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  •   Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength courage and sovereignty It is also a symbol of unity It defends and maintains nations territorial integrity national symbols and cohesion in their countries The Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages With a force of no fewer than 223 000 active personnel today the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa According to the latest Global Firepower index the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa and ranked 35th globally The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863 when Lt Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force known as the Glover Hausas Glover then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos In 1865 the Glover Hausa became a regular force with the name Hausa Constabulary The West African Frontier Force the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi battalion field force It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain namely Nigeria Gold Coast Ghana Sierra Leone and The Gambia The Nigerian Navy on the other hand owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates the Nigerian Marine as it became known after 1914 was a quasi military organisation This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893 In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title Royal Nigerian Navy The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic In 1960 when Nigeria became independent the Nigeria Military Force NMF became known as the Royal Nigerian Army RNA When Nigeria became a republic the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army In the same year the Army changed its uniform rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force RWAFF to new ones including green khaki uniform The Nigerian Air Force NAF was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea air and ground Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces provide close support for the ground based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations among others Today the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub Sahara region as a whole Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP in North Eastern part of the country The military has waged this war since July 2009 There is also the recent menace of banditry kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast based Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide ranging modernisation programmes These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity During a recent visit to Maiduguri Borno State President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today Under my watch the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country Buhari said The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area The Northern Youth Network Convener Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area The Biafra war of 1966 1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military It emerged from the battle with its head held high having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self declared Republic of Biafra In his 2022 New Year Message the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe In retrospect the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches in fields The work in far flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure he said On the international scene the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations UN peacekeeping operations The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union AU and Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS missions in Africa Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi said that Nigeria had contributed over 100 000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960 He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently One area political and security experts overall the military has performed excellently except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj Kaduna Nzeogwu Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity After the coup the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999 though The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaha says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring They should also ensure proactive solution to situations he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant
      Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength courage and sovereignty It is also a symbol of unity It defends and maintains nations territorial integrity national symbols and cohesion in their countries The Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages With a force of no fewer than 223 000 active personnel today the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa According to the latest Global Firepower index the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa and ranked 35th globally The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863 when Lt Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force known as the Glover Hausas Glover then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos In 1865 the Glover Hausa became a regular force with the name Hausa Constabulary The West African Frontier Force the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi battalion field force It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain namely Nigeria Gold Coast Ghana Sierra Leone and The Gambia The Nigerian Navy on the other hand owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates the Nigerian Marine as it became known after 1914 was a quasi military organisation This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893 In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title Royal Nigerian Navy The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic In 1960 when Nigeria became independent the Nigeria Military Force NMF became known as the Royal Nigerian Army RNA When Nigeria became a republic the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army In the same year the Army changed its uniform rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force RWAFF to new ones including green khaki uniform The Nigerian Air Force NAF was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea air and ground Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces provide close support for the ground based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations among others Today the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub Sahara region as a whole Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP in North Eastern part of the country The military has waged this war since July 2009 There is also the recent menace of banditry kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast based Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide ranging modernisation programmes These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity During a recent visit to Maiduguri Borno State President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today Under my watch the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country Buhari said The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area The Northern Youth Network Convener Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area The Biafra war of 1966 1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military It emerged from the battle with its head held high having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self declared Republic of Biafra In his 2022 New Year Message the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe In retrospect the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches in fields The work in far flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure he said On the international scene the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations UN peacekeeping operations The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union AU and Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS missions in Africa Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi said that Nigeria had contributed over 100 000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960 He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently One area political and security experts overall the military has performed excellently except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj Kaduna Nzeogwu Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity After the coup the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999 though The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaha says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring They should also ensure proactive solution to situations he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant
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    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant

    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje, News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength, courage and sovereignty.

    It is also a symbol of unity.

    It defends and maintains nations’ territorial integrity, national symbols and cohesion in their countries.

    The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages.

    With a force of no fewer than 223,000 active personnel today, the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa.

    According to the latest Global Firepower index, the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa, and ranked 35th globally.

    The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863, when Lt. Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force, known as the “Glover Hausas”.

    Glover, then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos.

    In 1865, the “Glover Hausa” became a regular force with the name “Hausa Constabulary”.

    The West African Frontier Force, the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi-battalion field force.

    It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain, namely: Nigeria, Gold Coast (Ghana), Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

    The Nigerian Navy on the other hand, owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine.

    Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates, the Nigerian Marine, as it became known after 1914, was a quasi-military organisation.

    This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893. In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full-fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title `Royal Nigerian Navy`.

    The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic.

    In 1960, when Nigeria became independent, the Nigeria Military Force (NMF) became known as the Royal Nigerian Army (RNA).

    When Nigeria became a republic, the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army. In the same year, the Army changed its uniform, rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) to new ones including green khaki uniform.

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea, air and ground;.

    Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces; provide close support for the ground-based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations, among others.

    Today, the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub-Sahara region as a whole.

    Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups, Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in North Eastern part of the country.

    The military has waged this war since July 2009. There is also the recent menace of banditry, kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers-herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country.

    Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast-based Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region.

    To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security, the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide-ranging modernisation programmes.

    These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles, modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones, and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance.

    The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won, with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity.

    During a recent visit to Maiduguri, Borno State, President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP.

    “Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today.

    “Under my watch, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country”, Buhari said.

    The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area.

    The Northern Youth Network, Convener, Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area.

    The Biafra war of 1966-1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military.

    It emerged from the battle with its head held high, having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self-declared Republic of Biafra.

    In his 2022 New Year Message, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe.

    “In-retrospect, the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches, in fields.

    “The work in far-flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure”, he said.

    On the international scene, the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.

    The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) missions in Africa.

    Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s.

    The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, said that Nigeria had contributed over 100,000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960. He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently.

    One area political and security experts overall, the military has performed excellently, except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj. Kaduna  Nzeogwu.

    Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity.

    After the coup, the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades, the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999, though The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaha, says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations, the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical.

    “I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring.

    “They should also ensure proactive solution to situations,” he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference.  

    (NANFeatures) **If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition The three services Nigerian Army Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball Cross Country Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football The army teams won gold medals in basket ball female cross country male and female volley ball male and female and taekwondo male and female as well as silver medals in basket ball male and football male Also the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball male and football male with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals Speaking at the closing ceremony the Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes Represented by the Director Army Affairs Ministry of Defence Mr Sunday Attach the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes I therefore commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services Specifically I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for Additionally the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented I therefore urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation Nigeria he said The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit According to him the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general It is my belief therefore that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future Accordingly as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won I will therefore encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja Portugal he said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition
     The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition The three services Nigerian Army Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball Cross Country Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football The army teams won gold medals in basket ball female cross country male and female volley ball male and female and taekwondo male and female as well as silver medals in basket ball male and football male Also the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball male and football male with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals Speaking at the closing ceremony the Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes Represented by the Director Army Affairs Ministry of Defence Mr Sunday Attach the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes I therefore commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services Specifically I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for Additionally the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented I therefore urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation Nigeria he said The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit According to him the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general It is my belief therefore that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future Accordingly as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won I will therefore encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja Portugal he said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition
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    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition

    The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition.

    The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition.

    The three services, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball, Cross-Country, Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football.

    The army teams won gold medals in basket ball (female), cross-country (male and female), volley ball (male and female) and taekwondo (male and female) as well as silver medals in basket ball (male) and football (male).

    Also; the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball (male) and football (male) with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals.

    Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes.

    Represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attach, the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel.

    He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes.

    “I, therefore, commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services.

    “Specifically, I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition.

    “Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for.

    “Additionally, the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented.

    “I, therefore, urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal, patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation, Nigeria,” he said.

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness, mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives.

    Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit.

    According to him, the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel.

    He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general.

    “It is my belief therefore, that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition, coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future.

    “Accordingly, as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition, I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous.

    “It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals.

    “It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won.

    “I will, therefore, encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja, Portugal,” he said.

    RSA
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi says physical fitness remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness in contending with myriads of security challenges confronting the country Magashi who was represented by the Director Army Affairs Mr Sunday Attah said this at the opening of the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition 2022 AFISSC on Tuesday in Abuja He said that physical fitness also helps to keep service personnel in top state that would enable them to carryout and achieve assigned tasks The minister said the inter service sports competition organised by the Defence Headquarters DHQ was designed to provide the platform for the services to interact with one another towards sustaining the good relationship built and enjoyed over the years According to him the importance of physical fitness to an armed forces such as ours cannot be over emphasised particularly at this time that Nigeria is contending with a myriad of security challenges It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations These physically and mentally fit personnel are able to endure tough weather and terrain conditions and other stressful harsh battle conditions Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness as it keeps Service Personnel in top physical state that enable them carryout and achieve assigned tasks On the whole physical fitness is the basis for service personnel s good health and physical wellbeing he added Magashi said the current security challenges confronting the nation were enormous and thus calls for synergy and cooperation among the three services He said that avenues such as sports competition needed to be continuously created to facilitate mutual interaction amongst troops The minister commended the troops for their efforts and sacrifices at tackling the security challenges as well as the DHQ for organising the sports competition He charged the participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive to put in optimal performance towards winning laurels for their various services Furthermore let fair play be your watchword as you keep in focus the objective for the organisation of this sports fiesta I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unflinching commitment of the President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring the best of welfare and working conditions for our armed forces personnel He appreciates the huge efforts and great sacrifices you all are making to keep our dear country Nigeria safe and prosperous he added The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the event was aimed at strengthening the ties among troops instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the armed forces Irabor who was represented by Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao said that friendly sporting competition helps in fostering desired working relationship and promoting synergy among members of the armed forces This according to him is because fitness of the body and contentment of mind come more readily in the free atmosphere of games More so sports provide a basis for team work that is needed for troops to be able to function with a cohesion that is often called upon both during peacetime military engagements and combat operations As we all know warfare is a grueling experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear through rugged terrains and to fight effectively requires strength agility and stamina from troops This can only be conditioned through sports and effective physical fitness training As such team sports have been found to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress illness and injuries especially during operations Accordingly physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet increasing demands of current and emerging threats he said Irabor said the military had made giant strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always engage in sports through organised events like half marathon children sports clinic and various sports championships The CDS said the competitions were aimed at promoting synergy and cooperation between the AFN and other security agencies adding that it had also encouraged troops to build fitness and maintain combat readiness He said that several talents discovered from competitions of this nature were representing the country in different international sporting events and recording exploits According to him the Cross Country Team to represent Nigeria in the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition slated to hold at Beja Portugal in October would be selected from the Inter Service Sports Competition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the Army Navy and the Air Force They will compete for laurels in Basketball Cross Country Football Taekwondo and Volleyball NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Physical fitness, cornerstone of troops combat readiness – Minister
     The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi says physical fitness remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness in contending with myriads of security challenges confronting the country Magashi who was represented by the Director Army Affairs Mr Sunday Attah said this at the opening of the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition 2022 AFISSC on Tuesday in Abuja He said that physical fitness also helps to keep service personnel in top state that would enable them to carryout and achieve assigned tasks The minister said the inter service sports competition organised by the Defence Headquarters DHQ was designed to provide the platform for the services to interact with one another towards sustaining the good relationship built and enjoyed over the years According to him the importance of physical fitness to an armed forces such as ours cannot be over emphasised particularly at this time that Nigeria is contending with a myriad of security challenges It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations These physically and mentally fit personnel are able to endure tough weather and terrain conditions and other stressful harsh battle conditions Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness as it keeps Service Personnel in top physical state that enable them carryout and achieve assigned tasks On the whole physical fitness is the basis for service personnel s good health and physical wellbeing he added Magashi said the current security challenges confronting the nation were enormous and thus calls for synergy and cooperation among the three services He said that avenues such as sports competition needed to be continuously created to facilitate mutual interaction amongst troops The minister commended the troops for their efforts and sacrifices at tackling the security challenges as well as the DHQ for organising the sports competition He charged the participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive to put in optimal performance towards winning laurels for their various services Furthermore let fair play be your watchword as you keep in focus the objective for the organisation of this sports fiesta I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unflinching commitment of the President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring the best of welfare and working conditions for our armed forces personnel He appreciates the huge efforts and great sacrifices you all are making to keep our dear country Nigeria safe and prosperous he added The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the event was aimed at strengthening the ties among troops instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the armed forces Irabor who was represented by Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao said that friendly sporting competition helps in fostering desired working relationship and promoting synergy among members of the armed forces This according to him is because fitness of the body and contentment of mind come more readily in the free atmosphere of games More so sports provide a basis for team work that is needed for troops to be able to function with a cohesion that is often called upon both during peacetime military engagements and combat operations As we all know warfare is a grueling experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear through rugged terrains and to fight effectively requires strength agility and stamina from troops This can only be conditioned through sports and effective physical fitness training As such team sports have been found to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress illness and injuries especially during operations Accordingly physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet increasing demands of current and emerging threats he said Irabor said the military had made giant strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always engage in sports through organised events like half marathon children sports clinic and various sports championships The CDS said the competitions were aimed at promoting synergy and cooperation between the AFN and other security agencies adding that it had also encouraged troops to build fitness and maintain combat readiness He said that several talents discovered from competitions of this nature were representing the country in different international sporting events and recording exploits According to him the Cross Country Team to represent Nigeria in the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition slated to hold at Beja Portugal in October would be selected from the Inter Service Sports Competition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the Army Navy and the Air Force They will compete for laurels in Basketball Cross Country Football Taekwondo and Volleyball NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Physical fitness, cornerstone of troops combat readiness – Minister
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Physical fitness, cornerstone of troops combat readiness – Minister

