By Augustine Akhilomen
Technical Director of the Nigeria Athletics Federation (AFN), Sunday Adeleye has defended the performance of Nigerian Athletes that represented the country at the just-concluded World Athletics Championship in Doha.
Recall that Nigeria finished 31st in the IAAF Champions in Doha, managing to register just one bronze medal to its name, won by Ese Brume in the Long Jump event.
However, Adeleye, in an interview with Thepledge.ng on Wednesday, stated that early preparation was the bane behind the team Nigeria’s poor performance in Doha.
He also revealed that financial support without prompt early preparation would have amounted to nothing for the Nigerian athletes in Doha.
“I think we performed very well considering that countries like Italy, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain are ranked 31st in the world like Nigeria, that means we did well. But we can perform better than that. Most of these countries that I mentioned have been in Doha 30 days before the Championship and we trained three days before the competition. And we had a good performance. I think we deserved to be applauded. But we want to do even better if we are given more attention than what we are experiencing at the moment,” Adeleye told Thepledge.ng
“We are not talking about financial support so that it won’t look like we are giving excuses for our performance in Doha. The key thing is early preparation will be better. The truth is even if we get the financial support a day before the competition and for example, you requested for N50m for a competition and you get N200m a day before, what can you do with it. So it is very important to note that early preparation is very key.
“Most of these countries that came first, second and third at the championship, were in Doha a month before the competition. Besides, the weather is not favourable because it differs from what we have in Nigeria.
“Acclimatization is very important in our sports because it has to do with your lungs working because where you have to function with your lungs requires a lot of energy. It’s not just a sport like table tennis or ludo or Chess because this is physical activity. If we get early preparation with the financial support I believe we will do well,” Adeleye said.
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Dessers Opens Goal Account As Mexico Pip Super Eagles 2-1 In Friendly
It was not the best of starts for new head coach, Jose Peseiro, as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game at the AT & T Stadium, Dallas, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.
Cyriel Dessers opened his goals account for the Eagles after drawing them level with a powerful header.
The Super Eagles are now winless against Mexico in six meetings, losing three and drawing three.
Up next for Peseiro’s side is another friendly against Ecuador on June 2.
Mexico bossed the early exchanges as the Super Eagles struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Santiago Gimenez then gave Mexico a deserved lead on 12 minutes as his initial effort from a headed pass hit Uzoho and bounced off him into the net.
Andres Guardado almost doubled Mexico lead as he met a long pass but saw his effort parried away by Uzoho.
In the 31st minute Uzoho was called to action again but he made a brilliant save to stop a well struck shot by Guardado.
Before the start of the second half Innocent Bonke went off injured and was replaced by Katsina United’s Faisal Sani.
Mexico continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead early in the second half but Semi Ajayi cleared away a dangerous cross for a corner.
The Super Eagles drew level on 54 minutes through Dessers whose downward header off a delightful cross from Bassey was too strong for the keeper to hold.
Just two minutes later the Mexicans went 2-1 ahead after Troost-Ekong slammed a cross into his own net.
Terem Moffi should have equalised for the Eagles after receiving the ball inside the box but saw his shot miss the target.
Few minutes later Roberto Alvarado received a pass inside the box but could not keep his shot down.
With six minutes left the Mexico almost extended their lead through Diego Lainez but his low shot took a deflection off Troost-Ekong and went out for a corner.
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Real Madrid Clinch 14th Champions League Title, Defeat Liverpool 1-0 In Final
Real Madrid have won their 14th Champions League title after overcoming Liverpool 1-0 in the final on Saturday in Paris.
Vinícius Júnior netted the solitary goal of the game in the 59th minute thanks to a beautiful assist from Federico Santiago Valverde.
It is now a record-extending 14th Champions League title for Madrid who have now won eight straight finals.
For Carlo Ancelotti he is now the only coach to have won the prestigious trophy a record four times, two at AC Milan (2003, 2007) and two at Madrid (2014, 2022).
Also, the Los Blancos have beaten Liverpool in back-to-back Champions League finals.
Liverpool bossed the early exchanges but were denied by some brilliant saves from Thibaut Courtois.
Karim Benzema thought he had given Madrid the lead late in the first half only to see his effort ruled out for offside after a long VAR check.
The breakthrough eventually came for Madrid on 59 minutes thanks to Vinicius, who slotted home a low cross from Federico Valverde.
Liverpool went in search of the equalizer with Mohamed Salah going the closest but Courtois made a brilliant stop to deny him.
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UCL Final: Real Madrid Not Under Pressure To Win 14th Title –Ancelotti
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can’t see any nerves amongst his players ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Real Madrid have 13 European Cup wins to their name and Ancelotti believes his veteran players are slightly more relaxed.
“I think the motivation is the same as it was for Lisbon, but there are fewer pre-match nerves this time,” he stated.
“Nerves might come later and that’s fine.
“It feels natural to be back and to reach this final has been very important for the club.
“We’ve had a very very good season and we feel calm.
“These players manage these kinds of matches very well and I think the veteran players can help the younger players.
“I’m happy to be here preparing for this game.”
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