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5 NIGERIANS LISTED TO ORGANIZE MAIDEN CAF WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

Five Nigerian officials from Nigeria have been shortlisted to play important roles in the organization of the qualifying tournament for the maiden edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Champions League Competition slated for Cote d’Ivoire from 15th to 30th July 2021.

First on the list is Nigerian Football Federations’ Acting Director of Competitions, Ruth David. She is to serve as one of the match commissioners in the tournament slated for Cote d’Ivoire. Ruth will be joined by 4 other Nigerian Women in the organizing of the qualifiers tournament. They include Felicia Okwugba, who is to act as a technical instructor, Yemisi Akintoye as a referee, Friday Mfon as an assistant referee, and Promise Uwaeme an information technology official.

CAF Women’s Qualifiers set to begin

Six teams from Nigeria will participate in the championship, including the winners of the Super 6 Tournament, Rivers Angels, which is held in Ijebu-Ode. Others are Association Sportive de la Police de Niamey, from Niger Republic, Onze Sours de Gagnoa, from Cote d’Ivoire, Hasaacas Ladies Football Club from Ghana, Amis du Monde Football Club from Togo and Union Sportive Forces Armees, from Burkina Faso.

The inaugural edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League competition will be held in Egypt in July 2021. The tournament will involve the top women’s club teams of Africa.

Story: Abdul Dauda

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LEICESTER CITY FEMALE DEFENDER, ASHLEIGH, HOPES TO PLAY FOR SUPER FALCONS IN FUTURE

23-year-old Leicester City Women’s defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, has expressed her desire of playing for the Nigerian Senior Female Team, the Super Falcon, and get the opportunity to meet with Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, of the Nigerian Senior Men’s Team, the Super Eagles, whom she described as her role models.

Ashleigh Plumptre

“Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho have been good role models for me,” she told the BBC. It’s funny we haven’t met but that’s all because of Covid but at some point hopefully, we’ll be able to meet each other.”

The 23-year-old is currently having her second spell with the Foxes and in the 2020-21 season, she helped the club to win the FA Women’s Championship title, earning a two-year contract for her fine showings in the campaign.

23-years-old Leicester City defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, at the City win of the FA Women’s Championship.

Since her return to the Foxes in 2019, she has been unable to link up with Super Eagles stars Iheanacho and Ndidi. “With Leicester, Plumptre has featured for various England youth teams but she is still eligible to represent since her father is a Nigerian. She hopes to get a chance to play for the Super Falcons in the future.

“The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, I would happily grab that with both hands,”.
“Representing something that really means to somebody is very important. Obviously, there’s a lot of things I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my dad.

“We can only get it from my granddad, he’s the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I’ve obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England. “Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible.”

Plumptre also hailed the quality in the Super Falcons squad and praised Asisat Oshoala for her exploits abroad. “When you look around there are several Nigerian players playing at the top level of the women’s game,” she pointed out.

Story: Abdul Dauda

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FCT HOSTS 68 CRICKET PLAYERS FOR MAIDEN EDITION OF NORTH CENTRAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Not less than 68 players are expected to feature in the maiden North Central one-day Invitational Cricket Tournament scheduled to hold on Sunday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Emeka Onyeama, Chairman of FCT Cricket Association said this at a press conference on Thursday 10th June 2021, in Abuja. Onyeama said the event, which will feature only male players, would serve as pilot a scheme for the development of cricket in the zone.

“In a bid to develop the game of cricket in FCT and North Central as a whole, we have earmarked this event as a means to promote the game at the grassroots.

“One team each from Plateau and Kwara as well as two teams from FCT will be competing for honors at the event. “Three matches will be played at the event on Sunday. The four teams will be grouped into two and play against each other in a 10-overs game and the winners of both matches will feature in the finals, which is a 20-overs game.

“This event would foster unity among the North Central States and encourage the youths to stay off the streets and participate in sports, especially cricket,” he said.

Onyeama, who is also former president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), added that the association would cater for the teams’ accommodation, transportation and feeding.
The cricket administrator also assured that all COVID-19 guidelines would be strictly adhered to at the competition.

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‘SUPER EAGLES ARE READY FOR WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS IN SEPTEMBER’ -ROHR

The German tactician and coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, says he is confident the Super Eagles will be ready for September’s World Cup qualifier against Liberia despite seeing his men hold the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a 0-0 draw during the second leg of the friendly played.

Despite relying on makeshift defenders, the three-time African champions ended the encounter at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium on a no-winner, no vanquished note.

Nigerian Super Eagle defenders Kenneth Omeru and William Ekong tackling a Cameroonian striker.

