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NLO WK8: Nilayo satisfied with win as Nordic laments poor officiating

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By: Michael Babatunde

The week eight game of the 2017/18 Nigerian Nationwide League one between Nilayo FC and Nordic football Academy, saw the home team winning by a lone goal.

Both teams gave a good fight in the first half but the match saw no breakthrough in the match at the MKO stadium, Abeokuta.

The second half of the exciting encounter was almost ending goalless until Nilayo’s Sterling Iyida was brought down in Nordic’s 18 yard box and the referee points to the penalty spot.

Kabiru Popoola stepped up, dusted himself to take the penalty for Nilayo. He sent Nordic’s goalie, Banire Baris the wrong way to give Nilayo FC a deserved lead.

Nilayo are no second hoping to catch up with Olisa FC who are currently group leaders.

Speaking in a post-match interview Nilayo Technical adviser, Eboboritse Uwejamomere expressed satisfaction at the result admitting that Nordic were a strong side.

“I knew Nordic will be very difficult and the toughest among the team in our group.

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“We prepared for it and we had a clean sheet, our attack was not what we expect but we scored through the penalty”

When asked to comment on the officiating and the controversial penalty awarded, he said “the officiating wasn’t bad, the penalty was 50/50 chance, if he called for it good and if he didn’t we wouldn’t blame him. I won’t say the referee were bad or fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Nordic Football Academy Technical Adviser, Anthony Ibe claimed they had a very good match but was marred by poor officiating.

He said the football has refused to progress in Nigeria because of poor match officiating.

Speaking after the match, Ibe alleged that the penalty awarded was a wrong call by the referee.

While admitting that they had a good game, he however blamed his side for allowing unwanted tackles in the 18 box.

“our referees are always bias that why Nigeria football is dying, Nigeria league will not progress if referees are still being bias”

“We are to work on our team and blame our players for allowing such thing”

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Chelsea told to appoint former EPL manager as Sarri’s replacement

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman, has told Chelsea to appoint former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Seaman believes Wenger would be a great choice to replace Sarri at the West London club.

He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie with Malmo on Thursday night.

Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performances.

“Arsene Wenger would be great at Chelsea, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager,” Seaman said on talkSPORT.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think. I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong.”

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Eagles assistant coach, Chukwuma Agbo is dead

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The Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer national team for the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo has been reported dead.

His death came barely 10 days after the demise of Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Agbo, former Rangers International and Delta Force Head Coach’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF).

In a tweet via its official Twitter handle (@thenff), the NFF said Agbo’s death was sad:

“Yet another painful loss! We are sad to hear of the passing of Assistant Coach of our Beach Soccer National team, the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo.

‘‘Our prayers are with his family at this time. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF said.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Agbo died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

The late Agbo, who resigned as the head coach of Delta Force in January, led the club to the Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8, where they ended fourth in Group B.

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Jesus, Stones to miss Schalke 04 clash tonight

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his side will be without Gabriel Jesus and John Stones when they tackle Schalke 04 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday night.

Guardiola said Jesus and Stones are both injured and are yet to recover.

According to the Spaniard, Jesus has a hamstring injury, while Stones is suffering from a groin injury.

Guardiola’s men head to the game following a 6-0 victory over Chelsea in a Premier League encounter two weeks ago.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s clash at the Veltins-Arena Stadium, Guardiola was quoted by Caughtoffside as saying: “John has a groin problem, Gabriel had a hamstring, not a big one for both according to the doctor but enough for them not to be here.”

The kick-off time for the match is 9pm.

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