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WAFU Tourney: Flying Eagles On Brink Of Exit

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Nigeria’s national Under 20 team, the Flying Eagles are on the brink of exit from the 2020 WAFU B U-20 Cup of Nations after they lost 1-0 to Ghana in a Group B clash at the Stade Charles de Gaulles, Porto Novo, Benin Republic on Wednesday.
Tidesports source gathered that Ladan Bosso’s side needed an outright win to advance into the semi-finals but a brilliant free kick from Precious Boah in the 82nd minute sealed a nervy win for the Black Satelites in the West African Derby.
They had earlier been held to a 1-1 draw by Ivory Coast in their opening game on Sunday.
The Flying Eagles dominated play in the opening minutes of the game and had two goals disallowed for offside as they went in search of a goal.
Bosso’s team played with a lot more urgency after the interval, but their attack was blunt with only former Golden Eaglets star Wisdom Ubani the bright spot.
At a point, the Nigerian side recorded as many as nine corners, but still could not rattle Ghana goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad or his defence.
In stoppage time, a Ghanaian player was sent off for time wasting.
The Nigerians now have one point from two games and will hope Ghana defeats Ivory Coast by more than two goals to advance to the semi-final of the competition, which serves as qualifiers for the U-20 AFCON in Mauritania next year.
Paul Onuachu’s goalscoring form in the Belgian Jupiler League has received plaudits from ex-Super Eagles players.
The Nigeria international has been fantastic for Genk this season, scoring 14 goals in 14 games, but has failed to replicate his scoring form for the Eagles.
The 26-year-old has scored once in seven games for the three-time African champions.
“Onuachu is a good striker and his 14 goals so far in the Belgian league tells us more. I think that all he needs is confidence in the national team and Nigerians will see a great player that the Eagles have on their hands,” ex-Eagles winger Tijani Babangida said.
Victor Ikpeba, a former African Player of The Year, urged Nigerians and the Eagles coaches to be patient with Onuachu.
“It is not easy to come into the national team and make an impact,” Ikpeba said.
“Even Yekini did not make an immediate impact,” Ikpeba said.
“When you have that kind of striker, you have to give him the ball. Our wide players are not crossing the ball; they always want to dribble and come inside.
“They need to get used to him and keep trying to find him, and they need to cross the ball more to him.”
Etim Esin, a former Eagles midfielder, added, “Onuachu has done well for himself because scoring 14 goals is great. I have played in Belgium and I know what it means to score goals there.
“It would be better if the coaches and his teammates are patient with him.”

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Euro 2024: Mikel Oyarzabal Clinches Victory For Spain

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Mikel Oyarzabal scored a late goal to give Spain a 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2024 Final yesterday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Coming off the bench, Oyarzabal scored the winning goal to give Spain a record fourth European Championship, their first since 2012.
Following a cagey first half in Berlin, in which neither team scored, Spain increased the intensity early in the second half.
A lovely infield shuffle from the 17-year-old Lamine Yamal followed by a cross-pass in the path of Spain’s left-winger, Nico Williams ended up as the opener.
Williams slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford at the bottom corner of the far post to make Spain go ahead of the game.
In the 70th minute, Cole Palmer was substituted in for Kobbie Mainoo.
The Chelsea player took three minutes to combine alongside Jude Bellingham for England’s equalizer.
The winner finally came via another substitute, this time for Spain, as Oyarzabal pounced onto a Marc Cucurella’s low cross from the left to see his team win the game.

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Napoli Reject PSG’s €200m Offer For Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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Napoli have turned down a mammoth €200m bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen and his teammate Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.
According to Italian sources, the French champions tabled the mega offer in an attempt to secure the services of both players. However, Napoli are only willing to consider offers for Osimhen this summer.
PSG’s interest in both players is well documented, but Napoli remain firm in their stance regarding Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian international is considered indispensable, and the club have no intention of parting with him this summer.
Osimhen, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the former Serie A champions, has a release clause in his contract reportedly set at €130m. However, with a lack of concrete proposals, Napoli may be open to negotiating a lower fee for the Nigeria international.
PSG’s interest in the duo comes as no surprise, with the French side desperately seeking marquee signings to fill the void left by Kylian Mbappé’s impending free transfer to Real Madrid.

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Squash: Apata Tops Ladder At Lagos Country Club

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The Squash Section, Lagos Country Club recently held its annual 2024 WorkNigeria Squash Ladder tournament where winners emerged in various categories.
The nine-day tournament climaxed last Friday with Bunmi Apata becoming the number one on the gold ladder in the men’s category,
Funmi Bamkole, past president and a patron of squash topped the Ladder in the veteran category and the chairman of the section, Semoore Badejo came tops in the super veteran category.
In the female category, Mrs Abiola Kolawole came first followed closely by Moniola Gege and Mrs Wuraola Adeseun.
The just concluded annual tournament saw players playing a cumulative number of three hundred and forty-three games with Mr Adeboye Teriba winning the prize for the player who played the highest number of games. Kolawole Adeyemi won the prize for the most improved player of the tournament.
In his remark, the president of Lagos Country Club, Mr Seyi Adewunmi commended the high spirit of sportsmanship among the playing members and noted improvement on the standard of the game over the years.
He urged the sectional executives to keep raising the bar in subsequent tournaments.
Olufemi Oyebanjo, the managing director of Worknigeria, sponsors of this year’s Ladder tournament expressed satisfaction on the massive turnout for the event and members obvious enthusiasm towards the game of Squash.
This, according to him, resonates with the goal of the organization to ensure that it develops sound minds fit for the labour market. “When you engage in a rigorous sport like Squash, you are not only fit physically but, you are equally alert, mentally. And this ensures your productivity at your place of work”, he concluded.

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