NAW Ep18 - [Special] Bambo Akani reviews Nigeria’s woeful performance at Rio 2016 Olympics on Sports Planet

August 31, 2016

This special episode features Making of Champions' founder Bambo Akani on Sports Planet radio show which aired across several stations in the past week. These stations were The Beat FM in Lagos, Crown FM in Osun, Search FM in Niger, Orange FM in Ondo and Garden City FM in Rivers States.

The disappointing performance in athletics didn't really come as a surprise for our CEO who cemented his passion for reviving Nigerian athletics by starting Making of Champions. This is the second consecutive Olympics that Nigeria didn't come home with any medals in Track and Field. What was even more surprising is the performance countries like Japan and Cote D'Ivoire put up. 

He analyzes the causes and proffers solutions to the menace. Kindly share and leave us a review on iTunes!

GAW Ep 17 - A wrap up of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, best moments and outstanding performances.

August 24, 2016

Overview of the Olympics. Who were the standout performers at theRio Games? Usain Bolt for the Triple Treble, Mo Farah doing the Double Double,Elaine Thompson for doing the sprint double, World Record holders Almaz Ayana,Wayde Van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarcyzk, the likes of Tori Bowie and Andre deGrasse who won three medals each, Thiago Braz da Silva, Caster Semenya, theJapanese 4x100m for winning Silver behind Jamaica, etc.


Athletes that didn't live up to expectations at the Games. Whatcould have gone wrong for them? Justin Gatlin, Dafne Schippers, Asbel Kiprop,Trayvon Bromell, English Gardner, Blessing Okagbare, etc.


Other trending events. Such include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryceleaving her long time coach Stephen Francis of the MVP. That shows she's notplanning to call it quits anytime soon. Can she bounce back? The IAAF says thatthe World Youth Championships will no longer be hosted. What are our thoughtson this matter? IAAFWill No Longer Contest World U18 Youth Championships


NAW Ep 17 - The highs and lows of Team Nigeria’s performance at Rio 2016 Olympics. What next?

August 23, 2016

 A review of Team Nigeria's performance at the Olympic Games. The standout performers like the Dream Team, Chierika Ukogu, Aruna Quadri, Ese Brume for being the only Track and Field athlete to get to the final of an individual event. Divine Oduduru for running a PB whilst running with Usain Bolt. What happened to our wrestlers whom we felt had the best prospects of winning medals? What of Stephen Mozia? What's next for Blessing Okagbare?


A short focus on Nigeria-born athletes who repped other countries and did well. Morolake Akinosun, Courtney Okolo, Cindy Ofili, Salwa Eid Naser (Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu) who narrowly missed making the final in the 400m after lowering her PB twice, why are our athletes not replicating these feats? 


What's the way forward ahead of Tokyo 2020?


GAW Ep15 - Usain Bolt proves he is history’s greatest athlete, new World Records broken and other impressive Rio Olympics performances.

August 16, 2016

Usain Bolt's victory in the 100m. Can he ever be beaten? Should Gatlin be considering retirement now that he has lost his final chance at beating Bolt, or should we be expecting a final clash in London? The presence of two Africans, Akani Simbine and Ben Meite in the 100m final. Is Africa once again becoming a force to be reckoned with in the sprints?


Wayde Van Niekerk's World Record: who saw it coming? Being the first African to win the title, what significance does his victory hold for the continent? Can he further lower his time? Mention of Sibanda's performance.


Almaz Ayaya's World Record feat. Can she do same in the 5000m?


Caterine Ibarguen's victory in the Triple Jump as well. Elaine Thompson winning the women's 100m title - can she do same in the 200m? Should Shelly-Ann call it quits now? Marie Ta Lou finishing 4th and narrowly missing a medal - what is she capable of? Can she beat Ahoure now?


Reviews of other events that took place from Friday such as  Jeff Henderson in the Long Jump and Thaim in the Heptathlon.


Previews of other events like the men and women's 200m, 800m, Triple Jump, women's Long Jump, relays and so on.

Which events are you most looking forward to this week in Track & Field?


NAW Ep 16 - Dream Team continues victory, Efe Ajagba knocks out Nigel in first round and other Team Nigeria reviews at Rio Olympics

August 16, 2016

Dream Team VI and a review of their journey so far. D'Tigers and their historic victory against Croatia and our chances of even more history by beating Brazil with Croatia losing to Lithuania. Efe Ajagba's wicked Left-Right combination that knocked out his Trinidadian opponent Nigel Paul - can he beat London 2012 Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko in the Q-Finals to progress towards contesting for a medal?


