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AFN Ready For Mobil Championships

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After Nigerian’s team to the 6th IAAF Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy failed to achieve anything of substance, attention shifts back to the local scene as athletes round up training ahead of the Mobil Track and Field Championship slated for next weekend in Abuja.

United States of America based junior athlete, Chizoba Okodogbe had raised so much hope for a medal in the girls 400m. After winning her semi-final with one of the best times, Okodogbe failed to place on the podium clocking a dismal 56.01 to finish 6th in the final on Saturday.

American Ebony Eutsey (52.88) and Michele Brown (53.44) were first and second while Swede, Sandra Wagner (53.52) was third.

Her compatriot, Comfort Oluwayemi Olugbemi could also not lift camp spirit as he finished 8th in the semis of the boys 200m won by America Keena Brock (21.36). Tomasz Klucznski (21.43) of Poland and Sam Waltz (21.52) of Great Britain were second and third respectively. Josephine Omaka also falled in the semi final of the girls 200m.

Nigeria’s poor outing at the championship was highlighted by the two disqualifications handed out to the boys and girls Medley relay teams. The girls quartet was made up of Judith Kinabiyovwi, Josephine Omaka, Charity Adegoka and Chizoba Okodogbe.

For the first time since the inaugural edition of the championship, Kenya topped the final medal table with six golds, 7 silvers and I bronze medals with an incredible tally of 7 medials (4 golds and 3 silvers) grabbed on the last afternoon alone.

The United States of America which had been at the top of the medal table in the four previous editions finished second this time around with 6 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals.

The US were however top of the placing table (which adds points for each individual finalist up to eight position) with 167 ahead of Kenya at 108 points and Germany at 95 points.

Great Britain was third overall with four gold, 1silver and I bronze medals for what was by far their best showing in this age category global championships.

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Rivers International Marathon To Celebrate Fubara’s One Year

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Former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Peterside Idah says next month’s Rivers International Marathon will be used to celebrate the one year anniversary of His Excellency,  Siminalayi Fubara as the Executive Governor of Rivers State.           Idah, who is the race’s head of media and communications said the event could not have been better timed and organizers have keyed it into the one year celebration of Governor  Fubara’s tenure.       “We want to use this race to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Governor, Fubara who is the main reason Rivers State has been officially termed as the sports hub of the nation by John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development,” Ida said. Continuing, Idah revealed that the Rivers International Marathon has received massive backing from Governor Fubara as well as corporate Nigeria.        “Governor Fubara is the biggest supporter of the race and we are determined to organise a race befitting the status of Rivers state as the new destination of sort for sports in Nigeria,” Idah stated, adding two financial institutions have thrown their weight behind the race.    “Globus and Zenith bank are backing us as partners and this shows that corporate Nigeria is appreciating the giant strides we have taken in terms of sports development and the many benefits that come with organizing a road race.

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BAL : Rivers Hoopers Arrive Rwanda, Attend Playoff

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Nigeria’s representatives at the 2024 Basketball Africa League (BAL), Rivers Hoopers on Sunday landed in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the competition which dunks off on May 24th .
The Tidesports source hinted: “The KingsMen have arrived in Kigali, Rwanda for the Playoffs. Dakar was good, Kigali be great.”
The KingsMen will face AS Douanes of Senegal in one of the four seeding games in the playoffs in Kigali on May 24th.
The two teams played against each other twice in the Sahara Conference that ended last week in Dakar, Senegal with each winning one game apiece.
The winner between Hoopers and AS Douanes (Game 40) will play against the winner between Petro de Luanda (Angola) and US Monastir of Tunisia (Game 39) in the semi-final, while the loser of the tie will square up against the loser of Game 39 in the quarter final.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s hip-hop star, Adekunle Kosoko aka Adekunle Gold and AG Baby, are among the list of top celebrities who will perform at the 2024 African Basketball League playoffs in Kigali.
The finals usually attract top celebrities from both the sports and music community And this time around, BAL 4 playoffs will feature performances by local and international acts, including the likes of Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold and Rwanda’s very own The Ben, Chris Eazy, Ish Kevin, Kevin Kade, Ariel Wayz, Kivumbi King, Bwiza, Ishami Talent, Inganzi Ngari cultural troupe and Kenny Sol.
The selected artists will perform during the halftime shows of the finals. Globally with special performances to spice up the halftime show atmosphere.

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WAFU U-17: Togo, Nigeria Clash Must-Win For Garba

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Golden Eaglets head coach, Manu Garba, is leaving no margin for errors in ensuring the team beat Togo today in their second Group B match of the WAFU Zone B U-17 Cup of Nations in Ghana.The record five-time world champions made a stuttering start to their campaign with a barren draw against Burkina Faso at the University of Ghana on Thursday, but boosted their title defence with a 1-0 win over Niger Republic on Sunday at same venue, with Raphael Adams’ 31st-minute strike separating both sides.
Nigeria are second in the group with four points, the same as Burkina Faso, who have their nose in front on a superior goal difference. Garba looks to finish at the top of the pile and has declared their last group game against the young Hawks another must-win.
“The Golden Eaglets will have to beat Togo on today. The Togo U-17 team is good, and Nigeria will not underrate them,” Garba saider Alleged N8bn Air Fraud, Food PricOthers
“We have trained the players on goal-scoring drills. Nigeria should have scored three goals against Niger. So, we hope that the players will convert more of their chances against Togo,” he added.
Niger are in the third position with three points from their 3-2 win over Togo, who, though rock bottom, are not pushovers but largely undone by errors.
The tournament, running from May 15 to 29, will see the top two teams from the group facing the best teams from Group A, which includes Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin Republic, in the semi-final.
The two countries that qualify for the final will represent the region at next year’s U-17 African Cup of Nations.

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