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2021 AFCON: Rohr Rates Eagles Group High

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Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that the Super Eagles work is cut out at next year’s Total/Energy African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cameroon 2021 after Nigeria was drawn last Tuesday’s night against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau in Group D.
The 68-year-old German said the three-time AFCON winner, Nigeria must be Teutonic to withstand the tournament’s most successful team and seven-time winners, Pharaohs of Egypt as well as Sudan and Guinea Bissau.
“Yes, we have a tough group,” the former Burkina Faso and Gabon national team coach said matter-of-factly immediately after the draws were held at the Yaounde Conference Centre.  “Egypt, everybody knows and wanted to avoid but it is okay.
“We have Sudan with a French Coach (Hubert Veuld) who is a personal friend and who has really done a good job since he arrived there and qualified for the AFCON from a difficult group and of course, Guinea Bissau is not going to be easy.”
Yet, the former Bayern Munich defender was quick to add that the Super Eagles can navigate their section and proceed to the next round with good preparation ahead of the 24-team tournament to be hosted in Cameroon between January 19 and February 6, 2022.
“We would be very well prepared, “assured Rohr whose side defeated Egypt   1-0 in a pre-2019 AFCON final international friendly in Asaba before they finished third at the championship held in Egypt.
“We need to be ready especially for the first match against Egypt on January 11th at the Roumde-Adjia Stadium  in Garoua  and tomorrow(Wednesday), we are going to visit Garoua  because we understand it’s very hot and humid there, and it might not be easy for the Europe-based  players coming from the winter cold in January,” he added.

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Team Nigeria wrestlers off to pre-Olympics camp

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The Nigeria wrestling contingent left Madrid, Spain for Germany in what is their last camping before the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

The Wrestlers which participated in Spanish Grand Prix, a pre-Olympic tournament in Madrid, had Esther Kolawole 62kg and Ogunsanya Christianah 53kg record bronze for Team Nigeria respectively.

Ogunsanya defeated her USA counterpart Brianne Gonzales (10-0) to win Bronze medal while Kolawole won Swedish Johanna Lindborg by (8-0) for the Bronze Medal.

Multiple time world medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye lost (4-4) on technical grounds to Norwegian Othile Hole in the quarter final. Similarly, African champion Hannah Reuben lost her first bout to Tatiana R. her Colombia opponent (3-0).

Reacting to the performance of the team, the female head coach Akuh Purity assessed it was an opportunity for the wrestlers to warm-up ahead of the Paris Games.

“It was a good outing for our girls in the sense that it offered us opportunity to look at areas we needed to improve on,” Purity stated. “It also gave the wrestlers the avenue to wrestle competitively although not as if it were to be in Paris, but it was great and we have known areas we need to improve upon.”

Before the team’s departure for Germany,  the Nigeria Wrestling Federation President Daniel Igali, urged  the contingents led by the Secretary General, Mohammed H. Maigidansanma, to learn from all that transpired in Madrid for their technical advantage.

 

 

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Stakeholders unveil plans for athletics dev

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Stakeholders in the southwest have moved to set up a trust fund for athletics initiatives in the zone, in order to drive positive changes in the management of track and field talents and events.

This is part of a series of recommendations made during the inaugural two-day Southwest Athletics Conference which ended in Abeokuta, Ogun State last Friday.

The conference was attended by 55 delegates representing the six states in the region and supported by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the chairman of the working committee, Olatunde Makanju, and the secretary of the communique drafting committee, Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, the conference highlighted seven blueprints towards revamping athletics in the region.

“Key recommendations from the conference include the formation of the Southwest Athletics Group that would be governed by a board comprising all the chairmen of the states association, with each chair taking annual turns leading the board.

“To enhance sports development, the conference called for the creation of a trust fund dedicated to supporting athletic programmes and initiatives in the
region.”

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Paris 2024: Falcons hold first training session

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Ahead of their participation in the women’s football event of the 2024 Paris Olympics Games, the Super Falcons held their first training session in their Seville camp on Sunday.

The Games will be held from July 26 to August 11 and Nigeria are returning to the women’s football event since they last featured in 2008.

The Super Falcons camp opened in Spanish City on Friday but didn’t hold any training sessions until Sunday due to the small number of players in camp.

Following reports that most of the players are yet to hit camp, perhaps the numbers are just swelling, as the video released by the Super Falcons Show on X showed a few players and officials strolling into the training ground.

In the video were captain Rasheedat Ajibade, goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, Deborah Abiodun, Toni Payne and Rivers Angels keeper Morufat Ademola. Some other officials were spotted in the background.

Other players reported to be in camp are goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, Gift Monday, Chidinma Okeke, and Christy Ucheibe.

The team is expected to depart Spain for France on July 18 after their two-week training in Seville.

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum last Wednesday named 18 players and four others as alternates for the women’s football event.

Changes are however expected to the squad in the coming days following an injury to midfielder Halimatu Ayinde.

Nine-time African champions Nigeria will tackle Brazil, Spain and Japan, in that order, at this year’s tournament.

Their first game, against Brazil, comes up at the Stade Bordeaux on July 25, before confrontations with Spain (July 28) and Japan (July 31).

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