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Samuel’s Performance Excites Fans

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Rave of the moment
and Eagles new goals machine Aaron Samuel Olanare has surprised many and proved his critics wrong with his goals and overall displays.
Most Nigerians hammered coach Stephen Keshi for calling up a player from China, who they tagged “Made-in-China”, but the striker has proved that after all said and done the game is all about your ability and what you produce on the pitch on day.
The Guangzhou R&F striker has now scored two goals in three appearances for Nigeria.
Both his goals oozed class – an acrobatic stabbing at the Sudan goal as Nigeria ran away 3-1 winners in Abuja and then his sweetly curled strike in Congo on Saturday firmly placed the Eagles on track for a place at Equatorial Guinea 2015.
Keshi has lauded his latest discovery, arguing that it is not all Nigerian players who are lucky to play for top clubs like Barcelona or in mainland Europe.
Desperation by Nigerian players to quit the country has also seen them opt for the backwater leagues from Albania to Moldova because they are better organised than what is obtainable at home.
Samuel’s performance should now opens the door for players who are doing well in leagues not highly-rated and recognised by Nigerians as “major leagues” like Romania, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, where there are players flying the country’s flag high.
Players like Akeem Latifu (right back, Aalesund,Norway), Chima Daniel Chukwu(striker, Molde,Norway), Kennedy Igboananike (striker, AIK, Sweden), Leke James(striker, Aalesund, Norway), Kehinde Fatai(striker,(Astra Giurgiu, Romania) to mention but a few have been consistent performers for their clubs over the years and deserve a look-in by the national team handlers.
For unknown quantity Samuel, he started his career with 3SC and Dolphins before in 2012, he joined the growing list of Nigerians in Europe when he joined Valerenga.
He was later snapped up by another Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 in 2013 from where he joined Guangzhou R&F in China in the summer of 2014 on a two and a half year deal with a fee of €1.4 million.
The youngster’s first season in Europe with Valerenga was not great as he scored just a goal in five league appearances.
In 2012, he scored no goal for same team in 10 games, but scored a goal in two cup games.
In 2013 as a Sarpsborg 08 player, the striker scored five goals in 13 league games and scored same number of goals in same number of games in 2014 for Sarpsborg 08, before he moved to Guangzhou R&F in China where he had scored eight goals in 16 league games thus far.
He is a big, powerful and direct striker, who has a good technique and has lately proved he knows his way to goal.
Is Aaron Samuel now the man to lead the Eagles attack as Emmanuel Emenike has fired blanks for Nigeria for more than a year?
Only time will tell.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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