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Super Eagles: Ohuabunwa berates NFF over Qatar 2022 failure

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Super Eagles: Ohuabunwa berates NFF over Qatar 2022 failure.

Super Eagles’ failure to nick one of the five continental tickets to the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been laid on the doorsteps of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

This much was noted yesterday by Presidential hopeful Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa who added that the country’s football administrators did not do themselves any justice with Nigeria missing out of the global football fiesta.

The Super Eagles were edged out of the Qatar 2022 Mundial by the Black Stars of Ghana after they recorded a 1-1 home draw in Abuja following a goalless first leg result in Kumasi as the Ghanaians picked the ticket on the superior away goal rule.

Ohuabunwa, the highly successful entrepreneur and investor who is bidding for the presidency under the People Democratic Party (PDP), said it was unfortunate that the country’s flag will not be hoisted when the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East holds later this year.

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“ Frankly, I refused to watch that particular encounter life because sometimes, I don’t trust my heartbeat especially when it comes to matches involving Nigeria,” Ohuabunwa, the erstwhile chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria(MAN), said in Lagos yesterday.“Most often, I only start watching when Nigeria is leading in a particular match at least I would have had some safety margins.

“ But it is a big disappointment that the Super Eagles will not be at the Qatar 2022 World Cup and it is even more disappointing that we could not even win at home after we had played goalless draw in the away match against Ghana.

“We were confident that at least we would win at home and finish ahead of them, so it was a big disappointment ,” he noted.

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Speaking further, Ohuabunwa said the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF is to be blamed for the Super Eagles’ non-qualification for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“ In as much as leadership often takes praises for success, I believe once there is failure, leadership should also take the flaks,” noted the former President of Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce(NACC).

“ It’s a big disappointment and we can’t but blame the sports administrators particularly the NFF because we believed we should have won that game (in Abuja).

“ I don’t see why we shouldn’t have won that game in our own city and in front of our home fans, “ he added.

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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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