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Fans Hail S’Eagles, Urge Them To Lift Trophy

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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.”

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Eguma Not Disappointed Over Rivers United, Heartland Draw

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The technical manager of Rivers United football of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said he was not disappointed as he dropped points at home in the match day two of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL).
He stated that his team prepared adequately knowing that Heartland FC of Owerri is coming to fight for the three points.
Eguma said this in a  post match interview with Sports journalists after they played one all  draw against Heartland FC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
According  to the number one coach in  the State, the problem of his team was the inability to  score goals, adding that the problem is not peculiar to his team, but it seems to be a general problem for all the teams in NPFL.
“ We prepared very well because we knew  Heartland FC came to fight with their last blood”, Eguma said.
He explained that they were demoralised when they opponents scored early goal.
“No match is easy  in the NPFL because every team needs the three points,” he explained.
As it stands pride of the State has two points after playing two matches.
He further  commended Heartland FC for running away with a point in Port Harcourt,  adding that he is going back to the drawing board to correct the grey areas.

By: Kiadum Edookor.

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Obuh Sure To Win At Home

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Head coach of Akwa United, John Obuh, has said his team will take maximum points at home when they square up against Abia Warriors in one of the rescheduled NPFL fixtures.
The Promise Keepers started the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season with a 1-1 draw against Warriors Wolves in matchday 1 while, Abia Warriors were  2-0 winners against Katsina United.
Coach Obuh, who will be taking charge of Abia Warriors for the first time in front of their fans, has set his sight on  getting the three points in their first game at home.
“We hope to have the best possible start, especially as we will be playing at home. Our fans and supporters deserve good result. Victory on Thursday will set us on the right track to achieving our target”.
“This is a new NPFL season and we cannot afford to depend on past records and statistics. We have a match to play, we have prepared very well for it, and I can assure our fans that we will not underrate our opponents and we will not leave any stone unturned.
“My players are ready to play, they are fully aware of how the three points will help our course this season, we believe that we will get it right on Thursday. All we need is the support of our fans,” Coach Obuh revealed.
The last encounter between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw last season.
While the two teams have met eleven times in the NPFL in which the Promise Keepers recorded two victories, six draws and three defeats.
The match is slated for Thursday at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

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Draw Excites FCIU Coach

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Following his side’s 1-1 draw against MFM over the weekend in match day 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, head coach of FCIU, Uche Okagbue, has revealed that hard work on the part of the players was solely responsible for the team’s display.
Speaking with brila.net, Okagbue also revealed that the main goal for the team is to ensure they keep doing their best as they aim to win the league or at least grab a continental ticket.
“We are in the league for a surprise and we follow matches the way it comes”.
“We are also working towards getting a continental spot “
“The secret so far is hard work, we promise the fans of FCIU that we are going to do our best this season in the league”.

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