Africa’s premier club competition, the CAF Champions League, will get its quarterfinal round underway on Saturday with four first-leg matches across the continent.
The action begins in Dar Es Salaam where Tanzania’s Simba will welcome DR Congo giants TP Mazembe. ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’ were one of the surprise packages in the group stage, coming through a tough pool which included Al Ahly, AS Vita and JS Saoura, and they will need to once again rely on their home form against a ‘Ravens’ team looking to return to the pinnacle of the African game.
In Tshwane, South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns will look to finally get the better of Al Ahly. The teams met in the 2001 final as well as in the preliminary rounds of the 2007 edition, and the Egyptian heavyweights emerged victorious in both ties.
The ‘Brazilians’ will fancy their chances of an upset, but the motivation to reach the final for a third successive time and claim a record-extending ninth African title will be strong for the ‘Red Devils’.
In Guinea, dark horses Horoya AC will look to punch above their weight when Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca head to Conakry, while title holders Esperance de Tunis – who were beaten by Raja Casablanca in the CAF Cup Super Cup last Friday evening – face another North African derby as they head to Algeria to face CS Constantine.
The return matches are set to be held next week Saturday, 13 April. The four aggregate winners will advance into the semifinals.
RSG Partner SWAN For School Sports Development
Rivers State Government has expressed commitment to partner Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Rivers State chapter towards development of school sports in the state.
The Special Adviser (SA) to the State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, on school Sports, Aribitonye Okiri stated that it is important to partner SWAN to achieve the desired results.
Okiri, said this at the weekend in a media parley with members of the association at the Ernest Ikoli Press Center, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
He explained that government is poised to bring back school sports as it was in 1970s, saying that sports create wealth.
“ School sports is dead in our schools. I want to say that SWAN has important role to play in terms of sports development”, Okiri said.
According to him, the state government has the youth at heart as to redirect them to sporting activities, adding that the focus is not going to be football only.
“ With sports activities in our school, crime and poverty rate will be drastically reduced in our society. We can use the power of sports to create wealth”, he said.
The Special Assistant, noted that there are a lot of talents at the rural areas that are begging for help, but with SWAN partnership hidden talents would be exposed to limelight.
He disclosed that his office would draw up a time table for school sports, so that there would be competitions to discover hidden talents. He used the medium to appeal to well meaning individuals, cooperate bodies and multi-nationals to support the government to sponsor sporting activities in the state. .
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We Need To Work Hard For Success – Eguma
The Technical Manager of Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma has said the victory against Lobi Stars FC, at the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is not the end of the road.
He stated that they have a task to achieve good results in every match they play.
Eguma said this last Wednesday, while briefing sports journalists shortly after they defeated Lobi Stars 2-1 in match day 15 of the NPFL at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, in Port Harcourt.
“We are need to work harder. We taking it match after match, God willing, we can sing praises at the end of the League”, Eguma said.
He commended his players for their efforts, saying that they deserved the victory.
“ It was a good game. We played well and deserved victory. It was a tough one. we need to celebrate it because we worked for it”, he stated.
He further explained that the League is still halfway, it would be too early to start thinking of winning the League.
According to him, my team is not built around one particular player saying that every player in the team is part of his programme.
Also speaking, the head coach of Lobi Stars, Gbenga Ogubote, expressed sadness over the loss, saying that it is painful, because he did not intend to lose in Port Harcourt.
According to him, every team in the NPFL have equal chance of winning the league.
“Rivers United FC is a house hold name in the league”, Ogunbote said.
The Lobi coach equally said they would go back and correct their mistakes.
MFM FC Declare Oriyomi Murtala Lawal AWOL
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC, wishes to inform the general public, most especially the clubs in Nigerian Football Leagues about one of its players, Oriyomi Murtala Lawal who is presently AWOI
The player left the club on the 15t, January, 2020, a night before our home game against Jigawa Golden Stars without the knowledge nor approval of the club’s management.
MFM FC warned that any club or agent approaching the player for the purpose of transfer without the Club’s approval would face the risk of a lawsuit, as the player is contracted to MFM FC.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC has declared one of its players, Oriyomi Murtala Lawal, missing and has warned clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League from signing the player.
Oriyomi Murtala Lawal was said to have left the club on the 15th, January 2020, a night before their home game against Jigawa Golden Stars without the knowledge nor approval of the club’s management.
The player is also said to be interested in a move to another club and willing to force the transfer through.
MFM FC, however, claimed Oriyomi still has a valid contract with the club and warned clubs or agents against approaching the player for the purpose of transfer without the club’s approval.
MFM FC is currently seventh on the log of Nigeria Professional Football League with 22 points from 14 matches, but have a game in hand.
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