    The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi says physical fitness remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness in contending with myriads of security challenges confronting the country.

    Magashi, who was represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Mr Sunday Attah, said this at the opening of the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (2022-AFISSC) on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He said that physical fitness also helps to keep service personnel in top state that would enable them to carryout and achieve assigned tasks.

    The minister said the inter-service sports competition, organised by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) was designed to provide the platform for the services to interact with one another towards sustaining the good relationship built and enjoyed over the years.

    According to him, the importance of physical fitness to an armed forces such as ours cannot be over emphasised, particularly at this time that Nigeria is contending with a myriad of security challenges.

    “It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations.

    “These physically and mentally fit personnel are able to endure tough weather and terrain conditions and other stressful harsh battle conditions.

    “Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness as it keeps Service Personnel in top physical state that enable them carryout and achieve assigned tasks.

    “On the whole, physical fitness is the basis for service personnel’s good health and physical wellbeing,” he added.

    Magashi said the current security challenges confronting the nation were enormous and thus, calls for synergy and cooperation among the three services.

    He said that avenues such as sports competition, needed to be continuously created to facilitate mutual interaction amongst troops.

    The minister commended the troops for their efforts and sacrifices at tackling the security challenges as well as the DHQ for organising the sports competition.

    He charged the participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive to put in optimal performance towards winning laurels for their various services.

    “Furthermore, let fair play be your watchword as you keep in focus, the objective for the organisation of this sports fiesta.

    “I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unflinching commitment of the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring the best of welfare and working conditions for our armed forces personnel.

    “He appreciates the huge efforts and great sacrifices you all are making to keep our dear country, Nigeria safe and prosperous,” he added.

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the event was aimed at strengthening the ties among troops, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the armed forces.

    Irabor, who was represented by Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said that friendly sporting competition helps in fostering desired working relationship and promoting synergy among members of the armed forces.

    This, according to him, is because fitness of the body and contentment of mind come more readily in the free atmosphere of games.

    “More so, sports provide a basis for team work that is needed for troops to be able to function with a cohesion that is often called upon both during peacetime military engagements and combat operations.

    “As we all know, warfare is a grueling experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear through rugged terrains and to fight effectively requires strength, agility and stamina from troops.

    “This can only be conditioned through sports and effective physical fitness training.

    “As such, team sports have been found to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress, illness and injuries, especially during operations.

    “Accordingly, physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet increasing demands of current and emerging threats,” he said.

    Irabor said the military had made giant strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always engage in sports through organised events like half marathon, children sports clinic and various sports championships.

    The CDS said the competitions were aimed at promoting synergy and cooperation between the AFN and other security agencies, adding that it had also encouraged troops to build fitness and maintain combat readiness.

    He said that several talents discovered from competitions of this nature were representing the country in different international sporting events and recording exploits.

    According to him, the Cross Country Team to represent Nigeria in the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition slated to hold at Beja, Portugal in October, would be selected from the Inter-Service Sports Competition.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the Army, Navy and the  Air Force.

    They will compete for laurels in Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Taekwondo and Volleyball.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A financial expert Dr Segun Aina says policy makers and financial regulators need to evolve with the growth in financial technology companies FinTechs space to establish a sustainable ecosystem and financial inclusion in African countries Aina said this at a two day virtual forum of the 2022 Maiden CABS FinTech organised by the Community of African Banking Supervisors CABS in partnership with Africa Fintech Network AFN on Wednesday The forum had the theme Opportunities and Challenges of FinTech Development in Africa Aina former President Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN said the future was bright for the continent especially for the growth of FinTechs The banker said the AFN was committed to making contributions that would positively impact the growth of the ecosystem He noted that there was need to work directly with the Association of African Central Banks particularly the committee of African banking supervisors to achieve such impact Aina said the financial subsector had recorded an unprecedented growth with huge investment mostly by foreign investors He said FinTechs were trending with presence in different countries and also contributing to their Gross Domestic Product GDP As people continue to embrace digital banking FinTech startup became bigger in terms of valuation market value amid challenges of corporate governance According to him this is evolving despite the opportunities that abound across the entire FinTech ecosystem in Africa Aina however noted that regulators were attempting to catch up to FinTech as they had realised the need to play in the digital innovation space He also said FinTechs and startups in the same space had gained prominence in the last 10 years which was driven by advancement enabled by internet and mobile phones This development he said had made banks to set up FinTech subsidiaries while their former senior regulators serve on the boards of fintech companies The former CIBN boss said mobile money indicator showed that 500 million people subscribed to mobile phones in Africa and 245 million use mobile internet Aina also said the continent continued to record the highest year on year growth in internet penetration and with the support of funding from outside Africa According to him market capitalisation of Nigerian top five banks is less than the valuation of top three FinTechs as at June According to him Guaranty Trust Holding Company GTCO 977 billion dollars Zenith Bank 717 41 billion dollars Stanbic IBTC 440 54 billion dollars First Bank of Nigeria FBNH 425 billion dollars and Access Bank 364 64 billion dollars On the other hand Flutterwav Opay and Interswitch recorded 1 245 trillion dollars 830 billion dollars and 415 billion dollars respectively Source NAN
    Expert says growth in FinTechs necessary for sustainable ecosystem in Africa
     A financial expert Dr Segun Aina says policy makers and financial regulators need to evolve with the growth in financial technology companies FinTechs space to establish a sustainable ecosystem and financial inclusion in African countries Aina said this at a two day virtual forum of the 2022 Maiden CABS FinTech organised by the Community of African Banking Supervisors CABS in partnership with Africa Fintech Network AFN on Wednesday The forum had the theme Opportunities and Challenges of FinTech Development in Africa Aina former President Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN said the future was bright for the continent especially for the growth of FinTechs The banker said the AFN was committed to making contributions that would positively impact the growth of the ecosystem He noted that there was need to work directly with the Association of African Central Banks particularly the committee of African banking supervisors to achieve such impact Aina said the financial subsector had recorded an unprecedented growth with huge investment mostly by foreign investors He said FinTechs were trending with presence in different countries and also contributing to their Gross Domestic Product GDP As people continue to embrace digital banking FinTech startup became bigger in terms of valuation market value amid challenges of corporate governance According to him this is evolving despite the opportunities that abound across the entire FinTech ecosystem in Africa Aina however noted that regulators were attempting to catch up to FinTech as they had realised the need to play in the digital innovation space He also said FinTechs and startups in the same space had gained prominence in the last 10 years which was driven by advancement enabled by internet and mobile phones This development he said had made banks to set up FinTech subsidiaries while their former senior regulators serve on the boards of fintech companies The former CIBN boss said mobile money indicator showed that 500 million people subscribed to mobile phones in Africa and 245 million use mobile internet Aina also said the continent continued to record the highest year on year growth in internet penetration and with the support of funding from outside Africa According to him market capitalisation of Nigerian top five banks is less than the valuation of top three FinTechs as at June According to him Guaranty Trust Holding Company GTCO 977 billion dollars Zenith Bank 717 41 billion dollars Stanbic IBTC 440 54 billion dollars First Bank of Nigeria FBNH 425 billion dollars and Access Bank 364 64 billion dollars On the other hand Flutterwav Opay and Interswitch recorded 1 245 trillion dollars 830 billion dollars and 415 billion dollars respectively Source NAN
    Expert says growth in FinTechs necessary for sustainable ecosystem in Africa
    Economy4 months ago

    Expert says growth in FinTechs necessary for sustainable ecosystem in Africa

    A financial expert, Dr Segun Aina, says policy makers and financial regulators need to evolve with the growth in financial technology companies  (FinTechs) space to establish a sustainable ecosystem and financial inclusion in African countries.

    Aina said this at a two-day virtual forum of the 2022 Maiden CABS FinTech, organised by the Community of African Banking Supervisors (CABS) in partnership with Africa Fintech Network (AFN) on Wednesday.

    The forum had the theme: “Opportunities and Challenges of FinTech Development in Africa.”

    Aina, former President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), said the future was bright for the continent, especially for the growth of FinTechs.

