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Zimbabwe, Tough Test For S’Eagles – Rohr

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Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has described the match against the Brave Warriors of Zimbawe
as a tough test ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations slated for Egypt later in the month
According to Rohr, though the Eagles failed to find the net in the pre -Nations Cup friendly game
at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Saturday, the Zimbabweans really tested Super Eagles’ resolve and spirit, which bodes well for the expected task of challenging for glory at the Nations Cup proper.
It was a send forth game organised for the Eagles before they get out to Egypt and one the home team and indeed the fans expected a win from, but it proved to be a sterner test than the script had promised. In a game played under heavy rain and wet conditions, the visitors proved very stubborn as they demonstrated great determination and resilience.
They defended resolutely and snuffed out any threat the Eagles tried to engineer. With a compact midfield with robust tackles and impressive team cohesion, they were able to deny Nigeria space and time to express themselves. However, few Nigerian players, particularly, Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu, Leon Balogun and Oghenekaro Etebo were able to show some glimpses of brilliance and promise.
The Eagles were unable to take advantage of  the rare and few opportunities that came their way, especially in the first half when leggy forward, Paul Onuachu was released by Alex Iwobi only for him to side net. Same tale continued in the second half when substitute Henry Onyekuru and Ahmed Musa’s crosses begged for connection to no avail.
In the end, it resulted in a scoreless stalemate, which was probably a fair result considering the industry of the visitors. The game also showed that Zimbabwe is certainly a dark horse that should not be taken for granted at the Nations Cup.
Coach Rohr, however expressed satisfaction with the performance of his players. He said that considering the difficult conditions the match was played in, all of the players deserved commendation for their performances, especially, their ability to try to play good football under extreme cold, wet and soggy conditions. He promised to continue to work to improve on lapses and performance of the team.

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Amapakabo Confident To Move Abia Warriors Up

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Abia Warriors head coach, Imama Amakapabo has stated that if things go the right way with the right resources, he will deliver as expected.
In a chat with Tidesports source, he expressed confidence in his aspirations to the club but warned that it won’t be accomplished without hardwork and also the twin’ idealism between himself and the management.
“Everybody dreams, it would be folly of myself and the management if we have this pact and we don’t aspire, but a lot of work had to be done and let’s not forget that this team had been able to sustain herself and they are one of those teams that have not gone to relegation after coming to the apex league.
However, they have been a mid-table team but with the harmony and unification of working with the management, we will be able to go to the top,” he said.
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Administrator Explains How To Achieve Women’s CAFCL

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Women Football Administrator and Chairman of Nigeria Women Premier league side Adamawa Queens, Emmanuel Zira, has advised the Confederation of Africa Football on how best to actualize the inaugural edition of the Africa women champions’ league.
Zira speaking in a chat with Tidesports source said the ratification of the Africa women champions league comes with its attendant challenges which will put CAF in a difficult position to navigate without clear sponsorship of the competition.
He added that CAF would have to come up with a competition format that is suitable in the light of the economic realities on ground and financially viable.
“They have to develop a format that is suitable. And that is financially viable. It’s a welcome development but CAF also needs to refine, they need to fine-tune the women’s champions’ league, it cannot be the same with the men’s champions league because of the cost implication, sponsorship implication and because of public awareness,” Zira said.
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Kano Pillars Target Continental Glory

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Kano Pillars’s boss Ibrahim Musa has revealed ahead of next season that he intends to do well and make a statement on the continent when hostilities get underway.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Musa said beyond the target of winning the Premier League in Nigeria which he had earlier declared after renewing his contract with the Kano- based side is the target of at least a spot in the group stage of the CAF Confederation cup next season with the club failing on a number of occasions to go beyond the pre-group stage qualifiers.
He said: “You know last time I won the Aiteo cup and came second in the NPFL so this time around I am not looking less especially in this CAF Confederation cup because it has been long for Kano Pillars to do well in the CAF Confederation cup.
“So it’s high time to see we do well. My first target is to see Kano Pillars get to the group stage first. After the group stage, then we are looking for the cup.”
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