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AWCON 2018: Ellis Relishes Banyana Win Vs Eq. Guinea; Targets World Cup Ticket

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AWCON 2018:  Ellis Relishes Banyana Win Vs Eq. Guinea; Targets World Cup Ticket

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Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis is happy that her side is close to securing a FIFA Women’s World Cup ticket at the ongoing 2018 African Women’s Cup Of Nations tournament in Ghana following their 7-1 thumping of Equatorial Guinea  in a Group B clash on Wednesday in Cape Coast.

But Ellis  says the Bayana Banyana  won’t underrate any team in their quest to achieve their desired goal.

Linda Motlhalo and Nompumelelo Nyandeni gave the Banyana Banyana of South Africa a two goal lead after 22 minutes but Equatorial Guinea responded on the stroke of halftime when Elena Oyana capitalized on a mistake in the South African defence to half the deficit.

In the second half goals from substitute Refiloe Jane in the 56th minute,  Kgatlana in the 59th minute made it 4-1 before the hour mark.

Amanda Mthandi, Kgatlana and Jermaine Seoposenwe inflicted more pain on the Equatoguineans by getting their names on the score sheet in the second half.

“I thought we were really losing in the first half. They panicked at times and never stacked to what we are through and that’s keeping the ball on the ground. We went two up and conceded really silly, lost the ball further up the field,” Ellis said in her post match interview after the game.

“We have enough quality in the team to do better. We had a bit of talking in the dressing room and came out really fired up because we need to realize that to reach the mission of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup you cannot underestimate anyone.

“We realized that if we put the ball on the ground and rotate it quick and move off the ball we would play much better and would also move them around and create opportunities and that’s when the goals came.”

“We are happy with the result but the performance can be way better. Equatorial Guinea gave us a tough match especially in the first half.”

Banyana Banyana lead the Group B with six points with a +7 goal difference while Nigeria moved up to second place following their 4-0 win over Zambia on three points with a +3 goal difference.

Zambia are third despite having the same points with Nigeria but with an inferior goal difference of +1 while Equatorial Guinea are bottom of the Group B table with no point with a goal difference of -11.

South Africa will face Zambia in their final Group B game on Saturday just as the Super Falcons will battle Equatorial Guinea.



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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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