Review of Team Nigeria athletes at the Games: Blessing not making it to the final of the 100m. Can she bounce back in the 200m and Long Jump? Performance of our men and women's 400m, 100m. Could they have fared better? What lessons can Nigeria learn from smaller countries like Cote d'Ivoire and Botswana who had finalists in the sprints?


Review of other Sports that Nigeria competed in like Table Tennis, Basketball, Football, Weightlifting, Rowing. Who was your standout Team Nigeria athlete?  Do we still stand a chance of winning medals?


NAW Ep15 - Dream Team, Aruna Quadri, Chierika Ukogu light up Team Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Olympics outing at early stages.

August 9, 2016

We talk about the most impressive team from Sunday night's competition, the Dream Team. Aruna Quadri's shocking win against Timo Boll of Germany. Also Chierika Ukogu in the Rowing event who made it to the quarterfinals. We'll basically focus on athletes who have already started competing, but haven't been ousted yet.


We also focus on the events/athletes who have ended their campaign in Rio such as the Table Tennis players: Segun Toriola, Funke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem. How did they fare? Were their performances disappointing? What factors were responsible for their ouster? Jonathan Akinyemi in Rowing, and Rachael Tonjorin Swimming. How can we prevent such early exits in future?


Then we move on to events we are yet to compete in such as Wrestling, Boxing,Weightlifting and Track and Field. Can we redeem our image in any of these sports? What are our prospects in these sports? Who are our medal contenders?


GAW Ep14 - Is Brazil really set for Rio 2016 Olympics? Usain Bolt and others arrive and the Russia ban issues

August 3, 2016

Current developments in the build up to the Olympics e.g The excitement fever as the Games draw closer; however there has been a lot of negative press with regards to the level of preparedness of Brazil to host the competition, a number of thefts have been reported, some facilities in the Games Village not working properly, Zika virus scare, etc, do we think this will overshadow the games? The International Olympic Committee (IOC) not giving Russia a blanket ban, which means that International federations are to decide whether or not Russian athletes can take part in specific events. For instance the IAAF as well as Swimming and Weightlifting federations aren't allowing any Russians in their events. However other sports like Cycling, Handball, Golf, Gymnastics, etc have no issues with Russian athletes. Is IOC's decision right?


Usain Bolt is already in Rio, and he says he didn't sleep all through the flight, suggesting that he's seriously focusing on the job ahead. Can he retain all three titles, or is he favoured to retain just one or two? For instance it would seem that USA has a stronger team in Gatlin, Bromell, Marvin Bracy, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay as against Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Jevaughn Minzie. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the flag bearer of the Jamaican team. This suggests a level of confidence in her abilities. Do they know something we don't? A number of countries have arrived e.g Botswana, Australia, while the US Athletics team leaves for Rio on August 1.


Caster Semenya going for the 400m/800m in Rio. Can she win both, or can she only medal in both? Of course she is the main contender in the 800m but can she defeat Shaunae Miller or Allyson Felix in the 400m?


NAW Ep14 - Union Bank blazes the trail in supporting Nigerian Athletes, women’s 4×400m team disqualified for Rio.

August 2, 2016

Union Bank's support for Team Nigeria, especially the unveiling of five athletes as their ambassadors. How can we have more of this? How would this boost the morale of the likes of Divine Oduduru?


Nigeria's disqualification in the women's 4x400m. Who is to blame, considering that Tosin Adeloye tested positive since last year? Also the IAAF initially listed Nigeria as one of the qualified countries in the list they released after the deadline, only to later erase the marks that qualified our team in the first place. Was this misleading? How does it feel for Nigeria to compete in only one relay event at the Olympics, considering that most of the medals won in Track and Field are from the relays?


Team Nigeria leaves for Rio on Monday (August 1). What do we think are their chances considering the poor preparation which was even worse than London 2012. The choice of Mikel Obi as Team Captain and other issues surrounding Team Nigeria athletes such as the team not going together: does this really matter?


GAW Ep13 - Kendra Harrison breaks 28 Year Old World Record at London Anniversary Games, IAAF World U20 Champs Bydgoszcz best shows

July 27, 2016

Starting with the review of the London Diamond League because of Kendra Harrison's WR breaking feat, setting a new WR of 12.20s. How did she conjure up this feat? Was missing the Olympics team a blessing in disguise? Should she be given a bye because of her recent feat? What kind of special considerations should be made in cases like this? We can then focus on Bolt's return, plus his comments about feeling disrespected by the Americans. How will this new rivalry play out in Rio? Is Bolt trying to stir up unnecessary sentiments? Other outstanding performances like Sandra Perkovic, Mo Farah, Christian Taylor, Shelly-Ann's loss: can she defend her title?


