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Nikyu Worried After Home Draw With MFM

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Coach Bala Nikyu believes his side did enough to pick maximum points against struggling MFM in the match 18 of the NPFL game in Lafia.
The Solid Miners came from behind to snatch a point against the Olukoya Boys who are currently stuck to bottom of the league table.
MFM drew the first blood within two minutes of  kick-off. Chukwudi Ekeocha scored from 30 metres after his side won a free-kick.
The home side pressed on in search of a leveller, but t arrived towards the end of first half.
Aliyu Abdullahi pounced on a deflected ball off Moses Adikwu’ leg following a  Michael Tochukwu’s low strike at the nick of half-time to restore parity.
Nasarawa couldn’t get the winner in the second-half with both sides equally sharing the points.
It was the 4th home draw for the Solid Miners, a result that allowed them to slip to 12th position with twenty-two points.
Speaking at the post match conference, Bala Nikyu said he’s disappointed with the results.
“Football can be cruel, at times, because if you look at the MFM side, I don’t think it’s a team that can cause upset, but the funny side of the game came to play.
“It’s a disappointing result, but it’s part of the game.
“If anyone had told the visiting team that they would get a decent result here, they would argue it.
“We hope to better our performance in our next game against Shooting Stars in a week’s time in Ibadan.
“We will go all out for the game, and make up for our missed chances here at home.”
MFM interim Coach Isiekwene however believes, it was a matter of missed opportunity for his team to get three points.
“Our game plan was to come here and win because our position on the league standings is very very poor, but a draw is not a bad result for us.
“Nasarawa United has a good team. I have been monitoring them for the past few days, and learning more about them. They are, unarguably, one of the best teams in the elite league, and they showed that today again.
“I was contracted not too long ago, and I will continue to pull everyone together to enable us get out of the difficult state we find ourselves,” he said.

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Rivers FA Cup: 15 Clubs To Battle For Glory

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A total of 15 clubs  are participating in this year’s Aiteo Cup Competition in Rivers State, despite the fact that two clubs are to represent the state at the national level, as Rivers Angels do not have an opponent in the female category.
This year the number of registered clubs was far below the previous year’s, where the number of registered Clubs got up to 30 or more. This may not be unconnected with the short time given for registration by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of Rivers State Football Association (RSFA), Ibigoni Benjamin Akobo, has called for  the readjustment of the time table.
According to him, the deadlines given to State FAs to register clubs, preparation of licences,  commencement of the  competition and conclusion were really short and tasking.
“ For them to have waited from January, for only last week to make a statement and send timetable for the competition was a near failure.
We are not expected to commence registration without given a go ahead” Akubo said.
He equally said that this was exactly what happened last year and finally came up to say that states should submit one team each.
“ Last year too, they came up with this delay manner and ended up saying that states should produce one team each” he stated.

By: Tonye Orabere

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Edo Set To Host NWFL Super Six

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All  is now set for Edo State to host the best of the Nigeria’s Women Football League, the Super Six Tournament, billed for Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22,  2022.
Six giants in the fast developing women league will battle for the sole ticket to represent Nigeria at the regional second edition of the CAF Women Champions League .
The six participating  teams  are host state team, Edo Queens , defending champion, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, new comers, Naija Ratels, Nasarawa Amazons and runners up in the first edition,  Delta Queens .
The teams qualified from two groups, based on their placement in each group in the regular season.
While Nasarawa Amazons, Edo Queens and Naija Ratels emerged the three best teams from their group, Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels and Delta Queens, outwitted other teams to pick the three available tickets from their group .
Edo Queens, who narrowly lost the top spot by a point to Nasarawa Amazons at the conclusion of the 2021/2022 regular season is poised to clinch the top prize going by  preparations , motivation by the state government and support by the home fans in Benin.
The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and the University of Benin Sports Complex are the two venues with three matches  scheduled daily .
Two games will be played simultaneously  by 10am and 4pm respectively.
The hosting of the Nigeria Women Football League  Super 6 is a pointer to the fact that Edo State is a sports hub and preferred destination for stakeholders as well as investors in the sports industry, with state of the art facilities .
No wonder , the state successively hosted   the Aiteo Cup for male and female categories, the Betsy Obaseki pre-season women football  tournament , the 20th National Sports Festival and now set to host the 2nd edition of the Super 6.

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Eguma Blames Players Over 2-0 Loss Against Heartland

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma has blamed his players for the defeat of the team by Heartland Football Club of Enugu. Heartland had defeated Rivers United 2-0 at the weekend, in match day 28 of the ongoing Nigeria Football Professional League (NFPL).
“We would have gotten two goals before the end of  first half but my players could not convert their chances,  but  Heartland made use of theirs,” Eguma said.
He further attributed the loss to the poor state of the pitch, saying that his players could not pass the ball effectively due to the poor nature of the pitch.
Eguma said this in a post match interview with sports writers. However, he stressed that the technical crew will go back and work on the grey areas.
“ I commend Heartland, they won two zero, that is football, you don’t take chances,” he stated.
In his response, the chief coach of Heartland, Erasmus Onuh said the team will continue to improve in every match.
“ As I came, one of things I requested was to relocate the team from Orlu and the result has started coming.
I  am under pressure but later I will explain that,” Onuh said.

By: Tonye Orabere

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