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Kano Pillars, Safety Babes win Prudent Energy Handball League

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Kano Pillars and Safety Babes were crowned champions of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League on Wednesday evening at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba, Lagos. Pillars defeated De Defenders 29-21 to win the male category of the league with 38 points, two points above Safety Shooters who defeated erstwhile defending champion Niger United 34-29 to finish on second position with 36 points. A disappointed Niger United finished fourth with 34 point same as Lagos Seasiders who piped them to the third position with better goal difference.

D. Defenders finished fifth with 31 points, COAS Shooters finished 6th with 25 points, Plateau Vipers finished seventh in the league with 17 points while Kada Stars finished eighth with 16 points. Borno Spiders finished 9th with 12 points while Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys are the bottom placed teams.

For the female category, Safety Babes celebrated winning the title after defeating erstwhile defending champion Plateau Peacocks 31-29 in what was a pulsating game. The FRSC ladies finished first on the log with 32 points, while Plateau finished third with 29 points. Edo Dynamos finished second with 30 points as they played a 31-31 draw with Ghana Police in a match that didn’t have any significance on the league standing.

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Rohr’ll have selection problems – Amokachi

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Former Super Eagles’ striker, Daniel Amokachi, has said Coach Gernot Rohr will be faced with selection problem in his quest for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON and 2022 World Cup finals both in Cameroon and Qatar but expressed satisfaction with the array of talented young players on offer to the team.

He said that the coach would have problems selecting the best possible starting line-up at each point in time.

‘The Bull’ as Amokachi is fondly called said that the Eagles would not find it difficult qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, but went on to warn that reaching the right combination of players for each match will be a dilemma for Rohr.

The former Club Brugge of Belgium, Everton of England and Besiktas of Turkey all-action attacker added that Rohr would have to be firm in his choice of players for each match, considering that his vast collection of skilful and effective players could pose a challenge in making the right decisions on who to drop and who to play.

He, however, reckoned that the rare Nigerian fighting spirit and winning mentality should see the side through the AFCON 2021 qualifiers, where they have already won their first two matches and next play Sierra Leone home and away in August 2020.

Amokachi, who has since handled Nigeria’s B-squad and a club in Finland, said: “There should be no problem in Nigeria qualifying for AFCON. Making it to AFCON is not the problem, but the problem is how to employ the talents we have in the right way. How do we achieve the right choice of players on the pitch to get the results we want?”

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Eagles coach: I’m happy with such headache

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Eagles coach: I’m happy with such headache

…shuts door on new players

 

Super Eagles Manager Gernor Rohr has said he welcomes the headache that comes with the process of selecting the right kind of players from the glut of stars at his disposal.

The coach said it was his job to choose the right kind iof players for each game saying matches are not the same and he will do everything to keep his players happy.

“It is good to have competition, to have such great players; now we have four good central defenders, we can’t play all of them at the same time. We have good midfielder now, there is a good understanding among Alex iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze. Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo who is coming in now ;  we have Ramon Azeez too, now we play good football, offensive style, there is movement, there is passion, I am happy about it,” he said.

The coach also said there is no room for new players in his side as he plans to consolidate on the squad that he has at the moment.

“Now we have moved to the time of qualifiers for both World Cup and Nations Cup; no more friendlies, no more test. There is so much harmony in the team; it is difficult now to get a player that is better than those we have, who do you want to take out from the players we have now? You saw in the second match, I took out Samuel Kalu who did very well in the game against Benin, he even scored; then Jamilu Collins was dropped for Chiedu Awaziem, Ahmed Musa also came in the second half and again Azeez who is also a very good player. Mikel Agu has returned from injury,” he said.

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EFCC invites petitioners over alleged corruption at NFF

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Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Ibrahim Magu, yesterday invited some petitioners over the alleged misappropriation of funds by some top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation.

The petitioners reopened the matter before the Human Rights Radio 101.1 FM yesterday with the broadcasting station calling for Magu to review some of the cases already dismissed at the Federal Court of Appeal.

The EFCC boss following the plea later invited the petitioners led by NFF Head of Protocol, Mr. Tunde Aderibigbe, and Atlanta Olympic gold medalist, Emmanuel Babayaro, and others to his office at 12pm yesterday.

The petitioners had accused the Ministry of Justice headed by the Attorney General of the Federation of trying to sweep the alleged monumental fraud running into millions of dollars under the carpet.

Aderibigbe who said he had so many facts and documents on how money was laundered into various foreign accounts explained that they would not allow the alleged offenders to go unpunished in the interest of the country.

The Human Rights Radio Station started the expose Monday and has promised to reach out to relevant critical stakeholders in this matter including the Presidency, EFCC chairman as well as CAF and FIFA presidents in a bold effort to unearth the rot in Nigerian football.

