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2019 AFCON: Adepoju reacts to Super Eagles 2-1 win over South Africa, tells team what to expect next

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Mutiu Adepoju, ex-Super Eagles player, has urged the national football squad to sustain the team spirit in camp as they move closer towards lifting the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

He gave the advice on Wednesday shortly after Nigeria defeated South Africa 2-1 in the second quarter-finals match of the 2019 AFCON, to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The former Super Eagles midfielder, fondly called Headmaster, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the team could carry the day at the end of event if they remained focused.

He commended the boys for defeating arch-rivals, South Africa, in a tension-soaked match, and urged the team to sustain the momentum in the remaining two matches.

“I want to commend the team for a job well done; we are moving on gradually.

“It was a good match; we controlled the game and we won at the end, despite some nervy moments, ” he said.

William Ekong’s late goal in the 88th minute ensured that the Super Eagles advanced to the semi-finals with a 2 – 1 win over their Bafana-Bafana counterpart.

Earlier, Samuel Chukwueze had opened scoring in the 27th minute, while Bongani Zungu of Bafana-Bafana equalised in the 71st minute.

Adepoju said the Eagles must now re-double their efforts in the next game, as they sought to claim their fourth AFCON title.

He advised the technical crew to also intensify team training in penalties as the semi final and final matches might stretch to extra time.

“The semi final match will be very tough regardless of who we play. We must also train for penalties because at this stage, anything can happen,” he said.

The Super Eagles are expected to play winners of the Cote d’ Ivoire versus Algeria match in one of the semi-final encounters on Sunday

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Lampard reveals how he stopped Hudson-Odoi from leaving

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that one of his priorities after replacing Maurizio Sarri, was to make Callum Hudson-Odoi aware of his first-team plans.

The 18-year-old wanted to leave in the January transfer window and Bayern Munich had multiple offers rejected for the winger.

Hudson-Odoi’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

“I spoke to Callum in pre-season in Dublin.

“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here, club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get one foot in the first team, for me it just feel it was what everybody wanted.

“It was away from me slightly in terms of the club will deal with the contract in itself but I made it clear I want him at the club because I believe in his talent.

“I also know that a five-year contract is signed the hard work really starts for him.

“He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more and it’s pure hard work that will get him there.

“A lot of the talk [about Hudson-Odoi leaving] was before me, a lot of that talk was from last season and I only saw it from the outside.

“The only conversations I had were were not persuasion, they were just how I see it at the club.

“Hopefully he can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities, which are not just handed on a plate, they are handed because they deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season when you talk about Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori].

“There’s a nice thing for him to see and hopefully he’ll be hungry for and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work,” Lampard told the media ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool.

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Ogun Speaker, Oluomo wins at tribunal

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The election petition tribunal, headed by Justice Adenike Coker, today upheld the election of the Speaker of Ogun State House Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the lawmaker representing Ifo Constituency 1.

Sitting in Abeokuta, the three-member tribunal held that the evidence submitted by the petitioner, Mr Wemimo Owolabi, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) was insufficient to nullify the election of Oluomo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting, the Speaker appreciated the Judiciary for being the hope of the common man.

He assured that the tribunal judgement would further spur him into more performance at the helms of the state legislature.

Prince Oluomo emphasised, “that the people of Ifo-1 Constituency deserved good representation at the state Assembly, promising not to betray the trust and love reposed in him.”

He, however, called on all aggrieved parties to put their grievances behind them and pitch their tents with him in a bid to ensure good representation and governance.

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Wike, PDP govs hold closed-door meeting in Rivers

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Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) on Friday night met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The meeting had in attendance: Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde,Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Sokoto State Governor, Amimu Tambuwal and Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Mattawale.

The Governors arrived the Rivers State Government House at about 6pm and proceeded to the official residence of Governor Wike where they held a closed- door meeting with the Rivers State Governor.

The agenda is still unknown as at press time.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, who confirmed, also did not provide details.

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