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Entrepreneur Bemoans Development Of Grassroots Sports

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The organisers of the just-concluded 3rd Magic Tour Cycling Competition yesterday bemoaned the bureaucratic process involved in getting public schools to participate in grassroots competitions.
The Team Lead of the Organising Committee for the competition, Ikechukwu Agada, told newsmen in Lagos that this process had made it difficult to monitor the progress of talented young cyclists who attend public schools.
He said that one-third of the 500 children that participated in the recently concluded annual cycling competition, which held at Teslim Balogun Stadium last Friday, came from private schools.
“Our interaction with private schools has been encouraging because it is easier to monitor children from private schools, as a result of quick response to communication unlike the public schools.
“You can follow-up and get the private schools to participate at tournaments without much hassles, which is not the case with public schools because of the cumbersome process involved.
“Some of the directors in charge of public schools ask for money to transport the children to the venue before they can be allowed to participate in competitions, meant for grassroots sport development.
“I sincerely do not see anyway forward, regarding encouraging grassroots sports development in public schools if the directors continue like this,” he said.
Agada therefore, urged the Lagos State Government to look at easing the process of grassroots sports development in public schools to encourage entrepreneurs facilitate sports development in the state.
He said that the aim of grassroots competitions such as Magic Tour, was to help children to discover their sports talents and also create avenues for them to showcase the talents.
According to him, talents discovered at such tournaments can be nurtured to represent the country at international meets.

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Ordega’s Goal Inspires Victory For Chinese Club

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Francisca Ordega was on target as Shanghai thrashed Wuhan 3-0 in a Chinese Women’s Super League encounter on Wednesday.
The Nigeria international scored her first Chinese Women’s Super League goal in a 1-1 draw with holders Dalian Quanjian on July 25.
At the Tazihu Football Centre, Wuhan was aiming to pip Shanghai for second spot but the visitors were the eventual victors.
The 25-year-old Super Falcons striker opened the scoring for the Hongkou Football Stadium outfit in the first half.
After the restart, Camilla and Yang Lina netted what was their first of the season to get on the scoresheet to seal the crucial away win.
In the battle for the second place, Shanghai kept their winning run with an emphatic 3-0 against Wuhan away from home. Camilla and Yang Lina scored their first goal in the season while Francisca Ordega got her third.
With her latest goal, Ordega has now scored three times in six games in the Chinese women’s top-flight on her debut season.
The result means Shanghai are second on the table on superior goals despite being tied on 13 points with Wuhan from six games.
They will take on seventh-placed Guangdong Meizhou in their outstanding match scheduled to be held on August 28.
In a related development, Asisat Oshoala scored twice for Barcelona in a 5-2 victory over her former club Arsenal in a high-profile pre-season friendly on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was reuniting with her former side for the first time since she left in January 2017, after a season spent with the North London side.
Before her trip to England, she had scored four goals in the Spanish giants’ back-to-back warm-up wins over Amed [13-0] and Marseille [5-0].
With the first return to Meadow Park, Oshoala shone brightly as she fired the visitors in front after Patri Guijjaro cancelled Katie McCabe’s opener before half-time. Five minutes after the restart, the Nigerian extended the tally for Lluís Cortes’ side before Claudia Pina’s brace overshadowed Kim Little’s effort from the spot. With today’s brace, Oshoala has now scored six goals in three matches for the Liga Iberdrola side – fantastic form she will hope to take into the new season which begins on September 8.

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Iheanacho Returns To Super Eagles For Ukraine Friendly

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Nigeria has recalled forward, Kelechi Iheanacho to their squad for the international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10, but there was no place for midfielder, John Ogu and goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi.
Coach Gernot Rohr is also without retired stars, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, but has handed first call-ups to Fortuna Dusseldorf, goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye and Glasgow Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo.
The squad gives a view of Rohr’s plans for the next cycle of Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers, as he looks to build on the side that finished third at the recent continental finals in Egypt.
Leicester City’s Iheanacho and Benfica, defender, Tyronne Ebuehi are two players who return after failing to make the cut for that tournament.
Lille’s forward, Victor Osimhen, who has had a fine start to the season, has been included, along with new Monaco striker, Henry Onyekuru.
Full Squad
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC), Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal), William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)
Midfielders: Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

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Falconets Depart For 2019 All African Games

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The Nigeria U20 women’s team, the Falconets were expected to have flown out of the country for the 2019 All African Games women’s football tournament in Morocco yesterday.
The Falconets commenced training for the continental showpiece on July 8 and concluded their preparations with a 1-0 win over Squad One Football Academy 1-0 last Sunday.
Captain Monday Gift’s solitary effort was all Christopher Danjuma’s side needed to claim a morale-boosting win at the Fifa Goal Project pitch in Abuja.
It was the third win in a row for the team, with Gift on target in all the three warm-up games for the women’s championship scheduled to be held from August 17 to 29 in Rabat.
The U20 women’s side has been drawn against South Africa, Zambia and Cameroon in Group B and will hope to reclaim the gold medal the country last won in 2011.
Having ended their preparations, the Nigerian team will depart for Morocco on Wednesday and will begin their campaign against Basetsana at Stade Academie Mohammed VI on Saturday.
They will take on Cameroon at the same venue and time on Wednesday, August 21 before wrapping up their group phase campaign against Zambia three days later.
Full Squad:
Udukobong Peter (Ibom Angels); Bashirat Amoo (Confluence Queens); Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Gift Monday (FC Robo); Grace Igboamalu (Nasarawa Amazons); Folashade Ijamilusi (FC Robo); Dooshima Tarnum (Nasarawa Amazons); Zainab Olapade (Sunshine Queens); Esther Momoh (Confluence Queens); Akudo Ogbonna (Sunshine Queens); Catherine Kenneth (Rivers Angels); Patricia Innocent (Sunshine Queens); Christiana Obia (Osun Babes); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels); Omowunmi Oshobukola (Sunshine Queens); Precious Christopher (Confluence Queens); Rebecca Ajimuda (Edo Queens).

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