NANF president Harrison Jalla, former Super Eagles coach James Peters, NFF director  Aderibigbe and former international Babayaro have presented damning evidence of corruption by the leadership of the NFF in the past five years.

“The corruption in the NFF is mind-boggling, a charade which must be stopped if football is to develop in this country,” said Aderibigbe on ‘Brekete Family’, radio station.

“This is everybody’s fight because Nigerian football if well managed could be a big employer of labour as is the case around the world,” said Babayaro.

The expose will run all through this week on the Human Rights Radio with ‘Ordinary President’ Ahmed Isah vowing to get to the bottom of the corruption that has overtaken the national sport.

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Contract extension: NFF’ ll determine Rohr’s fate – Minister

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said the fate of the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, will be decided by his employers the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.

The Minister said this on Wednesday when he met with the 66-year-old German in his office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

“The NFF would decide the contract situation of Super Eagles manager,” Dare said.

The minister gave the clarification at a brief meeting with the coach before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Rohr’s current contract expires in June 2020. Dare, however, stressed that the ministry would continue to give the coach all the necessary support as the NFF finalises his contract talks.

“The issue of contract (with Rohr) will be best handled by the NFF. I understand the need to work the timelines. I understand there is a contractual arrangement with the NFF, I will allow them to work through its process, ” the minister said.

He charged the coach not to be distracted but to intensify efforts to take Nigerian football to the pinnacle.

“The process to make the country’s football better than it is now is on and you are part of the process,” the minister added. He tasked the coach to work with stakeholders to develop the Nigeria Professional Football League  in line with international best practice.

“More importantly your knowledge and support for the domestic league will be very important because you can share your experience with our local coaches,” he said.

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I want to end 2019 on a high – Simon

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Super Eagles winger Moses Simon is poised to end 2019 in the French Ligue 1 on a high, following an impressive end to the international calendar with Nigeria Athena weekend, AOIFootball.com reports.

The FC Nantes winger came off the bench in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over the Benin Republic last Wednesday but started on Sunday when the Eagles defeated Lesotho 4-2 to record a perfect start to the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

Simon, who was named Nantes’ Player for the month of October, however, told AOIFootball.com exclusively that he now hopes to replicate the same form beginning with this weekend’s clash away at Stade Brestois 29.

“It’s been a fantastic week for me and the national team. It wasn’t an easy outing but we are happy for the wins which puts us in a great position to qualify for the next AFCON.

“Now it’s time to focus on the rest of the year with Nantes. I have had an amazing start here and winning the player of the month for October can only spur me on to do more for the team,” Simon said.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation since his loan move from Levante to France, scoring 5 goals and 2 assists in all competitions to help Nantes stay 9th on the log with 19 points after 13 games.

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Supersand Eagles set for Beach Soccer World Cup

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Two –time African champions Nigeria will begin their campaign at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Paraguay when they clash with world number two Portugal in Asuncion on Friday.

This year’s finals will hold at the ‘Los Pynandi’ World Cup Stadium – named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team – and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion.

Nigeria earned a ticket to feature at the 16 –team World Cup finals after finishing second at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations held in Egypt in December 2018. Champions Senegal is the other team flying Africa’s flag in Paraguay.

This year’s finals will kick off on Thursday and end on Sunday, 1st December.

Nigeria’s delegation of players and team officials flew out of the country on Friday, 8th November, in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that took place in Asuncion, 12th – 16th November. The Supersand Eagles defeated the Tahiti national team 9-4 during the pre-tournament event, after losing 3-7 to host Paraguay.

On Monday this week, Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu and his wards moved into their Dazzler Hotel World Cup accommodation in Asuncion, and have been training hard as they countenance an interesting encounter with the world number two team on Friday.

Nigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarter –finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, will campaign in a fierce Group D that also has world number one team, Brazil and Oman, ranked number 14 in the world. Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.

Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on Thursday. After their first game against Portugal on Friday, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on Sunday, 24th.

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Zenith Bank/ Delta Principals’ Cup:Coaches of final teams in war of words

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The coaches of the two teams that made it to the finals of the Zenith Bank/Delta Principals Cup, have come out to brag of their ability and readiness to emerge win the coveted trophy next week.

Zappa Mixed Secondary school will be locking horns with School of Commerce in the final of the 2019 edition tourney, which is the 4th.

According to the coach of school of commerce, Kingsley Emarievwe, his wards are intensifying preparations against their opponents, Zappa Mixed Secondary School.

“We are training very well to maintain our good run in the final. We cannot afford to lose this point after a good run in the competition so far. Winning our semifinal 5-0 was no fluke and Zappa Mixed cannot stop us at this stage,” he bragged.

