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Ex-Internationals Protest Over Welfare Package

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A group of ex-internationals, led by Etim Esin, a former Nigeria midfielder, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest round the National Stadium, Lagos, against “the plight’ of most ex-players in the country.
The ex-internationals, who were also supported by some present and upcoming players, said they were aggrieved with recent sudden deaths ravaging them.
Esin told newsmen that ex-internationals who had served the country were not doing well after their many years of service to their fatherland.
“We are not doing well and something has to change, many of us are living in penury and dying one after the other.
“We lost Rashidi Yekini, Okey Isima not too long ago, and now Thompson Oliha, who knows who is next?
“This does not go a long way to encourage many upcoming players to give their best to their fatherland when they see what their seniors are going through,’’ Esin said.
He said that before Oliha’s death, he had approached the chairman of Akwa-Ibom State Football for help, but the man claimed he did not know who was Oliha.
“It is sad that each one of us is facing difficult times, most especially being neglected by our state football associations and sports directors.
“We are capable of doing many things and not necessarily becoming coaches like others who have taken that path.
“My regrets are that my colleagues are dying in penury without benefiting from all what the Federal Government promised us in our active days, such as the houses,’’ Esin said.
Another ex-international, Harrison Jala, who played for Sharks of Port-Harcourt in the 80’s, said that there has to be a comprehensive welfare programme for Nigeria’s ex-internationals.
“We want to be part of the grants and allocations from governments and appropriation from the world football body, FIFA.
“If there can be a 10 per cent allocation for the ex-internationals, it can go a long way to touch many lives and affect them positively.
“We shall mobilise 5,000 old and new players to the Glass House in Abuja to protest against the neglect of players by the Nigerian Football Federations.
“We want our basic rights— which are the agreements which have not been fulfilled by the leadership of the football house.

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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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