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World Indoor: Amusan out, Brume, Enekwechi in

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World record hurdler, Tobi Amusan, will miss this weekend’s World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland after she was excluded from Nigeria’s final entry, The PUNCH reports.

Our correspondent learnt that Amusan passed on the opportunity to feature at the championship to intensify her preparation for the forthcoming African Games in Ghana, which holds from March 8 to 23.

“Amusan is a professional athlete and at this level, their managers and coaches choose the meets they take part in to avoid injuries and burnouts before major championships,” a close source to Amusan told The PUNCH.

“But she will be back for the African Games; that I can assure you, barring any injuries, which we don’t pray for.”

Amusan had raised expectations of becoming the third Nigerian after Ese Brume and Glory Alozie to win at the World Athletics’ flagship events — indoor and outdoor — after setting two African indoor records within days in the 60m hurdles this season.

She also fueled hopes of having a Nigerian female indoor champion, after the late Sunday Bada and Olusoji Fasuba, who won the 400m and 60m titles in 1997 and 2008 respectively.

In Amusan’s absence, Nigeria’s medal hopes now le on Brume, who will be seeking to win gold after becoming the first Nigerian long jumper to win medals at the world indoor and outdoor championships.

The long jumper won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar and silver at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, USA. She also won silver at the 2022 World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 28-year-old is the only woman on the list in Nigeria’s final entry along with Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Edosie Ibadin and Dubem Nwachukwu confirmed their participation in Glasgow.

Enekwechi will compete in the shot put event, while Ibadin and Nwachukwu compete in the 400m and 800m respectively.

Nigeria also enlisted Sikiru Adeyemi, Chidi Okezie, Nwachukwu and Ibadin in its 4x400m team. They will compete against the USA, Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Slovak Republic and Kenya.

 

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

UFC 300 featured one of the greatest knockouts on Saturday, as Max Holloway faceplanted Justin Gaethje in the final second of their ‘BMF’ title fight.

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

In the main event, Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in round one to remain champion at 205lbs.

Hill stands southpaw; Pereira is orthodox. The champion kicks low twice, and Hill responds with one of his own.

Hill tries a cross, but Pereira is out of range. Good lead right hook by Hill. A slower spell ensues, and the crowd gets a bit restless.

Pereira evades a head kick then jabs to the body of Hill. The Brazilian is pressing forward. Hill lands a kick right on Pereira’s cup, and referee Herb Dean steps in to halt the action, but Pereira waves him away.

Seconds later, Pereira sends Hill RIGID with a signature left hook!!! Hill falls back onto the canvas, his eyes rolling back in his head, and Pereira brutalises the challenger with hammer fists, forcing the stoppage!

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

Zhang Weili retains strawweight belt in back-and-forth bout with Yan Xiaonan; Arman Tsarukyan edges past Charles Oliveira in close clash; Jiri Prochazka fights back to TKO Aleksandar Rakic; debuting Kayla Harrison dominates Holly Holm for submission win and Renato Moicano stops Jalin Turner with ground and pound to maintain momentum.

 

 

 

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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