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Nigeria,Others Seeded For AFCON Draw

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Champions Algeria, as well as Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco and hosts Cameroon have been named top seeds for tomorrow’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw.
The ceremony billed for Yaounde Conference Centre will see the 24 participating teams zoned into six groups of four teams each as the competition gets underway in January 2022.
In picking the seeded countries, the Confederation of African Football put into consideration the August version of the Fifa rankings, the last rating released before the date of the draw.
Based on their status as hosts, the Indomitable Lions have been allocated in Pot 1, while the Desert Foxes, who emerged as champions of the 2019 edition, have been placed in Pot 2.
The Lions of Teranga, the Carthage Eagles, Super Eagles and the Atlas Lions were allocated Pot 3, Pot 4, Pot 5 ad Pot 6 respectively according to their respective rankings in descending order.
In addition, the six pots representing the groups will be labelled Groups A to F. 
While Cameroon will be pre-assigned to position A1 as hosts, the remaining five teams in pot 1 will automatically be drawn into position 1 of each group (B to F). The same procedure will be repeated for the remaining pots.
The 33rd edition of the biennial African football showpiece was due to begin on January 9, 2021, however, it was pushed back to January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that crippled football-related activities.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” Caf said in a statement.
“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
Before the advent of Covid-19, the competition was moved from June-July 2021 dates to January due to the unfavourable climate in the West African country during the summer months.
Nigeria last won the championship in 2013 when they silenced Burkina Faso 1-0 in South Africa courtesy of a beauty from Sunday Mba.
Gernot Rohr’s team finished third at Egypt 2019 after defeating Tunisia in the third-place play-off at Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.

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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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