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States Battle For Medals, As Scrabble Events Hot Up In Asaba 2023 Youth Games



Nine players in the boy’s singles category are still in reach for a podium finish in the scrabble event at the ongoing 7th Nigeria National Youth Games (NYG) in Asaba the Delta State capital, South South of Nigeria.

Aliu Abdulqudus of Kwara State who is yet to drop a game after 7 rounds and with fat cumulative points of plus 1122 is leading the group of nine. On Aliu Abdulqudus’s heels are the trio of Pereowei Edide from Bayelsa, Imode Clinton of Delta State and Kwara’s Sufyan Boluwatife, they are on 6 wins each.

Pereowei Edide has 939 cumulative points, Imode Clinton is on 877 while Sufyan Boluwatife has 853 cumulative points.

Onazi Saviour representing Niger State with 5 wins and a plus 775 cumulative points is in the company Ejenakevbe Ese of Edo, Ibrahim-lawal Ahmid of Oyo, Demilade Lawrence from the Gateway State, Ogun and Lagos boy, Akhabue Philip all on 5 wins each but separated by cumulative points.

Bayelsa’s August Shannon and Khalid Olosun of Kwara State chances of finishing in the medal bracket are very faint but not impossible. The duo have a healthy cumulative point but have only 4 wins after 7 rounds of games just like 8 other players in the boys singles category which ends today.

Chukwuemeka Victoria, Nwabuzor Joy and Dada Oluwaferanmi are the front runners in the girls singles category with 6 wins each from a possible 7.

Chukwuemeka Victoria in the colours of Anambra has plus 849 cumulative points, Edo State Nwabuzor Joy is on 813 while Dada Oluwaferanmi from the poorly kitted Ekiti State contingent has gathered 502 cumulative points from her 6 victories.

Michael Cynthia from Anambra, with 5 wins and a draw sit on the fourth spot on the table at the end of Day 1 of competition in the scrabble event.

Four other girls, Kwara’s Balqees Ajao, Abdullahi Hauwa of Plateau State, Bassey Beulah of Akwa Ibom and Kwara’s Olojoku Hadiyah have recorded 5 wins each while Ekeruche Sophia from Lagos State has 4 wins and a draw with 446 cumulative points.

Sakariyau Haleema, Osoba Anjola and Ubanmmayie Catherine as well as seven other girls are in the chasing pack with 4 wins each.

Seventy players from 17 states representing all 6 sporting zones of the federation are competing for honours in 7 categories in the scrabble event of the ongoing 7th National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State.


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Dominican Republic 2024: Flamingos thrash Burkinabe girls 6-0 to cruise into final round



Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after a 6-0 defeat

Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after a 6-0 defeat of Burkina Faso at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday evening.

Goal-poacher Harmony Chidi, who netted six of Nigeria’s dozen goals in the 12-0 annihilation of Central African Republic in the first round and also got the team’s goal in the 1-1 draw away in Bamako last week Saturday, came up big again with a hat-trick in front of delighted spectators in Nigeria’s administrative capital.

She put the Nigeria U17 girls in front after 11 minutes, capitalizing on a defensive blunder by the duo of Faridatou Ouedraogo and Obaidatou Nkiema to dribble past goalkeeper Agueratou Baguian. Four minutes later, Shakirat Moshood’s angled shot was foiled by the upright, and in the 27th minute, Peace Effiong’s dashing run ended with a tame shot.

Effiong made amends in the 34th minute, riding a couple of rough tackles to flash past the overworked Baguian as spectators egged the Flamingos on. She should have made it 3-0 with four minutes left in the first period, but got too much purchase on the ball from four yards.

In the second half, visiting goalkeeper Baguian drew applause with an excellent double save from Harmony Chidi in the 55th minute, but the World Cup bronze medallists reserved their greater potency for the last quarter-hour. In the 74th minute, Taiwo Afolabi’s soaring volley from 20 yards rocked the crossbar, but Chidi was on hand to coolly nod it into the net.

