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NPL: Pillars Keep Pressure On Rangers

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Kano Pillars moved level on 58 points with Rangers at the top of the Nigeria Premier League at the last weekend.

Pillars claimed a 2-1 win over Dolphins while Rangers were going down 0-1 to arch rivals 3SC in Ibadan, but the Flying Antelopes keep hold of top spot by virtue of a superior goals difference.

Mustapha Musa put Pillars in front after 34 minutes. Emem Edok found parity for Dolphins three minutes into the second half, before Pillars’ highest goal scorer, Gambo Mohammed secured the points just shy of the hour mark.

Mohammed’s goal takes his tally to 12 for the season.

Pillars and Rangers are now both on 58 points but the Flying Antelopes maintain the top spot on a goal difference.

In the big game of the weekend, Rangers travelled to Ibadan to confront age-long rivals 3SC in front of a full house at the Lekan Salami Stadium.

But they were turned back empty-handed. Moses Ogaga’s goal after 26 minute goal proved sufficient to hand the Oluyole Warriors all three points.

The result caps a remarkable revival for 3SC, moving them within five points of the leaders, in a season where they found themselves contemplating life in the drop zone early in the campaign.

Lobi’s late push for the title gathered pace with a 2-0 win over Niger Tornadoes, taking them to 57 points, just one point behind Rangers and Pillars, with a game in hand.

A thrilling, if goalless first half was followed by two goals in the second. Goalkeeper John Lawrence put away a penalty 10 minutes after the break, and substitute Blessing Okardi made sure on 72 minutes.

In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists beat Gombe United 3-1 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.

Wikki were in front as early as three minutes through Bilya Mohammed, but had to wait another 52 minutes for Ikechukwu Ikembri to add the second. Austin Ufoma reduced the arrears for Gombe in the 88th minute, but Wale Amusa snuffed out any hopes of a comeback on the stroke of time.

In Port Harcourt, Sharks advanced their continental ambitions with a 2-0 win over Heartland.

Amakiri George tapped in after good work from Nigeria international Juwon Oshaniwa.

ThankGod Amaefule tucked away a disputed penalty on the hour mark to seal victory.

Sunshine Stars got a shock 2-1 away win at Warri Wolves in a match played behind closed doors.

Goals from Dayo Ojo and Izu Azuka ensured the CAF Champions League campaigners took an unassailable lead.

Gift Atulewa converted a penalty for Warri Wolves, but the home side could not salvage the situation. The win lifts Sunshine to fifth place with 52 points, and a game in hand.

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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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