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NFF Meet Over Women’s Football

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has commended the efforts of some State governors and owners of women football clubs in the country for their commitment in sponsoring the various clubs participating in the Women Professional League and Challenge Cup competitions.

NFF President, Sani Lulu Abdullahi made the commendation at a meeting the football governing body convened with chairmen of Women Professional Clubs in Abuja during the week.

He told the women football stakeholders that the Executive Committee of the NFF appreciates the roles of Clubs Chairmen for ensuring that the clubs are funded, despite several odds, thereby putting smiles on the faces of young girls and coaches who have committed to the game.

Alhaji Lulu Abdullahi explained that the NFF on its part is making frantic efforts to see that corporate bodies and organisations come into women’s football sponsorship, and urged the chairmen and other stakeholders to be steadfast in ensuring the successful completion of the coming League season.

NFF Board member and Chairperson of the Women League Committee, Princess Bola Jegede also tabled the desire of the stakeholders to participate in continental championship.

The meeting welcomed the idea, saying that it will expose the players. The meeting resolved to concentrate on achieving set targets such as consistency in the management and operations of their clubs, before focusing on continental challenges.

Another thorny issue which the women football administrator addressed was whether or not the league should be abridged or straight.

After exhaustive debates, they endorsed the decision of the last NFF Congress in Lokoja, Kogi State which favoured the abridged league.

The meeting attracted all the chairmen of Women Professional Clubs (except Bayelsa Queens) and members of the NFF Women Committee, as well as the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Youths and Sport, John Harry.

Women Football Clubs represented at the meeting include Nasarawa Amazons, Pelican Stars, Ibom Angels, Adamawa Queens, Inneh Queens, Kogi Confluence, Makwada Queens, FCT Queens, Pellican Stars Feeders, Ucon Babes, Delta Queens, Tokas Queens, Nito Queens, Oyinlola Queens, Rivers Angels, FC Robo, Tewo Babes, Oguche Babes and Police Machine.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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