Zuma Club Wins 2nd Kwara Veteran Inter-Club Invitational Championship

first_img By Hammed Shittu in IlorinZuma Badminton Club, Suleja at the weekend emerged champions of the two-day 2nd  Kwara Stadium Badminton Veteran Club Championship tagged “Ilorin 2017” with three gold and three silver. Hosts Kwara Stadium Badminton Veteran Club placed second with three gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Police College Badminton Club, Ikeja finished third with one gold, one silver and five bronze medals while Bida Sports Club was fourth with one silver.City Gate Badminton Club, Abuja won three bronze to claim the fifth spot. Lagos Country Club, Ikeja and Unilorin Badminton Club ‎were joint sixth with one bronze medal each.Speaking at the closing ceremony, President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Mr. Francis Orbih pledged to reposition the game to sustain the interest ‎of the people with the aim of taking its to greater heightThe BFN president said the federation would create enabling environment to improve the game among the Youth and Veterans across the Country.He ‎charged governments to make sporting sector attractive for corporate bodies and private individuals to invest in it.‎Orbih stressed the need for adequate maintenance culture of facilities in the country’s stadia to secure the confidence of would-be private investors and corporate bodies.The BFN president stated that the federation had mapped out strategies to make badminton popular among Nigerians. He commended the commitment and passion exhibited by members of the seven clubs that participated at the championship.Orbih also praised the Kwara Stadium Badminton Veteran Club for the smooth organisation of the championship calling on the members to sustain the tempo.Kwara State Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem thanked the veteran for their support imploring them to organise tournament for junior badminton players to rekindle their hope and talents in the game.The Captain of the Club, Alhaji Sambo Magaji thanked all the clubs  ‎for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship adding that the Championship was organised to promote the game and expand friendship and relationship among the participants.Alhaji Magaji who congratulated the winners urged the losers to put in more effort pledging that the tournament would be an annual event‎.Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, who was the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), said he was happy with the turn out of participants. He said the Kwara Badminton Veteran club, will soon map out strategies to see how it can encourage and promote the game among the youth.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Win over Cleveland State game of firsts for Wisconsin

first_imgAfter the Wisconsin football team dropped its lead and the game to Nebraska, the only victory of Saturday night came back in Madison, where the Wisconsin men’s soccer team topped Cleveland State by a score of 2-1. Although it was their 10th game of the season, the Badgers victory unveiled several firsts for the season.Badgers finally grab first home victoryWisconsin entered the match holding an 0-2-1 record at the McClimon Soccer Complex but was finally able to win its first home affair in front of a crowd of 545. Although it was the smallest home crowd of the season, Wisconsin finally settled in to its home stadium and finished the job for what head coach John Trask called the Badgers’ “truest fans.”“Considering that Wisconsin football was playing, it was a pretty impressive crowd,” Trask said. “Obviously we didn’t have the student section like we usually do, but there were a lot of youth and good soccer people from town [that came out].” It took four games to win one at home, but the Badgers have yet to reach the halfway point of their home schedule. Wisconsin still has five games to make it a very successful season within the confines of McClimon. The Badgers have beaten ranked opponents at home in each of the last two seasons – No. 22 Penn State in 2010 and No. 5 Indiana in 2011.Junior captain Chris Prince realized – in his 49 games of experience – if the Badgers are to be successful, it is rather important to win games at home. Following the victory, he said he sees significant room for the Badgers to improve in that aspect.“Playing at home should be like your home turf,” Prince said. “[Before the game] we hadn’t gotten a single win yet, which shouldn’t happen. We need to turn that around and start making this a tough place to play at.”UW gains adjusts to playing with leadOnly twice this season had the Badgers held a first half lead, and only one of those occasions ended in a Wisconsin victory.“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been down a goal this season,” Prince said following the victory.And while they’ve trailed at some point in almost every game, the Badgers have done a good job of rallying from deficits that, if not to win the game, at least force overtime.Playing with a lead was a situation Wisconsin was certainly not used to, but one the team greeted Saturday night.Senior forward Jerry Maddi opened up the scoring in the first half with his first career goal in the 29th minute, and midfielder Drew Conner tacked on another goal just before halftime.Cleveland State attacked throughout the second half and eventually connected with a late goal in the 86th minute. Given the Vikings’ ability to get close to scoring at the end, John Trask was pleased with the lead the offense was able to build.“You wouldn’t want to be leaving that team in the game at 0-0 in the second half,” Trask said. “It would have been a really tricky game at that point.”Conner gets back on track in new positionConner’s goal in the 43rd minute was his first goal since the season-opener against Memphis and came at a new position for him.The freshman is used to playing center midfielder for the Badgers, but a recent change has moved Prince into that position and Conner to the right midfielder spot. Playing at center-mid for most of the season, Conner noted most of his scoring opportunities came in rebound situations, making the opportunity to score more often something he particularly enjoys about his new position.“Going into this game and the new position, I knew that I wanted to score,” Conner said. “I knew that there would be more opportunities out there for me.”His goal wound up being the difference-maker for the Badgers in the single-goal decision. Prince touched the ball into the box to Blake Succa before Succa crossed it to Conner. The freshman finished off the play, squeaking the ball under the defender’s legs and the goalie’s outstretched arms.Some may figure it to be a luckier goal than most, but given his scoring drought, Conner wouldn’t have it any other way.“I don’t think it was lucky,” Conner said. “I’ll take it. A goal is a goal.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more