    The banker said the AFN was committed to making contributions that would positively impact the growth of the ecosystem.

    He noted that there was need to work directly with the Association of African Central Banks, particularly the committee of African banking supervisors to achieve such impact.

    Aina said the financial subsector had recorded an unprecedented growth with huge investment, mostly by foreign investors.

    He said FinTechs were trending with presence in different countries and also contributing to their Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    “As people continue to embrace digital banking, FinTech startup became bigger in terms of valuation (market value) amid challenges of corporate governance.

    According to him, this is evolving despite the opportunities that abound across the entire FinTech ecosystem in Africa.

    Aina, however, noted that regulators were attempting to catch up to FinTech as they had realised the need to play in the digital innovation space.

    He also said FinTechs and startups in the same space had gained prominence in the last 10 years, which was driven by advancement, enabled by internet and mobile phones.

    This development, he said, had made banks to set up FinTech subsidiaries, while their former senior regulators serve on the boards of fintech companies.

    The former CIBN boss said mobile money indicator showed that 500 million people subscribed to mobile phones in Africa and 245 million use mobile internet.

    Aina also said the continent continued to record the highest year-on-year growth in internet penetration and with the support of funding from outside Africa.

    According to him, market capitalisation of Nigerian top five banks is less than the valuation of top three FinTechs as at June.

    According to him, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) (977 billion dollars), Zenith Bank (717.41 billion dollars), Stanbic IBTC (440.54 billion dollars), First Bank of Nigeria (FBNH) (425 billion dollars) and Access Bank (364.64 billion dollars).

    On the other hand, Flutterwav, Opay and Interswitch recorded 1.245 trillion dollars, 830 billion dollars and 415 billion dollars respectively.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has offered measures capable of addressing the menace of insecurity facing Nigeria saying that everybody s participation in achieving a peaceful nation is necessary Buratai a former Chief of Army Staff spoke on Saturday at a one day symposium on National security organised by Arewa House in Kaduna with the theme Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria Way Forward He said there are currently various forms of insecurity in different parts of the country such as insurgency in the North East banditry and kidnapping in the North West agitations in South East and crude oil bunkering in South South Buratai suggested the adoption of compressive and integrated approach to enable the entire society play key roles in tackling the country s security challenges He explained that the comprehensive approach should also entail the involvement of critical stakeholders from the society such as religious leaders youths teachers women civil society media law enforcement as well as the security and intelligence agencies There is need for the public to be constantly sensitised and enlightened on their roles as stakeholders in the security architecture of the country through agencies such as the National Orientation Agency among others he said Buratai also said that the revitalisation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria DICON would mitigate the challenge of lack of specialised equipment and platforms for the Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN to curb insecurity He said the objective is to train adequate and requisite skilled as well as specialised manpower saddled with the responsibility of providing technical support in enhancing equipment production for the AFN This is crucial in meeting the increasing equipment requirements of AFN to confront current and emerging security threats To achieve this the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with stakeholders could put structures in place for adequate manpower training for DICON staff This would further enhance their specialised manpower and increase their capacity for production of military hardware for the AFN he said Buratai further said the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Police procurement of modern platforms for intelligence gathering and effective control of Nigeria s porous borders would go along way in achieving the desired security in the country There must be a concerted effort by the government to see that there are no ungoverned spaces in this country State and local governments must establish their presence in their areas of responsibility we do not need to mention that the failure of some states and local governments to establish their presence in some parts of their states is the major reason insurgents and bandits find it easier to move around and operate We must also focus towards non kinetic measures that would aim at addressing the underlying root causes of the insecurity rather than treating the symptoms Kinetic should also be employed to create conditions for negotiations mediations and dialogue Buratai said He called on the citizenry to consider security as critical to the national development and responsible by all not only the police and other security forces Earlier the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Abubakar assured of traditional and religious institution s commitment in ensuring they play their strategic roles in achieving a peaceful Nigeria Abubakar represented by Dr Bello Lafiagi urged Nigerians to be prayerful and be each other s brothers keepers by exhibiting a high level of trust and compassion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the symposium was attended by representatives of heads of military and paramilitary organisations religious and traditional rulers academia among others NAN
    Insecurity: Buratai says all Nigerian must be responsible for peace
     The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has offered measures capable of addressing the menace of insecurity facing Nigeria saying that everybody s participation in achieving a peaceful nation is necessary Buratai a former Chief of Army Staff spoke on Saturday at a one day symposium on National security organised by Arewa House in Kaduna with the theme Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria Way Forward He said there are currently various forms of insecurity in different parts of the country such as insurgency in the North East banditry and kidnapping in the North West agitations in South East and crude oil bunkering in South South Buratai suggested the adoption of compressive and integrated approach to enable the entire society play key roles in tackling the country s security challenges He explained that the comprehensive approach should also entail the involvement of critical stakeholders from the society such as religious leaders youths teachers women civil society media law enforcement as well as the security and intelligence agencies There is need for the public to be constantly sensitised and enlightened on their roles as stakeholders in the security architecture of the country through agencies such as the National Orientation Agency among others he said Buratai also said that the revitalisation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria DICON would mitigate the challenge of lack of specialised equipment and platforms for the Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN to curb insecurity He said the objective is to train adequate and requisite skilled as well as specialised manpower saddled with the responsibility of providing technical support in enhancing equipment production for the AFN This is crucial in meeting the increasing equipment requirements of AFN to confront current and emerging security threats To achieve this the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with stakeholders could put structures in place for adequate manpower training for DICON staff This would further enhance their specialised manpower and increase their capacity for production of military hardware for the AFN he said Buratai further said the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Police procurement of modern platforms for intelligence gathering and effective control of Nigeria s porous borders would go along way in achieving the desired security in the country There must be a concerted effort by the government to see that there are no ungoverned spaces in this country State and local governments must establish their presence in their areas of responsibility we do not need to mention that the failure of some states and local governments to establish their presence in some parts of their states is the major reason insurgents and bandits find it easier to move around and operate We must also focus towards non kinetic measures that would aim at addressing the underlying root causes of the insecurity rather than treating the symptoms Kinetic should also be employed to create conditions for negotiations mediations and dialogue Buratai said He called on the citizenry to consider security as critical to the national development and responsible by all not only the police and other security forces Earlier the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Abubakar assured of traditional and religious institution s commitment in ensuring they play their strategic roles in achieving a peaceful Nigeria Abubakar represented by Dr Bello Lafiagi urged Nigerians to be prayerful and be each other s brothers keepers by exhibiting a high level of trust and compassion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the symposium was attended by representatives of heads of military and paramilitary organisations religious and traditional rulers academia among others NAN
    Insecurity: Buratai says all Nigerian must be responsible for peace
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Insecurity: Buratai says all Nigerian must be responsible for peace

    The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has offered  measures capable of addressing the menace of insecurity facing Nigeria, saying that everybody’s participation in achieving a peaceful nation is necessary.

    Buratai, a former Chief of Army Staff, spoke on Saturday at a one-day symposium on National security, organised by Arewa House in Kaduna, with the theme ‘Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria: Way Forward’.

    He said there are currently, various forms of insecurity in different parts of the country, such as insurgency in the North East, banditry and kidnapping in the North West, agitations in South East and crude oil bunkering in South-South.

    Buratai suggested the adoption of compressive and integrated approach to enable the entire society play key roles in tackling the country’s security challenges.

    He explained that the comprehensive approach should also entail the involvement of critical stakeholders from the society, such as religious leaders, youths, teachers, women, civil society, media, law enforcement as well as the security and intelligence agencies.

    “There is need for the public to be constantly sensitised and enlightened on their roles as stakeholders in the security architecture of the country through agencies such as the National Orientation Agency, among others,” he said.

    Buratai also said that the revitalisation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) would mitigate the challenge of lack of specialised equipment and platforms for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to curb insecurity.

    He said the objective is to train adequate and requisite skilled as well as specialised manpower, saddled with
    the responsibility of providing technical support in enhancing equipment production for the AFN.

    “This is crucial in meeting the increasing equipment requirements of AFN to confront current and emerging security threats.

    “To achieve this, the Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with stakeholders, could put structures in place for adequate manpower training for DICON staff.

    “This would further enhance their specialised manpower and increase their capacity for production of military hardware for the AFN,” he said.

    Buratai further said the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Police, procurement of modern platforms for intelligence gathering, and effective control of Nigeria’s porous borders, would go along way in achieving the desired security in the country.

    “There must be a concerted effort by the government to see that there are no ungoverned spaces in this country.

    “State and local governments must establish their presence in their areas of responsibility, we do not need to mention that the failure of some states and local governments to establish their presence in some parts of their states, is the major reason insurgents and bandits find it easier to move around and operate.

    “We must also focus towards non-kinetic measures that would aim at addressing the underlying root causes of the insecurity rather than treating the symptoms.

    “Kinetic should also be employed to create conditions for negotiations, mediations and dialogue,” Buratai said.

    He called on the citizenry to consider security as critical to the national development and responsible by all, not only the police and other security forces.

    Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar, assured of traditional and religious institution’s commitment, in ensuring they play their strategic roles in achieving a peaceful Nigeria.

    Abubakar, represented by Dr. Bello Lafiagi, urged Nigerians to be prayerful and be each other’s brothers’ keepers, by exhibiting a high level of trust and compassion.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the symposium was attended by representatives of heads of military and paramilitary organisations, religious and traditional rulers, academia, among others.


