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W’Cup Qualifiers: Uganda’s Goalkeeper Dares Egypt

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Uganda captain Denis Onyango has warned Egypt to expect “fireworks” during their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Kampala tomorrow.
The last time the two sides met, Egypt beat Uganda with an 89th minute goal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The Cranes’ goalkeeper says it adds extra spice to their Group E tie.
“It’s going to be fireworks in Kampala because they know what kind of a team we are,” Onyango told Tidesports source.
“They beat us at the Afcon in the last minute of the game, I think it shows their experience and we lost concentration at the back.
“Winning the home game will set the pace for us before we travel for the return leg in Alexandria on September 5th,” said Onyango, who plies his trade in South Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Egypt, record seven times African champion is currently top of Group E following wins over Congo Brazzaville and Ghana.
Uganda is second in the group, two points adrift, following a victory over Congo Brazzaville and an away draw with the Black Stars of Ghana.
“I think we started off well against Ghana and got the result against Congo in Kampala and it’s an opportunity for us to go top of the group if we get the results against Egypt,” said Ongyango.
Onyango, who was named as the Africa-based Footballer of the Year in January, says although the Cranes are in confident mood, they are fully aware of the danger the Pharaohs pose.
“We know how strong they are going forward because they’ve got very good attackers who are very experienced and very quick.
“For us we just need to be very patient at the back and avoid mistakes because they don’t need a lot of chances.
“They’re capable of scoring with the likes of Mohamed Salah, so for us it’s a challenge but to play at the highest level we must face very difficult teams like Egypt,” Onyango added.
Speaking about life after the departure of head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – who guided them to the Nations Cup finals for the first time in 39 years – the goalkeeper admitted it was a big blow but life had to continue.
“In sport, coaches come and go and the same happens to players.
“We must adjust to the coaching staff available and we simply do what is expected of us,” Onyango said.

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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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