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CAF Cup: Orlando Pirates To Face RS Berkane In Uyo Final

Frankie Omokhua Orlando Pirates (South Africa) booked a place in their second CAF Cup final despite losing 1-0 against Al Ahli Tripoli on Sunday in the 2nd leg semi-final on a 2-1 aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 in Johannesburg. Also, RS Berkane (Morocco) beats TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 4-1 on Sunday to reach the final scheduled to hold at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.
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Finally, NFF Appoints José Peseiro As Super Eagles Head Coach

Frankie Omokhua Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Portuguese coach, Jose Peseiro, as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles. While announcing the appointment on Sunday, the NFF said the.engagement is with immediate effect, and subject to the signing of agreed terms between the federation and Peseiro. The 62-years-old has handled top clubs and national teams across four different continents like Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. He had coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo and Sharjah FC as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan National Teams. Peseiro is expected to lead the Super Eagles against Mexico and...
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Sports Minister Appoints Olympian, Yusuf Alli, Team Nigeria’s Coordinator For 2022 C’wealth Games

Frankie Omokhua Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has confirmed 3-time Olympian and 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Yusuf Alli, as Coordinator of Team Nigeria for the 2022 Commonwealth Games that will hold in Birmingham, England. Dare said the Alli's appointment is hinged on his experience as an athlete and accomplishments as a sports administrator. The Minister expressed optimism that Alli's responsibility would compliment the efforts of the ministry to ensure that Team Nigeria does well at the Games. While thanking the minister for choosing him, Yusuf Alli assured Team Nigeria of his determination to do his best to make sure the contingent are worthy ambassadors that would bring glory to the country. Alli represented Nigeria at the 1980 Olympic...
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Nigerian-born Michael Mmoh Earns French Open Wild-Card Entry

Frankie Omokhua Nigerian-born Michael Mmoh, 24-year-old, has earned the U.S. Tennis Association’s wild-card entries for the main draw of the French Open ahead of play which begins at Roland Garros on May 22. Mmoh claimed his berth in the year’s second Grand Slam tournament by collecting the most ranking points during recent clay-court tournaments. His results included making it to the quarterfinals after qualifying for the ATP U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston and reaching the final of a USTA Pro Circuit Challenger tournament in Tallahassee, Florida. The Nigerian whose career-best ranking is No. 96, is currently No. 181. Michael is the son of Tony Mmoh, a former professional tennis player who represented Nigeria and reached a career-high ranking of 105.. ...
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Morocco To Host CAF Champions League Final, As Senegal Withdraws Bid

Frankie Omokhua The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday announced Morocco as host of this year's CAF Champions League final. In a statement released on its official website, CAF said it was pleased to award the organization of the 2022 final to the North African country. The continent's football controlling body also disclosed that Senegal had initially applied to host the final at new Me Abdoulaye Wade Stadium in Diamniadio before the country later withdrew. The competition which is currently in its semi-final stage with Al Ahly, Es Sétif, Wydad Casablanca and Petro Athletico competing will have the final played on May 30, 2022. Also, CAF had before now awarded the hosting rights of the final of its 2nd-tier club competition - the Confederation Cup to Akwa Ib...
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FIFA Pitch Consultant Arrives In Uyo, To Assess Godswill Akpabio Int’l Stadium Ahead Of CAF Confed. Cup Final

Frankie Omokhua Ahead of the final of this year's CAF Champions League, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed that Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, will host the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup final scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022. This was made known on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Elder Paul Bassey. Paul Bassey disclosed that FIFA Pitch Consultant, Jorge Manuel Palmacuder, had arrived in Uyo on Sunday to supervise work on the pitch and training ground of the Godswill Akpabio International stadium. Bassey, who is also the Chairman of Akwa United said with the development, the stadium will be closed to all activities until after the game which comes up next week. In the meantime, a meeting between the...
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I Have Not Declared To Vie For NFF President’s Position, Media Report Is Fake – Akinwunmi

Frankie Omokhua Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, has dismissed media reports linking him to declaration for the position of president. The Lagos State FA Chairman disclosed this while speaking to Sports Arena to make his position known on Monday morning. "You may have read that I had declared an intention to run for the President of the NFF". "While there is nothing wrong with me being interested in being President, I certainly have not declared any interest and no such discussion was taken at our zonal meeting". "I'm not one to jump the gun in anything I do, so, the issue of running for Presidency is not on the frontburner". Akinwunmi hinted that the media report was the handiwork of detractors whose intentions are not genuine but to...
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Ministry Of Sports Invite NFF To A Meeting Over Delayed Appointment Of Super Eagles Coach On Monday

Frankie Omokhua The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has invited the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to a crucial meeting on Monday, to discuss the lingering issue relating to the delayed appointment of Super Eagles coach. Before this latest move, the ministry had rejected moves by the NFF to employ Portuguese coach, Jose Paseiro, who reports say came third after an interview carried out on the four shortlisted candidates who applied for the job. Other coaches who applied include former Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, former France coach, Laurent Blanc and former Derby County coach, Philip Cocu. However, the ministry had mandated the federation to select the best coach to handle the Eagles as part of the rebuilding process after Nigeria failed to qualify for t...
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Mali Football Federation Makes U-Turn, Drops Winfried Schafer To Appoint Eric Chelle As National Team Coach

Frankie Omokhua Former Mali international, Eric Sekou Chelle, 44, was at the weekend appointed to replace Mohamed Magassouba, as new coach of the national team, The Eagles. Chelle’s appointment followed the earlier decision taken by the Committee set up to recommend a coach for the vacant position had favoured former Cameroon Coach, Winfried Schäfer, to take up the job last Thursday. After a final meeting by the committee on Friday, Schäfer was dropped after all avenues to reach out to the 72-year-old German tactician who had asked for time to discuss with his family proved abortive. Reports say the committee finally opted for the second choice, Chelle, whose salary was within the range of the Mali Football Federation’s budget as well as his decision to work with Malian co...
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BREAKING: Gernot Rohr Disqualified, Winfried Schafer Selected As Mali National Team Coach

Frankie Omokhua Former Cameroon Coach, Winfried Schäfer, is to be named the new handler of Mali national team in the next few days. This follows the decision taken in a meeting held on Thursday by members of the commission set up to choose among the coaches who submitted their applications for the plum job. This comes after several meetings and interviews carried out on Wednesday through a video conference where two out of the final three candidates earlier shortlisted were chosen. The two coach were Germany's Winfried Schäfer and Eric Sekou Chelle, a former Malian international. Reports say the 72-year-old German was selected to take over as Eagles coach while former Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, was disqualified. A final meeting is scheduled for today at the headquar...