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Great achievers FC win 2023/24 Enugu FA league



Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Fellow Press

Great Achievers Football club of Enugu, on Thursday won the 2023/24 Enugu State Football Association (FA) League.

The team defeated Inter FC of Enugu 3-2 through penalties.

The match was played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

The first 45 minutes ended with a goal apiece while the second half could not produce any goal.

After the regulation time the match was decided on penalties.

The Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association, Tony Ugwu commended the winners and other participating teams for their gallantry.

“I am happy with the quality of the game. It shows that Great Archievers can represent the state in other stages of the game,” he said.

He said that the winners will go home with N500, 000 prize momey in addition to the trophy, while the second and third runners up, FC Inter and Disdent FC, will get N300, 000 and N200,000.

Also speaking, the coach of the team, Michael Onyeukwu, commended his players for their dedication and precision on goal.

“I am so happy; it’s not easy to defeat defending champions.

“I thank God; my players and our fans for this victory, ” he said.

With the victory, Great Archievers have qualified to play in the Nigeria Nationwide League.

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NFF gives update on banning Osimhen from Super Eagles



The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has described as outright falsehood, reports that the football-governing body has slammed a ban on Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen from the team, for his social media outburst few days ago.

The federation issued the disclaimer in a statement on Wednesday.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi expressed amazement at the reports, saying the Federation has neither instructed a process nor has a process been concluded to ban the player from the National Team.

“The NFF hereby implores the media to join hands with the body to positively resolve issues and then focus on the big picture all the time, rather than needlessly escalate certain matters. There was no official communication from the NFF, yet some persons have gone to town to talk about a ban on Osimhen from the National Team. This is not good at all.

“Our focus presently is to resolve all matters around the Super Eagles and be able to look ahead with confidence to the 2025 AFCON qualifiers and the remaining six matches of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

“This is not the time to spread falsehood and foul the public space the more.”

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Mourinho picks Messi over Ronaldo as Best of Generation



Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Fellow Press

Football manager Jose Mourinho chose FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi over compatriot and Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of their generation, in comments made to TNT Sports.

Mourinho is currently set to take the reins at Fenerbahce when club football resumes after international tournaments such as the Euros and Copa America have taken place.

Messi and Ronaldo will feature in them for their respective countries Argentina and Portugal, in what could be the last time we get to see them at a major competition considering they are already on the road to 40.

On Tuesday to ESPN, Messi confirmed that Inter Miami will be his last club yet he also stressed that he’s not ready to retire yet.

Mourinho on the other hand could only just be getting started as a head coach. Yet given he has already spent 20 years at the top of the game, which have yielded two Champions Leagues and a number of domestic championships, the 61-year-old has plenty to reflect on.

TNT Sports asked him the one player who he wished he had signed, and for the Portuguese there were no doubts.

“Of course I would have to say the little guy,” Mourinho answered, in reference to eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi. “But the little guy was not coachable. But I have to say, in our generation, he was the best.”

This means that Mourinho picks Messi ahead of his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in an endless debate among football fans, which might not be well received by his ex-Real Madrid forward from 2010 to 2013.

CR7 was however chosen in a shortlist of the best players Mourinho has had the chance to work with.

“You know, it is very hard to say, to speak about [John] Terry, [Frank] Lampard, [Didier] Drogba, Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Man United, all the Inter guys, I don’t know,” Mourinho said.

As for the best supporters in the world, Mourinho remarked: “Old Trafford is Old Trafford, Bernabeu is Bernabeu, San Siro is San Siro, Stamford Bridge is Stamford Bridge … But I would say for a team not used to winning, Roma fans are so, so loyal to the team.”

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