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CAF Champions League: Bayelsa Queens into the WAFU B final

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Nigerian representatives in the second CAF Women’s Champions League, Bayelsa Queens, have reached the final of the WAFU B Women Champions League qualifier after thrashing Benin Republic side, Espoir 6-0 on Wednesday night in Cote d’Ivoire.

A brace from Chinyere Igbomalu and strikes from Kafayat Bashiru, Glory Edet, Etim Edidiong, and Anjor Mary in both halves of the game saw the Prosperity girls advance to face Ampem Darkoa in the final.

The Queens managed just one goal in the first half courtesy of an Igbomalu strike in the third minute from a free kick just outside the box after Flourish Sabastian was fouled.

Kafaya Bashiru scored the second goal in the 49th minute while Glory Edet got on the score sheet three minutes later.

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With three goals in the bag for the four-time NWFL Champions, Bayelsa Queens controlled most parts of the game, and created more goal-scoring chances.

Etim Edidiong added to the woes of the Beninese scoring the fourth goal in the 64th minute, and Igbomalu completed her brace nine minutes later.

Anjor Mary, who just returned from an injury, added the sixth in the 88th minute to send the Nigerian side to the main CAF tournament in Morocco with a game to spare.

Having ruthlessly put Espoir to the sword, Bayelsa Queens will seek to end the tournament on a high when they once again confront group rivals, Ampem Darkoa, in the final after the Ghanaian side defeated Africa Sports 6-5 on penalties in the second semi-final.

The final of the zonal qualifying game is scheduled for Saturday, 3 September by 7 p.m., Nigeria time.

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Anjor Mary, who just returned from an injury, added the sixth in the 88th minute to send the Nigerian side to the main CAF tournament in Morocco with a game to spare.

Having ruthlessly put Espoir to the sword, Bayelsa Queens will seek to end the tournament on a high when they once again confront group rivals, Ampem Darkoa, in the final after the Ghanaian side defeated Africa Sports 6-5 on penalties in the second semi-final.

The final of the zonal qualifying game is scheduled for Saturday, 3 September by 7 p.m., Nigeria time.

 

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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