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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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NFF’s Involvement In Super Six Is Encouraging – Danjuma

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Coach of Nigeria’s U-20 national women’s team, Christopher Danjuma, has stated that the massive involvement of the Nigeria Football Federation’s top shots and executives at the ongoing Super Six tournament in Ijebu Ode is a clear indication that women’s football in Nigeria is now being reckoned with.
Danjuma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that having the Federation’s big wigs attending in person is a big plus to the game and also indicative of the growth of the women’s game in the country.
“It means that women’s football is being reckoned with, the people are reckoning with it. If Pinick can be there, Seyi Akinwumi can be there, the Coach of the Super Falcons, it’s really encouraging; it is encouraging seriously it is encouraging,” he added.

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‘D’Tigers Can’t Be Scared Of Any Team’

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Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Basketball national team, D’Tigers, Odaudu Ogoh, has stated that Nigeria has come of age in basketball and blessed with an abundance of talented players as not to be scared of facing any team at the games.
Ogoh, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that getting the selection right and having a good time to prepare the team will be what is needed to be strong enough to face any opposition in the Basketball event at the fast-approaching Olympic games in Tokyo.
“As regards basketball, there is no team that Nigeria is going to be scared of right now. We have come of age, it’s just for us to get our acts together, pick the best that we can, have quality time to prepare and we can give any team a run for their money and hopefully make further progress.”

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Olympics: Duru Rues Nigeria’s Missed Opportunities

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Lobi Stars and home-based Super Eagles defender. Ebube Duru is ruing missed opportunities for Nigerian players after coming to the realities of Nigeria’s imminent absence at the football events of the Olympic games for men and women following the draws on Wednesday.
Duru, who played in the ill-fated U23 national team side under current Abia Warriors’ Coach, Imama Amapakabo told Tiesports source that he saw the draws and couldn’t help but regret what a massive opportunity was missed by Nigerian players especially those who ply their trade in the domestic league and would have been able to showcase themselves to the rest of the world via the games.
“I saw it and the first thing that came to my mind was, we were supposed to be playing, it’s so painful though we didn’t go for the Nation’s Cup to play the qualifiers, it’s very painful seeing that the biggest platform where you can showcase yourself and market yourself to the world, you’re not there. So it’s very painful.”

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