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NPFL: Kano Pillars sink Yobe Desert 1-0 in Damaturu

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Yobe Desert Stars have suffered another defeat after visiting Kano Pillars won them by a lone goal in the ongoing Nigerian Professional Football League match day 20.

Held at August 27 Stadium Thursday evening in Damaturu, Adamu Hassan’s goal in the 10th minute of the first half of the encounter gave the visitors an early lead.

The home team struggled hard in the second half in order to equate the score but Pillars’ defensive line proved impenetrable.

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Kano Pillars, where the away win has elevated the team to a second position in the Group ‘B’ table of the NPFL with 34 points haven played 20 games in both home and away.

In a post match interview with sports journalists, Kano Pillars’ Technical Adviser, Ibrahim Musa, said it was a hard won encounter considering state of the pitch which was very unfavourable to his players.

“The pitch is not favourable to us, because we are not use to that ground, but we managed to get what we wanted.

“Despite Desert Stars looming relegation, it’s a good team. They came all out to defend their title, that was why the game was not easy for us”, Musa attested.

On the other hand, the Technical Adviser of Yobe Desert Stars, Taye Yusuf described the match as good one, noting that Kano Pillars were not a team that can be belittled.

“My boys have played a fantastic ball, but we were not lucky to get goals.

“Losing is part of football, every club is prone to either be relegated or promoted. Even if we are relegated, we are still going to retain those boys in order to build a very strong team for us to find our way back to the NPFL”, he pointed out.

Results from other matches played in the group ‘B’ this evening indicated that, Go-Round played 1-1 draw with Plateau United in Port Harcourt, Heartland of Owerri were defeated in an away to Ifeanyi Uba United by 2-1, Gombe United lost to Nassarawa United 2-1 in Lafia while Delta Force FC picked three points at home after defeating Akwa United 2-1.

On May 19, 2019 Yobe Desert Stars would be travelling to Jos for an encounter with Plateau United in match day 21.

Plateau United are also facing relegation, as the club are among the last four of the league table with 26 points having played 20 matches, hence Sunday’s encounter with the Desert Machine is going to be a crucial match.



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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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