Kick­ing off!

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

Come May, 12, the sixth edi­tion of the fast grow­ing Okpekpe Road Race will hold in Edo State with the usual ex­cite­ment. The race which started in 2012 as bronze la­bel event has pro­gressed to sil­ver and is ex­pected to live up to its billing.

As usual, East Africans and other for­eign com­peti­tors would lead the chase for the over $25,000 prize money. Nige­ri­ans run­ners will also vie for hon­ours in their cat­e­gory just as celebri­ties will have the op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­hibit their run­ning skills.

Our cover story this week is on the Okpekpe Race which prom­ises to of­fer so much in cash and en­ter­tain­ment. The or­gan­is­ers have said they are work­ing round the clock to stage an­other hitch-free race.

This week we have spo­ken with a star player in the team that is presently sit­ting on top of the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League ta­ble. Lobi Stars mer­cu­rial mid­fielder, Sun­day Ak­leche spoke to us on what his team is do­ing to win this year’s NPFL ti­tle. He also opened up on his foot­ball ca­reer and fu­ture plans. It is an in­ter­view wor­thy of your time.

From our man in Lon­don, David Billing­ton comes the usual first hand news on hap­pen­ings in the big foot­ball clubs in Europe, es­pe­cially the English Premier League. In his col­umn for this week, he has taken you deeper into the mis­takes made by out­go­ing Arse­nal man­ager, Arsene Wenger..

In boxing, Amer­ica’s World Boxing Coun­cil world cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder is tempt­ing An­thony Joshua with a min­i­mum of $50mil­lion for mega fight.

He be­lieves the un­de­feated Joshua won’t re­sist the whiff of money and the fight he de­sires badly would even­tu­ally hold in the USA be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber.

We also have for you the lat­est news on IAAF amended laws that could pre­vent South African run­ner Caster Se­menya from com­pet­ing in 800m and 1500m races. The South Africans gen­der has re­mained con­tro­ver­sial.

As usual, we rounded up with foot­ball in Europe. La Liga giants, Barcelona are set to cel­e­brate an­other ti­tle to­mor­row at De­portivo La Coruna just as rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Southamp­ton must win against Bournemouth to­day to stand any slim chance of sur­viv­ing the drop in the English Premier League. This is our line up of sto­ries for your week­end re­lax­ation. Keep a date with us.

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