Review of the World Juniors: Who were the outstanding performances for each of us? Focus on the likes of Neeraj Chopra (Javelin), Buckowiecki (Shot put), Candace Hill (100m), Noah Lyles (100m), Tiffany James (400m), Luis Zayas (High Jump), and so on. Botswana's performance, US dominance in all four relays, etc


Egyptian Javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman has failed a dope test. Results from a test taken in April show that he tested positive for testosterone, and is provisionally suspended and may be missing the Olympics. The B sample will come out on Monday. What would the Javelin field and Africa miss by his absence?


NAW Ep13 - Nigerian athletes to fund themselves to Rio Olympics, Team Nigeria’s poor performance at Bydgoszcz 2016 and impressive outing from Nigerians defected to Bahrain.

July 26, 2016

We weigh in on the whole controversy of Nigerian foreign athletes being told to buy their own tickets to Rio, since the issue pretty much blew the internet this weekend. What could have necessitated that email? How does this affect the psyche of the athletes ahead of the Olympics, and Nigeria's image in particular, seeing that the story went viral? Would anyone take us seriously?


A review of Team Nigeria's disastrous outing at the World U20 Championships. Were we shocked by the outcome? What happened to Tobi Amusan who eventually finished 5th? Would she be able to cope with the pressure in Rio? What about the athletes' welfare, since they complained about not being given food for days while in camp? How do we avoid such re-occurences in future?


Stephen Mozia's recent feat of setting another National Record and his No.3 standing in the world with 21.73m in the shot put? Is he really a contender? Can he actually make that history for Nigeria?


Ofonime Odiong's victory, and the fact that five Nigerian born athletes competed for Bahrain?


GAW Ep12 - Caster Semenya sets amazing World Lead and more, leading others to their PBs/NRs, while Almaz Ayana goes for a double in Rio

July 20, 2016

Review of the Monaco Diamond League with special focus on Caster Semenya's PB, NR, MR, DLR, WL of 1:55.33. The race was so fast that the next five finishers set PBs/NRs. Is Jarmila Kratochvílová's World Record of 1:53.28 on? Mind you it was set in 1983. Does she have any contenders? Other impressive performances in Monaco include Wayde Van Niekerk, Valerie Adams, Dafne Schippers. Eilidh Doyle, Katerina Stefanidi, Conseslus Kipruto. And then upsets in the men's 1500m with Ronald Kwemoi winning and Kiprop finishing 6th, Omar McLeod tripping in the 110 Hurdles, Gianmarco Tamberi winning the High Jump with a National Record of 2.39m and then being ruled out of the Olympics after a severe injury at his second attempt at 2.41m.


Almaz Ayana going for the 5000m/10,000m in Rio, and Tirunesh Dibaba going for the 10,000m. Can she win both, or will Dibaba have an edge since she's going for only one event? Are Genzebe Dibaba's days in the long distance events over? Muktar Eedris is one to watch out for in the men's 5000m. Why is Meseret Defar not included in the list?


Preview of the World Juniors which takes off on Tuesday. Who are the athletes to watch out for? Abdullah Akbar Mohammed of Saudi Arabia is the World No.1 in the boys'100m with 10.04, South Africa's Gift Leotlela is No.5 in the 100m/200m (10.20s, 20.47s), Botswana's Baboloki Thebe is No.2 in the 200m with 20.21s, and 1st in the 400m with 44.27s. Candace Hill in the girls'100m is the world leader with 11.09s, Khalifa St. Fort (No.2 with 11.16s), Tobi Amusan tops the 100m Hurdles list with 12.83s, etc 


NAW Ep12 - Any medal prospects for Team Nigeria that headed out to World Junior Champs at last minute, and preview of Rio Olympics team

July 19, 2016

Focus on the 13-man team to the World Juniors whom we believed left on Sunday night for Poland. What are their chances? Any medal prospects? Tobi is No.1 in the world rankings in the 100m Hurdles, and 14th in the 100m (11.50s): can she some how medal in both? Aniekeme is No.7 in the 100m (11.34s), Mercy Ntiabong No.4 in the 200m (23.17s) and 12th in the 100m (11.47s), Raymond No.20 in the 100m(10.35s). A brief mention of Ofonime Odiong who will be competing for Bahrain for the first time at the same competition. What has Nigeria missed in her?


