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U-20 Women’s W/Cup: Falconets Ready For Tunisia

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The Head Coach of the na
tional under-20 women football team, Peter Dedevbo, has said he had 25 players in camp for the team’s upcoming games against Tunisia.
The Falconets will face their Tunisian counterparts in the qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup slated for Canada.
The first leg game of the second round fixture is scheduled for December 14 in Abuja.
The Falconets had thrashed their Sierra Leonean counterparts 16-0 aggregate in the first round to set up the clash against Tunisia.
They had won the first leg game 10-0 in Abuja, before going on to beat the Sierra Leoneans 6-0 in the second leg game in Freetown.
Speaking at the team’s interactive session with the media, Dedevbo said the players were highly motivated to replicate the performance they exhibited against Sierra Leone.
“Currently, we have 25 players in camp. They were 30 when we returned from our break, but we have had to prune the number after one week.
“This is to enable us have a sizeable number we can focus on towards the match next week. However, the team is in high spirits ahead of the fixture,’’ Dedevbo said.
He said the team’s technical crew had studied the video tapes of the games involving the Tunisian team and would plan to counter all their strategies.
Dedevbo also said that the Nigerian team was responding positively to training, adding that there were no injury worries yet.
“I was able to watch their tapes and I discovered that their performance is average. However, they are good in scoring goals. But I am optimistic that we are going to defeat them.
“After watching the video tapes of their home and away matches against Algeria, I saw a team that is not too good in holding balls. It was unfortunate that the Algerians lost.
“So, we are expecting victory against the Tunisians. But that does not mean we will underrate any team. We have been working very hard since we came back from break,” he said.
The team’s Co-ordinator, Andrew Abah, said that the cordial relationship between the coaches and players would help them to achieve success.
He said the Tunisians would not be an obstacle to the Falconets’ ambition.
“One good thing about these players is that they listen to their coaches’ instructions and they are always ready to learn.
“Some of them usually tell me that they want to be the first female team in Africa to lift the World Cup.
“They say they want to achieve the feat the Golden Eaglets are now becoming well known for doing,’’ Abah said.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to take place in Canada between August 5 to  24, next year.

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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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