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FIFA Lifts Nigeria’s Suspension NFF Hails Stakeholders

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The executive committee of world football governing body, the international football Federation (FIFA), on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland lifted the suspension on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Tidesports source  reports that the decision was one of many decisions taken at its meeting held from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, and chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

FIFA had on Oct. 4 suspended Nigeria from international football on the strength of what it termed “government interference,’’ while it had provisionally lifted the suspension on Oct. 8.

The football body said its decision on Friday was based on the fact that the NFF executive committee “could now work without hindrance’’.

“This is after receiving confirmation that the court actions against elected members of the NFF had ceased, and that they can now work without hindrance,’’ a statement on FIFA website said.

Tidesports source reports  that the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Nigerian football house had culminated in the striking out on Oct. 25 of the court case against the NFF Executive Committee.

The case had been instituted by the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), led by Harrison Jalla.

The development had paved way for the committee’s subsequent meeting on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the NFF Glass House secretariat in Abuja.

NFF’s Assistant Chief Media Officer, Alhaji Abdulbaki Ibrahim, confirmed the receipt of FIFA’s letter to NFF on Friday in an interview with newsmen.

“We have received a statement from FIFA’s General Secretary, Mr Jerome Valcke, informing us of the decision, and the world football ruling body said it has taken note of recent positive developments in taking its decision.

“These positive developments had led to the re-instatement of the Acting General Secretary as well as the reversal of the idea of a 24-club Premier League season,’’ he said.

Reacting to FIFA’s lifting of the suspension, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, said he could only express gratitude to all Nigerian football stakeholders who made the development possible.

“We are grateful, especially to the Sports Minister, Alhaji Isa Bio, the Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Chief Patrick Ekeji, as well as the chairmen and members of the Sports Committees of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

“All of them played various roles in ensuring a successful resolution of the crisis,’’ he added.

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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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