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My players underrated Abia Warriors –Ikhana

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Kano Pillars head coach, Kadiri Ikhana, has attributed his team’s 3-0 loss to Abia Warriors at the weekend to his players’ overconfidence during the game.

Speaking with www.npfl.ng, the former Enyimba coach said his team had no reason to lose the match at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

“We lost to carelessness from my players. We should have got a result here (in Umuahia) but my players felt Abia Warriors were not going to hurt them.

Maybe for some of them, they thought because previous trips to Umuahia had seen Pillars gotten good results.

“You could see the manner we conceded the goals, we played well, but I think it was the second goal that killed the game after a defensive blunder.

Abia Warriors took their chances when they came, and scored three goals past us,” were the summations Ikhana who departed from the usual style of coaches looking to match officials to blame for their defeats. Interestingly, many coaches and their players pointed to the pitch as not good for football and often heap the blame for their defeat on the playing surface.

That too was dismissed by Ikhana as he insisted that any good side could win on any turf.

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Xavi: PSG’s loss to Real, an injustice

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Former Barcelona star Xavi did not hold back in his assessment of Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu, describing the 3-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid as an “injustice”. European titleholders Madrid scored twice in the final seven minutes to take command of the last-16 tie after Wednesday’s opening leg in the Spanish capital. PSG broke the deadlock thanks to Adrien Rabiot in the 33rd-minute before Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The French visitors controlled proceedings in the second half but sensationally collapsed during the closing stages as Ronaldo and Marcelo condemned PSG to a two-goal defeat. Reflecting on the result, Xavi – now playing for Al Sadd in Qatar – was less than impressed with Madrid’s performance against the Ligue 1 leaders. “Madrid have something,” Xavi told So Foot.

“Against them, you can never lose your chance, otherwise they will punish you, but the worst thing is that they hurt the opponent with nothing. “A counterattack was enough to take the victory… F*** “You almost think it’s an injustice that PSG lost by such a big margin because it was a game that should have ended 1-1, 2-2 or 2-1 for PSG.”

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Infantino, Ambode to grace AITEO/NFF Awards

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An array of prominent global figures, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF boss Ahmad, political chieftains, football stars, renowned , captains of industry, legends of the Nigerian game and oaks of the entertainment industry are now confirmed for the inaugural edition of the AITEO/CAF Football Awards taking place at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday.

FIFA and CAF sources confirmed to thenff.com on Sunday that Infantino and Ahmad would arrive in Nigeria on Monday and would be live at the event venue alongside Presidents of about 20 Member Associations of FIFA. NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.com that broadcast partners SuperSport and Africa Independent Television (AIT) would relay the programme live as from 7pm.

“SuperSport and AIT will broadcast the Awards ceremony live, starting from 7pm, and it will last for exactly 90 minutes – the period of a football match.” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is expected alongside a number of his cabinet members, with AITEO Vice President/CEO Francis Peters and top shots of the sponsor company also set to add glamour to the big event.

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Lagos International Squash Classics

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  • France, Egypt, 13 others sign-up

 

Top squash playing countries in the world, France, Egypt, and 13 others beat the deadline of registration for the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics. The Lagos International Squash Classics returned to the Professional Squash Association (PSA) listing following the impressive staging of the last two editions by the Lagos State Government. Egyptian players dominate the list of players that signed up for the $20,000 prize money tournament holding at the Molade- Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun on March 19 to 24.

Aside France and Egypt, other nations listed for the six-day tournament include England, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Iraq, South Africa, Belgium, United States, Pakistan, India and Czech Republic. The world ranking event would afford the players to amass points for their global rating. Already, 12 men have been listed in the main draw while the only Nigerian among those that will begin their campaign from the first round is Tunde Ajagbe.

With five Nigerians male player expected to feature in the tournament with Ajagbe starting his campaign from the main draw while the four others led by national number one – Sodiq Taiwo will be hoping to get their passage to the main draw through the two-day qualifying round on March 19 and 20.

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