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WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons start campaign on sad note, loss to South Africa

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria began their 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) campaign with a defeat to South Africa.

The 9-time African champions were beaten 2-1 by the Banyana Banyana in their opening group match at the Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan on Monday night.

The first-half of the game ended in a goalless draw, but the South Africans went guns blazing in the second-half to snatch a deserving victory.

Jermaine Seoposenwe put Bayana Bayana in the lead in the 61st minute, before Magala doubled the lead three minutes later.

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The defending champions, Falcons fought to get back into the game but were denied by the strong South African defense. The Nigerians managed to get a late consolation goal through Ajibade’s extra time strike.

The Nigeria senior women lost their opening match to Banyana Banyana at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana, but went on to defeat the South Africans 4-3 on penalties in the final.

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C’Wealth Games 2022: Team Nigeria finish 7th on the medal table

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C’Wealth Games 2022: Team Nigeria finish 7th on the medal table

Team Nigeria finished 7th on the medal table of the XXII Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, England.

The team finished its campaign with a total of 35 medals; 12 Gold, 9 Silver and 14 Bronze.

Team Nigeria in the process set a personal record for the highest Gold medals ever won in the history of the games.

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All the Gold medals were won by women. Chioma Onyekwere won the Gold medal for Nigeria in the women’s Discus throw event. Ese Brume won a Gold medal for Nigeria in the women’s long jump event. World record holder and champion, Tobi Amusan also won a Gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdle.

The Nigerian quartet of Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha won Gold in the women’s 4x100m final and also set an African record.

Nigeria is the highest ranking African country on the medal table.

Australia top the medal table with a total of 174 medals, followed by England with 167; Canada with 91; New Zealand with 48 medals (19 Gold); and India with 55 medals (18).

Scotland 48 (12), Nigeria 35 (12 Gold), Wales 27 (8 Gold), South Africa 27 (7 Gold), and Northern Ireland 18 (7 Gold) complete the top 10.

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Again, Tobi Amusan wins gold for Nigeria, sets record

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Again, Tobi Amusan wins gold for Nigeria, sets record

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

yanstv reports that Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold when she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon last month.

The 25-year-old, who had obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final where she clocked 12.12sec, powered over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06sec.

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Then in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Sunday, Amusan showed her outstanding performance in Oregun was not a fluke.

The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday in the women’s 100m hurdles final.

The Nigerian was able to run a Games record of 12.30s, setting other records as well, and becoming the first world champion to win gold and the first Nigerian athlete to do the same.

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EPL: Five matches to watch out for as Premier League returns this weekend

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The 2022/23 Premier League season will commence this weekend with the first game coming up on Friday night between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

Patrick Vieira will mobilise his men against his former club at the Selhurst Park on Friday evening to get the season started.

Fixtures for the weekend begin on Friday and as mentioned earlier, the Gunners will be away to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.

Other fixtures include for Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August include:

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Fulham v Liverpool

AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Leeds v Wolves

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

Spurs v Southampton

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Everton v Chelsea

Leicester v Brentford

Man Utd v Brighton

West Ham v Man City

While fixtures are subject to change, DAILY POST looks at five matches to watch out for in the opening weekend of the season.

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1.Crystal Palace vs Arsenal:

This match will capture the attention of many followers of the English top flight not just for being the first game of the season but also for the fact that Crystal Palace is managed by Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira. In Vieira’s first season in charge of Palace, they drew 2-2 away at the Emirates and defeated the Gunners 3-0 at home.

However, Mikel Arteta has added more top stars to his squad, bringing in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

2. Manchester United vs Brighton:

Apart from the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal games, viewers will also look out for the game between Everton and Manchester United. Supporters of the Red Devils would want to know how far their team will go this season and also the system of play introduced by my new boss, Erik ten Hag.

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The Red Devils finished fifth in the Premier League last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League. This led to the change of manager. Erik ten Hag joined from Ajax and has effected some changes and rules and supporters cannot wait to watch their darling team return to winning ways even though they have not been too active in the transfer market.

3. West United vs Manchester City:

Manchester City will begin the defence of their title against stubborn David Moyes’ West Ham United at the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side narrowly defeated Liverpool to win the league title last season. They have added Norwegian goal machine to their rank this summer and would fight to defend their title. Coming up against West Ham would be a test for Pep Guardiola’s side’s strength for the new season.

4. Fulham vs Liverpool:

This is another match viewers would like to tune to for the fact that the Reds finished last season as contenders for the title. Fans will also want to know how the team will perform without one of their main men, Sadio Mane, who left for Bayern Munich this summer. The Reds narrowly lost the title to Manchester City last season and have been tipped by pundits to challenge for the title again this season. They added the likes of Uruguayan striker, Darwin Nuñez to their squad. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Premier League champions, City in the Community Shield last weekend.

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5. Everton vs Chelsea:

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will begin their title challenge away to Everton, a team managed by the former star, Frank Lampard.

The Toffees under Lampard defeated the Blues 1-0 towards the end of the 2021-22 season and will hope to start the season on a bright note having avoided relegation last season. Chelsea have been busy in the transfer window to bolster a team that finished third behind Manchester City and Liverpool . Although Everton have not added any quality signing to their ranks, letting some top stars such as Richarlison leave for Tottenham, they will not be an easy nut to crack for the Blues.

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