

Oguche attributed the successful tournament to the benevolence of Harmeet Ahuja, the CEO of Bullet Energy Drink.

He insisted that without him, the Sam Oguche Bullet Energy Drink Tourney wouldn’t be possible.

Oguche, a former Nigeria Basketball International is currently organizing the third edition in the year 2023 of the Sam Oguche/Bullet Energy Drink Invitational Tournament in Abuja with 8 teams participating.

“Today, I stand here to pay tribute to my mentor, my benefactor whose crest I have rode on to contribute this little to basketball development. With his gesture, we have been able to touch so many lives, and also boost the ecosystem of basketball in Nigeria.

” Interestingly, the CEO told me that he will continue to support basketball and sports in general. We are appreciative of your milk kindness through the supportive role you have played.”Oguche stated.

He, however, charged the Basketball stakeholders in the country not to relent on the development of basketball in the country, saying the future is bright for the basketball game.

Recalled that on Monday, Oguche said the winner of the 3rd edition will go home with 1 million Naria, while the runners-up will have half a million Naria for their efforts.

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Mark Hails Rivers Hoopers For Picking BAL Playoffs Ticket

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The Initiator of the Mark D’ Ball Basketball Championship, Mr.Igoche Mark has congratulated Nigerian Champions, Rivers Hoopers for becoming the first Nigerian team to qualify for the Basketball Africa League Playoffs.

Mark, in his message on Thursday, says the qualification for the BAL Playoffs is not only a personal triumph but also a triumph for the Nigerian basketball community.

“I am truly inspired by your success. It is a testament to the potentials and talents around in Nigeria. Your victory over APR in Dakar, Senegal is a proud moment for our nation and serves as an inspiration for aspiring basketball players across the country.

Your qualification for the BAL Playoffs is not only a personal triumph but also a triumph for the Nigerian basketball community. 

It demonstrates that with hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment, Nigerian teams can compete and excel at the highest levels of the sport.”Mark’s message reads.

While commending the Rivers Hoopers players, coaches, and management for their exemplary performance; he noted that this achievement will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of Nigerian basketball stars and fuel the continued development of the sport in Nigeria.

Rivers Hoopers defeated APR 78-71 to clinch BAL Playoffs qualification over the weekend in Dakar, Senegal.

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SWAN Ex-DP, Moyoyo Advocates For Commitment To Policies, Programs

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By Sani Yarima 

The former National Deputy President of SWAN, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Moyoyo has called on the current national executive under the leadership of Mr. Isaiah Benjamin to remain committed to their policies and programs.

He made the call during the 2024 full council meeting of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) held recently in Kano State,

Sadiq Moyoyo, who is also the Dallatu of Bantaje Chiefdom in Taraba State, urged President Benjamin to urgently restore the association’s past glory and good name in Nigeria and abroad. 

He warned the leadership to avoid any acts that could cause division within the association.

He admitted that the offenses committed by the past leadership would have caused serious division within the Exco and should have led to the impeachment of the then President, Mr. Honour Sirawoo. 

He praised the patience and tolerance of the past Exco members in managing the issue until the last day.

Furthermore, he criticized the reasons advanced by the SWANECO as a basis to disqualify contestants for various positions during the last delegates Congress as flimsy and acts of persecution. 

Additionally, he called on the current Exco led by President Isaiah Benjamin to investigate and punish any member found wanting, regardless of their status.

Moyoyo commended the mature manner in which President Isaiah Benjamin manages the issues concerning the association and urged members across Nigeria to give him maximum support to enable him to excel. 

However, during an interview with journalists, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Moyoyo, the former Deputy President of SWAN, expressed his appreciation for the commitment of Governor Agbu Kefas Ph.D in restoring sporting activities and uplifting the youth across Taraba State.

Moyoyo described the Governor as a sports enthusiast who has been investing in sports and the youth even before he became a Governor. 

He further commended the governor for sponsoring a unity football championship comprising all the local governments in southern Taraba known as the “KEFAS CUP” saying that it would further solidify the existing rapport amongst them.

He commended the Taraba State Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Joseph Joshua, and called for synergy between the ministry, and SWAN in Taraba State, as well as appealed to the people of the State to continue praying for Dr. Agbu Kefas’s administration to enable his Moving Forward Agenda to be achieved.

The Dallatun Bantaje praised the Kano chapter of SWAN, under the chairmanship of Zahraddeen Saleh, for hosting the 34 states that honoured the Full Council meeting and prayed to God to reward them.

Finally, the veteran sports journalist, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Moyoyo charged his colleagues to focus on reporting rural sports News. 

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SWAN National Ex-officio, Malikawa Charges State Chapters On Initiatives 

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Alhaji Railwanu Malikawa Garu, the National Ex-officio in charge of North-West, urged state chairmen of the association to promote sports competitions in their respective states for the development of grassroots sports in Nigeria.

He made the plea during the 2024 Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Full Council meeting held at the Global Luxury Hotel in Kano recently.

Malikawa, who is also the Sarkin Malikawa Garu in the Bichi Emirate Council of Kano State, further advised state chapters to avoid depending solely on state governments for organizing sporting activities. 

He commended SWAN President Mr. Isiah Benjamin and the National Executive Council (NEC) for their dedication and steadfastness in uplifting the association. 

Malikawa also expressed his appreciation for the members of the Full Council, made up of state Chairmen and Secretaries, as well as other national officials, for exhibiting sportsmanship and demonstrating their commitment to SWAN’s development in the country.

He noted that the attendance of 34 states of the federation, including the FCT, at the Full Council meeting was a testament to the Isiah Benjamin-led administration’s stability. 

Malikawa who was also the Chairman of local organizing committee, emphasized that, as stakeholders, they would not sit idly by and watch a few individuals ruin a reputable association like SWAN, which was established in 1952.

Additionally, Alhaji Railwanu Malikawa Garu said that Kano SWAN is planning to organize a workshop for members of the Full Council to improve their sports writing skills. 

He also advocated for the revival of the state’s Festival, as it was previously done, and thanked stakeholders and other partners for contributing to the success of the event.

Recall that the event was organized by the SWAN Kano State chapter under the leadership of Mr. Zahraddeen Saleh where some prominent Nigerians were conferred with an award for their contributions to sports development in Nigeria including the Minister of Sports Development and Alhaji Isiyaku Umar Tofa (OON), amongst others. 

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