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2014 Session: Kwara Utd Begins Training

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Coach of Kwara United FC
of Ilorin, Samson Unuanel,  has ordered players of the team back to  work, ahead of commencement of a new soccer season.
The club will be resuming in the Nigeria National League (NNL) where they have been relegated.
Coach Unuanel told newsmen in Ilorin that he expected the players back in camp by Wednesday.
The coach also sent an appeal to fans of the club to continue to support the team.
“Kwarans must see this team as their baby that must not die before them.
“We want that type of support that will ensure that the rules and regulations of the game will take its cause at all times,” Unuanel said.
The coach, however, said he was disappointment at the relegation of the team at the end of just-ended season, while reminding the fans of the need to learn from past mistakes.
The Team Manager of the club, Agboola Basambo said the club had given the players until Wednesday to resume full training.
Basambo noted that there was no time to waste as the technical crew and the players had been directed to focus on their job because the management would not tolerate any form of indiscipline.
He said that any player who failed to resume on the set date would no longer be seen as a member of the team.
Basambo also expressed dismay at the relegation of the team, noting that lessons had been learnt.
He thanked all those who stood by the team last season, saying the ‘Afonja Warriors’, as the club was widely known, would not disappoint their fans this time.
“What we are doing now is to make sure that we return the team to the premier League next season.We need the support of Kwarans to achieve this,” Basambo said.
The two Ilorin-based clubs -Kwara Utd and Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) – were relegated at the end of last season.

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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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