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Victor Osimhen took his blistering form for the Super Eagles in their AFCON qualifiers back to Italy and scored in their 4-3 league win over Simeone Nwankwo’s Crotone at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Simeone scored twice for the visitors but it was not enough as Osimhen and his teammates cruised to the win.

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In the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Kwara United continued their brilliant run this season with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Nassarawa United at the Ilorin Township Stadium on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Solo efforts from Samuel Ganda in the 58th minute and Michael Ohanu in the 81st minute was all the hosts needed to remain top of the NPFL.

A 63rd-minute penalty converted by Rabiu Ali saw Kano Pillars beat Warri Wolves and move to second place on the league log. MFM was held to a 1-1 home draw by Ifeanyi Uba at the Agege Stadium on Sunday. The hosts took the lead through a strike from Justice Zachariah in the 36th minute of the encounter. The visitors would have to wait until the 64th minute as Lukman Aliu gifted them the equalizer.

See Full NPFL Results Below:

Kwara UTD 2-0 Nassarawa United

Kano Pillars 1-0 Warri Wolves

MFM 1-1 FC Ifeanyi Uba

Lobi Stars 2-1 Jigawa GS

Dakkada 4-2 Rivers Utd

Wikki Tourist 3-1 Katsina Utd

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Freshman, Favour Ofili, ran a personal best of 22.69s (0.0m/s) to emerge winner of the women’s 200m at the Louisiana State University’s Baton on the Rouge. The Nigerian’s personal best saw her break a ten-year Meet Record (MR) set by Kimberlyn Duncan.

Also, Ofili’s time is the fastest recorded by an African athlete this season and the 2nd fastest time run in the history of the U-20 category, just 0.17 seconds shy of the 34-year record set by Mary Onyali in the Area Junior Record.

Nigerian female wrestlers showed class on Day 2 of the ongoing African and Oceania Olympic Qualifying tournament in Tunisia. The trio of Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) and Adijat Idris (50kg) have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

While Oborududu (2018 Commonwealth Gold-medalist) did not struggle to beat her opponents in the women’s 68kg after recording back-to-back technical superiority wins over Enas Mostafa Youssef Khourshed Ahmed (Egypt), and Senegal’s Anta Sambou, two-time Commonwealth Gold-medalist, Aminat Adeniyi, fell to world No.1 Marwa Amri (Tunisia), but the Nigerian’s ability to win her bout in two other rounds, booked her a ticket to Tokyo.

Three wins out of four bouts were all Adijat Idris needed to earn her debut Olympic ticket. The trio now joins Odunayo Adekuoroye on the list of wrestlers flying to Tokyo later this year.


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