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‘NPFL’ll Soon Be Most Watched League’

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President of the Spanish foot
ball league (LaLiga), Javier Tebas, at the weekend in Abuja said the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) would soon be the most watched league in Europe.
Tebas who spoke during the official commissioning of the LaLiga office in Abuja said this would materialise in view of the Spanish league’s partnership with its Nigerian counterpart.
The opening of an office in Nigeria by LaLiga is part of the implementation of a technical and commercial partnership recently signed.
LaLiga signed the partnership with the League Management Company (LMC), who are the organisers of the NPFL.
The LaLiga President noted that the Spanish league, being one of the top leagues in the world, attracts a lot of media attention worldwide.
He said its partnership with the NPFL would therefore draw a lot of media attention to the Nigerian league.
“Our vision is very clear. We want to see the NPFL get better in terms of its quality and organisation.
“I am convinced that in a few years from now, the NPFL will be the most watched in Europe.
“Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will also come here to play in Nigeria,’’ Tebas said.
He said part of the partnership deal was the LaLiga tour by 40 players selected from the NPFL into an All-Star team.
NAN reports that during the team’s tour of Spain, it will participate in the prestigious Carranza LaLiga World Club tourney and also play a friendly
match against Valencia CF.
Also, Antonio Baradas, the LaLiga Africa Representative based in South Africa, expressed satisfaction with the location of the office in the high-brow Maitama district of Abuja.
“I am impressed by the quality of materials used in equipping the office.
“It is a very conducive place for us to work on making the NPFL-LaLiga partnership a success.”
He said LaLiga would invest in the grassroots of Nigerian football, adding that a lot of talents abound in the country.
“The talents are here. We have to work with what you’ve got.
“We have a contract signed for five years and hopefully we can extend it beyond that for a long time to come,’’ Baradas said.
Simililarly,  the Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Alfonso Barnuevo,  said the partnership between LaLiga and the NPFL marked the beginning of a solid presence in Nigeria.
He said it would be consolidating what has already been achieved.
“As Spanish Ambassador, I have to express my satisfaction that one of the strongest institutions in Spain, and probably one of the best known worldwide, LaLiga, has established an office in Nigeria.
“I see a bright future ahead,’’ Barnuevo said.
Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), described the event as another major milestone and a new dawn for Nigeria.
“We are delighted that very early in the tenor of this partnership, a lot of positives are being recorded.
“This opening of the LaLiga Office represents another landmark in the partnership and will facilitate effective collaboration between the two leagues,’’ he said.
Tidesports source recalls that LaLiga Foundation, a charity arm of LaLiga, recently announced a grant of 56,000 Euros and equipment to El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri.
The grant was to support the club in the response to the insurgency which forced the club to play home league fixtures in other cities for almost three seasons.
Nigeria is the second African country after South Africa to have an office of a major European League.

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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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