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Africa Best Xi Of The Year 2020

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Many African players thrived across the world in 2020 and African Football.com created the best team made of footballers from the continent.
Andrea Onana – Goalkeeper
The Cameroon interna-tional has established himself as one of the best upcoming goalkeepers in world football and he remains a reliable first-choice goalkeeper at the biggest club in the Netherlands, Ajax Amsterdam.
Achraf Hakimi – Right-Back
The flying Moroccan right-back is one of the brightest young pros-pects in football and the 22-year-old has quickly become as one of the key defenders for Inter Milan after joining the Italian giants from Spanish champions Real Madrid.
Ramy Bensebaini – Left-Back
The Algerian defender, who can also operate as a centre-back, has slowly established himself as one of the best African left-backs and he is a key member of the defence for ambitious German side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Kalidou Koulibaly – Centre Back
The Senegal captain is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in world football at present and he has been very influential at Italian giants SSC Napoli, where he is the third captain.
Joel Matip – Centre Back
The former Cameroon international had a successful 2020 as he established himself as one of the top centre-backs in the English Premier League which he won with his club, Liverpool FC.
Thomas Partey – Defensive Midfielder
The Ghana vice-captain is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished defensive midfielders around in world football and he secured a big-money move from Spain’s Atletico Madrid to English giants Arsenal in October 2020.
Hakim Ziyech – Central Attacking Midfielder
The Algerian genius has been one of the most exciting attacking mid-fielders in the world for the past couple of years and he hit the ground running in England after joining Chelsea from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam.
Riyad Mahrez – Central Attacking Midfielder
The Algeria captain remains one of the best wingers in the English Premier League where he has sparkled for Man-chester City and his versatility enables him to operate in several attack-ing positions including as an attacking midfielder.
Sadio Mane – Left Forward
The Senegalese winger, who is the reigning CAF African Footballer of the Year, is one of the most dangerous wide for-wards in world football and he is one of the reasons why Liverpool FC won the 2019/20 English Premier League title.
Mohamed Salah – Right Forward
The Egyptian super-star is one of the most potent wingers in the world at present and he was an integral part of the Liverpool FC side which clinched the 2019/20 English Premier League title and has broken a number of records in 2020.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Centre Forward
The Gabon captain remains one of the most lethal centre forwards in the world and he played an instrumental role in helping English giants Arsenal clinch the 2020 FA Cup as the team captain.

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Reps Summon Dare Over Doping Crisis At Tokyo

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The House of Representatives has begun investigation of the disqualification of Nigerian athletes at the 2020 Olympics over alleged doping, asking the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, to come and explain the preparedness of the Nigerian contingent for the sports festival.
Tidesports source gathered that the resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion at the plenary on Wednesday titled, ‘Need to Investigate Activities of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development on Failed Doping Test by Nigeria Athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.’
Consequently, the House resolved to “invite the Minister of Sports and Youth Development (sic) to brief the Committee on Sports on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the independent anti-doping arm, Athletics Integrity Unit.”
The House also urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to put necessary measures in place to ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions, while mandating the Committee on Sports to “investigate the immediate and remote cause of the failed doping test to forestall future occurrence.”
Moving the motion, Mr Babatunde Ayeni said the Nigerian delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating in the comity of nations.
Ayeni recalled the outstanding performance of the Nigerian Football Team which bagged the historic first soccer gold medal at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States of America.
The lawmaker lamented the incident of July 20, 2021, where the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations barred 10 Nigerian athletes, including the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare, from the Tokyo Olympics for failing to meet requirements for out-of-competition drug testing.
He recalled that the Athletics Integrity Unit alleged that Okagbare, who won the opening heat of the Women’s 100 meters, had tested positive for human growth hormone.
 “The House is also aware that the allegation further affirmed that the affected athletes failed to comply with the rules requiring those from countries deemed to be at high risk of doping to undergo three no-notice out-of-competition tests in a 10 months’ period leading up to a major event.
“The House is concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” Ayeni added.

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NYG: Rivers B’Ball Team Intensifies Preparations

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Coach of the Rivers State Male Basket-ball Team, Dagogo Okumgba, has said that preparation, are in top gear for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG)scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Coach Okumgba disclosed this yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the team is doing everything necessary to get a better outing in Ilorin when the chips are down, saying that the players are in high spirits and are poised to compete favourably when the competition gets underway.
The coach said his players are committed to their preparations for the task ahead and determined to do the state proud at the games come November this year.
“We are doing our part to prepare as a team and wait for a go ahead from the Sports Ministry for camping so as to further prepare and fortify on the earlier made preparation,” Okumgba added.
The team qualified from their zone at the recently concluded zonal elimi-nation for team sports ahead of “National Youth Games” coming up next month.
It would be recalled that the zonal elimination for team events which comprised Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo states took place in Asaba, Delta State, fortnight ago.
The date for the competition was earlier fixed for September 7 to 17 this year.

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10 Athletes To Represent Nigeria At Winter Olympics

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Following the successful completion of its inaugural Olympics Trials in Lagos last Saturday,  the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria has stated that 10 athletes would represent Nigeria at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games.
Technical Director, BSFN, Dr. Seun Adigun disclosed this in Lagos.
“Ten athletes will be named for the Winter Olympics.
“We will have two athletes for Bobsled, two in the Monobob women’s team, two athletes for the Bobsled men’s team, two male Skeleton and two female Skeleton athletes for the national team,” Adigun, who played a key role in Nigeria’s debut at the last Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, Sourh Korea, said.
President, BSFN, Solomon Ogba stated that the team would train on ice in Europe, ahead of the Winter Games.
“This is the first stage of the preparation for the Olympics before the athletes train on ice,” Ogba said.
History was made earlier in the year when six athletes, who were selected from the first-ever trials in Lagos, trained and participated on ice for the first time in Pyeongchang.
Tidesports source reports that after a few days of training on ice, Perpetua Nwanna and Alawode Sekinat won bronze medal in their debut competition, after finishing third in the women’s double Bobsleigh IBSFSliding Korea Cup.

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