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24 Home-Based Players Make S’Eagles List …World Cup Qualifiers

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Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, has unveiled a list of 24 home-based professional players for the all-important World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya on March 23 in Calabar.

According to a news release in Lagos yesterday, the list of foreign professionals will be released tomorrow.

The release added that Keshi had mapped out plans to ensure that only fit and ready players would be invited for the March 23 showdown.

On the 24-man home-based Eagles list are Chigozie Agbim and Sunday Mba, who was one of the heroes of Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON win.

Others are Godfrey Oboabona, (Sunshine Stars) who featured in all the matches in the AFCON, Gabriel Reuben, and the duo of Papa Idris and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

But the surprise package in the team is Shooting Stars of Ibadan goaltender, Dele Ajiboye, who started with the U-17 and has been with the Flying Eagles, U23s and now the Super Eagles.

A young and agile goalkeeper, Ajiboye, is expected to bring his wealth of experience gained through the ranks to bear in the battle for a starting place in the team.

The team will be camped at the Bolton White Apartments, Zone 7, Abuja, from Sunday, March 10, from where they will be joined by their foreign based colleagues.

Below is the full list of invited players:

Chigozie Agbim (Rangers), Akpeyi Daniel (Heartland), Dele Ajiboye (3SC), Egwueke Azubuike (Warri Wolves), Papa Idris (Kano Pillars), Zango Umar (Kano Pillars), Oboabona Godfrey (Sunshine Stars), Kwambe Solomon (Sunshine Stars) and Chibuzor Okonkwo (Rangers).

Others are Ezekiel Bassey (Lobi Stars), Benjamin Francis (Heartland), Zubaru Muhammad (Tornadoes), Sunday Mba, Gabriel Reuben (Kano Pillars), Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars), Ubale Mannir (Kano Pillars), and Pius Samson (Ranchers Bees).

The rest are Ohanduku Gomo (Sharks), Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland), Saka Ayo (Enyimba), Jiya Muhammad (Bayelsa), Emeka Ezeh (Rangers), Anthony Okputu (Lobi Stars) and Adepoju Taofeek (3SC).

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Terony Unity Cup Commences Soon In PH

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Terony Sports Foundation says arrangements have been concluded to commence Unity Cup 2022, at the end of this month.
According to the organizer of the football tournament, AminaTamuno, the registration that started December 2021will end next week Tuesday.
He said the competition was slated to take place at Number six field old Port Harcourt Township.
Tamuno explained that the competition will be on knock out bases, saying that the reason for the one month tournament was basically to foster the existing and unity in the area.
“We are organizing this tournament just to sustain the peace and unity we are enjoying.
Besides, will we use it to discover talents from the grassroots and groom them to stardom” Tamuno said.
He equally uses the forum to appeal to well-meaning individuals, corporation organizations and multi Nationals to Sports grassroots football Competitions so that talents will be discovered.

By: Tonye Orabere

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NWFL: Coach Wants Players To Put More Efforts

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The Head Coach of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt Edwin Okon has tasks his (players) to do more if they want to qualify for the continental game.
He said that the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is a strong one, adding that for them to make to super six they have to put in extra effort. .
Okon said this on Wednesday in his post-match interview with sports journalists shortly after his player whitewashed Abia Angels FC 4-0 in the match day four of the NWFL at the University of Port Harcourt Sports complex.
According to him, they need to put more effort to ensure that the team qualifies for Super six.
He thanked God for the victory, adding that they want to maintain their position in the league.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the victory.
The league is a strong one but we want to maintain our position in the league.
We need to put in more effort in the game to ensure we keep to our task” Okon stated.
Despite the four goals scored the number one Female football Coach in the state, said that in every game there are mistakes adding, that he will still go back to the drawing board to perfect those grey area.
Also speaking the head coach of Abia Angels Ann Chiejine, blamed is goalkeeper for the loss, saying that she will go and do more of ball work.
“General my girls played well but we need to go back and do more of technical play,” Chiejine said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Open Trials ’ll Create Opportunities For Youths -Hon Wobo

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Port Harcourt based Football Club Sticmaclloyd, in partnership with 433 Football Agency of Ukraine, Germany football academy and Sports Mate 360 football academy of Poland says arrangements have been concluded to hold a two day Port Harcourt City Open Football Trials, between 17 to 24 years.
The open trials is slated to hold 29th -30th of this month at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt and expected to commence 6:00 am each day.
Speaking with Tidesports in an exclusive interview on Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sticmaclloyd FC, Hon.Wobo I. Stanley, said the opening trials will create opportunity for talented footballers in the State to play in Europe.
According to Stanley, who was an ex international, selected players will also the have opportunity to enhance their football career in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
“My club Sticmaclloyd Fc, is affiliated to 433 football agency, Germany, Poland and Ukraine football academies, besides, we have also signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) haven fulfilled their requirements to ensure that selected players have good contract” Hon. Stanley said.
He further, revealed that players that will go to Poland will combine both studies and football.
“Our foreign representatives have already sent their coaches to do the selection” he stated.
Stanley uses the forum to advice youth in the State to come and show their talents.
“We are sure players that will participate in the trials that selection will be purely on merits. Players who did not make it this time can make it next time” he added.

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