Pictures: Highlights of Nigeria’s sports in 2015

By Aiyeku Timothy December 31, 2015 11:53

Pictures: Highlights of Nigeria’s sports in 2015


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The year 2015 has many ups and downs in the world of sports. Certainly, sports in Nigeria recorded giant strides all levels running from January to December 2015.

Let’s take you through the year as events unfolded.

January

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Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri was named the International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF, star player of the year – Nigeira’s Quadri named best table tennis player in the World

Assisat became the first player from Africa to compete in the Women’s Super League by securing a deal to play for Liverpool Ladies after winning the African women’s player of the year. – Liverpool sign Asisat Oshoala

Akwa Ibom International Stadium, constructed under the watchful eyes of the Jonathan administration, was nominated for the 2014 Stadium of the Year award by StadiumDB, a body that keep records of stadiums worldwide. – Akwa Ibom International Stadium listed amongst world’s best

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February

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The Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire broke the jinx of losing final matches via penalty shootouts after defeating the Black Stars of Ghana 9-8 on penalties to secure the 2015 Africa Nations Cup title – Barry helps Elephants break 22 year jinx

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March

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Officials and players of the Kano Pillars were attacked by armed robbers in Abaji, Abuja, with Gambo Mohammed a striker, shot in his shoulders while others were injured. – See: Robbers attack Kano Pillars before League game

Nigerian Flying defeated Senegal in the 2015 African Youth Championship on Sunday to clinch the trophy for the Seventh time. – See: Jonathan hails Nigerian Flying Eagles triumph in Senegal

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April

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The NFF announced the signing of a 3 year deal with Nike making the sports brand the official technical sponsor of Nigerian football at both the national team and grassroots development level. – See: NFF at last signs new deal with Nike

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May

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Floyd Mayweather outclassed Manny Pacquiao an historic bout to become champion of three titles in his category, including the WBA and WBC at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. – See: Mayweather edges Pacquiao in a disappointing bout

Top officials of the world football governing body FIFA, were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland over corruption charges related to the bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. – See: Blatter insists elections will go on despite corruption scandal

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June

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Sepp Blatter decided to step down as the President of the World football body, FIFA – See: Blatter resigns as FIFA President

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July

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The NFF sacked Coach Stephen Keshi as head Coach of the Super Eagles and was replaced by former Eagles player, Sunday Oliseh – See: Hardman Oliseh talks tough, to pick only 1st Division players

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August

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The Nigerian national men’s basketball team D’Tigers, won the 2015 Afrobasket tournament, held in Tunisia.

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September

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The Nigerian contingent for the 2015 All African Games, AAG came second overall on the medals table after picking a total of 147 medals, comprising 47 Gold, 56 Silver and 44 Bronze in all sports. – See: Why success at the All African Games should not hurt Nigeria

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October

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CAF President, Issa Hayatou became the Acting, FIFA President , following the 90 days suspension of its President Sepp Blatter and other officials of the Federation. – See: First In History! Issa Hayatou is FIFA President

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November

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Enyimba Fc of Aba clinched a seventh NPFL title after securing a draw in a highly contested game against contenders, Warri Wolves at the Enyimba International Stadium Aba, Abia while Golden Eaglets won a record fifth World Cup title in Chile.

See: Lucky Number 7 for Enyimba after half decade

See also: Lucky Number 7 for Enyimba after half decade

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December

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Nigeria’s Dream Team made history by winning its first African U-23 Nations Cup, defeating Algeria 2-1 in Dakar Senegal . – See: How the Eaglets kept Nigeria’s Olympic dream alive

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