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NPFL Title Race Still Open – Enyimba Boss

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Coach Fatai Osho has declared that his players were on the right track after picking up a point against Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium at the weekend.
The People’s Elephants held the home side to a goalless draw to continue their good run of form on the road.
In a chat with the media after the game, Fatai Osho hailed his players for putting up such a massive shift against a very solid Plateau United side in Jos.
“A lot of discipline on their part, we know what we need to do, we know what we want and we tabled that before the game and the players played strictly to what they were told. “
“You can see the shape was fantastic all through, despite the fact that Plateau United were so good. But for the fact that we were able to get a draw in this fixture, I commend the team”.
The points moved Enyimba to 5th on the log with 49 points from 23games, with a game in hand.
“To me, the table had been open all along, I mean, if you played in a league with about 10 matches to go and the leader is just four points ahead of you, a whole lot can still happen. The NPFL is a league where there are about six or four teams that are capable of winning it. So there is still all to play for”. He said.
Enyimba will host Warri Wolves in their next outing at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba today.
Meanwhile, League leaders, Akwa United suffered their first defeat since February 14 when they bowed to Katsina United in week 29th game last Sunday.
The Promise Keepers were far from their best at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium and struggled to hit top gear.
A first half penalty from fit again Samuel Kalu was enough to secure the maximum three points for the Changi Boys.
The 1-0 defeat brought an end to the Akwa United’s 18-game unbeaten streak in the Nigeria Professional Football League last Sunday.
Akwa United still remain on top of the league table despite Sunday’s setback, they have 53 points after 29 matches.
They are followed by Nasarawa United and Kano Pillars in the second and third spots, respectively with 52 points each.

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Nigeria’s Sports Journalists Amongst Best In World – Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, at the weekend, felicitated with sports journalists across the country and beyond, as this year’s International Sports Journalists Day was celebrated worldwide.
Dare, a journalist, said that the profession is a noble one reserved for hardworking personalities, who work round the clock, all year-round, to give sports the needed reportage.
“This day deserves to be celebrated, as I am a sports journalist myself, and I know the efforts and passion they put into their job daily.
“Today, I celebrate sports journalists, who have made immeasurable, sacrifice for sports across the globe, especially in Nigeria,” he said.
He added, “in Nigeria, they rank very high among professionals, who put so much passion into their work, no matter what they face.
“You have not paid attention to the hazards of the job, but instead you have chosen to be partners in the development of sports. This, in itself, calls for celebration and I join in this celebration.”
The 2022 event themed: “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future For All,” is being celebrated by sports journalists, media organisations and related industries across the world since 1994.

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AITEO Cup: Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Change Of Venue

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The Head coach of Police Crime Busters FC of Port Harcourt, ASP Douye Ghomorai, has expressed sadness over the change of venue for the final of this year’s AITEO Cup from Sharks Football Stadium.
He explained that the orgnisers had not given any reason why they changed the venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, saying that Sharks football Stadium has been the traditional host of the AITEO Cup finals.
ASP Ghomorsi said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after the Rivers State Football Association, (RSFA), announced the shift of venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium last week.
According to him, the shift of venue will adversely affect fans of his team, especially, in terms of transporting themselves to attend the match.
“We are not happy over the change of the venue because our fans may not be there to cheer their team to victory.
This is not fair with us because it is not going to be easy for our supporters and fans” ASP Ghomorai said.
He appealled to the leadership of the State FA to rescind their decision, noting that though football could be played on any pitch, the spectators should be considered first.
“We are going to play the game but I am appealing because we want a situation where we will have more people to watch the game”
The final match of this year’s Rivers state AITEO Cup will take place on Wednesday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium between Rivers United FC and Police Crime Busters FC by 3pm.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NPFL: Rivers United Receive Commendations Over Title Win

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have continued to receive commendations following their impressive performance this season and subsequent emergence as winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season with three matches left.
The latest came from Head coach of New Guner FC of Gokana Local Government Area, in Rivers State, Legbara Gentle, who said that it is a good thing that has happened to the State and football.
Gentle made the assertion in a telephone interview with Tidesports at the weekend.
According to him, if the Pride of Rivers State, as Rivers United are known, maintain their current form, they can win the CAF Champions League.
“If Rivers United FC can maintain their current form, they can even win the continental trophy next season.
As a coach I know it is not easy to win the NPFL title because competition is very high as every club wants to win the League” Gentle said.
He further commended the management team of the club led by Barrister Christopher Green and technical crew, for their efforts and commitment to achieve success.

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