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2021 AFCON Sports Minister, Salutes ‘Professional’ Eagles Winning Start, Urges Team To Stay Focused



The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has commended the Super Eagles for their winning start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

The Eagles beat seven time Champions Egypt in Garoua on Tuesday to underline their potentials as one of the teams to watch out for in the competition.

The victory has also pushed Nigeria to the top of Group D which also has Sudan and Guinea Bissau.

The Sports Minister urged the team not to rest on their oars but to maintain the urgency and momentum shown in the game against Egypt.

He praised the team for showing resilience and determination as well as demonstrating the typical conquering spirit and tenacity of the average Nigerian.

He also tasked the players and their coaches to remain focused and take this tournament one game at a time.

“You can see how different the team looked and played today. There is a new spirit and a new attitude in the players and it showed with their total dominance of proceedings on Tuesday.

“They brought the professionals that they are to the fore with a masterful display. They stepped up their game without any distractions. We saw the kind of football the Super Eagles are known for. I must thank the players, the coaching crew and the NFF for returning the Nigerian DNA to our football.

“Now we have to stay focused and take it one game at a time. We have just won a game, although a very important and morale boosting win but this is just the beginning. We must not get carried away. There are more battles ahead. I believe we will not be complacent. I think we can get better and better with every game. So, this game against Egypt is done and dusted, we must face our next game with the same level of zeal and determination,” Dare added.

Nigeria will play her second game of the tournament against Sudan on Saturday, January 16, 2022 in Garoua.

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NLO 1 : Fosla FC Beat Unruly Basira FC To Open up Six points Lead In Group F1



Fosla FC of Karshi Abuja at the weekend beat an ‘unruly’ Basira FC of Lafia by two goals to one, in one of the Group F1 of the Matchday 12 fixtures of NLO Division 1 League.

The match which was played at Fosla FC Stadium Karshi Abuja saw the visitors contesting all the decisions of the referees, until they scored a beauty of goal in the 26th minutes of the game. A through pass from the right wing was beautifully converted by a pacy attacker from the Basira team.

It became a ding dong affairs until the 36th minute of play when a corner kick beautifully taken by Abdullahi Mohammed (Kekere) was poorly handled by the visitors goalkeeper, and was nodded in by Ofozie ThankGod for the equalizer. The visitors held on to the match for about 6 minutes before game resumed again.

The second second half saw many stoppages and disruptions until the 86th minutes when Abdullahi Mohammed (Kekere) swing a free kick into the net for the second goal. The visitors refused to continue the match on the instructions of their Proprietor, until the referee blew his whistle at the expiration of the regular time and added time.

With the win, Fosla FC opened a 6 points leadership with 20 pts from 10 Matches, scoring 15 goals and conceding 7 goals. They are followed by Police FC with 14 pts, scoring 14 goals and conceding 11 goals. Police had at the weekend threw away a three zero lead against Supreme Court, and ended the game at 3 goals at piece. Same way they surrendered a four goals lead in the first stanza, ending up at 4-4.

Supreme Court FC has 13 pts with 16 goals advantage and 17 goals against. Setraco FC also have 13pts with 11 goals for, and 12 goals against.

Flight FC of Gboko have 12pts with 9 goals in favor and 6 goals against. Basira FC of Lafia has 12pts with 12 goals advantage and , 12 against. Mavlon FC and Onyibe FC are putting up the rear with 10 points and 8 points respectively.

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