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NFF empowers State FAs as AITEO Federation Cup kicks off

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NFF empowers State FAs as AITEO Federation Cup kicks off.

The Nigeria Football Federation has directed Football Associations in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory to take charge of registration of teams that will compete in this year’s AITEO Federation Cup competition.

In a circular on Wednesday, the Federation directed that the registration of teams for this year’s edition of the country’s most glamorous football championship should commence on Sunday, 1st May 2022 and last for 13 days. Submission of copies of completed players’ licenses to the NFF must be done latest Saturday, 14th May, while the competition in the States, to select two representatives for the national competition, will hold between 15th May and 15th June.

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The NFF’s Competitions Department expects to have the names of each State’s two flagbearers for the national competition by 15th June.

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino.

Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen put up a decent shift in attack to help Napoli secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Torino.

The Partenopeans were indomitable the last time they took to the pitch, destroying Sassuolo 6-1 at the Maradona. However, they faced a tricky tie against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nonetheless, Napoli showed class from the start, applying a lot of pressure on the Bulls. The Partenopeans recorded four accurate shots in the first period, two of which were from Osimhen’s boots. Unfortunately, Torino goalkeeper Etrit Berisha was up to the task, maintaining a wall between the sticks.

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Nonetheless, Fabian Ruiz saved his blushes twelve minutes later. He capitalized on a mistake from the Torino defense, and with support from Osimhen, who served as a decoy, Ruiz fired home past Berisha.

Luciano Spalleti’s lads kept a strong defense; even Osimhen dropped back to help his backline.

Napoli held out for the remainder of the game to see out the 1-0 victory.

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo scored one and provided another assist to inspire Al Hilal to a 4-2 comeback win over Damak in the Saudi Pro League.

Ighalo had fired blanks as Al Hilal stumbled to a 2-2 draw at home to Sharjah Cultural Club and lost 0-2 to Al Rayyan, both in the AFC Champions League, before losing 2-0 at Al Feiha in a league game.

But the former Manchester United striker was his side’s best performer as the reigning champions secured their 15th win of the campaign.

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Ighalo set up Musab Al Juwayr’s equaliser after Zelaya had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot.

Mansor Hamzi restored Damac’s lead, but Matheus Pereira leveled proceedings for Al Hilal yet again.

Marega then gave the visitors the lead for the first time in the encounter before Ighalo made sure of the three points in second-half stoppage time.

Ighalo has scored eight goals in eight league matches since his January move from Al Shabab, with his overall 20 goals still the best in the division.

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Nigeria’s Ashe wins award in U.S

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Nigeria’s Ashe wins award in U.S.

Nigeria’s fastest man Favour Ashe has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Co-Runner of the Week in the United States of America.

He was announced on Tuesday as the league’s Men’s Co-Runner of the Week.

The freshman sprinter of Tennessee University ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the U.S. this season at the LSU Invitational in a wind-aided 9.79 (+3.0) seconds last weekend.

Ashe’s mark is also the fifth-fastest all-conditions time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history. The conversion with a legal 1.9 wind would be 9.84, which would put him second in collegiate history behind former Tennessee Vol and 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman.

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In addition, Ashe ran the second leg of Tennessee’s 4×100-meter relay which finished in 38.99 seconds – the ninth-quickest time in school history and the 13th-fastest in the U.S. this year.

This is Ashe’s first runner of the week award after being named freshman of the week on two occasions during the indoor season. It is the fourth time this year that Tennessee have earned a weekly conference honor.

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