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French Open 2021: How Novak Djokovic Toppled Rafael Nadal

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French Open 2021: How Novak Djokovic Toppled Rafael Nadal

French Open 2021: How Novak Djokovic Toppled Rafael Nadal

French Open 2021: In arguably one of the best matches of his career, top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal  3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 to end the King of Clay’s bid for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title and hand Nadal just his third-ever loss at Roland Garros.

 

French Open 2021: How Novak Djokovic Toppled Rafael Nadal

We all know Nadal losing in Paris doesn’t happen often. Along with that 105-3 career record on the Paris clay, Nadal was 26-0 once reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros. But Djokovic is now the only player to beat Nadal twice here.

How did Djokovic do it? We break down the keys to this epic match in French Open 2021:

Djokovic stayed mentally strong during the early Nadal onslaught

After having two break points in the first game of the match in French Open 2021, it was like déjà vu all over again as Nadal raced to a 5-0 lead. Djokovic missed drop shots and Nadal ran everything down, just as he did in last year’s final when he dished out a bagel in the opening set en route to victory. This time, though, Djokovic pulled himself together, and even though Nadal still won the opening set 6-3, Djokovic had served notice he was there to fight.

All about the sharp angles

Djokovic grabbed the early break in the second set, only to be pegged back, but by now the world No. 1 was back into the match in French Open 2021. Using his forehand cross-court on the angle, he began to pull Nadal out of court, testing his agility and speed to the very limit. With Nadal starting to miss, Djokovic held the advantage to level the match.

A stunning third set shifts momentum

The third set in the French Open 2021 between them was absolutely stunning. The level of tennis from both men was high, if not higher, than anything either have managed in their 57 previous meetings. Both men threw themselves around to the extremes of the court. Djokovic led 5-3, but Nadal hit back and, at 6-5, had a set point before a brilliant drop shot from Djokovic to save it. In the tiebreak, Djokovic held firm to win 7-4 after 93 minutes of the most grueling, brilliant tennis.

Throw out that curfew!

One of the hot topics of the French Open 2021 has been the mandated night curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic. After fan attendance was opened for night matches earlier in the week, officials would make the usual announcement between 10:30-10:45 p.m. local time to spectators to leave so they could make it home before the 11 p.m. cutoff. With the crowd at a fever pitch Friday night, the clock loomed as many anticipated the same call.

But, with the local curfew just minutes away, authorities announced fans would be able to remain in the stands throughout the duration, saying the decision was made due to the “completely exceptional nature of the circumstances.” The play was halted during Djokovic’s quarterfinal match against Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday to accommodate the curfew. Many fans refused to leave and chanted, “We’ve paid, we’ll stay.” Both players were brought off-court as fans were escorted out. The play resumed after a break lasting over 20 minutes in front of a nearly empty stadium.

Djokovic’s serve wore down Nadal

Nadal struck in the first game of the fourth set and held onto the 2-0 lead, but it was a smokescreen, as Nadal showed more fatigue as the set wore on. Djokovic held serve easily, broke back and was then almost untouchable on serve. He dropped just eight points on serve in the fourth set (including the game he lost). Nadal had nothing left, almost cramping in the final stages as his body nearly gave out. Djokovic, somehow, looked almost fresh at the end.

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Is Primate Ayodele’s Prophecy On Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George Coming To Pass?

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Is Primate Ayodele’s Prophecy On Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George Coming To Pass?

*Is Primate Ayodele’s Prophecy On Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George Coming To Pass?

 

 

Primate Elijah Ayodele of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church has made a name in different sectors of Nigeria and football seems to be one of the most remarkable areas of concentration in his ministry. He has been seen with presidents of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ahmed Gusau several times, He has been honoured by the supporters’ club and most importantly, he has always shared prophetic directions with the Nigerian football team privately and publicly.

 

 

Is Primate Ayodele’s Prophecy On Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George Coming To Pass?

Before any significant tournament, either the AFCON or World cup, Primate Ayodele would share publicly the fate of the Super Eagles team although sometimes, it doesn’t favour Nigeria and many describe him as unpatriotic. A typical example was the AFCON 2022 when Primate Ayodele said at a press conference that the Super Eagles would not go far in the tournament, many described him as unpatriotic but his prophecy ended up coming to pass. Likewise, before the last AFCON, Primate Ayodele publicly told the NFF president that the team would get to the final and it happened.

Similarly, when the NFF started shopping for a new coach after the sack of Jose Peseiro, Primate Ayodele advised the team to look for a foreign coach because a local coach would not give the Super Eagles a good chance at any competition. He warned them severally against settling for a home-based coach if they want to make Nigerians proud at any competition but for reasons known to the NFF, Finidi George was appointed as the Eagles’ coach.

Immediately Finidi was appointed as the coach, Primate Ayodele publicly said during a video interview which went viral that Finidi George will not make the Super Eagles’ fly. He stated that his administration would put Nigeria’s football in trouble and that the nation’s football will be in coma.

