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Crown FC Battle-Ready For 2020/2021 NNL Season – GM

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The Acting General Manager of Crown FC of Ogbomoso, Oyekunle Oyeleye, last Wednesday, expressed the readiness of his team for the 2020/2021 Nigeria National League (NNL) season.
The Media Officer of the Ajilete Warrior, Tunji Alabi, in a statement in Lagos, said the 2020/2021 NNL season would start on Sunday January 31 after it was put on hold for over 12 months.
Oyeleye said the NNL side was poised to conquer all foes in the second tier of Nigeria’s football league.
“We are fully prepared and battle ready, because we had more than enough time to prepare for this season, having kicked the ball last on December 16, 2019.
“We have prepared well for the in-coming season. And with the quality of signings we’ve made, we are good to go.
“We are confident that our sound preparations will be shown in the results of our games.
“I promise our fans that by God’s grace we will perform wonderfully well in all our matches, beginning from this weekend,” he said.
On the arrival of a former national beach soccer team captain, Isiaka Olawale, to the camp of the Ajilete Boys, Oyeleye expressed optimism that the veteran midfielder would bring his wealth of experience to bear on the team.
“Olawale will make a positive impact on our club. He is a legend, and having somebody like him in a team like ours will no doubt boost the image of our club.
“Aside that, Olawale is still as skillful as he was in those days. As soon as he came around, his family wanted him here because his family is based in Ilorin, a city just 35 minutes drive from Ogbomoso.
“He is one of the players we have signed,” Oyeleye said.
He added, “Aside Olawale, we also have quite a number of other experienced players who have featured in the NPFL, including some returning players.
“I believe with such players and the inputs of the club’s technical crew, Crown will be going to places.”
The 38-year-old, Olawale signed for the Crown FC after spending four seasons with El Kanemi Warriors.
“I am assuring our fans that playing our home matches at the LAUTECH pitch instead of our traditional ground at Soun Township Stadium, currently under renovation, will not have adverse effects on the team’s performance.
“We feel comfortable playing at the LAUTECH pitch, and we believe, we will get expected results there, with the support of all stakeholders,” he assured.
The Tidesports source gathered that the Ajilete Boys, whose ambition is to return to the NPFL, will play host to Jossy FC from Enugu this weekend in the 2020/2021 NNL opener.

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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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