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AWC: Super Falcons Eye 8th Title

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Still smarting from the gains  of hosting a successful World Cup tournament this year, the attention of the continent would once  again be shifted to South Africa as the 2010 African Women Champion get underway Sunday.

The tournament would hold between October 31 to November 14.

Eight teams in two groups of four would be slugging it out for the golden trophy.

The teams would be fighting hard with a place in 2010 FIFA Women World Cup in mind, the tournament serves as qualifying platform for the world stage.

Nigeria Super Falcons are strong contenders for the title as it had dominated the African football for so long.

The Super Falcons have won the title for a record seven times since it was inaugurated in 1991.

They won it in 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The last championship was hosted and won by Equatorial Guinea in 2008.

With the Nigerian team dominated by experienced and young players from the Under-17 and U-20 sides that performed well at the FIFA youth tournaments. There is rising optimism that the cup would return to Nigeria.

Nigeria who are grouped alongside hosts South Africa in Group A would begin their campaign against Mali on November 1 at the the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton.

The South Africans who have been to the finals thrice would hope that mother luck smiles on them when they open the tournament  against the less fancied Tanzanians on Sunday.

Nigeria and South African has been tipped to emerge from this group given their experience in the championship.

In Group B defending champions Equatorial Guinea confront Cameroon on November 2, while Algeria open their campaign against  one of the contenders, Ghana.

The Guinea side would hope to re-enact their devastating form on home soil two years ago but Pundits believe that it would be harder for them to emerge from a group which includes Ghana and Cameroon.

Nigeria’s coach, Eucharia Uche has however, expressed confidence that her team would make Nigerians proud and bring the trophy home for the eight time.

She hinged her confidence on the caliber of players in her squad and the fact that most of the players chosen on current form.

Akonte Samuel

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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