Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare, made the headlines last week for her exploits on the track. Okagbare hit a double personal best in the American Track League on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Her 7.10s time in the 60m heat saw her win the race, eclipse her former 7.17s time, and become the second-joint fastest in the world.
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She would go on to win the 200m event with a personal best of 23.01s, the second-fastest time run by a Nigerian woman. The 32-year-old was not done with hitting remarkable heights yet as she was presented the Guinness World Record certificate as the athlete with the highest number of appearances in the Diamond League. This award was previously held by Usain Bolt.
Also, in basketball, the technical crew of the Nigerian national basketball team, D’Tigers handed 12 players invitation for the final phase of the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers. Stand-in coach, Mfon Udofia, will lead the likes of Ike Diogu, Ike Iroegbu, and 10 others when hostilities commence in Monastir, Tunisia, from February 17-21, 2021.
In the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Nigerian fighter, Kamaru Usman, continued his dominance in the ring after beating Brazilian fighter, Gilbert Burns, to defend his UFC welterweight title for the third time consecutively on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
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African best female footballer, Asisat Oshoala, has shown resilience in her strive to become one of the greatest the game has ever seen. On Saturday, February 13, the four-time African Footballer of the Year clinched the Copa de la Reina with Spanish football heavyweights, FC Barcelona Femini.
It will be recalled that Oshoala was named the Best African Player of the Decade by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) the previous week.
At the continental level, Enyimba FC defeated Rivers United 1-0 in the first leg of the Play-off round of the CAF Confederations Cup. A Cyril Chinedu Olisema 60th minute strike meant that the Peoples Elephant won the clash despite a 75th-minute red card to Tosin Omoyele.
The weekend also saw some interesting clashes in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). A 3-0 win over Dakkada FC at the Ilorin Township Stadium on Sunday, February 14, moved Kwara United to the top of the league table. The trio of Wasiu Alalade, Michael Ohanu and Alao Danbani registered a goal each to hand Kwara the win on Sunday.
A late strike from Umar Hassan saw league giants, Kano Pillars, record a vital 1-0 win against MFM on Sunday.
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Nasarawa Utd 2-1 Akwa Utd
Katsina Utd 1-0 Jigawa GS
Adamawa Utd 1-1 FC Ifeanyiubah
Kano Pillars 1-0 MFM
Wikki 0-0 Sunshine Stars
Kwara Utd 3-0 Dakkada
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