Football fans yesterday in Kaduna hailed Nigeria Super Eagles’ 2-1 victory over Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Tidesports source reports that Coach Gernot Rohr’s team defeated Stuart Baxter’s Bafana Bafana in the quarter-finals of the competition last Wednesday night, at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.
The fans, in separate interviews with newsmen in Kaduna, expressed satisfaction with the Super Eagles’ performance, tipping the team to go all the way to win the tournament.
State Director of Sports, Ibrahim Yakubu, described the Eagles’ performance in the encounter as impressive.
Yakubu, however, advised the team to work harder to enable them to win the trophy.
“I am happy we made it to the semi-finals yesterday; I hope to see us playing in the final with another good display.
“I urge the team to work harder to lift the trophy for Nigerians, to further enhance unity in the country,” he advised.
Also, Sports analyst, Vincent Akinbami, described the players as more businesslike in the encounter, unlike in the last four matches.
“Their marking was compact in the first half; that helped us to go up front and create more chances,” he said.
Akinbami commended the players for their determination throughout the match, adding that they were getting better with every match.
Commenting, another Sports analyst, Jide Bodunde, congratulated the Super Eagles for a well-deserved victory.
While wishing the team well in their remaining matches in the tournament, Bodunde advised them to work harder to win the championship.
He said: “The semi-final will be tougher and more difficult because Algeria or CIV won’t sit deep like the South Africans.
“At this stage, anything can happen; but the Super Eagles are even closer to a podium finish.
“I wish the team nothing, but victory in the semi-final, but it’s certainly going to be a very long evening.”
Football Is Catalyst For Peace, Unity – Cleric
The resident Pastor of Methodist Church Nigeria, Gure community, Bean District of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Rev. Abolo Promise, says football is one event that brought peace and joy to people.
He stated that the sports was a catalyst for unity, peace and harmony in every sector.
Rev. Promise said this, Wednesday, shortly after the final league football competition between Super Angel FC and Young FC of Gure community at the community primary school field.
“The game is a lovely one, is not a do or die match.
“This Competition is to celebrate the peace in the community,” Rev. Promise said.
According to him, the present situation we are in today, is nothing to write home about, but with the presence of God we must scale through the Coronavirus pandemic.
He used the forum to thank the state government led by Chief Nyesom Wike, for his proactive measure towards the pandemic
“Today God has used our Governor to fight this virus in our state. I thank him,” he stated.
He further appealed to Gure community youths to keep praying, adding that when there is peace and unity the community will move forward.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Plateau United Wants To Be Crowned NPFL Champions
Plateau United gaffer, Abdu Maikaba, has admitted that there’s nothing wrong in handing the NPFL title to his team if the league was not concluded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Peace Boys have been the most outstanding team in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season, having opened a four-point gap over the chasing pack.
The Jos-based club has not only been solid at home but has also been brilliant on the road having picked up an impressive 12 points away from home.
However, Maikaba, who joined the side from Akwa United back in 2018, believes his team has been the best thus far and should therefore, be awarded the title, if things remained the same.
The 55-year-old tactician also maintained that the other managers won’t be offended if the league organisers decided to hand them the trophy claiming they all started the season together, but his side has been the most consistent.
“I think it would be fair to hand us the NPFL title,” he told Tidesports source.
“If you look at the number of match-days, out of the 25 match-days, we have been on top of the log for 21 match-days. So, I think we really deserve to be given the trophy as the winner of the league peradventure things continue like this.
Though, we don’t pray for that because we want the league to finish so that we can make sure that we satisfy ourselves as the real champions of the 2019/2020 seasons.”
“I believe we will finish and remain consistent because from the beginning of the season, we have been able to keep the distance between us and the second-place team to at least two points, but at the moment we have been able to extend the gap to four points, which I believe shows a clear sign of improvement moving towards the end of the competition.”
United, who last won the title in the 2017/2018 season has amassed 49 points from 25 matches before the league was brought to an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 situation.
‘Ndifreke Is The Best Striker In NPFL’
Akwa United defender Olisa Ndah has named teammates Effiong Ndifreke has the best striker in the Nigerian professional football league at the moment.
Ndah believes the Chan Eagles striker’s work ethic placed him ahead of the like of Auwalu Ali of Kano Pillars and Isreal Abia of Rangers International of Enugu.
The three strikers have been impressive this season and have swapped placed at the top of the 2019/2020 Nigeria professional football league scoring chart.
Ndah, who spoke to Tidesports source said the followers of the league were lucky to witness healthy competition among the trio this season, but insisted his teammate is the one who has impressed him the most.
“Effiong Ndifreke is the one who has impressed most, not because he’s my teammate, but he doesn’t just score goals, he works effortlessly for the team,” he told our souce.
The Dream Team VII defender, however, named the current league-leading scorer, Israel Abia, as the toughest opponent he has faced this season.
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