Nigerian Football was again thrown into a state of mourning yesterday as news broke of the death of leading women football promoter and administrator, Henrietta Ukaigwe. Ukaigwe, a member of the Board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), has for several decades been at the vanguard of promoting the game of female football in Nigeria and even beyond these shores, playing a key role in the wide traction gained by the game from the 1990s as Nigeria’s Super Falcons relentlessly dominated the African game and became a permanent fixture in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Saudi Arabia has barred beIN Sport – the Premier League’s official Middle East broadcasters – from operating in the country. It means there is now no legitimate way to watch English top-flight football in a nation whose public investment fund is trying to complete a takeover of Newcastle United.
Nigeria is a country taking a serious look at sexual assault and the way women are treated. And, amongst those who are talking for the first time about what they have been through is six-time Olympic table tennis player Funke Oshonaike. Oshonaike has been inspired to tell her story after the rape and murder of Uwa Omozua, a 22-year-old Nigerian woman, in a church in Benin City.