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AYC: Obu Promises To Fortify Team

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Mauritius Coach, Raven Dorasami admitted on Saturday that Nigeria’s Flying Eagles displayed far superior skillful play than his defeated team.

The Nigerian under-20 team defeated their Mauritius counterpart 2-1 in the final round of the Africa Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium.

Tidesports source reports that with the defeat, the Flying Eagles have qualified for the AYC championship on a 4-1 aggregate, having beaten their opponents by two goals to nil in the first leg of the encounter.

Dorasami admitted that the Nigerian side was more tactical and skillful and deserved to win.

“I think the Nigerian team played better, in the defence, attack and in the midfield.

“They were the better side as you saw throughout 90 minutes. They dictated the pace of the game,” Dorasami said after Saturday’s match.

He, however, observed that the Flying Eagles’ weakness was shown in the defence which he said needed to be fortified ahead of Libya 2011.

“If I were to identify any weakness in the Nigerian team, that would be the defence, it was shaky today,” the coach said.

Dorasami also wished the Nigerian side a successful outing in Libya in 2011.

Flying Eagles coach, John Obuh, who also acknowledged the weakness promised to strengthen his team ahead of next year’s Africa Youth Championship (AYC) in Libya.

Nigeria’s goals came from Omo Ojabu and Terry Envoh in the 4th and 38th minutes of the first half respectively, while their opponent’s only goal was scored in the second half of the match.

Obuh said that his defenders and midfielders were complacent in the second half which was why the team conceded the goal.

“You could see that the midfield and the defence went to sleep in the second half.

“They took their opponents for granted which resulted in the goal they conceded,” he said.

Obuh however said that he would fortify the team ahead of the championship in Libya in 2011.

“I think the team is not that bad. You know the players, they are very good.

“But there would be some inclusion in the team ahead of the tournament in Libya,” Obuh said.

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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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