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CHAN 2023: Madagascar shock Ghana with 2-1 win

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The 2023 CHAN tournament produced a big upset when the Barea of Madagascar shocked the Black Galaxies of Ghana 2-1 to record its first victory at the championship.

Prior to beating the Super Eagles of Nigeria to pick the ticket for the tournament, the Black Galaxies were handed the favourite tag with the believe that the team will steamroll opponents to lift the trophy.

But they were undone by the Madagascan team making its debut appearance at the continental tournament when Koloina Razafindranaivo shot the team ahead in the 11th minute after pouncing on a defensive lapse from Ghanaian right back, Augustine Randolf.

Tsiry Randriantsiferana doubled the lead for the Barea with a beautiful finish, pouncing on another defensive error yet again from Augustine Randolf.

Substitute Augustine Agyapong, however, reduced the tally after coming on the pitch by scoring a goal of the tournament contender.

The Asante Kotoko right-back sent in a thunderous long strike from the right flank of the field which went straight into the net.

With the loss, Ghana will now shift attention to their next game against Sudan on Thursday, after Sudan was awarded three points in their opener against Morocco who withdrew from the tournament over a political row with host Algeria.

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers withdraws from 2025 AfroBasket qualifiers due to lack of funds

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball national team, D’Tigers, have withdrawn from the 2025 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers dunking off in Tunisia on Friday due to lack of funds.

According to a press release by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the “painful” withdrawal of the team from the window that could have given Nigeria another opportunity to qualify for the world championship was due to the inability of the Ministry of Sports to provide the federation with the needed funds for the qualifiers.

“In recent times, the female and male national basketball teams have not had the best in preparations for major continental and global championships, due to the perennial lack of funds,” the federation’s statement said.

“However, the financial burdens of ensuring national teams participate in these tournaments have been personally taken up by the President of NBBF, Engr. Musa Kida.

“While Kida, is yet to be refunded the billions of naira he has spent, the participation of the various national teams is in doubt as the federation is unable to raise more funds for the latest national assignment.

“The Ministry of Sports has not been able to come up with needed funds, citing lack of adequate funds to prosecute several other national engagements, including the forthcoming African Games holding in Accra, Ghana in March.

“The board of NBBF appeals to the ever-growing fans and lovers of the game in Nigeria and diaspora to understand the dire situation it found itself in view of the economic challenges faced by the country, even as it promised to redouble its efforts and commitments to the continued growth of the game in Nigeria.”

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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