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Nigerian track queen, Tobi Amusan, crowned 2022 African Female Athlete of the Year

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Nigerian track queen, Tobi Amusan, the African, World 100m hurdles champion and Commonwealth record holder, has been crowned the 2022 African Female Athlete of the Year by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).

Amusan who set a new world record of 12.12 secs to win the 100m hurdles at World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States, earlier in the year, was honoured on Wednesday for her record-breaking 2022 season.

Amusan is also the record holder in the African Championship, Diamond League, and Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles champion with different record times in 2022 alone, which set her miles apart from the pack of female athletes on the continent.

The hurdles queen was crowned ahead of Faith Kipyegoner of Kenya, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, who came second following her 1500m triumph at the World Athletics Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games, while Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia came third with her 1000m triumph in Oregon.

In the male category, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkalil who is the 3000m Olympic champion and gold medalist at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, emerged as the 2022 Africa Male Athlete of the Year.

Kenyan long-distance runner, Eliud Kipchoge, who won gold at the 2022 Berlin Marathon, came second on the continent while Emmanuel Korir, another Kenyan middle-distance runner, who won gold at the World Athletics Championships and Diamond League finished third on the list.

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Nigerian keeper Nwabali becomes beautiful bride as English, Saudi clubs battle for him

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Super Eagles and Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has become a hot property as he is attracting serious interest from clubs in England and Saudi Arabia.

According to transfer guru and journalist, Fabrizio Romano, English Championship side, Queens Park Rangers (QPR), and Saudi Arabian side, Al Ettifaq, who are managed by Steven Gerrard, are among the teams willing to splash the cash to lure Nwabali away from Chippa.

“Nigeria GK Stanley Nwabali, on the list of different clubs as Al Ettifaq in Saudi and Queens Park Rangers in UK have enquired about him. His South African club Chippa United will consider his future move in the next months,” Romano wrote on X on Monday morning.

Romano added that the two clubs as well as some unnamed clubs have made enquiries about Nwabali and Chippa will look into his future but it remains to be if a transfer will materialise.

The 27-year-old had an impressive outing at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament where he pulled out impressive performances to lead Nigeria to the final.

His performances has also sparked rumours of interest in the South Africa with top PSL rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, being one of the clubs mentioned.

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Rigobert Song pens emotional farewell message following sack as Indomitable Lions’ coach

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Former coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Rigobert Song, has bid an emotional farewell to fans of the national team following his sack during the week.

Song, who was relieved of his position by the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) led by his former teammate, Samuel Eto’o, on Wednesday, said he was so grateful for the opportunity to coach the team and expressed hopes of better days for the team’s future.

Reflecting on his tenure, Song expressed his pride in having led the Indomitable Lions for two years.

“I was very honored for two years to be the head coach of our national football team, the Indomitable Lions,” he wrote in his parting statement.

“Sport being what it is, our performances during these competitions were not commensurate with the notoriety and prestige of Cameroonian football.

“The Indomitable Lions is my story, it’s my Life. I remain a fan who knows that new and beautiful pages in the history of Cameroonian football will be written,” Song stated.

Song’s sacking followed Cameroon’s unexpected exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in January at the hands of Nigeria, coupled with a string of uninspiring results over the years.

His course was also not helped by his famous fallout with goalkeeper Andre Onana at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar where the fans favourite was send home from the team’s camp, an act which drew serious criticism from football fans in the country.

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