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Rivers Angels Grab Fourth FA Cup Title …As Enyimba FC Beats Dolphins

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Edwin Okon’s ladies won
the women federation title for the fourth time in a row after dismissing Kayode Olujohungbe’s side in the final
Rivers Angel silenced Sunshine Queens 2-0 to lift the 2014 Nigeria Women Federation Cup final played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium yesterday.
Second half strikes from Asisat Oshoala and Stella Mbachu were all the Port Harcourt based outfit that stuffed their starting line up with about 95 percent of Super Falcons players needed to breeze past their opponents from Akure.
Angels began the game on a bright note but had their chances thwarted by outstanding Sunshine Queens goalkeeper, Funke Okewole. Oshoala, Aminat Yaakubu and Stella Mbachu took their turns to miss goal scoring opportunities as they couldn’t get past Okewole.
Edwin Okon’s ladies dominated the first twenty minutes of the encounter before Sunshine Queens made their first attacking move through Oyewusi Shola but her efforts was an easy catch for goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte.
Aminat failed to get the curtain raiser for her side as her shot hit the woodwork following a well tailored cross from Oshoala. Six minutes later, Okewole rescued her side from going a goal down as she was forced to make a brilliant off Stella Mbachu’s blinder.
In the 38th minute, Aminat was the culprit again as she could not convert a one on one chance against Sunshine Queens shot stopper.
On resumption of the second half, River Queens continued to mount pressure on the opponents and were rewarded accordingly in the 66th minute courtesy Oshoala’s strike.
The 2014 African Women Championship most valuable player converted a rebound off goalkeeper Okewole’s save to give her side the lead.
Stella Mbachu’s cool finish in the 86th minute sealed victory for Edwin Okon’s team as they cruised to their fourth title win in a row.
Meanwhile, the Enyimba football club of Aba, Abia State defeated Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt 2-1 to lift the 2014 Nigeria Men federation Cup final yesterday.
The match was played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium before a capacity craivd. The first half of the game ended zero score live on both sides.
On resumption, Enyimba player Mfon Udoh scored the first goal of the game for his side. The second goal came in the 73 minutes of the match while Dolphin’s Emen Eduok scored the only goal for his team at 80th minutes of the game.

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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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