The Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) may have soft pedaled on a decision to banish goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and strip him of the captaincy of the Super Eagles for his controversial comments regarding the safety of Kaduna for an AFCON qualifier.
The NFF decision may not be unconnected with the furore that greeted the saga which included the Lille goalkeeper tearing a query given to him to defend himself as his comments in the media that Kaduna was not safe to stage the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad last month.
“Enyeama will now pay a fine and this will be treated internally,” a top official informed.
Enyeama is the most capped Nigeria international after he made his 101st appearance for the Super Eagles against Chad in Kaduna.
Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has already been fined for his dismissal from the same match.
Meanwhile, Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh will today in Abuja sign a contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the country’s new coach.
The contract signing will be done at a public presentation slated for the Abuja National Stadium this morning.
Oliseh, 40, will replace Keshi, who was sacked for a breach of trust.
Oliseh and his Belgian sidekick, Jean Francois Lusciuto, were due to arrive in Abuja yesterday evening and meet with the NFF technical committee headed by Felix Anyansi-Agwu at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The new Eagles coach has picked Losciuto because of his deep knowledge of African football as he has dirtied his hands in Togo, Rwanda and Burkina Faso.
It was also gathered that Oliseh has said he will prefer to work with current Nigeria U23 goalkeeper Alloy Agu, meaning Ike Shorunmu would lose his position.
Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020
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.
LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week
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.
S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions
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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