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NFF Expects Keshi To Accept New Deal

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Nigeria Football Fed
eration President, Amaju Pinnick, has stated that he expects Stephen Keshi to accept a new contract handed him by the Federation.
Keshi had raised concerns over several clauses in a new two-year deal, describing it as a “slave contract”.
But last week Keshi through his lawyers expressed intent to handle the Eagles with a meeting scheduled to hold between both parties today.
“Nobody arm twisted us to hand a contract to Stephen Keshi,” said Pinnick.
“We took our time to put the contract together. We made sure that it went through all the departments to ensure that nothing is left out and to avoid any form of litigation. We tailored the contract with the global best practices.
“The contract covers everybody, the NFF and even the coach. Keshi has done a lot for the country, he may have made his mistakes but he ensured that local players competed for places in the team.
“We expect him to either say yes or no to the contract, but if I were Keshi, I would accept the contract.”
Meanwhile, Mali is the latest team to be linked with the former Togo coach after they fired Frenchman Henryk Kasperczak.
Kasperczak’s contract will not be renewed, according to FEMAFOOT.
Keshi, who handled Mali between 2008 and 2010, could well return to Mali, according to media reports out of Bamako
Several coaches have since applied for the top post including Keshi and Frenchmen Alain Giresse and Patrice Carteron, who handled the Eagles at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
FEMAFOOT said they will announce a new coach on March 25, the  day they will take on Gabon in a friendly in Beauvais in the Paris region.

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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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