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NFF Rejects LMC’s Sack

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The Nigeria Football Fed
eration (NFF)yesterday rejected a decision by club owners/managers in the premier league to sack the League Management Company (LMC), which was appointed by the association last year.
A statement signed by Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director (Media), NFA, quoted Aminu Maigari, President of the association as saying:  “the League Management Company remains in place”.
It said the LMC was inaugurated by the NFA and granted a licence to administer the league on its behalf and could only be stopped by the association.
“I am shocked to hear about a meeting of club owners/managers, where they reportedly told the LMC to hand over to the secretariat of the league.
“That is not within their purview. It is the responsibility of the NFA to determine the fate of the LMC.
“The LMC has done well within the past 10 months, to reposition the premier league and they deserve commendation’’.
The statement noted that the club managers themselves admitted that the LMC brought several innovations to the running of the league. “Why would we want to throw all that away in a hurry?
“As far as the NFA, the supreme football-governing body in Nigeria, is concerned, the LMC remains firmly in place and will have the opportunity to continue its good work for a period to be determined shortly.’’
It urged the club owners to be focused on improving the structures of their teams, in line with the demands of professional football.
“Sincerely speaking, the NFA will always accord the club owners their regard and we see them as critical stakeholders in the development of the game in our country,’’ the statement added.
“The NFA has the prerogative on issues bordering on the running of the game in Nigeria and has not conceded this authority to any other group or body,’’ it said.
The statement added: “Should the club managers have any grouse with the way the league is being administered, they should approach the NFA with their misgivings’’.
It was gathered that a meeting of club owners was held in Abuja on October 30 at which they resolved to declare in their communiqué that the LMC’s tenure had expired and proceeded to announce the sack of the body.

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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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