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Africa is well endowed with great talents in sports. Every Week, the VIP Sports Stars showcase the performances in individual and team sporting activities of the previous weekend. VIP Magazine’s IKENNA OKAFOR presents a review of Africa’s VIP Stars.

Osimhen, Salah shine; Ayana wins Amsterdam marathon

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen scored the winning goal in a thrilling 3-2 encounter against Bologna in the Serie A. The gangling Super Eagles star’s goal ensured that Napoli claimed the three points and moved to the top of the table.

Victor Osimhen

Egypt and Liverpool of England attacker Mohammed Salah were on target as he scored the only goal of the match at Anfield when Liverpool halted Manchester City’s unbeaten run in the English premiership.

Mohammed Salah

Senegal and Bayern Munich of Germany winger Sadio Mane registered his name among the goal scorers against Freiburg in the Bundesliga. Mane scored the fourth goal in a 5-0 victory to help his team keep pace with league leaders, Union Berlin

Sadio Mane

Ghana and Ajax Amsterdam diminutive midfielder, Muhammed Kudus continued his recent good form when he scored the last goal of the encounter. Ajax destroyed Excelsior 7-1

Muhammed Kudus

Ethiopian athlete Almaz Ayana broke the course record in Amsterdam on her marathon debut. The 30-year-old Ayana crossed the finish line in the Olympic Stadium on 2.17.20. Ayana shook off her compatriot Genzebe Dibaba in the Vondelpark, who also made her debut in Amsterdam in the classic over 42.195 kilometres. Dibaba crossed the line in second in 2:18.06

Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana

Ethiopian Tsegaye Getachew completed his country’s double by winning the men’s race in 2:04:49. Getachew improved his previous Personal best of 2:05:11 set in Paris in 2021. Kenya’s Titus Kipruto finished in second. Ethiopia’s Bazezew Asmare from Ethiopia also dipped under the 2:05 barrier to place third in 2:04:57.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s 2021 Boston Marathon winner Diana Kipyokei and compatriot Betty Wilson Lempus have been provisionally suspended following failed drug tests. The two athletes tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide. It means 10 Kenyan athletes have tested positive for the substance since 2021.

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