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AFCON Qualifiers: Let’s Fight To Beat Egypt, Oliseh Urges Nigerians

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Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh giving instructions

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh giving instructions

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has asked that Nigerians put behind them recent misgivings so as to forge a united front that will beat Egypt in an AFCON 2017 qualifier next month.
Nigeria will battle Egypt in a decisive AFCON qualifier on March 25 with the reverse leg in Egypt a couple of days later.
Seven-time African champions Egypt are top of the qualifying group with six points, while Nigeria are two points behind with only the group winners assured of automatic passage to the AFCON in Gabon in January 2017.
Oliseh has therefore urged that all be forgiven and forgotten after the country failed to go past the knockout stage of the 2016 CHAN, followed by his YouTube outburst and the fallouts thereafter.
“We have to move on, the interest of our nation should come first,” pleaded the coach, who has already tendered an apology to his employers.
“We have to fight Egypt and not ourselves now. We have to come together. Nigeria comes first.
“We have to be in Gabon (AFCON 2017) and Russia (2018 World Cup).”
Meanwhile, Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Isaac Semitoje insists the Super Eagles have lost their fear factor on the continent.
Nigeria take on Egypt in a Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header next month on the back of the team’s exit at Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship at the group stages last month.
And Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh  has come under heavy scrutiny after the Eagles managed to win just one game in the tournament meant for players playing their trade in their countries’ football leagues.
The beleaguered coach is fighting to save his job after labelling his critics “insane” – and claiming some reporters demanded bribes from him to “write positive stories”.
But former Nigeria defender Semitoje, who expressed his disappointment at the development, says the Eagles must work for victories  if they are to again strike fear into their opponents.
He lamented the continuing uncertainty surrounding Oliseh’s job ahead of the crucial two-legged fixture against record seventh-time African champions Egypt.
“I’m disappointed that Nigerian football is not developing,” the former Algiers ’90 Africa Cup of Nations silver medallist told our correspondent on the telephone.
“Teams no longer fear us on the continent because of the problems in our football.
“In fact, smaller teams believe they can beat us, because we have lost our fear factor.”
The Denmark-based coach added, “We must put our house in order if we want any team to fear us. We are not guaranteed victory against Egypt because our team lacks motivation. I believe we will beat them.
“I read somewhere that our players have not been paid their win bonuses and other allowances. And the coaches are being owed salaries. It’s a shame!”
The former Iwuanyanwu Nationale captain called for support for the national team ahead of the games against the Pharaohs.
Semitoje added, “The government or the Nigeria Football Federation must fulfil their promises to the players. We suffered the same fate in our days.
“We were promised houses for winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, but those of us who chose to have our houses in Lagos have yet to be given.
“Thompson Oliha was always talking about the issue before he died three years ago.”

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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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