Keno EdhowoThe popular Maracana football ground in Ajegunle where hundreds of top Nigerian footballers began their careers is about to get a facelift.The likes of Odion Ighalo, Samson Siasia, Obafemi Martins, Taribo West and several others played at the famous football ground in Ajegunle part of Lagos. Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has promised that early next year, Maracana and three others at at Igbogbo, Epe and Badagry have been listed to be upgraded as part of his drive to make sporting infrastructures available for citizens in the state to freely give their careers wings.Newly appointed Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Gbolahan Adewunmi Ogunsanya, gave this hint when the executive committee of the Lagos State Sports Writers Sssociation (SWAN) paid a courtesy call on him at the weekend.He said that the plan is a product of a detailed study of the state sports environment.“As part of the plan, the government would, by next year construct standard stadiums in five districts of the state including the Maracana Stadium in Ajegunle and others at Igbogbo, Epe and Badagry.While calling for the support of the citizenry and partnership of the organised private sector towards achieving a more robust sport environment in Lagos, Mr. Ogunsanya expressed optimism that, in pursuit of the agenda, the massive performance being recorded by the state in various other sectors like roads, lighting, transportation, tourism and business infrastructure will also be brought to bear in sports.“The governor is very much aware of the importance of sports in society and is very serious about sports development. He has a clear vision with documented roadmap to direct the process.“The plan also includes providing sports parks and recreational facilities in various neighbourhoods to revive grassroots, community and schools sports. This includes the construction of mini sports centres, indoor gyms or sports triangles, where space permits, in about 300 secondary schools across the state as legacy projects. This is expected to energise schools and after-schools sports as well as serve the communities.”“The issue of availability of land tends to constrain the provision of sports centres in various communities but we will continue to develop ideas. It is important too that the private sector and community leaders join hands with the government for us to collectively pursue and achieve these goals for the benefit of all.”To support the process, he revealed that Governor Ambode has made moves to revive the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund which had been inoperative for a couple of decades now. The bill for the revival has been submitted to the Lagos State House of Assembly where it has undergone second reading and would be a subject of pubic hearing possibly this September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is set to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-3, 0-0 C-USA) Wednesday as they hope to keep their chance at an NCAA Tournament bid alive.The Badgers (4-7, 1-1 Big Ten) are off to the worst start through 11 games since before Bo Ryan was head coach. What makes the situation even more dire is that two of their key contributors are now facing long term injuries.Freshman Kobe King will be out for the remainder of the season after having surgery on his left knee Monday. King, a true freshman, can apply for a medical hardship waiver at the end of the season that would give him an additional year of eligibility due to the injury.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin to take on No.15 Xavier from Big EastFollowing an 89-61 blowout victory over Yale Sunday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team continues their homestead with Read…The more impactful injury to the team this year, however, is starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice. Trice had surgery on his right foot Monday and will be out indefinitely with a chance to return late in the season. Now, the question remains for the Badgers: Who will take over for these players after the injuries?While Wisconsin’s greatest area of depth before the injury was guard, they have significantly more players at the two position as opposed to the one. There are a few different possibilities of who can take over the point with Trice out, but freshman guard Brad Davison appears to be most attractive option.Happ: Carrying young team after loss of former teammatesThis year has been a difficult transition for University of Wisconsin men’s basketball forward Ethan Happ after the recent loss Read…In an early November interview with UW Athletics, Head Coach Greg Gard praised Davison’s versatility.“[Brad] brings a tremendous toughness and competitive spirit to both ends of the floor,” Gard said. “He has the ability to play both the point guard as well as the off guard position. His experiences as a high school quarterback will serve him well as he makes the transition to a collegiate basketball”.While Davison has played pretty much entirely off guard this season, Gard seems confident in his abilities to become the primary ball handler.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to turn season around as Big Ten play beginsMonday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team continue the early season portion of their Big Ten schedule with Read…Despite Davison’s potential for success at a new position, his youth and the team’s lack of depth could make Western Kentucky another challenging game for the ailing Badgers.Western Kentucky has a diverse set of scorers, with six players averaging 10 or more points. On top of that, the Hilltoppers are shooting above 40 percent as a team from beyond the line — an area the Badgers have struggled defending this season.Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. with live coverage available from the Kohl Center on Fox Sports 1.