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BENIN — The captain of Edo Queens, Onyebuchi Goodness, says she is hopeful that her team will defeat Osun Babes at the quarter-finals of the Aiteo Cup competition to be played at the Agege Stadium,  Lagos. Her optimism was conveyed in a statement by the team’s media officer, Ogieva Ehiosun, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Saturday. The statement quotes the Edo Queens skipper, saying her confidence stemmed...

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BERLIN — Goalkeeper Unai Simon saved two penalty kicks as Spain beat Switzerland 3-1 in a shootout on Friday to secure a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals. Spain prevailed in the shootout as Mikel Oyarzabal scored the winner after Simon had saved from Fabian Schaer and Manuel Akanji. Ruben Vargas had fired high for the Swiss in the quarter-final game played in St Petersburg. Spain’s Sergio Busquets and Rodri also failed to score in...

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LONDON — Ben White, Ben Godfrey and Aaron Ramsdale received their first England call-ups as Gareth Southgate selected Trent Alexander-Arnold among four right-backs in his provisional European Championship squad. With England dealing with issues such as injuries and European final absentees, the Football Association (FA) confirmed a larger provisional squad would be announced on Tuesday rather than the definitive group. Southgate has named a 33-man party that will be trimmed down to 26 players on June...

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The Bauchi State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN), has expressed displeasure over the current performance of Wikki Tourists football club of Bauchi in the ongoing Nigerian professional football league. State Secretary of the Association, Bala Bawaji Konkyiel said “having played twenty-one matches, the team currently occupies the fifteenth position on the log with twenty-four points, which does not reflect the efforts and investment of the state government in the club.” “However,...

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ABUJA —  The draw for qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be conducted on Monday in Cairo, Egypt. The draw will hold at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, tagged “Morocco 2022”, will pit the continent’s finest women’s football teams against each other next year. The competition is also a qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup billed for Australia and...

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LONDON — Chelsea set up an all-England UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City on Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid in London for a 3-1 aggregate victory. Timo Werner and Mason Mount settled the semi-final second leg match with a goal each. Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line after Germany team-mate Kai Havertz hit the bar and Chelsea spurned several chances before Mount secured a 2-0 victory. But, following last...

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LONDON — Leicester City closed in on a UEFA Champions League return after red-hot Kelechi Iheanacho struck again to beat Crystal Palace. The forward’s late winner —— his 14th goal in 14 games —-clinched a 2-1 victory to leave the Foxes three wins away from booking a top-four spot. Timothy Castagne had earlier cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s opener as the Foxes, who sit third in the English Premier League (EPL), were forced to dig deep....

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ENUGU — The Enugu State Football Association (ENSFA) under-13 football tournament named after late ENSFA Chairman Chidi Ofo-Okenwa has been scheduled to kick off on March 27. Francis Ugwu, the ENSFA Secretary, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday all arrangements had been concluded for a hitch-free event. Ugwu said the tournament would have started before now but was delayed due to some logistics on the part of the event’s co-sponsors....

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ILORIN — Kwara United FC of Ilorin on Sunday beat Warri Wolves 2-0 to return to winning streak and climbed to the top of the log. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Match Day 13, 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin. Stephen Jude scored from 35 metre distance in the 8th minute to shoot Kwara United into the lead. From then, Kwara United dominated...

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AKURE —  Niyi John, the First Assistant Coach of Sunshine Queens Football Club of Akure, says his players deserve a lot of praise for beating visiting Ibom Angels FC of Uyo on Wednesday. “My players did well and deserve praise for holding on to win the game,” John said during the game’s post-match conference. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sunshine Queens had beaten Ibom Angels 1-0 in a Match Day 6 fixture...

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