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Handball  Laeague : Kano Pillars beat Owena Kings 39-27 to win fourth gameMatch



Kano Pillars male handball on Friday defeated the Owena Kings of Akure 39-27  to win fourth game at the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Kano Pillars 20-15  before both sides went for the break.

But when the game restarted, Kano Pillars went a  gear up and extended their lead to win 33-19.

The win was their fourth in the competition which entered Day 4 on Friday , they won their first game on Tuesday   against Lagos Seasiders of Lagos 28-27.

They won their second game against COAS Shooters of Nigeria Army 29-21 on Wednesday and on Thursday they defeated Borno Spiders of Maiduguri 38-28.

Speaking after Thursday’s game, Tomi Olatunde, the head coach of Owena Kings, said his players tried their best but it was unfortunate that they lost their game.

“My players had a good match, but it was unfortunate the result went against them.

“We will work on our lapses and correct our mistakes before our next match against the Niger United on Saturday,’’ he said.

On his part, Solomon Yola , the coach of Kano Pillars , said he was happy that his players won their game to make him proud again.

“This is our fourth game we are wining now; we are determined to win all our game in this competition and light up the trophy.

“We are playing Prisons Key Boys of Nigeria Prison on Saturday we will work hard to win the game, with hard work and dedication we will achieved our goals.

Also, in another male competition on match played at the same venue, COAS Shooters of Nigeria Army drew 29-29 against Plateau Vipers of Jos while the  Kada Stars of Kaduna beat  Prisons Key Boys of Nigeria Prison 33-23.

Twelve male and 10 female teams are participating in this first phase of the second edition of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, being organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN).

The competition is being hosted at the Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium.



Tunisia part company with coach Giresse after African Cup of Nations



Alain Giresse has left his job as coach of Tunisia, after nine months and having guided them to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in July.

The former France international’s departure was announced by the Tunisian Football Federation on Wednesday, who said in a brief statement that it was a mutual decision.

Giresse was appointed in December and helped them reach the last four in Egypt in spite of winning just one match at the tournament outside of a penalty shootout.

They drew their three group games and needed a shootout to get past Ghana in the last 16 before beating Madagascar 3-0 in their quarter-final game.

They lost to Senegal in the semi-finals after extra time and were also defeated by Nigeria in the third-place playoff.

It was the fifth time the Frenchman has coached a country at the AFCON after he led Gabon (2010), Mali (2012), Senegal (2015) and Mali again two years ago.

The 67-year-old has also coached at club level in Morocco, after two spells with Toulouse and a brief tenure in charge at Paris St Germain (PSG)

Giresse’s departure means 13 of the 24 coaches from last month’s tournament have left their jobs.(Reuters/NAN)


(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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Taekwondo gives Nigeria first 12th African Games medals with 1 gold, 2 bronze



Team Nigeria’s taekwondo athletes on Wednesday in Rabat helped the contingent  to be placed on the 12th African Games’ medals table with one gold and two bronze medals.

Chinazum Nwosu won the gold medal in the female -53kg event, while Sunday Onofe and Okuomose Benjamin won the bronze medals in the male -87kg and +87kg events respectively.

Nwosu had drawn bye in the preliminary round, while she beat Halidou Balkissa of Republic of Niger 23-9 in the quarter-finals and Tsebaot Fikadu of Ethiopia 14-10 in the semi-finals.

She went on to beat Morocco’s Oumaima El Bouchti 26-22 in the final.

On his part, Onofe beat Congo DR’s Esende Chadrack 25-05 in the preliminary round and Fredric Adoua of Chad 15-5 in the quarter-finals.

He however lost to eventual gold medalist Seydou Gbane of Cote d’Ivoire 15-12 in the semi-final.

Benjamin also drew bye in the preliminaries, beat Senegal’s Laye Seye 40-37 in the quarter-finals and lost to Niger’s Alfaga Abdul Razak 32-10 in the semi-finals.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the taekwondo competition will end on Friday.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Obike Ukoh

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African Games: Nigeria’s male beach volleyballers beat Ghanaian foes to place 7th



Nigeria on Wednesday in Rabat beat their Ghanaian opponents 2-1 to finish seventh in the men’s beach volleyball event at the 12th African Games in Morocco.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigerian pair beat the Ghanaian pair of Kelvin Carbon and Samuel Essilfie.

Anyasodike and Sam had failed to make hay against the pair of Edson Figueiredo and Eden Sequeira on Tuesday in the first game of the fixture, losing 13-21 8-21.

This was after they lost 0-2 to the South African pair of Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams in the quarter-finals.

They had qualified for the quarter-finals on Saturday in spite of losing 1-2 to the Mozambican pair of Nguvo and Soares in their final Group B Match.

On Friday, they had beaten the pair of Alfred and Doobraz of Mauritius 2-0 and on Saturday the pair of Abdelnaeim and Shahin of Egypt 2-1.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Plateau United sign 12 new players to strengthen squad



The club in a statement by its Media Officer, Albert Dakup, said that the new players were to replace those released from the club at the end of last season.

It said that the newly-recruited players include three attackers, five midfielders, two defenders and two goalkeepers.

“The new players participated in a two-week rigorous training session and three pre-season friendly matches in order to ascertain their fitness level before the signed their contract.

“Prominent among the newly-recruited players are: former Katsina United and Enyimba of Aba striker Chinedu Udechukwu and Sunday Anthony a midfielder from the relegated Elkanemi  Warriors of Maiduguri.

“Others are: goalkeeper Anozie Awawa, Ikefe Andrew, Buhari Ibrahim, Paul Uche, Emeka Nnaji, Umar Abba, Isa Ndala and Nenrot Silas.

“Among the 12 new players are: Bola Bamigbelu who is joining from a club in Cyprus and goalkeeper Godfrey Amooh from Ghana while Tosin Omoyele who is returning from Egypt after completing a six-month loan,” it added.

According to the statement, the team is expected to continue with preparations for the new season.

The team is also scheduled to feature in the famous annual pre-season tournament renamed the Taiwo Ogunjobi Cup in Ilorin on Aug. 29.

Edited by Gregg Mmaduakolam and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Osun ‘ll perform better at 2019 National Youth Games- Sports Director



Layi Adesiyan, the Director of Youths, Sports and Special Needs in Osun, on Wednesday said the state would perform better at the 2019 National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin, Kwara.

Adesiyan told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that the state team`s performance would surpass that of the 2018 NYG.

NAN reports that the 2019 NYG will hold from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17 at the University of Ilorin.

He said the state team could not participate in the zonal elimination in Ibadan for the South-West states due to paucity of funds.

The director said that the team had been training and working hard to be among the best in this year`s edition.

He, however, assured that the team would definitely participate in the game in Ilorin.

“Our athletes have been in the camp preparing for the competition; they will give their best to make the state proud in all the events they will feature.

“They will surpass their previous position in the last edition of the NYG in Ilorin.

“We finished seventh last year; we will work hard to be among the best three in this year edition.

“We will register athletes that will represent the state before the end of August in Abuja.

“Our athletes are determined to have a good performance to make the state proud,’’ he said

Adesiyan said the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, would give them the necessary support to represent the state well.

NAN reports that the state came seventh with seven Gold, eight Silver and seven Bronze medals.

Edited by Joseph Edeh/Olagoke Olatoye

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