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Ex-S’Eagles Coaches Task Government On Kidnapping

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Two-time Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has urged the Federal Government to create job opportunities for the youth to reduce kidnapping in the country

Onigbinde told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that it was unfortunate that kidnapping was on the increase, adding that urgent steps were required to tackle the problem.

Reacting to the release of Super Eagles Mikel Obi’s father, Michael, from his abductors in Kano on Monday after 11 days, the FIFA/CAF instructor said that more than 100 people had been victims of kidnapping in Nigeria in the last two years.

“It is quite unfortunate that this is happening to the families of footballers because the kidnappers thought that these boys are paid big money by their clubs.

“But the kidnappers have forgotten that these players also have their private commitments. This case is the fourth involving the footballers.

“A holistic approach is required by the Federal Government. It should look into why this thing is happening.

“But as long as we have graduates of 15 years roaming the streets, it portends a dangerous signal which should not be allowed to continue by the government,” the Modakeke chief advised.

Another former Super Eagles coach, Paul Hamilton, advised the Federal Government to beef up security in the country to reduce the menace of kidnapping.

Hamilton called for the involvement of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other para military outfits to forestall kidnapping.

“The Federal Government should include the civil defence and other para military organisations in the provision of adequate security for Nigerians.

“It is Mikel Obi’s father today. Nobody knows who will be the next victim. As such, security should be beefed up in the country,” Hamilton said.

The former Super Falcons coach flayed the easy access of criminals to army and police uniforms.

“It is very sad that the kidnappers of Michael Obi were found in military uniform and the army did not know how they got them.”

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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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