    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Defence retired Major Gen Bashir Magashi has said increased level of successes by the Armed Forces was made possible by the level of synergy and cooperation among the services The Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force NAF Headquarters Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja According to Gabkwet Magashi stated this while declaring open the NAF Day Anniversary Celebration 2022 Seminar held at the NAF Base Kano The minister said that the theme of the seminar Enhancing NAF s Operational Efficiency in Joint Operations for Effective Response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives was apt as it would address operational challenges being experienced in the field This Magashi said particularly in the areas of air to ground integration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS optimisation in the theatres of operations This is why I believe that this seminar could not have come at a better time as it will facilitate better use of airpower in the joint employment of our armed forces The minister however stated that in spite of its limitations NAF since its inception had commendably carried out the core functions of protecting Nigeria s air space and providing support to surface forces He added that the service had always displayed the highest level of professionalism and shown great resourcefulness in the areas of manpower management Research and Development as well as in air operations execution Magashi also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to revamp the fortunes of NAF and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general Today the fleets of the service have been reinforced with several platforms which has improved its intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance as well as attack capabilities and extended the reach of the AFN He therefore called on NAF and the AFN in general to renew their commitment and determination to play their part in addressing the security challenges threatening the peace and progress of the country Magashi however added that the seminar stood out among other activities lined up for the celebration as the deliberations were expected to produce tangible strategies going forward in NAF operations He expressed confidence that the discourse would spur better ideas for NAF to be more effective in the discharge of its responsibilities The Chief of the Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao said that since assuming office the President had fully supported the armed forces in general and NAF in particular This he said was to enable them to achieve their set objectives of protecting the territorial integrity of the country against any external threats The Federal Government has committed substantial national resources to enhance the overall capabilities of the armed forces in a bid to addressing the security challenges in various parts of the country This has ameliorated equipment constraints experienced in previous years and the attendant implications of such constraints But it has also spurred NAF personnel to be more committed to the decimation of subversive elements who seek to undermine the peace progress unity and faith of Nigeria Amao also stated that the theme of the seminar was timely as the seminar would enable NAF appraise its current efforts while further repositioning itself to continuously project air power to definitively meet its constitutional mandate Amao however recognised and appreciated the unflinching support of the President without which NAF s achievements would have been unrealisable He also expressed deep appreciations to the Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje for his continued support to the service in the state as well as the minister of defence for his support to NAF NAN
    NAF@58: Improved synergy has enhanced military operations, says defence minister
     The Minister of Defence retired Major Gen Bashir Magashi has said increased level of successes by the Armed Forces was made possible by the level of synergy and cooperation among the services The Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force NAF Headquarters Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja According to Gabkwet Magashi stated this while declaring open the NAF Day Anniversary Celebration 2022 Seminar held at the NAF Base Kano The minister said that the theme of the seminar Enhancing NAF s Operational Efficiency in Joint Operations for Effective Response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives was apt as it would address operational challenges being experienced in the field This Magashi said particularly in the areas of air to ground integration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS optimisation in the theatres of operations This is why I believe that this seminar could not have come at a better time as it will facilitate better use of airpower in the joint employment of our armed forces The minister however stated that in spite of its limitations NAF since its inception had commendably carried out the core functions of protecting Nigeria s air space and providing support to surface forces He added that the service had always displayed the highest level of professionalism and shown great resourcefulness in the areas of manpower management Research and Development as well as in air operations execution Magashi also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to revamp the fortunes of NAF and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general Today the fleets of the service have been reinforced with several platforms which has improved its intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance as well as attack capabilities and extended the reach of the AFN He therefore called on NAF and the AFN in general to renew their commitment and determination to play their part in addressing the security challenges threatening the peace and progress of the country Magashi however added that the seminar stood out among other activities lined up for the celebration as the deliberations were expected to produce tangible strategies going forward in NAF operations He expressed confidence that the discourse would spur better ideas for NAF to be more effective in the discharge of its responsibilities The Chief of the Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao said that since assuming office the President had fully supported the armed forces in general and NAF in particular This he said was to enable them to achieve their set objectives of protecting the territorial integrity of the country against any external threats The Federal Government has committed substantial national resources to enhance the overall capabilities of the armed forces in a bid to addressing the security challenges in various parts of the country This has ameliorated equipment constraints experienced in previous years and the attendant implications of such constraints But it has also spurred NAF personnel to be more committed to the decimation of subversive elements who seek to undermine the peace progress unity and faith of Nigeria Amao also stated that the theme of the seminar was timely as the seminar would enable NAF appraise its current efforts while further repositioning itself to continuously project air power to definitively meet its constitutional mandate Amao however recognised and appreciated the unflinching support of the President without which NAF s achievements would have been unrealisable He also expressed deep appreciations to the Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje for his continued support to the service in the state as well as the minister of defence for his support to NAF NAN
    NAF@58: Improved synergy has enhanced military operations, says defence minister
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    NAF@58: Improved synergy has enhanced military operations, says defence minister

    The Minister of Defence, retired Major.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has said increased level of successes by the Armed Forces  was made  possible by the level of synergy and cooperation among the services.

     

    The Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

     

     

    According to Gabkwet, Magashi stated this while declaring open, the NAF Day Anniversary Celebration 2022 Seminar held at the NAF Base, Kano.

     

     

    The minister said that the theme of the seminar, ‘Enhancing NAF’s Operational Efficiency in Joint Operations for Effective Response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives’ was apt, as it would address operational challenges being experienced in the field.

     

    This, Magashi said, particularly in the areas of air to ground integration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) optimisation in the theatres of operations.

     

     

    “This is why I believe that this seminar could not have come at a better time as it will facilitate better use of airpower in the joint employment of our armed forces.”

     

     

    The minister, however,  stated that in spite of its limitations, NAF since its inception had commendably carried out the core functions of protecting Nigeria’s air space and providing support to surface forces.

     

     

    He added that the service had always displayed the highest level of professionalism and shown great resourcefulness in the areas of manpower management, Research and Development as well as in air operations execution.

     

     

    Magashi also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration to revamp the fortunes of NAF and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general.

     

     

    ‘Today, the fleets of the service have been reinforced with several platforms which has improved its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as attack capabilities and extended the reach of the AFN.”

     

     

    He therefore called on NAF and the AFN in general to renew their commitment and determination to play their part in addressing the security challenges threatening the peace and progress of the country.

     

     

    Magashi, however, added that the seminar stood out among other activities lined up for the celebration as the deliberations were expected to produce tangible strategies going forward in NAF operations.

     

    He expressed confidence that the discourse would spur better ideas for NAF to be more effective in the discharge of its responsibilities.

     

    The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said that since assuming office, the President had fully supported the armed forces in general and NAF in particular.

     

     

    This, he said was to enable them to achieve their set objectives of protecting the territorial integrity of the country against any external threats.

     

     

    “The Federal Government has committed substantial national resources to enhance the overall capabilities of the armed forces in a bid to addressing the security challenges in various parts of the country.

     

     

    “This has ameliorated equipment constraints experienced in previous years and the attendant implications of such constraints.

     

     

    “But it has also spurred NAF personnel to be more committed to the decimation of subversive elements, who seek to undermine the peace, progress, unity and faith of Nigeria.”

     

     

    Amao also stated that the theme of the seminar was timely as the seminar would enable NAF appraise its current efforts while further repositioning itself to continuously project air power to definitively meet its constitutional mandate.

     

     

    Amao, however, recognised and appreciated the unflinching support of the President without which NAF’s achievements would have been unrealisable.

     

     

    He also expressed deep appreciations to the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, for his continued support to the service in the state as well as the minister of defence for his support to NAF.(

    (NAN)

  •  Tonobok Okowa the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN says regular competition will help in selecting the best athletes to represent the country at future International competitions Okowa said this during the closing ceremony of the third edition of the All Comers National Athletics Championships on Friday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja The first edition of the All Comers competition was held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin in March The second edition was at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Ground in Lagos in April and third one is this one in Abuja The objective of it all is to select the athletes to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius Many new athletes have now been discovered and picked They have been making waves competing with the older athletes coming out with a given better time than the earlier one in the grassroots development programme I am therefore happy that this development is making way for the numerous younger ones who are getting pushed he said Okowa noted that the best way to identify the young athletes is through a grassroots sports development programme The result is what we have seen here in this competition he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two days event began on Thursday and ended on Friday The 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships is scheduled to hold in Mauritius from June 8 to June 12 The AFN president stated that athletes for the Federation s Classics event would also be picked for camping He also acknowledged that the Federation s coaches have been working very hard The federation is set to come up with welfare packages both for the athletes and coaches and the more they work the better they become Okowa however pointed out that there were no good facilities to help athletes across the country push their dreams The major challenge of the athletes in Nigeria is lack of facilities for their training ahead of any major competition he said Okowa then urged state governments to starts thinking about putting on ground good facilities for athletes in their various areas so as to achieve their athletes dreams Speaking also Samuel Onikeku the Technical Director of AFN said the objectives of the All Comers competition have been achieved and many athletes have been discovered We have discovered some athletes and when we select the athletes we will release the list latest by Monday for those that will go to camp Those athletes are to be picked based on performance he said While enumerating the next plans of the Federation s technical committee he said committee members would be looking at how they were going to invite athletes to camp immediately NAN
    Competitions critical to athletes’ selection for international competitions, AFN president says
     Tonobok Okowa the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN says regular competition will help in selecting the best athletes to represent the country at future International competitions Okowa said this during the closing ceremony of the third edition of the All Comers National Athletics Championships on Friday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja The first edition of the All Comers competition was held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin in March The second edition was at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Ground in Lagos in April and third one is this one in Abuja The objective of it all is to select the athletes to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius Many new athletes have now been discovered and picked They have been making waves competing with the older athletes coming out with a given better time than the earlier one in the grassroots development programme I am therefore happy that this development is making way for the numerous younger ones who are getting pushed he said Okowa noted that the best way to identify the young athletes is through a grassroots sports development programme The result is what we have seen here in this competition he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two days event began on Thursday and ended on Friday The 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships is scheduled to hold in Mauritius from June 8 to June 12 The AFN president stated that athletes for the Federation s Classics event would also be picked for camping He also acknowledged that the Federation s coaches have been working very hard The federation is set to come up with welfare packages both for the athletes and coaches and the more they work the better they become Okowa however pointed out that there were no good facilities to help athletes across the country push their dreams The major challenge of the athletes in Nigeria is lack of facilities for their training ahead of any major competition he said Okowa then urged state governments to starts thinking about putting on ground good facilities for athletes in their various areas so as to achieve their athletes dreams Speaking also Samuel Onikeku the Technical Director of AFN said the objectives of the All Comers competition have been achieved and many athletes have been discovered We have discovered some athletes and when we select the athletes we will release the list latest by Monday for those that will go to camp Those athletes are to be picked based on performance he said While enumerating the next plans of the Federation s technical committee he said committee members would be looking at how they were going to invite athletes to camp immediately NAN
    Competitions critical to athletes’ selection for international competitions, AFN president says
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    Competitions critical to athletes’ selection for international competitions, AFN president says

    Tonobok Okowa, the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), says regular competition will help in selecting the best athletes to represent the country at future International competitions.

    Okowa said this during the closing ceremony of the third edition of the All-Comers National Athletics Championships on Friday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

    “The first edition of the All-Comers competition was held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin in March .

    “The second edition was at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Ground in Lagos in April and third one is this one in Abuja.

    “The objective of it all is to select the athletes to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius.

    “Many new athletes have now been discovered and picked. They have been making waves, competing with the older athletes, coming out with a given better time than the earlier one in the grassroots development programme

    “I am therefore happy that this development is making way for the numerous younger ones who are getting pushed,” he said.

    Okowa noted that the best way to identify the young athletes is through a grassroots sports development programme.

    ”The result is what we have seen here in this competition,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two-days event began on Thursday and ended on Friday .

    The 22nd African Senior Athletics Championships is scheduled to hold in Mauritius from June 8 to June 12.

    The AFN president stated that athletes for the Federation’s Classics event would also be picked for camping.

    He also acknowledged that the Federation’s coaches have been working very hard.

    ”The federation is set to come up with welfare packages, both for the athletes and coaches, and the more they work the better they become.”

    Okowa however pointed out that there were no good facilities to help athletes across the country push their dreams.

    “The major challenge of the athletes in Nigeria is lack of facilities for their training  ahead of any major competition,” he said.

