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AFCON: Don’t Underrate South Africa, Fans Caution Super Eagles

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Soccer fans in Kaduna, yesterday tasked Super Eagles to do everything possible to win their next match with South Africa and qualify for semi finals.
The soccer fans, who spoke with newsmen said the Super Eagles should approach the match with determination and play as a team.
Isaiah Benjamin, chairman, Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, Kaduna chapter said although expectations were high however, with a good play, the Eagles would be victorious.
“South Africa is certainly not a team that can be taken for granted. The Super Eagles must put in more efforts to scale through to semi finals.
“Indeed, the games are getting tougher, but with determination and team play, I see them emerging victorious,” Benjamin said.
A Sports Analyst, Vincent Akinbami expressed optimism that with team work, there would be a good outcome.
“What was lacking in the team before was team work and team spirit, but so far, I will say they have been adjusting.
“With the Egyptian fans behind us and the new spirit in the team, I see them scaling through.
“Iwobi is beginning to know the responsibility bestowed upon him; the attackers too are building confidence. I see them beating South Africa and getting better with every match till the cup is won,” Akinbami said.
Another Sports Analyst, Jide Bodunde said the Super Eagles needed extra efforts to win the match.
“On paper, you expect the Super Eagles to win, but football has gone beyond that.
“Super Eagles had not defeated South Africa in the last five meetings. South Africa have had one win and finished the remaining four in draws.
“I believe the Super Eagles will beat South Africa but it won’t come easy. A country that eliminated the host country (Egypt) and pre-tournament’s favourite in the presence of over 60,000 fans should be taken seriously.
“They have players like Tacey Taw who loves scoring against Nigeria and Lorch who scored the goal against Egypt as their key men. They should therefore be closely watched,” he said.
Bodunde expressed happiness with Odion Ighalo for rediscovering his scoring form which, he said was good for the Super Eagles.
According to him, Alex Iwobi is also one key player for the Super Eagles.
“My biggest worry is our defence line. They were shaky against Cameroon, thereby exposing the goalkeeper, a situation that made him to concede two easy goals.
“My prediction is 2-1 in favour of the Super Eagles,” the sport analyst said.
A football fan, Abdulmalik Yusuf said with determination, Super Eagles would win the match.
“We are winning the match in spite of having a confused coach, who up till now, does not know his first 11.
“The players should be determined and the outcome will be good,” he said.
Yusuf said Nigerians were ready to support the team with prayers but appealed to the federal government to give them necessary encouragements to boost their morale.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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