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Al Ahly Wants CAF To Postpone Match

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Egyptian giants and eight-time CAF Champions League winners, Al Ahly, have sent an official letter to the Confederations of African football requesting the postponement of their impending quarter-final clash against Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Red Devils have asked that their first-leg encounter initially scheduled for April 5 at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, be postponed by one day.
Al Ahly booked their place in the knockout stages after finishing atop Group D. The South African champions finished second behind Wydad Casablanca in Group A.
“It is very difficult for us to play on April 5, especially as the team will arrive in South Africa on April 4,” Al Ahly’s director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafi told Al Ahly’s official website.
“This puts a lot of pressure on the players because of the long flight to South Africa and the lack of rest before our game with Sundowns.
“I hope that the CAF will take into account the circumstances in which Al Ahly are going through and postpone the match for one day,” he concluded.
The Red Devils are set to play against Zamalek, Ittihad of Alexandria and Sundowns in the space of a week.
Pitso Mosimane’s men face a fixture congestion of their own and are set to take on title rivals Orlando Pirates next Monday before Al Ahly’s visit that Friday.
Al Ahly are set to host the Brazilians for the reverse fixture in Cairo on April 12.

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Panther, Aladumo School Sign Football Academy Deal

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Panther Football Academy has signed partnership deal with Aladumo International Schools, on Friday, at the school premises, Aba road, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with sports journalists, shortly after putting pen on paper, the Chairman of the school, Hon. Soberekon Dikibo said the school is poised to create a career for its students.
According to him, the football academy will not reduce the educational standard of the school, but will give students the opportunity to make a career for themselves.
“I believed that the Managing Director of Panther Football Academy made sense, otherwise I wouldn’t have signed the partnership.
The football academy will not take away education career; it will rather give the students opportunity to make a career through the school.
I also believed that parents will take this opportunity for their children “Hon. Dikibo said.
Earlier the Managing Director of Panther Football Academy Mr. K  Ukwen said the school would benefit a lot from the partnership, as the academy can help acquire sports scholarship with less payment, mostly in United States for students  that prove themselves in the game.
He explained that whatever contract signed by any player from the academy the school will benefit from it.
“This partnership will benefit the school enormously, as the students will be a role model to other students. The school Aladumo will be more attractive and help to make students independent.
The academy can also help to develop their skill fast and the school will become more attractive. Ukwen said.
Also speaking, Head of technical instruction of the academy, Coach Monday Sinclair, said he will ensure that coaches are doing their job right, in the area of skills, technical and techniques.

 

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SWAN Congratulates New Sports Minister …Reels Out Expectatios

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, describing his appointment as well-deserved.
“His appointment as Minister for Youth and Sports represents a new frontier in the administration of sports in Nigeria and one that is expected to usher in dynamism, resourcefulness and focused leadership.
“As the umbrella body of all sports journalists in Nigeria, affiliated to the Association Internationale de la Presse sportive (AIPS) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), SWAN calls on the new Minister to give every Sport adequate attention, unlike some of his predecessors that focused mainly on football to the detriment of others.
A statement issued by the National Secretariat of SWAN and signed by the Deputy Secretary General, Babafemi Raji, noted that over the years, the fortune of Nigeria in international championships had continued to dwindle due largely to lack of concerted effort to discover budding talents that abound in the length and breadth of the country.
“SWAN believes that Nigeria deserves more than what the country is getting from sports in view of the abundance of natural talents in practically every field; hence our hope that you will give priority to grassroots sports.
“Equally of importance to SWAN is the regrettable state of  federal government-owned sports facilities; we make bold to say that they are mostly in dire need of rehabilitation, especially the pitch of the now Moshood Abiola National Stadium, where it is evident that anthills are freely springing up due to lack of maintenance.
“The recent embarrassment the country faced after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) allegedly diverted about $135,000 the world Athletics body mistakenly paid to it, is yet to abate, just as athletes representing the country at international championships were thrown out of their hotel accommodation; amidst cases of unpaid allowances and corruption in the sector.
“SWAN equally expects that the yearly allocation to the sports sector from the federation account will significantly improve, because sports is a huge industry, that if well programmed has the potential to meaningfully engage a lot of the teeming youths.
“SWAN will be ready to support you push for an increase in the allocation that comes to the ministry, by engaging relevant government agencies both at the executive and legislative arms,’’it added.

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Enyimba Sure To Thrash Rahimo FC, Sunday

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Enyimba FC’s midfielder, Austin Oladapo, has expressed confidence in the ability of the team to overturn the loss into a landslide victory against Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso come Sunday,  despite Enyimba’s 0- 1 loss about a fortnight ago in the first leg of the CAF Champions League in Ouagadougou.
Oladapo stated that the team was in form as preparations for the reverse fixture have been impressive, having thrashed Destiny FC 6-1 on Tuesday and secured wins against Diamond Stars, Wilbros FC and NPFL side Delta Force in preceding friendlies.
“I know we can come out as winners on Sunday and make everyone proud come Sunday and we are going to qualify to the next round”, Oladapo said.
It should be noted that the two-time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba will host the Burkinabes on Sunday in a closed-door match in Aba even though Coach Usman Abdallah said they have not received a formal letter from CAF.
The People’s Elephants must gain a 2-0 win to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

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