These were his words

‘’With Finidi George, Nigeria cannot thrive as expected, he will put us in a lot of trouble and our football will be in shambles. Finidi George doesn’t have the capacity, Amunike is a bit better than him. Finidi George will put our football house in Coma’’

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One month after Primate Ayodele shared this prophecy, Super Eagles have played some significant matches and their performance has been below average. Just yesterday, the Benin Republic defeated Nigeria for the first time in the world cup qualifiers. As it stands, the chances of the Super Eagles to qualify for the world cup has grown slimmer with the loss. The team is currently sitting in 5th position on the Group table for the World Cup qualifiers.

Is Primate Ayodele’s prophecy coming to pass already?

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AfroSport awarded FTA rights to deliver FIFA World Cup 2026TM African Qualifiers in Nigeria

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AfroSport awarded FTA rights to deliver FIFA World Cup 2026TM African Qualifiers in Nigeria

 

Fans of Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set for a feast as the forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2026TM African Qualifiers will be broadcast live on AfroSport and NTA networks, in Nigeria.

 

AfroSport awarded FTA rights to deliver FIFA World Cup 2026TM African Qualifiers in Nigeria

MMS / PC Plus Group, FIFA’s exclusive agerncy for the FIFA wWorld Gup 2026tH African Qualifiers in 41 Sub-Saharan African countries for a free-to-air broadcast, have awared AfroSport with the exclusive media rights of the competition to the millions of fans across Nigeria, as the team seeks to continue its excellent form following on from its outing at the 2023 Africa Gup of Nations
earlier this year. Afrosport has also been appointed as Host Broadcaster and together with National Broadcaster, NTA Network
shall be responsible for producing the Nigeria National Team matches and presenting to the nation.

With an expanded final tournament taking place in the uSA, Mexico and Canada in 2026, up to 10 places are up for grabs, with the winners from each of the 9 groups of six qualifying automatically, with another team having a chance through a playoff.

With 8 matches remaining to be played Nigeria, next Matchweck will offer two matches, at home against South Africa on 7 June at Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, and three days later an away fixture against Benin, to be hosted in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

The match against South Africa will mark the first competitve outing for newly appointed coach, and former Super Eagle, Finidi George, and promises to be a thrilling match following the recent AFCON Semi-Final encounter between the two sides.

The Squad is expected to commence preparations from June with daily coverage and updates available via AfroSport and NFF TV
vided from inside the camp.
Orovia Redha Ghibani, CEO of MMS, said: “We are delighted to be working together with AfroSport in Nigeria, who were a long time partner for the UEFA Champions League when I was working for CFI. AfroSport will undoubtedly deliver strong exposure in Nigeria through their dedicated channel and multiple TV partners in the most populated country in Sub-Saharan Africa, delivering unprecented audiences”.

Executive Diretor to AfroSport, Andy Howes stated: “Building on the successful delivery of AFCON, AfroSport and its partners are
thankful for the opportunity to connect with Nigeria’s loyal fans, and play its part in presenting the journey of the Super Eagles
Over the next 18 to 24 months. As was seen at AFCON, there are no easy matches in Africa. The FIFA World Cup 2026TM African Qualifiers promnise to be exciting and competive to the very end. And we warmly invite the nation to join us in support of our Eagles to ensure qualitication for the final tournament in 2026.

2026 will mark 30 years since Nigeria’s last ournament outing in the Americas, in which Nigeria were crowned Olympic champions,
About AfroSport Afrosport is a sports media organisation with a focus on Africa and the diaspora. With over 25 years management experience and key industry relationships, it exists to deliver a uniquely engaging sports platform, emanating from Africa and the Caribbean, supported by sports rights and transmitted via cutting-edge digital architecture and streaming hardware, connecting players
with fans a light on achievements sons and daughters and inspiring the next generation Afrosport stars.

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Nigerian Boxers Prepare for Chaos in Lagos on 21st July

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Nigerian Boxers Prepare for Chaos in Lagos on 21st July

The Nigerian boxing scene is vibrant, filled with raw talent and excitement, showcasing the skill and power of its athletes. As July 21 approaches, Lagos becomes the focal point for boxing enthusiasts, eagerly anticipating an event that promises to be electrifying: Chaos in Lagos. This annual boxing event has become a significant occasion for Nigerian boxers and fans, symbolizing the fervent spirit and dynamic energy of the sport in Nigeria.

Chaos in Lagos is of paramount importance for several reasons. Firstly, it provides a platform for Nigerian boxers to display their prowess, allowing local talent to shine on a grand stage. Secondly, it unites the local community and boxing aficionados, celebrating the sport together. Lastly, Chaos in Lagos captures the essence of Nigerian boxing, enthralling audiences with its innovative and intense approach.

The concept of Chaos in Lagos merges tradition with modernity, highlighting the raw intensity of boxing. The event promises high-energy action and fierce competition, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of boxing in Nigeria.

NIGERIA BOXING BOARD OF CONTROL

The Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC) is a cornerstone of the Nigerian boxing landscape. As the governing body for professional boxing in the country, the NBBofC is responsible for regulating and overseeing the sport, ensuring its development, fairness, and safety.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The NBBofC’s key responsibilities include:

1. *Sanctioning and Supervising Events*: Ensuring all boxing matches meet regulatory standards.
2. *Licensing*: Issuing licenses to boxers, promoters, managers, and officials.
3. *Enforcing Rules and Regulations*: Maintaining the sport’s integrity by enforcing rules.
4. *Providing Support and Guidance*: Assisting boxers throughout their careers.

