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2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Osimhen, Diedhov Inspire Nigeria, Senegal

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Victor Osimhen inspired Nigeria with a brace to record a 2-4 away win over Lesotho yesterday, just as a hat-trick from Famara Diedhiou helped Senegal win 4-1 away to eSwatini as the second round of group games in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying got underway.
There were also wins for Burkina Faso, Mali, Uganda, South Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea, Benin and 2021 Nations Cup hosts Cameroon.
Senegal, the 2019 Nations Cup runners-up, made it two wins from two in Group I in a match that was interrupted by a dramatic rain-storm in eSwatini.
In difficult conditions, Diedhiou scored a quick-fire hat-trick with goals in the 59th, 66th and 68th minutes.
In an eventful match, eSwatini came straight back with a 70th minute goal from Fganelo Mamba but Mamba was then sent off shortly after his strike for two bookings.
Senegal took advantage and scored a fourth through Badou Ndiaye to make it 4-1 to the visitors.
Congo Brazzaville is second in Group I, three points adrift of Senegal, after a 3-0 win over Guinea-Bissau.
Goals from Prince Ibara, Junior Makiesse and Silvere Granvoula earned Congo the victory.
In Group L, Nigeria survived a scare. For the second match running, the Super Eagles had to come from behind before winning 4-2 in Lesotho.
Masoabi Nkoto gave the hosts a shock lead after just 11 minutes, but Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen put on an impressive display to inspire his team to victory.
The in-form Lille striker set up goals for Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze and on a terrific day for the 20-year-old, Osimhen then scored twice to take the match away from Lesotho’s reach, although they did bag a late consolation goal when Chidozie Awaziem struck into his own net. Nigeria has maximum points in Group L. Earlier in this group, Benin, who lost to Nigeria in their opening match, were 1-0 winners over Sierra Leone at home.
Jodel Dossou scored after 28 minutes to give Benin their first points of the campaign.

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Coach Hails Players Over Victory In Tournament

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The Head  coach of De Kings International Football Academy of Port Harcourt,  King Chike has hailed his players over their impressive performance at the ongoing Summer Football Competition for Under 14- 16s in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chike expressed his excitement at the manner his side won their opening match with good goals, adding that with such performance his players have shown understanding of his teachings in training.
Chike said this, on Monday, in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after his boys saw off Anderson FC 3-0 in their opening match of the competition at Okoloma Community Secondary School, Afam, Oyibo LGA.
He pointed out that if only his players could keep the momentum, they would be favourites to win the competition, adding that it is a thing of joy when your see your team with such an impressive performance.
“ It was a good game for today but we still need to do better because in a competition like this, you see a lots of good teams.
“I believe in our next outing  we are going to do better than what we have done today.
“No matter their good outing today, we still have some mistakes in our game.
“This is a way of encouraging the grassroots players” Chike said.
He explained that they are going to do everything possible to ensure they get to the final of the competition. He added that with their performance so far, his  boys have made him happy in the  the competition.
Also speaking, the brace scorer, Bright Kiadum thanked God for helping him score the goals.
“ I want to thank God for making me to score two goals for today and I am begging him also for more goals in the tournament” Bright added.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Rivers Utd FC Congratulate Players Over National Invitation

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have congratulated nine of its players called up for the Super Eagles B team squad ahead of the 2023 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Ghana.
The Congratulatory message was contained in a statement  made available to Tidesports by the club’s media officer, Charles Mayuku , yesterday in Port Harcourt.
The players are Maurice Chukwu, who joins Sochima Victor, Kazie Enyinnaya, Ebube Duru, Temple Emekayi, Chiamaka Madu, Uche Onwuansanya, Joseph Onoja and Chijioke Akuneto.
The Eagles B team will square up to the Black Galaxies in the first leg in Accra on Sunday, 28th August with the return encounter already scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 3rd September.
The winner on aggregate will earn a berth at the 7th African Nations Championship finals to be staged in Algeria early next year.
“Congratulations to all nine of our players and we look forward to watching them in action for Nigeria” the statement read.

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Commonwealth Games: Buhari To Host Team Nigeria

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has assured members of the historic Team Nigeria contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games of a presidential reception.
The 11-day Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ended on Monday with World and Commonwealth gold medallist, Tobi Amusan the Team Nigeria’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony.
Team Nigeria achieved their best performance ever in the Games since it started taking part in the Commonwealth Games in 1950, winning 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals, a total of 35 medals, that see them sit seventh on the medals table.
Speaking with the athletes on Monday, Dare praised the team for bringing the country into global focus for positive reasons.
He said, “I followed every moment of your competition. I was in Birmingham from the beginning till I had to leave for other official engagements. So many Nigerians followed you too. We are all so proud of what you achieved for Nigeria and yourselves.
“Mr President is also very proud of you and has approved that a presidential reception be held to honour you for the historic feat at Birmingham 2022.
“We will immediately start to plan for the reception and once we have tightened things up, we will announce the date, invite you over from your different bases and you will have that privilege of meeting Mr President.
“Nigeria will appreciate you for the great acts of sacrifice, patriotism and determination to excel that you all have demonstrated here, whether you have a medal around your neck or not.”
Meanwhile, the Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, announced that his company would give cash rewards to all Team Nigeria medallists at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Tinubu said his company would match whatever cash reward was already in place for the athletes by the Sports Ministry.
This implies that gold medal winners will get another $5,000, silver medal winners, $3,000 and bronze medal winners, $2,500 from the energy solution providers.
Meanwhile, Australia ended the event as champions with 178 medals, 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals. England finished second with 57 gold, 66 silver and 53 bronze with Canada occupying the third position with a total of 92 medals.
India, New Zealand and Scotland sit in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Wales, South Africa and Malaysia complete the top 10.

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