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Sunusi Ibrahim Scores In CF Montreal 2-1 Defeat To Vancouver

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VANCOUVER — Ryan Gauld scored the matchwinner off a penalty in the 65th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps beat CF Montreal 2-1 to ensure the Canadian Championship trophy stays on the West Coast for another year.

Montreal scored its lone goal in the 83rd minute after Vancouver defender Tristan Blackmon failed to clear the ball in his team’s box, allowing Montreal forward Sunusi Ibrahim to tuck it past goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring 57 minutes in off an error from Montreal goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois, which allowed striker Brian White to slot the ball home.

It’s the second straight year the Whitecaps have claimed the Canadian Championship.

Up until the breakthrough goal, Vancouver had been denied by Sirois’s several acrobatic saves, including one where he stopped what looked like a sure goal with his feet mid-dive.

The Whitecaps outshot Montreal 20-9 with the Quebec side leaving it until late to threaten Takaoka’s goal.

Canada men’s head coach John Herdman presented the Best Young Canadian Player Award to midfielder Ali Ahmed, who missed the match as he continues his recovery from a concussion.

Canada Soccer interim general secretary and former national team player Jason de Vos presented the George Gross Most Valuable Player Award to Julian Gressel, who recorded an assist on White’s opener.

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Sporting24/Quadrans Football Management Scouting program Wraps Up with Seven Players Selected.

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In the wake of the much-anticipated Sporting24/Quadrans Football Management Scouting Tournament, seven promising footballers have been identified for potential professional careers. The three-day event, which drew participation from prominent academies and clubs across Nigeria, concluded with a fervent display of skill and determination from aspiring talents.

The selected players, hailed for their standout performances, represent a diverse array of academies and clubs:

Eghosa Divine Aiku from N-Youth Football Academy

Simon Sunday – N-Youth Football Academy

Adams Abdulbasit from Footwork Football Academy

Emmanuel – Sporting Supreme

Dolo Issa from HB Football Academy

Pascal Dia Samba – HB Football Academy and Tape Abdul Dimitri Lygui from Sporting Supreme.

Gabriel Imadonmwinyi, the Tournament Coordinator and Director, shared his thoughts with the press, expressing satisfaction with the caliber of talent on display. “This scouting program has been instrumental in providing a platform for young footballers to showcase their abilities,” remarked Imadonmwinyi. “We are excited about the potential these players possess and are eager to see how they develop in their respective careers.”The collaboration between Sporting24 Football Academy and Quadrans Football Management underscores a commitment to nurturing emerging talents and facilitating their transition to professional football. With the guidance of esteemed scouts Manga Nkolo Bernard and John Salvatore Poidomani, the program aimed to identify players capable of thriving in the European football landscape.Commenting on the significance of grassroots initiatives, Manga Nkolo Bernard emphasised the importance of events like these in unearthing untapped potential. “Discovering hidden gems at the grassroots level is essential for the growth of the sport,” stated Bernard. “We believe that Nigeria possesses a wealth of talent, and this scouting program has provided a platform to harness that potential.”John Salvatore Poidomani echoed Bernard’s sentiments, highlighting Nigeria’s rich pool of footballing talent and its impact on the global stage. “Nigeria’s success in recent tournaments is a testament to the abundance of talent within the country,” remarked Poidomani. “We are confident that the players selected from this program have the potential to make significant contributions to the world of football.”

As the curtain falls on the Sporting24/Quadrans Football Management Scouting Tournament, the journey begins for the seven selected players, who now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of professional football on a global stage.

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Former Nigerian U-23 Player, Awakan Abdulafeez Olawale Draws Interest from Iraqi Club

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Former Nigerian youth international, Awakan Abdulafeez Olawale, has become the center of attention for Iraqi outfit Amal Sports Club as they aim to bolster their squad for promotion contention.

Olawale, 23, made headlines as a teenage sensation when he received an invitation to join the Nigerian U-23 squad in 2016. Now, the defensive midfielder has been making waves in the Bahraini Premier League with Al Hala SC, attracting interest from clubs across the Middle East and Asia.Having previously plied his trade with various clubs in the Nigerian league, including a stint with Akwa United, Olawale’s performances in Bahrain have not gone unnoticed.

With Amal Sports Club eyeing a place in the top-flight, they see Olawale as the missing piece to their promotion puzzle.Negotiations between Olawale and Amal Sports Club are said to be at an advanced stage, with both parties eager to finalise the deal in the coming days.

Olawale himself is keen on the move and while reacting to the news, he stated that the Iraqi club despite playing in a lower league have huge ambitions and he is more than happy to be a part of the project and help the club in securing promotion to the top flight.

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ANIJI IFEANYICHUKWU GEARS UP FOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH RANGERS INTERNATIONAL

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After a successful transfer from his youth club, Flying Angels FC to Rangers International FC, Aniji Ifeanyichukwu is now poised to make his league debut with the former NPFL champions. The talented attacking midfielder since joining Enugu Rangers has been working his socks up while eagerly anticipating his first appearance in the colours of Rangers International.

With aspirations to emulate the success of club legends like Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Chikeluba Ofoedu, Obinna Nwobodo, Ibrahim Olawoyin and Sunday Mba, Aniji has been diligently training and familiarising himself with the ethos of Rangers International FC. His enthusiasm for the upcoming challenge is palpable, as he embraces the opportunity to contribute to the rich history of the club and its passionate fanbase.

Reflecting on his journey thus far, Aniji remarked, “Joining Rangers International FC has been a dream come true for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent this club with very rich history and follow in the footsteps of footballing greats who have worn this jersey before me.”

The anticipation surrounding Aniji’s league debut is palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting the chance to witness his skill and determination on the pitch. As he prepares to showcase his talent in the NPFL, all eyes will be on Aniji Ifeanyichukwu as he seeks to carve out his own legacy with Rangers International FC.

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