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Expert Blasts LMC Over N100m Demand From Clubs

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A sports administrator,
Silas Agara, has faulted the demand by the League Management Committee (LMC) that each premier league club provide a N100 million bank guarantee for the new season.
Agara, who is the Special Adviser on Sports Development to Nasarawa State’s Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, said the demand could cripple the clubs’ participation in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
“The demand is very wrong because state governments are not making profit from the clubs. Rather, they are spending good money to run the clubs.
“How many states can effectively provide that money? We can’t compare what we are doing in the Nigerian Premier League with what is happening in the English Premier League (EPL),’’ he said.
Agara, a former Nasarawa State Sports Commissioner, said Nasarawa United Football Club of Lafia for example, which is one of NPFL’s 20 clubs, could find it difficult to meet LMC’s demand.
He said clubs in the EPL, which he said the LMC were trying to copy, have very many opportunities to make money, unlike their NPFL counterparts.
“There are lots of commercial rights in the English Premier League which a club can make profits from. A club can recoup its money even before the end of the season.
“But how many clubs in Nigeria today can come and tell you that they make N100,000 from gate-takings from one match?” Agara said.
He said EPL clubs even spend money to buy their jerseys for some of their sponsors to print their logos on them.
Agara pointed out that a lot of issues needed to be sorted out before such ideas could work in the country.
The LMC had said the new league season might not start unless the clubs meet some conditions.
These conditions include the provision of a bank guarantee of N100 million.
LMC had said only the clubs which meet the N100 million bank guarantee demand and the FIFA club licensing criteria would be allowed to participate in the 2013/2014 Glo Premier League.
The league organising body had given the clubs a December 31, 2013 deadline.

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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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