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Fury, Wilder Rematch For February 2020

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Britain’s Tyson Fury says his highly-anticipated rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place on 22 February 2020.
Fury, 30, stopped German Tom Schwarz in round two in June in his first fight since a draw with Wilder in December, which the Englishman felt he won.
Wilder is slated to defend his belt against Luis Ortiz but beating the Cuban would allow a rematch with Fury.
“The rematch has been confirmed and signed, 22 February,” said Fury.
Speaking at an event at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, Fury added: “It’s on, the rematch. This time I am going to knock him out.
“This time I haven’t been out the ring for three years, this time I haven’t been abusing too much alcohol.”
Fury says any bout with Wilder would take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.
But first Wilder must face his own return fight against Ortiz in September, while Fury expects his next contest to take place in New York on 5 October.
The self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ has said he could face American Jarrell Miller, who lost the chance to take on Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June after failing three drugs tests.
As a result of a six-month ban given to him in March, Miller would need to obtain a licence to fight in New York if he is to face Fury in the Briton’s second bout on his lucrative ESPN contract.
“ESPN want an American opponent,” Fury told our source.
He said:”I will fight anybody. I’m not really bothered. I want the toughest opponent as I need it for that 22 February fight as Wilder is going to be in a good fight with Ortiz, who took him 11 rounds before.
“I need a durable opponent to give me some rounds.”

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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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