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AJ targets ‘statement’ win and KO glory in heavyweight clash

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Joshua is currently on a three-fight winning streak and building back towards being in world title contention, most recently despatching Otto Wallin in a dominant five-round win in December.

AJ is expecting a different test against Ngannou in their non-title contest, having seen the mixed martial arts star push Tyson Fury close in his professional boxing debut last October, although is relishing the opportunity to impress again.

“I believe I can knock him out,” Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports. “Definitely. I would love to knock him out and make a statement.

“Physically I feel strong, feeling good. Strong enough to get the job done and mentally I’m in a place where I’m ready for war. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Mentally I don’t worry so much about my opponent and look at what my opponent can bring to me and think, ‘how can I overcome these challenges they present?’ I work really hard to up my game and look forward to showing everything I’ve worked on.”

Ngannou: How I can KO Joshua

Ngannou knocked down Fury with a left hook during the third round of his split-decision defeat, with the 37-year-old adamant he has the boxing technique to produce a knockout victory.

“Of course!” Ngannou insisted. “I believe if I land on anyone, I will knock them out. The question is how to land? That’s the hardest thing.

“Almost everyone in this division can knock anyone out, but how do you land or carry that power and energy from first round to fifth round to 10 rounds and still hit someone hard or knock somebody out after all the fatigue? It’s a chess game.”

Responding to Ngannou’s comments about a potential knockout, Joshua added: I’m optimistic and I think, ‘brilliant, I want that’. I want someone in front of me who thinks they can knock me out.

“But let’s see how good they really are. I want to be right in front of them, making it difficult for them to achieve their goal and see how much they really want it.

“This Friday it’s going to go down, so I can’t wait for the opportunity to show my skills and combat this person who thinks he can knock me out.”

 

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Supporters Club Boss Condoles Nigeria Football Community On Death Of Ekene Adams

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The National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Ambassador (Rev). Samuel Ikpea has joined millions of football

The National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Ambassador (Rev). Samuel Ikpea has joined millions of football stakeholders and enthusiasts to commiserate with the members of the Nigeria football community on the death of Hon. Ekene Abubakar Adams.

Hon. Adams, who was the Chairman of the House Of Representatives’ Committee On Youth and Sports, passed on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024, a protracted illness.

In the message of condolence, Ikpea expressed his sadness and grief on the passing of Hon. Adams, which he remarked happened at a period of regeneration of sports in Nigeria.

The boss of NFSC, renowned as Nigeria and Africa’s foremost football fans group, recalled the brief, but momentous achievements and feats of Adams, during his time as General Manager of Remo Stars football club, and also, as President of Kada Stars football club, Kaduna.

“The news of the death of Hon. Adams came to us as a rude and unexpected shock, that would take some time to go away from our hearts,” Ikpea said.

“In his brief sojourn on this earth and particularly, in football and sports, Hon. Adams certainly left indelible marks on the sands of time. We are proud of his life and times.

“We’re pained, but we must continue to thank God for everything. On behalf of all the members of NFSC, at home and in the diaspora, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to his families and associates.

“We pray that God strengthens the family emotionally and spiritually. May God also strengthen and bless all stakeholders in Nigeria sports,” Ikpea prayed.

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Paris Olympics: Nigeria Weightlifters Begin Intense Camping In Abuja

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Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France Capital starting next month, Nigeria weightlifters have started intense camping,

Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France Capital starting next month, Nigeria weightlifters have started intense camping, hoping to conquer the world.

The duo of Lawal Rafiatu Folashade and Eze Joy Ọgbonne are Nigeria’s weightlifting flagbearers at the Olympics.

Lawal and Eze are the only two weightlifters who qualified for the Olympics following the International Weightlifting Federation, IWF May 2024 Olympic Qualification Rankings released last week.

Lawal, 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2023 Africa Games gold medalist qualified for the Olympics in the 59kg women’s category after she was ranked 8th with a total of 227kg.

Eze, 2023 Africa Games gold medalist, on her part, was ranked 9th in the 71kg women’s category with a total of 239kg.

