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Eaglets Set For U-17 WAFU Competition

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Volleyball players in action during a national tournament in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

Volleyball players in action during a national tournament in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

The national Under-17
male team, Golden Eaglets, will participate in a six-nation sub-regional West African Football (WAFU) Under-17 Tournament in Togo, an official said.
The team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja said the Nigerian team has been pooled in Group B with Niger and Mali.
The competition will hold from April 19 to April 27.
According to the statement, Golden Eaglets’ head coach Emmanuel Amuneke is expected to name a provisional list of 30 players for the competition soon.
The statement quoted Amuneke as saying the team’s technical crew was clear about its objectives of players meeting a particular standard.
It said the coach’s comment was in reaction to the impression that players were not given adequate playing time to showcase their talents.
The team had on March 27 started a two-week open screening to select players ahead of the African U-17 Championship qualifiers.
“We are clear about our objectives and there is a certain standard we are expecting from players even at this level.
“We are doing our best to ensure that everybody is given the opportunity to show what they can do,’’ Amuneke said in the statement.
He added that the on-going screening exercise would be rounded off soon so as to give room for concentration.
“The screening exercise will be rounded off this weekend in order for the coaching crew to concentrate efforts on the players to be picked eventually for the WAFU competition.
“And we are going to give opportunity to other players, even after the competition in Togo. Nothing is conclusive yet as we build towards the African qualifiers,” added Amuneke.
Hosts Togo are in Group A alongside Benin and Cote d’ Ivoire for the competition.

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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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