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Flamingoes Overcome Ethiopia, Qualifies For FIFA U-17 World Cup

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Nigeria’s female U-17 national team, the Flamingoes on Saturday qualified for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after an aggregate 1-0 win over stubborn Ethiopia girls,
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The Bankole Olowookere led girls played a goalless draw with the Ethiopians in the return leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium; Abuja after the first leg in Addis Ababa last month ended 1-0 in favor of the Nigerians.
It was the first match in the qualifiers that the Flamingoes failed to score especially at home as the resilient Ethiopians defended in numbers and hoped to hit the Nigerians on counter.
In the match with few chances and missed opportunities, Omowunmi Bello tried a brilliant shot in the 13th minute but Ethiopia goalkeeper Abeba pulled a fine save to deny Flamingos the lead.
In the 70th minute, Taiwo Afolabi had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock in front of goal for the Flamingos but missed a sitter while in the 75th minute; Flamingos created a number of chances but could not find a way past in-form Ethiopia goalkeeper Abeba
A plethora of chances came in the concluding part of the game but a resolute Ethiopian goalkeeper thwarted every effort made by the Flamingoes as the game ended in a barren draw
The teenagers however, qualified on 1-0 aggregate after they won the first leg in Addis Ababa a fortnight ago.
Prolific striker Opeyemi Ajakaiye scored the only goal in Addis Ababa on May 20 to hand the Flamingoes the advantage with her goal tally to six in the qualifiers.
The 7th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will begin in

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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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