Members of Nigeria's 1976 Montreal Olympic group and the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations Green Eagles team, will be honoured at the Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame, Completesports.com reports.
The occasion will occur on Friday, July 28, 2023, at a gala night at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Prior to the Nigerian sports legend being honoured, there will be the unveiling of the historical Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) likewise on July 28.
The 2 occasions will be sponsored by Chairman/CEO of Air Peace Allen Onyema.
The Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame is the effort of famous Green Eagles winger, 1980 AFCON winner and member of the football group to the 1976 Monreal Olympic Segun Odegbami.
The previous IICC/Shooting Stars gamer would likewise be a recipient of the rewards as one of the sports heroes.
The unveiling of the Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame at the NIIA will be under the chairmanship of previous President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Investiture of the Air Peace Sports Diplomacy Ambassadors at Eko Hotel will be under the chairmanship of the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Limited, Mr. Hans Essaadi.
Amongst leading dignitaries anticipated to grace the occasion are Filbert Bayi, previous Tanzanian middle range runner, among Africa's biggest professional athletes in history and African-American famous previous sprinter, Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, Ron Freeman.
Anticipated at the historical occasion are the CEO of OlympAfrica, Allasanne Thierno Diack and extreme political scholar, historian, cultural and social activist from South Africa, Dr. Biki Minyuku.
At the Wall of Fame at NIIA, all the sports heroes would have their names composed in gold.
According to Onyema, at an interview, the these professional athletes who are still alive would not just be honoured and commemorated, they would likewise be called Air Peace Ambassadors.
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Onyema stated they would take pleasure in the airline company's 12 complimentary return tickets on domestic paths every year and one worldwide flight to any of the airline company's foreign locations till they die in addition to an unique money benefit that would be revealed at the gala occasion hanging on July 28.
In 1980 the then Green Eagles of Nigeria raised the Africa Cup of Nations Cup for the very first time inside the primary bowl of the National Stadium in Lagos after beating the Desert Warriors of Algeria 3– 0.
Odegbami scored 2 objectives versus the Algerians to land Nigeria's very first of 3 AFCON titles.
In 1976, a Nigerian contingent of professional athletes had actually gotten here in Montreal, Canada for the Olympic Games, with Odegbami likewise part of the Nigeria football group.
After the Nigerian professional athletes had actually invested one week in camp getting ready for the video games, the military federal government at the time chose to boycott the video games to object the apartheid routine and bigotry in South Africa.
The statement was made on the eve of the opening of the video games and Nigeria together with 27 other African nations boycotted the video games and all the professional athletes returned house.
Nigeria's transfer to promote an African boycott of the video games caused completion of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela from jail after 27 years.
1976 Montreal Athletics Team
Kolawole Abdullahi, 100m/ 4 X 100m relay (late)
Ruks Bazunu, 100m/ 4 X 100m relay (USA)
Moses Adebayo Adebanji, 4 X 100m relay (USA)
Edward Ofili, 100m/200m/4 X 100m relay (late)
Mark Olomu, 4 X 100m relay, Sapele
Chuks Abigide, 4 X 100m relay, USA
John Okoro, Long Jump (Late)
Charlton Ehizuelen, Long and Triple Jumps, USA
Moses Akporowho, Long Jump, (Late)
Godwin Obasogie, 110m, Hurdles, USA
Graywood Oruwari, 110m, Hurdles, USA
Modupe Oshikoya, 100m, Long Jump, Pentathlon, USA
Gloria Ayanlaja, 400m, USA
Bruce T. Ijirigho, 400m/4 X 400m relay, USA
Dele Udoh, 400m, 4 X 400m relay (Late)
Felix Imadiyi, 400m, 4 X 400m relay, USA
Benjamin Omodhiale, 4 X 400m relay, USA
Rotimi Peters, 4 X 400m relay, USA
Dennis Otono, 400m Hurdles, USA
Taiwo Ogunjobi, 400m obstacles (Late)
1976 Montreal Olympic Football Team
Emmanuel Okala, Enugu
Joseph Erico (Late)
Andrew Atuegbu, USA
Sanni Mohammed, Accra, Ghana
Mudashiru Lawal (Late)
Christian Chukwu, Enugu
Godwin Odiye, USA
Kelechi Emetiole (Late)
Haruna Ilerika (Late)
Adekunle Awesu (Late)
Thompson Usiyan (Late)
Alloysius Atuegbu (Late)
Baba Otu Mohammed (Jos)
Jide Dina (Late)
Samuel Ojebode (Late)
Patrick Ekeji, USA, NA
Segun Odegbami, Lagos
Montreal 1976 Swimming Squad
John Ebito– USA
Montreal 1976 Boxing Squad
Obisia Nwankpa, Lagos
Davidson Andeh (Late)
L. Obagoriola, Lagos
1980 Africa Cup of Nations Team
Finest Ogedegbe (Late)
Moses Effiong– Calabar
Emmanuel Okala– Enugu
John Orlando– Accra
David Adiele– Owerri
Okey Isima (Late)
Segun Odegbami– Abeokuta
Felix Owolabi– Ibadan
Godwin Odiye– USA
Christian Chukwu– Enugu
Adokie Amiesimaka– Port Harcourt
Charles Bassey– Calabar
Tunde Bamidele (Late)
Kadiri Ikhana– Abeokuta
Mudashiru Lawal (Late)
Henry Nwosu– Lagos
Ifeanyi Onyedika– Enugu
Frank Onwuachi– Asaba
Martin Eyo (Late)
Shefiu Mohammed– Jalingo
Alloysius Atuegbu (Late)
Sylvanus Okpala– Enugu
By James Agberebi
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