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CAF shuns other stadiums, approves only Akwa Ibom Stadium for AFCON qualifiers

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Only the Akwa Ibom International Stadium has been accepted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June of this year.

An official communiqué issued on Monday verified this.

CAF stated that the 48-country list is “specific for the group stage qualifiers on Matchday 5”.

With only the stadium in Uyo approved for Nigeria, it appears the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Abuja is banned.

This means CAF has deemed that Nigeria has only one stadium fit enough to host elite CAF/FIFA games.

Jose Peseiro’s side is currently on top of Group A with nine points from four games.

A draw against Sierra Leone in their next fixture will be enough to seal a place in Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

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Akwa United targets third Federation Cup title in eight years

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The goal of Akwa United is to capture their third Federation Cup championship in eight years.

In 2015 and 2017, the Uyo team won Nigeria’s oldest club competition.

The Promise Keepers’ competition campaign will get underway at the INEC Stadium in Enugu against Wikki Tourists in the Round of 64.

Ayodeji Ayeni, the head coach, is anticipated to pick a powerful team for the match.

The head coach evaluated this year’s competitive prospects for his team.
“The FA Cup is a knockout competition and we are familiar with it. The competition is the easiest and simplest way to win a national trophy and qualify to play in the continent but it’s always full of upsets, “Ayeni told the club’s media.

“So we have to be on top of our game in every match and ensure we don’t give room for unnecessary distractions.”

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Uyo to host Rivers United-Enyimba in standout tie of Federation Cup round of 64

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The 2023 Federation Cup Round of 64 match between Rivers United and Enyimba International FC will take place on Wednesday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

The match is scheduled to take place the night before Rivers United travels to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to take on Young Africans SC.

The next weekend is the second leg of the quarterfinal CAF Confederation Cup match between Rivers United and Young Africans.

The Rivers United vs. Enyimba International game will take place this Sunday at the same Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo where the first leg encounter will take place.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the venue, as well as others, for the Men’s Federation Cup Round of 64 and the Women’s Federation Cup Round of 32 on Thursday.
ALL THE ROUND OF 64 FIXTURES (MEN)
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Heartland FC (Imo) vs Jedo FC (Sokoto State) – Area 3 Abuja -12 noon

Bayelsa United (Bayelsa) vs Essien Ayi FC (Cross River) – Aba – 2 p.m.
Ahudiya FC (Abia) vs Jigawa Golden Stars (Jigawa State) – Jos – 2 p.m.

ABS FC (Kwara) vs Bendel Insurance FC (Edo) – Lagos – 2 p.m.

Standard FC (Kaduna State) vs Ekiti United (Ekiti State) – Lokoja – 12 noon

FC Basira (Nasarawa State) vs Sunshine Stars (Ondo State) – 2 p.m.
EFCC FC (FCT) vs Katukan Tsafe FC (Zamfara) – Kano – 2 p.m.

Wikki Tourists (Bauchi State) vs Akwa United FC (Akwa Ibom) – UNEC Enugu – 4 p.m.

Warri Wolves (Delta) vs Beyond Limit FC (Ogun) – Awka – 4 p.m.

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3SC (Oyo State) vs Adamimogo FC (Ondo State) – Lagos – 2 p.m.

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2022 Nuga Games: Gov Emmanuel Receives Unilag Mgt., Commits To Sports Development

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Governor Udom Emmanuel has reaffirmed his commitment to the development of young athletes who will represent Nigeria in major international tournaments.

Governor Emmanuel revealed this on Tuesday at Government House, Uyo, while welcoming a team from the University of Lagos, led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

The Governor, who is also alumnus of the University of Lagos, praised the institution for hosting the NUGA games and for inviting him to the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA), which would take place in Lagos from March 16 to 27, 2022.

Governor Udom Emmanuel has reaffirmed his commitment to the development of young athletes who will represent Nigeria in major international tournaments.

Governor Emmanuel revealed this on Tuesday at Government House, Uyo, while welcoming a team from the University of Lagos, led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

The Governor, who is also alumnus of the University of Lagos, praised the institution for hosting the NUGA games and for inviting him to the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA), which would take place in Lagos from March 16 to 27, 2022.

I believe we have made a significant contribution to the development of sports in this country. We have a vision that, with the facilities we’re putting in place and the investments we’re making, we’ll be able to get to a point where Akwa Ibom State has more than 50% of sports talent.”

The goal of the visit, according to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, was to welcome Governor Emmanuel, an alumnus of the university, to the NUGA GAMES 2022 and to present him with the torch of unity ahead of the games. Prof. Ogundipe praised the Governor for his efforts in reforming the state and characterized him as a worthy representative of the University.

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