Nigeria could have had three lifters at Paris but Edidiong Umoafia who won three gold medals at the African Games in Accra, had a total of 319kg in the 73kg men’s category was ranked 24th.

In the ranking released by IWF, only athletes who are ranked between 1 and 10 qualified for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF, under the able leadership of Dr Ibrahim Abdul is leaving no stones unturned in ensuring that the weightlifters made Nigerians proud at the Olympics.

The federation, shortly after the athletes returned from Africa Games in March, encamped them in Abuja where they have been training since April 24, 2024.

NWF President, Dr Ibrahim Abdul told journalists in Abuja on Monday, while announcing the Federal Government’s general camping for all Olympic athletes, that the federation started camping ahead of time in order to keep the athletes in shape.

The President who lauded the athletes for their heroics at the Accra 2023 Africa Games, said the early camping became imperative so as to not allow the weightlifters lose their competitive mood.

“First and foremost, the Federal Government, through the Honourable Minister for Sports, Senator John Enoh has opened general camping for all the athletes who will be participating in the Olympics. We at the Weightlifting federation want to use this medium to thank the minister for his efforts in starting camping for the athletes.

“On our part as a federation, our two athletes, Lawal Rufiatu and Eze Joy, who are the only two Weightlifters we have for the Olympics, have been in camp since April 24. The moment they returned from the Africa Games, we didn’t allow them much time. We sent them to camp, at the High Performance Centre, here in Abuja and they have been doing well.

“The reason we started camping early is because we want to keep them in competitive mood. You will recall that both of them won three gold medals each at the African Games, so we felt it is important we don’t allow them to lose their competitive spirit,” he said.

Lawal and Eze will join the other Olympic athletes in Germany from first July, in continuation of their preparations before they fly into France for the Olympic Games.

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What Febbs Water Plans To Offer At 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race

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The 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race, which holds in September, promises to be a world-class long distance race and memorable event

The 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race, which holds in September, promises to be a world-class long distance race and memorable event in the ancient city of Abeokuta in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

This is because the organiser, Nilayo Sports Management Company, and its partners are leaving nothing to chance to ensure that the one-day event lives up to expectations.

On Monday 3 June 2024, Nilayo Sports penned a partnership deal with Febbs Premium Drinking Water with a view to have a veritable platform to give runners and spectators a good dehydrating system ever seeing in any marathon race in the country.

While making a presentation at a brief ceremony held at the corporate office of Nilayo Sports at Magodo, Estate in Lagos, the Brand Strategic Manager of Febbs Water, Oluwatoyin Kayode, explained that the company is ready to “make this race the best one yet”.

Kayode outlined the workable plans the water company has in stock.

One of the plans is to put in place some enhanced hydration stations along the route for runners, adding that “more hydration points will be strategically placed to ensure no runner is more than 2km away from water. These stations will be efficient and well-staffed stations to reduce wait times.”

According to Kayode, “Each hydration station will have enthusiastic volunteer cheering on runners, creating a positive and motivating environment, even as Febbs will provide live DJs booths at key hydration points to keep the energy high.”

She said Febbs is planning interactive games or challenges for participants.

“For example, we could have a water -balancing challenge where participants must carry a bottle of water on a tray while navigating an obstacle course. Those who could complete the challenge could win prizes such as branded water bottles and hydration packs.

“Febbs Water could collaborate with local artists to create local themed murals or installations along the race route, offering visual entertainment and photo opportunities for participants and spectators.

“Leveraging our conglomerate’s art and blockchain technology venture, we have direct access to skilled artists capable of bringing this concept to life,” she said.

Kayode further disclosed that Febbs Water will provide custom branding opportunities with personalised water bottles featuring logo of the event and motivational messages.

What are the qualities Febbs Premium Drinking Water is known for? The Brand Strategic Manager says “Our water undergoes vigorous purification process ensuring top-notch quality and taste, which is essential for athletes

“We offer both regular and electrolyte enhanced water options to different hydration needs.”

She said “Febbs water is committeed to enhancing water hydration experience at the Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race.

“We look forward to the opportunity of refreshing the runners contributing to a successful and memorable event.”

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