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Nasarawa Goalkeeper Set to Extend Clean Sheets in Rivers United Clash

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BY ADAMS JESSE

When action resumes in the Nigerian Premier League this weekend, Nasarawa United’s goalkeeper, Suraj Ayeleso, will be attempting to extend his clean sheets to nine.

In the first phase of the league, he had eight clean sheets, a performance that projects him as the most consistent in the league.

If he manages not to concede a goal, he would have extended his clean sheets to nine. Can he do that?

He told www.nasarawasportgist.wordpress.com that he is set again to prevent picking of the ball from his net.

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“We all know that Rivers United are a very compact team with great team but have recently found it hard to score goals this season.

“Though they still remain the most active club side in Nigeria fighting for trophies on three fronts, with our current squad, I am very positive we will get the job done.  I can assure you that it is not going to be an easy task though” Ayeleso remarked.

Even though the host team is having a continental campaign, it has been having a poor run in the domestic scene. Nasarawa United are therefore hoping to compound the domestic woes.

Rivers United have not been in the best of forms lately. Last Sunday’s 3-1 loss away to Club Africain in the Confederation Cup was the third straight loss by the struggling side.

But having acquired some of the best legs in the league, Rivers United will be looking forward to a decent second round starting with the game against Nasarawa United.

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Their captain, Festus Austin told www.nasarawasportgist.wordpress.com after their week 19 encounter with Nasarawa United in Lafia, that his side’s poor domestic form was due to fatigue and that the club will peak in the second phase of the league.

Nasarawa United will head into this tie full of confidence having defeated Rivers United 1-0 in Lafia with Adamu Hassan’s solitary strike proving enough to hand the three points to the solid miners. That put Nasarawa in the ninth position in a log of 20 teams.

No injury worries for Nasarawa United with only Thomas Zenke missing out due to illness but former Rangers’ front man; Ocheme Edoh will be primed to make his official debut for the solid miners against the pride of Rivers.

Also Ifeanyi Nweke and Esosa Igbinoba will be coming up against a team they both defended its colours last season.

Rivers United currently occupies the 13th position on the NPFL log having accumulated a total of 24 points from 19 games while Nasarawa United occupies the ninth position with 27 points from same number of games.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigeria’s broadcast icon, Danladi Bako hails NFF on choice of Finidi George

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Nigerian broadcasting icon, Dr. Nasir Danladi Bako has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for settling for former international and ex-Enyimba FC strategist Finidi George as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

The Kogunan Sakwatto, 66, who created a plethora of famous TV programmes including Morning RideMastersports and Second Chance, among others, and served as Special Adviser to a number of Sports Ministers many years ago, insisted the NFF leadership struck a bull’s eye with the appointment of the two-time FIFA World Cup star, stating that George oozes class and character, and an iron determination to succeed despite his public carapace of a quiet person.

“Finidi George has that cultured, disciplined mien and personality that makes you want to trust him with a big project. He understands the meaning of constituted authority and right from his playing days, has always displayed the attribute of a team player. He has always had that calm, collected nature even in the face of pressure or danger.

“Above all, he is not someone who thinks he is doing the nation a favour. He is grateful for the opportunity and I believe that he has all it takes to succeed. I am calling on the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, the NFF and Nigerians as a whole to support him to take the Super Eagles to brand-new heights.”

Bako, who holds a doctorate degree in development communication from the Ahmadu Bello University and was Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission between 1999 and 2002, says all hands must now be on deck to ensure victories in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic on 7 June and 11 June respectively.

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“No doubt, the NFF got this one appointment right. Very much on point. Now, they should endeavour to give George all the support he needs to succeed in his task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

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Nigeria’s sports minister, Enoh applauds NFF for ‘buying local material’

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Sports Minister Enoh (left) and NFF President Gusau (right) unveil Finidi.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh on Monday praised the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for settling for an indigenous Head Coach for the Super Eagles, despite the plethora of foreign tacticians who applied for the job.

Enoh, who spoke at the unveiling ceremony of the Eagles’ new substantive Head Coach, Finidi George at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, charged the NFF to give the former winger all the support to succeed, while also soliciting the support of all Nigerians for the new helmsman.

“As a student of the University of Calabar in those days, I used to go to the UJ Esuene Stadium to watch Calabar Rovers, which included Finidi George. I am excited to see him seated here as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles.”

President of NFF,  Ibrahim Musa Gusau exuded delight with the ‘new chapter’ the Federation is opening about the Nigeria game, saying the football-governing body is determined to fully support George and his assistants to lead the Super Eagles to new heights.

“When we returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, we began the search for a new Head Coach. There was a plethora of foreign applicants, far more than the indigenous applicants. However, we undertook a thorough process that has produced an indigenous Coach and we are very happy about that. Finidi George was part of the technical crew that came close to winning the AFCON, and we have faith in him that he will lead the team to the title next time.  

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“Our objective now is to ensure the enthronement of excellence at all levels of the National Teams.”

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No more bench-warmers in the Super Eagles, says Finidi George

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New man on the managerial saddle of the Super Eagles, Finidi George has stated that  he will invite for international assignments, only players who feature regularly at their clubs either in Nigeria or in the diaspora, and promised that the Super Eagles will remain even more competitive in the years ahead.

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