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Nigerian stars win gold for Bahrain at Asian Games

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Nigerian stars win gold for Bahrain at Asian Games

Nigerian-born Bahrain sprinter Edidiong Odiong on Sunday won gold at the 18th Asian Games women’s 100m final at the 76,127-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 21-year-old, who ditched Nigeria for a lucrative deal with the island country in 2015, dipped late to finish in 11.30secs to become Asia’s fastest woman.

Although Odiong, who won the 400m event at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships in Warri and represented Nigeria at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon, United States, switched her international allegiance to Bahrain in 2015, she was cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to compete for her new owners the following year.

Abbas Abubakar, Salwa Naser (Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu) and Kemi Adekoya had earlier dumped Nigeria for cash-rich Bahrain.

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Naser won the women’s 400m gold after finishing in 50.09secs while India’s Hima Das arrived in 50.79secs to claim silver.

The 20-year-old, who ran 50.06secs to win silver in the London 2017 World Championships, has won four legs of the Diamond League Series this year. She has so far won three gold for her adopted country since she started competing for them after her first success at the 2014 Arab Junior Athletics Championships in Cairo.

In men’s 100m Nigerian-born runner Femi Ogunode claimed silver in a time of 10 secs.

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Libya coach Amrouche alleges ‘frustration’, quits

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Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just days before his side face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The match is billed for Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation and on Wednesday by Belgian Amrouche, who told the media that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.

The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

They were forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country.

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Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday.

Libya have four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.

The Seychelles are last in the group without any points.

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Senegal to be the first African country to host Youth Olympics

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Senegal to be the first African country to host Youth Olympics

Senegal will host the next edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It will be the first African nation to host the event.

Four other African countries – Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – were in the running to host the event, but Senegal was chosen as it provided the “best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time”, the IOC said in a press release.

The competition will be held in three cities: Senegal’s capital Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio, which currently under development, and Saly on the coast.

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“Senegal and its young people are proud of the honour you have bestowed upon us, in entrusting the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to our country,” Senegal’s President Macky Sall said in a statement.

“In fact, it is the whole of Africa, the birthplace of humankind through its history and the youngest continent through its demographics, which will welcome the young athletes of the world in 2022.”

Apart from Antarctica, Africa is the only continent in the world to have never hosted the Olympic Games.

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Ghana’s Appiah under fire for inviting redundant players to national team

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is expected to be grilled by the local media in Kumasi ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on Thursday.

The Ghanaian gaffer will defend his latest call-up which has sparked controversy in the West African nation.

The perceived inconsistency in his call-ups will come under scrutiny.

Appiah’s controversial decision to leave out brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew while the call-up of Sporting Lisbon defender Lumor Agbenyenu, who has not kicked a ball this season will come up for questioning.

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The controversial return of captain Asamoah Gyan will also under line of fire.

The Ghana coach, 58, will also brief the media on his team’s preparations for the doubtful double-header against the Leone Stars.

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