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Anambra FA Prepares For Elections

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The Chairman, Anambra
State Football Association (ASFA) Normalisation Committee, Ephraim Chukwuemeka,  has said the election into the board of the Anambra State FA would be conducted before Decembe 25.
Chukwuemeka said this at the Anambra football stakeholders meeting held with members of his committee in Awka on Monday.
He said the committee was determined to do a thorough job.
“As part of our mandate, we will do a thorough job and restore normalcy to Anambra FA that has been without constituted leadership since February 28,’’ Chukwuemeka said.
He said that the election timetable would be released.
The chairman said screening of the local government council candidates as conducted by the former committee would be upheld.
Chukwuemeka, currently chairman of the Abia FA added that only the screening of the candidates for the board election would be re-conducted.
He, however, re-stated that his committee would not be intimidated in the course of carrying out their assignment.
“Anambra football has been cheated for about a year now over a lack of an elected executive board. We want you to cooperate with us maximally, so that we can lead the state back to normalcy,’’ Chukwuemeka said.
Olisa Aniuno, one of the top contenders for the chairmanship position expressed confidence in the ability of the committee’to do a thorough job that would be acceptable to all stakeholders.
Aniuno called for understanding and patience on the part of the members so that the committee could articulate and execute their programme without pressures.
Mike Umeh, a former chairman of the board and a candidate urged the committee to clear all obstacles, “including the court case that stalled the conduct of the election in August, so that there will not be impediments to a successful conduct of the election.’’
Umeh called for early release of timetable to enable the contestants to start early preparations.
Tidesports reports that the 4-man committee led by Chukwuemeka was constituted by the Nigeria Football Federation when the Iloegbune Okoye committee was adjudged to have failed to deliver elections into the board, within the allotted three months’ timeframe.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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