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Tobi Amusan: Record-breaking athlete arrives in Nigeria

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Tobi Amusan, a world record holder, has arrived in Nigeria after having her best career season.

Amusan arrived in Lagos on Tuesday in the afternoon and was welcomed with open arms.

Amusan’s well-deserved homecoming was celebrated by a large crowd of sports fans and supporters.

Amusan travelled to Nigeria in a pair of green pants and a black sleeveless top.

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The athlete, who was born in Ijebu-Ode, is Nigeria’s first-ever gold medalist at the World Athletics Championship. Her illustrious career began in September 2021, when she won her first Diamond League final trophy.

She won the 100-meter hurdles title at the African Championships in June 2022.

In July 2022, she broke the 100-meter hurdles world record in Oregon, United States, during the World Championships semifinals, and she also took home the gold in the competition’s final.

The Nigerian national anthem was playing when she broke down in tears on the podium, drawing the attention of Nigerians both at home and abroad.

Amusan also won gold and established a new Commonwealth Games record in August in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 25-year-old set a new Games record with a time of 12.30 seconds and successfully defended the title she had won in Australia’s Gold Coast four years prior.

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Amusan’s Jamaican coach Lacena Golding-Clarke provided crucial assistance as she helped Amusan achieve her goal of winning the Diamond League final on September 8 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Amusan beat Gail Devers’ 22-year meeting record with a time of 12.29 seconds.

President Muhammadu Buhari will host Amusan and other Nigerian athletes from the 2022 Commonwealth Games on September 15 in Abuja.

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Nigeria placed seventh in the overall medal standings and first in Africa with 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze.

Ese Brume, Odunayo Adekuoroye, and Blessing Oborududu, among others, are anticipated to be a part of the delegation that the president will host.

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EPL: Bacary Sagna predicts scorelines for Man City vs Utd, Arsenal vs Tottenham fixtures

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Former Arsenal defender, Bacary Sagna, has predicted the scoreline for Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Sagna also predicted the outcome of Arsenal’s Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Man City will host Man United in a Premier League derby at Etihad on Sunday, while Arsenal will take on Tottenham in a London derby at Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Providing his predictions, Sagna said Man City would beat Man United by three goals to nil, while Arsenal will defeat Tottenham 2-0.

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“I can’t see anyone other than City winning this match. I think City will win 3-0,” Sagna told Lord Ping.

He added, “Arsenal will win. Arsenal 2-0.”

“Listen, make no mistake, this will be a tough game for Arsenal. Tottenham has quality players, dangerous players. Son [Heung-min] has come into a bit of form. [Harry] Kane, we all know what he can do.”

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Volleyball: Offa, Customs win Premier League

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Offa Volleyball Club (male) and the Nigeria Customs Service (female) have emerged the champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League competition.

In the men’s final match at the indoor hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, Offa defeated Nigeria Correctional Service 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11), while in the women’s category, Customs emerged champions, beating Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-21) on the final day of the league.

Offa coach, Suleiman Ajeigbe, expressed delight over the victory, saying the trophy would be going to Offa community for the first time.

Ajeigbe also commended his players for properly executing their game plan and playing to instruction.

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He said, “I feel so proud, I feel so excited and I give all glory to God almighty. It has been a very challenging one, but to the glory of God. In the history of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, Offa, a local government in Kwara State will be lifting the trophy, this is historical, this has never happened before.

“Offa Volleyball Club came into being to help the youths in my community. I started the club to ensure that every member of my team is Kwara-born, majority of them are born in Offa. It is to the glory of God that I was able to start it, most of my players are playing outside the country now. I started the club in 2010, so it’s been a long time actually.”

Customs coach, Sunny Akapson, said his side’s victory was as a result of hard work, determination and dedication.

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EPL: Glen Johnson predicts result of Arsenal vs Tottenham derby clash

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Former Chelsea star, Glenn Johnson has provided his prediction for Saturday’s North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s side will receive Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners would be leapfrogged by Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table if they hand Arteta’s side their second defeat of the season.

Arsenal has won six out of seven of their opening games, losing once to Manchester United.

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Spurs are unbeaten and just a point behind them in third, with Tottenham able to leapfrog their rivals with a victory.

Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “It’s going to be a tough one to call, to be honest.

“Tottenham looks great, Arsenal looks great. Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the north London derby!.

‘This is their first big test, for both teams. [I’m going] 2-1 to Arsenal.’

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