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Super Falcons Will Edge Banyana In AWCON Final

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Ajibade: Super Falcons Will Edge Banyana In AWCON Final With Quality, Experience

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Super Falcons striker Rasheedat Ajibade believes that her side’s quality and experience will play a crucial role in upstaging South Africa for a successful defence of their African Women’s Cup of Nations title on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports

The defending champions are the most successful side in the history of the competition having won eight of the previous 10 editions.

The Nigerian ladies have also never lost in the final of the competition.

The Banyana Banyana beat their rivals Falcons 1-0 in the first meeting between both teams in the competition but Ajibade who plays for local side, FC Robo is adamant that Falcons have what it takes to emerge champions again.

“I am confident about the chances of the Super Falcons in the Africa Women Cup of Nations final against South Africa,” Ajibade told reporters.


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“Though God disposes of whatever man proposes to achieve because it is not just about how good a team is that help them success or the trophy at times in competition.

“I am very confident because of the quality and experience of players in the team. It will play a key role if any team or group of people want to succeed in tournaments like this.

“The players we have here are regulars in their various clubs and not second fiddle, in a very good shape and also played the competition and won several times.

“I believe we everyone on the team combined forces in the game proper like we’ve done so far in unity, love, cohesion and with great determination, we will triumph.”

The Falcons forward also said of their opponents: “South Africa are also a good team because qualifying to the final is as good as winning the trophy because they are not a pushover.

“So, everyone is going to put in their best. The fact remains we are the giant of Africa and we have to work extra hard to retain our trophy.”

Having qualified for their eight-successive Women’s World Cup taking in France, the super Falcons will look to win a record ninth title in Ghana.

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

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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