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Obuh Invites NPL Stars For Flying Eagles

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John Obuh has called up 19 players from the Nigerian Premier League into his 34-man African Youth Championship preparatory squad.

Nigeria have been drawn with world champions Ghana, along with Cameroon and Gambia to the tournament which holds in Libya from March 18 to April 1.

Rangers lead the selection with four players. Heartland, Enyimba and 3SC have 3 players each. Supplying two players each to the squad are Niger Tornadoes, Sunshine Stars and Warri Wolves.

All 34 players have never previously featured at national level and are expected to provide competition for the existing group of players, which Obuh carried over from his Under 17 World Cup silver medal-winning squad of 2009.

The players are expected to report to camp tomorrow at the FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja.

The Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Biodun Akande (3SC, Ibadan), Chinedu Anthony (Heartland FC)

Defenders: Tochukwu Onyemachi (Orlu Utd), Chima Ulocha (Abia Warriors), Ayuba Job (Bayelsa Utd), Zikiye Jonathan (Bayelsa Utd), James Akoto (Ansfed Utd), Effiong Ekom (Unicem Rovers), Ganiyu Ogungbe (Gateway FC), Ogochukwu Benjamin, Chimas Okas (3SC)

Midfielders: Ikenna Charles (Enyimba FC), Obama Kadiri Ahmed (Enyimba FC), Kawu Mohammed (Tornadoes), Oluwatosin Yinusa (Sunshine Stars), Chinedu Sunday (Rangers), Kelechi Okoyomo (UNTH FC), Uchenna Nwobodo (Ansfed FC), Ifeanyi Amaobi (Unicem Rovers), Eze Emeka (Rangers)

Attackers: Nonso Elias Lala (Enyimba FC), Odili Tosin (Tornadoes), Abiodun Kayode (Sunshine Stars), Andrew Abalogun (Abia Warriors), Brendan Ogbu (Rangers), Innocent Nwofor (Rangers), Ibukun Ugo (Gateway FC), Iribiso Okechukwu, Tochukwu Mbachu (Warri Wolves), Usman Umar, Ahmed Yahaya (Nasarawa Utd), Hamzat Jamiu (Heartland FC), Nwachukwu Obinna (Heartland FC).

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Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka Beats China’s Saisai In Straight Sets

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot to China’s Zheng Saisai, during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles, first round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo .
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won in straight sets on her highly-anticipated return to court at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, while world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round.
Osaka, the star of the opening ceremony, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.
“I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis. Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” said Osaka, chosen as the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“I feel like the break that I took was very needed, but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”
The Australian Open champion had not played since May, when she walked out of Roland Garros, saying that media commitments were harming her mental health.
Osaka showed few signs of rust as she reeled off the opening five games on the Ariake Coliseum centre court, which likely would have been packed to capacity if not for a spectator ban because of coronavirus restrictions.
The second seed broke the 52nd-ranked Zheng for a 2-1 lead in the second set and closed out an 87-minute victory on her third match point.
The 23-year-old Osaka is attempting to become Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion. She will play Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the last 32.

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Insurance FC Records Second NNL Win On Return

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Bendel Insurance recorded their second win in a row since returning to the second tier of Nigeria National League with a 1-0 win over Abia Comets on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Defender Tanimu Benjamin scored the only goal of the encounter in the 26th minute to hand the hosts the maximum points.
Both results have brightened their chances of qualifying for the Super 8.
According to Tidesports source, the Edo State Government in June withdrew the team from the competition after several of their players were injured by home fans during their game against Remo Stars in Ikenne, Ogun State.
On their return, Insurance pulled off an away win over Holy Arrows in Enugu before the win at the weekend 
“I am happy with the goal and the overall performance from the boys. Our aim is to return to the topflight and we are working hard to achieve it,” goal scorer Benjamin, who was injured in the violence at Ikenne, said

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Karagumruk To Pay Musa N1bn Annually

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was on Thursday unveiled by Turkish Lig 1 side, Fatih Karagumruk, having signed the winger on a two-year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year.
Tidesports source gathered that the financial details of the deal were undisclosed by both club and player, Musa will earn about$2.5million (N1.02billion) annually with a weekly pay of $40,000, with bonuses.
Karagumruk were promoted to the Turkish topflight in the 2019/2020 campaign, ending a 35-year wait for a return to the Super Lig and want to remain there, thus, the acquisition of star players like Musa.
“It’s a good deal no doubt, the club wanted Musa because of his wealth of experience, having played at the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Since they were promoted to the topflight two seasons ago, their major aim is to remain in the Turkish topflight and also win games against the big sides like Galatasary, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor and they believe Musa can help them achieve their goals. That’s why they signed him for $2.5million annual salary, besides bonuses and allowances,” a close friend of Musa said.
It was also reliably learnt that there were financial incentives for Musa, if the club qualified for European competitions, and if he ended up as their highest scorer at the end of the season.
Musa, in an interview with newsmen said Karagumruk’s ambition was a major reason he joined them.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club.

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