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Stakeholders Score Organisers of Zaria Grand Prix High,as Winners Smile Home with Cash

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Stakeholders have lauded the just concluded Zaria Athletics Grand Prix held at the Sports Complex of Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria, Kaduna state.

Speaking at the closing ceremony on Wednesday, a former president of National , Nigeria Association of Technical officials ( NATO) Mr.Goodluck Akpodeh praised the organisers,as he listed the advantages of the prix to both the participants, as well as the development of the sport, athletics.

“I commend the organisers for organising a glamorous prix, despite the prevailing circumstances,as we are all aware how difficult the economy is.Also,being the first event of the year in this region,it has helped our athletes to check their fitness level and enhanced their performance level.This is not a league,but an avenue for atheletes to test their abilities,and also make money for themselves and better their overall performance at the international level.”Akpodeh stated.

Assistant Secretary of Kaduna Coaches Association,Mr. Mark Orduen,said the change of date affected the turn as about 700 athletes were billed to participate,but comnended 500 atheletes who participated at the prix.

“I commend the organisers for putting together a colourful event,as all the atheletes were adequately taken care of.The change of date affected the number of athletes who were supposed to be here.Nevertheless,we recorded 500 instead of 700,and for this, I commend those who came despite the short notice.I advice other stakeholders to emulate the organisers of Zaria Grand Prix.”Orduen stated.

Director of the Prix,Hon.Sunday Adeleye says he was thrilled about the talents discovered, and the overall impact of the event on the atheletes.He noted that more Prix will be organised to enhance the fitness level of the atheletes.

Cash rewards were given to various winners of the Prix.

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Incredible Agada Bundles Fiorentina out of Viareggio Cup

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A Nigerian 17 years old Striker of Mavlon’s Football Club Charles Agada, in Tuesday in Italy orchestrated the exit of italian club Florentina out of the 2024 Viareggio Cup tournamentp courtesy of hatrick.
Fiorentina’s defence got a doze of the lethal injection from Agada when he scored in the 40th minute to give Mavlon 1-0 advantage going into the break.

He scored his brace in the 65th minute, but any thought of Mavlon being in a cruise control in the game was not seen, as Fiorentina clawed back with a goal in the 71st minute from Maiorana

The Italians piled more pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 90th minute to the excitement of football fans.

The game had the signature of a very round 16 tough knockout fixture and when both teams were thinking of extra time and possible lottery of penalties,  Agada, who was configured to score goals net the heart- breaking goal two minutes into stoppage time to seal a quarter- final passage for marvellous Mavlon FC.

The young striker, who is the captain of his team, has scored seven goals in four games at the on- going Viareggio Cup to make him the leading top scorer at this year’s edition.

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