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Nigerian Police (ASP) Cum Kickboxing Champ

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Heroes are made in a special way, they do special things that ordinary people wouldn’t do, and are always pace setters. I bring to you a record breaker, Strawweight female world champion, confirmed Assistant superintendent of the Nigeria police (ASP) Lovethpatra Ekufu.

Lovethpatra began her journey in the world of sports after she joined the the Nigerian police, she started as a long distance athlete and participated in various long distance race before she diverted into the combat sports.

Lovethpatra had her breakthrough when she won her kickboxing amateur world championship in kharlsruhe Germany in 2007 against a Ukrainian opponent.

That was her first international travel experience. Out of a team of seven contingent representing Nigeria, Lovethpatra won the only gold medal for Nigeria and became the first woman in Nigeria and Africa to win a kickboxing world championship title. She has competed in different events Clinching gold medals in her various performances.

Her success in MMA began when she decided to turn professional boxing in 2014 in the USA. After spending time on her several training trips in Atlanta Georgia and Los Angeles for 2 years and not been able to get a pro boxing match, she decided to join MMA. Knowing fully well that MMA involves variety of sports; boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jujitsu, Muay Thai.

The Delta state born athlete committed her self to different training schedules so as to get acquainted to these sports and be well grounded. She began her MMA quest in October 2017 and defeated a 4-0 fighter. After her first fight, it became so difficult to get a match for her as all fighters in her weight became so terrified on seeing her skills.

On the 10th of may 2018 she got a challenge from Mikeila Carpenter the number one contender and champion in Arizona, 5.7ft Mikeila was knocked out by 5.2ft Lovethpatra Ekufu in the 2nd round. This was a blessing to her as it paved a way for her to challenge a title holder Cynthia Arceo a female professional world champion for her belt three weeks after her last amateur bout.

Lovethpatra’s first professional fight was a title fight and she fought Cynthia and it ended up in a draw due to Cynthia sustaining injury in fourth round. The crowd demanded for a rematch not being satisfied with the
way lovethpatra was not declared the winner because critically looking at it, it was a technical knock out against Cynthia.

A rematch was fixed for October 27th 2018 and our very own Lovethpatra just like a wounded Lion knocked out Cynthia Arceo in less than three minutes into the first round and became the new king of the cage MMA professional female strawweight champion of the World.

This is another history made as she became the first female in Africa and Nigeria to win a MMA world championship title. She deserves to be celebrated not only by Nigerian police force whom she serves but also Deltans, Nigerians, Africans and worth’s going into the Guinness Book of World Record. Corporate bodies in Nigeria can encourage this female David of our time with sponsorship and endorsements as she is ready to bring down more Goliath’s.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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