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2018 CAF Cup: Enyimba Tipped To Lift Trophy

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Nigeria Premier League Club, Enyimba International FC has been tipped to lift the CAF Confederations Cup this season, according to a renowned Lagos based journalists, Emmanuel Etim.
In a chat with Tidesports, Mr Etim agreed with popular belief that the people’s Elephant Gold go on and win the converted trophy after defeating Brazzavile 1-0 in Aba.
The win took them to the top of the Group with 12 points and CARA on points, with both teams qualifying from the group and into the quarterfinals.
Mr Etim believes that the team from Aba has all it takes to defeat any opposition that comes their way coupled with the fact that majorly all Nigerian Professional Football League (NFF) fans are on their side, as they are the last Nigerian team standing in any of the CAF Competitions this season.
According to him, I was really impressed by the performance of the players in general, particularly Mfon Udoh, who gave a man of the match performance for me.
Enyimba, who were playing at the new Aba township stadium after a long time had difficulty serving in the match due to the staunch defending of the Congolese side, but found a way to break the deadlock after Mfon Udoh’s freekick hit the post and Wasiu Alalade converted the rebound later on the game.
That last gasp winner proved enough for the two-time CAF champions league winners to qualify as table toppers and they are set to meet Rayon Sports of Rwanda in the quarterfinals stage of the competition.

 

Femni Akinyemi

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Rangers’ Forward Recounts Poor Continental Performance

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Enugu Rangers forward, Ibrahim Olawoyin has recounted his team’s disappointing loss against Al Masry of Egypt in the group stages of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.
It was a poor performance from Rangers at the Alexandria Stadium after losing their opening fixture against Pyramids FC.
The Flying Antelopes failed to come to the party and subsequently fell to a 4-2 loss against the Egyptian.
Goals from Austin Amutu, Ahmed Yasser, Muftah Taktak and Hassan Ali ensured the Coal City club left Egypt empty-handed, but Eziekwe Chinoso’s effort and Saidou Simpore’s own goal made the scoreline more respectable.
Rangers would then go on to pick a paltry three points from their subsequent four games and ultimately exited the competition in the group stage.
Three months later, Olawoyin has expressed his disappointment at the defeat, insisting his side gave up a good fight.
The former Abia Warriors winger, in a video clip posted on Twitter, also highlighted his overall contribution to the game.

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NNL To Wait For NPFL’s Decision

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Ex-international and Chairman of Nigeria National League side, Kogi United, Abdul Sule has stated that the decision on the status of the Nigeria National League which has been on hold since December 2019 after just five and four games respectively will largely be dependent on some of the decisions taken by the topflight league.
Sule speaking in a chat with brila.net said the incidents of the Covid-19 induced break coupled with the league that has been hold means it remains clearly uncertain when the league will resume, how the league will run and whether the second tier league will be played.
“We know it’s going to take time for the Corona virus thing to disappear but also it depend on the Nigeria Premier league, we have to follow the status quo. We have to see what the Nigeria Premier league will do. Are they going to stop the league and start afresh?”

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Obuh Against Plans To Slash NPFL Players’ Salaries

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Former Akwa United Coach, John Obuh, has stated that it would be unfair for teams in the NPFL to be thinking of slashing the salaries of the players in the league because of coronavirus.
The former Flying Eagles handler seems not too cool with the news that some NPFL Clubs have slashed and some are planning to reduce the salaries of their players due to the COVID-19 induced break.
Obuh’s reaction was timely with a resolution of the committee signed by Yobe Deserts chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan that the monthly allowance of the players and technical crew of the main team was reduced by 75% while the Feeder and Under 15 teams would receive 50% of their monthly allowances.
In a chat with brila.net, Obuh asked if the clubs in the Nigerian professional football league pay their players well in the first place before considering a pay cut.
“Some clubs don’t even pay these guys during breaks, now you want to go into the idea of a pay cut, pay cut of how much? How much are you paying the players before talking of pay cut? Obuh fumed!”
Obuh also said most of the NPFL clubs have terrible welfare packages for their players, and sometimes don’t treat the boys as the asset they are.
Sports activities including the domestic league in the country was earlier suspended by the government as part of measure to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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