    Okowa then urged state governments to starts thinking about putting on ground good facilities for athletes in their various areas so as to achieve their athletes’ dreams.

    Speaking also, Samuel Onikeku, the Technical Director of AFN, said the objectives of the All-Comers competition have been achieved and many athletes have been discovered.

    “We have discovered some athletes and when we select the athletes we will release the list, latest by Monday for those that will go to camp.

    “Those athletes are to be picked based on performance,” he said.

    While enumerating the next plans of the Federation’s technical committee, he said committee members would be looking at how they were going to invite athletes to camp immediately.

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  •   The BAL theBAL com and Envol City will attract fans in Senegal starting next season The top eight BAL teams will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali Rwanda from May 21 28 The Basketball Africa League BAL and Envol City an innovative real estate project in the exclusive Diamniadio district of Dakar Senegal today announced a multi year partnership that makes Envol City an Official Partner of the BAL and a Country Partner of the league in Senegal Beginning with the BAL 2023 season BAL and Envol City will collaborate on fan engagement initiatives showcasing the convergence of sport music food art and fashion including at BAL Fan Zones during games in Dakar BAL s first Fan Zone was held in Dakar from March 5 15 and featured a DJ live musical performances food stalls merchandise sales opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends and plus Envol City branding will also be visible on the BAL pitch and in broadcasts during the BAL 2022 Playoffs which will feature the top eight teams from the league s Sahara and Nile Conferences competing in a single elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda starting May 21 28 We are pleased to partner with Envol City to engage BAL s passionate fans in Senegal while shedding light on Africa s ability to be a world leader in sports and entertainment said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall Envol City shares our commitment to a future for Africa built on modernity and innovation and we look forward to working together to use the convening and transformative power of sports to deliver memorable experiences for BAL fans and guests Envol City is an innovative and modern real estate project firmly focused on the future said Moctar Thiam CEO of Envol City Our vision for Africa in the future is ambitious innovative and a symbol of excellence Therefore it is natural for us to establish a partnership with BAL a well established brand on the continent and beyond Through our strong partnership with BAL we want to set an example for Pan African youth and create bridges that build the path towards a common vision for the future of Africa Envol City joins BAL s list of world class marketing partners which includes Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy NFE Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson and official partners Alley Oop Africa Attorney General Alliance AGA Africa Destination Senegal and Air Senegal Flutterwave and Hennessy The BAL 2022 extended season features the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 matches in three cities over three months Dakar March 5 15 Cairo Egypt April 9 19 and Kigali May 21 28 The BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network AFN Voice of America VOA TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live streaming on the NBA app NBA com and NBA com BAL The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola 4 1 take on AS Sal of Morocco 3 2 followed by REG of Rwanda 4 1 vs FAP Cameroon 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA s Monastir of Tunisia 4 1 taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa 2 3 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt 5 0 against SLAC of Guinea 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals which will take place on May 28 at 12 00 p m ET 6 00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN Canal VisionView TV and VOA radio and around the world on AFN ESPNews NBA TV International Tencent Sports TSN the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL Basketball Africa League 2022 Playoffs Finals Promotional Spot https bit ly 3wmEhaD Credit BAL
    Envol City joins Basketball Africa League as Official Partner
      The BAL theBAL com and Envol City will attract fans in Senegal starting next season The top eight BAL teams will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali Rwanda from May 21 28 The Basketball Africa League BAL and Envol City an innovative real estate project in the exclusive Diamniadio district of Dakar Senegal today announced a multi year partnership that makes Envol City an Official Partner of the BAL and a Country Partner of the league in Senegal Beginning with the BAL 2023 season BAL and Envol City will collaborate on fan engagement initiatives showcasing the convergence of sport music food art and fashion including at BAL Fan Zones during games in Dakar BAL s first Fan Zone was held in Dakar from March 5 15 and featured a DJ live musical performances food stalls merchandise sales opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends and plus Envol City branding will also be visible on the BAL pitch and in broadcasts during the BAL 2022 Playoffs which will feature the top eight teams from the league s Sahara and Nile Conferences competing in a single elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda starting May 21 28 We are pleased to partner with Envol City to engage BAL s passionate fans in Senegal while shedding light on Africa s ability to be a world leader in sports and entertainment said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall Envol City shares our commitment to a future for Africa built on modernity and innovation and we look forward to working together to use the convening and transformative power of sports to deliver memorable experiences for BAL fans and guests Envol City is an innovative and modern real estate project firmly focused on the future said Moctar Thiam CEO of Envol City Our vision for Africa in the future is ambitious innovative and a symbol of excellence Therefore it is natural for us to establish a partnership with BAL a well established brand on the continent and beyond Through our strong partnership with BAL we want to set an example for Pan African youth and create bridges that build the path towards a common vision for the future of Africa Envol City joins BAL s list of world class marketing partners which includes Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy NFE Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson and official partners Alley Oop Africa Attorney General Alliance AGA Africa Destination Senegal and Air Senegal Flutterwave and Hennessy The BAL 2022 extended season features the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 matches in three cities over three months Dakar March 5 15 Cairo Egypt April 9 19 and Kigali May 21 28 The BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network AFN Voice of America VOA TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live streaming on the NBA app NBA com and NBA com BAL The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola 4 1 take on AS Sal of Morocco 3 2 followed by REG of Rwanda 4 1 vs FAP Cameroon 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA s Monastir of Tunisia 4 1 taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa 2 3 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt 5 0 against SLAC of Guinea 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals which will take place on May 28 at 12 00 p m ET 6 00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN Canal VisionView TV and VOA radio and around the world on AFN ESPNews NBA TV International Tencent Sports TSN the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL Basketball Africa League 2022 Playoffs Finals Promotional Spot https bit ly 3wmEhaD Credit BAL
    Envol City joins Basketball Africa League as Official Partner
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    Envol City joins Basketball Africa League as Official Partner

    The BAL (theBAL.com) and Envol City will attract fans in Senegal starting next season; The top eight BAL teams will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali, Rwanda from May 21-28.

    The Basketball Africa League (BAL) and Envol City, an innovative real estate project in the exclusive Diamniadio district of Dakar, Senegal, today announced a multi-year partnership that makes Envol City an Official Partner of the BAL and a Country Partner of the league. in Senegal. .

    Beginning with the BAL 2023 season, BAL and Envol City will collaborate on fan engagement initiatives showcasing the convergence of sport, music, food, art and fashion, including at BAL Fan Zones during games in Dakar. BAL's first Fan Zone was held in Dakar from March 5-15 and featured a DJ, live musical performances, food stalls, merchandise sales, opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends, and plus. Envol City branding will also be visible on the BAL pitch and in broadcasts during the BAL 2022 Playoffs, which will feature the top eight teams from the league's Sahara and Nile Conferences competing in a single-elimination tournament and Finals. at Kigali Arena in Rwanda starting May 21. -28.

    “We are pleased to partner with Envol City to engage BAL's passionate fans in Senegal while shedding light on Africa's ability to be a world leader in sports and entertainment,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “Envol City shares our commitment to a future for Africa built on modernity and innovation, and we look forward to working together to use the convening and transformative power of sports to deliver memorable experiences for BAL fans and guests.”

    "Envol City is an innovative and modern real estate project, firmly focused on the future," said Moctar Thiam, CEO of Envol City. “Our vision for Africa in the future is ambitious, innovative and a symbol of excellence. Therefore, it is natural for us to establish a partnership with BAL, a well-established brand on the continent and beyond. Through our strong partnership with BAL, we want to set an example for Pan-African youth and create bridges that build the path towards a common vision for the future of Africa.”

    Envol City joins BAL's list of world-class marketing partners, which includes Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy (NFE), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson, and official partners Alley-Oop Africa , Attorney General Alliance (AGA) – Africa, Destination Senegal and Air Senegal, Flutterwave and Hennessy.

    The BAL 2022 extended season features the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 matches in three cities over three months: Dakar (March 5-15); Cairo, Egypt (April 9-19); and Kigali (May 21-28). The BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages ​​through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal +, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, American Forces Network (AFN), Voice of America ( VOA), TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live streaming on the NBA app, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.

    The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola (4-1) take on AS Salé of Morocco (3-2), followed by REG of Rwanda (4-1) vs. FAP Cameroon (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT. The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA's Monastir of Tunisia (4-1) taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa (2-3) at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT, followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt (5-0) against SLAC of Guinea (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT.

    The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals, which will take place on May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET/6 :00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN. Canal+, VisionView TV and VOA radio, and around the world on AFN, ESPNews, NBA TV International, Tencent Sports, TSN, the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.

    Basketball Africa League 2022 Playoffs/Finals Promotional Spot: https://bit.ly/3wmEhaD (Credit: BAL)

