THE NATIONAL Sports Commission (NSC), through Director of Sport Christopher Jones, assisted several sports clubs, individuals and a promoter, on Monday, for recognition of their outstanding achievement and upcoming events. High on the list was 2019 CARIFTA gold medallist Anisha Gibbons, who received a new javelin after Jones learnt last week that the youngster’s training javelin was 45 years old.Jones also asked that the 1974 javelin be placed in a history corner at the Bygeval Multilateral School so that it can be preserved for all to see. Jones will soon visit the school to get a firsthand look at the equipment.The Director of Sport also congratulated Gibbons’ PE teacher, Raymond Daw, and encouraged him to help develop future gold medallists.Gibbons won the country’s first javelin medal at the recently concluded Games, which was held in the Cayman Islands. She threw the equipment 40.34 metres in the U-17 division.Meanwhile Jones also supported the Buxton Carl Hooper Cricket Club (CC) team, which will be leaving Guyana today to compete in Trinidad and Tobago.Also benefitting were cyclist Walter Grant-Stuart, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Tran$cend Entertainment (which is hosting an upcoming tapeball competition) and the New Beginners Cooperative Society Limited (which will be organising football and softball cricket competitions for males and females on May 5 at the Kildonan Community Centre ground.
One of the major sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation, Zenith Bank, has hailed the performance of the Super Eagles at the on going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, despite the failure of the country to qualify for the final of the competition after losing their semi final clash against Algeria.Despite coming from a goal down in the game against Algeria, the Eagles succumbed to a last minute free kick by Riyad Mahrez to lose 2-1 to the Dessert Foxes.Zenith Bank had urged the team to go for the win before the game but said the players showed a lot of resilience in the game by coming from a goal down to get the equaliser and almost Speaking yesterday in Lagos, the Group Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, commended the fighting spirit of the Eagles adding that they have displayed the quality of champions, despite the defeat.“Although we wanted them to come back with the trophy, but getting to the last four is a good achievement for the team,” he said.“With host country, Egypt, defending champions, Cameroon and some other top teams failing to get to the last four, I will say they have make Nigeria proud.“It was not an easy task against a team like Algeria, who have been playing exceptionally well since the start of the competition, but taking the battle to them, especially in the second half, show that we have a bright future in the team.”Onyeagwu however tasked them not to return to the country empty handed and they should go all out for a win against Tunisia in the third place match.He said the boys should put behind them the semi final loss against Algeria and make Tunisia pay for the defeat.The Super Eagles will be taking on Tunisia on Wednesday for the bronze medal while it will be a battle between Algeria and Senegal in the final on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles has climbed up to the third place in Africa, 44th in the world