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We plan to take Super Eagles to Cameroon by sea for 2022 Nations’ Cup — LAGFERRY

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June 15, 2021

The Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) says it is planning to transport the Super Eagles to Cameroon by sea for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

LAGFERRY’s Managing Director, Abdoulbaq Balogun, told newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday that the resolve was consequent upon the success recorded when the firm ferried the squad to Benin Republic for the qualifying match in March.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon, and will take place from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, 2022.

Balogun said that LAGFERRY had infused technology as part of its operation to achieve world class standard.

“We plan to take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to Cameroon for next year’s Nation’s Cup after achieving that of Benin Republic- this is a goal we have set for ourselves.

“While onboard, you get to enjoy free Wi-Fi; there is also USB pot and a lot of side entertainment and side attractions enabled by technology.

“It was a major milestone for us to transport the Nigeria’s National Team to Benin Republic through the waterways.

“Coming on board LAGFERRY enroute international route to Benin Republic is a mind blowing experience we were excited to be part of it,” Balogun said.

He said that the partnership between Nigeria Football Federation and Lagos State Government through LAGFERRY would be sustained.

According to him, the players expressed excitement during the voyage, and such added to their productivity.

“It reflected on the field of play and it showed on their performance because they came out victorious in the game,” the LAGFEERY boss added.

According to him, with water transportation, a journey of five hours on the road can be done in 30 minutes on the waterways.

“Also, one can get rejuvenated while on board and there is no pollution on the waterways which is another added advantage,” he added.

Balogun said that the firm prioritised safety, hence the reason why LAGFERRY had not recorded any water mishap since inception of operation in Feb. 2020.

NAN

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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.

NAN

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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.

NAN

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