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2014 W/Cup Qualifier: S’Eagles Set For Demolition Job On Malawi

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The Super Eagles look de
termined to scale the final hurdle to the final qualifying stage for the 2014 World Cup as they face the Flames of Malawi in one of the final Group F matches tomorrow.
The match scheduled for the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar has already elicited robust debate and raised tension between the two teams.
Already, the Malawian team led by Nigerian reject, sainflait,  has raised the stakes with his mind games and the declaration that his wards can beat Eagles in Nigeria.
But most of the Super Eagles players have promised to give the visitors a hiding when hostilities begin tomorrow.
According to keeper Vicent Enyeama, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Ogenyi Onazi, Nigeria will beat Malawi comprehensively in the match to silence the visitors once and for all.
Interestingly, the commitment and confidence level of the players show that they mean business with the way they reported to camp and have trained indicate that they are all on the same page as far as the mission of qualifying for the final road is concerned.
Now, despite all the tasks, Coach Stephen keshi and his players must remain focused  and over confidence must not be allowed to creep into the Eagles’ game, as the flames will obviously come with a tactic to catch them off guard.
Keshi at the moment seems to have fast moved out an efficient squad and he must find the right combination of players to deliver the goals tomorrow.
Nigeria leads group F with nine points while Malawi is second with eight. The Eagles only need to avoid defeat to scale through while Malawi must win to advance.
One thing is sure though, the Super Eagle must not aim for draw in the match, they have the fire power to douse the Flames.
According to former Super Eagles goalkeeper, it’s a crucial encounter, but then, we cannot write off the superior power of the Eagles. I believe we are more technically gifted than the Flames and we must make that reflect in our plan come tomorrow. I am optimistic we’ll win” he said.
The Super Eagles will not be short of support as millions of Nigerians will be cheering them on both live and on television as soon as they step out at the U.J Esuene Stadium, where they have not let a match.

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WAFU Zone B Qualifier: Rivers Govt Throws Weight Behind Angels FC

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Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has placed a marching order to accord the necessary support needed to aid the Jewels of Rivers, Rivers Angels FC  qualify from  the  West African Union(WAFU) B and ultimately win the CAF Women’s Champions League Cup.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye  disclosed this, Monday, in a press statement signed by the state government’s press officer, Daniel Nwankwoala.
The commissioner commended the team for its victory over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the opening match of their group qualifier, played at the weekend.
He promised to give the necessary support needed, as ordered by the State Governor, to enable the team get the desired results, playing their CAF Women’s  qualifier and win the cup as well.
“The Governor has placed an order to ensure that the team lacks nothing needed,  to help boost their morale, help them perform optimally and aid victory, as they embarked on this maiden competition,”  Iyaye said.
Earlier, head coach of the team, Edwin Okon,  has expressed optimism that his team will perform even better, having prepared adequately for the competition.
“We will fight to the end, my girls will do even better job. I can assure you that, the(players) are  in high spirit and determined to win.
“I am glad that we don’t have injuries worries, so, we are set and ready to do Nigeria proud,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt, Nigeria representatives started  their campaign in the WAFU Zone B qualifier  with a 2-0 win against their Ghana opponents, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday, to get closer to qualification for the semi-finals.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Sports Minister Hails Anyanacho,Offiong

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Elizabeth Anyanacho as a future star.
Anyanacho lost 12-7 to Turkey’s Nur Tatar in the Round of 16 of the women’s 67kg taekwondo event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning.
Dare, who watched the bout, congratulated the 22-year-old despite the defeat.
“You’ve done well against a world champion. Keep your focus. The world will soon rise to salute you in the near future,” Dare told Anyanacho.
Tidesports source reports that he was also on hand to encourage Edem Offiong, who lost 4-1 in the second round of women’s table tennis to the USA’s Lily Zhang.
“You exhibited strength and talent. Nigeria thank you for making the country proud at the Olympics,” Dare told Offiong.
The pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori also lost their second Group B match in the men’s doubles badminton event against Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen, while Dorcas Adesokan was beaten 2-0 by Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in the opening Group B match of the women’s badminton singles.

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We Won’t Give Up On Playing For Nigeria – Ogwumike Sisters

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Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.
The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.
“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike said.
“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”
“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalised citizen, when I have full citizenship.
“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”
Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.

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