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Team Nigeria Finishes Ninth as Australia Wins 2018 C’wealth Games

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first_imgBy Femi SolajaAt the end of 2018 Commonwealth Games  yesterday in Gold Coast , Australia, Team Nigeria won nine gold, nine silver and six bronze medals to finish ninth on the overall medals table.The feat though achieved through personal efforts of most Team Nigeria athletes, was a spot below the eighth placement at the Glasgow Games four years ago when we won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.Aruna Quadri won Team Nigeria’s last medal at the 2018 Games edition  after clinching silver in the men’s  table tennis singles event, losing to Ning Gao of Singapore on Sunday morning.South Africa emerged Africa’s best team as they finished in the sixth position with 13 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze medals.Kenya were 14th with four gold, seven silver, six bronze, Uganda 15th with three gold, one silver, two bronze, Botswana occupied the 16th position on three gold, one silver, one bronze and Namibia with two gold ended in the 19th position.Cameroon who had one silver and two bronze finished in the 32nd position, Mauritius were in joint-34th position with one silver while Ghana and Seychelles who only won one bronze, were joint-39th in the medal table.Hosts Australia, were the overall winners at this year’s games after amassing 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze to bring their medals total to 198.England who were champions at the 2014 edition, came second with 45 gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze, India clinched third spot with 26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze.Canada came fourth with 15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze and New Zealand finished fifth after securing 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals.Meanwhile the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, commended the team for not just doing the nation proud but better the performance at the last edition in Glasgow. “ I thank you very much for making us proud. We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. How many sports we competed in and how much money was voted? These are the factors which will confirm whether we have done better here or not. From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow.”The Minister also announced that arrangements to host those available back in Nigeria has been put in place.“This will enable us to interface, interact, cross pollinate ideas and enjoy ourselves. I don’t want us to access our success with medals. We should assess our success by participation and the way we conducted ourselves during the Games.It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports,” he remarked. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be hosted in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kane admits he’s ambitious and won’t stay at Tottenham for ‘sake of it’

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first_imgHARRY KANE has dealt Spurs a hammer blow by admitting he’s “ambitious” and won’t hang around at the club “for the sake of it.”The England captain, 26, has been at Tottenham since 2004 and is already their third-highest goalscorer in history.2 Harry Kane says he won’t remain at Spurs if it stands in the way of him realising his dreamsCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Kane insists sentiment alone will not hold him back from becoming one of the world’s “best” players.Kane said: “I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs.”But I’ve always said, if I don’t feel we’re going in the right direction then I’m not someone who will just stay for the sake of it. “I’m an ambitious player, I want to become one of the best players.”2Kane’s revelation is sure to alert potential suitors this summer, with Manchester United and Real Madrid both reportedly interested.And Spurs boss Jose Mourinho may now need to convince Kane of his transfer plans for next season if he wants to keep the striker in the capital.Kane has already become a legend at Tottenham, having scored 181 goals in just 278 games.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’He also has 32 goals in 45 games for England.But despite his impressive individual record, Kane is yet to lift a piece of silverware in his professional career.The hitman turns 27 in July, and it remains to be seen how many more birthdays Kane has in north London.Tanguy Ndombele shows off his moves as he joins Tottenham players in traininglast_img read more