  •   The top eight teams from BAL theBAL com will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali Rwanda from May 21 28 Tickets on sale now at https on nba com 3KHXCbr The Basketball Africa League BAL 2022 playoffs and finals will take place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda from Saturday May 21 to Saturday May 28 The top eight teams from the league s Sahara and Nile conferences will compete in single elimination Playoffs and Finals with the winner crowned the 2nd BAL Champion The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola 4 1 take on AS Sal of Morocco 3 2 followed by REG of Rwanda 4 1 vs FAP Cameroon 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA s Monastir of Tunisia 4 1 taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa 2 3 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt 5 0 against SLAC of Guinea 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals which will take place on May 28 at 12 00 p m ET 6 00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN Canal VisionView TV TV5Monde and Voice of America VOA radio and around the world on American Forces Network AFN ESPNews TSN the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL Tickets for the BAL Playoffs and Finals are now on sale in several categories including Group Tickets Advance Tickets Premium Tickets and Standard Tickets Fans can purchase tickets by visiting https on nba com 3w9oITE Below is the 2022 BAL Playoffs schedule and notable facts and figures about the 2022 BAL season PLAYOFFS DATE DAY HOUSE FAR GROUP LOCAL TIME Eastern Time QUARTER FINALS 05 21 2022 Saturday Luanda Petro ANG AS Sale MOR QF1 14 30 08 30 a m 05 21 2022 Saturday REG REAR WHEEL DRIVE FAP CAM QF2 18 00 12 00 pm QUARTER FINALS 05 22 2022 Sunday United States Monastir TUN Cape Town SA QF3 14 30 08 30 a m 05 22 2022 Sunday Zamalek EGP SLAC GUI QF4 18 00 12 00 pm SEMIFINALS 05 25 2022 Wednesday QF1 Winner QF2 Winner SF1 18 00 12 00 pm 05 25 2022 Wednesday QF3 Winner QF4 Winner sf2 9 30 pm 3 30 pm THIRD PLACE 05 27 2022 Friday LSF1 LSF2 3rd place 18 00 12 00 pm CHAMPIONSHIP 05 28 2022 Saturday SF1 Winner SF2 Winner endings 18 00 12 00 pm 1 AS Sal head coach Liz Mills Australia became the first woman to coach a BAL team during the group stage of the Sahara Conference which took place in Dakar Senegal from March 5 to 15 Mills led AS Sal to a 3 2 record and a spot in the BAL Playoffs 3 After taking place at one site last season due to the pandemic the BAL 2022 season has expanded to three iconic African cities Dakar Senegal March 5 15 Cairo Egypt April 9 19 and Kigali Rwanda May 21 28 3 The BAL 2022 season features three former NBA players Jamel Artis Cape Town Tigers last played for the Orlando Magic Ike Diogu Zamalek last played for the San Antonio Spurs and DJ Strawberry Zamalek last played for the Phoenix Suns 4 Four countries were represented at the BAL for the first time the Democratic Republic of the Congo BC Espoir Fukash Guinea SLAC South Africa Cape Town Tigers and South Sudan Cobra Sport SLAC Saharan Conference and Cape Town Tigers Nile Conference qualified for the 2022 BAL Playoffs after finishing in the top four in their respective conferences 4 Four African players were among the top performers in the BAL 2022 group stage Mayan Kiir Cobra Sport South Sudan averaging 18 8 points 2 2 assists 11 4 rebounds and 1 steal per match Amadou Harouna AS Sal Niger averaging 19 8 points 3 6 assists 4 rebounds and 1 6 steals per game Rolly Fula Nganga BC Espoir Fukash Democratic Republic of the Congo averaging 18 4 points 2 4 assists 5 6 rebounds and 1 2 steals per game and Evans Ganapamo Cape Town Tigers Central African Republic averaging 17 4 points 2 2 assists 3 8 rebounds and 1 8 steals per game 5 The five top scorers from the league group stage will feature in the BAL Playoffs Terrel Stoglin AS Sal 33 2 ppg Marcus Crawford SLAC 21 4 ppg Billy Preston Cape Town Tigers 20 3 ppg Amadou Harouna AS Sal 19 8 points per game Edgar Sosa Zamalek 19 5 points per game 5 Five teams returned in 2022 for their second BAL season defending BAL champion Zamalek 2021 runner up US Monastir semi finalists Petro de Luanda and quarter finalists AS Sal and FAP All five teams qualified for the BAL Playoffs of 2022 7 Seven teams participated in the BAL for the first time this season BC Espoir Fukash Cape Town Tigers Cobra Sport CFV Beira Mozambique DUC Senegal REG Rwanda and SLAC 8 The eight playoff teams are REG 4 1 US Monastir 4 1 AS Sal 3 2 and SLAC 2 3 from the Sahara Conference and Zamalek 5 0 Petro de Luanda 4 1 Cape Town Tigers 2 3 and FAP 2 3 from the Nile Conference 9 BAL and Canal Sports are co producing nine episodes of BAL Action a magazine show dedicated to BAL that is distributed globally on partner streaming platforms 11 The BAL has a list of 11 world class marketing partners Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy NFE Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson and official partners Alley Oop Africa Attorney General Alliance AGA Africa Destination Senegal and Air Senegal Envol City Flutterwave and Hennessy 11 2021 BAL champion Zamalek is on an 11 match BAL winning streak after winning all five of their games during the Nile Conference group stage Last season Zamalek finished 6 0 and won the inaugural BAL championship 12 The BAL once again featured the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries As part of the new BAL Elevate program https on nba com 3LMO5Bi one NBA Academy Africa prospect has joined each of the 12 BAL teams for the 2022 season NBA Academy Africa is a center elite basketball training camp in Saly Senegal for top school age prospects from across Africa 13 A combined 13 players who competed in the group stage and previously played in the NBA G League including US Monastir s Ater James Majok who was selected 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft the 2011 NBA 13 BAL 2022 season airs on 13 free channels in Africa 2STV Senegal Arryadia Morocco Awa TV Nigeria CISTV Guinea DigiCongo TV Democratic Republic of Congo K24 Kenya Kolo TV Madagascar On Time Sports Middle East and North Africa RBA Rwanda SABC Sports South Africa Tunis TV Tunisia TVM Mozambique and TV Zimbo Angola 15 Ater James Majok US Monastir who led the BAL in rebounding during the group stage recorded 15 or more rebounds three times 16 REG s Adonis Filer dished out a BAL record with 16 assists in his team s opener against AS Sal Filer averaged a league high 9 2 assists per game during the group stage 19 BAL s 12 teams combined to feature 19 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB Africa the NBA and FIBA s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from around the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA Former BWB Africa campers currently in the NBA include five time All Star Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon 2011 BWB Africa and 2019 NBA Champion Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Cameroon 2012 BWB Africa 30 The 12 BAL teams featured a combined 30 former NCAA Division I players 38 After the inaugural BAL season featured a total of 26 games the 2022 BAL season was expanded to a total of 38 games two 15 game group stages followed by eight game Playoffs and Finals 41 AS Sal s Terrel Stoglin who wears number 41 set a new BAL single game scoring record of 41 points in a 96 90 loss to US Monastir during the Sahara Conference group stage breaking his own record of 40 points that he set during the BAL 2021 group stage Stoglin was the league s top scorer during the group stage averaging 33 2 points per game 156 The 12 BAL teams collectively featured 156 players from 23 countries across Africa Europe and the USA 199 A total of 199 media members were accredited to cover BAL games on site and remotely during group stage games in Dakar and Cairo 215 The second season of BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories through free and pay TV broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN AFN VOA TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live stream on the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL 400 000 000 This season the BAL has recorded more than 400 million fan interactions across its online platforms including 66 million influencer interactions 22 million video views 12 million social media interactions and four million visits to the official BAL website NBA com BAL
    2022 Basketball Africa League Season: By the Numbers
      The top eight teams from BAL theBAL com will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali Rwanda from May 21 28 Tickets on sale now at https on nba com 3KHXCbr The Basketball Africa League BAL 2022 playoffs and finals will take place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda from Saturday May 21 to Saturday May 28 The top eight teams from the league s Sahara and Nile conferences will compete in single elimination Playoffs and Finals with the winner crowned the 2nd BAL Champion The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola 4 1 take on AS Sal of Morocco 3 2 followed by REG of Rwanda 4 1 vs FAP Cameroon 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA s Monastir of Tunisia 4 1 taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa 2 3 at 8 30 am ET 2 30 pm CAT followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt 5 0 against SLAC of Guinea 2 3 at noon ET 6 pm CAT The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals which will take place on May 28 at 12 00 p m ET 6 00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN Canal VisionView TV TV5Monde and Voice of America VOA radio and around the world on American Forces Network AFN ESPNews TSN the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL Tickets for the BAL Playoffs and Finals are now on sale in several categories including Group Tickets Advance Tickets Premium Tickets and Standard Tickets Fans can purchase tickets by visiting https on nba com 3w9oITE Below is the 2022 BAL Playoffs schedule and notable facts and figures about the 2022 BAL season PLAYOFFS DATE DAY HOUSE FAR GROUP LOCAL TIME Eastern Time QUARTER FINALS 05 21 2022 Saturday Luanda Petro ANG AS Sale MOR QF1 14 30 08 30 a m 05 21 2022 Saturday REG REAR WHEEL DRIVE FAP CAM QF2 18 00 12 00 pm QUARTER FINALS 05 22 2022 Sunday United States Monastir TUN Cape Town SA QF3 14 30 08 30 a m 05 22 2022 Sunday Zamalek EGP SLAC GUI QF4 18 00 12 00 pm SEMIFINALS 05 25 2022 Wednesday QF1 Winner QF2 Winner SF1 18 00 12 00 pm 05 25 2022 Wednesday QF3 Winner QF4 Winner sf2 9 30 pm 3 30 pm THIRD PLACE 05 27 2022 Friday LSF1 LSF2 3rd place 18 00 12 00 pm CHAMPIONSHIP 05 28 2022 Saturday SF1 Winner SF2 Winner endings 18 00 12 00 pm 1 AS Sal head coach Liz Mills Australia became the first woman to coach a BAL team during the group stage of the Sahara Conference which took place in Dakar Senegal from March 5 to 15 Mills led AS Sal to a 3 2 record and a spot in the BAL Playoffs 3 After taking place at one site last season due to the pandemic the BAL 2022 season has expanded to three iconic African cities Dakar Senegal March 5 15 Cairo Egypt April 9 19 and Kigali Rwanda May 21 28 3 The BAL 2022 season features three former NBA players Jamel Artis Cape Town Tigers last played for the Orlando Magic Ike Diogu Zamalek last played for the San Antonio Spurs and DJ Strawberry Zamalek last played for the Phoenix Suns 4 Four countries were represented at the BAL for the first time the Democratic Republic of the Congo BC Espoir Fukash Guinea SLAC South Africa Cape Town Tigers and South Sudan Cobra Sport SLAC Saharan Conference and Cape Town Tigers Nile Conference qualified for the 2022 BAL Playoffs after finishing in the top four in their respective conferences 4 Four African players were among the top performers in the BAL 2022 group stage Mayan Kiir Cobra Sport South Sudan averaging 18 8 points 2 2 assists 11 4 rebounds and 1 steal per match Amadou Harouna AS Sal Niger averaging 19 8 points 3 6 assists 4 rebounds and 1 6 steals per game Rolly Fula Nganga BC Espoir Fukash Democratic Republic of the Congo averaging 18 4 points 2 4 assists 5 6 rebounds and 1 2 steals per game and Evans Ganapamo Cape Town Tigers Central African Republic averaging 17 4 points 2 2 assists 3 8 rebounds and 1 8 steals per game 5 The five top scorers from the league group stage will feature in the BAL Playoffs Terrel Stoglin AS Sal 33 2 ppg Marcus Crawford SLAC 21 4 ppg Billy Preston Cape Town Tigers 20 3 ppg Amadou Harouna AS Sal 19 8 points per game Edgar Sosa Zamalek 19 5 points per game 5 Five teams returned in 2022 for their second BAL season defending BAL champion Zamalek 2021 runner up US Monastir semi finalists Petro de Luanda and quarter finalists AS Sal and FAP All five teams qualified for the BAL Playoffs of 2022 7 Seven teams participated in the BAL for the first time this season BC Espoir Fukash Cape Town Tigers Cobra Sport CFV Beira Mozambique DUC Senegal REG Rwanda and SLAC 8 The eight playoff teams are REG 4 1 US Monastir 4 1 AS Sal 3 2 and SLAC 2 3 from the Sahara Conference and Zamalek 5 0 Petro de Luanda 4 1 Cape Town Tigers 2 3 and FAP 2 3 from the Nile Conference 9 BAL and Canal Sports are co producing nine episodes of BAL Action a magazine show dedicated to BAL that is distributed globally on partner streaming platforms 11 The BAL has a list of 11 world class marketing partners Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy NFE Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson and official partners Alley Oop Africa Attorney General Alliance AGA Africa Destination Senegal and Air Senegal Envol City Flutterwave and Hennessy 11 2021 BAL champion Zamalek is on an 11 match BAL winning streak after winning all five of their games during the Nile Conference group stage Last season Zamalek finished 6 0 and won the inaugural BAL championship 12 The BAL once again featured the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries As part of the new BAL Elevate program https on nba com 3LMO5Bi one NBA Academy Africa prospect has joined each of the 12 BAL teams for the 2022 season NBA Academy Africa is a center elite basketball training camp in Saly Senegal for top school age prospects from across Africa 13 A combined 13 players who competed in the group stage and previously played in the NBA G League including US Monastir s Ater James Majok who was selected 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft the 2011 NBA 13 BAL 2022 season airs on 13 free channels in Africa 2STV Senegal Arryadia Morocco Awa TV Nigeria CISTV Guinea DigiCongo TV Democratic Republic of Congo K24 Kenya Kolo TV Madagascar On Time Sports Middle East and North Africa RBA Rwanda SABC Sports South Africa Tunis TV Tunisia TVM Mozambique and TV Zimbo Angola 15 Ater James Majok US Monastir who led the BAL in rebounding during the group stage recorded 15 or more rebounds three times 16 REG s Adonis Filer dished out a BAL record with 16 assists in his team s opener against AS Sal Filer averaged a league high 9 2 assists per game during the group stage 19 BAL s 12 teams combined to feature 19 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB Africa the NBA and FIBA s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from around the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA Former BWB Africa campers currently in the NBA include five time All Star Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon 2011 BWB Africa and 2019 NBA Champion Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Cameroon 2012 BWB Africa 30 The 12 BAL teams featured a combined 30 former NCAA Division I players 38 After the inaugural BAL season featured a total of 26 games the 2022 BAL season was expanded to a total of 38 games two 15 game group stages followed by eight game Playoffs and Finals 41 AS Sal s Terrel Stoglin who wears number 41 set a new BAL single game scoring record of 41 points in a 96 90 loss to US Monastir during the Sahara Conference group stage breaking his own record of 40 points that he set during the BAL 2021 group stage Stoglin was the league s top scorer during the group stage averaging 33 2 points per game 156 The 12 BAL teams collectively featured 156 players from 23 countries across Africa Europe and the USA 199 A total of 199 media members were accredited to cover BAL games on site and remotely during group stage games in Dakar and Cairo 215 The second season of BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories through free and pay TV broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN AFN VOA TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live stream on the NBA App NBA com and NBA com BAL 400 000 000 This season the BAL has recorded more than 400 million fan interactions across its online platforms including 66 million influencer interactions 22 million video views 12 million social media interactions and four million visits to the official BAL website NBA com BAL
    2022 Basketball Africa League Season: By the Numbers
    Africa5 months ago

