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Dolphins’ Top Four Position Excites Eguma

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Dolphins’ Manager, Stanley Eguma has expressed his delight at over club’s new form and climb up the Nigeria professional Football League, (NPFL) table in the past few weeks. According to him, he is enjoying the view from fourth place as he looks down on sixteen other clubs on the log.

After the home draw against Sunshine Stars in week 4, Dolphins were in 16th position but since then, they have won every home match played and picked points on the road to Sharks and Kwara United to move to the fourth spot.

In Port Harcourt last weekend, it was a hard fought 1-0 win over Elkanemi on a waterlogged pitch due to heavy rains and Eguma said he was happy that their hard work is finally bearing fruit.

“We have all worked hard and I am happy we have moved to fourth place. It’s actually a good feeling to be up here.

“Now we have to keep fighting, not relent and grab points on the road to move further up into top three,” Eguma said.

Less than one minute into the game on Sunday, El Kanemi’s Isaac Giwa tried a back pass to his goalkeeper, David Obiasor, but the ball stopped in a pool of water.

With Derek Amadi running in for the ball, Giwa pulled him down and the referee promptly pointed to the spot.

Victor Ezuruike converted the kick and Dolphins held on until the end of the game.

In the 71st minute, Isaac Giwa was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Sports in Rivers State, Hon Fred Igwe has stated his belief that Dolphins’ sister-club, Sharks, which is currently struggling at the wrong end of the league table, will surely stabilise and escape relegation.

Speaking with Tidesports in his office, Hon Igwe said that Sharks FC’s current challenges were not unexpected.

According to him, “when you are referring and rebuilding, you are bound to face challenges you may straggle initially because those affected by the reform and even. Some of the people working with you who may not be at home with the reforms can work against you.

‘But we’re working towards improving the situation. You can now see that the club has started picking up points away from home.

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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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