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Bring The U-17 Championship Home, Sultan Charges Eaglets

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad II, has urged Nigeria’s Under -17 male football team, Golden Eaglets, to bring home the African U-17 Championship trophy.
A statement by the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, yesterday said that the sultan made the call when the team made a courtesy call on him in Sokoto.
According to the statement, the sultan urged the Eaglets to be disciplined to enable them to succeed.
The statement added that the royal father prayed for the team’s success.
“ We want you to be good ambassadors of this country when you go to Niger; I want you to go and bring the trophy again to Nigeria.
“As you do this, you must be disciplined and listen to your coaches because without discipline you cannot achieve much as a footballer,’’ the statement quoted the royal father as saying.
It said that the sultan was delighted at the courtesy call.
“I am very happy to receive you on behalf of the people of Sokoto, and I want to believe this is the first time some of you are coming to the palace.
“In fact, this is the first time we are hosting a national team here at the palace,’’ the statement also quoted the sultan as saying.
It said that the Head Coach of the team, Emmanuel Amuneke, and the Captain, Kelechi Nwakali, thanked the royal father and the palace chiefs for hosting the team and praying for the players.
It said that they promised that the team would do its best to win the tournament.
The national team arrived in Sokoto on Friday from where they would depart for Niger Republic.
The Eaglets have been drawn in Group A of the African championship alongside hosts, Niger Republic, Guinea and Zambia.
Nigeria and Niger Republic will play the championship’s opening match on Sunday at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché (SGSK).
The championship is billed to end on March 1.
Nigeria emerged champions in 2001 and 2007. The tournament began in 1995.

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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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