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  The Nigerian football space saw some controversy over the weekend as the Super Eagles continue preparations ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Watford FC of England refused to release Emmanuel Dennis for the AFCON, while COVID-19 meant Victor Osimhen was ruled out of the tournament despite expressing willingness to play.
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The duo of Leon Balogun and Abdullahi Shehu was also omitted from the updated 28-man Super Eagles list due to injuries. Following the recent development, Henry Onyekuru, Semi Ajayi, Peter Olayinka, and Tyrone Ebuehi have been called up as replacements. In the NPFL, newcomers, Remo Stars FC maintained their unbeaten run in the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League season after recording a 1-1 away draw against Dakkada in Uyo on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Oriyomi Lawal put the home side ahead in the 12th minute of the encounter, but Samuel Anakwe would equalize for the Gbenga Ogunbote led side in the 41st minute. Remo Stars occupies the first position in the league with 8 points out of four games so far. Rivers United maintained their second spot on the log after a 0-0 home draw against Sunshine Stars of Akure at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium on Sunday. Enugu Rangers were the big winners of the weekend after a brace from Kenechukwu Agu and lone strikes from Shedrack Asiegbu and Christian Nnaji gifted them a 4-0 win over Niger Tornadoes. With Sunday’s result, Rangers now sit third on the league table. League giants Enyimba FC suffered a 2-0 away loss at the hands of Kano Pillars in what was the biggest clash of the weekend. A late first-half penalty from Rabiu Ali and a 56th-minute strike from Kokoete Udo was all the Sai Masu Gida needed to see off the Peoples Elephant. In Jos, Jesse Akila, Izuchukwu Chimezie, and Zulkifilu Rabiu gifted Plateau United a 3-0 brilliant win over Heartland FC of Owerri.
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Dakkada 1-1 Remo Stars Kano Pillars 2-0 Enyimba Rangers 4-0 Niger Tornadoes Rivers United 0-0 Sunshine Stars Plateau United 3-0 Heartland FC Nassarawa United 2-0 Akwa United Wikki Tourists 3-0 MFM Nigeria’s biggest athletic platform Making of Champions announced that 2021 National Sports Festival Silver medalist and 100m hurdles sensation Miracle Thompson has gained a scholarship to study in the United States while pursuing her athletic dreams after Cloud County College in Kansas signed the protégé. She joins a list of Nigerian athletes under MoC to have acquired scholarships in the US while pursuing their career goals. Sources: Instagram @naija_footballers Instagram @makingofchampions Complete Sports Google Featured Image Source: Brila
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This article was first published on 3rd January 2022


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