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Enyeama’s S’Eagles Future In NFF’s Hands – Siasia

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Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, says he has accepted goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s apology after the duo rowed about the team’s mode of travel to Madagascar early this month.

However, Siasia added that Enyeama’s future with the Super Eagles now rests with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Enyeama has apologised for the row that led to him being dropped for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar.

Siasia stressed at the time that his act of indiscipline was totally unacceptable, while Enyeama insisted that his concerns were ‘completely misunderstood’.

“I have accepted the apology. I have nothing against him as an individual.” Siasia said.

“It was very unfortunate that the incident happened before our departure to Madagascar.

“Sincerely, I dropped the player because I was afraid of his state of mind before such an important match.

“It was a sensitive case yet the right thing to do to avert it spilling over and affecting the morale of the squad.

“But it is now left for the federation to decide on his [Enyeama’s] future with the team.”

Despite concerns being raised in a section of the media over his team’s spirit after the 3-1 defeat to Argentina in a friendly, Sasia said his focus was on the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The battle for the ticket to the Nations Cup from Group B will be decided on the final day.

The Super Eagles will need to beat visiting Guinea 1-0 or by a two goal margin if the Syli Nationale score if they are to top the group on the head-to-head record between the two.

“Our main focus for now is not beating the Syli Nationale of Guinea, but to beat them silly,” said Siasia, who will release his list of call-ups for the crucial qualifier next week.

“We want a convincing win, so we need to beat them by as many as three clear goals.

“We have to prepare well and find a way to win convincingly to earn the sole group ticket.”

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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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