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HiFL 2021: Ogenefarme Scores Brace As UNIBEN Royals Thrash UNICAL Malabites 4:2

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HiFL 2021: Ogenefarme Scores Brace As UNIBEN Royals Thrash UNICAL Malabites 4:2

In one of the opening round of 16 matches of the on-going 2021 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), University of Benin Royals  defeated the defending champion, UNICAL Malabites by 4-2 at the University of Benin Sports Complex, Benin City.

Dirisu Ogenefarme, who was rewarded with the Man of the Match, scored the opener for the Royals in the 5th minute before Odion Daniel added the second in the 16th minute. Jeremiah Oden scored the third goal for the Royals in the 27th minute before Ekwochi Johnbosco scored Malabites’ first goal in the 39th minute to end the first half at 3-1.

Meanwhile, Uloko Simon scored the second goal for the Malabites in the 64th minute but Ogenefarme added his side’s fourth goal in the 79th minute to end the tie 4-2 in favour of UNIBEN.

“We feel good today, the players have worked hard,” UNIBEN Royals’ coach Komi Onome noted. “Despite the exams, we have been having training and we were able to motivate the players on the importance of this game because we missed out on playing in the round of 16 in the 2019 season and this year, we intend to work hard and see how far we can go.

In Kano, UNIMAID Desert Warriors defeated their host, BUK Stallions by 2-1 while the game between LAUTECH Hunters and FUTMINNA Transformers ended goalless in Ogbomoso. Yet AAUA Luminaries and OAU Giants also played a goalless draw in Akungba. The next round of games will take place on July 14 to 15.

 

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OLYMPICS: How Fight Over Puma Contract Caused Disqualification Of 10 Nigerian Athletes – Blessing Okagbare

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How the fight over Puma Contract caused the Disqualification Of 10 Nigeria Athletes

Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare has accused the officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, of being responsible for the ban of the ten athletes participating at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games in Japan.

Earlier, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which runs the anti-doping program for the sport, said the athletes failed to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations.

Reacting, Okagbare, via a tweet, stated that the AFN were busy fighting for power to the extent that they forgot their major responsibility, adding that athletes are always at the receiving end of the damage because the sport system in Nigeria is flawed.

Okagbare said, ”I have said it before and I will say it again. If you do not know the sport, not passionate about it us [the athletes], then you have no business there as an administrator. The sport system in Nigeria is so flawed and we athletes are always at the receiving end of the damage.

“They were busy fighting over power, exercising their pride over Puma contracts/ kits forgetting their major responsibility “THE ATHLETES ”. It’s sad that this cycle keeps repeating itself and some people will come out to say I am arrogant for speaking my truth. It is my CAREER.”

Okagbare is, however, not among the ten athletes disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics.

READ ALSO: Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

The ten athletes disqualified from the competition include Knowledge Omovoh, Ruth Usoro, Favor Ofili, Chidi Okezie, Chioma Onyekwere and Annette Echikunwoke, Rosemary Chukwuma, Glory Patrick, Yinka Ajayi and Tima Godbless.

Meanwhile, the track and field competition at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday [July 30].

Team Nigeria is yet to win any medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

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Marcus Bettinelli Completes Chelsea Move

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Marcus Bettinelli Completes Chelsea Move

Chelsea have completed the signing of former Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer, it announced on Wednesday.

Bettinelli, 29, left Fulham at the end of last season after making more than 100 appearances in over a decade with the Cottagers.

The former England Under-21 international has now agreed a two-year deal with the Champions League winners where he will compete with first choice Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

READ ALSO: Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

“It’s always been a special club. I know the area very well so it’s been a dream of mine to come over to this side and it’s finally happened,” Bettinelli told Chelsea’s website.

“There were some talks a few years ago when I was a bit younger, and for whatever reason, that didn’t come about. But I’m here now,” added Bettinelli, whose arrival at Chelsea follows the departure of Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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