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Registry Dethrones School At ISL’s 31st Sports Meet

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Registry (Red House) deposed Bursary (White House) to win the 31st Inter-House Athletics Competition International School, University of Lagos (ISL), held at the International School Sports Ground, University of Lagos.
Registry garnered 14 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals to come tops, as Congregation (Purple House) came second with nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals.
Tidesports source reports that Chancellery (Yellow House) finished third with seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals, while Senate (Blue), placed fourth with four gold, 15 silver and eight bronze medals.
Bursary (White House) occupied fifth position with four gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals, however, the defending champion, School (Green House), came sixth place on the log after registering three gold, three silver and six bronze medals.
In the march past, Senate came tops with 93 points, Bursary was second with 89 points, while School had 88 points to get the third position, Registry fourth with 83 points, Congregation fifth with 78 points and Chancellery sixth with 76 points.
Mohammed Femisola was adjudged the best athlete after winning four gold medals in the 800 metres, 1500 metres, 400 metres and 4×100 metres.
Speaking at the event, the school’s Acting Principal, K.O. Amusan, said the competition was part of the school’s extra-curricular activities that encourage healthy living and exposed hiding talents among students.
“We are here to celebrate our 31st inter-house sports competition. It is a special one because our school just turned 40 years and it is our 40th Founder’s Day edition. This year’s competition is a very unique one as we are using our own field for the first time as against the University of Lagos Sports Centre, we used in the past.
“When we talk about a school’s setting, school is not just about academics as they say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The inter-house sports competition is very important because it allows for healthy competitions among students and even the staff. The health benefits are numerous,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of occasion and Group Managing Director of Vita Foam Nigeria Plc, Mr Taiwo Ayodele Adeniyi, who was represented by Mr. Owabamidele Sola, said the event was a celebration of youth, adding that they occupy a very important place in the country.
“For any country to grow, we must encourage them to show the full potential God has deposited in them. The contest is also an opportunity for the students to develop their talents aside from academics. And the corporate bodies have the duties to support sports at the grassroots and anything that is good.
That is what Vita Foam is known for, because we are a brand that supports talents when we see where talents are being developed and we encourage them,” he stated.

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… As Coach Expresses Optimism To Qualify For 2026 W’Cup

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Finidi George has set his sights firmly on securing qualification for the 2026 World Cup, demanding unwavering commitment from his top players as the team aims to get their faltering qualifying campaign back on track.
Unveiled to the media in Abuja on Monday, Finidi, who succeeded the outgoing Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, wasted no time in laying out his immediate priorities, two crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin early next month.
“Nigeria comes first, that’s what I expect from every player I invite. You have to be playing in your club, and you must have the commitment,” Finidi told reporters on Monday.
Recognising the importance of a strong start, the former Ajax winger emphasised the significance of the upcoming clash against South Africa.
“The first targets are to qualify for the World Cup and AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations), and a win over South Africa will set the tone.”
Nigeria currently finds itself in third place in their qualifying group, with just two points from as many games, while South Africa sits second with three points.
Finidi, who has signed a year’s contract with an option for an additional year, acknowledged the immense pressure that comes with leading the national team of a country with over 200 million people.
However, he exuded confidence in his ability to withstand the scrutiny, stating, “I have a tough skin.”
While his salary remains undisclosed, the 53-year-old coach expressed a willingness to prioritise performance over immediate financial rewards.
“The salary is good enough for me, it’s not as much as that of (Jose) Peseiro.
“Money is good, but if you add value to what you do, the money will come. Then they can come and ask ‘Coach, how much do you want?” Finidi said.

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I’m Not Under Pressure, I’ve Tough Skin – Finidi

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New Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George, has underlined that the word pressure is not in his dictionary and appealed for support from key stakeholders including the media.
Speaking after his unveiling yesterday in Abuja, the former Enyimba of Aba coach said; “In life you cannot be afraid. As you see me here, I am a quiet person but I’m not afraid of anything. The worst you can get in football is not getting the result, the best you can get is winning all the time, and I will try my best to make sure that the team functions properly and we start winning games.”
On whether is under pressure to justify his appointment, the coach stressed; “Pressure, I don’t think I have it. I have that tough skin and I want to plead you guys, the media we need your support.
“What is in the contract is boldly written, what the NFF wants and Nigeria in general, but for me personally my first target is to make sure we are in line to qualify for the World Cup. AFCON qualifiers definitely will be coming up soon, but the major step for me is these two games that we have.
“If we can win against South Africa and Benin, we will set the tone.”
During the unveiling ceremony, the NFF confirmed that ex-Super Eagles striker; Daniel Amokachi and Abiden Baruwa will be the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach respectively.
The first assignment for Finidi, who won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, is to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Amusan Becomes World’s Fastest Woman, Sets New Track Record

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Nigerian sprint icon Tobi Amusan has become the world’s fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles after running a world-leading 12.40 seconds.
In a thrilling race, the world record holder secured the victory, leaving behind Danielle Williams, the world champion, who clocked her best time of the season at 12.46 seconds. Following closely was American Christina Clemons, claiming the third spot with a time of 12.54 seconds.
This triumph means the Nigerian athlete has now claimed the top spot globally, surpassing American Tonea Marshall’s previous record of 12.42 seconds set in late April.
Tobi Amusan’s impressive win arrives just two months before the Paris 2024 Olympics, setting the stage for an exciting competition ahead.
John Enoh, the minister of sports development, on his X handle congratulated Amusan over the feat.
Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time!
You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons.
“Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time! You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons was 3rd in 12.54s,” he wrote.
“Tobi, you keep making our country proud. Paris Olympics is around the corner, your performance gives us hope just like others, that Nigeria is set to break a jinx. Keep soaring, we are proud of you.”

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