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Dogo says he’s yet to agree terms for new season with Sunshine Stars FC

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Dogo told newsmen in Ilorin on Friday that the club’s management led by Tajudeen Akinyemi was not ready to shift ground on the required working conditions and remuneration he had demanded.

The former coach of ABS FC of Ilorin said he nonetheless remained hopeful that negotiations would sail through for him to remain with the club next season.

“However, I am not ruling out looking elsewhere if the deal failed to click,’’ he said.

Dogo, who joined Sunshine Stars last season after completing a five-year stint with Nasarawa United, said he appreciated the support he has got so far from the government of Ondo State.

“I also appreciate the Sunshine Stars’ management, as well as the sports-loving people of the state.

“Going forward, we are expecting that everything will go as planned for us to have a successful new season. I’m positive about that.

“We should have a better working environment with smooth working conditions, more than what we have last season, for us to take the team to greater level.

“That’s how I think we can achieve success together. But, if we can’t, we have to move on.

He confirmed though that there was a fruitful preliminary contract talk with another NPFL club, but he was yet to hear from the unnamed club till date.

(Edited by Adeboye Ajayi and Olawale Alabi)

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Kwara boxers shine in interstate tourney

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Kwara boxers have emerged overall winners of the interstate boxing tournament concluded at the Indoor Sports Hall on Saturday after winning six of the 10 bouts in the final of the three-day tournament.

The boxers started their winning streaks with Balogun Qudus out punching Tobi Rafiu of Oyo State in the 48kg while entertaining Ahmed Suleiman of Kwara beat Kehinde Akanmu of Oyo state in the 52kg bout.

Saheed Jamiyu, fighting in the 56kg class, gave Kwara another victory against Rasheed Adeniran from Oyo while Ishola Nurudeen cleared the fourth straight victory for Kwara over Sanmi Sunday of Ekiti in the 60 kg.

The contingent of Oyo State, who also gave good accounts of themselves, claimed their first victory in the 64kg bout when Arewa Ridwan boxed Omolola Oyewale of Ekiti to victory.

Fatai Jimoh, another Oyo State fighter, went ahead for second victory when he out boxed Ismail Jimoh of Kwara in a split decision.

The Oyo State team, in its classical display, got its fourth win in the 75kg and in the only U15 bout as Idowu Rasheed beat Ogundare Ebenezer of Ekiti, while Oladokun Isaac defeated Tijani Issah of Kwara.

The female bouts of the day were anchored by Kwara in grand style as Fausiyat Tijani claimed split victory over Seun Omowaye of Ekiti while Risika Abdulrazaq beat Olamide Oluwamuyide of Oyo State

In his remark at the closing ceremony, Mr Ahmed Rufai, the chairman of Kwara Boxing Association, appreciated the state government for providing the enabling environment for sports in the state.

He explained that the aim of the competition was to bring boxing closer to the youth as “the association is bringing Gotv to Kwara at the end of August to further aid boxing development in state”.

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NYG Elimination: Team Delta defeat Team Edo 1-0

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Team Delta on Saturday defeated 9-man Team Edo 1-0 at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) Zonal Elimination.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the South-South Zonal elimination was in preparation for the 5th edition of the NYG, which would hold in Kwara State from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17.

Speaking with journalists shortly after the match, Team Edo Head coach, Aghahowa Osayomore, expressed satisfaction with his players’ performance.

“We need three points to qualify for the 5th edition of the national youth games (NYG), which would hold in Kwara State from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17.

“I pray we win our next match against team Bayelsa.

“The penalty we couldn’t convert was a great loss to us and the entire state, after playing 9 against 11, and we got a penalty but we couldn’t convert it.

“It’s a painful loss, but I will encourage them to put this behind them, listen and put my instructions in use in the next match.

“But I want them to understand that they are playing for a state not a club side, you can see how sad everybody is right now.

“I wish I have the opportunity to make changes, but I don’t have, and playing Bayelsa who are 11 players too,” he said.

Edo Sports Commission Chairman, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, urged the boys not to be discouraged, “you still have another match to play”.

“I want you to put your coach’s instructions in the field of play in your next match to see if we can qualify,” he said.

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FIBA AfroBasket 2019: Buhari congratulates D’Tigress, assures absolute support

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national female basketball team, D’Tigress, who beat Mali, 79-58, Friday night to qualify for the final of FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2019 going on in Dakar, Senegal.

The President’s congratulatory message is conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja late Friday night.

President Buhari assured the team, reputed to be the best female national basketball team in Africa, of “100 per cent support’’ by the government and people of Nigeria.

President Buhari urged the team to rise to the occasion and make the nation proud.

“Our best wishes to D’Tigress. Win the trophy and conquer the continent one more time,’’ he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the D’Tigress face host Senegal or Mozambique at the finals on Aug. 18 at the Dakar Arena.

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edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Relentless Djokovic beats Pouille to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

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Relentless Djokovic beats Pouille to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

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Cincinnati, Aug. 17, 2019 Novak Djokovic wore down Lucas Pouille after an even first set, dispatching the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-1 in a Cincinnati Masters quarter-final in Ohio on Friday.

The match was much closer than when the pair met in the Australian Open semi-finals in January, when Djokovic conceded only four games before going on to win the title.

It took Djokovic nearly an hour to prevail in the first set but he closed out a one-sided tiebreak with a deft backhand passing shot.

The second was one-way traffic as the world number one played with relentless efficiency against an opponent who ran out of answers.

Perhaps the only concern for Djokovic with the U.S. Open looming in less than two weeks was a sore elbow which required brief treatment by his trainer late in the match.

“I managed to finish the match, had a little bit of tightness in my elbow but hopefully everything will be fine for tomorrow,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview.

He will have less than 24 hours to recover for a semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, who continued his recent hot form, ousting Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-3 in barely an hour.

Medvedev, a career-high eighth in the rankings, faced only one break point.

He has made two finals in the past two weeks, losing to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nadal in Montreal.

In other quarter-final action, Frenchman Richard Gasquet continued his comeback from groin surgery by defeating 11th seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(2) 3-6 6-2.

Gasquet, who defeated Andy Murray in the opening round, set up a semi-final clash on Saturday with Belgian 16th seed David Goffin.

Goffin advanced when his quarter-final opponent, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, pulled out before their match on Friday due to illness.

Gasquet underwent groin surgery in January and returned to competition in May.

“I didn’t play for six months, so it’s great to be back here and reaching the semi-finals aged 33,” Gasquet told ESPN in an on-court interview.

“Goffin is a tough guy, one of the fastest from the baseline, so I will be prepared to battle and to fight.” (Reuters/NAN)

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12th African Games: Burkina Faso hold Flying Eagles to 1-1 draw 

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by Burkina Faso U20 in their 12th African Games men’s football first Group A encounter at the Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat, on Friday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ahmad Ghali opened scoring for Nigeria in the 58th minute from a Abubakar Ibrahim corner kick.

However, the Burkinabes U20 side equalised in the 72nd minute despite playing second fiddle for most of the game.

The Flying Eagles had other chances to win the game but were let down by their poor finishing in front of goal.

NAN also reports that Paul Aigbogun’s boys will take on the Amajita of South Africa in their next game on Tuesday at the same venue.

The football event of the games began on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony scheduled for Rabat on Monday, the Games will end on Aug. 31.

 

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