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Osaze Rates Emenike High

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Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie has declared that fellow Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike is a huge talent, even though he is short on international experience.

Odemwingie also spoke about forward Obafemi Martins and released CSKA defender Chidi Odiah in an interview with Tidesports said despite what looks like an early battle for form, he can still replicate the form which saw him hit 15 goals in the English Premier League last term.

“In the national team of Nigeria, I have only met twice with Emenike. Obviously, Emenike is a talent and can only get better, but he lacks international experience.

“There was a very funny incident in training. Coach Siasia divided us into two groups.. Suddenly, the coach turns to Emenike: “I heard you are very sharp…Hold the ball, show me!

“The coach set Emenike against five defenders and gave a whistle. Emenike beat all in turn and shot on goal – goalkeeper parried.

“Everyone laughed, because they understood what the coach was looking for.

“He wanted to bring a good example for all: there is safety in numbers; you have to play only by passing. Emenike proved the opposite – it was a small miracle,’’ said Osaze, who says he wishes to continue playing at the highest level for the next five years.

Recently, it was announced that out of favour Nigeria defender Chidi Odiah had been released by CSKA Moscow.

“I feel sorry for him. After all, Chidi was the best defender of CSKA. CSKA won the UEFA Cup and the championship. But the last year and a half he has not been able to build on it.

“A couple of weeks ago I spoke with Chidi. I carelessly said, “You have a contract with CSKA Moscow, you’re probably going to wait for it to end?” So Chidi just exploded.  As I understand it, he can change his club. I hope, he finds a club in Europe. Maybe in Russia. Chidi is very fluent in Russian, almost without an accent.’’

On Rubin Kazan forward Obafemi Martins, Odemwingie said: “I saw him in London a few days ago and I asked: “How are you?”  “Even better,” he said.

“Obafemi frankly admitted that in the first year in Rubin Kazan, he felt unwell. Then came the injury. Now he is better, I do not exclude that he will continue his career in Kazan.’’

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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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