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Solid Foundations Wins Muoghalu Cup

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Solid Foundations Foot
ball Club of Enugu has emerged winner of the 4th edition of Ozalla Muoghalu Super Football Cup Competition among teams drawn from four branches in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The keenly contested final match which was decided last Sunday at Ezeokpu Mini Sports Stadium Ichida watched by a sizeable crowd including the cup donor, High Chief Lord Mike Ezedimora (The Ugonabo of Ichia) and other eminent traditional rulers, saw Solid Foundations FC of Enugu beat her City Warriors FC of Warri counterpart 1 – 0 to lift the coveted trophy at stake.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the sponsor/cup donor High Chief Ezimora was full of praises for the two finalists for giving a good account of themselves irrespective of the final score line.
Ezedimora expressed satisfaction not only with the standard of the game exhibited by the two finalists but the high level of discipline demonstrated by the players which according to him is worthy of emulation.
He however, restated his commitment in ensuring that the football competition in Ichida is upheld yearly, having seen the zeal, unity and sense of purpose shown by the youths towards the round leather game.
The visibly elated Ezedimora who is known for his great passion towards grass roots football development also took time to advise youths to remain focused and continue to channel their energy and time in doing what is right instead of indulging in one bad act or the other capable to ruin their future.
Also in their separate speeches, both the Igwe of Ichida, Chief Charles Ezeudogu, Chief Emma Duru (Ichie Aku Chukwu) and Chief Prince Igwe commended the magnanimity of High Chief Ezedimora in continuing to sponsor the grass roots football competition, thereby, helping to bring the community to limelight before the outside world.
“Honestly, we are proud of Chief Ezedimora for his numerous contributions towards the development of Ichida town, believing that others will emulate his footsteps”, they added.
Highlight of tile event was tbe presentation of-t-he..gold-trophy to-the eventual winner, Solid Foundation FC of Enugu as well as some consolation prizes for the runners up, City Warriors Fe of Warri, third place team United Friends FC of Bayelsa and Young Stars FC of Lagos repectively.

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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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