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Super Eagles To Play Ivory Coast , Tunisia In October

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As part of our commitment to transparency, probity and openness, I would like to brief Nigerians of events as they unfold in football development. Firstly, a tragic note, as we lost the head of the ICT department, Mr. Tolulope Abe to complications arising from..
…surgery. May His soul rest in Peace. We also conducted COVID-19 tests on all members of staff and four returned positive. While one has fully recovered and confirmed negative, others are in stable condition, receiving treatment with the full compliments of the NCDC….
Now. As we await the Federal Government’s pronouncement on the resumption of football, the Federation has been in active discussions about possible friendly matches and I’m happy to say we have finally sealed two high profile matches for next month…
…On the 9th of October, the Super Eagles will play former African champions, Cote D’Ivoire in a friendly game, then face another African giant and former champions Tunisia, four days later, on the 13th.
Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons….
…Due to the COVID-19 protocols presently in place and the proximity of the bulk of our team as well, Austria was seen as an ideal venue. I’ll have to stress as well, that ALL costs will be borne by the Football Federations of both Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire, as well as Tunisia..
On the vacant positions in Nigerian football, I’m hopeful that a Technical Director will be announced soon, as we are still having extensive consultations.
With regards to a Coach for the Super Falcons, Africa’s biggest female football team, Phillips Consulting, in charge…
…of the recruitment process, are putting finishing touches to it and a Coach will be announced soon. This also applies to Coaches for the different cadres of our National Teams.
I’d like to ask that you tarry with us a while.
On the home scene, we have been working diligently to develop the league and I’m happy to say the League Management Company has signed a massive deal with a reputable organisation that should see the clubs and the league get empowered.
Also, the vacant position of the…
…Chief Executive Officer for the league has been filled and will be announced in the coming days.
A few days ago, top members of the NFF Executive Committee had a vrtual meeting with NIKE, our kit makers, with regards to the new kits for the 2022 World Cup and all I can say now is: Wow.
The new designs are truly beautiful and will thrill the world again. Sincerely…
…I cannot wait to see our male and female teams adorn them.
Now, let me use this opportunity to thank the members of the NFF Executive Committee. They have not only become friends but they are now more than family to me. Collectively, we labour to improve the fortunes…
…of football in Nigeria.
To members of the Congress, I’d like to say a hearty “Thank You” as well. They not only support the drive but the mission, vision and direction of the Board. I cannot thank them enough.
To the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development…
…AND the Honourable Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare; thank you, boss. Your direction is flawless. To both Sport Committees in the National Assembly, we are indeed grateful for your guidance and immeasurable support.
I’d also like to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria and…
…President Muhammadu Buhari. The support for our work, football and sports in general is truly wonderful.
To our sponsors; thank you. Without you, I truly wonder where we would be now.
AITEO in particular; I doff my hat.
Thank you…
COVID-19 is still with us and it us important that we follow all health protocols and advisories diligently. I would like to recognize the true heroes of this fight, our frontline workers; the doctors, nurses and health professionals.
Words cannot express my gratitude to you…
…Finally, I’d like to ask Nigerians to continue to keep faith in us. We are not perfect and we certainly have had a few missteps now and then but we always try to do our best. Criticize us because that’s the only way we can get better but always support us. We definitely…
…on your support and never take it for granted.
The dream is to conquer Africa at the next Nations Cup and qualify for the World Cup in 2022.
I’m certain, with your support, we will get there.
Again, thank you for your time and prayers.
God bless us all.

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Bus- Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star , Oparanozie

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Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie
Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her.
This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter.
Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there.
The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times.
Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season.
And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June.
Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010.
She then spent two months on loan at
Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League in 2011, before returning to Delta Queens.
In 2012, she joined Rossiyanka from the
Russian Women’s Football Championship, with them she played four matches at the
2012–13 UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.
She joined Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract.
In the first half of the season, she only appeared in one game, and mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team.
After half a season, she left Wolfsburg and on 21 February 2014, ssigned for Ataşehir Belediyespor to play the second half of the season in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.
Also, Oparanozie is a four-time winner of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) with the Super Falcons and has appeared at three women’s World Cup (2011, 2015, 2019).

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EPL: Man United lose 3-1 to Palace in season opener

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Manchester United ’ s Premier League season got off to a dreadful start as Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club to hand Crystal Palace a 3 – 1 win at Old Trafford.
The Eagles have now won their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time and on their last two visits to United .
After Andros Townsend opened the scoring early on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ s men felt aggrieved with the nature of Palace’ s second from the penalty spot as Victor Lindelof was harshly punished for handball and David De Gea ’ s save from Jordan Ayew ’ s spot – kick was ruled out by VAR before Zaha converted the retaken penalty .
But they could have no complaints about the result as they looked way off the pace in their first match of the new campaign , little over a month since they ended the last one with defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi – finals .
United finished last season on a 14 – match unbeaten run in the Premier League to secure a third – place finish and raise hopes of mounting a title challenge to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City this season .
But on this evidence they need far more than the solitary signing of Donny Van de Beek , who scored on his debut , to compete at the top of the table .
Solskjaer kept faith with De Gea in goal ahead of Dean Henderson, who has returned to Old Trafford from an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United .
The Spanish international was beaten after just seven minutes but was blameless as the United defence was carved open by Jeffrey Schlupp ’ s run and cross from the left and Townsend ghosted in ahead of Luke Shaw to convert at the far post .
Solskjaer had left Mason Greenwood on the bench after complaining he was thrust into the spotlight too soon by England after the 18 – year – old was sent home in disgrace from international duty for breaking coronavirus protocols .
But without the teenager , United looked toothless in attack , while Palace always posed a threat on the counter – attack .
De Gea justified his inclusion even before the penalty save with a brilliant stop from Ayew in first – half stoppage time to keep the Red Devils in the game.
Greenwood was called for at half – time and he headed wide United ’ s best chance to equalise from Timothy Fonsu – Mensah ’ s cross .
Zaha failed to make the grade in two seasons at United , but with Alex Ferguson , the man who signed him in 2013 , in attendance , he showed why remains in such high demand .
The Ivorian ’ s first goal of the afternoon was ruled out by the offside flag from another promising Palace counter – attack .
But from Palace ’ s next break they got their reward as Ayew ’ s shot struck Lindelof on the arm and , after reviewing the pitch side monitor, referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot .
De Gea saved Ayew ’ s first penalty , but after another interruption from VAR , the spot – kick was retaken for De Gea being millimetres off his line when the ball was struck .
Zaha took over the responsibility and this time crashed the ball home to score against his former club .
Van de Beek came off the bench to replace the ineffective Paul Pogba and showed his goalscoring instinct from midfield by latching onto a loose ball inside the area to halve United ’ s arrears 10 minutes from time .
But just five minutes later the game was killed as a contest when Zaha shrugged off Lindelof with ease before blasting low and hard past De Gea .

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SPORTS Nadal crashes out of Italian Open

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Nine- time winner Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in Saturday ’ s quarter -finals to Argentine Diego Schwartzman .
Eight – seeded Schwartzman won 6 – 2 , 7 – 5 in the final warm – up tournament for the French Open in just over a week .
Champion Nadal was making his comeback after a six – month coronavirus – enforced break having skipped the US Open ahead of Roland Garros with its first round on September 27 .
But Schwartzman pulled out a stunning performance for his first win over Nadal in ten meetings and next plays Canadian 12 th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final.

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