Enyimba FC of Aba’s, goalkeeper, John Noble, says his target in the CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) tournament is to reach the finals and win the continental trophy for Nigerians.
Noble said this on Sunday in an interview with sports journalists, shortly after his side edged out Rivers United, in preliminary round of the CAFCC at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He described the match as very tough, expressed excitement as they won the encounter through penalty shootout
“I feel very excited coming to my home to play.
I am a Port Harcourt son, I am so happy, I return all the glory to God,” Noble said.
According to him, when coming to Port Harcourt, he knew that the game was going to be tough; adding that they prepared for the game, knowing what was at stake.
“I knew definitely, I am going to save one or two balls if the game ended on penalty,” he stated.
The keeper noted that, Cyril Olisema, who missed the first kick for Enyimba FC, is one of the best penalty shooters in the team, stressed that what happened to him can happen to any player.
“I didn’t give up after he missed the first kick, because I knew something was going to happen,” he explained.
Both teams tied on goal aggregate, as Enyimba eliminated the Pride of Rivers by 5-6 through penalty shootout.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Alumni Beg Wike To Renovate Sports Institute
The Pioneer Chairperson of the, Alumni of Rivers State Sports Institution (RSSI), Isaka, ‘Class 90’ in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Diseph D. Ezikwas, has appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike, to rehabilitate the dilapidated school, SIRS.
She stated that about 10 years now, the school has been in deplorable condition, saying that the institution has lost its glory, because of the present condition.
Ezikwas made the appeal at the weekend during its reunion meeting after three decades, adding that the primary aim of the Alumni is to promote and develop their alma mater.
“We are appealing to his Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, the project governor, to extend his quality project to our school; honestly, the institution has produced notable athletes in the country,” Ezekwas said.
According to her, the rehabilitation of the school would help to discover more talents that would represent the State and country at all levels, adding that it would also curb youth restiveness.
“Your Excellency, Sir, this is the first school that combines both sports and academies in the country and since then, the school has produced notable athletes in the country,” she stated.
Eguma Blames Defenders Over 1-0 Loss
The Technical Manager of Rivers United of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has blamed his defenders for the one zero loss against Warri Wolves, on Wednesday.
He noted that the disorganisation at the backline in the second half actually caused the goal they conceded.
Eguma said this in a post match interview with Tidesports shortly after he lost to his host, on Wednesday, at Delta State Polytechnic field, Ozoro.
In spite of the defeat, Eguma commended his players for the impressive performance displayed in the game.
“It is a game of football, sometimes, it’s like that. All I found out is that the game was too physical. The two teams were too physical in the game and I think in the second half, they conceded that goal because there was defensive error,” Eguma said.
Rivers United enjoyed more than 70 percent possession in the game, but was unable to find a way past Pwadadi Paul in goal for the seasiders.
As it is, United suffered her fourth defeat of the season.
With two games at hand, Rivers United drops to 7th position on the NPFL table with 18 points from 10 matches.
Kano Pillars Topping NPFL Excites Striker
Kano Pillars forward, Nyima Nwagwa has expressed delight after scoring the winning goal that earned Sai Masugida a 1-0 win against Sunshine Starts and in the process going top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with Enyimba and Kwara United being held in Aba and Ilorin, respectively.
Nwagwa, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that the win was a very important one for the team because it will certainly boost their confidence after a shaky start early in the season.
He added that this will give them a reason to fight more and ensure they were very much there top of the league, going to the thick of the season.
“It’s very important to us because one thing is that it will actually boost our confidence to be on top and with the way the whole situation was, when we started, we are really happy and it feels like what we are doing is really working for us and we will continue to work hard to ensure we pick all three points that come across our way.”
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