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Eguavon Helps ABS Beat Niger Tornadoes

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Seasonal Charles Eguavon came from the bench to score the winning goal to help Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC beat visiting Niger Tornadoes of Minna 2-1 on Saturday.
Tidesports source reports that the 2020/2021 Nigeria National League (NNL) match Day 9 was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
With this streak, ABS has returned to winning ways after three consecutive away losses.
It was Eguavon’s 5th goal of the season after rejoining the club from City rival, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, on loan.
The homers dominated proceedings for most of the first half and wasted so many goal scoring opportunities in the process.
Kale Karatu in the 10th minute benefitted from a lose ball and wasted no time in responding with a fantastic shot which went wide.
The visitors would have been ahead in the 19th minute when Oche Josiah won possession in a dangerous position drove straight into the ABS box before his fine attempt went wide.
ABS defender, Nelson Abiam forced Niger Tornadoes’ goalkeeper, Yinka David to a brace of saves in the space of two minutes.
The host’s search for goals left them short in the defence on most occasions as they struggle at times to cope with the pace and power of Tornadoes’ Oche Josiah.
ABS returned from where they left it in the 2nd half when play resumed again as Mubaraq Gata fed an incoming Kale Karatu in the 47th minute his shot was poorly played.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute after Tornadoes defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the goal area.
Gata made no mistake in the 53rd minute when he hit the ball directly into the roof of the net to score the ABS first goal.
ABS coach, Anthony Encho, made three changes in the 63rd minute to add notes to his attack when he introduced Taofik Aremu, Charles Eguavon and John Maurice as they came to replace Mubaraq Gata, Samuel Bamigboye and Kale Karatu.
One minute later, Abdullahi Boje made a fine safe to deny the visitors from a corner kick.
Eguavon rose from the bench to score the winning goal in the 71st minute from a goal mouth scrambling after perfect team play by the hosts.
The ABS 2nd goal lead only lasted for seven minutes when Tornadoes half the scores through John Jacob.
The visitors had some fringes of moments at the tail end of the match but ABS held on well to end the first round of the league with the 2-1 win.
The Ilorin based side now moved to the 4th position of the log haven started the match day in the 7th place on the table.

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Finidi George Begins  Tenure On A Winning Note

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Super Eagles legend Finidi George began his tenure as the coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba on a winning note.
The former Nigerian international was appointed as the coach of Nigeria’s most successful club, Enyimna FC last month, and he could not have hoped for a better start.
Finidi had revealed in his press conference that he was at the club to win, and that was what he did in his first match in charge.
The former Real Betis winger led his boys to a 1-0 win over ASC Diambars in the first leg of their second round qualifying match of the CAF Confederations Cup in Senegal.
It was not an easy victory, though, as Enyimba had their goalkeeper to thank for making vital saves to keep the away side in the game.
Substitute Cyril Olisema’s late penalty ensures the Peoples Elephants go into the second leg in Aba with a slight advantage.
It was Enyimba’s first game in the competition after they were drawn in the first qualifying round. Finidi will now hope his side can finish the job at home and seal a place in the playoff round.

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‘I Remain One Of Africa’s Best Strikers’

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Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes he ranks among the best strikers out of Africa.
Tidesports source reports that Aiyegbeni sits fifth on the list of all-time African goalscorers in the Premier League with 95 goals, just behind Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor’s 97 for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian featured for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers over a nine-year period, and believes his record stacks up favourably considering his club’s comparatively lower standings.
“I’ll still remain one of the top strikers from Africa, no matter if those guys score more than 100 goals,” he said. “Don’t forget they played for some of the biggest clubs in England.
“To score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton and Blackburn is big as well. If you can get 15 goals in a season as a striker in England, it’s a great season for you.
“For me, it’s an honour to score that many goals. I got injured and didn’t play for one year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. I had chances to do it, but the time was right for me to leave, so I went to China.”
As for current players, Manchester City’s Algeria international, Riyad Mahrez (67), sixth on the list, and Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (66), seventh, still have some way to go to trouble the top five.

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Whyte Ogbonda Satisfied With Team’s Performance

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Manager of Osun Babes Whyte Ogbonda has commended his players’ performance at the on going 2021 edition of the Flying Officers Cup Tour name ng and tasked them to be more determined when they face Royal Queens in their next encounter.
Ogbonda made the commendation during a telephone chat with Tidesports at the weekend.
The Ogbonda led side played a goalless draw against Bayelsa Queens on Fridau to book a place in the quarters finale of the major Women Football preseason Championship in Africa.
According to the former Ibom Angels manager, rhe game against Bayelsa Queens was a great test and it really helped them(Osun Babes FC), as they continue to build a team for the new season.
“Truly, our preparation was not ideal before now, but I told my players before the match that it is very important that we go past the first round and qualify for the next round.
‘It was very tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times we were pushed beyond limits.
‘We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament and with more hard work, I believe we will get better as a team.”
Osun Babes will play in the quarter-finals against Royal Queens Today at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja.

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