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African Players In Europe: Sarr Sparkles As Watford Stun Liverpool

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Ismaila Sarr overshadowed fellow Senegalese Sadio Mane by scoring twice as lowly Watford won 3-0 to end the 44-match unbeaten Premier League streak of runaway leaders Liverpool.

Mane has been among the key figures as the Reds march toward a first league title in three decades, but he had to take a back seat at Vicarage Road as Sarr blossomed.

His pace and trickery unsettled Liverpool and he was rewarded with two goals before setting up Troy Deeney for the third.

ENGLAND

ISMAILA SARR (Watford)

The Hornets’ record signing was up against his idol Mane and stabbed home the opener at the near post and then showed his pace and poise to chip Alisson Becker for Watford’s second. Sarr then turned provider for the third as he teed up Deeney to complete a famous win that lifted Watford out of the bottom three.

JORDAN AYEW (Crystal Palace)

Ayew scored the only goal as Palace got the better of rivals Brighton to ease any fear of being dragged into a relegation battle. The Ghanaian’s strike took his league tally for the season to seven — matching his best tally for a single campaign in England.

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MBWANA SAMATTA (Aston Villa)

Samatta did Tanzania proud by scoring in the League Cup final against Manchester City, but his diving header at the near post just before half-time was merely a consolation for Villa as City won 2-1 to lift the trophy for a third straight season.

SPAIN

YOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Sevilla)

En-Nesyri scored a 93rd-minute winner as Sevilla beat Osasuna 3-2 to move up to third in La Liga. The Moroccan striker, who joined Sevilla from Leganes in January, opened the scoring with a guided shot into the corner before Lucas Ocampos made it two on the stroke of half-time. Osasuna came back in the second half through goals from Aridane and Roberto Torres, only for En-Nesyri to snatch victory for Sevilla in injury-time with a close-range finish.

GERMANY

RAMY BENSEBAINI (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Algerian Bensebaini scored a crucial early goal for Moenchengladbach as they beat Augsburg 3-2 to keep pace with the top of the Bundesliga table. Bensebaini, in his first start in 2020 after returning from injury, headed home a cross from Lars Stindl to put the visitors 1-0 up. When asked how it felt to be back in the Foals’ line-up after the match, he simply replied “it was fun”.

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ACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)

Having made his name as one of Dortmund’s best going forward this season, the Real Madrid loanee was called on to do more than his fair share of defending against a stubborn Freiburg side. Working on the edge of a four-man midfield, Hakimi’s pace was valuable during the 1-0 win as he snuffed out several Freiburg counter attacks. He did have a shot on goal deflected in the dying stages but was unable to add to his tally of two Bundesliga goals this season.

FRANCE

STEPHANE BAHOKEN (Angers)

The Cameroon striker was rewarded with a start for his team at Brest after coming off the bench against Montpellier last weekend and scoring the winner a minute later. He delivered again in Brest, although he needed a full 43 minutes to bag the only goal of the match this time.

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MAX-ALAIN GRADEL (Toulouse)

Ivory Coast winger Gradel, 32, returned to the Toulouse starting line-up last weekend for the first time in a Ligue 1 game since early December following injury. He kept his place and wore the captain’s armband but could not prevent the division’s bottom side from going down 2-0 at home to Rennes. They have now taken just a single point from their last 17 league games and are heading fast towards relegation.

KARL TOKO-EKAMBI (Lyon)

Cameroon forward Toko-Ekambi, who joined Lyon on loan from Villarreal in January, came off the bench and contributed to their 2-0 win over derby rivals Saint-Etienne. Having earlier had a goal disallowed for offside, he won the late penalty which Moussa Dembele scored to seal the victory. Toko-Ekambi had started the 1-0 Champions League last-16, first leg win over Juventus in midweek and hit the bar in the first half against the Italians.

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Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

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Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

Nigerian Ex International boxer Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo applauds the latest innovation and Creativity from International Boxing Association (AIBA) leadership and it’s Committee for allocation of Two Million Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars($2.6 Million USD) about Two billion Naira (N2billon) as prize money for men’s World Boxing Championship in Belgrade coming up on the ending of November 2021.

Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

About 56 Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winning youths will collect Gold (1ST POSITION) – 100, 000 USD, Silver (2ND POSITION) – 50, 000 USD and Bronze (3RD POSITION – 25, 000 USD).

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Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo who is also Abia State Sports Ambassador (Boxing) said the new money incentive in the Former Amateur Association will create huge human capacity building and practical youth empowerment.

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the grass root Talent hunt expert encourages the Minister of youth and Sports development Mr Sunday Dare to strive harder in grass root Boxing Development.

Mazi comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo also call on State Governors to nominate Sports professional, Sports Journalist and good business administrators with Passion in human capacity building for the position of youth and Sports development at State level so as to achieve the desired result.

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Use Grassroot Hunt To Curb Insecurity In Nigeria – Ex International Boxer Urges Buhari

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Regarding the information reaching the desk of the Ex international boxer in Enugu, Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo will not contest for National Federation election scheduled by 30th September 2021.

According to Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the Vateran grass root Boxing Talent hunt expert stated in Enugu that Federal Government have not deem it proper to address the circumstances around Monday’s Sit at Home in the whole South East State for the interest of peace and Unity which have created Internal crisis in various State of the south east, wherein life and properties are being wasted on every sit at home days.

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Mazi comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo said that South East Governors knew very well the danger in the sit at home and what the people wanted but refuses to address the case with honesty on purpose rather Some of our Governor decided to be chasing the winds.

The people from South East is complaining of corruption, looting and injustice against them which is regrettable.

President Buhari GCFR should use grassroot tools to understand the mind of the people at the Grassroot with a view to bringing lasting peace and Unity toward moving the Nation forward.

