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Kings, Queens Colleges To Host Achimota In Friendlies

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All is now set for the first ever co-hosting of the bilateral secondary school games between Nigeria and Ghana scheduled to hold between July 10 and July 14 in Lagos.

Principals of the host institutions, Mr Dele Olapeju of Kings College and Mrs Modupe Ladipo, of Queens College both in Lagos, disclosed this to the newsmen in a joint interview in Lagos.

They said that the schools would be hosting the Achimota College, Accra Ghana, a co-educational school in the week-long competition.

They said that this year’s event would be the best as new dimensions would be introduced to the games.

The principals noted that the schools would engage their Ghanaian counterpart in games such as female football, chess and scrabble.

“Before now, Kings College usually takes on the Achimota boys, a foremost college in Ghana in traditional sports such as football, hockey and cricket.

“But now, Achimota is requesting that their girls should also engage Queens College, a sister institution to Kings College on other games to add more colour and fun to the competition.

“We on our part have concluded arrangements in terms of logistics to ensure the event comes out well,” Ladipo said.

Also speaking, Olapeju noted that the games would further strengthen the existing relationship among the schools, adding that education was not all about going to school and receiving lessons.

“Adventure is part of education. When children move out and meet their counterparts from other countries and engage them in friendly games, all stereotypes are reduced and the aims of ECOWAS achieved.

“What we are doing is to sustain the fraternities that bind us together as African countries and foster unity among the ECOWAS states in the region.

“Already, we are trying to reach out to some old boys from different countries on the need to have one heritage school in their respective countries engaged in this kind of games as this would relive old memories.

“We are aware that there are foremost colleges in various countries around the west coast and such colleges are expected to participate in this kind of friendly games,” Olapeju added.

According to him, such games could create platforms that could snowball into something positive in the future, in the area of national development.

The Kings College principal explained that the week-long competition, would among other things, showcase some calisthenics by girls from Queens College.

“We shall be witnessing a display of calisthenics during the games, a performance which Queens College is well known for.

“I can assure everyone that the game is gradually gaining the desired recognition within and outside the country,” Olapeju said.

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Aisha Buhari Cup: FIFA, CAF Presidents Grace Kick-Off, Falcons Win 2-0

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Substitute Gift Monday handed Nigeria a sweet 2-0 victory on the opening day of the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament in the City of Lagos.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State led eminent political big-wigs, and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Patrice Motsepe led football’s top echelon, including President of NFF and FIFA council member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to the showpiece at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Monday, interestingly a player of FC Robo Queens of Lagos, spurned in the air to meet a cross by Captain Asisat Oshoala in the 83rd minute and nodded past goalkeeper Fatoumata Karenta, six minutes after coming into the fray for Francisca Ordega.
The goal put the Super Falcons in the lead after a rather turgid day on Lagos island, with the Malians showing greater zest and desire in the opening half and returning after the recess with the same impressive fighting spirit.
The visiting Female Eagles had survived a raid on their area in the 5th minute as Nigeria looked to go into the lead with a corner, but the defence cleared. Nine minutes later, Ordega sidenetted from another quick dash upfront, and in the 18th minute, Ageusissa Diarra tested Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie from a 30-yard free-kick.
In the second half, Uchenna Kanu sidenetted in the 67th minute, before Oshoala, who should have scored with only the goalkeeper to beat, failed to get past Karenta. In the 74th minute, Karenta again saved from Kanu.
In the 83rd minute, Monday rose highest in the box and nodded past Karenta, bringing so much excitement to the arena.
One minute into added time, Monday was again at the end of an Asisat’s assist, and looped the ball over an advancing Karenta to put huge smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

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Enyimba Appoints Finidi George As Head Coach

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The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, George Finidi, who replaces Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August, has joined the eight-time Nigerian champions, Enyimba FC, on a two-year contract.
George, a legend of Nigeria’s men’s senior national team, made 62 appearances for the Super Eagles in an illustrious playing career that lasted up to fifteen years.
He was a key member of the glorious era that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and represented the country at two FIFA World Cups, the 1994 and 1998 editions.
Tidesports source reports that at club level, George won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and went on to play for Real Betis, RCD Mallorca, and Ipswich Town.
His first official game as Enyimba head coach will be the CAF Confederation Cup’s second preliminary round fixture against Senegalese side, Diambers FC in mid-October.
Speaking to Enyimba’s media immediately after putting pen to paper, George said, “I have to say it’s a great opportunity for the club to have this confidence in me.
“I want to thank the chairman, the members of the board, and the supporters for even thinking about me. On my own part, I will be here to just work and do the job. It’s never going to be easy but I’m here to work and make the team win.”
Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi Agwu, stated that the arrival of George represents a new chapter for the club.
“I believe that the time has come for us as a club to open up a new chapter, a chapter that will showcase the many hardwork that has been going on behind the scene and usher in lots of success.
“For us to have engaged a coach like Finidi George who is coming from Europe is a clear statement of intent about our aspirations,” Agwu said.

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Arteta Sees Light For Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he sees a bright future for the club despite suffering their worst start to a season for 67 years.
The Gunners climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first goal and first points of the campaign by beating Norwich 1-0 last weekend.
However, Arteta’s position is still under scrutiny ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Burnley after spending £150 million ($207 million) on new players during the transfer window.
The Spaniard claimed after beating Norwich he had enjoyed the “best 10 days of his career in this industry” during an international break when his side was rock bottom of the table.
And Arteta was equally optimistic on where Arsenal are headed with all six of his summer signings aged 23 or under.
“I’m telling you I’m very positive most of the time. I’ve seen the light and I can see bright lights,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“There can be bumps in the road within that light, but I can see a lot of light.”
Arteta is also hopeful the criticism his squad suffered after defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City will only serve to make them stronger.
“It’s tough because it hurts, because you want to see something different. But what you want is not always what happens,” he added.
“Things happen for a reason and maybe what is happening had to happen and it’s going to be really good for the club and really good for myself and everybody experiencing that situation. We have to believe that.”

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