    2022 Basketball Africa League Season: By the Numbers

    The top eight teams from BAL (theBAL.com) will compete in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali, Rwanda from May 21-28. Tickets on sale now at https://on.nba.com/3KHXCbr.

    The Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2022 playoffs and finals will take place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda from Saturday, May 21 to Saturday, May 28. The top eight teams from the league's Sahara and Nile conferences will compete in single-elimination Playoffs and Finals, with the winner crowned the 2nd BAL Champion.

    The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola (4-1) take on AS Salé of Morocco (3-2), followed by REG of Rwanda (4-1) vs. FAP Cameroon (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT. The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA's Monastir of Tunisia (4-1) taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa (2-3) at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT, followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt (5-0) against SLAC of Guinea (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT.

    The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals, which will take place on May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET/6 :00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN. Canal+, VisionView TV, TV5Monde and Voice of America (VOA) radio, and around the world on American Forces Network (AFN), ESPNews, TSN, the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.

    Tickets for the BAL Playoffs and Finals are now on sale in several categories, including Group Tickets, Advance Tickets, Premium Tickets and Standard Tickets. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting https://on.nba.com/3w9oITE.

    Below is the 2022 BAL Playoffs schedule and notable facts and figures about the 2022 BAL season:

    PLAYOFFS
    DATEDAYHOUSEFARGROUPLOCAL TIMEEastern Time
    QUARTER FINALS
    05/21/2022SaturdayLuanda Petro (ANG)AS Sale (MOR)QF114:3008:30 a.m.
    05/21/2022SaturdayREG (REAR WHEEL DRIVE)FAP (CAM)QF218:0012:00 pm
    QUARTER FINALS
    05/22/2022SundayUnited States Monastir (TUN)Cape Town (SA)QF314:3008:30 a.m.
    05/22/2022SundayZamalek (EGP)SLAC (GUI)QF418:0012:00 pm
    SEMIFINALS
    05/25/2022WednesdayQF1 WinnerQF2 WinnerSF118:0012:00 pm
    05/25/2022WednesdayQF3 WinnerQF4 Winnersf29:30 pm3:30 pm
    THIRD PLACE
    05/27/2022FridayLSF1LSF23rd place18:0012:00 pm
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    05/28/2022SaturdaySF1 WinnerSF2 Winnerendings18:0012:00 pm

    1 – AS Salé head coach Liz Mills (Australia) became the first woman to coach a BAL team during the group stage of the Sahara Conference, which took place in Dakar, Senegal, from March 5 to 15. Mills led AS Salé to a 3-2 record and a spot in the BAL Playoffs.

    3 – After taking place at one site last season due to the pandemic, the BAL 2022 season has expanded to three iconic African cities: Dakar, Senegal (March 5-15); Cairo, Egypt (April 9-19); and Kigali, Rwanda (May 21-28).

    3 – The BAL 2022 season features three former NBA players: Jamel Artis (Cape Town Tigers; last played for the Orlando Magic), Ike Diogu (Zamalek; last played for the San Antonio Spurs) and DJ Strawberry ( Zamalek; last played for the Phoenix Suns).

    4 – Four countries were represented at the BAL for the first time: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (BC Espoir Fukash), Guinea (SLAC), South Africa (Cape Town Tigers) and South Sudan (Cobra Sport). SLAC (Saharan Conference) and Cape Town Tigers (Nile Conference) qualified for the 2022 BAL Playoffs after finishing in the top four in their respective conferences.

    4 – Four African players were among the top performers in the BAL 2022 group stage: Mayan Kiir (Cobra Sport; South Sudan) – averaging 18.8 points, 2.2 assists, 11.4 rebounds and 1 steal per match; Amadou Harouna (AS Salé; Niger) – averaging 19.8 points, 3.6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game; Rolly Fula Nganga (BC Espoir Fukash; Democratic Republic of the Congo) – averaging 18.4 points, 2.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game; and Evans Ganapamo (Cape Town Tigers; Central African Republic), averaging 17.4 points, 2.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

    5 – The five top scorers from the league group stage will feature in the BAL Playoffs: Terrel Stoglin (AS Salé) – 33.2 ppg Marcus Crawford (SLAC) – 21.4 ppg Billy Preston (Cape Town Tigers ) – 20.3 ppg Amadou Harouna (AS Salé) ) – 19.8 points per game Edgar Sosa (Zamalek) – 19.5 points per game

    5 – Five teams returned in 2022 for their second BAL season: defending BAL champion Zamalek, 2021 runner-up US Monastir, semi-finalists Petro de Luanda, and quarter-finalists AS Salé and FAP All five teams qualified for the BAL Playoffs of 2022.

    7 – Seven teams participated in the BAL for the first time this season: BC Espoir Fukash, Cape Town Tigers, Cobra Sport, CFV – Beira (Mozambique), DUC (Senegal), REG (Rwanda) and SLAC

    8 – The eight playoff teams are REG (4-1), US Monastir (4-1), AS Salé (3-2) and SLAC (2-3) from the Sahara Conference, and Zamalek (5-0), Petro de Luanda (4-1), Cape Town Tigers (2-3) and FAP (2-3) from the Nile Conference.

    9 – BAL and Canal+ Sports are co-producing nine episodes of “BAL Action”, a magazine show dedicated to BAL that is distributed globally on partner streaming platforms.

    11 – The BAL has a list of 11 world-class marketing partners: Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy (NFE), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson, and official partners Alley-Oop Africa, Attorney General Alliance (AGA) – Africa, Destination Senegal and Air Senegal, Envol City, Flutterwave and Hennessy.

    11 – 2021 BAL champion Zamalek is on an 11-match BAL winning streak after winning all five of their games during the Nile Conference group stage. Last season Zamalek finished 6-0 and won the inaugural BAL championship.

    12 – The BAL once again featured the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries. As part of the new BAL Elevate program (https://on.nba.com/3LMO5Bi), one NBA Academy Africa prospect has joined each of the 12 BAL teams for the 2022 season. NBA Academy Africa is a center elite basketball training camp in Saly, Senegal for top school-age prospects from across Africa.

    13 – A combined 13 players who competed in the group stage and previously played in the NBA G League, including US Monastir's Ater James Majok, who was selected 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft. the 2011 NBA.

    13 – BAL 2022 season airs on 13 free channels in Africa: 2STV (Senegal), Arryadia (Morocco), Awa TV (Nigeria), CISTV (Guinea), DigiCongo TV (Democratic Republic of Congo), K24 (Kenya), Kolo TV (Madagascar), On Time Sports (Middle East and North Africa), RBA (Rwanda), SABC Sports (South Africa), Tunis TV (Tunisia), TVM (Mozambique), and TV Zimbo (Angola).

    15 – Ater James Majok (US Monastir), who led the BAL in rebounding during the group stage, recorded 15 or more rebounds three times.

    16 – REG's Adonis Filer dished out a BAL record with 16 assists in his team's opener against AS Salé. Filer averaged a league-high 9.2 assists per game during the group stage.

    19 – BAL's 12 teams combined to feature 19 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from around the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA. Former BWB Africa campers currently in the NBA include five-time All-Star Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; 2011 BWB Africa) and 2019 NBA Champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; 2012 BWB Africa ).

    30 – The 12 BAL teams featured a combined 30 former NCAA Division I players.

    38 – After the inaugural BAL season featured a total of 26 games, the 2022 BAL season was expanded to a total of 38 games: two 15-game group stages followed by eight-game Playoffs and Finals.

    41 – AS Salé's Terrel Stoglin, who wears number 41, set a new BAL single-game scoring record of 41 points in a 96-90 loss to US Monastir during the Sahara Conference group stage, breaking his own record of 40 points that he set. during the BAL 2021 group stage. Stoglin was the league's top scorer during the group stage, averaging 33.2 points per game.

    156 – The 12 BAL teams collectively featured 156 players from 23 countries across Africa, Europe and the USA.

    199 – A total of 199 media members were accredited to cover BAL games on-site and remotely during group stage games in Dakar and Cairo.

    215 – The second season of BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories through free and pay TV broadcast partnerships with Canal +, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, AFN, VOA, TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live stream on the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.

