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FCT SWAN 5-A-Side Football Competition Begins, Today

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The 2018 edition of the annual Five-A-Side football tournament among media house in the FCT will now begin today following the competition’s draw held on Friday.
The Secretary of FCT chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT Ikenna Okonkwo said the games were earlier schedulled for early December.
“It was postponed due to the ongoing NSF. The week will now hold from Sunday to Wednesday,’’ he said.
Okonkwo said the competition’s draws were held inside the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium, Abuja and the defending champions NTA were paired with Cool/Wazobia FM in the opening game.
He said last year’s runners-up, the newsmen would slug it out with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in another opening match also.
“Hot FM have a date with the Independent Television (ITV), while the only print media outfit in the competition, People’s Daily, will lock horns with the only sports radio in Nigeria, Brila FM,’’ the FCT SWAN secretary said.
The draw which was also held for the table tennis event saw defending champions NAN up against Cool FM, while ITV would tackle Hot FM.
“It will be a strong battle between Brila FM and FRCN as People’s Daily confront the largest television network in Africa, NTA,’’ Okonkwo said.
Meanwhile, the football competition’s opening game between NTA and Cool/Wazobia/Nigeria Info FM will hold by 10 a.m. at the Area 3 playground.
The second game between FRCN and NAN will hold from 10:40 a.m.
Also, on the same day, the third game would be between People’s Daily and Brila FM while the fourth game would be between Hot FM and ITV respectively.
On Tuesday, the winner of match 1 will face the winner of match 3, while winner of match 2 will take on the winner of match 4.

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Eguma Not Disappointed Over Rivers United, Heartland Draw

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The technical manager of Rivers United football of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said he was not disappointed as he dropped points at home in the match day two of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL).
He stated that his team prepared adequately knowing that Heartland FC of Owerri is coming to fight for the three points.
Eguma said this in a  post match interview with Sports journalists after they played one all  draw against Heartland FC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
According  to the number one coach in  the State, the problem of his team was the inability to  score goals, adding that the problem is not peculiar to his team, but it seems to be a general problem for all the teams in NPFL.
“ We prepared very well because we knew  Heartland FC came to fight with their last blood”, Eguma said.
He explained that they were demoralised when they opponents scored early goal.
“No match is easy  in the NPFL because every team needs the three points,” he explained.
As it stands pride of the State has two points after playing two matches.
He further  commended Heartland FC for running away with a point in Port Harcourt,  adding that he is going back to the drawing board to correct the grey areas.

By: Kiadum Edookor.

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Obuh Sure To Win At Home

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Head coach of Akwa United, John Obuh, has said his team will take maximum points at home when they square up against Abia Warriors in one of the rescheduled NPFL fixtures.
The Promise Keepers started the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season with a 1-1 draw against Warriors Wolves in matchday 1 while, Abia Warriors were  2-0 winners against Katsina United.
Coach Obuh, who will be taking charge of Abia Warriors for the first time in front of their fans, has set his sight on  getting the three points in their first game at home.
“We hope to have the best possible start, especially as we will be playing at home. Our fans and supporters deserve good result. Victory on Thursday will set us on the right track to achieving our target”.
“This is a new NPFL season and we cannot afford to depend on past records and statistics. We have a match to play, we have prepared very well for it, and I can assure our fans that we will not underrate our opponents and we will not leave any stone unturned.
“My players are ready to play, they are fully aware of how the three points will help our course this season, we believe that we will get it right on Thursday. All we need is the support of our fans,” Coach Obuh revealed.
The last encounter between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw last season.
While the two teams have met eleven times in the NPFL in which the Promise Keepers recorded two victories, six draws and three defeats.
The match is slated for Thursday at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

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Draw Excites FCIU Coach

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Following his side’s 1-1 draw against MFM over the weekend in match day 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, head coach of FCIU, Uche Okagbue, has revealed that hard work on the part of the players was solely responsible for the team’s display.
Speaking with brila.net, Okagbue also revealed that the main goal for the team is to ensure they keep doing their best as they aim to win the league or at least grab a continental ticket.
“We are in the league for a surprise and we follow matches the way it comes”.
“We are also working towards getting a continental spot “
“The secret so far is hard work, we promise the fans of FCIU that we are going to do our best this season in the league”.

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