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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 sports 53 Duke Udi set to replace Eguavoen at Sunshine Peter Dada, Akure S UNShiNE Stars are reportedly on the verge of signing Osun United coach Duke Udi as their new manager. The post became vacant following the sudden resignation of former Super Eagles coach Austine Eguavoen recently. Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that the Ondo State Football Agency had concluded contract negotiations with former Nigeria midfielder Udi to take over the reins at the Akure Premier League side, who are Stars dominate junior trials Idris Adesina N ATiONAL junior women’s 100m champion, Aniekeme Alphonsus, and Prosper Ogbonna were among the four athletes who won double gold at the Athletic Federation of Nigeria/ Making of Champions’ National Youth and Junior Championships, which ended at the National Stadium, Abuja, on Sunday. The competition served as the trials for the African U-20 Championships in Algeria, the iAAF World Youth Championships in Kenya, and the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Alphonsus defended her title, which she won last year in Lagos, after finishing in 11.74 secs ahead of Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.75 secs) and Blessing Ogundiran (12.13 secs). She also took the women’s 200m title, which she missed last year due to injury, after she ran 23.83 secs ahead of Udo-Gabriel. in the junior men’s 200m, Ogbonna won gold in 21.21secs while itsekiri Usheoritse was second in 21.64 secs and Ese Oguma finished third after finishing in 22.21 secs. Ogbonna also won the men’s 400m in 46.56 secs ahead of Bamidele Emmanuel (46.85 secs) and Adewale Sikiru (47.49 secs). Rosemary Chukwuma won a double after she took the Youth Girls’ 100m in 11.93 secs ahead of hope Joshua, and Chiamaka Egbochinam. She also won the Youth Girls 200m in 24.53 secs. Gershon Omubo also won a double in the Youth Boys’ 100m and 200m. he claimed the 100m title in 10.73 secs while he took the 200m in 21.93 secs ahead of Ovie Amano (22.44 secs), and Nsikak Okon (22.54 secs). The junior men’s 100m was won by Usheoritse in 10.60 secs. Last year’s champion Raymond Ekevwo came second (10.71 secs) while Jeremiah Jakpa (10.81 secs) placed third. Okon, who finished third in the Youth Boys 200m, won the 4oom event in 48.90 secs while Olaoluwa Obashola and Donatus Oghenekeno were second and third in 50.04 secs and 50.60 secs. The Secretary-General of the AFN, Amechi Akawo, has said the team for the African Junior Championships in Algeria would be released during the week. The competition is scheduled for June 29 to July 2. ‘Confed Cup is a gift for Germany’ G ERMANY coach Joachim Loew described the Confederations Cup as “a gift” in his side’s bid to defend the World Cup next year, ahead of Monday’s clash against Australia, AFP reports. Loew has left most of his World Cup-winners at home and brought an inexperienced squad, who have made just 179 international appearances between them, to Russia. With an average age of 24 years and four months, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confederations Cup teams. Loew has rested all of the team which won the 2014 World Cup final, but insists the Confed Cup gives him the perfect platform to test Germany’s next crop of stars. it is a U-turn from last month’s comments when Loew said he ‘wouldn’t be sad’ if the Confed Cup, a warm-up tournament for the 2018 World Cup, is not Trezeguet warns Mbappe D currently battling for survival. According to the source, Udi might be unveiled this week. he said, “The ODSFA decided to go for Duke Udi after Eguavoen left. he was expected to come to Akure to put pen to paper for Sunshine on Sunday but he said he wanted to pick up one or two things in Osogbo. hopefully he will be unveiled this week.” The source explained that the new coach had been given the task of saving the side from relegation. however, spokesman for Sunshine Chris Okunuwa said he was not aware of such a development. “i don’t have any information on that,” Okunuwa said. Sunshine were recently banished to ijebu Ode to play their home games behind closed doors by the League Management Company following the unruly behaviour of their supporters during their match against Plateau United at the Akure Stadium. They defeated Gombe United 2-1 in their first game at the Dipo Dina Stadium in ijebu Ode on Sunday. AviD Trezeguet feels Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe should prove his quality at Monaco before seeking a transfer, Goal reports. Mbappe has been linked with a big-money switch to one of Europe’s heavyweights after firing Leonardo Jardim’s men to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane’s La Liga and European title-holders are believed to be among the favourites to secure the services of the exciting young striker. But retired forward Trezeguet, who starred for Monaco, Juventus and France during a decorated playing career, feels it may be too soon for Mbappe to leave the Stade Louis ii. “In the semi-final, we played Monaco with Juventus, and we knew he is a player with a great future and that’s the most important thing,” he told reporters at a France Legends v italy Legends exhibition game. held in 2021. “The Confed Cup is like a gift for me,” said Loew, Germany’s coach for more than a decade, in Sunday’s press conference in Sochi. “it will help us reach our goals next year or afterwards and it helps to make our players better. “That’s why i believe that this Confed Cup is incredibly important.” With first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer recovering from foot surgery, Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, 25, will start and Julian Draxler, 23, will take the captain’s armband. Loew’s young guns drew with Denmark in a friendly earlier this month and hammered minnows San Marino in a World Cup qualifier. With Chile and Cameroon to follow in Group B, Loew says his team will be flexible against the Socceroos, the 2015 Asian Cup winners, but expects to see signs of nerves. “The team and i are really up for the start,” he said. “Physically, the team is in a good condition and has made a good impression in training. “We expect some nerves, as most of the players are p laying t he ir first tournament. “i have a good feeling with this team,