As for the Zappa Mixed School, Coach Dare Ajayi, his team will not be intimated by the results posted by school of commerce in the past.

“In the final, we won’t be intimidated our opponents,  we know they are good and we are working hard to be at our best that day. People already gave the final to them but we will be all out to win the trophy on the final day” he assured

The final of the Delta Principals Cup for secondary schools is billed to take place at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba on November 28. Some former Nigerian footballers like Uduka Ugbade, Ifeanyi Udeze and Victor Agali are expected to be at the event.

To qualify for final, Zappa Mixed Secondary School defeated Destiny International School, Ughelli, 1-0 while College of Commerce Warri defeated Okotie -Eboh Grammar School Sapele 5-0.

Already, the state government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank are planning exciting time for the finalists and fans on final day.

The bank has also concluded arrangements to shower the best three teams with gift items after the final.

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Falode applauds Obaseki on Edo Queens’ milestone

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The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has sent a congratulatory message to the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and the state’s Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, for the milestone attained today at the event of the rebranding and unveiling of the state-owned women premier League club, Edo Queens Football club.

Falode, who was present at the Banquet Hall of the Edo State Government House, in Benin City during the event, commended the efforts of the state government in giving equality to the women folks in the area of sports.

She said: “I had no option than to applaud the great works of the state government, that showed huge respect for women in sports, as the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, announced the approval of equal remunerations for the state owned clubs, Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens, not minding the popular erroneous belief that men play more serious football than women.

“The Edo state government by so doing made history in Nigeria as the first to equate the salaries of the men’s team with that of the women’s.

“It’s a milestone by the government. It was also commendable to witness the public presentation of a five- star hostel facilities to Edo Queens, as well as a brand new coaster bus, a move that will provide better living for the girls and in addition boosting their morale to do well as elite soccer players in the Women’s Premier League.”

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IKMF teaches self-defence in Lagos

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The International Krav Maga Federation Nigeria began its second international self defence and unarmed combat training seminar yesterday (Wednesday) at the National Institute of Sports Gymnasium, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

According to the former Police Sports Administrative head, DIG Sani Mohammed (RTD), who declared the programme  open,emphasized  that the  training was a necessary tool to move away all security personnel from getting involved in human right abuse.

“Through the demonstration, we can work in peace, improve ourselves on combat knowledge  and make Nigeria a better place.  That is what this training is about to educate security personnel in this age of development across all aspects of our lives,” Muhammed said.

The Director of Nigeria Institute of Sports, John Mamud, also said he believed that this training would help stop unnecessary harassment by criminals, and to teach the police force, security personnel and also civilians to disarm their attackers without any injury.

After several demonstrations by Marcio  Bainhas the African Regional Director of IKMF, said self defence should be the  first option before using  the weapon.

“It is not good to use weapon when it is not needed,” he said.

“This is not to make you a superman but to have a prepared Nigerian police without assaulting civilians,” Otubunsin said.

Coordinator of the programme, ACP Gideon Akinsola (Rtd), said he was excited with the turn out for the programme and he urged all the participants to take the training seriously.

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Supersand Eagles set for Portugal

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Two-time African champions, Nigeria will begin their campaign at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Paraguay when they clash with world number two Portugal in Asuncion on Friday.

This year’s finals will hold at the ‘Los Pynandi’ World Cup Stadium – named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team – and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion.

Nigeria earned a ticket to feature at the 16-team World Cup finals after finishing second at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations held in Egypt in December 2018. Champions Senegal is the other team flying Africa’s flag in Paraguay.

This year’s finals will kick off on Thursday and end on Sunday, December 1.

Nigeria’s delegation of players and team officials flew out of the country on Friday, November 8, in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that took place in Asuncion, between November 12-16.

The Supersand Eagles defeated the Tahiti national team 9-4 during the pre-tournament event, after losing 3-7 to hosts Paraguay.

On Monday this week, Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu and his wards moved into their Dazzler Hotel World Cup accommodation in Asuncion, and have been training hard as they countenance an interesting encounter with the world number two team on Friday.

Nigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarter-finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, will campaign in a fierce Group D that also has world number one team, Brazil and Oman, ranked number 14 in the world. Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.

Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on Thursday. After their first game against Portugal on Friday, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on Sunday, November 24 and then against Brazil two days later.

Head Coach Adamu has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and Taiwo Adams also in.

Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list.

2019 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP GROUPS

Group A: Paraguay, Japan, Switzerland, USA

Group B: Uruguay, Mexico, Italy, Tahiti

Group C: Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Russia

Group D: Brazil, Oman, Portugal, Nigeria

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