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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Eagles Know Foes, January

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Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles will know their group stage foes for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying series next month.
The Super Eagles had featured in each of the last three World Cup tournaments and will be bidding to make it four in a row for the first time ever and seventh overall in Qatar in 2022.
Tidesports gathered that Nigeria will be joining thirty-nine (39) other African countries in the second round (group stage) draws, which has been scheduled for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
The second round of the qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round, which is scheduled for November 2021.
The ten group winners from Round 2 will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022, a format reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race which saw Nigeria defeating Ethiopia en route to qualification.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December 2022.

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Olympic Postponement Favours NBF

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Board member of the Nigeria Boxing Federation Azania Omo- Agege has stated that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak has been a bit of favour for the Nigeria Boxing Federation who now has more time to prepare boxers for the Olympic qualifiers in France.
Omo Agege speaking in a chat with Tidesports source confirmed that the boxing Federation had registered boxers already after AIBA had given a deadline for the registration of boxers even with the Covid-19 break anticipated stating that the Federation had ensured that was done and will equally now have more time to be ready ahead of the last qualifying window for the boxing event of the Olympics in 2021.
“Definitely it favours boxing now; we are already getting ready to go for the qualifiers in France for May just because of the postponement that we can’t go.
“The boxers have already been registered; there was a deadline for registration which we did. We’ve already registered our boxers that will be going for the qualifiers.
“We got a mail from AIBA (International Boxing Association) saying even if the postponement was going to take place; we had to register which we did before the Covid-19 break so we are in order.”

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NPFL Title Shouldn’t Be Awarded To Any Team – Mbaoma

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Enyimba forward Victor Mbaoma has stated that the NPFL title should never be awarded no matter how long the Covid-19 break persists stating expressly that awarding the title to the league league leading side will be totally unfair to Enyimba who with five outstanding games can still very well easily finish above Plateau united who has played more games.
Mbaoma speaking in a chat with Tidesports souce said the decision on what to do admittedly is going to be tough but ending the season and awarding the title should not be an option in the spirit of fairness even to other teams that can still challenge for the NPFL title.
“It will not be fair to have them actually win it because I think we stand a better chance to be the first.
“So, I hope the break ends within this four weeks and if it does not end I don’t want to be hurt again honestly because it will be a very bad thing that they will have to give it to them knowing that some other people can actually fight for it.”

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Rivers Utd’s Coach Not Worried Over COVID-19 Break

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Rivers United FC coach, Stanley Eguma has stated that he is unperturbed by the possible effects of the Covid-19 break on the momentum of his team following a break that happened at a time when the Porthacourt based side had hit a form that has gotten them to second on the league table just four points behind league leaders Plateau united.
Eguma speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said the effects of the break will not be peculiar to his team alone if there would be any because he briefed the Rivers united players already on what is expected of them while they stay at home during the Covid-19 induced break citing a list of training programs handed out to all players to ensure they maintain their physical shape.
“Every person is going to be affected by the break but we will try as much as possible to see how we can control it.
“Before the players left, we told them the need for them to maintain their fitness, train on their own, give them some programs and make sure they don’t increase their body weight. So they can now fashion how they can give themselves the needed fitness.”

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