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Gokana Utd Tops Group, Secures Promotion

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It was celebration galore at the Bera Central football field in Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State on Friday as home side, Gokana United Football Club ended their home fixtures of the 2013 Nationwide Division Two B league season with a 2-1 Victory over Omaka FC, Port Harcourt.

With the victory came a potential promotion to Nationwide Division one league football next season after the club amassed unassailable 17 points from seven matches with a 100 percent home record.

Also, the club being sponsored by the Gokana local government council and mentored by the Chairman, Hon Demua Leede Demua had the final day goal by Omaka FC as the only one conceded before their home fans throughout the season.

Now, the club has the little matter of playing the season’s final fixture, away to second placed team, Dynamite Force of Benin to conclude the season and be officially confirmed for promotion.

Prior to the week seven matches, Gokana United had 14 points, while Dynamite Force had seven.

In the match with Omaka FC on Friday, both Gokana players and home fans were in celebration mood even before kickoff.

However, as the match rolled on, it was clear that Gokana United was more hungry for goal and victory than the visitors.

But it took a while for the hosts to get into the grove.

Two goals, one either side of the two halves by club’s leading scorer, Dennis Dornu were enough for United to carry the day.

The home team immediately went into cruise control after the goals and treated their fans to exhibition football with one touch possession that left Omaka players chasing shadows.

They could even afford a lost penalty and a goal by the visitors as they tried hard to entertain the fans.

After the match, expectations shifted to life in division one and what the future holds for the club as it hopes to join the elite league in less than two years.

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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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