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Ladies open: Wilfred wins inaugural Lafia 1st Ladies Golf Open

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Amina Wilfred, an amateur golfer from Abuja’s IBB International Golf and Country Club, on Sunday in Lafia emerged the overall winner at the inaugural Lafia Ladies Open Golf Tournament.

Wilfred won the tournament’s main event, Ladies Handicap 0-28 category, with a final score of 155 at the Lafia Golf Club course.

Her closest challenger was Racheal Danjuma who finished with 163.

Love Mdakera finished with 167, while Blessing Obaje scores 170 and Comfort Adakole 176.

Reacting to her victory, Wilfred gave thanks to God for giving her the opportunity, composure and ability to secure victory.

She promised to continue to work hard to win more tournaments and turn a professional.

“When I came here on Friday, I was determined to win this first Lafia Ladies Open and with God by my side, I won it.

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“I thank all those who supported and encouraged me. I also thank the Lafia Golf Club Lady Captain for her support, the Nasarawa state government and other sponsors of this new tournament.

“In spite of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn, the Lady Captain still managed to successfully make this Open tournament a reality. I appreciate her efforts because she really tried. She is a good ambassador of sports,” Wilfred said.

Ladies open: Wilfred wins inaugural Lafia 1st Ladies Golf Open

Addressing the golfers during the closing ceremony and award presentations, governor of Nasarawa state, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, who was represented by the deputy governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, stated that the tournament has proven to be a huge success.

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“In spite of being the first of its kind, this tournament has proven to be a huge success due to the collective effort of everyone involved in organising it.

“I want to congratulate the organisers of this event for attracting all the lady golfers who are here today, and their male counterparts who also came.

“We hope you have all enjoyed yourselves and also enjoyed our beautiful golf course. I want to promise you that this will not be the last of its kind.

“When the Lady Captain came to tell us about this tournament, we gave our full support and we are also considering how we can support with regards to the club house,” he said.

He added that the state government’s full financial support and prompt release of money showed its commitment to sports development in the state.

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Speaking also, Lady Captain of the Lafia Golf Club, Asibi Omeri-Ogabo, expressed gratitude to the governor for the support given to the club to host the tournament which she described as a huge success.

“The support given by the governor shows he is a listening and caring governor who is committed to sports development and willing to support initiatives that will have direct impact on the lives of the people of the state. She added.

It would be recall that about 200 amateur golfers, both female and male, had landed in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital to compete in various events at the 18-hole Lafia Golf Course.

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Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

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Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Real Madrid beat Mallorca on Wednesday after another Karim Benzema masterclass. The Frenchman has once again been showing that he is crucial to Real Madrid’s attack and the club would be in a much worse position without his goals.

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His brace meant he reached the milestone of 200 La Liga goals and he has now scored eight this season. The Frenchman has made seven appearances, scored eight goals and given seven assists. Unbelievable stats.

Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

To highlight how good Benzema has been, the French forward has scored more goals than all of Ronald Koeman’s side put together. It is true that Madrid have played two more games than Barcelona, but those stats are unbelievable.

Without Leo Messi, the man who seems to be leading way is Benzema after Barca’s goals have dried up following the Argentinian’s departure.

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With regards to the La Liga goalscoring charts, Benzema is top with eight, Vinicius is second with five, Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad is third with four goals and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio is fourth with three goals.

Benzema is also well clear when it comes to assists. He has seven while Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino is next with three.

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Xavi could join Barca almost for free

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Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed. According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a paltry amount to the Catalan side.

Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed.

According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a “paltry” amount to the Catalan side.

All eyes are on Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman’s job is on the line after Barca’s start to this season, which has had more negatives than positives.

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Xavi Hernandez is one of those who could succeed Koeman as Barca coach. According to the latest reports, his signing is not easy, but it is possible.

Xavi could join Barca almost for free

What’s more, according to ‘AS’, a clause in his Al Sadd contract would help him move to Barcelona. This newspaper says that when he renewed with the Qataris until 2023, he was told he could leave without a problem if Barca came calling.

The amount Barca would have to pay to get hold of Xavi has not been revealed, but ‘AS’ says that club sources have called it a “paltry” amount. In other words, the Catalan club would get him almost for free.

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It would be an entirely different matter if a different club wanted Xavi. In that case, that club would have to talk to Al Sadd and reach a financial agreement as his clause only lets him leave for Barcelona.

In any case, Laporta is who will have the last word. At the moment, Koeman is still on the bench and Xavi is one of the candidates to potentially succeed him.

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Remove Pride From Your Undoubted Talent – Antonetti Tells Mbappe

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French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was told Wednesday that he needs to add a dose of humility to his undoubted talents in front of goal “if he wants to be loved”.

The advice came from Metz coach Frederic Antonetti after the mega-rich Ligue 1 champions needed a stoppage time winner to beat the bottom side 2-1 and preserve their 100 percent start to the domestic season.

“Kylian Mbappe needs to behave better if he wants to be loved,” said Antonetti.

“I love this player, he is very, very strong but he’d benefit from having a more humble side.”

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Antonetti was responding to a question on the yellow card handed to his goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja who confronted Mbappe over his celebration when the winning goal was scored.

“In the game, Mbappe was non-existent,” said Antonetti.

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