What are our thoughts about the Nigerian team to Rio? Are there people who made the team who shouldn't be there? What are the chances of our athletes? Blessing going for the 100m/200m/Long Jump/4x100m. Isn't it an over kill? Or would she just do only one of the sprints along with the Long Jump? Because she told me that for sure she's going to do the Long Jump in Rio. Do the women's relay teams stand a chance? Why list nine athletes for the women's relays?


GAW Ep11 - Shocking results from the U.S Olympic Trials, European Championships and Bolt back up!

July 13, 2016

Round up of the US Trials which produced some shocking results, first in the men's 200m semis which LaShawn Merritt won with a WL of 19.74s, even though Gatlin eventually won the final in 19.75s. What are our thoughts on Merritt doing the 200m/400m in Rio? Can he medal in both?


Bolt, Gatlin and Merritt in the 200m - how would that play out? Tori Bowie won the 200 ahead of Felix. Then four World Leaders didn't make the team in their events: Kendra Harrison in the 100m Hurdles, Shamier Little in the 400m H, Courtney Okolo in the 400m and Marquis Goodwin in the Long Jump. Did they peak too early, or what could have cost them the ticket? David Oliver and defending champion in the 110 Hurdles Aries Merritt didn't make the team. Oliver qualified for the final but had a hamstring injury, so he withdrew from the final; Merritt finished 4th. The event was won by the NCAA 2016 Champion Devon Allen (13.03s), Ronnie Ash 2nd and Jeff Porter 3rd. Will Claye (17.65m) won the Triple Jump ahead of Chris Taylor (17.39m).


Andre De Grasse won the Canadian 100m title with his first sub-10 (9.99s). However it is interesting to note that three of the eight finalists have Nigerian names: Mobolaji Ajomale (4th - 10.23), Oluwasegun Makinde (5th - 10.35), and Oluseyi Smith (7th - 10.39). Is Canada becoming an extension of Team GB?


European Championships : Poland won overall and Schippers won the 100m in 10.90s and helped the Netherlands win the 4x100m in 42.04, finishing ahead of Great Britain and Germany. Seems like she will be going for the sprint double after all. Can she medal in the 100m?


Bolt has returned to training and says he is ready to compete at the London Grand Prix on July 22. He has asked his fans to come watch him on that day and dismissed talks that he may miss the Olympics. This is good news, which means we expect to see him run a fast time, but of course London will give us an indication of how fit he is.


NAW Ep11 - Nigerian Olympic Trials in Sapele and CAA Grand Prix reviewed

July 13, 2016

This episode is allabout the National Trials: the highs, the lows, outstanding athletes, Blessingrunning in front of her home crowd, Seye retaining his title, overtaking Oghoas Nigeria's fastest man home and abroad this season, Antwon Hicks running anNR, making our guess as to those who will make the final team, which should beannounced any day now...who deserves to go to Rio?

The CAA Grand Prixwithout the countries the organisers advertised. Would our relay teams have runfaster if the competition was stiffer? Meanwhile South Africa also didn'tqualify for the men' and women's 4x100m, and the women's 4x400m, so we are notalone. How do we build on the emerging team and little successes if any?


GAW Ep8 - IAAF maintains ban on Russia ahead of the Olympics, Bolt may lose one Gold medal and German National Champs

June 22, 2016

Our thoughts on the IAAF's ban on Russia ahead of the Olympics. Do we think the ban is unfair and a human rights violation as expressed by Yelena Isinbayeva? Are we likely see more stringent doping measures in Rio considering that a lot of the doping issues that were brought to the fore were unearthed from London 2012 and even Beijing 2008?  Usain Bolt also stands to lose one of his Gold medals in the 4x100m due to Nesta Carter failing a dope test from Beijing.


The weekend was a big one for the throws. World Record holder in the women's Hammer throw Anita Wlodarczyk set a World Lead and third farthest distance ever of 79.61m in Poland on Saturday. 2014 World Indoor champion Kamila Licwinko also set a WL 1.99m in the women's High Jump.


The German National Championships also held this weekend and one of the standout athletes was Thomas Rohler who won his event with an impressive 86.81m. He remains the World Leader with his mark of 89.30m and has the three best marks in the world this season. Rohler is the favourite ahead of the Olympics, which begets the question: what's happening to Julius Yego who currently occupies No.10 spot with 84.68m. Can he bounce back?


Review of Stockholm Diamond League where Ruth was the only athlete to set a Meeting Record.  The Diamond League is on break to allow countries hold their national trials and will return on July 15 in Monaco.