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2018 CAF Confederation Cup: Akwa United Host Hawks FC

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Akwa United FC will host Hawks FC of Gambia in a 2018 CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg tie at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium

Uwem Uko

Akwa United FC will host Hawks FC of Gambia in a 2018 CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg tie at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday, February 9 by 4pm.

The return leg is slated for Wednesday, February 21 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The Banjul club is expected to arrive Lagos on Tuesday night, before flying to Uyo on Wednesday, February 7 ahead of the Sunday clash, with a 27-man delegation comprising eighteen players and nine officials.

The match will be officiated by FIFA-badged Sierraleonian referee Dauda Williams and will be assisted by his fellow countrymen, Ibrahim Bah and Aliou Sandy, while Raymond Coker has been designated the fourth official of the encounter.

The match will be commissioned by Mawule Lawson from Togo.

RELATED: Akwa United Vs Hawks FC: How to Get a Ticket for the Continental Clash

Akwa United sit atop the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Footbal League with 16 points in the opening seven games, winning five – including a 2-1 away win to Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja, drew one and lost just a game against newcomers Go Round FC in Omoku.

Akwa’s opponent, Hawks FC are placed 8th in a 12-team GFA League, with 11 points from nine games. The Sang Ndong tutored side recently bounced back from their poor run of form with two wins and a draw in their last three GFA League games.

The Promise Keepers will be competing for the second time in the CAF Confederation Cup, after a failed quest in 2016, where they crashed out at the preliminary stage, after losing 5-6 to Vita Club de Mokanda of Congo on penalties in a second leg tie played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Sunday, February 27, 2016.

Fastav Zlin’s forward, Ubong Ekpai who was making a return to the club from Kano Pillars, scored a 35th minute goal at Stade Municipal in Pointe Noire on Saturday, February 13, 2016, to give the Maurice Cooreman led side a comfortable away win.

 

 

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Super Falcons Lose Opening #AWCON18 Game To Banyana Banyana

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African Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria, have lost their opening group game at the ongoing 11th edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON18).

The Super Falcons were stunned 1-0 by Bayana Bayana of South Africa in their opening group B game on Sunday, following a late volley in the 86th minute by substitute Thembi Kgatlana.

The defeat means the Super Falcons have now lost their opening game of the AWCON for the first time. It also means the Banyana Banyana secured their second ever victory against the Super Falcons.

Meanwhile, Super Falcons, who won the competition in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2016, are searching for a ninth title alongside a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.

The top three teams in Ghana, where the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations is taking place, will fly Africa’s flag in France next summer.

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AFCON 2019: How Leon Balogun, Shehu reacted to Super Eagles’ qualification

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Super Eagles defenders, Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi have expressed joy as Nigeria qualifies for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Super Eagles qualified for AFCON after they were held to a 1-1 draw in their last Group E encounter with South Africa at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The Super Eagles launched themselves back to the continental championship after missing out on two consecutive editions since winning the 2013 edition.

Defenders Shehu Abdullahi and Leon Balogun reacting, appreciated the team’s gallantry.

@LeonBalogun on Twitter wrote: “We made it – AFCON 2019! South Africa really tried, but we are the Supereagles.

“I am really happy and proud to be part of this team that brought joy to so many Nigerians by “just chasing a ball.’’

“Not just back home but all over the world! Thanks for the amazing support and love always.”

Shehu on the other hand wrote: ” We made it. Qualified, AFCON 2019″.

Nigeria tops the group with 10 points ahead of South Africa, with nine points with Libya and Seychelles on seven and one point respectively.

Nigeria will face Seychelles in their final Group E game in March 2019, while Libya who must win to qualify for the 2019 AFCON will host South Africa in Sfax, Tunisia in their final game.

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EPL: Manchester United suffer heavy injury blow ahead of Crystal Palace clash

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Manchester United have suffered a heavy injury blow as main striker, Romelu Lukaku, will miss Belgium’s crunch clash with Switzerland after being withdrawn from the squad.

Belgium confirmed Lukaku was unable to play in Thursday’s Group 2 victory over Iceland due to an ongoing hamstring problem.

A brief statement from Belgium stated, “Lukaku did not travel with us today. He is still injured (hamstring) and will miss Switzerland versus Belgium.”

The former Everton attacker is believed to have undergone treatment for his hamstring problem at the Move To Cure clinic in Antwerp last week.

It is the same clinic he visited last season when he was battling an ankle injury ahead of the FA Cup final.

The player was unable to train with his Belgium teammates and is now a significant doubt for United’s first game after the international break.

His injury will prove problematic for Jose Mourinho ahead of facing Crystal Palace.

Lukaku’s setback coincides with injuries to both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who were forced to withdraw from France’s latest squad.

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EPL: Chelsea beat off Liverpool, Tottenham to sign £70m rated winger

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign £70million rated star, Christian Pulisic.

The Blues beat off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham and look set to sign Pulisic when the January window opens, according to Daily Mail.

The US international shone for his country against England on Thursday night.

He will be out of contract in 18 months and is being chased by a host of Premier League clubs.

Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for a player who could command a £70million fee.

Chelsea are pushing to conclude the deal in January while the threat of a transfer ban looms over them.

The player had also spoken about moving to England before, saying, “The Premier League, is where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why one day I won’t play here.

“We are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that. Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, that’s when those things will happen.”

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