Nigerian clubs commenced their CAF Champions League campaign on a brilliant note after securing vital wins in the preliminary round of the competition. Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Akwa United, beat visiting Algerian side, CR Belouizdad, 1-0, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
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An 87th-minute strike from Friday Ubong made the difference between both sides. In another clash, Rivers United secured an important 1-0 away win against Tanzanian side, Young Africans, in the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Samuel Omodumuke gifted the visitors the win through a 52nd-minute goal.
On the domestic front, the final of the Nigerian National League Super 8, saw Niger Tornadoes of Minna crowned champions at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, on Sunday. The Minna-based side beat 3SC Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, 3-2, to emerge champions in Enugu.
Shamsudeen Asheun scored the first goal of the game for Tornadoes in the 9th minute, but a 16th-minute penalty strike from Gafar Olafimihan levelled the scoreline as both sides went into the break on equal terms. Tornadoes proved to be the stronger of both sides as Ahmedy Liwan and Augustine scored in the 57th and 64th minutes to gift them a two-goal lead in the game.
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Despite Raheem Quadry’s strike for 3SC which reduced the goal deficit to one, the Ibadan-based club failed to get an equalizer as Niger Tornadoes returned to the NPFL in grand style. The Super 8 saw Niger Tornadoes, 3SC, Gombe United, and Remo Stars return to the NPFL.
At the ongoing African Championships in Kigali, Rwanda, the Nigerian national men’s volleyball team made history after qualifying for the quarterfinal of the competition for the first time in 16 years with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 32-34, 25-17) win over Ethiopia in their last group game. The women’s volleyball team also started their campaign in the tournament on a good note after beating Senegal 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-22).
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