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Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur signs mouth-watering deal with Saudi fitness brand Kayanee

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Tunisian tennis star,
Ons Jabeur, has signed a new mouth-watering sponsorship deal with Saudi Arabian’s PIF-owned fitness and wellness brand, Kayanee.

According to her management team, Jabeur, who had a long term deal with Lotto Sport Italia for nearly a decade, will now be wearing exclusive tennis line designed for her by Kayanee.

The integrated company established by the PIF last year with the goal of promoting quality of life for women, is chaired by Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud, with the aims to focus on future generations’ health and lifestyle through fitness, sportswear, and personal and therapeutic care, as well as nutrition, diagnostics and wellness education, Jabuer’s team said in a statement.

Princess Reema who also confirmed the sponsorship deal in a statement, said:

Ons Jabeur is not only a phenomenal athlete but also a symbol of resilience and determination.”

“We are honoured to have her as our global athletic ambassador. This collaboration is not just about fitness; it’s about inspiring young women to pursue their dreams and seek their own place on an international playing field,” the Saudi Princess said.

Speaking on the deal, the three-time grand slam finalist said in a statement:

“I am thrilled to be part of Kayanee, a brand breaking new ground for women in Saudi Arabia and the region.”

“Just as I’ve strived to push boundaries in my tennis career, Kayanee is breaking barriers in the realm of female fitness. Together, we share a commitment in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Jabeur will debut her exclusive Kayanee kit on court at the Australian Open this month, and has already been pictured donning her new threads in practice at Melbourne Park.

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Nigeria, Zambia clinch women Olympic football slots for Paris 2024

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Copper Queens of Zambia on Tuesday picked the last two spots in the women’s football tournament at the Paris Olympics after winning two-legged playoffs in the fourth round of African qualifiers.

While Nigeria played out a goalless draw against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Pretoria to qualify after a 1-0 win in Abuja last week, Zambia needed an extra time win to get past Morocco in Rabat in their second leg encounter.

The Copper Queens successfully turned a 2-1 first-leg home defeat into a 3-2 aggregate triumph with a 2-0 win over the Atlas Lionesses at Moulay Hassan Stadium.

Orlando Pride of USA striker, Barbra Banda, opened the scoring for Zambia in the 38th minute and got her brace when she converted a penalty in the 105th minute to send her country to the Olympic starting in July.

However, the two African countries have been drawn into tough groups for the football event at the Games.

The Super Falcons will take on world champions Spain and former world champions Japan and Brazil in Group C at the Olympics while Zambia is in Group B alongside France, former champions the United States and Germany as well as last year’s women World Cup semi-finalists, Australia.

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Spain denies Nigeria’s ‘Future Eagles’ visa for international tournament

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Spanish authorities have denied Nigeria’s Under-15 football team, popularly known as Future Eagles, the opportunity of participating in an international invitational tournament which would also feature Belgium, Italy and England.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a post on its X handle on Tuesday, said members of junior football team including the players and their officials were denied visas to attend the tournament in Spain.

The Nigerian football body said though the Spanish embassy did not give reasons for the visa denial, the team would “therefore not be travelling to take part in the Uefa U16 Development Tournament.”

The Future Eagles made up of 20 players and seven officials, were set to depart Nigeria on Tuesday, ahead of their first match against Belgium scheduled for Friday, before squaring up against Italy and England.

The Uefa Under-16 Youth Development Tournament, which is organised by Europe’s football governing body, has been held since 2012 and is intended to expose elite junior players to international football and ease their transition into senior levels of the sport.

The Future Eagles, coached by Patrick Bassey, recently returned from a tournament in Morocco where they won one match and lost one against their Moroccan counterparts on a two-match tour of that North African country.

Their first game had ended in a 2-3 defeat, but they bounced back to win the second game 5-3 in the city of Kenitra.

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