Although Rohr rued the chances missed by his team which he attributed to the absence of key players –  he is upbeat that his team would be set when their quest to qualify for Qatar 2022 commences against their West African foes.

“The result is not the most important thing in these friendlies,” he said on Super Eagles’ Instagram handles. “The most important thing is to test some players, to see some of these new faces. That was the case today, we didn’t want to concede.

We wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Joe Aribo, Samuel Kalu, and Henry Onyekuru, it’s not easy. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.

Super Eagle starting eleven against the indomitable lions of Cameroon on Tuesday 8th June 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.

In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.

According to Rohr, “we wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Osimhen, Chukwueze, Aribo, Kalu, and Henry, it’s not easy.” “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, holding off Cameroonian defenders during the 2nd leg of the International friendlies in Vienna, Austria

In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.

“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. ”Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.

Story: Abdullahi Dauda

Pictures: Instagram – @ng_supereagles

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ENYIMBA FC RANKED 12TH BEST AFRICAN FOOTBALL CLUB IN CAF’S 2021 RANKING.

Nigerian football club, Enyimba, based in Aba, Abia State, has moved up four spots to 12th place in the latest Confederation of African Football club (CAF) rankings for 2021.

Enyimba FC Team

Enyimba FC, The People’s Elephant, moved up to the 12th position, with 408 points from the 16th in the previous ranking, as a result of their impressive performance, which made them qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final draw.

Enyimba, two-time African Champion’s League winner is Nigeria’s only remaining representative on the continent in the CAF Confederation Cup and is also Nigeria’s only club in the Top 30 African Club List.

Egypt’s Ah Ahly ranked number one on the list followed by Tunisia’s Esperance and Morrocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, Zamalek of Egypt, Congolese side TP Mazembe, Raja Casablanca of Morocco, Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, Guinean side Horoya AC, Sudanese side Al Hilal Omdurman and Moroccan club RS Berkane, in that order, rank the top 11 clubs in Africa.

Story by: Osen Attah

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KADUNA STATE BIDS FOR 2022 NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL

Kaduna State has indicated interest in hosting the 21st edition of the National Sports Festival billed for 2022 in Nigeria.


The Kaduna State Sports Ministry outlined its plans to host Nigeria’s version of the Olympics in a brochure on Tuesday and Governor Nasir El-Rufai has given his support to the cause.
Kaduna state has hosted the event twice in the past. Most recently Kaduna State hosted the event in 2009 and previously during the third edition of the National Sports Festival in 1977.
According to Governor El-Rufai, Kaduna State, they have already commenced upgrading the facilities used in 2016 to meet contemporary standards.

Opening Ceremony of the National Sport Festival Kada 2009 at the Kaduna Township Stadium


“I hereby seize this unique opportunity to reaffirm our willingness and readiness to host the biennial event and plead the Council of Sports’ approval of Kaduna State as hosts of the 2022 National Sports Festival.”
According to the brochure, proposed venues for the multi-sport event include Kaduna Club, Murtala Square, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna Township Stadium, Kaduna State University, Nigeria Defence Academy, Police College, and the Kaduna Polytechnic.


In addition to the proposed sites, the state added that seven new stadiums are currently being constructed in Zaria, Kafanchan, Kachia, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Saminaka.
The 20th edition of the Sports Festival is currently underway in Edo and will come to a close on 14 April.

Story: Abdullahi Dauda

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ALEX IWOBI LEAVES SUPER EAGLES CAMP AFTER TESTING POSITIVE TO CORONAVIRUS

Everton Star, Alex Iwobi will miss Nigeria’s final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho after testing positive for Covid-19 scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 30th March 2021.


Alex Iwobi’s infection was reportedly picked up during mandatory testing of the Super Eagles’ squad prior to the match in Porto which ended 1-0 in Benin, and travelled back to Nigeria with the rest of the squad on Sunday.


According to Eagle spokesman, Babafemi Raji, Iwobi has left the camp, and that before he left the camp, he never showed any symptoms as he was reported seen healthy and active.


He scored twice during the qualifying campaign for the delayed Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022.

Super Eagles of Nigeria


Nigeria’s win over Benin guaranteed them top spot in Group L, although they had already qualified before kick-off, thanks to a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.


Gernot Rohr’s side has 11 points from five matches and are seven points ahead of third-placed Sierra Leone, with the top two teams in the group qualifying for the tournament. Nigeria is to host the bottom side Lesotho in Lagos.

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi is Nigeria’s second leading scorer in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, with three goals in four appearances.

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