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Eagles Have No Reason To Fail In S’Africa – Minister

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Ibrahim Bio, Sports Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), says the Super Eagles have no cause not to do well at the 2010 World Cup finals.

   Bio who said this at the weekend  in Abuja at the Sendforth Dinner tagged “Super Eagles Celebration Night’’, said everything had been done to ensure the team’s success at the competition in South Africa.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup mundial is scheduled for June 11 to July 11, with the Eagles in Group B alongside Argentina, South Korea and Greece.

“The essence of this dinner is to encourage you (the Eagles) and assure you of the support and goodwill of all Nigerians, and this is why you should not leave any stone unturned in order to achieve success in South Africa.

“We have received all the money meant for the team from the Federal Government, and we have no financial constraints; we have also changed that controversial hotel in South Africa.

“All this should therefore be a tonic for the team to do us proud there,’’ Bio said.

He said it was necessary for the team and Nigeria to do well in South Africa owing to the failure to qualify for the 2006 finals held in Germany after its rise since 1994.

“We made tremendous progress since our first qualification in 1994. Now, it is very important we keep our place up there among the elite after the 2006 failure. This should be a new dawn,’’ the minister said.

The dinner had in attendance 24 of the 30 players billed for the team’s final phase of World Cup preparations in London, alongside the technical crew led by Lars Lagerback.

The dinner was also attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, FCT Minister Bala Mohammed and Sen. Saminu Turaki, the Chairman of the Senate’s Sports Committee.

Also in attendance were some members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the team’s qualification for the World Cup, including ex-internationals Austin Okocha, Segun Odegbami and John Fashanu.

The Eagles departed Abuja on Saturday for England where they would hold a nine-day training camp as the final phase of their build-up to the World Cup.

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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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