Organisers of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have unveiled the low sugar malt drink, Amstel Malta as the official malt drink of the seventh edition of the race which comes up on May 25 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsakor East Local Government Area of Edo State.Director of Organisation of the race, Zak Amodu, told the media in Lagos Wednesday that Amstel Malta, brewed by Nigerian Breweries Plc, the pioneer and largest brewing company in Nigeria will be the official malt drink for the first IAAF Label road race in West Africa and the only silver label road race in Africa in 2019.“We are delighted with the coming on board of Nigerian Breweries as a friend and strategic partner of the race. Nigerian Breweries and Okpekpe race have a lot in common. It is the pioneer and biggest brewing company in Nigeria while one of its products, Amstel Malta is a premium malt drink with rich international heritage. Okpekpe race is also the first road running event to be granted an IAAF label status in Nigeria which means the race is the first road race in Nigeria to be granted international recognition,” said Amodu who explained that IAAF road race label events are races that the world governing body for the sport designates as one of the leading road races around the world. “What an IAAF Label denotes are high standards in event organisation and full application of the IAAF competition rules,” said Amodu who also revealed that the Okpekpe road race is the first in Nigeria to have its race course measured by an IAAF and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) accredited course measurer.The race is also the first and so far only road race in Nigeria recognised by AIMS,a member-based organization of more than 460 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 130 countries and territories.Meanwhile Dr Akin Amao has been re-appointed as the chief anti-doping officer for the historic road running event.Next weekend’s race will be broadcast live across all the African continent by Supersport and also on Africa Independent Television (AIT).Over N45 million will be on offer as prize money.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing and supported by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Edo State government.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A brace each by Rasheedat Ajibade and Folashade Ijamilusi and a goal each by Imo Anam and Cynthia Aku steered the Nigeria Under-20 women team to a 6-0 win over their Tanzanian counterparts in Dar es Salaam yesterday.Â First half ended 4-0 in favour of the Falconets at the Azam Stadium.Â The win took the Falconets to a 9-0 aggregate win over the East Africans, and a place in the second round of the African qualifying series for next yearâ€™s FIFA Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup finals.Â Ajibade also netted a brace in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City a fortnight ago, with the other goal by defender Lilian Tule.Â The two-time World Cup silver medallists will now square up against the winner of the fixture between Morocco and Senegal in the second round, set for November 2017.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Brazilian playmaker Nathan has flown into London for a medical ahead of a proposed summer move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph.The 19-year-old is rated as Brazil’s brightest young talent and it is expected that should the medical be a success, he will move to the Blues in the summer for a fee in the region of £4.5 million.Nathan’s club Atletico Paranaense are resigned to losing their prized possession at some point in the future, and therefore are prepared to do business with Chelsea with the hope of a good fee for the player.More youth signingsIn recent years, the Blues have built up an extensive array of young players from nations across the world and then loaning them out – the same is expected of Nathan when he arrives at Stamford Bridge.He would currently be ineligible for a work permit in this country, and therefore would endure a few loan spells before joining up with the Chelsea squad, but it is expected he will push for a starting berth in the near future. The attacking midfielder will join a wealth of Brazilian talent at the club, and he is already expected to make an impression sooner rather than later.VersatilityNathan is surprisingly versatile given his youth, as he is able to play out wide on the left-hand side or in his preferred position as the archetypal number 10, much like Oscar.He first shot to prominence at the Under-17 World Championships in 2013, and has gone from strength to strength ever since, leading to interest from several top European sides.