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Nigeria Qualifies For 2013 U-20 World Cup

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Nigeria last Saturday qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey after beating DR Congo 3-1 in a final group game at Oran, an official has said.

A statement issued by the team Media Officer, Sam Audu, in Abuja, said that the defending champions thus finished second in Group ‘B’ on six points.

Mali, who surprisingly lost 2-0 to Gabon, finished top by virtue of a better head-to-head record as they also recorded six points.

It said the defending champions will now face Egypt on Tuesday in one of the semi-finals, while Mali battle Ghana for the right to play in the championship game at the weekend.

Flying Eagles coach John Obuh said: “The most important thing was for us to qualify for the World Cup and we have done that.

“And now that we have done that, we can look forward to our next game with a lot of confidence.”

The statement said both Nigeria and DRC started out brightly on Saturday at the Ahmed Zabana Stadium, but like it was in previous group games, the Flying Eagles carved out clear-cut openings.

Umar Aminu, who replaced the suspended Olanrewaju Kayode, came close after 10 minutes with an angled shot which did not miss by much.

On 22 minutes, goal-bound Edafe Egbedi was upended inside the DRC vital area, but his appeal for a penalty was overlooked by the referee from Rwanda.

Three minutes later, skipper Abduljaleel Ajagun scoffed his shot when well inside the box.

The Nigerians were finally rewarded for their attacking play in the 32nd minutes when Egbedi was brought down again on his way to goal.

Ajagun stepped up to tuck the ball past goalkeeper Landu Bakala.

It said the Flying Eagles doubled their lead on 39 minutes when Aminu finished off another build-up with a simple tap in from inside the box.

Aminu got his brace two minutes after the break when he chipped beyond the DRC goalkeeper.

Ajagun then had his effort ruled for offside in the 53rd minute. But to the credit of the DRC, they did not surrender and their persistence finally paid off in the 72nd minute when Mukanisa Pembele smashed home from inside the box.

Substitute Uche Agbo saw his powerful shot scrambled for a corner by the goalkeeper two minutes from the end.

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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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