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NPFL: Sunshine Stars beat Wikki Tourist 2-1 in Akure

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Sunshine Stars of Akure on Sunday defeated visiting Wikki Tourist Football Club of Bauchi 2 – 1 in the match day 17 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL at the Akure Township Stadium.

It was a tension-soaked match as the visiting team fought relentlessly till the last minute of the match.

But the home team grabbed the needed three points after failing to utilize the many chances of the first half.

Franklin Sasere who just secured a deal with Lugano FC of Switzerland and Anthony Omaka, scored Sunshine Stars’ goals in the 14th and 29th minutes of the match.

Sasere had got his goal from the goalkeeping error of the visiting team’s goalie while midfield dynamo, Omaka met an incisive Adeniji’s cross with a perfect touch in front of goal.

However, the never tired Wikki Tourist was able to secure its lone goal through Abah Umar in the last touch of 45th minute of the game.

At the second half of the match, both teams struggled to convert their chances with Wikki Tourist players dazzling the home team with pass accuracy in front of the home fans.

Reacting, the Assistant Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars, Yusuf Saliu commended the efforts of his boys for getting the 3 points for the club which is now 6th on the league table.

According to him, the tactics deployed on the field of play was what was agreed upon in the dressing room.

Saliu expressed optimism that the team will get the desired result in the their next match with Remo Stars.

“We actually prepared for this match, though this wasn’t the result we expected, we planned to beat them like 4-0, as you can see in the first half we had like five chances.

“Just because our boys are not just disciplined in front of goals. We give glory to God for the three points.

“We are still on course, we still put our mind to play in the super six. We are going to Remo with full force, hopefully we will get three points from there.”

For the head coach of Wikki Tourist, Aliu Subair, he described the effort of his team as laudable.

“I believe they tried considering the fact that we had a long journey, it wasn’t easy,” he said.

He further emphasized that, “the officiating was perfect, Nigerian referee are doing very well, infact, today I told my players not to challenge any of the referee decisions. They are human beings.

“Why do you want them to be perfect, there can not be perfect human being. So the officiating was excellent.

“There is no compromise, we are going to get our three points at home in our next game,” he stated.



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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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