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Fans Shocked After Remo Stars Demolish Shooting Stars In NPFL

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Fans of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan were shocked Wednesday evening after Remo Stars humbled the Oluyole boys 3- 0 in Week Six of Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL.)

Before the center referee signalled for the end of the match, fans of Shooting Stars were seen leaving the stadium with annoyance, saying that their team played worse match against home team.

Some of the Shooting Stars fans told our correspondent that their team did not play very well as they were shocked with the poor performance of Shooting Stars against Remo Stars.

“This is a worse game from our team.We came here at least to pick a point unfortunately we were thoroughly beaten. It is not yet over. When they come to Ibadan for return leg, we will have our revenge,”said one of the fans said.

Meanwhile Ahmed Akinyele scored through header in the 24th minute to give Remo Stars early lead.

The homers continued to dominate the encounter as penalty awarded to Remo Stars and quickly converted by Alimi Sikiru in the 39th minutes.

The visiting team made some changes in the second half but the changes did not make any meaningful impact as the homers controlled the game.

Sikiru scored at the close range to make it third goal in the 63th minute to condemn their opponents to total defeat.

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Osinbajo backs chess master, Onakoya’s 58-hour Guinness World Record attempt

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Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has extended his best wishes to Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya, in his

Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has extended his best wishes to Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya, in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon on Wednesday.

PUNCH Online reported on Saturday that Onakoya, the founder of Chess in Slums Africa, announced his plan to play chess continuously for 58 hours without losing a game from 10am on April 17 to 8pm on April 19 in Times Square, New York City.

Onakoya said he was doing it “for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education.”

Sharing a picture of himself and Onakoya playing chess, Osinbajo wrote on his X handle on Wednesday, “Dear Tunde, best of luck in Times Square as you attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Chess Marathon!

“Your resilience and spirit inspire us all. Remember your own powerful words: ‘It is possible to do great things from a small place.’

“Let the dynamic energy of Times Square amplify the greatness that you, a proud Nigerian, bring to the chessboard. We’re all behind you—show the world the strength and determination you are made of!”

According to the Guinness World Records, the longest chess marathon for 56 hours, 09 minutes, and 37 seconds was achieved by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad from Norway on November 11, 2018.

 

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Brazil legend, Romario announces shock return to football at 58

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Brazil football legend, Romario, has announced that he is coming out of retirement at 58, to play for Brazilian side America Football Club in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil football legend, Romario, has announced that he is coming out of retirement at 58, to play for Brazilian side America Football Club in Rio de Janeiro.

This comes 15 years after he quit playing the sport.

During his playing career, Romario won the World Cup in 1994 and featured for Dutch side PSV and LaLiga giants Barcelona.

Romario has now registered himself as a player for America Football Club, where he serves as president and also where his son, Romarinho, plays his football.

In an Instagram post, he claimed that playing with his son and for his “favourite” team is his main motivation.

The Brazilian legend will be paid a “minimum wage” at the club, but will return it to America as a donation, according to Marca.

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Paris 2024 Games flame lit in ancient Olympia

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The sacred flame for the Paris 2024 Olympics was lit Tuesday in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Games, in a ceremony

The sacred flame for the Paris 2024 Olympics was lit Tuesday in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Games, in a ceremony inspired by antiquity and marked by messages of hope amid multiple global crises.

“In ancient times, the Olympic Games brought together the Greek city states, even – and in particular – during times of war and conflict,” said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

“Today, the Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition. Then as now, the Olympic athletes are sending this powerful message: yes, it is possible to compete fiercely against each other and at the same time live peacefully together under one roof,” he said.

Owing to cloudy weather, Greek actresses in the role of ancient priestesses used a flame lit in a rehearsal Monday in the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, near the stadium where the Olympics were born in 776 BC.

Carrying the flame in a pot, Greek actress Mary Mina lit the torch for the first bearer, 2020 Olympic rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos.

Retired French swimmer Laure Manaudou, who won her first gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, followed as France’s first torchbearer in Olympia.
– ‘Inclusive’ Games –

Officials on Tuesday stressed that the Paris Games will set new milestones, following the legacy of the other two prior Olympics held in the French capital.

“The Olympic Flame will shine over the first Olympic Games inspired by our Olympic Agenda reforms from start to finish,” Bach said.

“These Olympic Games will be younger, more inclusive, more urban, more sustainable. These will be the very first Olympic Games with full gender parity, because the IOC allocated exactly 50 percent of the places to female and male athletes,” he said.

Paris Olympics chief organiser Tony Estanguet noted that women took part for the first time in the Paris 1900 Games, while the first Olympic Village was created for the Paris 2024 Games.

For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic imposed toned-down events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Games, the ceremony was back with full regalia and scores of spectators.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were present at the ceremony.

American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato delivered the Olympic anthem.

The torch harks back to the ancient Olympics when a sacred flame burned throughout the Games. The tradition was revived in 1936 for the Berlin Games.

During the 11-day relay on Greek soil, some 600 torchbearers will carry the flame over a distance of 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) through 41 municipalities.

– Security concerns –

The Olympic flame will be handed over to Paris 2024 organisers in a ceremony at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, on April 26.

Nana Mouskouri, the 89-year-old Greek singer with a worldwide following, has been invited to perform at the ceremony.

On April 27, the flame will begin its journey to France on board the 19th-century three-masted barque Belem, which was launched just weeks after the Athens 1896 Games.

A French historical monument, the Belem carried out trade journeys to Brazil, Guyana and the Caribbean for nearly two decades.

France’s last surviving three-mast steel-hulled boat, it is expected to arrive in Marseille on May 8.

Ten thousand torchbearers will then carry the flame across 64 French territories.

It will travel through 400 towns and dozens of tourist attractions during its 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) journey through mainland France and overseas French territories in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific.

On July 26 it will form the centrepiece of the Paris Olympics opening ceremony.

The ceremony is planned to be held on the river Seine — the first time it has not been held in the Games’ main stadium.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said it could be moved to the national stadium in the event of a security threat.

Macron said instead of teams sailing down the Seine on barges, the ceremony could be “limited to the Trocadero” building across the river from the Eiffel Tower or “even moved to the Stade de France”.

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