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Pirates Manager Praises Team’s Performance

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Roger de Sa heaped praise on his “fringe players” after Orlando Pirates beat Zanaco FC to progress in the Champions League.

Pirates took a 1-0 lead into the match, after beating Zanaco in Zambia three weeks ago.

Khethowakhe Masuku opened the scoring with a spectacular long range drive in the first half, before former Bucs striker Davies Mwape set up his namesake, Musonda Mwape, who nodded home in just the fourth minute of the second half to bring Zanaco back into the game.

However, a free-kick by substitute Mpho Makola sealed the win for Bucs.

Pirates also lost Andile Jali, who was forced off with a knee injury following a tackle by Davies Mwape.

“I am happy that our players who have been fringe players are doing well with the chance they are getting and are now becoming regulars,” De Sa says.

“Masuku has grabbed his chance and also scored and I am also happy for Makola as he came in and scored. With injuries [to the squad] he might become a regular.”

De Sa admits that the Zanaco goal gave him a fright.

“Our away goal was very crucial but we wanted to forget it going into the match. We got a scare when they got that goal but after that we controlled the game like we did in the first leg in Zambia.”

Zanaco coach Keegan Mumba says his team conceded “silly goals”, and says they were unluckly not to go through.

“After being level at 1-1, we allowed a silly goal, and also having conceded the away goal the battle was getting tougher as the match progressed.

“Honestly though, Pirates never worked for any of the goals they scored. The first one was taken from far and the second one was a set-piece …

“I think also we were affected by losing our central defender through injury. But we played better than we played in the first leg but I still think it was not our day. Congratulations to Orlando Pirates for going through to the next round.

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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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