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AYC 2013: FIFA To Release Semi-Final Draws, Today



The Flying Eagles and the other semi finalists at the on-going African Youth Championship (AYC) will know their first round opponents at the forthcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup today.

According to a statement by the team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu, yesterday in Abuja, the opponents would emerge during the draw for the competition in Istanbul, Turkey.

It said the hour-long event would be graced by some of Turkey’s top football stars.

The statement said the 24 finalists include England, Colombia, France and Korea Republic, USA, Cuba and Australia.

“The finalists will be drawn into six first round groups to be based in seven Turkish cities,’’ it added.

The tournament will be played from June 21 to July 13.

Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, and Egypt have reached the last four of the 2013 AYC holding in Algeria.

The feat thus automatically gives them qualification tickets to the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The statement added that Monday’s draw in Istanbul would categorise the African flagbearers at the World Cup on the basis of their final placing at the ongoing AYC.

Already, the semi-final matches at the AYC have been billed for tomorrow’s evening, with Nigeria taking on Egypt while Ghana will lock horns with fellow west Africans Mali.

Ghana’s Black Satellites made history in 2009, when they became the first African team to win the U-20 World Cup.

Nigeria were beaten finalists in the 1989 and 2005 editions of the championship.

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Praise for Victor Osimhem sees his Stock Rise



Napoli-Lazio 5-0” (CC BY 2.0) by Erik Cleves Kristensen

He’s already playing in one of the biggest leagues in world football but Nigerian international striker Victor Osimhem continues to be monitored by major clubs around the globe. After an electrifying start which saw him score eight goals in his first nine games of the new season, the Napoli forward could well be the subject of a major transfer enquiry in 2022.

His current club will naturally want to fight off any interest but that impressive record could lead to a big offer that Napoli may be unable to refuse.

Victor’s Progress

After two seasons with VFL Wolfsburg in Germany, Victor Osimhen had failed to score in 16 appearances and there was little sign of what was to come. A loan spell to Charleroi in the Belgian Pro League was far more fruitful with the young Nigerian scoring no fewer than 20 goals in 36 games across the 2018/19 season.

Despite that return, Osimhen was on the move once again as he signed a permanent deal with Lille in France for 2019/20. Once again, the striker impressed, scoring 18 goals in 38 matches in all competitions. That record marked clear progress in his career but it also alerted bigger clubs in Europe. Lille were unable to hold on to their prize asset and Victor Osimhen left to join Napoli in 2020.

While in Serie A, the Nigerian has scored 18 goals in his first 39 games. Considering the number of clubs that he’s played for in a short space of time, it’s no surprise that Osimhen is being linked with yet another move.

Napoli’s Needs

For now, Victor Osimhen remains a Napoli player and he’s vital for the club’s aims during the 2020/21 season. After the first eight games of the new campaign, the Naples club enjoyed a perfect record of eight straight wins and a Serie A title is the goal for Luciano Spalletti’s side.

Following that 100% start to the season, Napoli are the new favourites for that title with sportsbooks attached to putting Gli Azzurri ahead of Juventus, AC Milan and defending champions Inter Milan.

It will be tough for Napoli to maintain their form and those betting markets are subject to change. Each of those sportsbooks have the odds listed in their live section and will report on any updates as the Serie A season progresses.

Readers of that site can also take in news and opinion related stories while there is also the opportunity to sign up with one of those sportsbooks if they wish. Each of the recommended panel is accepting new registrations and many of them have generous welcome packages available.

A choice of funding options and the possibility of streaming live football are among the other potential benefits. It’s a useful website to have on your side but will Napoli and Victor Osimhen be lifting that trophy at the end of the 2021/22 campaign?

Potentially Interested Clubs

A number of English Premier League clubs have previously been linked with a move for Osimhen. As recently as September 2021, Chelsea were mentioned in connection with a possible bid while there are claims that Arsenal have been interested in the past.

Newcastle United could also join in to make an English trio. The club have money and should be in the market for top level strikers very soon. Outside of the EPL, other top level European clubs should also be interested in a player of Victor Osimhen’s quality if he were to become available.

What next for Osimhen?

For the time being, Victor Osimhen needs to concentrate on the job in hand with current employers Napoli. After such a brilliant start to the new season, there is a genuine chance of landing some major silverware at the end of the campaign.

When 2021/22 comes to a conclusion, the striker can consider other options but he may well be best advised to stay where he is and to enjoy a stable period in his career.

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Akwa United Captain Set To Leave Club



The suspended Captain of Akwa United, Utobong Effiong, has revealed that he wants to take a bow and leave the club after so many achievements made for the team as the leader.
Effiong is still suspended by the club management for allegedly leading a protest against the management for poor welfare treatment of the players.
In a chat with Tidesports source, the skipper said it is time for him to move on having won titles with the club as the first indigenous captain of the club.
Effiong, however, insisted that his decision to leave the club is not a result of the issues he is having with the management.

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Coach Expresses Excitement Over Abia Warriors’ Transfer Business



Abia Warriors’ Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo, says he is happy with their transfer business, but feared the new players might struggle to adapt.
Amapakabo made this known to the media yesterday after Abia Warriors’ pre-season game against non-league side, Uchecaria FC.
Abia Warriors had Adeleke Adekunle and Ojo Olorunleke move to Enyimba FC, but they have secured the signing of Okiemute Odah, Kastan Igwe, Cletus Emotan and Kalu Nweke.
“We lost a couple of players that I still wanted in my team during the off-season, it is unfortunate but we still recruited new ones too, part of the things I thought I will not be doing this season and most likely going back to them”.
On the new players, the former Enugu Rangers coach said they might struggle to adapt to his style of play.
“They are pluses to the team and they come with lots of qualities but every coach has his own methodology and style of coaching and playing pattern and formation and tactics, some of them may find it difficult to adapt to some tactics but we have them and will be looking forward to adapting them to our game,” he said.Coach Expresses Excitement Over Abia Warriors’ Transfer Business

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