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Second edition of NDDC U-17 Peace Cup to hold in Bayelsa



The Niger Delta Development Commission has announced that it will be holding this years NDDC U-17 Peace Cup in Bayelsa. The previous edition which held in Akwa Ibom State had a competitive feeling and environment with team Akwa Ibom being crowned Champions of the NDDC Peace Cup.

In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Grassroots Sports Federation of Nigeria, GRASOF, Mr Patrick Ndubuisi, the former Presidential aide came out with this when the organizing committee, represented by Mr. Ini Edoho and Maurice Silas, visited him in his office in Abuja.

According to him, football is the most followed sports in the world, and has become one of the most sought after careers globally, and so, it was commendable organizing such competition within the region, so as to produce players in the coming years.

While endorsing the tournament, the former Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, gave thumbs up to the organisers, Grassroot Sports Federation of Nigeria, and its major sponsors, NDDC, for putting up what he described as a ‘noble idea.”

He said the competition was a huge plus, and would benefit the region in many ways.

“The NDDC Peace Cup is indeed a noble idea, and am particularly happy as a son of the Niger Delta, that it is organized in my region.”

“Football is a global sports, and the most widely followed. So for me, this competition will mean a lot for us and for our region, and I see many great footballers of this country, coming from this competition.”

“I endorse it, and I must commend the organisers and the NDDC, for bringing this to fruition. I wish them all the best,” he concluded.

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G12 Football Academy Boss Hakeem Olatunji Felicitate With Re-elected Lagos State Governor



President of Lagos based football outfit, Mustapha Hakeem Olatunji, has joined other well meaning Lagosians to send his congratulatory message to re-elected Governor of Lagos State,Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, on his triumph in last conducted Gubernatorial polls at the weekend.

“Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, landslide victory at the polls conducted last weekend clearly shows how much his works are been appreciated in Lagos State”

“He is a Sports loving Governor and is the reason why sports, especially football has continued to grow from strength to strength in Lagos State”

“On behalf of G12 conglomerate, i wish him the best in his re-election which i know will bring forth true dividends of democracy in Lagos State and it’s environs “

Re-elected Governor Sanwo-Olu, who polled 762,134 votes, defeated his closest rival, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party who polled 312,329 and followed by Olajide Adeniran of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 62,449 votes.

The total number of registered voters in the state is 7,060,195, but the number of accredited voters for the poll was 1,182,620

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AFCONQ: Guinea-Bissau awaits stadium’s approval for Eagles clash





The Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau is awaiting an approval from the Confederation of African Football to host a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria the Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro de Bissau next month.

The Wild Dogs are due to host Nigeria on match-day four of the AFCON qualification series but at the moment, Guinea-Bissau do not have a CAF-approved playing turf in the country of slightly over two million people.

On Thursday, CAF inspected the Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro de Bissau ahead of the fixture.

“The Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau has revealed that they are awaiting an approval from the Confederation of African Football the Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro de Bissau,” a member of CAF’s media team Ablam Gnamesso wrote on Twitter.

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Nigeria to host Guinea Bissau in Abuja on March 24




Super Eagles to host Guinea Bissau in Abuja on March 24

Nigeria, Guinea Olympics qualifier holds in Ibadan March 22…

Nigeria’s Matchday 3 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau will hold at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on March 24, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said yesterday.

The NFF also said that Guinea Bissau’s football federation, Federação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau, has not picked a date for the second match, which could hold either on March 27 or 28 in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. 

Guinea Bissau plays its home games away from home as it does not have a CAF-approved playing turf in the country of slightly over two million people. On the first day of the qualifying series, the Super Eagles fought back from a ferocious start to the game, and an 11th minute goal by Jonathan Morsay, to defeat the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone 2-1 in Abuja, after Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen hit back hard at the visitors.

On Day 2, away in the Moroccan city of Agadir and in only the second competitive match for Coach José Santos Peseiro, the Eagles set a new international win-record, defeating Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 with four of the goals by Osimhen. Terem Moffi (with a brace), Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo, Ademola Lookman and Emmanuel Dennis completed the carnage.Victory in both matches against the Wild Dogs will certainly pave the Eagles’ path to Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

Meanwhile, 1996 champions, Nigeria, will press ahead with their objective of a second Olympic football gold medal when they host Guinea in an U-23 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying fixture, first leg at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on March 22.

A penalty in each half, and at opposing sides, guaranteed a stalemate in the first leg of the second-round fixture against Tanzania at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam in October last year, before a textbook free-kick by Timilehin Ogunniyi and another penalty by captain Success Makanjuola in the return in Ibadan saw the Eagles sail to the final round.

The clash in Ibadan will determine, after both legs, which of Nigeria and Guinea will progress to the fourth Africa U-23 Cup of Nations to be staged in Morocco later in the year.

Nigeria won the second Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal in 2015, and then won the bronze medal at the men’s Olympic football tournament in Brazil the following year.

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