AFN Shocked By Coach Obeya’s Death

first_imgUntil his death,Obeya was a sprints coach with the Bahrain Athletics Association and was instrumental to the recruitment of reigning world 400m champion, Salwa Eid Naser (formerly Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu) by Bahrain in 2014.He trained Eid Naser to win the 400m gold at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Cali,Colombia and silver at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.Although Eid Naser struck gold at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha,Qatar under another coach,Dominican Jose Ludwig Rubio,it was Obeya that laid the foundation for her incredible feats in the women’s quarter-mile where she ran 48.14 seconds,the third fastest time of all time behind (East) Germany’s Marita Koch (47.60 seconds in 1985) and Czech’s Jarmila Kratochvilova (47.99 in 1983).‘Like coach Tobias Igwe,coach Obeya was also in the Nigeria team to the first IAAF World Junior Championships in Athens,Greece in 1986 where he took charge of especially the two jumpers in the team,Beatrice Utondu and Caroline Nwajei and has produced so many top stars for Nigeria.It is on record that he trained Tina Ozoro to the first national triple jump record and top jumper,Chinedu Odozor and Samuel Onikeku,’George further stated.The AFN acting president says the federation will send a condolence message to the family of coach Obeya and prays that God grants the family to bear this great and monumental loss.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) acting president, Olamide George has said that the death of another veteran athletics coach,John Obeya has devastated the athletics community in Nigeria.Coach Obeya died yesterday in Jos,Plateau state after complaining of stomach ache.He was aged 65.“This is a very sad day for track and field in Nigeria. When we are still mourning the untimely passing of coach Tobias It’s,another blow has been dealt our dear sport with the report of coach Obeya’s death in Jos,’said George in a statement.“Coach Obeya complained of a stomach problem on Monday and was taken to an undisclosed hospital in Jos where he was operated upon but sadly he didn’t survive,’said George who lamented Nigeria has lost one of her most talented track and field coaches.last_img read more

USC women’s basketball trio named All-Pac-12

first_imgRising to the occasion · Junior forward Kristen Simon was named to the All-Pac-12 Team after leading USC in scoring and rebounding this year – Jo Danielle Esteban | Daily TrojanThree Trojans garnered All-Pac-12 honors on Tuesday as the women’s basketball team continued preparations for its conference tournament, which begins on Thursday with a game against Cal.Junior forward Kristen Simon was named to the All-Pac-12 Team, while senior guard Courtney Jaco was an honorable mention for the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams. Freshman guard Minyon Moore rounded out the trio, earning a spot on the All-Freshman Team.Simon is USC’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, and her spot on the All-Pac-12 Team is the first all-conference honor of her career. Simon was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 5, and she has notched 10 double-doubles so far this campaign, leading the Trojans in scoring in 10 games and pacing the team in rebounds on 19 occasions. Simon also won Most Valuable Player at the Great Alaska Shootout in November, as she led the Trojans to victories over Missouri State and Portland.Senior captain Jaco nabbed her second consecutive All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention this year (the All-Defensive Honorable Mention was the first of her career). The guard provides plenty of offense for the Trojans as the No. 2 all-time 3-point scorer in program history, and four more baskets from beyond the arc will tie her career high of 72 3-point makes in one season. But Jaco was also honored for her defense this year (she averages over a steal per game) and for her role as a workhorse, as she leads USC in minutes played.Moore is the youngest member of the trio of all-conference Trojans, and she has already made her mark at USC. Moore was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice this season — most recently last week — and was the first player in program history to be selected as the USBWA National Freshman of the Week. Her 15 assists against Sacramento State in December was the second-highest single-game tally in USC history, and Moore leads her team in both steals (2.0) and assists (4.0) per game.With this trio of stars in their lineup, the Trojans will now look to make a Cinderella run in the Pac-12 Tournament. Nine-seed USC will hope to edge Cal in the first round before upsetting top-seeded Oregon State in the quarterfinals. The Trojans’ tournament opener against the Bears tips off in Seattle at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Ghana’s Raphael Dwamena joins Danish club Vejle Boldklub

first_imgBlack Stars striker, Raphael Dwamena, will hope to put a difficult last few months behind him after he signed for Danish club, Vejle Boldklub on Thursday.Dwamena joined Spanish Second Division club, Real Zaragoza on loan from Levante in 2019 but was ruled out of on-field action later that year due to health concerns.The player’s heart condition, which had previously scuppered a move to the Premier League had apparently resurfaced.Dwamena underwent successful heart surgery in January but doubts remained as to whether he would take to the field again.However, the player himself has shown that he is ready to return to on-field action.He has now been given a lifeline by the Danish club who have offered him a contract.Vejle BK are one of the most successful clubs in Danish football history with five league titles and six domestic cups.Technical manager at Vejle Boldklub, Jacob Krüger, said the club belies Dwamena could be the key to a successful campaign.  “Raphael Dwamena is a physically strong striker who has both speed and good technique. It is a player we believe can help ensure a good season in the Super League. “Raphael will be a great addition to our offensive line. He joins the club after a successful rehabilitation. Despite this, the necessary time has been spent to ensure that the player is fit for fight.”Back on the riseAfter a rough period, Dwamena’s form looked to be back on the rise at his new club Real Zaragoza.Following a stunning pre-season campaign, and a good start to the season, it appeared that Dwamena had finally put a troubled past behind him and was heading back to his very best.His season-long loan move to Zaragoza from Levante was seen as a make-or-break one after a disappointing season with his parent club where he struggled to find his best form, being relegated to 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring just one goal.He had moved to Levante despite seemingly bound for Premier League club Brighton who were willing to shelve out £10 million for the striker.However, the biggest disappointment of the career of this young forward saw the deal fall through after he failed a medical.This was a huge blow for a striker who had been tipped for greatness in Europe, having earned rave reviews at FC Zurich, scoring 13 times and assisting 12 more in his final season for the Swiss club.Dwamena had drawn blanks in Zaragoza’s first three games of the season against Tenerife, Ponferradina and Elche despite starting all three games.He finally got his reward against Alcorcón, scoring his first goal of the season.He managed one more goal in his next five games before his season was unceremoniously cut short.Dwamena will hope this move will be the catalyst for the revival of a striker who had been tipped to lead the Black Stars’ line.last_img read more