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Oduduru Breaks Another Record

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Nigeria’s track sensation, Divine Oduduru ran another sub 10’s in 100m race at the Big-12 Championships in Texas last Sunday.
The young Nigerian powered to a commanding victory in the men’s 100m, blasting past the line in 9.99s (+0.3) well ahead of Joseph Sheffield who finished 2nd in 10.29s and Micaiah Harris in 10.34s.
The 22-year-old was the favourite to clinch the title, and he didn’t disappoint at the sound of the gun, he raced on to finish in a fast 9.99s clocking with a wind reading of 0.3m/s
Oduduru’s time in the 100m final erased the Big-12 Record held by Prezel Hardy Jr. at 10.03s and also doubles as the Stadium Record, taking down a long-term one held by John Garrison since 1976, pegged at 10.04s.
His 9.99s rime has also earned him a spot ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Aribo On Road To Super Stardom -Gerrard

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes that Nigerian midfielder, Joe Aribo has all it takes to become a superstar, considering his impressive form.
The midfielder has hit the ground running since his summer switch from Charlton Athletic to the Ibrox Stadium outfit, scoring four goals in 17 appearances amid other dazzling displays.
His form earned him a call-up to the Super Eagles and has continued to shine for the three-time African champions since making his debut against Ukraine last month.
Aribo scored a sublime goal last week for Nigeria, helping the West Africans earn a famous 1-1 draw against Brazil.
Rangers boss and Liverpool legend Gerrard has lauded the display and tipped the 23-year-old midfielder for success.
“The moment of the goal [against Brazil] and the type of goal, he will score them throughout his career because he’s got all the attributes to make the box,” Gerrard told Tidesports source.
“He’s got the soft feet in the box to create exciting things, and I still have to pinch myself that we got him here.
“Joe can be whatever he wants to be. If he stays as humble as he is, stays as professional and keeps showing effort and desire, Joe can make his career whatever he wants it to be.”
Aribo returned to the Gers’ squad on Sunday against Hearts after missing their last three games due to a head injury.
The midfielder will hope to play a part when Rangers take on Porto in a Europa League game tomorrow.

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Ghana, Other Heavy Weights Dumped Out Of CHAN

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Ghana has missed out on a place at the 2020 African Nations Championship finals after they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Burkina Faso.
The Burkinabe claimed a narrow victory in Kumasi in the first leg of their qualifier and then held the home-based Black Stars to a 0-0 draw in the return in Ouagadougou on Sunday to advance to the finals in Cameroon.
Senegal will also play no part in the finals after they were ousted 3-1 on penalties by Guinea after the teams had played to a 1-1 aggregate draw.
Trailing from the first leg, Mamadouba Bangoura scored for Guinea to level the tie and send it to penalties, where they held their nerve to emerge victorious and advance.
Niger also caused a shock when they ousted Ivory Coast despite a 1-0 loss in Abidjan as Guy Stephen Bedi got the only goal of the game, but could not help his side overturn their 2-0 first leg deficit.
Tunisia claimed a 3-1 aggregate success over Libya, aided by a 2-1 victory in the second leg in neutral Morocco on Sunday as Anice Badri grabbed a brace, while Mali defeated Mauritania 2-0, and by the same scoreline on aggregate, in Bamako on Sunday.
DR Congo produced a rampant 4-1 victory for a 6-1 aggregate success over Central African Republic as Joel Beya netted a brace, while Congo-Brazzaville edged Equatorial Guinea 3-2 on aggregate as they claimed a 1-0 home success thanks to a Carof Bakoua strike.
Finally, Zimbabwe held Lesotho to a 0-0 draw as they won 3-1 on aggregate to seal a finals place.
The full line-up for the tournament in Cameroon early next year is therefore as follows: Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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Nigeria Names Strong Squad For U-17 W/Cup

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Nigeria Under-17 head coach Manu Garba has announced the Golden Eaglets squad for this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals starting in Brazil next Saturday.
The tactician has named Captain Samson Tijani and forwards Wisdom Ubani and Olakunle Olusegun in his final 21 players.
Garba also named goalkeeper Sunday Stephen, defenders Charles Etim and Ferdinand Ikenna, midfielder Ibraheem Jabaar and forward Akinkunmi Amoo among those who will seek to wrest a six global cadet title for Nigeria.
The Golden Eaglets, winners in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015, will open this year’s tournament with a clash against Hungary in Goiania on 26th October.
Nigeria will then clash with Ecuador (at the same venue on 29th October) and Australia (in Brasilia on 1st November) in Group B.
Vitoria is the other city hosting the 24 –nation championship.
The Nigerian squad includes
Goalkeepers: Sunday Stephen (Football College Academy); Joseph Oluwabusola (Bournemouth AFC, England); Daniel Jinadu (West Ham United, England)
Defenders: Charles Etim (Blessed Stars Academy); Usman Ibrahim (Giant Brilliants FC); Ferdinand Ikenna (A&B FC); Quadri Edun (G12 FC); Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi (Sporting Dreams FC); Hamzat Ojediran (Jossy United FC)
Midfielders: Samson Tijani (Collings Edwin FC); Akinkunmi Amoo (Sidos Football Club); Daniel Francis (FC Hearts); Ibraheem Jabaar (Ijebu United); Ibrahim Said (Dabo Babes Academy); Monsuru Opeyemi (B Angel FC); Peter Agba (Falala Football Club); Peter Olawale (Delta Warriors)
Forwards: Olakunle Olusegun (ABS FC); Wisdom Ubani (Giant Brilliants FC); Divine Nwachukwu (Riverline FC); Abba Bichi (Talentbase Sport FC).

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