    400,000,000 – This season, the BAL has recorded more than 400 million fan interactions across its online platforms, including 66 million influencer interactions, 22 million video views, 12 million social media interactions and four million visits to the official BAL website (NBA.com/BAL).

  •   The BAL 2022 season will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network and Voice of America All 38 BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL The season opener will feature Senegal s Dakar Universit Club DUC taking on Guinea s Seydou Legacy Athl tique Club SLAC at the Dakar Arena on Saturday March 5 at 12 30 pm ET 5 30 pm GMT on Canal ESPNews and TSN Tickets for Sahara Conference Games and Fan Zone Experience in Dakar from March 5 15 on sale now at NBA com BAL The Basketball Africa League BAL today announced its list of broadcast partners for the 2022 BAL season https on nba com 3hEBzXm which kicks off tomorrow Saturday March 5 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar Senegal and will include stops in Cairo Egypt and Kigali Rwanda The second season of BAL will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network AFN and Voice of America VOA and live streaming on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL In the season opener Senegal s Dakar Universit Club DUC will take on Guinea s Seydou Legacy Athl tique Club SLAC at 12 30 p m ET 5 30 p m three cities in the next three months The second BAL final will take place on Saturday May 28 at 12 00 pm ET 5 00 pm GMT on Canal ESPNews and TSN Tickets for the Sahara Conference games and the BAL Fan Zone experience at the Dakar Arena from March 5 15 are on sale now at NBA com BAL Jumia sn https bit ly 35Mz1DF premium and court seats and in the BAL cultural animations at various points of sale in Dakar BAL s first Fan Zone will feature a DJ live musical performances food booths merchandise for sale opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends and more BAL is back with an impressive group of world class broadcast distribution partners for our second expanded season said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall As the competition heats up and travels to more cities across Africa we are excited for BAL games to reach more fans across Africa and the world on the devices and platforms they use the most through our partners and website BAL official Please find full details on the global broadcast distribution of the BAL 2022 season below For the second consecutive year Canal and ESPN will broadcast all BAL matches in the Francophone and Anglophone countries and territories of sub Saharan Africa Canal will also produce and distribute original programming about the league including an eight episode magazine show BAL Action that will premiere on March 5 VOA will broadcast 31 games across its extensive radio network in Africa including select games in English French Portuguese Kinyarwanda and Wolof New this year VOA and BAL will collaborate on additional programming including weekly podcasts from Dakar Cairo and Kigali beginning March 4 that will be broadcast via VOA and BAL s online platforms Free selected channels across Africa will broadcast BAL games throughout the season In the US the opening game and finals will air on ESPNews with all remaining games available on ESPN ESPN will broadcast the opening game and Finals in select countries in Asia Pacific the Caribbean and Latin America and all BAL games will air on ESPN s digital platforms in the same regions BAL games and programming will be available in Canada on TSN and in China on Tencent Sports AFN which is distributed to US military bases and ships at sea in 167 countries and territories will broadcast select games live and on demand throughout the season NBA TV will broadcast all 38 games live or delayed in the US and around the world For the second year in a row all BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL The 12 BAL teams representing 12 African countries and including defending BAL champion Zamalek Egypt have been divided into two conferences the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference Each conference will play a group stage of 15 games during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once The group stage of the Sahara Conference will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5 15 while the group stage of the Nile Conference will take place at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9 19 The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs which will feature a single elimination tournament and finals at the Kigali Arena from May 21 28 New Fortress Energy NFE the Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as founding partners of BAL The league s list of world class marketing partners also includes Flutterwave and Hennessy Basketball Africa League season 2 publicity video https bit ly 3K8zyyK Credit BAL
    Basketball Africa League Announces Roster of Broadcast Partners for Expanded 2022 Season Tipping off Tomorrow
      The BAL 2022 season will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network and Voice of America All 38 BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL The season opener will feature Senegal s Dakar Universit Club DUC taking on Guinea s Seydou Legacy Athl tique Club SLAC at the Dakar Arena on Saturday March 5 at 12 30 pm ET 5 30 pm GMT on Canal ESPNews and TSN Tickets for Sahara Conference Games and Fan Zone Experience in Dakar from March 5 15 on sale now at NBA com BAL The Basketball Africa League BAL today announced its list of broadcast partners for the 2022 BAL season https on nba com 3hEBzXm which kicks off tomorrow Saturday March 5 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar Senegal and will include stops in Cairo Egypt and Kigali Rwanda The second season of BAL will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal ESPN NBA TV Tencent Sports TSN American Forces Network AFN and Voice of America VOA and live streaming on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL In the season opener Senegal s Dakar Universit Club DUC will take on Guinea s Seydou Legacy Athl tique Club SLAC at 12 30 p m ET 5 30 p m three cities in the next three months The second BAL final will take place on Saturday May 28 at 12 00 pm ET 5 00 pm GMT on Canal ESPNews and TSN Tickets for the Sahara Conference games and the BAL Fan Zone experience at the Dakar Arena from March 5 15 are on sale now at NBA com BAL Jumia sn https bit ly 35Mz1DF premium and court seats and in the BAL cultural animations at various points of sale in Dakar BAL s first Fan Zone will feature a DJ live musical performances food booths merchandise for sale opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends and more BAL is back with an impressive group of world class broadcast distribution partners for our second expanded season said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall As the competition heats up and travels to more cities across Africa we are excited for BAL games to reach more fans across Africa and the world on the devices and platforms they use the most through our partners and website BAL official Please find full details on the global broadcast distribution of the BAL 2022 season below For the second consecutive year Canal and ESPN will broadcast all BAL matches in the Francophone and Anglophone countries and territories of sub Saharan Africa Canal will also produce and distribute original programming about the league including an eight episode magazine show BAL Action that will premiere on March 5 VOA will broadcast 31 games across its extensive radio network in Africa including select games in English French Portuguese Kinyarwanda and Wolof New this year VOA and BAL will collaborate on additional programming including weekly podcasts from Dakar Cairo and Kigali beginning March 4 that will be broadcast via VOA and BAL s online platforms Free selected channels across Africa will broadcast BAL games throughout the season In the US the opening game and finals will air on ESPNews with all remaining games available on ESPN ESPN will broadcast the opening game and Finals in select countries in Asia Pacific the Caribbean and Latin America and all BAL games will air on ESPN s digital platforms in the same regions BAL games and programming will be available in Canada on TSN and in China on Tencent Sports AFN which is distributed to US military bases and ships at sea in 167 countries and territories will broadcast select games live and on demand throughout the season NBA TV will broadcast all 38 games live or delayed in the US and around the world For the second year in a row all BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app http NBA com and http NBA com BAL The 12 BAL teams representing 12 African countries and including defending BAL champion Zamalek Egypt have been divided into two conferences the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference Each conference will play a group stage of 15 games during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once The group stage of the Sahara Conference will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5 15 while the group stage of the Nile Conference will take place at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9 19 The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs which will feature a single elimination tournament and finals at the Kigali Arena from May 21 28 New Fortress Energy NFE the Rwanda Development Board RDB NIKE Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as founding partners of BAL The league s list of world class marketing partners also includes Flutterwave and Hennessy Basketball Africa League season 2 publicity video https bit ly 3K8zyyK Credit BAL
    Basketball Africa League Announces Roster of Broadcast Partners for Expanded 2022 Season Tipping off Tomorrow
    Africa7 months ago

    Basketball Africa League Announces Roster of Broadcast Partners for Expanded 2022 Season Tipping off Tomorrow

    The BAL 2022 season will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages ​​through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal+, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, American Forces Network and Voice of America; All 38 BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app, http://NBA.com and http://NBA.com/BAL; The season opener will feature Senegal's Dakar Université Club (DUC) taking on Guinea's Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (SLAC) at the Dakar Arena on Saturday, March 5 at 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT on Canal+. , ESPNews and TSN; Tickets for Sahara Conference Games and Fan Zone Experience in Dakar from March 5-15 on sale now at NBA.com/BAL

    The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced its list of broadcast partners for the 2022 BAL season (https://on.nba.com/3hEBzXm), which kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, March 5 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar. Senegal, and will include stops in Cairo, Egypt and Kigali, Rwanda. The second season of BAL will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages ​​through free and pay television broadcast partnerships with Canal +, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, American Forces Network (AFN) and Voice. of America (VOA) and live streaming on the NBA app, http://NBA.com and http://NBA.com/BAL.

    In the season opener, Senegal's Dakar Université Club (DUC) will take on Guinea's Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (SLAC) at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. three cities in the next three months. The second BAL final will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN.

    Tickets for the Sahara Conference games and the BAL Fan Zone experience at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15 are on sale now at NBA.com/BAL, Jumia.sn (https://bit.ly/35Mz1DF ) (premium and court seats) and in the BAL cultural animations at various points of sale in Dakar. BAL's first Fan Zone will feature a DJ, live musical performances, food booths, merchandise for sale, opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends, and more.

    “BAL is back with an impressive group of world-class broadcast distribution partners for our second expanded season,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “As the competition heats up and travels to more cities across Africa, we are excited for BAL games to reach more fans across Africa and the world on the devices and platforms they use the most through our partners and website. BAL official.

    Please find full details on the global broadcast distribution of the BAL 2022 season below:

    For the second consecutive year, Canal+ and ESPN will broadcast all BAL matches in the Francophone and Anglophone countries and territories of sub-Saharan Africa. Canal+ will also produce and distribute original programming about the league, including an eight-episode magazine show “BAL Action” that will premiere on March 5. VOA will broadcast 31 games across its extensive radio network in Africa, including select games in English, French, Portuguese, Kinyarwanda and Wolof. New this year, VOA and BAL will collaborate on additional programming including weekly podcasts from Dakar, Cairo and Kigali beginning March 4 that will be broadcast via VOA and BAL's online platforms. Free selected channels across Africa will broadcast BAL games throughout the season. In the US, the opening game and finals will air on ESPNews, with all remaining games available on ESPN+. ESPN will broadcast the opening game and Finals in select countries in Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America, and all BAL games will air on ESPN's digital platforms in the same regions. BAL games and programming will be available in Canada on TSN and in China on Tencent Sports. AFN, which is distributed to US military bases and ships at sea in 167 countries and territories, will broadcast select games live and on-demand throughout the season. NBA TV will broadcast all 38 games live or delayed in the US and around the world. For the second year in a row, all BAL games will be streamed live on the NBA app, http://NBA.com and http://NBA.com/BAL.

    The 12 BAL teams, representing 12 African countries and including defending BAL champion Zamalek (Egypt), have been divided into two conferences: the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a group stage of 15 games during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once. The group stage of the Sahara Conference will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, while the group stage of the Nile Conference will take place at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9-19. The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and finals at the Kigali Arena from May 21-28.

    New Fortress Energy (NFE), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as founding partners of BAL. The league's list of world-class marketing partners also includes Flutterwave and Hennessy.

    Basketball Africa League season 2 publicity video (https://bit.ly/3K8zyyK) (Credit: BAL)