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Wrestling: Nigeria continues spectacular show at continental stage

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Nigeria wrestling team has continued to show its prowess in the sport as they delivered 14 medals and earned top ranking positions in various categories in the just concluded African Championship in Algiers, Algeria.

At a two-day event which began on Saturday, the Nigerian female team amassed 230 points to emerge champions of the continent for the ninth time.

A total of six gold medals and four silver enabled the female side to achieve the feat.

Blessing Oborududu’s 10-0 victory against Rihem Ayari of Tunisia saw her clinch the gold in 68kg category for her 10th African title and propelled her to the number two spot in the world, surpassing Jenny Fransson of Sweden.

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As expected, Odunayo Adekuoroye won her sixth consecutive African crown and overthrew Risako Kawai of Japan at the world’s top spot in 57kg.

Adekuoroye started the year ranked third in the world in the 57kg category.

A gold-medal finish at the Matteo Pellicone, Italy in January saw her displace then-second ranked Ningning Ring of China.

The 25-year-old brought 43 points and a second ranking to Algeria.

She used her 18-point gold medal to move one point ahead of Kawai, the reigning three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic champion.

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Other female wrestlers who made a podium finish with gold medal include Mercy Genesis (50kg), Esther Kolawole (55kg), Bisola Makunjuola (59kg) and Hannah Reuben (65kg).

Silver medals were awarded to Bose Samuel (53kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), Sunmisola Balogun (72kg) and
Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg).

The men’s category was also impressive. Ogbonna John recorded a fourth consecutive continental gold in 74kg, culminating to his fourth African championship title.

John’s victory against Algeria’s Ishak Boukhors helped him gain 20 points which were vital to his ride to the World number 7 spot.

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Meanwhile, Amas Daniel (65kg) will continue his search for a 6th African title after losing 4-2 to 2019 champion Mbunde Mbali of Guinea Bissau to settle for silver.

Former champions Ekerekeme Agiomor (86kg) and Soso Tamarau (97kg) both won bronze medals.

Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development praised the team’s performance at the event as Nigerians are hopeful of better performances as the team prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

 

 

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Man Utd threaten to walk away from deal for Sancho

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Manchester United are on the verge of walking away from a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, the UK Mirror reports.

The Bundesliga club is refusing to lower their £110m valuation of Sancho, with United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, not willing to pay above £80m.

It was believed the two teams would meet somewhere in the middle, with negotiations over staggered payments also an option.

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But after failing to come to an agreement, the deal looks to be on the brink of collapse.

United may even consider returning next summer for Sancho, while looking at cheaper options this year.

The Red Devils believe paying anything more than £100m is ‘unrealistic’, given the current financial situation caused by COVID-19, and feel Dortmund are being unreasonable with their demands.

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Fulham beat Brentford, secure promotion back to Premier League

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Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final to secure an immediate return to the Premier League thanks to two extra-time goals from Joe Bryan.

The left-back caught Brentford goalkeeper David Raya off guard from 40 yards in the 105th minute of the game at Wembley, with the Spaniard expecting a cross and then unable to scamper back and save Bryan’s skidding low effort.

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With Brentford pouring forward in search of an equaliser, Bryan burst forward and combined with Aleksandar Mitrovic before stabbing past Raya to make the game safe with three minutes remaining.

Henrik Dalsgaard pulled a goal back with a header from eight yards out in the fourth minute of added time, but it was too late for the Bees to spark a comeback.

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Before Tuesday’s game, since the 1990/1991 season, Brentford have lost in all of their play-off campaigns.

The last time they played in the English top flight was way back in 1947.

With this, Fulham will now join Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in earning promotion from England’s second tier to the EPL.

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Man United unwilling to pay £108m for Sancho

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Manchester United are refusing to pay anywhere near Borussia Dortmund’s £108m asking price for Jadon Sancho after the latest round of talks between the clubs.

Negotiations are ongoing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target, but it’s understood the two sides are miles apart in their valuations of the England international.

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Sancho’s wages are also a sticking point, with United determined not to upset their wage structure for a player so young.

Suggestions that personal terms worth £250,000-a-week had already agreed are believed to be premature.

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