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All Eyes On Match Officials As Enyimba Battle Raja Casablanca In Aba Today

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All Eyes On Match Officials As Enyimba Battle Raja Casablanca In Aba Today

All eyes will be on the match officials for today’s CAF Confederation Cup semifinal first leg match between Enyimba and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in Aba.

Enyimba need a convincing victory on their home soil to ease the pressure on them in the return leg.

However, the attention will focus on the performance of the match officials, who allegedly came to Nigeria on the same flight with the Moroccan team for this game against Enyimba.

In their petition to CAF over the development on Monday, Enyimba complained, “the fact that the match officials traveled in the same flight with our opponents, Raja Club Athletic all the way to Port Harcourt, aborting the original Lagos route is deeply worrisome.”

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Despite their concerns on the neutrality of the officials, Enyimba coach, Usman Abdallah is sure his wards will come out with a good result today despite Raja’s stronger pedigree in African football.

Enyimba dismantled Rayon Sport of Rwanda in the quarterfinals to get to this stage and Abdallah believes Raja will go the same way.

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“Raja are a top side in Africa and they have a rich continental history and experience. They play good and compact football but we are not scared of playing them.

“North African sides are always tough for West African teams, because most of their players  play together for a longer time.

“Most of them find their way into their national teams – so they give their opponents a tough time.

“When we beat Rayon Sport, we knew the semifinals won’t come easy, so we started preparations long ago.

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“We are not focusing on a particular player rather we will play our game and get the result we need at home.

“To be the best on the continent, one has to play against the best and tough teams,” he told a local website.

Enyimba is not new to Raja as they met in the 2011 Champions League, where the Aba side won the hoe leg 2-0 and drew goalless in Casablanca.

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

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AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Beat Seychelles 3-1

The Super Eagles on Friday defeated the Pirates of Seychelles in their last group Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba. The encounter ended 3-1 in favour of the host, Nigeria. The Super Eagles finished top  of Group E with 13 points.

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Nigeria have already qualified for the AFCON in Egypt after they were held to a 1-1 by South Africa in Johannesburg last November.

Libya will host South Africa on Sunday in the last game of the group. The Bafana Bafana are currently sitting second in the group with nine points followed by Libya with seven points.

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Seychelles ended their AFCON qualifying campaign with just one point.

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life Over Corruption Charges

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FIFA Bans Togolese Referee For Life

FIFA has banned for life Togolese referee and football official Kokou Fagla after finding him guilty of corruption.

Football’s world governing body ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.

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The findings came from FIFA’s investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.

Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.”   a three-thousand- dollar fine has also been slapped on him.

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South Africa 2020: Nigeria U-19 Cricket Team Close To Qualification

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South Africa 2020: Nigeria U-19 Cricket Team Close To Qualification

National U-19 cricket team, the Junior Yellow Green, are closer to the South Africa 2020 World Cup qualification, doing so well to remain the only unbeaten team at the African qualifiers in Namibia.

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Nigeria struggled in the opening stages of the game losing four wickets in the opening 15 overs with just 14 runs on the board.

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