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Rivers Angels FC Battles Bayelsa Queens In PH

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The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Match day 13  encounter has continued to gather momentum,  as Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt  welcomes arch rival, Bayelsa  Queens today in one of the week 13 fixtures scheduled to hold at the University of Port (UNIPORT) Football Pitch.
The match which is the last match of the first stanza and a wrap up of the NWFL premiership is expected to be a thriller and would need the host to put up their best performance to be able to burst the bubbles of their visitors in today’s battle.
The Jewels of Rivers would have to display the best of their football artistry to pull through this one, as their visitors are no easy nut to crack. No doubt, the encounter would be a battle of supremacy as both sides will fight to carry the day.
Also, the visitors would ensure that their host regrets hosting them, they would ensure that they snatch away the points at stake in today’s encounter. Though, the homers may take home advantage, with their fans cheering them to victory, but the visitors have promised to show their host the stuff they are made of at the end of the 90minutes’ hostility.
The homers  are determined to emerge victorious in today’s show down, as they are prepared to face a strong side who has history with them. Then again, their visitors are battle ready for this match. It is going to be a survival of the fittest as both teams unleash their skills and techniques to ensure total victory.
Currently, Bayelsa Queens are leading the league chart with six points ahead of their opponents, Delta Queens are second with 26 points. While,  Rivers Angels are third on the chat with 25 points from 12 matches played so far.
It would be recalled that the Jewels of Rivers are the defending champions of the competition and are set to defend and sustain the title.

 

By: Nancy Briggs

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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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