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Oshoala Celebrates CAF Award With Four Goals

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Super Falcons’ captain, Asisat Oshoala, celebrated her Africa’s best female football player award with four goals as she led Barcelona to a 6-0 victory against Tacon in Saturday’s Spanish Primera Iberdrola game.
Oshoala was in blistering form as she tore the Madrid-based outfit apart with her double brace to inspire the leaders to victory
The 25-year-old scored a brace in each half to complete her first hat-trick in a competitive professional football.
Oshoala scored the first goal of the encounter just two minutes into the game.
In the 19th minute, she found the back of the net for the second time following an assist from Jenni Hermoso, who had doubled the lead in the 17th minute before Marta Torrejon made it four, from Lieke Martens’ cross.
After the break, the Falcons captain netted her first professional treble two minutes after the restart and grabbed her fourth in the 63rd minute to wrap the big win for Lluis Cortes’ side.
Oshoala has now scored 14 goals from the same number of appearances this season, including six goals in two matches in 2020.
Saturday’s massive win helped Barcelona maintain their seven-point gap at the top of the log and Oshoala will hope to continue her impressive goalscoring run at home against Rayo Vallecano on January 18.

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SWAN Lauds NFF On COVID-19 Palliatives

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The President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has applauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the transparent manner it disbursed the COVID-19 palliative package from FIFA, CAF and other sponsors.
Sirawoo, who expressed delight in the N 11,580,000 (eleven million, five hundred and eighty thousand) Naira that was earmarked for SWAN said the NFF was meticulous in ensuring that all the stakeholders in Nigerian football were duly captured.
He further noted that the gesture will in no small way enhance the cordial working relationship between the NFF and other stakeholders especially SWAN, even as he urged all the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant.
“The leadership of the NFF has displayed a very high degree of transparency in the manner it handled the COVID-19 palliatives from its various sponsors by ensuring that all the stakeholders in the football development chain were captured.
“We in SWAN are particularly happy because this recognition will go a long way in alleviating the impact of the pandemic which has slowed down the economic activities of the country.”
“We thank the President of the NFF, AmajuPinnick and members of his Board for this well-thought and timely gesture; our members have gone through various degrees of pains following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, we say thank you NFF,” he declared.
The SWAN President also assured that he will ensure that all the members of the association in its 37 state chapters were given their due from the amount.

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Opara Dumps Enyimba

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Defender, Austin Opara has parted ways with Enyimba International of Aba, despite joining the club twelve months ago.
Opara reached an agreement to terminate his contract despite having two more years on his contract he signed last year.
Opara joined the 2019 Nigeria professional football league Champions after ending his successful spell with the MFM Football Club of Lagos, where he captained the team for several seasons.
Opara arrived Aba giants with much promise but he found first-team opportunities difficult to come by, no thanks to the solid partnership of Anaemena and Adebayo at the back.
The hard-tackling defender is also behind Nelson Ogbonnaya down the pecking order, which only makes him Fatai Osho’s fourth choice.
Opara is however free to join any team of his choice ahead of 2020-2021 campaign.

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COVID-19, Setback To League Players – Mbaoma

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Enyimba player, Victor Mbaoma, has stated that league players at this rate have been put at a disadvantaged position with the current COVID-19 situation and the level of things with regard to when football will return.
Mbaoma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, said the current situation with regard to waiting for government approval, whereas their counterparts abroad are able to play behind closed doors, means league players are worst affected and may not be ready to be in the scheme of things until next year, career-wise and even with regard to movement abroad.

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