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National Youth Sports: Lagos Wins Three Gold Medals In Weightlifting.



By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba

Lagos State made a bold statement at the ongoing National Youth Sports when Florence Olarinoye showed why her experience in the 45kg women’s class at the 2022 National Sports Festival NSF counted as she scooped all the three gold medals on day 2 of the ongoing National Youth Games, NYG 49kg female class in weightlifting event in Asaba on Sunday.

Aged just 13, the younger sister to Adenike Adijat Olarinoye – Africa and Commonwealth Champion – Florence showed class and vision as she outlifted her opponents to secure the all-important three gold medals for her state.

Florence at 12 years, won bronze in 45kg class at the 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) also in Asaba in December last year.

She lifted 56kg in snatch and had an impressive 72kg lift in clean and jerk totaling 128kg to win the medals.

Nigeria’s Capital, the FCT collected all the silver medals after Chidirim Marvelous Ibeh competing for the Green and White team, lifted 53kg in snatch, 67kg clean and jerk and 120kg in total.

Bayelsa State went home with all the three bronze medals courtesy of Christianah Adefemi heroics. She lifted 48kg in snatch, 65 in clean and jerk and 104kg in total to place 3rd  on the podium.

Full results of 49kg weightlifting event on Sunday: Florence Olarinoye (Lagos) 56kg – Gold;  Chidirim Marvelous Ibeh ( FCT) 53kg – Silver; Christianah Adefemi (Bayelsa) 48kg – Bronze.

Clean and Jerk: Florence Olarinoye 72kg – Gold; Chidirim Marvelous Ibeh. 67kg – Silver; Christianah Adefemi  65kg – Bronze.

Total: Florence Olarinoye 128kg – Gold; Chidirim Marvelous Ibeh. 120kg – Silver; Christianah Adefemi  104kg – Bronze.

The weightlifting event will continue on Monday (today) with the 55kg male class taking centre stage at the Hall Three, Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State capital.

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EPL: Amazing cross – Havertz hails Arsenal teammate after latest win



Arsenal star Kai Havertz has hailed teammate Bukayo Saka for his assist, which enabled Mikel Arteta’s side to beat Brentford 1-0 in a Premier League clash over the weekend.

Recall that Saka delivered a delightful cross from the right flank, dissecting Brentford’s defence.

An unmarked Havertz headed home from close range at the back post to give the Gunners all three points against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.

“These late winners are nice and then to celebrate in front of the fans it was a good feeling for sure,” Havertz told Match of the Day.

“The cross was amazing and I thought maybe why not do this run and the ball was perfect and I scored.”

The win over Brentford moved Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table with 30 points from 13 games.

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Ronaldo was crazy about ex-Real Madrid star, Drenthe – Van der Vaart reveals



Former Real Madrid midfielder, Rafael Van der Vaart has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘crazy’ about former Los Blancos teammate, Royston Drenthe’s abilities.

Drenthe joined Real Madrid from Dutch club Feyenoord back in 2007.

He made only 65 appearances for Real Madrid and eventually left the Spanish La Liga giants permanently in 2012.

However, Van der Vaart, who spent time with Drenthe and Ronaldo in Madrid, has reflected on how the pair used to enjoy facing each other in training.

“I think it is unfortunate that Royston is the best left-back Holland has ever had. If he had put aside his ego and his love for street football, he would have still played for the national team,” Van der Vaart said, as quoted by Sports Klub.

“He enjoyed playing against Cristiano Ronaldo in training. It was a challenge for him. He kept asking ‘Cristiano, who is that?’ Ronaldo was crazy about him in training. Royston was fast, agile and technically outstanding.”

Drenthe, meanwhile, hung up his boots this month at the age of 36.

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Mathew can help solve Super Eagles midfield problem — Manu Garba



Former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles head coach, Manu Garba believes Ifeanyi Mathew will be a good addition to the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles have struggled for midfield creativity since the erstwhile captain of the side, John Mikel Obi quit international football.

Mathew, a former Flying Eagles and home-based Super Eagles midfielder has been overlooked by the national team selectors despite his impressive club form.

The 26-year-old has been in fantastic form for the Swiss club, FC Zurich this season.

The talented midfielder has scored one goal and provided three assists in 15 league appearances for FC Zurich in the Swiss Super League this term.

Garba stated that Mathew possessed the qualities to become a key star for the Super Eagles.

“I discovered Ifeanyi Mathew alongside Musa Muhammed in 2013 in Kano during my time as Golden Eaglet head coach,”.

‘Mathew was also instrumental in my team that won the U-20 AFCON in Senegal in 2015 and he was with us at the U-20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand.”

“I have been motoring his progress since he was in Sweden up till now that he is in Switzerland.”

“He is the most consistent Nigerian midfielder in Europe at the moment and for him to join the Super Eagles will be of great value addition to the team ahead of AFCON especially in the midfield area where obviously the coach needs to work on going by the two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe during the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.”

“One of his greatest qualities is his vision in connecting with the attack and defence in addition to his knack for goals from long range.”

“If you go back and watch our 2015 U-20 campaign in Senegal, most of the goals we scored were created by him.”

Mathew was also a member of the home-based Super Eagles side that featured at the 2016 Africa Nations Championship under coach Sunday Oliseh.

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