Flying Eagles’ Impressive Performance Excites Coach Bosso
Flying Eagles Coach, Ladan Bosso was delighted with the outcome of the friendly match between Nigeria and Colombia at the October 20 Stadium, Tristán Suárez Tuesday evening.
Substitute Emmanuel Umeh salvaged a draw for Nigeria when he found the net in the 89th minute while Jude Sunday, with a powerful shot from outside the box in the 44th minute, and Ibrahim Beji Muhammad at minute 77 were the other scorers for the seven-time African champions.
Colombia took the lead in the 26th minute when Abel Ogwuche put the ball into his own net.
Óscar Cortés netted from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 just before halftime before Watford midfielder Yáser Asprilla scored to give the South Americans a 3-1 lead with seventeen minutes left on the clock.
The Nigeria Football Federation organized the friendly against the Tricolors to prepare the Flying Eagles for a potentially troublesome match at the World Cup against five-time world champions Brazil.
Bosso was full of warm words for the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for organizing the friendly with Colombia.
“We thank the NFF leadership for organizing such a good test for the team. I am happy with the result. This will bolster the team mentally and psychologically for the World Cup starting in a few days,” Bosso told Tidesports source.
“The match has provided us with a stiff test and has also strengthened us for the big task ahead.
“We are focused on the big challenge ahead, which is to put up a creditable performance that will match the pedigree of our country at this championship.
“Our ultimate target is to have a good campaign and with this result, we will be very ready for our first match against the Dominican Republic on Sunday.”
Nigeria start their campaign at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup against Dominican Republic on Sunday, May 21, and then face the Italians three days later, before rounding off the group stage against Brazil on May 27.
The Flying Eagles players and officials will fly into Mendoza on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their first game against the Dominican Republic.
Insurance, Doma, Sunshine Through To FA Cup Q’Finals
Bendel Insurance carried on their impressive run in the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Federation Cup, after advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition with a 1-0 win over Heartland at the Awka City Stadium, Tidesports source reports.
In-form striker, Ismael Sarki, scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute after lashing onto a lay-up from Stephen Adodo.
In Abuja, Doma United also booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over second-tier Edel FC. Bidemi Owoku and Daniel Barnabas saw off their opponents with just four minutes between their goals in the first half.
Meanwhile, 10-man Sunshine Stars secured a nervy 3-2 win over another NNL side, EFCC FC, in Benin.
After a cagey opening, the NPFL side broke the deadlock through Samson Olasupo in the 42nd minute while Jide Jimoh made it two in the 82nd minute with a stylish finish after beating his marker from outside the box.
EFCC, however, pulled one back a minute later, before Emmanuel Ogbuagu scored the third for Sunshine.
Sunshine ended the game with 10 men as Udom Ekerete saw red, while EFCC pulled one back in stoppage time.
Nigerian Pupil Set Guinness World Record On Skipping
Another 17- year-old pupil of Oyemekun Grammar School Akure, Ondo State, Philip Solomon, has been declared the Guinness World Record holder for most skips on one foot in 30 seconds.
On January 24, Solomon officially recorded 153 skips on one foot in 30 seconds to outdo former record holder Rasel Islam of Bangladesh whose record was 145.
His record was officially confirmed by the Guinness World Record on Tuesday, four months after his attempt.
“Solomon was inspired by the previous holder of this record title Rasel Islam after seeing a video of his record attempt. He has been training to achieve the record and was honoured to attend a skipping world championship,” Guinness World Record announced on its website.
Solomon has joined his Ijapo High school, Akure counterpart, Gbenga Ezekiel, who was in February declared the world record holder for most skips on one leg in one minute with 265 skips, to increase Nigeria’s rope skipping Guinness World Records to two.
The senior secondary school three students also said he was inspired by the feat of Gbenga Ezekiel earlier this year.
Heinken Fans Campaign Shakes Warri, Abuja, Others
Abuja and the oil-rich city of Warri were pumped up with excitement as the Heineken ‘Cheers to All Fans Campaign’ train made a big splash in the two cities.
With fans across the world already eager to know the finalists in this season’s Champions League, the brand gave passionate fans in Abuja and Warri something extra to look forward to.
In the end, it was a spectacular show, on and off the pitch for the fans and loyal Heineken consumers, who thronged the De Clouds Lounge in Warri and then the Papiees Meatro in the heart of Abuja.
In Warri, the attention was on the Milan derby, where Inter were looking to complete a double over their city rivals, while AC Milan were hoping to turn the tables after a 0-2 deficit from the first leg.
Most fans on the night in Warri were neutral; unanimously wishing the better side to pick the ticket and that better side turned out to be Inter who won the second leg again.
Laturo Martinez got the goal that saw Inter progressed on a 3-0 aggregate scoreline and ended their 13-year wait for a chance in the Champions League final.
As jubilant Inter fans partied into the night at San Siro, it was the same festive atmosphere in Warri as Heineken pumped up the excitement for the fans, who gushed over the unique viewing experience.
Cheers to all fans were evident as there was a high turnout of female football enthusiasts, who commended the brand for their deliberate inclusivity drive.
“I like football a bit but tonight, Heineken has made me even like the game the most. This unique experience is so fantastic and I really enjoyed myself with my friends,” a Warri resident, Sandra Achi said after the match.
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