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Rabiu Ali: Kano Pillars to take game to Asante Kotoko

Kano Pillars skipper Rabiu Ali has stated Masu Gida are not lost on the challenge ahead of their Caf Champions League away decider with Ghanaian outfit Asante Kotoko on Sunday.The Nigerians are set to play as guests to the Porcupine Warriors in a preliminary first round second leg fixture in Kumasi, after the first match ended 3-2 in favour of Ibrahim Musa’s side.The winners on aggregate wlll secure passage to face Hafia FC of Guinea or Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel in the second round of qualifying for the championship.“We are not expecting an easy match in Kumasi against Asante Kotoko,” attacker Ali, who netted the second goal and set up Gambo Mohammed’s match-winner in the first leg, told CafOnline .com.“Unlike in the first leg, we know what to expect in the second leg match.“It was a difficult game for us in Kano. Now we have to prepare well ahead for the return leg in Kumasi because we know Asante Kotoko is big club.“Football is full of surprises and nobody can predict the outcome of the match in Kumasi because it will be a big battle.“We will press for a win against Asante…

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Ifeanyi Chiejine: Former Nigeria forward dies at 36

One of Nigeria's most successful women's internationals, forward Ifeanyi Chiejine, has died at the age of 36 after a long illness.Chiejine, who played for Nigeria at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, won four Women's Africa Cup of Nations titles.”This is a great loss, she briefly mentioned her illness to some of us, but didn't say exactly what,” her former teammate Rachael Ayegba told BBC Sport.Chiejine nicknamed 'Smally' will be fondly remembered for her outstanding display at the 2007 African Games in Algeria.She finished as the tournament's top scorer with five goals to help her country win Gold at the continental games in North Africa. Capped 68 times by the Super Falcons scoring 18 goals, Chiejine played professionally in Russia, United States, Finland and Kazakhstan.Locally she played for Flying Babes FC, FCT Queens of Abuja and the Pelican Stars of Calabar

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VMware partners with Strathmore University to enhance digital skills in Africa

VMware has announced the expansion of its Virtualize Africa programme in partnership Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica Centre, Kenya. The overarching goal according to VMware is to empower the fast-growing, young African population to enter the digital workforce with confidence and expertise, helping to address the skills gap and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent. […] The post VMware partners with Strathmore University to enhance digital skills in Africa appeared first on TechTrendsKE.

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Samson Siasia’s mother’s abductors lower ransom demand to N30 million

Abductors of Samson Siasia’s mother, Mrs Ogere Beauty Siasia, are understood to have lowered their ransom to N30million.Mrs Siasia was taken into captive in July with two others, Mrs Florence Douanana and Selekire Douanana from their Odoni residence, Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.The kidnappers allegedly made an initial demand for N70m and later chalked it down to N50m before the woman could be released, with the family then reportedly saying they can only afford N500,000.But it has emerged that Mrs Siasia’s captors have scaled down their asking price to N30m.“N30m, that’s what we are talking about now”, a close family member told Completesports.com.“That’s what they are insisting on collecting but where do we get that amount now?“It isn’t easy at all but we have to continue praying to God for her safety and eventual release”.The Bayelsa State Police Command had earlier deployed Marine Police personnel to Odoni waterways in a frantic move to rescue the mother of former Super Eagles player.But that bold effort hasn’t yielded any positive result as Mr Ogere Beauty Siasia, Mrs Florence Douanana and Selekire Douanana still remain with their captors more than five weeks after their…

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Nationality Switch Stops Cologne’s Dutch-Nigerian Fullback Ehizibue From Nigeria Against Ukraine Friendly

 FC Cologne right full back Kingsley Ehizibue would have made the squad of the senior national team of Nigeria for the friendly game against Ukraine next month if not for administrative issues, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.Ehizibue who recently moved to German Bundesliga side Cologne from Dutch side PEC Zwolle was lined up for his maiden call up but his switch of allegiance from the Netherlands to Nigeria is yet to get the green light from FIFA.He represented the Netherlands at U21 level in a competitive fixture two years ago, ironically he played for them around same time he turned down Nigeria alongside his agency mate Tyrone Ebuehi who has since gone on to represent Nigeria at the World Cup.Now 24 years old, Ehizibue who is also eligible to play for Germany as he was born there believe his international career will blossom better if he plays for Nigeria than continue with the Netherlands and paperworks have already started in that regard.The German coach of the Nigerian team want to overhaul his defence and Ehizibue who he tried to convince three years ago is heavily in the list of players he has in mind

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Rohr Hints At Pairing Osimhen And Chukwueze In Attack Against Ukraine

Super Eagles of Nigeria will likely experiment a new duo in attack when they play against Ukraine in an international friendly next month against UkraineCoach of the team Gernot Rohr has his mind set on trying out a new formation in attack base on the form of two players in the team as opposed to others who are yet to get going at their respective clubs.The duo of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze are likely to lead the attack of the team with Rohr keen on trying out the duo as a reward for their impressive start to the season and also as he believe they are the future of the team.Chukwueze opened his goal account in his team 4-4 draw against Granada last weekend while Osimhen got off the mark with a brace for French Ligue 1 side Lille on his debut two weeks ago.” The season is just starting so we wil pick players base on how they have settled at their respective clubs. Osimhen and Chukwueze have started really well and we will be happy to play them in attack, we believe they are the future of the team as well”, Rohr explained.

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Ejaria scores as Reading hold Semi Ajayi’s West Brom

Ovie Ejaria was on target as West Bromwich Albion were held to a 1-1 draw by Reading at the Hawthorns.The Liverpool loanee to Reading, Ejaria, had given West Bromwich Albion the lead in the 71st minute with an incredible stunner, but Kenneth Zohore stole a point from the spot in the 88th minute. While Ejaria scored and was in action for the entire duration, Nigerian International Semi Ajayi was also solid for West Brom. Ajayi played in the heart of the defence and was formidable all through 90 minutes. While Ajayi has been capped by Nigeria, Ejaria has only featured for the English under-21 team and he is still eligible to play for Nigeria.

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Plateau United sign Ghanaian goalkeeper Amooh and a whole new team of players

The Jos-based team has recruited many new legs across every department on the pitchFormer Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United have announced the signings of 12 new players ahead of the 2019/20 NPFL season which kicks off on September 22.According to an official statement from the club, the decision to sign the 12 new players is primarily to replace those who were released at the end of last season.The new recruits include three attackers, five midfielders, two defenders and two goalkeepers, one of which is Ghanaian player Godfrey Amooh.Others are goalkeeper Anozie Awawa, Ikefe Andrew, Buhari Ibrahim, Paul Uche, Emeka Nnaji, Umar Abba, Isa Ndala and Nenrot Silas.Also, Bola Bamigbelu who was formerly playing his club football in Cyprus, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌Tosin‌ ‌Omoyele‌ ‌who‌ ‌is‌ ‌returning‌ ‌from‌ ‌Egypt‌ ‌after‌ ‌completing‌ ‌a‌ ‌six-month ‌loan have all teamed up with Plateau United for the new season.The Peace Boys are expected to continue with preparations for the new season as they are scheduled to feature in a pre-season tournament next week in Ilorin.