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Wrestling: Nigeria Will Perform Better In Commonwealth Games – Igali

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The President, Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, says Nigerian wrestlers’ performance at the just-concluded African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt, will spur them for more successes at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
Igali made the assertion yesterday in Port Harcourt when African President, United World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Fouad Meskout, visited his Wresting Theatre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
He said that Nigerian wrestlers won a total of 50 medals, comprising 22 gold, 28 silver and a bronze at the championships.
Igali said the wrestlers had commenced camping in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, noting that many of them were currently in his wresting theatre in Yenagoa.
“Athletes from across 14 countries in Africa are currently camping ahead of the Commonwealth Games coming up in April.
“In six weeks time, we’re going to the Games in Gold Coast, Australia and Nigerian athletes aim to consolidate on the successes of the just-concluded African Wrestling Championships,’’ he said.
On the wrestling theater, Igali said it was meant for the training of experienced and talented wresters, not only from Bayelsa but from across Africa.
“This centre is called `More than Medals Camp’ and this is where athletes can train and become professionals; coaches here are drawn from among professional wrestlers across the continent.
“At the moment, athletes from 14 African countries are in Yenagoa to train and also get themselves to fraternise because here is the cradle of wrestling in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Reacting, Meskout, African President, commended Nigerian athletes on their outstanding performance at the championships in Port Harcourt, that “Africa is proud of them’’.
While rating the wrestling theatre, he said the facility was up to standard and called on the government and other corporate organisations to support sports development.

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Rivers United, Wydad AC Clash: CAF Unveils Match Officials

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Ahead of the second preliminary round tie match against Rivers United FC and Wydad AC in the CAF Champions League, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed the match officials for the first leg.
The Pride of Rivers will play hosts to the Moroccan outfit, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday, with Côte D’Ivoire officials in charge.
Ibrahim Kalilou Traore will be at the center of proceedings, assisted by countrymen Adou Hermann Desiré N’goh and Nouho Ouattara as First and Second Assistant, respectively.
Bienvenu Sinko, an Ivorian as well, will be the Fourth Official while Langtombong tombong Tamba, a Gambian national, will be the Match Commissioner.
Meanwhile, Ozi Salami Abdulrahim Onimisi will be the Covid-19 Officer as designated by CAF.
After the Sunday first leg, the second is slated a week later, in the Morocco with the aggregate winner advancing to the Group Stage of the Champions League.
The other team will then earn a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup, one step away from the Group stages.

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Cricket: Nigeria Beats Sierra Leone To Top Group

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Hosts Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 11 runs to top Group B in a nerve-wrecking game at the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifiers in Abuja.
Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat. Usual suspects Paul Pam and Selim Saliu opened the batting order for Nigeria, putting up an excellent partnership to score a 100 for the team, before Pam was sent to the stands in the 27th over.
Pam’s dismissal was the twick Sierra Leone needed to dismiss the hosts successfully in the next 20 overs, limiting Nigeria to 184 runs, all out in 47.4 overs.
The second innings meant Nigeria needed to defend the score against a strong-willed Sierra Leonean side, with captain John Bangura steering the ship.
Bangura, who played 87 runs, not out in 118 balls, raced the run score for Sierra Leone, before Prosper Useni halted their pace, claiming six wickets in the process.
The visitors scored 173 all out in 41.5 overs.
The loss means they set up a clash against Kenya, winners of Group A on Thursday, while Nigeria will face the runners-up in Group A, Malawi.
Prosper Useni emerged player of the match with bowling statistics of six wickets and 26 runs in 6.5 overs.

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Super Falcons Fall To Japan 0-2

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Super Falcons lost 2-0 to a dominant Japan side in their friendly clash at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe yesterday morning.
The encounter which was the third ever between both teams saw Mina Tanaka scoring the two goals for the Nadeshiko.
Rany Waldrum was without Asisat Oshoala but had Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal, making crucial saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
Although the team fielded other stars like Rasheedat Ajibade, Michelle Alozie, Uchenna Kanu, Ngozi Okobe among others, they played second fiddle to the Nadeshiko.
Takana got Japan in the lead in the 64th minute tapping home from a freekick before doubling the advantage four minutes later from the spot.
The Super Falcons are now without a win in their last five games.

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