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Rivers Angels Crash Out Of Federation Cup

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Defending Champions of
the Women’s Federation Cup, Rivers Angels were on Wednesday eliminated from the competition by Confluence Queens of Lokoja in a quarter final clash held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The Kogi side came from a goal down to edge the six times champions 2-1 via goals from Aluko Mariam and Ikeh Ginika to progress into the last four.
Rivers Angels had taken a first half lead in the 8th minute from Cecilia Nku but coming back into the second half, Aluko Mariam drew level in the 49th minute.
In the 60th minute, Ugo Njoku made a remarkable save as she headed out a shot from Cameroonian Carien Toh on the edge of the post.
Six minutes later, Rosemary Okezie and Mabel Effiom had to scramble for ball inside the 18 yard box from an Ngozi Ebere’s cross but goalkeeper Ruth Sunday came to save the day.
In the 87th minute, Ikeh Ginika who came from the bench made it 2-1 for Confluence Queens thereby eliminating the six times champions from this year’s competition. After the game, assistant coach of Rivers Angels, Whyte Ogonda said his girls failed to utilize their opportunities.
“There’s nothing much about the game but I think Rivers Angels lost the match to Kogi, is not as if Kogi Confluence won Rivers Angels, we gave them the victory by the end of the 90 minutes” Whyte said
“I don’t think we got it wrong tactically anywhere but if you want to talk about tactically, we have to talk about the officiating, I think Rivers Angels got up to five penalties which the referee did not want to give to Rivers Angels but that is not an excuse to me, I felt our girls refused to get our chances because this match Rivers Angels are supposed to have won this match in the first half because we lost about four glaring chances in the first 45 minutes” he added.
Meanwhile, Confluence Queens Coach, Mallam Suleiman Adamu commended the fighting spirit of his girls.
“I think I was very impressed for the game, I thank Almighty God for this victory and I think I commend the fighting spirit of my girls” stated Adamu.
“Is just motivation, we told them that in as much as Rivers Angels can score within the seven minute that if they go in for the second half, within ten minutes they can equalize the game and win.

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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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