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Former Leicester and Swansea boss, Paulo Sousa named new Poland coach

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Former Leicester, Swansea, and Queens Park Rangers boss, Paulo Sousa has been named Poland’s new head coach.

The 50-year-old, who has been out of work since he left Bordeaux in August, replaces Jerzy Brzeczek after he was fired this week despite helping the team qualify for Euro 2020, which was postponed to this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brzeczek had been in charge since July 2018 and had extended his contract in November. But the country FA said there was “discouragement” in the team under the 49-year-old Brzeczek, adding: “With this format, the team could not move forward”.

Announcing the appointment of Paulo Sousa, President of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek said: “I am convinced that the new coach of the Polish national team, thanks to his coaching class, experience, and international knowledge, will give our national team a new impulse.”

Former Leicester and Swansea boss, Paulo Sousa named new Poland coach

“I am honoured and proud to be the coach of the Polish national team” Sousa said. “Poland is a country of football and I am convinced that your enthusiasm will give us strength, support, and faith in the representation.

“Together, we will be able to fight for victories at the European Championships.

“With the right mentality, discipline, organization, and approach, together with me, my staff, federation employees, and the support of the entire nation, we will be strong. I am sure that all of Poland will be proud of its national team.”

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Two-time Champions League winner Sousa was a regular for Portugal during his playing career and has coached in Hungary, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, and China in the last decade. He won the Champions League as a player with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

 

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Debutant Omotayo says he struggled with ambience of Tokyo Olympics

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July 29, 2021

Olajide Omotayo, one of Team Nigeria’s table tennis stars, on Wednesday said he struggled with the ambience of the Tokyo Olympics in his first game against Tiago Apolonia of Portugal.

Omotayo, who is participating in his first Olympics, lost 0-4 to the Portuguese in the first round of the men’s singles event of the competition last Saturday.

Speaking from Tokyo, the 26-year-old told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) he started the game well but struggled to control his emotions later.

“I started very good but later I found myself crying.

“ It is probably because this is my first Olympics and the feeling was too much for me to handle. I couldn’t get over it until the third set and it affected my performance.

“Probably, the next Olympics won’t be like this,’’ he assured.

The table tennis player also said he was looking forward to attending more tournaments ahead of Paris 2024.

He also said he is hopeful that seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola would be part of his coaching team.

“I am sure he can help me train better ahead of future events.”

NAN

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Ogunbanwo wins women’s 100m freestyle heat at Tokyo Olympics

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July 28, 2021

Abiola Ogunbanwo stunned the pool on Wednesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre to win heat 1 of the women’s 100 metres freestyle event of the 2020 Olympic Games’ swimming competition.

Running from lane 3 in the four-competitor heat, Ogunbanwo emerged st the finish lane after 59.74 seconds to qualify for the event’s semi-finals.

The 17-year-old who is based in Australia finished 0.27 seconds ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro to win the race.

Antunovic placed second with 1:00.01, while Gaurika Singh of Nepal was third in 1:00.11.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogunbanwo’s time is good enough for her to advance as the best 16 swimmers from the seven heats are expected to qualify.

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Aruna crashes out after first game at Tokyo Olympics

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July 27, 2021

Africa’s highest-ranked player Quadri Aruna on Tuesday crashed out of the men’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Aruna who reached the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016 could not go far this time around as he lost 2-4 in the third round.

He lost to Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 15-13 9-11 6-11 11-7 7-11 6-11.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that his exit has brought a sad end to Team Nigeria’s campaign in the sport at this Games.

His three teammates in the sport —— Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Olajide Omotayo —- have all been eliminated.

Nigeria did not qualify for the doubles events.

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