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

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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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Volleyball: Nigeria U21 targets 2023 FIVB World Championship ticket- Mohammed

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The Head Coach of Nigeria U21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed revealed that the country’s aim at the African U21 Nations Championship is to qualify for the 2023 FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

Mohammed stated this during a press briefing with journalists at Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) in Kaduna on Friday.

The African U21 Men’s Nations Championship is scheduled for 13th to 23rd August, 2022

He said the technical crew has studied the technicalities other teams especially the North Africa adding that other teams should be wary of Nigeria.

The former National setter said, “We were African U19 Champions and these set of boys attended the FIVB U19 Boys Championship. The boys have graduated to the U21 Men’s category and our target is to qualify for the FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

“The team is prepared, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod and his board members have tried their best; it is left for the players and coaches to do their best in Tunisia.”

“The technical crew have been studying the teams that will participate in the tournament because we do not sleep; other teams are wary of our current squad and development.

“We beam our search light on the host; Tunisia and other North African Nations. They feel the U21 is their birthright but this is an opportunity to let the World know we are equally good. Every team has their own strategy and when we meet on the court, the result will show our level of preparedness,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to be good ambassadors.

Nimrod said the current board members of Nigeria Volleyball Federation are solidly behind the team predicting podium finish for the former African U19 Champions.

The National U21 team departed the country on Friday (11:45pm) at the Nnamadi Azikiwe Airport to Tunisia.

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