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Nigeria amputee federation appeals for funds ahead of nations cup

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A board member of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAAF), Pius Asaba, on Saturday appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to release funds ahead of the Africa Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).

Asaba told News Agency of Nigeria that the federation had represented its proposal to the ministry for the release of funds.

He said that representation of the proposal was to remind the ministry on the need to release the funds needed for the federation to participate in the intercontinental football tournament.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Amputee national football team would take part in the 5th edition of CANAF holding from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14 in Luanda, Angola.

“As the competition is coming very close, we are once again appealing to the Ministry of Sports to provide the needed support in our proposal letter, sent long ago.

“The invitation and budget letters to the Ministry was recently called up and represented as a reminder so that adequate attention and approval will be issued on it.

“We are already making preparations for the trip, but really need the authority’s support to process and secure necessary travelling documents such as visa fee and flight tickets,” Asaba said.

He said that 11 footballers have been selected out of the 22 invited to national camp, these 11 would form the national team and represent the country in the competition.

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Asaba listed the selected names to include:  Setonji Sunday, Sarafadeen Olalekan, Ibawuchi Emmanuel, Blessing Otutu, Grema Mohammed, Ugwu Augustine, Michael Chimobi, Ndako Ibrahim, Ezeji-Chibuike Kennedy, Kingsley Kelvin and Ogidan Olayemi.

He names the coaching crew to consists of Nwewe Victor, NAFF national coach, Gbenga Dosumu, assistant and Mohammed Danjuma.

Asaba said that the footballers and coaching crew were presently camped in the National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Lagos, and training in the Legacy Pitch of the Stadium.

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He said that the federation have proposed September 30 as departure date for the contingent, adding that the team needed to get acclamatised to the weather and psychologically balanced for the matches.

The footballers need to be in Angola before their matches, so that they can settle down, although, we have not gotten the fixtures but other arrangements are still on,” he said.

Meanwhile, Coach Victor told NAN that the selection carried out by the coaching crew were based on competence, technical ability, skills, discipline and adherence to camp rules.

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He said that the selected footballers performed credibly well in the week-long training in the national camp which gave them edge over their fellows.

“We were given a task to identify competent footballers with technical abilities, discipline and skills to deliver in the Nation’s Cup which we have just done without any sentiment,” he said.

Victor said that, henceforth, training would be more intensive as footballers must be made to hold grip of their wings while they bring to bear team spirit in their matches.

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NAN reports that the 5th edition of CANAF organised by Federation of Africa Amputee Football (FAAF) would serve as continental qualifier for the 2020 Amputee World Cup.

 

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Cute or nah: Check out Ronaldo’s new hairstyle (photo)

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Portuguese professional footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo took to social media on Tuesday to show off his latest hairdo.

The 35-year-old who is known for his unique style when it comes to his hair has recently decided to change it by letting it grow longer.

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The Juventus star player, shared a photo of his new hairstyle with the caption: “Approved?”

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Teenage Saruni dreams of debut Olympics in Tokyo

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David Saruni, Kenya’s teenage prodigy, aims to win the country’s first gold in 400m hurdle at the Olympics.

The USA based rookie, made a false start in his first time representing Kenya at the World Under-17 Championships in Nairobi in 2017 when he was disqualified for lane infringement offense.

But he returned to his training base in Kentucky (USA) and immersed in training, and not even the lockdown imposed by countries to curb COVID-19 spread has slowed him down.

Saruni has been primed as heir apparent to the late former world 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett, and the 19-year-old computer science student said he is ready to pick up the gauntlet.

“It is my dream to represent Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics.

“The plan is to make it to Tokyo this year in August, but the health situation has forced a lockdown.

“However, 2021 is still a good year and I want to be in top form so that I may dominate the hurdles and be able to live the dream of my mentor Bett,’’ said Saruni on Tuesday.

With college athletics in the USA closed, Saruni, like many other sportsmen, is forced to train on his own and he loves the challenge, though it is not optimum.

“Currently, I am able to do some short runs, a lot of gym exercises and related stuff to keep me in good form.

“We will overcome this pandemic and return to competition.

“My focus is to keep improving,’’ added Saruni.

The Kenyan prodigy also has the capacity to oscillate through to 800m and 1,500m races.

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However, he sees his ideal race being in the hurdles.

Saruni is one of the top talents Kenya expects to parade in Nanjing, China during the rescheduled World Indoor Championships in 2021.

The competition is to be held in March at the newly-built Nanjing Cube.

The teenage athletes missed out on the chance to make the Kenya team to the 2017 World Championships after he was dropped in a controversial way from the 800m team to London with coaches opting to pick Africa silver medallist, Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, and David Rudisha, the Olympic champion.

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His coach then, Paul Ereng, a former world 800m champion, said Saruni was to inherit Rudisha.

“There is a new sheriff in town.

“This boy is on fire; Saruni destroyed the 600m indoor world record in Albuquerque, New Mexico,’’ said Ereng.

 

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Holyfield will fight Mike Tyson but on one condition…

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Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has said he is open to facing one-time rival Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity on the condition that Tyson asks for the bout to be set up.

Tyson, 53, fought two epic bouts with Holyfield, 57, during their professional careers, including their controversial 1997 encounter in which Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

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‘Iron Mike’ had released several training videos in recent weeks fuelling speculation he could be returning to the ring, while Holyfield announced his return for a charity bout on Instagram earlier this month.

“If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told the BBC.

“I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’.

“If he hits me I’m going to hit back. I’m going to be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. I don’t have no problem with it.”

Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, while Holyfield called time on his career nine years later.

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If they do return, they will be following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight.

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