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.
Nigeria and Real Sociedad of Spain’s goal poacher Sadiq Umar had a fantastic debut in the blue and white colours of his new team. Umar, who joined Sociedad from Almeria before the transfer window closed, scored within ten minutes of his introduction as Sociedad forced Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw
Egypt’s Mohammed Salah had an afternoon to forget on Saturday as the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton ended in a nil-nil draw. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi was in action for Everton.
Algeria and Manchester City’s attacker, Riyad Mahrez played in his team’s 1-1 encounter against Aston Villa
Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Eduard Mendy were wonderful in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory. The duo were on the starting lineup.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons were outshone by the United States female national team in an international friendly match. The USA won 4-0 in a game played in front of a large crowd of 14,502 at Children’s Mercy Park. It’s a two-match friendly between the countries. The second friendly takes place at Audi Field in Washington D.C. tomorrow
Kenya’s Jacob Krop was involved in a night filled with fireworks at the Brussels Diamond League in Belgium. men’s 5,000m produced one of the most thrilling contests. The 12.5-lap race delivered tactical intrigue with world silver medallist Jacob Krop of Kenya clocking a stunning world lead and new personal best of 12:45.71 to win the race. His compatriot Nicholas Kipkorir finished third in 12:50.97.
Ivory Coast’s and African record holder Marie-Josee Ta Lou claimed the 100m bronze in 10.78s. Shericka Jackson beats Fraser-Pryce by a hair’s breadth
World 200m champion Shericka Jackson brought Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s unbeaten streak to a halt.
Kenya’s Jackeline Chepkoech produced a stunning run to win the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, crossing the line in a new personal best of 9:02.43.
The race was billed as a world-record attempt by Ethiopian Werkuha Getachew, but the mark proved out of reach, and she had to settle for third place finish at 9:08.03.
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