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Breaking news: SuperSport TV loses AFCON broadcast rights

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SuperSport TV, owned by Multichoice, has announced that it will not be broadcasting the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to take place in Ivory Coast from January to February.

The decision comes after SuperSport lost the bid for broadcast rights to a Togo-based broadcaster.

Despite being a reliable broadcaster of African competitions, SuperSport has recently shown less interest in displaying Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions.

Multichoice released a statement on January 3, revealing their failure to secure the rights to air the continental spectacle.

CAF awarded the broadcasting rights to Togo’s New World TV, describing the agreement as a “mega deal” that no other broadcaster could match.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe expressed pride in partnering with New World TV, emphasizing its global competitiveness and innovative approach to meeting the changing demands and viewing patterns of the modern football audience.

“The Media Rights Agreement with New World TV is the biggest investment by a Pan-African broadcaster in CAF’s history,” Motsepe stated.

He also commended New World TV for introducing new ways of consuming video content through partnerships with various mobile operators and television networks.

The 2023 AFCON is set to kick off on January 13, with hosts Ivory Coast facing Guinea-Bissau in the opening match.

Notable encounters include Egypt vs. Ghana on January 18 and a clash between defending champions Senegal and Cameroon on January 19.

The loss of broadcast rights by SuperSport marks a shift in the landscape of African football coverage.

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NPFL Youth League: Naira Rains For Abia Warriros As CEO Banana Island Lounge & Grills Rewards Players

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Chief Executive Officer of popular Texas based Banana Island Grills and Lounge, Francis Chilaka, has rewarded Abia Warriors Under-17 monetarily for their gallant performance in the maiden edition of the Nigeria Professional Football League Youth played in Enugu State, for the South-East zone.

Speaking after the team last fixture against Rangers Under-17, Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriros Football Club elougized the young Warriors for their spirited performance regardless coming together as a team in a short while.

“The boys showed character and prospects, am proud of their performance regardless not picking the South-East slot as the team wanted”

“Everyone at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu applauded the youthful Abia Warriros for their exceptional cohesion in their style of play “

“Truely, a big future is before Abia Warriros as the boys will be graduated into the main team as the progress with their developmental process”

In conclusion, soft speaking Chilaka who promised the team a mouthwatering cash reward (N200,000) handed the cash to the team management as the team journey back to Umuahia.

Excitingly the football enthusiasts, Francis Chilaka, was in Enugu althrough the competition giving them financial and moral support.

Abia Warriros Under-17 failed to record a win in the (3) day event as they garned a draw following its (2-2) stalemate with Enyimba and a (0-0) draw against Rangers Under-17 .

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Exciting Opportunity: Enugu Rangers Launches Open Screening for Youth Teams!

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Rangers International F.C. Witnesses Impressive Turnout of Young Football Talents at Open Screening Event

Rangers International F.C. recently organized a remarkable open screening exercise to scout for exceptional young talents to join their U-13, U-15, and U-17 teams. Held at the picturesque Rangers Training Pitch, located in Liberty Estate, Independence Layout, Enugu, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the event attracted an astounding turnout of over two hundred aspiring football stars.

The screening session was graced by esteemed personalities, including Ejike Uzoenyi (MON), a renowned FIFA World Cup star, as well as former team captains Okey Odita and Chibuzor Madu. The legendary Coach John Edeh, along with Coach Basil Obeta and other dedicated personnel from the club’s management, also supervised the event.

Barrister Amobi Ezeaku, the elated G.M/CEO of Rangers, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to all the young footballers who participated in the exercise. He extended his gratitude to the supportive parents and guardians who encouraged their children to showcase their innate talents during the screening.

It was truly an exciting day filled with promising football prospects, and Rangers International F.C. eagerly looks forward to unveiling the exceptional talents that emerged from this exceptional event.

Ejike Uzoenyi, who supervised the open screening exercise on behalf of the coaching team, expressed his admiration for Rangers International F.C.’s forward-thinking approach. Drawing from his experiences playing football in numerous countries, Uzoenyi commended the club’s management for adopting a methodology commonly practiced worldwide. He was thrilled by the vast number of talented individuals identified during the session and expressed his optimism for discovering even more in the upcoming sessions.

Due to time constraints, some aspiring footballers were unable to be evaluated during the initial screening. To ensure fairness and provide opportunities for all, the exercise will resume on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, starting promptly at 10:00 A.M. This allows the remaining participants to showcase their skills and potentially be considered for the next phase, bringing them one step closer to becoming a part of the esteemed Rangers team.

The enthusiasm and passion displayed by all the participants have made this screening exercise an enjoyable and memorable event. Rangers International F.C. looks forward to continuing this exciting journey, uncovering exceptional talents, and ultimately welcoming new players into their esteemed ranks.

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Triumphant Win for Nigeria Women’s Rugby League Team Against Ghana in Accra

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Nigeria Rugby League Women’s Team Secures Convincing 30-20 Win Against Ghana in Thrilling Accra Match

The Nigeria Rugby League Women’s National Team once again displayed their dominance on the field with an impressive 30-20 victory over the Ghana Women’s Rugby League National Team in an exhilarating match held in Accra.

This latest triumph adds to Nigeria’s already impressive track record, having previously defeated Ghana with scores of 40-4 and 14-6 during the two series of games hosted in Lagos in November 2023. The Nigerian women’s team has consistently showcased their skill and prowess, establishing themselves as a formidable force in the Rugby League arena.

The 30-20 victory in Accra signifies another milestone for the Nigeria Rugby League Women’s National Team, highlighting their unwavering determination, exceptional teamwork, and remarkable resilience. Both the players and coaching staff deserve recognition for their dedication to the sport and their ability to achieve success on both domestic and international levels.

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