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Kwara Gov congratulates para-badminton star Bolaji on historic wins

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Kwara-born Nigeria’s star Mariam Bolaji on her gold medal win at the Spanish Para Badminton International 2024 in Toledo, Spain.

After a streak of superlative performances through the tournament, Bolaji walloped world’s fifth best badminton player Mandeep Kaur of India 2-0 to clinch the gold medal of the tournament.

Bolaji is also due to play at the Paralympic Games in Paris in July.

The Governor said the win has cemented the towering status of Bolaji as a global para badminton sensation with impressive records over the past years.

“These successive feats of Bolaji again underline the fact that disabilities exist only in our imagination. We are excited about the deserving successes of Bolaji whose talents, hard work, and focus have rightly earned her a choice place in global badminton community,” the Governor said.

Asking Bolaji not to relent in her determination to be at the top of her career, Governor AbdulRazaq also congratulated her managers as well as the Badminton Federation of Nigeria on the success.

The Governor said Bolaji’s feats send the signal to everyone, especially persons living with any form of disability, that hard work and determination can take them to the height of the world.

The Governor said the win brought to mind the death of another great talent Bello Oyebanji, a staff of the Kwara State Sports Commission who was Bolaji’s coach. Oyebanji, one-time Nigeria and Africa champion, lost his life on his way from Lagos after collecting visas for himself and Bolaji to travel to Spain in 2021.

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Fiorentina, Olympiacos Set To Battle for Conference League Glory

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Fiorentina will be hoping to avoid consecutive Europa Conference League final losses when they take on Olympiacos at the AEK Arena on Wednesday. The match is set to broadcast live on GOtv.Lucas Beltrán’s late equaliser against Club Brugge in the semi-final secured 1-1 draw for the Italians as they advanced to the final on 4-3 aggregate score, having won the first leg 3-2 at home. Fiorentina will hope to add a second European trophy to its cabinet on Wednesday. Tune in GO Football (ch 61) at 8pm to watch the match.Speaking with UEFA ahead of the final, Vincezo Italiano, Fiorentina’s manager, expressed delight at his team’s consecutive final appearance in a European competition and hopes the team makes up for last year’s disappointment. “I hope our efforts, our hard work, and all the detailed attention we have given to this competition will bring us the cherry on the cake,” he said.Olympiacos, on the other hand, will relish the thrill of winning their first ever European final appearance on home soil. José Luis Mendilibar, the man who led Sevilla to Europa League success last season, oversaw a 6-2 aggregate victory over Unai Emery’s Aston Villa in the semi-final to advance to the final.“We must keep a level head, treat it like any other game. The week leading up to the game will be as normal as possible. I never like to do anything differently just because it’s a big game,” Menilibar told UEFA ahead of the final. “Olympiacos have that hunger to win, and if the youngsters (Olympiacos’ UEFA Youth League winners) can do it, why can’t we? We were underdogs against Ferencváros, Fenerbahçe and especially Aston Villa, and we found a way.”Stay connected to experience the final games as the season draws to an end. Download the MyGOtv app or dial *288# to subscribe, reconnect, or upgrade your package. You can also download the GOtv Stream app for nonstop sporting action.

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Badminton: Kwara’s Eniola Bolaji rises to World number 7

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Kwara’s Eniola Bolaji Mariam has become the first Nigerian and African to win Spanish Para Badminton International Championship 2024 and a gold medal.

She has been ranked World number 7 in the Women’s SL3 according to the World Para Badminton Governing Body.

She was discovered 4 years ago in Kwara State by Late Coach, Bello Oyebanji, and has continued to enjoy the support of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led Kwara State Government to conquer the world.

The Kwara-born player overwhelmed World number 6, Oksana Kozyna from Ukraine 2-0 to clinch the gold medal in the women’s SL3 at the 2024 Spanish Championship.

We celebrate this young lady who has joined League of Youths, making Kwara and Nigeria proud globally.

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Super Eagles Dare Cote D’Ivoire as Equatorial Guinea challenge Guinea Bissau on GOtv

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday as they look to secure their first win in the group stage of the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2024 (AFCON). You can watch or livestream on your decoder or the GOtv Stream app.

Jose Peseiro’s men were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. Reigning CAF Men’s Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen 38th minute header cancelled Ivan Edu’s 35th minute curling opener. The Eagles need a win against the host in their second game to boost their chances of qualifying. 

Côte d’Ivoire opened their campaign against Guinea Bissau with an entertaining 2-0 victory, courtesy of Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso. The host will look to maintain their position as group leaders when they challenge the Super Eagles at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium.Tune in SuperSport Football on DStv and GOtv (ch 202 and 51) to watch the match at 5pm.

Peseiro will hope his side can take inspiration from the 2013 AFCON winning Super Eagles team that defeated the Elephants in the quarter-finals. “If you want to win the AFCON, you must be ready to face tough opposition. So, we are ready, Cote d’Ivoire is a good team and one of the favourites.If we create the same opportunities and take our chances, then we have a better chance of winning against Cote d’Ivoire,” he said during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Also in Group A, Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with Guinea-Bissau as the battle for qualification gets tougher. Tune in SuperSport Football on DStv and GOtv (ch 202 and 51) to watch the match at 2pm.

To enjoy all the 52 matches of the AFCON, customers can take advantage of the Step Up offer from 15 January to 31 March to boost their package for an even richer viewing experience. 

They can upgrade their subscription through the MyDStv or MyGOtv app or dial *288# to experience the best of AFCON. 

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