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‘Internal Strife Derailed Nasarawa United’s Title Bid’

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The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Bamaiyi Anangba has said internal strife affected Nasarawa United Football Club’s chances of winning the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Anangba told newsmen in Lafia that when he resumed as a commissioner he immediately realised that some factors were affecting the team’s performance.
He said the worst of these factors was internal strife, leading to many good players not being featured in matches and thereby creating an exodus of players from the team.
“The season was quite a challenging one. I came in when the team was almost battling with relegation.
“When I came in, we noticed some little challenges. We noticed that Nasarawa United had a very rich cream of players who were not being used.
“It got to a stage that almost 11 players left the club. We also noticed that the players were divided among themselves into factions.
“These issues affected the club’s overall season performance,’’ the Youths and Sports Commissioner said.
He said this led to his ministry’s officials, the club’s management and the representatives of the team’s players to sit down to iron out their differences.
Anangba said that this led to an improvement in the Lafia-based club’s performances, especially in the home matches.
“After we sat down and resolved, there was a great improvement especially in the home matches.
“Not only that however, we also improved in away matches by securing away draws and even an away win,’’ he said.
Anangba said all hands are now on deck however to ensure no negative factor influenced the team’s performance in the 2017/2018 season.
He assured that all issues concerning players’ welfare would be swiftly resolved.
The commissioner also said efforts were in top gear to ensure that the state-owned female football club, Nasarawa Amazons Football Club of Lafia, are motivated to win honours this season.
He said they were working towards the team emerging champions at the upcoming Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Super Four competition.
“We are doing all we can to motivate the girls to come back home with the trophy.
“We have been runners-up for a while. I believe we will not fail to win this time around.
“We will ensure that the state government takes care of all issues concerning the players to guarantee success,’’ Anangba said.

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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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