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Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

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Part of Nigeria Boxing Competitions records

Nigeria boxing

Nigeria Boxing Federation has participated and as conducted various events relating to boxing within the country and at international levels.
Some of the events include:

All Africa Games, Nigeria
Commonwealth Games, Nigeria
National Open Boxing Champion, Nigeria
Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil And
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia among others.
Nigeria boxer

Some of the Nigerian Boxers Achievement

1966 Fatai Ayinla won a gold medal in a boxing competition, Lagos

1968 In boxing, Lako won a gold medal in the 54kg class

1970 A. Adeyemi, Lightweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing

1973 In boxing, Obisia Nwakpa, Isaac Ikhouria and Fatai Ayinla won gold medals each in boxing in Lagos

1974 In boxing, Eddie Ndukwu and Isaac Ikhouria won gold medals each in Kampala.

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In boxing, Fatai Ayinla won a bronze medal in the +91kg at the 1st World Championship in Havana, Cuba.

1990 David Defiagbon, Welterweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing (gold medal)

Sabo Mohammed, Bantamweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing (gold medal)

Also in boxing, Kevin Onwuka won a bronze medal in Auckland, New Zealand.

Moses James won a bronze medal in the 63.5kg class in Sydney

1991 In boxing, Moses James (63.5kg), Jacklord Jacobs (81kg), David Izonritei (91kg) and

Richard Igbineghu (+91kg) won gold medals each including a silver medal by Tajudeen Sabitu (67kg) and a bronze medal by David Defiagbon (71kg) in Cairo

Nigeria finished 10th in the Women World cup.

1992 Nigeria won two silver medals in boxing in the Olympics through David Izonritei (91 kg) and Richard Igbineghu (+91kg) in Barcelona.

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Open National Boxing Championship at indoor Sports Hall National Stadium Surulere Lagos..
Ikechukwu Okoronkwo from Abia State won Gold medal in Light weight ( 57- 60kg) class

2nd President Ibrahim Babangida International Boxing Tournament. hosted by Nigeria at Lagos

Friday Felix won Gold medal in Light fly weight ( 48kg)

Kabiru izobo won Gold medal in bantam weight( 51to 54 kg )

Godwin Osagie won Gold medal in Light weight class ( 57 to 60 kg)

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo won Gold medal for Nigeria in Light Welter weight category ( 60-63.5 KG)

Babatunde Alimi won Gold in middle weight

Friday Ahunanya won Gold medal in Light heavy weight.

Innocents Otukwu won Gold in heavy weight

Ikemefula Ibeabuchi won Gold medal in + 91KG Super heavy weight,

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Anthony Konyegwachie Silver medal light .weight

1994 In boxing, Duncan Dokiwari won a gold medal in the +91kg class, Rasmus Ojemaye (75kg) and Eromosele Albert (67kg) won silver medals each in Victoria Canada.

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1995 In boxing, Duncan Dokiwari (+91kg) won a gold medal, Kehinde Aweda (54kg) won a silver medal, Daniel Attah (57kg) and Friday Ahunanya (91kg) won a bronze medal each in Harare.

1996 Duncan Dokiwari (+91kg) won a bronze medal in Atlanta in boxing.

1999 In boxing, Segun Ajose won a gold medal, Jegbefu Albert and Eromosele Albert won silver medals each in South Africa

Samuel Peters Gold medal heavy weight

Samuel Peters WBC Heavy weight champion

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

IBB International Boxing Tournament Nigeria Boxing Light welter Weight Gold medal Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in Photo speaks picture with National coach Samson Aresola

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Team South Africa Boxing 1992 IBB International Boxing Tournament Lagos

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

1992 IBB International Boxing Tournament at Lagos.Ikechukwu Okoronkwo Gold medalist and International Boxing Federation (AIBA) Official.

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

1992 Second IBB International Boxing Tournament at Lagos Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria with his openent from Benin Republic that he defeated to become the champion

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

The event of this month celebration. The Gold medal won for Nigeria by Ikechukwu Okoronkwo on light weight Weight Boxing Category (60- 63.5kg) class after beating boxer from Benin republic at indoor Sports Hall National Stadium Surulere Lagos on 20 September 1992 during President IBB International Boxing Tournament for world peace

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Certificate Ikechukwu Okoronkwo boxing for Nigeria and Participation in World youth Games at Montreal Canada on Sept/October 1992.. Ikechukwu Okoronkwo beat Algerian boxer to qualified for quarter Finals but lost on 1 point decision to Germany boxer in the Boxing championship

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Team Benin republic Boxing 1992

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo won Gold medal for Abia State after defeating The former National Champion Raymond Nzebude that came back from Cuba to became the Light weight ( 60kg) National Boxing Champion on 2nd May 1992..The record that made Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the first sports man to had won Gold medal for Abia State which was created out of Imo State on 30th August 1991 making Ogbonnaya onu administration to be the first Governor honour Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria with his boxing manager in London

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

IBB International Boxing Tournament Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in the blue corner. ( Blocking punch)

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Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in the red corner

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo with his Rapton Boxing Club member at London

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

1993 third edition of IBB International Boxing Tournament Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria won Silver Medal in Welter Weight Boxing Category ( 63 .5 to 67kg) class.

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

2nd IBB International Boxing Tournament Gold medal won by Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo on 20th September 1992 for Nigeria

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

This is Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo evidence of fighting for Nigeria at World Youth Games ( under19) Boxing at Montreal Canada on Sept/October 1992 .The team was sponsored by Nigeria Government and all Allowances duly paid but no reception was given to any member of the team but little clear pictures and very clear certificate speak for the event .

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