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AWCON 2018: Ebi, Oluehi Named In Team Of The Tournament

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Super Falcons duo, Onome Ebi and Tochukwu Oluehi has been named in the best 11 of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Cup in Ghana – AWCON 2018, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Reigning African women’s footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala however missed out following her uninspiring display in the competition.

Ebi, who is Super Falcons co-captain with Rita Chikwelu featured in all of the Nigerian ladies’ five games
in the competition and proved her mettle with an outstanding performance all through.


Brilliant Super Falcons Edge Banyana On Penalties To Clinch 9th AWCON Title

Ebi single handedly kept the tournament’s top scorer and best player, Thembi Kgatlana quiet in the final game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Oluehi was no doubt a sure candidate for the AWCON 2018 best goalkeeper award. She conceded only once from open play and her heroics in the semi-final and final penalty shootout win against Cameroon and South Africa made the difference for Nigeria.

Two other Nigerian players; Oshoala and Francisca Ordega were named among the substitutes.

Ordega was named woman of the match in the AWCON 2018 final win against South Africa. She had picked the gong in Nigeria’s second group game against the Shepolopolo of Zambia.

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon dominated the AWCON 2018 list with four players. They are Aboudi Onguene, Yvonne Ndoumbouk, Raissa Feudjio and Tcheno

South Africa captain, Janine Van Wyke and two of her teamamates Thembi Chrestina Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe also made the list.

Fourth placed Mali and hosts Ghana have one player each in the AWCON 2018 best eleven selection that was made by the CAF technical study group. They are Bassira Toure and Elizabeth Addo

By Adeboye Amosu



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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