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Sharks’ Captain Thanks Fans After Home Victory

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Captain of Sharks FC of
Port Harcourt, Odinga Odinga, at the weekend  thanked fans of the club for their patience with the team during their ‘dark days’.
Sharks had beaten the Warri Wolves 2-1 in the Glo Premier League in Port Harcourt in the first match of the second Stanza of the season.
The player spoke against the backdrop of their poor performance in the first stanza, which was a result of poor motivation from non payment of their salaries.
Fredrick Obomate had scored the first goal for Sharks in the 25th minute from a free kick, while Chiamaka Madu scored the second in the 39th minute.
Kufre Ebong of Wolves, pulled one back in the 82nd minute when Sharks defender failed to clear a loose ball.
Odinga told sports writers after the victory at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt that they would work harder.
“I want to assure you that we are returning to our winning ways because we are playing in our stadium, and I thank the fans for being patient with us.
“We are not just going to win at home, we will also win at away because there is no more home advantage,” he said.
Odinga commended the League Management Company (LMC) and officials of the league for maintaining high standards in officiating.
Sharks Coach, Festus Allen said he was happy that the club started the second round of the league on a winning note.
He assured that they would strive to win in their next game against Sunshine Stars in Akure.
“Every one thousand mile begins with a step and we have started on that step.
“We are taking that step to Akure on Wednesday, to play against the Sunshine Stars. What we are expecting is a win and nothing short of that,’’ he said.
Allen assured fans that the exit of the club’s top striker, Christian Pyagbara, would not affect their fortunes.
Coach of Warri Wolves, Paul Aigbogun said the outcome of the match was not much of a surprise as it was with football.
“I think we did play well in the first half but we came all out in the second half to attack and we had a goal.
“I guess it was fatigue in the first half that adversely affected my boys. We played on Wednesday in Akure and came back with same players, so it was not easy,’’ he said.
Aigbogun said Sharks played better in the first half while his team played better in the second half but failed to take their chances.
“We will go back and work on where we were inefficient, in order to come back stronger,’’ he said.

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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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