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The Flamingos’ industrious run at the U-17 World Cup in India came to end at the PanditJawaharlal Neruda stadium to a highly dogged Colombia. Gabriela Rodríguez Salazar of Colombia (L) in a physical contest with Nigeria’s AdeshinaTumininu (R). Colombia won on penalties 6 -5. The Nigerian team (Flamingos) had a shaky start to the tournament losing their first match to Germany, before finding their groove against New Zealand and Chile, securing a Quarter Final meeting with the United States of America (U.S.A). History Made Bankole Olowookere’s side made history in India, as they clinched a Semi-Final meeting with Colombia as…

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The Flamingos became the first Nigerian women’s side to beat the United States in a game after sealing a 4-3 penalty shootout win to book a semi-final spot. Also, this is the first time Nigeria will make the semi-final stage of the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup, pipping the USA on penalties after a full-time 1.1 draw. Edafe, who scored Nigeria’s first goal from the spot in regulation time, sent the favourites, the US out with the last kick in the sudden death round of the penalty shootout. The Numbers Victory means a first last-four appearance in six FIFA…

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University of Lagos (UNILAG) 300-level Health Education student, Enoch Tochukwu Nwali is the latest champion of African Scrabble. Nwali achieved this feat on Monday when he crossed the finishing line ahead of 85 other players from ten countries on the final day of the 14th African Scrabble Championship in Lusaka, Zambia. He secured 25½ wins plus a cumulative of 2023 points from 32 games, dropping 6 games and a draw in the four days of competition. Enoch, The African Scrabble Champion Nwali who led the championship from start to finish, started the final day needing just 3 wins from 6…

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FIFA is ready to leap into the women’s game with the separation of commercial rights from the men’s game. President Infantino has revealed that they will be going ahead to seek separate commercial sponsors for the women’s world cup scheduled for Australia and New Zealand. The unbundling means broadcast rights holders will have to pay a separate fee for acquiring rights to the world cup. This is different from the initial agreement of selling it alongside the men’s world cup rights. Infantino’s View On Selling FIFA Women’s World Cup Rights “And we are trying for the first time in FIFA’s…

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The FIFA U20 women’s world cup remains a site for unveiling the next superstar in Nigeria’s women’s football. From the first edition in Canada, where Ifeanyi Chijiene reigned to the current record CAF African female footballer of the year Asisat Oshoala, the U20 is the team with a glimpse of future super falcons stars. The Falconets class of 2022 scale the hurdles presented by the Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Senegal, winning six of seven matches (they only drew with Cameroon in Douala) to be eligible to represent Africa once more at the finals in Central America.…

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National Record (NR) holder in the women’s Long Jump, Ese Brume, and sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan, tops the 22 selected athletes by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the World Championships in Eugene, USA. Brume Amusan Leading The Stellar Cast Brume, a Bronze medallist at the 2019 edition in Doha, will be aiming to become the first Nigerian athlete to win consecutive medals at the Championships. Meanwhile, Amusan who painfully finished fourth in Doha will be seeking to become the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to medal at the Championship after Glory Alozie, with a Silver medal at the 1999…

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By Funmilayo Fameso In January 2022, the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) accepted the highest influx of Nigerian student-athletes, with over 50 of them signed with different colleges on scholarships. Most of these athletes made immediate impacts at the NCAA Eastern and Western Conferences prelims, where an astonishing 17 out of 26 competing Nigerian athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the third-highest qualifying nation behind the USA and Jamaica. The Record-Setting NCAA Takeover And then competing at the Nationals, they produced historical performances. In the women’s 100m, the trio of Grace Nwokocha (North Carolina A&T), Rosemary Chukwuma (Texas Tech…

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Emmanuel Michael picked the ball like a true artist, placed the ball, and counted two steps and another two steps to the right in preparation for the whistle. Before this moment, his teammates celebrated when the referee’s whistle went off for a free kick at the edge of Ghana’s U17 box. Of course, they knew what the people watching at home didn’t know about Emmanuel Michael, The free-kick specialist. A short run-up and a deft and precise shot from Michael’s special boot sent the ball around the wall, safely caressing the net. A goal, Emmanuel scores Nigeria’s first of four…

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Goal Machine! FC Robo star Monday Gift, giving life to her form as a striker in her own words. And is she spot on for a player that scored Nine goals in five games and 12 overall to emerge as the highest goal scorer at the NWFL super six? The championship playoff in Edo state once again provided Nigeria women’s football a portrait of their next top striker. Monday Gift didn’t plan to go professional until she made the team to represent Lagos State at the 2012 national festival.  From that point forward, the striker that started as a defender…

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