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‘S’Eagles’ll Not Be Short Of Support For W/Cup Play-Off’

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Nigeria will get all the support needed to silence Ghana in the 2022 World Cup qualification play-off as the Super Eagles and Black Stars get set to battle for a ticket, according to the President, Football Fans Club of Nigeria, Ambassador Kemi Ogunfuwa.
Following the Super Eagles’ failed expedition at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, where they bowed out in the Round of 16 to Tunisia, attention has shifted to the crunch match against the Black Stars.
The three-time African champions are eyeing a seventh appearance to the global football showpiece, albeit, they must negotiate their way past their eternal rivals.
Ahead of the first leg billed for March, the supporters’ club chief reveals that a ‘master plan’ has been mapped out to ensure Ahmed Musa and his teammates were cheered to Qatar 2022.
“As the 12th player, we have started preparations because that is the next big thing. I want to assure Nigerians that the Super Eagles will not be short of support against Ghana,” Ogunfuwa told news men.
“We have put up a strong master plan to ensure that we did everything within our capacity to the country that avoids another shocker against the Ghanaians.
“We have members in Togo, Ghana and all other parts of Africa. We are also mobilising for more supporters to join us and ensure we gave the Super Eagles 100 per cent support.”
Delectable Ogunfuwa was inconsolable as Augustine Eguavoen’s side crashed out to the Carthage Eagles at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua despite their perfect start.
She is still lamenting the early exit and talks about the anguish her team went through in Cameroon after the full-time whistle.
“We were so disappointed because it wasn’t something we were expecting,” she continued.
“We won all our group matches and all that we were hoping for was to get to the final but it’s disheartening we had to go home early at this stage.
“The fact that one of them [Alex Iwobi] got a red card was a minus to us. We gave them all the full support they needed. Even when the Tunisians scored first, we were still cheering and clapping for them.
“We as members of the supporters club felt let down and we left the stadium in tears.
“My eyes are still sore swollen and I have found it difficult to sleep since then. Anyway, we just have to move on because there is nothing we can do.”

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Okowa Lauds Athletes Ahead Olympics Trials

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President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has once again mandated all athletes looking to represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to attend the Nigerian Trials, which hold from June 16 to 18 inside the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.
Making his stance clear in Monday’s release by the athletics body, Okowa commended the athletes for their determination to qualify for the Olympics.
He said, “The athletes have shown commitment, determination, and desire to succeed in their careers by picking Olympic qualifications. They deserve our collective appreciation.”
He added, “The athletes would be picked in accordance with their performances at the trials because it would largely determine who goes to Paris for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, says the state is waiting to welcome athletes for the trials.
He said, “We are the hosts of the national trials, and athletes and spectators are welcome.”
The trials are expected to throw up the best of Nigeria’s athletes based at home and abroad for the Olympic Games in Paris in July.

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Emerging Star Eyes Olympics Place For Nigeria

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Nigerian track and field star, Favour Ofili, has set her sights on the upcoming national Olympics trials after she pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100m at the New York Grand Prix, defeating a stellar field that included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica last Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked a season-best 11.18secs to take the win, America’s Morolake Akinosun was second in 11.20secs while her compatriot Aleia Hobbs ended in third place in 11.21secs.Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m and 200m gold medalist, could only manage ninth place in 11.48secs as she continues to search for her best form this season.
“Just like practice, stay calm and just go, finish your transition because that’s the issue, and whatever happens will happen. I wanted to get the standard here and I give God glory for the win,” Ofili told Tidesports source after the race.
“For the trials, stay calm and just do what I know how to do, go back and do some training before I go back home for the national trials.”
The Olympic trials are scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State from June 16 to 18. The trials will serve as the selection of the nation’s athletes for both the Senior Africa Athletics Championships, holding between June 21 and 28 in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris 2024 Olympics, which hold from July 26 to August 11.

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Olympic Day Celebrations Hold June 29

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the weekend, said the annual Olympic Day celebrations would be held on June 29 across the country.
The Olympic Day is a global event that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Speaking with news men, the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, said this year’s celebration holds special significance as it precedes the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s where Nigerian athletes will compete and inspire the world with their achievements.
“Olympic Day is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of the Olympic Games in their own communities.
“It is an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Popoola said.
Popoola said that NOC had received positive responses from various states and stakeholders, and preparations were well underway for the nationwide celebration.
He added that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory have indicated their plans to organise activities for the event.
The states are: Abia; Anambra; Bayelsa; Delta; Edo; Enugu; Ebonyi; Lagos; Kogi; Gombe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kano; Kwara; Taraba; Imo; Ondo; Plateau; Rivers; Nasarawa and Osun
Also speaking, the Chairman of the NOC Sport For All Commission, Abdul Ibrahim, said that Olympic Day was a special day to come together, move together, and learn about the Olympic values.
“We encourage everyone to participate and experience the joy that only sport can bring,” he said.
According to him, a series of activities have been lined up in Lagos, with fitness clubs at the National Stadium Complex and the general public gearing up to take part in the global event.
“The celebration will conclude with the presentation of diplomas signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel and other dignitaries will officially flag off the event in Abuja,” he added.

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