-Ikenna Okafor

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.

Taiwo Awoniyi

NIGERIA and Nottingham Forrest’s striker Taiwo Awoniyi was among the goalscorers in his team’s 2-3 loss to Fulham on Friday night. Awoniyi scored the opening goal of the highly entertaining encounter.

Alex Iwobi

Also in the English Premier League, Nigeria and Everton’s diminutive midfielder, Alex Iwobi played the entire duration of the game as Everton defeated West Ham by a lone goal at Goodison Park. It was the Nigerian midfield maestro who provided the assist that Neal Maupay converted.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi

Nigeria duo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi had a taste of action as their team, Leicester City were trounced 2-6 by Tottenham. Zambia star striker Patson Daka started but the three Africans were unable to save their team from plunging deeper into the murky water of relegation. Leicester currently occupies the bottom space on the English Premier League table.

Kenyan Moses Kibet

Kenyan Moses Kibet claimed victory in a fast-paced Blackmores Sydney marathon which saw the top three finishers all better the previous fastest time in Australia. Kibet finished the course set around Sydney’s harbour and city centre in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds, two seconds ahead of countryman Cosmas Matolo. He finished second with 2:07:05, Deso Gelmisa of Ethiopia ran 2:07:08 for third place, while fourth place went to his teammate Abebe Negewo with a time of 2:07:26.

In the women’s race, Ethiopian Tigist Girma won with a time of 2:25:10 and she was followed by her fellow countrywoman Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea and Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet who race home at 2:25:45 and 2:26:14 to place second and third, respectively.

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