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Tokyo 2020: Talented Nigerian, Adegoke Beats World’s Fastest Man

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Reigning Nigeria’s King of speed Enoch Adegoke has joined the exclusive club of sub-10 seconds runners after racing home first in 9.98 seconds in his first-round heat to qualify for the 100m semifinal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Adegoke, who ran 10.00 seconds last month to win the Nigeria 100m title, was under pressure to match the impressive performance of Grace Nwokocha in the women’s 100m after both dominated the Nigerian local athletics circuit like never before.

The 21- year- old Adegoke lived up to expectations, beating in the process the fastest man in the world this year and seventh fastest of all-time, USA’s Trayvon Brommel who tops the pre-Games world list with the 9.77 seconds he ran last month in Florida, USA.

Also through to the semifinal is Ushoritse Itshekiri who placed third in his first-round heat while Nigeria’s third entrant in the event, Divine Oduduru was disqualified for false starting.

Adegoke has been drawn against the same athletes he defeated, Brommel, Nigeria-born Qatari, Femi Ogunode and Britain’s Zhana Hughes in the second semifinal heat while Itshekiri will run in the first semifinal and has been drawn against four sprinters who have ducked inside 10 seconds this season led by Canadian, Andre De Grasse.

Both Nigerians will be looking to become the next duo that will make the final of the event at the games after Davidson Ezinwa and Olapade Adeniken did in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Nwokocha failed to advance to the women’s 100m final after finishing fifth in her semifinal heat with another sub- 11.10 seconds performance, the second in two days.

The 20- year-old performance has been remarkable after becoming the fastest Nigeria-based athlete since Mercy Nku ran 11.04 seconds in 1997 in Benin City.

In the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan ran 12.72 seconds to win her first-round heat and keep her hope of becoming the second Nigerian to win a sprint hurdles medal at the Olympics after Glory Alozie won a silver medal in Sydney in 2000.

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Fail To Win AFCON 2023 As Ivory Coast Defeats Them 2:1

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 Nigeria’s Super Eagles Fail To Win AFCON 2023 As Ivory Coast Defeats Them 2:1

The Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 on Sunday, February 11, as the host country, Ivory Coast defeated them 2:1, Aso Naija Reports .

The Super Eagles were the first to score in the first half of the game but the Elephants of the country equalized in the second half and later went on to scored a second goal.

The match took place at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Ivory Coast takes home $7 million for lifting the trophy. While the runners-up, Nigeria, gets $4 million.

The two losing semi-finalists, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo, each receive $2.5 million.

The country’s national football team (FrenchÉquipe de football de Côte d’Ivoire, recognized as the Côte d’Ivoire by FIFA represents Ivory Coast in men’s international football.

Nicknamed the Elephants, the team is managed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations three times, in 19922015 and 2023, and has qualified for the FIFA World Cup three times, in 20062010, and 2014.

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Deputy Senate President, Barau Congratulates Super Eagles On Victory Over Angola

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Deputy Senate President, Barau Congratulates Super Eagles On Victory Over Angola

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, has congratulated the Super Eagles on their qualification for the semi-final at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Aso Naija Reports.

This was made known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, and shared on his Facebook page on Friday.

Additionally, Barau noted that the Super Eagles victory showed that as a nation, “we can always achieve our dreams if we are dedicated, committed and unwavering in the face of daunting challenges.”

Nigeria on Friday defeated Angola 1:0 to advance to the semi-final.

According to the statement, Barau urged the Super Eagles not to relent but to go all the way and lift the AFCON trophy.

The statement read, “I congratulate the Super Eagles on their resounding victory over Angola which propelled them to the semi-final stage of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

“The victory epitomises the resilient spirit of our country and further shows that with dedication and commitment, we can always surmount our challenges.

“I urge the Super Eagles not to relent but go all the way and lift the AFCON trophy.”

 

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Nigeria Triumphs Over Angola 1-0, Secures Spot in AFCON 2023 Semi-Finals

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Nigeria Triumphs Over Angola 1-0, Secures Spot in AFCON 2023 Semi-Finals

In a thrilling match, the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, emerged victorious over Angola with a 1-0 score, propelling them to the semi-final stage of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Ivory Coast, Aso Naija Reports.

The pivotal goal was scored by Ademola Lookman, the talented winger from Atalanta, at the 41st minute mark.

This goal brings Lookman’s total goals in the tournament to three, thanks to an assist from Moses Simon. Although Victor Osimhen managed to find the back of the net for a second time, it was ultimately disallowed due to an offside call.

Nigeria now eagerly awaits their next opponent in the semi-finals, which will either be Cape Verde or South Africa. The nation is filled with excitement and anticipation as they edge closer to AFCON glory.

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CAF Clears Osimhen After Drug Test Ahead Clash with Angola

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CAF Clears Osimhen After Drug Test Ahead Clash with Angola

Nigeria Super Eagles trio Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, and William Troost-Ekong came out clean after a drug test was conducted on them at the ongoing AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire, Aso Naija Reports.

According to the reports, the test carried out on them did not detect any presence of a prohibited substance.

This means the three players are clear to feature for the Eagles against Angola in the quarter-finals on Friday.

According to CAF, it is mandated that the football body’s Doping Control Officer will conduct the sample collection in their capacity as a CAF Doping Officer following the COVID-19 new measures.
In principle, two players from each team will be tested at the end of each match by the CAF/FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

However, the CAF D+ping Control Officer is authorized to select additional players for sample collection without giving any reason.

Also, the players to be tested shall be selected via targeted or random methods by the CAF Doping Control Officer.

These players are required to provide urine samples and blood samples, as requested.

Meanwhile, Friday’s quarter-final clash between the Super Eagles and Angola will be the first time both teams will meet at the AFCON.

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Ivory Coast Stuns Senegal in AFCON, Advances to Quarterfinals on Penalties

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Ivory Coast Stuns Senegal in AFCON, Advances to Quarterfinals on Penalties

  • – Ivory Coast defeated defending champions Senegal in the round of 16 match of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
  • – The match ended in a 1-1 draw and Ivory Coast emerged victorious in the penalty shootout.
  • – As one of the best third-placed teams in the tournament, Ivory Coast advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • – Ivory Coast will now face Cape Verde in the quarterfinals of AFCON.

Host nation, Ivory Coast have knocked out the defending champions Senegal to reach the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, Aso Naija Reports.

The round of 16 tie on Monday, January 29, finished in a 1 – 1 draw but it was Ivory Coast who were victorious in the penalty shootout.

Ivory Coast made it to the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). They will face Cape Verde in the quarterfinals.

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