BOXING REGULATIONS AND GOVERNANCE
The NBBofC establishes comprehensive regulations covering various aspects of boxing:

1. *Medical Standards*: Ensuring the health and safety of boxers during and after matches.
2. *Competition Rules*: Enforcing rules to ensure fair play.
3. *Contractual Agreements*: Managing contracts between fighters, promoters, and managers to safeguard their interests.

These regulations uphold the professionalism and ethical conduct expected in the sport.

INVOLVEMENT IN CHAOS IN LAGOS

The NBBofC actively collaborates with event organizers, such as UnBoxx Sports, to facilitate Chaos in Lagos. Through its regulatory framework and expertise, the NBBofC ensures the event adheres to established standards, providing a platform for boxers to showcase their skills. By upholding high standards of governance, the NBBofC plays a crucial role in fostering a thriving boxing environment in Nigeria.

CHAOS IN LAGOS: A UNIQUE BOXING EVENT

Chaos in Lagos has become a pivotal event in the Nigerian boxing calendar, known for its unique concept and significant contributions to the sport.

THE CONCEPT AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE:

Chaos in Lagos stands out for several reasons:

1. *Showcasing Talent*: It provides a stage for emerging and established boxers to demonstrate their skills.
2. *Fierce Competition*: The event embodies the determination and raw talent within the Nigerian boxing community.

OVERVIEW OF UNBOXX SPORTS:

UnBoxx Sports, the organizer behind Chaos in Lagos, has shown a commitment to elevating Nigerian boxing. By organizing high-profile events, UnBoxx Sports captivates audiences and propels athletes toward national and international recognition.

INNOVATION IN FORMAT AND RULES

Chaos in Lagos is distinguished by its innovative approach. It departs from traditional boxing formats, introducing new rules and structures that challenge fighters to adapt, showcasing their versatility and ingenuity in the ring.

SUCCESS STORIES FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS

UnBoxx Sports has been instrumental in nurturing talent, producing remarkable success stories. Several boxers have gained prominence after making their mark at Chaos in Lagos, serving as inspirations for aspiring athletes across the country.

EVENT DETAILS AND PARTICIPANTS

The upcoming Chaos in Lagos boxing event is scheduled for July 21 at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. This highly anticipated event will feature talented Nigerian boxers, including Oluwasegun Mustafa, Michael Ikechukwu, Hassan Kareem, Temitope Moses, and Oki Johnson Oyinmiebi.

FEATURED BOXERS

1. *Suliman Olagbade*: Known for his powerful punches and strategic agility.
2. *Oluwasegun Mustafa*: He’s Strong, agile, power puches, tenacy with good reflex.
3. *Michael Ikechukwu*: Renowned for his lightning-fast reflexes and determination.
4. *Hassan Kareem*: Celebrated for his precision and calculated moves.
5. *Temitope Moses*: A rising star with exceptional resilience and skill.
6. *Oki Johnson Oyinmiebi*: Admired for his unwavering spirit and commitment.

These boxers bring a wealth of talent and unique styles, promising an electrifying display of athleticism and sportsmanship at Chaos in Lagos. Their dedication to the sport will undoubtedly captivate the audience.

THE VENUE: INDOOR SPORTS HALL, NATIONAL STADIUM, SURULERE, LAGOS

The Indoor Sports Hall at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, is an ideal venue for Chaos in Lagos. This state-of-the-art facility offers ample seating and top-notch amenities, providing an exhilarating atmosphere for boxing fans.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The National Stadium Surulere holds a special place in Nigerian sports history, having hosted numerous iconic events. Its combination of modern facilities and historical significance makes it a perfect location for Chaos in Lagos.

ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS

Bernard Otunola, the event organizer, has been pivotal in shaping boxing under his capacity into a prominent platform for Nigerian boxers. His expertise and passion for boxing ensure meticulous planning and execution of the event. We currently seek support from various sponsors who recognize the importance of promoting local boxing talent. Their financial backing and strategic partnerships are crucial in enhancing the event’s success and visibility.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BOXING TALENTS: WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE JULY 21st EVENT.

Chaos in Lagos is more than just a sporting event; it’s an opportunity to support and uplift Nigerian boxers. Here’s why you should attend:

1. *Discover Rising Stars*: Witness the emergence of future boxing champions.
2. *Experience Unconventional Boxing*: Enjoy a unique twist on traditional boxing.
3. *Cultural Celebration*: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Nigerian culture.
4. *Support Local Talent*: Directly contribute to the growth and development of Nigerian boxers.
5. *Unforgettable Experience*: Experience the electrifying atmosphere of live boxing.

Attending Chaos in Lagos is a chance to celebrate Nigerian boxing and support the athletes who dedicate their lives to the sport. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or seeking a unique cultural experience, Chaos in Lagos promises an unforgettable evening. Mark your calendars and prepare for an event filled with world-class boxing and rich Nigerian culture.

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