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Women win their husbands in football match in Abuja

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By Ekuson Nw’Ogbunka

Members of Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) have won their men’s counterpart of Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) with three goals to one in St Peter’s Catholic Church, Idu, Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

The match was played between the two organisations on Saturday to mark the CWO’s yearly Mother’s Day celebration, Sunday.

Speaking after the match, the CWO president, Mrs Augustina Madiji said that she knew that the women would win their husbands, because they (the women), according to her were always serious and ready at all time. Believing that a woman can equally do what a man can do, even better, she however admitted that their players outnumbered that of their men’s counterpart, with about 19 against 11. Madiji said that the reason behind the anomally was because the women were the weaker vessels.

She therefore enjoined the men to wake up from slumber and also asked the women to keep it up, even as she confirmed that the match was played to mark their 2023 Mother’s Day celebration. The women’s president however boasted that the CWO under her watch were prepared to challenge other CWOs from other parishes.

Although the CMO president, Mr Joseph Luka, when spoken to accused the referee of partiality, but he was quick to add that between two players, one must win. Mr Luka boasted that come next match, the husbands would beat their wives to the ground.

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Confirming that the women won their husbands in the match, the referee, Mr Ejike Onuoha defended that the reason why he allowed the women players to outnumber their men counterpart, was as a result of the men trying to overpower and oppress the women.

With excitement, the football match attracted spectators who came to do Christmas for their eyes at the football match.

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Arsenal Legend Patrick-Vieira not happy With 4thCoaching Job Loss In Nine-Years

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Patrick Vieira Arsenal legend has tried to weather the storm in his managerial career as he vacates his 4th managerial job in 9 years.

The legend began his coaching career at Major League Soccer club, New York City FC in November 2015 and decided to leave the club in 2017 even though he had a fair run with them.

He returned to his country, France, to take on a coaching job at OGC Nice In June 2018. The 48-year-old French tactician was sacked in December 2020 due to poor run of games especially in his second season at the club.

Despite his not applauded outing in his last season at OGC Nice, Premier League club, Crystal Palace decided to make him their coach in July 2021. He only had a fair run in his first season at the club, his second campaign was a total disaster, hence, he had to be sacked in March 2023.

Patrick Vieira went back to coaching months later as he was given a three-and-a-half deal at Strasbourg in July 2023, days after Chelsea owners, BlueCo took over the club.

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Nasarawa SWAN gets new Exco

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By David Odama

The Nasarawa State chapter of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) has elected it’s new executive to run the affairs of the association for the next three years.

The new officials emerged Tuesday after a peaceful re-run election that took place at the Nasarawa State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lafia.

Chairman of the electoral committee, Isacc Ukpoju of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) announced Smah George of the state owned Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS) as winner having scored 18 votes to defeat his opponent, Solomon Abari of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) who secured nine votes.

The electoral committee chairman also announced Umar Mohammed of Daily Trust as Vice Chairman, Abel Leonard of The Sun Newspaper as Secretary Nehemiah Gwamna of Radio Nigeria (Precious FM Lafia) as Financial Secretary, while Esther Akaa of the Voice Newspaper emerged as Treasurer.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration of the new executive members, National Secretary General of SWAN, Ikenna Okonkwo commended members of the association in the state and the candidates for the display of maturity during the election.

He congratulated the winners and urged them to carry others, especially their opponents along urging them to adhere to the roles and regulations of the association and the oaths of office.

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In an acceptance speech, the newly sworn-in chairman appreciated members for speaking through their votes that give him an age over other contestants and pledged not to disappoint them.

The Nasarawa State SWAN chairman also promised to work with his opponent and all members of the association in order to make the association viable in the state.

George announced that the association under him leadership would partner government and other stakeholders to promote sports development in the state.

Recalled that the chairmanship candidates had a tie of 13 votes in the july 6th election.

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Black Stallions Depart for Mauritius as African Rugby Sevens Tournament Kicks Off

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By Iyojo Ameh

The President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, Dr. Ademola Are, Secretary Oludare Davies, and four home-based players have left Nigeria for Mauritius, the host of the Africa Cup Rugby Sevens tournament.

The players—Christopher Daniel John, Etim Gabriel, Sam Esukuloh Prince, and Akpabio Samuel—along with Secretary Oludare Davies, will join the foreign-based players who have been training in England for the past few weeks.

Led by head coach Steve Lewis, the team has been undergoing rigorous preparation. Lewis emphasized the importance of these sessions, stating, “Our goal is to be fully prepared and address any weaknesses before our Nigeria-based players arrive. We want to be at our best for the tournament.”

The squad for the Africa Cup Sevens has seen several significant changes, notably the absence of co-captains Declan Nwachukwu (center) and Olukolade Awobowale (winger) due to injuries. Former captain Onoru Jatto is also absent, prompting strategic adjustments by the coaching staff.

Despite these challenges, the team remains optimistic and determined. The Black Stallions are in Pool A, competing against strong opponents like Kenya, Madagascar, and host Mauritius. The players are confident in their preparation and abilities.

Pool B features Uganda, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, and Côte d’Ivoire, while Pool C includes Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Algeria. The competition promises to be fierce, with each team bringing unique strengths to the tournament.

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