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Lagos agog for 2nd AFN All Comers

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Lagos agog for 2nd AFN All Comers.

The sports ground of Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos will come alive today as the 2nd Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), All Comers competition begins.

The competition is serving as official selection trials for the 22nd African Senior Championships in Athletics which holds between June 8 and 12 in Mauritius.

Samuel Onikeku, the technical director of the AFN said the two-day competition will not only give athletes the opportunity to gauge their training but the chance to secure the qualification standard for the flagship event of the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA.

“The qualification window closes on Saturday 30th of April and this competition is serving as the final opportunity for those who have not met the standard for the competition to do so, “ Onikeku, a former sprinter, said.

Onikeku is also confident the event will throw up some world class performances like Nigerians witnessed last year.

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throw up some world class performances like Nigerians witnessed last year.

“The incredible performances of Enoch Adegoke and Grace Nwokocha have given our home based athletes and the coaches the confidence that they do not need to go abroad before they can secure qualification to global athletics championships and games.

“I remember it was at the Yabatech sports ground that Adegoke ran 10.00s in the 100m event to win the Nigerian championships. The time remains the fastest legal time ever ran on Nigerian soil by a home based athlete. In fact only Deji Aliu, the 1994 World Junior 100m champion has run faster (9.98s at the 2003 Nigerian Championships in Abuja).

“Nwokocha also ran 11.09s as a home based athlete last year and both she and Adegoke went to the Olympics in Tokyo to confirm their emergence as the next queen and king of the track in Nigeria,” Onikeku added.

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Some of the athletes to watch out for at the event include Praise Ofoku, the World U20 100m finalist and 4x100m bronze medal winner who ran a new 11.49s personal best in the 100m event at the first AFN All Comers in Benin City last month.

Tima Seikeseye Godbless, a World U20 4x100m bronze medal winner, is also one to watch out for, same as Ogheneovo Nicholas Mabilo, the 19 year old who improved his personal best twice from the 10.41 he ran at the Nigerian Championships last year first to 10.37s and an impressive 10.24s in Benin last month.

Another teenager, Adekalu Nicholas Fakorede also showed a bit of consistency, opening his season with 10.26s last month in Benin to equal his personal best he first set at the Nigerian Championships last year in Lagos.

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino.

Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen put up a decent shift in attack to help Napoli secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Torino.

The Partenopeans were indomitable the last time they took to the pitch, destroying Sassuolo 6-1 at the Maradona. However, they faced a tricky tie against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nonetheless, Napoli showed class from the start, applying a lot of pressure on the Bulls. The Partenopeans recorded four accurate shots in the first period, two of which were from Osimhen’s boots. Unfortunately, Torino goalkeeper Etrit Berisha was up to the task, maintaining a wall between the sticks.

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Nonetheless, Fabian Ruiz saved his blushes twelve minutes later. He capitalized on a mistake from the Torino defense, and with support from Osimhen, who served as a decoy, Ruiz fired home past Berisha.

Luciano Spalleti’s lads kept a strong defense; even Osimhen dropped back to help his backline.

Napoli held out for the remainder of the game to see out the 1-0 victory.

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo scored one and provided another assist to inspire Al Hilal to a 4-2 comeback win over Damak in the Saudi Pro League.

Ighalo had fired blanks as Al Hilal stumbled to a 2-2 draw at home to Sharjah Cultural Club and lost 0-2 to Al Rayyan, both in the AFC Champions League, before losing 2-0 at Al Feiha in a league game.

But the former Manchester United striker was his side’s best performer as the reigning champions secured their 15th win of the campaign.

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Ighalo set up Musab Al Juwayr’s equaliser after Zelaya had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot.

Mansor Hamzi restored Damac’s lead, but Matheus Pereira leveled proceedings for Al Hilal yet again.

Marega then gave the visitors the lead for the first time in the encounter before Ighalo made sure of the three points in second-half stoppage time.

Ighalo has scored eight goals in eight league matches since his January move from Al Shabab, with his overall 20 goals still the best in the division.

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Nigeria’s Ashe wins award in U.S

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Nigeria’s fastest man Favour Ashe has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Co-Runner of the Week in the United States of America.

He was announced on Tuesday as the league’s Men’s Co-Runner of the Week.

The freshman sprinter of Tennessee University ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the U.S. this season at the LSU Invitational in a wind-aided 9.79 (+3.0) seconds last weekend.

Ashe’s mark is also the fifth-fastest all-conditions time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history. The conversion with a legal 1.9 wind would be 9.84, which would put him second in collegiate history behind former Tennessee Vol and 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman.

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In addition, Ashe ran the second leg of Tennessee’s 4×100-meter relay which finished in 38.99 seconds – the ninth-quickest time in school history and the 13th-fastest in the U.S. this year.

This is Ashe’s first runner of the week award after being named freshman of the week on two occasions during the indoor season. It is the fourth time this year that Tennessee have earned a weekly conference honor.

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