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U-20 Volleyball Nations Cup: Rwanda beats Nigeria 3-0



U-20 Volleyball Nations Cup: Rwanda beats Nigeria 3-0

Rwanda Volleyball U-21 Team on Thursday defeated their Nigerian counterpart by 3-0 at the ongoing 2018 Under-21 Boys Africa Volleyball Nations Cup in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rwanda dominated the Nigerians from start to finish as both teams played their second match.

Rwanda won the three straight set at 25-21, 25-18, and 25-23.

Rwanda had lost their first game to Tunisia 3-0 while Nigeria won their first match, defeating Cameroon 3-2.

Speaking after the game, Rwanda’s national team coach, Paul Bitok, congratulated his team, adding that the boys played a good game.

“I will like to congratulate my players; they played very well, we planned for Nigeria, knowing that it is a great team.

“I told my players to move from the beginning to the end and they achieved that because if you give them a time to relax, we will be in trouble,” he said.

Elishama Elam, head coach of Nigeria said the squad played well but did not play as a team.

“We never expected such result, knowing that the first set in volleyball is very important.

“We were leading with three points, if we had consolidated on those three points, this will not have happened.

“The game was a good one but my boys were not playing for each other. Everybody wanted to be a star.

“We are going to strategise and make sure that the boys play for each other for the match tomorrow,” he said.

Elam said that Nigeria’s match with Tunisia was a must-win to keep them in the championship.

“We need to beat Tunisia 3-0 or 3-1 to proceed to the next level. If we lose to Tunisia, then we are out but if we win, there is hope,” he said.

NAN reports that the championship continues on Friday with four matches as Rwanda meets Cameroon in the first match while Egypt encounters Morocco and Congo faces Chad.



Remo Stars Unveil New Coach



Remo Stars Unveil New Coach

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Newly-promoted Nigeria Professional Football League side, Remo Stars, have officially unveiled Kennedy Boboye as their new technical adviser for the season.

Boboye has been handed a one-year contract.

Remo Stars are one of the four teams that were recently promoted from the Nigeria National League to the elite cadre and the Sagamu-based club are looking to make a statement this season at least judging by their choice of coach.

Boboye helped Plateau United to win the NPFL in the penultimate season and while it may be a tall order to replicate same immediately at Remo Stars, he would be required to do the minimum which is to ensure that the Sky Blues do not go on relegation again.

While the coming of Boboye is being celebrated, some are still taken aback by the unceremonious exit of coach Fatai Osho from Remo Stars.

It is understood that Coach Osho who helped Remo Stars to gain promotion back to the NPFL was asked to work under Boboye, but the man fondly called gaffer opted to resign instead of working as an assistant.

Osho said he quit Remo Stars because he would not work under another coach in Nigeria as that would affect the football philosophy he has worked tirelessly to develop.

Despite his exit, the young gaffer said he still has Remo Stars close to his heart.

Aside from Remo Stars, Coach Osho has handled a couple of other Nigerian clubs including Crown FC and Supreme Court FC of Abuja.

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CAF Champions League: Lobi Stars face tough away test against ASEC Mimosas



CAF Champions League: Lobi Stars face tough away test against ASEC Mimosas

Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Champions League, Lobi Stars, will be playing away to ASEC Mimosas at Stade Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan this Saturday.

This is the first-ever meeting between both sides and it is quite crucial.

While Lobi Stars got all three points in their opening group game against Mamelodi Sundowns, ASEC lost 5-2 in Casablanca to Wydad and will thus be gunning for a favourable result at home.

This season, ASEC Mimosas have kept clean sheets in four of their five Champions League fixtures and won all two matches in their 45,000-capacity ground located in Le Plateau district of the Ivorien economic capital.

ASEC won the CAF Champions League in 1998 when they beat Zimbabwe’s Dynamos FC 4-2 on aggregate in the final. That is their only triumph in the competition.

Among other tactics that would need to be deplored, Lobi Stars will have to tighten their defence particularly in the first half as past matches show that ASEC had scored in all their home fixtures within the first 45 minutes.

ASEC’s danger man is Abdoul Tapsoba who has two goals to his name in five matches.

The Pride of Benue, as Lobi Stars are called, are aware they need to be at their best in Abidjan and they have promised to put their best foot forward.

“We know ASEC are a very good side and we can’t judge them with the loss against Wydad,” Lobi Stars’ new recruit from Enyimba, Oluwadamilare Ojo, told The midfielder was the man-of-the-match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Though we respect ASEC because of their pedigree and being former winner of the CAF Champions League, we would ensure we return Abidjan with a positive result.”

Lobi will hope that Sikiru Alimi will be in his elements. He converted three of the team’s seven goals in the campaign.

They will, however, miss the services of John Lawrence who will be serving a two-match suspension as a result of his involvement in an incident last December in Kenya when Lobi Stars faced Gor Mahia.

Coach Solomon Ogbeide believes his squad can build on their bright start against 2016 Champions, Sundowns.

“We haven’t won anything yet but we can now build on the victory against Mamelodi Sundowns to focus on the game against ASEC.

“We have a good spirit; and remains positive going for the game, and we are going to take the game to them in Abidjan,” Ogbeide assured.

In the other fixture of the group, Mamelodi Sundowns play host to Wydad Casablanca at the Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, also on Saturday.

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Israel-based striker seeks chance with Super Eagles



Israel-based striker seeks chance with Super Eagles

The Super Eagles have a busy year ahead of them and would need the very best legs available to help them achieve big especially at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, to be staged in Egypt.

In this light, Maccabi Tel Aviv daring attacker, Chikeluba Ofoedu, has called on Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, to give him a chance to prove himself in the national team.

Since taking his game to Europe after becoming the revelation of the 2011/2012 Nigeria league season, Ofoedu has continued to impress in front of goal.

At 19 years, he joined Rangers Int’l from UNTH Healers FC and scored 12 goals to emerge the club’s top scorer.

Ofoedu then moved to Turkey to join division one side Trabzon later in 2012. He went on to play for other first division sides, Karşıyaka, Samsunspor and Eskişehirspor till July 2017; scoring double figures for each before the big move to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

“I enjoyed my time in Turkey as I was loved by fans of all the teams I played for,” he said.

“I needed a new challenge and so I did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity to join Maccabi.”

The bullish attacker scored his seventh goal for the runaway Ligat HaAl (The Super League) leaders, Maccabi Tel Aviv, when they drew 1-1 away to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the anticipated derby.

“My focus now is to play for the Super Eagles as I feel I am ripe for it and my teammates have been asking me why I am not in my country’s national team,” the 26-year-old said.

“I know how difficult it is to break into the Super Eagles due to the numerous established and emerging talents at the disposal of the manager, but I think I can bring something to the team’s attack,” Chico as he is fondly called said.

Nigeria will play Seychelles in a dead rubber last AFCON qualifier in March and four days later host Egypt in an international friendly.

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