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SWAN Condemns Robbery Attack On FC Ifeanyi Ubah

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Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra State has condemned the armed robbery attack on the team of Nnewi based FC Ifeanyi Ubah on their way to honour their Week Six fixtures against Jigawa Golden Stars last Friday.
According to China Ubah, Chairman of the club, the team was attacked by armed robbers operating at Kabba Junction near Lokoja in Kogi State.
The association in a statement signed by Anthony Oji and Chimezie Anaso, Chairman and Secretary respectively, expressed solidarity with the team in their time of grief.
“Members of SWAN Anambra Chapter, wish to express their strong solidarity with FC Ifeanyi Ubah, the flagship Football Club of Anambra state at this time of momentary shock.
“Anambra SWAN regret and condemn the incident which occurred on November 29 and caused gun injuries to two occupants of the vehicle conveying the team to their NPFL M D 6 Week match against Jigawa Golden Star in Kano,” he said.
The SWAN chairman described the moment as mixed feeling for it as it had nominated the Club for recognition as the most successful football club side in Anambra.
“We thank God that no life was lost while we pray for quick recovery of those who were injured, more importantly that the trauma of the unfortunate attack may evaporate from the psyche of the team.
“For us, it is a message of both congratulations and solidarity to the team because FCIU will later be recognised as the Most Successful Football Club in Anambra at the Lecture/Recognition Night of the Anambra SWAN Week in Awka,” he added.

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CAF Confed Cup: ‘I knew I Was Going To Score’

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Striker Martins Usule has said he was sure of scoring after he came off the bench to net the winner as Enyimba pipped Ivorian side, San Pedro 1-0 last Sunday in Aba in continuation of the CAF Confederation Cup group phase.
His effort on 64 minutes, after he came on for Samson Obi early in the second half, ensured the two-time African champions bounced back to reckoning in the competition following their Match Day 1 loss to Morocco’s Hassania Agadir away from home, a week earlier.
Speaking after the win against San Pedro in the former Katsina United star, which has now scored three goals in the CAF Confederation Cup this term, could not hide his excitement.
“Yeah, the victory makes me feel so happy because we went for a continental game; we lost in Morocco, coming back home and with the performance, I was very, very touched when I was on the bench when the game was not going on well,” he said. “But after the game, the victory.
“And coming out of the bench to score the goal, it was a joyous thing for me.
“Before I came on, I had it in mind that whether I start the match or come in from the bench, I was going to score a goal.”
Usule’s solitary strike against San Pedro powered Enyimba to second place in Group D of the competition with 3 points from two matches, behind leaders Hassania Agadir, who have a perfect two wins from as many matches.

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Reactions Trail Joshua’s Win Against Ruiz

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Anthony Joshua reclaiming his world boxing titles, as he beat  Andy Ruiz Jr in their second leg fight of the heavyweight champion last Saturday at Saudi Arabia has continued to get more reactions.
In his reactions, former Rivers State heavyweight champion, John Senibo, popularly known as “Big John” described Joshua as a game changer.
According to him, he knew Joshua was going to win the fight because knowing the mistakes he made in the first fight he was going to do something to correct them.
“ We told him what to do because we knew he was going to fight with boiler. We told him to fight from outside range and he did,” Senibo said.
He noted that a lot of people thought he would lose the fight, but those who watched the first fight knew that Joshua would carry the day.
Anthony Joshua lost to Ruiz in June this year, but reclaimed his titles with a unanimous points decision win.
The win saw Joshua reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, which made him two times world heavyweight champion.
The former state heavyweight champion urged Joshua to be focused if he wanted to be the modern day Muhammed Ali.
Also the head coach of Diobu United Boxing Club, Jasper Indakeme expressed happiness over Anthony Joshua victory saying that he has made Nigerians proud.
“I am delighted finally he has reclaimed his tittles back. He is a very good fighter and mentally strong,” Indakeme said.
According to him, he suspected that Joshua trained very hard knowing what is at stake if he loses the second fight.
Also reacting, the former Rivers State middle weight champion (75kg), Comrade Wapaemi Willie Jos commended Joshua for winning in unanimous decisions.
“He should concentrate on how to do more in the game of professional boxing. I am so happy that he reclaimed his titles. He is a proud Nigerian, “he explained.

 

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Enyimba’s Midfielder Praises Teammates For Victory

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Enyimba’s midfielder, Austine Oladapo, has heaped praises on the team after their hard fought win over San Pedro in Sunday’s CAF Confederations Cup.
The Nigerian Champions laboured to a 1-0 win over their visitors at the Aba township stadium , courtesy of late goal from Martin Usule
Enyimba slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Morrocan side, Hassania Agadir, in their first group stage game , but the victory over San Pedro has put them in healthy position in the group.
In a exclusive interview with Tidesport source, Oladapo said the boys were pleased to get the much needed win.
“We are happy with the three points, that’s the important thing , because a draw at home would have been a disaster,”
He added that: “San Pedro are good side, they gave us alot of problems, but thank God that we find solutions to every question they ask”, Oladapo said.
The former Gombe United player concluded that , the aim of the club is to win the competition for Nigerians.

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