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Crown FC Sure To Gain Promotion

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The Media Officer of Ogbomosho-based Crown FC, at the weekend, Tunji Alabi, said the club has set its sight on gaining promotion to the elite division in its 2018/2019 Nigeria National League (NNL) campaign.
Alabi made the disclosure to the Tidesports source in Lagos on the heels of the clubs away point gain at the Matchday 3 of the NNL against Word of Life FC in Warri.
He said that it was an indication of club’s target of gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.
“We are able to hold Word of Life FC to a one goal apiece in the Matchday 3 Group B4 fixtures of the NNL in the Southern Conference.
“The dramatic encounter that was played at the Oghara Township Stadium in Delta saw the “Ajilete Warriors” display good and matured game.
“Our players, Chibuike Nwankwo and Adeyemi Adeyeye, were always posing a serious threat to the defence line of the Bible Believers Side from the start of the game to the end.
“Adeyemi Adeyeye’s early goal in the 9th minute from the host stopper, Rhiogbere Tejiri’s blunder was denied by the centre referee.
“The Bible Believers Side as well got chances and attempts at goal in the early minutes into the game but goalkeeper and Captain for the Ajilete Warriors, Adeniyi Adejare, were up to the task,’’ he said.
Alabi said that the Ajilete Warriors continued to pressurise the homers until the goals came at the 48th minute.
“The players not minding the heavy wind that was returning balls to their half, continued with touch pattern of play until Adeyeye shot the ball into the net with an assist from Christopher Nwaeze.
“The host team, however, levelled up in the 59th minute when Anyanwu Ugo’s shot from Ogah Collin’s cross found the back of the net,’’ he said.
The Crown FC’s gaffer, Oladunni Oyekale, said he appreciated God for the success, adding that the boys gave a good fight.
“I appreciate God for the outcome of the game. I thank my boys for putting up a good fight though I expected a win. Very painful, we will go home and re-strategise ahead of our next home game,’’ he said.
The Tidesports source reports that Crown FC will play their next Group B4 Match day game yesterday, May 5, at the Soun Township Stadium in Ogbomoso.

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… As Coach Expresses Optimism To Qualify For 2026 W’Cup

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Finidi George has set his sights firmly on securing qualification for the 2026 World Cup, demanding unwavering commitment from his top players as the team aims to get their faltering qualifying campaign back on track.
Unveiled to the media in Abuja on Monday, Finidi, who succeeded the outgoing Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, wasted no time in laying out his immediate priorities, two crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin early next month.
“Nigeria comes first, that’s what I expect from every player I invite. You have to be playing in your club, and you must have the commitment,” Finidi told reporters on Monday.
Recognising the importance of a strong start, the former Ajax winger emphasised the significance of the upcoming clash against South Africa.
“The first targets are to qualify for the World Cup and AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations), and a win over South Africa will set the tone.”
Nigeria currently finds itself in third place in their qualifying group, with just two points from as many games, while South Africa sits second with three points.
Finidi, who has signed a year’s contract with an option for an additional year, acknowledged the immense pressure that comes with leading the national team of a country with over 200 million people.
However, he exuded confidence in his ability to withstand the scrutiny, stating, “I have a tough skin.”
While his salary remains undisclosed, the 53-year-old coach expressed a willingness to prioritise performance over immediate financial rewards.
“The salary is good enough for me, it’s not as much as that of (Jose) Peseiro.
“Money is good, but if you add value to what you do, the money will come. Then they can come and ask ‘Coach, how much do you want?” Finidi said.

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I’m Not Under Pressure, I’ve Tough Skin – Finidi

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New Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George, has underlined that the word pressure is not in his dictionary and appealed for support from key stakeholders including the media.
Speaking after his unveiling yesterday in Abuja, the former Enyimba of Aba coach said; “In life you cannot be afraid. As you see me here, I am a quiet person but I’m not afraid of anything. The worst you can get in football is not getting the result, the best you can get is winning all the time, and I will try my best to make sure that the team functions properly and we start winning games.”
On whether is under pressure to justify his appointment, the coach stressed; “Pressure, I don’t think I have it. I have that tough skin and I want to plead you guys, the media we need your support.
“What is in the contract is boldly written, what the NFF wants and Nigeria in general, but for me personally my first target is to make sure we are in line to qualify for the World Cup. AFCON qualifiers definitely will be coming up soon, but the major step for me is these two games that we have.
“If we can win against South Africa and Benin, we will set the tone.”
During the unveiling ceremony, the NFF confirmed that ex-Super Eagles striker; Daniel Amokachi and Abiden Baruwa will be the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach respectively.
The first assignment for Finidi, who won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, is to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Amusan Becomes World’s Fastest Woman, Sets New Track Record

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Nigerian sprint icon Tobi Amusan has become the world’s fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles after running a world-leading 12.40 seconds.
In a thrilling race, the world record holder secured the victory, leaving behind Danielle Williams, the world champion, who clocked her best time of the season at 12.46 seconds. Following closely was American Christina Clemons, claiming the third spot with a time of 12.54 seconds.
This triumph means the Nigerian athlete has now claimed the top spot globally, surpassing American Tonea Marshall’s previous record of 12.42 seconds set in late April.
Tobi Amusan’s impressive win arrives just two months before the Paris 2024 Olympics, setting the stage for an exciting competition ahead.
John Enoh, the minister of sports development, on his X handle congratulated Amusan over the feat.
Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time!
You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons.
“Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time! You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons was 3rd in 12.54s,” he wrote.
“Tobi, you keep making our country proud. Paris Olympics is around the corner, your performance gives us hope just like others, that Nigeria is set to break a jinx. Keep soaring, we are proud of you.”

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