Substitute Ramota Kareem made it four in the 84th minute. Two minutes later, Chidi got her hat-trick with a dipping shot, and with one minute left on the clock, Effiong got her brace after a wonderful team move.

Victory earned Nigeria a 7-1 aggregate win, and a place in the final round against the winner of the Senegal/Liberia fixture. The first leg is scheduled for Saturday, 8th June.


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Xavi faces sack at Barcelona



Barcelona are poised to sack coach Xavi Hernandez just weeks after he made a U-turn and decided to stay at the club, Spanish

Barcelona are poised to sack coach Xavi Hernandez just weeks after he made a U-turn and decided to stay at the club, Spanish media has reported.

Catalan radio station RAC-1 said president Joan Laporta had decided to sack Xavi, with daily newspaper Sport confirming the news, while AS said Barcelona were already deciding who would replace the coach.

In January, Xavi said he would leave at the end of the season but, after a run of strong form, in April he and president Joan Laporta agreed the coach would stay for the next campaign, with his contract expiring in June 2025.

However, Laporta did not travel with the team for their 2-0 in at Almeria in La Liga on Thursday, with Spanish media reporting he was angry with Xavi’s pre-match comments.

The coach had highlighted Barcelona’s financial difficulties in comparison to the strength of new Spanish champions Real Madrid and other European giants.

“Barcelona fans have to understand, we’re not in the same situation (as those clubs),” said Xavi on Wednesday.

The coach stood by his words on Thursday when he was asked about Laporta not attending the Almeria match.

“They haven’t told me anything personally… We travelled with the sporting vice-president, more directors, all normally,” Xavi told reporters late Thursday. “I said what I think is real, that we will fight for all the trophies, with a lot of hope, with ambition, but that the situation is not easy.

“We are working very well, the club most of all, to change this situation.”

Barcelona won La Liga last season but were not able to defend the title. They went out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals to Paris Saint-Germain and will end the season trophy less.

Real Madrid thrashed Barca in the Spanish Super Cup final while Athletic Bilbao eliminated them in the Copa del Rey.

In April, Xavi, 44, said he was “full of hope” and that fans, players and “above all the confidence of the president and (sporting director) Deco” was what convinced him to stay.

Laporta said at the time that he was glad Xavi would remain at the helm and that it was good for the stability of the club.

“It’s great news that Xavi is staying,” the president told a news conference.

“The team we have, that is (still) consolidating, with very young players, needs that stability.

“Xavi is a reference for young players and we can see that – today I’m especially pleased, and the board have unanimously supported this decision.”

Laporta appointed Xavi, one of Barcelona’s greatest ever midfielders, to replace Ronald Koeman in November 2021.

As a player, Xavi made 767 appearances for Barcelona, winning four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles, as well as the World Cup with Spain.

During his time as Barcelona coach, he lifted the Spanish Super Cup last season, along with the league title.



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Kane to miss Bayern’s game at Hoffenheim



Harry Kane will miss Bayern Munich's final game of the season with a back injury - less than a week before Gareth Southgate announces his

Harry Kane will miss Bayern Munich’s final game of the season with a back injury – less than a week before Gareth Southgate announces his England squad for Euro 2024.

Bayern end their campaign at Hoffenheim on Saturday – live on Sky Sports – but Kane has not travelled with the squad.

“Harry Kane is receiving treatment from his personal doctor,” said Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel. “He can’t travel with us.”

Kane has not played since being replaced late in Bayern’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg earlier this month.

Bayern were leading 1-0 in the Bernabeu – and 3-2 on aggregate – when Kane was replaced but conceded two late goals to exit the competition.

Tuchel explained after that defeat that striker Kane had suffered a back injury and on Friday he said: “It was already questionable in Madrid. It’s gotten worse.”

Bayern have endured a difficult campaign, failing to win the Bundesliga for the first time in 12 seasons and exiting the DFB Pokal to third-tier Saarbrucken.

owever, Kane has enjoyed a prolific campaign on an individual level, scoring 44 goals in 45 games across all competitions after joining Bayern from Tottenham in August.



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