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Tennis Player Defeats Opponent At Governor’s Cup

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Top tennis player, Maku
Sunday has defeated his opponent, Otu Thomas at the ongoing 14th edition of the Lagos State Governor’s Cup Tennis Championships in Lagos.
Sunday is seeded 24, while Thomas is seeded 8.
The match played at the Lagos Tennis Club, Onikan, saw Sunday edging out Thomas, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4.  The defeat recorded the first upset of the tournament.
Sunday told sports journalists after the match that he was delighted to have won his first round encounter.
“It was a tough match; my fore hand was tougher than what Thomas expected, he fought back in the second set and won convincingly.
“I fought back in the third set also and made him to make unforced errors and fortunately he couldn’t cope with the pace,’’ Sunday said.
Thomas said that the game was tough and that he was disappointed of losing out of the tournament in the first round.
“It was a tough match; Sunday’s fore hand rally was too tough for me to cope.
“He noticed my weakness and kept working on that until I lost grip of the game and conceded victory to him at the third set,” Thomas said.
In another first round match, Duncan Mugabe of Uganda and East Africa’s Number 1, defeated Nigeria’s Idoko Candy, 6-3, 6-2 to move on to the round of 16.
An elated Duncan said that it was his first time to play in Nigeria and that he had anticipated a tough tournament.
He said that he was well prepared for the competition.
“I have heard so much about Nigerian players in the tennis circuit, and I am well aware of the level of competition to meet when I got my invitation.
“However, Candy gave me a tough match but my strategy helped me to scale through, though the results looked easy but it wasn’t,’’ Duncan Said.
Candy said that he fell to the Ugandan superiority in the first set, having woefully lost three straight in the first sets of the game.
“I lost the match in the first set when I was trailing 0-3 in the first set, I couldn’t control the game and struggled all through,’’ Candy said.
In other first round matches, Idoko Emmanuel defeated Omoile Samuel, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the next round of 16.
Madueke Nonso proved too strong for Iloputa Ikechukwu with a 6-1, 6-1 victory to also move to the round of 16.
Emmanuel Sylvester edged out Okwuidili Johnathan, 6-3, 6-0 to book a second round ticket while well-travelled; Bikom Albert defeated Owolabi Jinadu, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to second round.

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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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