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Africa Games: Nigeria ‘ll feature in male, female events, says Handball technical director

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Ferdinand Omeana, Technical Director, Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), says 28 national players, comprising male and female, have been listed to participate in the forthcoming Africa Games billed for Rabat, Morocco.

Omeana told the Nigeria News Agency through telephone call on Wednesday in Lagos that the players were drawn from the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League and some foreign based players.

Handball players goes for goal.

Omeana said: “It is a thing of joy for us that we will be participating in the male and female events in the Games which will feature 14 players each.

“The national league is a major event that provides a good platform for us to identify these players, because they distinguished themselves among their peers in the competition.”

He said that the male and female national teams had qualified for the African Games after their glorious performances at the continental tournament qualifiers in Burkina Faso in April.

The technical director gave names of the female players as Udochukwu Ohaekwe Israel, Isoken Nosa-Odia, Ahamefula Chinemere, Rachael Brown, Mercy Audu,

Sunday Hope, Cynthia Vincent,Toyin Yusuf, (Goal Keeper), Adaobi Okoro, Susan Omoluwa, Ruth Ameh, Faith Inegbedion, Dorathy Nyagh and Muinat Yusuf.

According to him, the male list comprise Philip Kalu, Obinna Patrick, Obinna Ani, Faruk Yusuf, Oladunjoye Adams (Goal Keeper), Ibitoye Ayomide, Rotibi Gbenga, Yahaya Owolabi, Adio Ibrahim, Emeanaa Emmanuel, Kingsley Okubike, Emeka Emmanuel, Anas Mohammed and Solomon Agbaji (Goalkeeper).

Omeana said that the team’s Coaches are Rafiu Salami (France),

Bala Mohammed (FRSC),

Segun Tunji (Niger United) and himself, adding that the teams were battle ready for a good outing.

He said the teams would depart the country alongside with Nigeria contingents on Aug. 16 for the games holding in Rabat, Morocco from Aug. 19 to Aug. 30.

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Edited by Olagoke Olatoye

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Iranian women can watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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The official IRNA news agency, quoted a Sports Ministry official as saying on Sunday, following heightened pressure from FIFA.

Though foreign women have had limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women however, had been banned from the stadium when male teams are playing, since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June, asking it to provide a timeline for women to be able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October, for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” IRNA quoted deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh as saying.

The AFC, the Asian football governing body, which has 47 members including Iran, said on Tuesday it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA, find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans had long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s soccer, and occasionally a limited number of women had been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly match against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium.

Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

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Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams are playing since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June asking it to provide a timeline towards women being able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said.

The Asian football governing body (AFC), which has 47 members including Iran, said it was working to help FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch the football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s football and occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium. Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. (Reuters/)

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Aguero strikes again as Manchester City win at Bournemouth

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Aguero, who has scored in all three games this season, gave City a 15th-minute lead.

The striker slotted home after left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross had been mis-hit by Kevin De Bruyne only to fall kindly for the Argentine.

Adam Smith then missed a great chance to level for the Cherries, firing high over the bar from a good position after some poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi.

Moments later Raheem Sterling doubled City’s lead with a confident finish after David Silva concluded a sweeping move with a perfectly angled pass to the England striker.

But Bournemouth got back into the game in magnificent fashion, just before the interval, thanks to an unstoppable curling free-kick from substitute Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool.

Wilson went close to a leveller after the interval but Ederson was out quickly to foil his effort.

City then made sure of the win when Aguero poked home his second goal in the 63rd minute, following in for the scraps after David Silva had surged into the box. (Reuters/)

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Nigeria have prospect to produce world class athletes, says Lawmaker

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Lazarus Ogbee, member House Representative Committee on Sports, on Sunday said that Nigerian athletes have prospect to be world class athletes.

Ogbee told the Nigeria News Agency in Rabat, Morocco that the performance of Nigerian athletes at the ongoing 12th African Games confirmed that the country had abundant talents.

“Nigeria has the prospect of producing world class athletes. All they need is little encouragements and doing the right thing at the right time and having more training facilities in the country.

“Since I am in the committee for sports, what I have seen has encouraged me and has given me the tonic to do more and to encourage our people to invest in sports.

“We have every potential and the country can go on to produce world beaters in sports,’’ he said.

Ogbee, who watched the Nigerian female volleyball team beat Botswana, tasked the team to win gold medal at the Games.

Nigeria beat Botswana 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15) at the Salle El Bouâzzaoui.

Ogbee commended the Nigerian the volleyball team for recording her first victory at the Games.

He said that the nation was strongly behind them.

“The women’s volleyball team has the support of the country that is why we came here in our numbers in the name of the government to support them.

“We have been going from one event center to the other to make sure we cheer the Nigerian contingent to victory and the women’s volleyball team has done wonderfully well today by beating their Botswana counterparts.

“We encourage them to go further to win the gold medal,’’ Ogbee said.

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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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12th African Games: Nigeria in final of team event in badminton 

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By Debo Oshundun

Rabat (Morocco), Aug. 25, 2019 Nigeria on Sunday defeated Egypt in Casablanca at the ongoing 12th African Games 3-0 to qualify for the final of the Badminton team event.

The victory has now set the stage for the final against Algeria later on Sunday.

The game opened with the mixed doubles as Doha Hanny and Adham El Gamal paired against the Nigerian duo of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji.

The Nigerians won 21-15, 21-15 and 21-19.

In the men’s singles, Anuoluwapo Opeyori beat Mostafa Kamel 21-14 and 21-12, while Dorcas Adesokan completed the rout with a 21-10, 21-11 defeat of Hadia Hosny in the female category.

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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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