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Adebayor Unsure Of Future With Togo

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Togo striker Emmanuel
Adebayor is unsure about his international future after he was stripped of the captaincy for their match against Liberia.
He was only told on the day of the 2017 African Cup of Nations tie that the captain’s armband had been given to Mathieu Dossevi for Sunday’s 2-1 win.
The 31-year-old scored the winner but said he was unsure if he will play against Djibouti in September.
“For now, I don’t know – I’ll be here and I’ll talk with the coach,” he said.
“I need to know whether he really needs me in the team or not.
“I have been the captain for seven or eight years and then one morning I’m told I won’t be the captain – that means that we can go to Djibouti and he will put me in the stands.
“So I’d rather quit the team than be sidelined or put in the stands there and I think this will be better for me and the team.
“We can change captains everyday if we are playing street games in Lomé, but this is a national team.
“But what is sure I am going on holidays and allow me to enjoy my holidays before I decide.”
He has said that if he decides to play again he does not want to captain the Hawks.
“From now on, I will never captain this team again,” he added.
“To tell me on the day of the match that I will not captain the team then it is very disrespectful” .
Togo’s new coach Tom Saintfiet however tried to play down the issue.
“I don’t want to talk too much about this topic because I think that Emmanuel Adebayor is a natural captain for the team,” the Belgian coach said.
“He does not necessarily need to have the captain’s armband when he plays, he is the captain and the greatest Togolese player.
“He has played today as a great captain without armband.
“For me every player is like a captain, so we have eleven captains on the pitch and every player must be responsible as a captain.
“We may have a captain but you can only win a match with eleven players.”
Saintfiet and Adebayor had also fallen out in the build-up to the match against Liberia when the striker was dropped from the squad for a friendly against Ghana.
The coach said the Tottenham player and two other players were axed as they had not attended all the training sessions nor stayed at the team hotel.
Adebayor for his part insisted that he had told the coach he would not play in the friendly in the days before the match.
Both men seemed to have made amends before the Liberia match insisting “there was  no problems at all.”
The striker has taken several breaks from playing international football in the past, including in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Togo team bus at the 2010 Nations Cup finals in Angola.

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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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