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Team Nigeria Departs For Buenos Aires With 17 Athletes

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Team Nigeria Departs For Buenos Aires With 17 Athletes

The 17 athletes chosen to represent Team Nigeria in seven sports at the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina departed for Buenos Aires yesterday hopeful of winning medals to enhance their chances of graduating into the main Olympics in 2020.

Team Nigeria will feature in athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, golf, table tennis and wrestling at the games, which will hold from October 6 to 18.

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Shortly before their departure, the athletes were officially handed over to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) by the Permanent Secretary at the Sports Ministry, Olusade Adesola, who represented the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung at the event.

Adesola told the athletes that dedication and determination earned them the ticket to represent the country at the Youth Olympics in Argentina, adding, “some of you that were in the recent Africa Youth Games in Algeria will recall that over 300 athletes were in the team.

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But now, just 17 of you were selected, and that goes to explain that the standard is real high in the Youth Olympics and the high level of competitiveness.”

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Adesola cautioned the athletes to compete clean without using any performance enhancing substances in their quest to win medals.

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

The Super Eagles on Friday defeated the Pirates of Seychelles in their last group Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba. The encounter ended 3-1 in favour of the host, Nigeria. The Super Eagles finished top  of Group E with 13 points.

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Nigeria have already qualified for the AFCON in Egypt after they were held to a 1-1 by South Africa in Johannesburg last November.

Libya will host South Africa on Sunday in the last game of the group. The Bafana Bafana are currently sitting second in the group with nine points followed by Libya with seven points.

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Seychelles ended their AFCON qualifying campaign with just one point.

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life Over Corruption Charges

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life

FIFA has banned for life Togolese referee and football official Kokou Fagla after finding him guilty of corruption.

Football’s world governing body ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.

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The findings came from FIFA’s investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.

Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.”   a three-thousand- dollar fine has also been slapped on him.

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South Africa 2020: Nigeria U-19 Cricket Team Close To Qualification

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South Africa 2020: Nigeria U-19 Cricket Team Close To Qualification

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