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‘Why Team Nigeria faltered in Budapest’

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‘Why Team Nigeria faltered in Budapest’

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Daniel Igali, has given reasons for the unimpressive results recorded by Team Nigeria at the just- concluded World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary, though he expressed satisfaction with the performance of the athletes.

2017 world silver medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Commonwealth gold medalists, Blessing Oborodudu and Aminat Adeniyi, as well as Commonwealth silver medalist, Blessing Onyebuchi flew Nigeria’s flag at the world meet. They returned without a medal despite raising the hope of millions of Nigerians.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Igali stated that though the girls had a good preparation prior to the championships, but luck and officiating played a major role in their early exit from the championship.

“All the athletes did well in Budapest. They wrestled very well, just that the result did not go their way. Sometimes, you could give your best effort and not get the result you expected.

“Going for the World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, we had a silver medal and also wrestled for the bronze medal at the 2017 championships. But this year was a different story. Our effort at the competition might look retrogressive on account of what we achieved last term. One needs to be in Budapest to see how our wrestlers performed, but the outcome never favoured us as luck and even the officiating was against us,” he said.

Speaking further, the former world and Olympic wrestling champion said: “Our preparation for this year was much better than last year’s championship in terms of feeding, and the mindset. Russia is a super power virtually in every style of wrestling, even in the female class. At last year’s championship, their male’s wrestlers in the freestyle, who normally win up to three to four gold medals at every world championship did not win even a gold medal.

“And this is Russia that has a budget of over $10 million for wrestling every year. This goes to tell you that sometimes, outcomes of matches do not necessarily show the efforts a team put in while preparing for any major championship. That was exactly what happened to ours girls too.”

“However, that shouldn’t discourage us from continuing in our preparations because our athletes need to compete regularly at competitions for them to have the chance to showcase their talents. As I said, we have a good crop of athletes who can do well at the world stage on a good day.”

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Edo State To Host 2020 National Sports Festival

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Edo State has been declared as host of the 20th National Sports Festival in 2020, thus knocking out other contenders that include Delta, Imo and Cross River states.

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung made the announcement last night at the close of the 19th edition won by Delta State.

“Despite the short preparation, adequate arrangements were made to ensure the success of the festival,” Dalung said.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who received the festival flag signifying the next host of the national unity games that began in 1973 in Lagos, said Edo is capable and has the capacity to host the nation come 2020.

The state, however, finished third on the overall medals table with 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medals totaling 141, behind the champion, Delta and Rivers states

Delta State retained her top position with 352 medals that included 163 gold, 88 silver and 101 bronze followed by Rivers State in the second position with 69 gold 58 silver and 67 bronze medals.

The state’s Sports Commission Chairman, Godwin Dudu-Orume, told The Guardian that Edo State is rebuilding the famous Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to be the best and most modernized stadium with state-of-the-art facilities.

“We will provide the best modern facilities ever in the history of the National Sports Festival. The state has previously hosted it, but this time, there will be a huge change,” Dudu-Orume stated.

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Nigeria Qualifies For Beach Soccer World Cup

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The Super sand Eagles of Nigeria have made it to the Beach Soccer World Cup by beating hosts Egypt to clinch a place in the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2018 final.

Abu Azeez scored the opening, and his 100th goal for Nigeria, after a period of high pressure from the men in green.

Taiwo made it for Nigeria a few minutes later after he ran on to a long pass to arrow a low shot past Mohamed Fawzy in the Egyptian goal.

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Flying Eagles Through To Semi-finals Of WAFU Cup

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Nigeria’s under-20 side, the Flying Eagles, are now in the semi-finals of the Wafu cup in Lome, Togo after a 4-2 win against perennial rivals, Ghana.

The Flying Eagles will face Mali in the semi-finals, while Niger will do battle with Senegal in the other last four clash.

The Flying Eagles took the lead for the first time in the game few minutes after the break with Ibrahim Babawo converting from the spot.

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