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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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Ilechukwu Set To Make History With Plateau United

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Plateau United coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, says his side is all set for the start of 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League season and he hopes to make history with the club.
The season’s resumption date which has been fixed for December 17, is set to be ratified by the league management company on December 7 at its general assembly in Abuja.
According to the fixtures released and made available to Tidesports source, Plateau United is billed to face newcomers Niger Tornadoes away from home.
Tidesports source reports that Ilechukwu, who joined the team during the transfer window from Heartland FC would be hoping to start the season in an impressive fashion.
“We are prepared, the players are doing fine and we can’t wait for the season,” Ilechukwu said.
“The players are well motivated and all they want to do is go out there and give their all.”
Other matchday one fixtures to be played across the federation will see champions, Akwa United, tackle Kano Pillars, Enyimba slugs it out with Abia Warriors in a derby, Lobi Stars will entertain Rivers United while there will be a battle of newcomers between Gombe United and Shooting Stars.
Enugu Rangers will travel to face Katsina United in their season’s opener. Sunshine Stars play Wikki Tourists, Kwara United vs Dakkada, Heartland vs Nasarawa United, while there’ll be an early Southwest derby between MFM FC and Remo Stars in Lagos.

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ph City Marathon: Athletes, Collect Participation Number Morrow

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The Chief Organiser of Port Harcourt City Marathon, Goodluck Azunwena, has expressed satisfaction over the reactions of people and number of athletes that registered for the competition.
He revealed that collection of athlete’s participation number  would take place tomorrow, at Las Mall, Rumukalagbor, in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
Azunwena said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports, yesterday, saying that the basic aim is to engage the youth meaningfully and change the negative perception of the State.
According to him, “Port Harcourt to the World,” the organization that is organising competition had organised other events that have positive impact on the people, particularly in 2018, they organized what was called Music Ran Port Harcourt.
“This organization was established in 2016 with the sole aim to promote the city positively and encourage people to change the negative perception of the city in and outside the state.
So far I am impressed with people’s reactions towards the competition and  number of athletes that registered for the event,” Azunwena said.
Meanwhile, the 16 kilo meter race is scheduled to take place next Saturday in Port Harcourt, the winner of the competition will go home with N1 million, as second and third positionswill cart away N500,000 and N250, 000, respectively.
While fourth to ten position will have consolation prize of N50,000 each.

By: Tonye Orabere

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Nnadozie’s Rating As World’s Seventh Best  Thrills  Izilien

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Former Coach of Super Falcons, Godwin Izilien, has described Chiamaka Nnadozie’s ranking as the world’s seventh best woman goalkeeper as a clear indication that Nigeria has abundant talented female footballers at the grassroots waiting to be discovered.
Izilien, who commended the Paris of France FC goaltender for putting Nigeria on the world map in women football, urged stakeholders in the ladies’ game to pay more attention to talent discovery, stressing that discovering and nurturing women players when they are still young will raise the country’s standard in the game.
“I am delighted on the news that Nnadozie has been rated the seventh best goalkeeper in the world. This is a remarkable achievement for the young lady, who started her football career in Nigeria.
“She played for the cadet teams and Nigerian clubs before moving abroad. I have said it before that Nigeria has talents in women football… all they need is to be discovered and exposed.
“Nnadozie’s achievement is a clear testimony that a player can be discovered in Nigeria and be among the best in the world when given the right exposure. Football stakeholders should leverage her achievements to look more to grassroots football development.
“Getting young talents from the grassroots remains the direction to develop women’s football in Nigeria,” he said.
Tidesports source reports that Nnadozie was selected among the best in the goalkeeping position by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The rankings of the women goalkeepers were for an aggregate of 2021 taking into consideration performances for their club and country.
The ex Rivers Angels goalkeeper, who made her debut for Nigeria at the Jordan U-17 Women’s World Cup also in 2019, became the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.
Nnadozie also helped Nigeria to win gold medal at the African Games in Morocco, saving three penalties in the shootout against Cameroun.

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