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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.

Story: Abdullahi Dauda

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