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NPFL: Sunshine Stars beat Niger Tornadoes 1-0 in Akure

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Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure on Sunday defeated Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna 1-0 in the match day 19 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL at the Akure Township Stadium.

With both teams putting up relentless efforts in the first half of the match, Sunshine Stars were the better side as they consistently pressurized the visiting team in their half.

After the teams failed to convert their opportunities in the first half, Chibundu Omaka who came in for Abiodun Joseph in the 47th minute netted in the cross from Fuad Ekelojuoti in the 60th minute into the second half to put the Owena Whales ahead.

The lone goal was enough to secure the maximum three points for the Sunshine Stars just as the visitors failed to move out of the relegation zone.

Speaking after the match, Head Coach of Niger Tornadoes, Hamza Abara described the match as fair and balance.

He added that his boys top notch display in the game was due to the sacking of the club’s management committee which he said had been hindering the performance of the club.

“Our plan was to pick three points here to escape relegation, but it turned the other way round.

“Hopefully, we will get something out from our away match with Enyimba in our next game.

“The problem of the team used to be the Management Committee, they are the architects of the team, but they are no longer with the team. As you can see the performance of the boys has changed.

“The officiating was okay. This is the kind of officiating I want. Even in my home, I don’t get this kind of officiating,” Abara stated.

On the part of Sunshine Stars’ Technical Adviser, Kabir Dogo, he posited that, “I’m very happy, very exited. at least we were able to secure the needed three points.

“I believe the type of officiating we’re getting here is what we have been getting in other places, I know by now we should at the top of the league.

“We are going for double away in our next two matches, our plan is to get four points in both matches if we get this kind of officiating,” Dogo said.



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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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