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Hoopers Coach Takes Responsibility For Defeat

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Flying Eagles player struggling to get the ball

Flying Eagles player struggling to get the ball

Kwara Falcons bounced
back from Friday’s loss to beat Rivers Hoopers 65-75, and inflicted a fourth loss of the season on the Host.
Hoopers got off to a great start in the opening stages of the first quarter with some brilliant steals from Victor James. James scored a total of 9points, 4 assists and 5 steals. With 1:44 seconds left to play, the game was tied (14-14) ending the first quarter in favour of the visitors 15-16. The second quarter was also a cagey affair between the two sides. The host added 16 more points but still trailed into the break 31-35.
The third quarter could be regarded as Hoopers most outstanding performance on the day, scoring a total of 25 points. The game was tied again in 5:32 seconds (41-41), the lead was however extended by the home side after two straight 3-pointers from Ronald Alalibo who scored a total of 8 points and 3 assists in the entire game.
Speaking shortly after the game, Coach Ogoh Odaudu took responsibility for his team’s defeat.
“It is not the players’ fault that we lost today, I take all the blame. My team does not play defence.  Falcons were blowing pass them at every opportunity and they could not guard one single player and that’s the problem we have. The consolation we have now is that we have two weeks to our next game. I urge you all to come out and watch our next game you will see the difference in the team.” Odaudu said.
Kwara Falcons coach Adewunmi Aderemi said his team played to instructions.
“ I just told them that the team (Hoopers) is a very good team and we respect them a lot because they are very organised and know what to do. I told my boys it’s either win or lose because I didn’t get the best from them, they played to my instructions and not in a hurry to do anything.”Aderemi explained.
Rivers Hoopers will be on standby next week Friday and will next play Nigeria Customs in Port Harcourt on Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30.

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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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