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Students of Government College, Ikoyi, yesterday, expressed their enthusiasm at the visit of international tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams, saying they would be inspired by the visit.

The Williams sisters’ visit to the school was part of a three-day tour tagged, “Breaking the mould”, aimed at empowering young girls.

Speaking with newsmen, the students said they were thrilled by the visit, stressing that they learned a lot from the experiences shared by the sisters.

Olademi Odunayo, a student, said:

 “I learned a lot today because I’m very happy meeting the Williams sisters, I’m very happy.

“They really talked to us, expressed their emotions to us, told us lots of things about how they made it in life, how they became champions, their role models and everything.’’

Another student, Sunday Esther, said she was inspired by the challenges they overcame to become champions, adding that determination was crucial to success.

“I’m very happy to receive them and one of the things  about them is that, I learned that they started from nowhere, from no background and today they are stars.

“So no matter what you are, you don’t have to take your background or who you are as an excuse, you just have to believe in yourself and with determination you will get there.”

Also, Ramatu Abdullahi, a student, quoted Venus as saying: “in those moments we have lost we learnt so much from the defeat, which is what has made us who we are”.

Damilola Adeyemi, also a pupil, said the visit of the Williams sisters gave her some sense of renewed hope to be among the best in what she was doing.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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