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Dolphins Lose 2-1 At Kwara United

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Dolphins lost again on the
road despite taking an early lead against Kwara United in Ilorin on Wednesday.
Omoh Johnson opened scores in the 21st minute when he took out two defenders on the run and shot from distance, beating Kazeem Yekeen in goal for the home side.
But before that goal, Dolphins seemed the better side.
In the 10th minute, home boy, Isiaka Olawale had his eyes on goal but his dipping shot missed target by inches.
Six minutes later, a quick interchange of passes between Omoh Johnson, Ayo Saka and Jonathan Zikiye saw the full back breach the offside trap of Kwara United.
Zikiye faced the keeper with all the time in the world but blasted wide.
After the goal, Kwara United came back into the game with Bobga Sambo dominating the midfield.
In one of those moments after 27 minutes, Sambo freed Abdulahi Ibrahim but the striker’s shot was deflected for a corner.
At the start of the second half, Kwara United piled the heat on Dolphins and 4 minutes later Ayalogu parried a header from Ismaila Gata onto the path of Abdulai Ibrahim who scored the equalising goal.
But the icing on the cake was Kwara United’s winning goal from Dare Ojo. From about forty yards, he caught Ayalogu a bit off his line and with power, hit a curling shot that went in off the upright.
Dolphins’ coach, Stanley Eguma took out injured Omoh Johnson for teenager, Daniel Victor and later made two changes- Chidiebere Okolie for Isiaka Olawale and then Abdramane Diarra for Ifeanyi Egwim but they were not enough to give Dolphins a result.
Stanley Eguma said after wards that he will go back and plan for future games.
“Kwara is a good side. They got two in the second half and scored.
“My players lost concentration in the second half and we paid dearly for it,” he said.
Kwara United’s coach, Tunde Sanni praised his boys for being able to come from a goal down to win against Dolphins.
“What made me happy is that I thought our team was not good enough, but after coming from a goal down to win this one, I am happy,” Sani said.
Dolphins return to Port Harcourt and will play against Abia Warriors on Sunday.

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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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