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Montpelier, Bordeaux, Turkish Clubs Chase Flying Eagles Defender, Jimmy

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By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

Scouts and agents working for top European clubs are on the trail of Flying Eagles defender Abdul Jimmy, one of the revelations for the Nigerian U-20 team during the qualification for the Africa Youth Championships (WAFU B) held in Benin Republic.

Though the Nigerian side crashed out in the first round, the gifted defender got the attention of foreign scouts, and will jet out to France for trials with Montpelier and Bordeaux early next year before also trying with some disclosed clubs in Turkey.

The player, who has been branded the new Joseph Yobo by his Flying Eagles team mates in camp due to his style of play, revealed that he hopes to impress in Europe and get a contract

“I have invitations to come over to France and Turkey and I hope to impress there and sign a contract for the club of my choice, but this can only happen if all the details of the movement is sorted out by my club and manager.

My club boss told me that Bordeaux and Montpelier   are among the clubs who want me

“It is regrettable that we crashed out after only two games at the WAFU qualifying tournament in Benin republic. We were  very sure of our team and our chances of winning the WAFU cup but  we were denied by poor officiating and luck deserted us when we needed it most,” the Utaka FC central defender who is presently on loan with Wikki Tourist FC of Bauchi stated

Vice president of Utaka Football Club, Usman Chata confirmed the hot demand for Abdul by about four European clubs adding all things being equal the 18 year old will be in France in January next year to tidy up things after his impressive performance  at the WAFU tournament in Benin republic

“I am confident that Abdul Jimmy will secure a contract with a French club following his stand out game against Ghana. He is skillful and hard to beat defender who could have blossomed if Nigeria had progressed and qualified for the world cup proper. Abdul is a rare talent who would explode in Europe,” Chata concluded.

Meanwhile, the Utaka Football Club continues their build up for tour of France next year by beating NPFL side Nasarawa United FC in Lafia. They have also played matches with Wikki Tourist, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets as well as Kano Pillars.

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Enugu CP Congratulates Rangers FC for Winning NPFL, Qualifying for CAF

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The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu, on Monday, congratulated the players, management, staff and fans of Rangers International FC, Enugu, for winning the 2023–2024 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Reports says that Rangers FC emerged winners of 2023–2024 NPFL league after beating Bendel Insurance FC, Benin, 2 – 0, on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Their closest rivals, Remo Stars and Enyimba Football Club, lost their respective match day 37 fixtures 1-2 each against Sunshine Stars and Sporting Lagos.

This left Rangers FC, also known as Flying Antelopes, with 67 points with a game to go and five points ahead of its nearest rivals.

The commissioner, who described the victory as a product of dedication, resilience and hard work; commended the players and management of the club for not taking their feet off the pedal until the victory was attained.

The state police boss gave the commendation in a congratulatory message issued on his behalf by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu.

The commissioner said that he took particular delight in how the General Manager of the club, Mr Amobi Ezeaku, had so far piloted the affairs of the club.

He noted that his unmistakable leadership style and prowess contributed so much to the victory.

“I, therefore, urge him to keep the flag flying,” he said.

The state police boss expressed delight at the peaceful conduct of the fans, especially during the club’s home games at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu (a.k.a. the Cathedral).

He stressed that their positive conduct had again shown that sports, particularly football, remained a vital tool for the enhancement of public security and safety and the social re-engineering of society.

The commissioner also reassured a closer and more robust working relationship especially in the area of providing adequate security during the club’s home games.

“This has become more expedient given the victory and qualification of the club to participate in the Confederation of Africa (CAF) Champions League next season,” he said. (NAN)

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Nigeria wins Bronze at Chovken World Championship in Azerbaijan

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The Nigeria team has won  Bronze  at the 2024 Chovken World Championship held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, patron of NSK Polo team and Resort, disclosed this in a statement  by Joesef Karim, Media Assistant to Vice President, African Region, International Chovken Federation on Monday in Abuja.

Kangiwa, who is also the Chairman, African Region of the International Chovken Federation, said that Nigeria drew 1-1with Uzbekistan to win Bronze on points from previous matches.

Kangiwa, the President of Nigeria Polo Federation, said Nigeria team emerged the third best team at the just concluded Chovken World Championship .

“This is the first time Nigeria participated in any global Chovken , an ancient equestrian sport similar to Polo.

” Team Nigeria’s build-up to the finals, Nigeria beat Germany 5-0; beat Poland 4-1; and lost against Morocco 4-1,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Chovken Championship was held from June 10 to 16.

NAN  reports that  Turkey, Malta, Kuwait, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, Nigeria, including the host Azerbaijan participated in the championship.

The ancient sport of Chovken is a team sport similar to the more popular Polo. It is played by horse riders with sticks competing to hit a small ball into a goal post.

A  match consists of two halves, each last for  15 minutes of effective play time.

The team Nigeria players include  Yusuf Bello, Shehu Kangiwa, Mukhtar Adhama and Abdulmalik Badamasi and they were led by Kangiwa.(NAN)

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2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 36 results

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The following are the results of Match Day 36 fixtures played on Wednesday in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL):

Gombe United FC 1-3 Abia Warriors FC

Bendel Insurance FC 2-1 Rivers United FC

Niger Tornadoes FC 3-2 Lobi Stars FC

Remo Stars FC 4-1 Heartland FC

Kwara United 2-0 Kano Pillars FC

Akwa United FC 3-1 Katsina United FC

Enyimba International FC 1-1 Bayelsa United FC

Sporting Lagos FC 1-2 Plateau United FC

Shooting Stars FC 1-0 Rangers International FC

The match between Doma United FC and Sunshine Stars FC will be played on June 19.

( NAN)

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