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Lagos Country Club Hosts Benin Club In Inter-club Sports Fiesta

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There was plenty of action and world-class entertainment last Saturday as one of the country’s leading leisure clubs, Lagos Country Club, hosted Benin Club for the finale of the first Interclub Sports Festival of 2023, organized to strengthen relations between the two to consolidate clubs.

The event, which began on Thursday and ended on Saturday, was attended by over 100 members of the Benin Club led by its President Henry Omoregie Esq and Vice President Dr. Evabziegbere Isibor and members of the sports sections of the club.

President of Lagos Country Club, Seyi Adewumi, at the entertaining event, said the championship, which coincided with his first 100 days in office, was organized for members to relax, interact, have fun, burn calories and socialize.

He explained that the club will always sponsor many similar events in the future.

According to him, as part of strengthening relations between the two clubs, the Lagos Country Club will soon pay a return visit to the Benin club, while the arrangement is also on to visit a sports club in Ghana as a way of building relationship among clubs in the West African sub-region.

“I am delighted that this tournament coincides with my first 100 days in office and we hope to organize other similar club competitions in the future.
“My advice is that similar clubs should emulate the activities of the Lagos Country Club and engage in inter-club visits as this helps build bridges of friendship,” he said.

Also in separate interviews, the president of the Beninese club and its vice president expressed their joy at the sportsmanship that exists in the teams and congratulated the host on his hospitality.

“The members of the Benin Club are satisfied with the hospitality of our guests. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and the hospitality we were offered and look forward to continuing it during the return visit to Benin,” he said.

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Dreams FC land in Uyo for crunch clash with Rivers United

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Ghanaian club, Dreams FC have arrived Uyo for their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Rivers United.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side top the Group C table with 12 points from five games.

The Ghanaian FA Cup champions need just a point from the game to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Rivers United occupy third position in the group with nine points from same number of matches and just 1-0 win will be enough for the Port Harcourt club to qualify for the knockout round.

The encounter is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.

Tunisia’s Club Africain and Academica do Lobito of Angola will clash in the other group game.

 

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StarTimes to air four NPFL games weekly

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StarTimes has increased its weekly live broadcast of Nigeria Professional Football League matches to four from February, instead of the usual two live matches per week.

The Pay-TV firm said fans should brace themselves for an electrifying weekend as the NPFL serves scintillating fixtures on Beta Sports channel 244 on StarTimes.

As the sun sets on Saturday (today) at 5:30pm, Remo Stars take on Bayelsa United. Remo, renowned for their attacking flair, aim to extend their winning streak, while Bayelsa, hungry for points, will be out to play party spoilers.

Also, Doma United square off against Sporting Lagos on Monday. The stakes are high as both teams jostle for mid-table supremacy.

Midweek, two matches were already aired live. Some of the other matches scheduled for this weekend like the Gombe United vs Shooting Stars match have been rescheduled to Tuesday.

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NPFL U-17 Youth League: Elegbeleye Reveals Major Reason Behind Programme Creation

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has revealed that the major reason for making inroads into the NPFL Youth League is to have a pool of players the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can consider for international youth tournaments.

At a media parley in Benin, venue of the maiden edition of NPFL Youth League Playoff, NFF 2nd Vice-Chairman and NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye also said the league body has picked some former Super Eagles players whose recommendation would be relied upon to assemble a solid structure for the junior national teams.

“Nigeria have an enviable record of winning the U-16 World Cup on five occasions. However, we couldn’t even qualify from Africa the last time the competition was held due to our lack of planning.

Now that we know that without good planning, you can’t get result, we decided to come up with the idea of the NPFL Youth League exclusively for players in the elite league.

With that, we hope to have a pool of talented players where NFF can pick for U-17 Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He insisted that NPFL should be the main focus of such players.

Four ex-Nigeria International players were unveiled as brand ambassadors.

They are current Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Paschal; Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, Yakubu Aiyegbeni; Seyi Olofinjana, a chemical engineer and NFF technical director, Augustine Eguavoen.

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