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8th AWC: ‘ Ivoirians, Team To Watch In Falcons Group’

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The General Secretary,

Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Musa Amadu, has noted that Cote d’Ivoire and not Cameroon would be the team to fear at the upcoming African Women Championship (AWC).

Reacting to the recent draw, which pitted defending champions Nigeria with Ethiopia and the other two countries, Amadu said on Wednesday in Abuja that the Ivoirians could be more dangerous.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons were in Cairo, Egypt drawn in Group B of the 2012 AWC scheduled for Equatorial Guinea.

They will play the first group round of games against Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Cameroon at the competition scheduled for October 28 to November 11 in Malabo and Bata.

“It is really an interesting group, looking at the kind of opponents we have and with the fact that it looks like a mixed grill.

“However, I believe the team to fear are the Ivoirians who are coming with a good credential,’’ he said.

Amadu said Nigeria’s perennial rivals Cameroon, who ousted the Falcons from the 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers, could not be the only team Nigerians should be wary of in view of the Ivoirians’ credential.

“It is a fact that most Nigerians will think of Cameroon as our biggest rival in the group, but I think that it should be the Ivoirians.

“They beat Guinea 5-1 and 5-0 for a 10-1 aggregate in the preliminary round, and then Mozambique 5-0 and 7-0 for a 12-0 aggregate in the final qualification round.

“Such a team must be feared, and surely we have to do that,’’ he said.

The NFA General Secretary, however, acknowledged that the draw had presented the Falcons, who beat Zimbabwe 6-0 aggregate to qualify with a tough challenge.

He said Ethiopia and Cameroon would also pose a threat to the Falcons and the NFA would in anticipation of this prepare the team very well for the competition.

“It is going to be a tough one for us given this kind of opponents. But it is also a challenge to us that we must prepare very well.

“Ethiopia beat Egypt 6-4 and Tanzania home and away on a 3-1 aggregate to qualify, while Cameroon stopped Ghana after penalty kicks.

“This shows that if we must return with the trophy, we have to prepare very well for the competition, especially as the other group is also tough,’’ Amadu said.

Hosts Equatorial Guinea, who are the 2010 competition runners-up and 2008 winners as hosts, will face Olympic-bound South Africa, Senegal and DR Congo in Group A.

Amadu said he believed in good preparation being the key to a team’s success.

“The key to success for any team is good preparation and, if we (NFA) prepare the Falcons well, we will definitely retain the trophy,’’ he 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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