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Int’l Friendly: S’Eagles Plot Cranes’ Demolition In Uyo

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A basketball action between Nigeria’s male team and their women counterparts in a previous contienental tourney.

A basketball action between Nigeria’s male team and their women counterparts in a previous contienental tourney.

Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles will today in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State begin a rebuilding process towards ensuring qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation and 2018 World Cup, as they confront the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly game.
Returning to the venue of their massive disappointment last time out, when they failed to beat South Africa and qualify for the recent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles will be hard pressed to impress
Apart from the need to return to winning ways today’s friendly, one of the two for this month’s FIFA window will afford many returnee and new players in the Eagles the opportunity to show what they can do and convince the national team handlers of their relevance as the team seeks to turn a new page.
Already, the Ugandans despite leading on head –to-head contest, having won three to Nigeria two of the previous six meeting between the sides, see themselves as the underdogs. According to their coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, this game will test our character because the Super Eagles are a high profile team and facing them at home even makes it the best stage for my players. This friendly will help us test so many things ahead of the 2017 AFCON and 2018 World Cup qualifiers
Thus, the Super Eagles must, apart from trying to improve their records against the Cranes, go to show hunger and ability to reclaim their pride of place in African football.
Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Enyeama is set to win his 100th cap in the game if fielded. The Lille of France safest hands has been regular between the stacks and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF recently confirmed that the keeper is on 99 caps and would reach the century milestone today.
Conven intly, the fixture will take place in Enyeama home state of Akwa Ibom and he would not wish better than to cap the milestone with victory. It will e recalled that Uganda took the place of Bolivia for the friendly after the South Americans withdrew, citing safety concerns.

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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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