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Erema Wins 2014 NNPC/TEPNG Football Competition

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It was an explosion of emo
tions and quality football skills as curtain drew on the 13th edition of the NNPC/TEPNG Football Competition for OML 58 host communities in Rivers State last week.
The final match of the competition sponsored by Total E&P was decided on Thursday at the football  field of Western Ahoada County High School, Ahoada, between the teams of Erema and Ogbogu communities.
In the end, Erema, the seven time champions made it eight with a late minute goal that sent their fans into cloud nine.
There was demonstration of what the competition meant and has brought to the communities as Erema fans, both old and young took to the field at the final whistle, sang and danced with reckless abandon.  For the time, all troubles and ill-feelings were apparently forgotten.
According to a couple of the fans who celebrated, the football competition has been a blessing for the communities, especially, the  youth, who have benefited so much.
Indeed, the final match was an enthralling experience  as both finalists exhibited quality performance  that could pass for a professional league match.
Ogbogu, who were trying to get their hands on the trophy for the first time pushed perennial winners, Erema all the way, led by their impressive captain, Henry Johnson, who emerged the most valuable player of the competition.
But Erema summoned all  their wealth of experience to stay alive and claimed the ultimate  prize deep into added time.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Deputy Managing Director, Port Harcourt District of Total, Mr Nicolas Brunet, represented by the Executive General Manager, Engr Vincent Nnadi said that the competition is an illustration of the relationship Total would want to preserve with the communities.
He expressed pride at the progress being made by some products of the competition who are playing professional football in Romania and stated  that they would continue to work towards restrcturing the competition to enhance its quality, glamour and value.
Other individual prizes went to Chief Ajie of Ogbazu who emerged the highest goal scorer with six goals and Julius Enebeli of Erema, the best goalkeeper, while the team from Eyekele Community earned the fair play award.

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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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