Category: Sports

Boston Celtics set to appoint Nigerian-American, Ime Udoka as Head Coach

 BY OLAOTAN FALADE | TheNewsGuru

NBA club Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement with Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to make him the franchise’s new coach, sources told ESPN. Udoka, a former Nigeria international will replace Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens.

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Athletes in the competitive collegiate system: Born in South Africa, made in the USA

By Simnikiwe Xabanisa | Daily Maverick

There are more than 100 South African athletes on the competitive US college track and field circuit. South Africa needs to forge good relations with universities to harness this talent.

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North Alabama announce signing of Ugandan forward Nkurunungi and goalkeeper Musoke

by DAVID ISABIRYE | Kawowo

Two Ugandans; forward Andrew Nkurunungi and goalkeeper Paul Musoke signed for US based North Alabama Sports Club.

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Eugene Omoruyi Is Showing Out for Canada—and Nigeria—at March Madness

BYLUKAS WEESE |  COMPLEX CANADA

Eugene Omoruyi’s face brightened up when asked about his teammate, Chris Duarte.

 “That’s my brother,” Omoruyi said. 

Omoruyi and Duarte have a ton in common. They are both Canadian, even though Omoruyi knows more about the country’s history than Duarte.

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Six Kenyans earn USA college basketball scholarships

 By Dennis Okeyo | The standard Sports

Six basketballers have secured full educational scholarships to United States colleges after impressing coach Robert Lihalakha at one-day trials in Nairobi’s Umoja II Basketball Court. The selection exercise dubbed Life Above the Basketball 2021 attracted over forty upcoming basketballers aged below 18 years from all over the country.

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NBA to award elite boarding school scholarships to two African female prospects

BY MARTENZIE JOHNSON | The Undefeated

The NBA has announced that it has awarded scholarships to two young African female athletes to attend the SEED Academy, a multidisciplinary boarding school in Senegal. The scholarship is a continuation of the partnership between the league and the SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development) Project organization.

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3 Ghanaians Make History as Columbia Crew win MSL Cup

By onsitenewss | Opera News Ghana

Three Ghanaians were part of the celebrations as the Columbus Crew emerged as winners of the Majo League Soccer Cup for 2020. The team includes Jonathan Mensah, who is the first African captain to lead an MLS side to win the MLS Cup.

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Mike Brown | Nigerian National Basketball Team coach is leaving no NBA stone unturned to find D’Tigers stars

By Colin Udoh | ESPN

With no time to scrimmage, and only a handful of practice games before the tournament, Brown’s 20-man roster could have been forgiven for squeaking through, maybe even dropping a game. Instead, they beat South Sudan (led by Brown’s former player Luol Deng), Rwanda, and Mali by margins of 20, 21 and 23 respectively, leaving Brown drooling over the heights they can scale in the immediate future.

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Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

By KEN MAGUIRE | AP Sports

Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties.

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The Nigerian influence over the 2020 NBA draft

BY MARTENZIE JOHNSON | The Undefeated

When Amadou Fall, the president of the nascent Basketball Africa League (BAL), was asked why there were so many prospects of Nigerian origin in Wednesday’s NBA draft the Senegalese former basketball player credited the country’s population size (Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa), its “very strong diaspora” and the “God-given” athletic talent of its people.

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