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700 Athletes Participate In 3rd Edo Sports Festival

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No fewer than 700 athletes drawn from the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo are participating in the 3rd Edo Sports Festival declared open on Monday by Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
Tidesports source reports that about 300 officials are also expected to officiate in the two weeks sports fiesta.
In his speech, the governor promised that it would not take long again before holding another state festival, as it took 19 years to hold sport festival in the state after the last one held in 2000.
“From now on, it is going to be an annual event and we are going to synchronise it with our sports calendar.
“To revive sports in Edo State, this administration has invested much in the reconstruction of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and also the building of 20 new stadia across the 18 council areas of the state,’’ he said.
The governor announced an official prize of N5 million, N3 million and 1 million for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position winners respectively.
The Chairman, Edo State Sport Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, said the state sports fiesta was being held in preparation for the National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to hold between March 22 and April 1.
The chairman, while urging the athletes to be fair and just during the festival, said the essence was to help discover talents for the NSF as well as groom athletes for future national and international events.
He commended the governor for providing world-class facilities for the NSF that the state would play host to fiesta in March.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, was part of the dignitaries that graced the opening ceremony of the festival.
Meanwhile, eight centres would host to 36 sporting events lined up for the 3rd state sports festival.

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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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