Ahead of the opening fixtures of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season, NPFL, slated to kickoff on Sunday 27th December, 2020. Kano Pillars FC left Kano for Gombe.
The players and officials of the four-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Kano Pillars FC have depart Kano for Gombe, Saturday morning ahead of their opening fixture against Adamawa Utd FC.
According to the media officer of the club, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa (Sarkin Garu), said the players were led on the journey to Gombe by the club’s captain and talisman, Rabiu Ali and they are expected to have a light training Saturday evening at the Pantami Stadium.
The seasoned journalist said the players are in high spirit ahead of the kickoff and would be gunning for the 3 points on Sunday.
Malikawa said that the management of the club under the leadership of Alhaji Surajo Shauaibu Jambul have concluded all the necessary arrengements for a successful outings in both the league and the cup games.
“We learnt a lot in the past and we did everything humanly possible to ensure that the club makes the Kano state government and good people of the state proud this football season”, Malikawa emphasized.
He therefore, urged the teeming fans of the club to stay at home as the match is going to be played under closed doors inline with covid-19 preventing protocol as outlined by the NCDC and the League Management Company of Nigeria, LMC.
He finally solicit for their prayers for the success of the club.
The match between Adamawa Utd and Kano Pillars FC will be played at the Pantami Stadium Gombe and the kickoff time is 4:00pm.
AFCON U20: Percious Boah’s Incredible Freekick Send Ghana To The Finals
Ghana progressed to the finals of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations after beating Gambia 1-0 in the semifinals.
Ghana showed early signs after Percious Boah saw his free kick missing the goal narrowly.
Abdul Fatawu Ishahaku then forced Gambia goalkeeper Lamin Saidy to pull a save from a well-dispatched free kick.
Gambia on the other hand got their fair share of possession creating few decent chances.
Boah however gave the Black Satellites the lead in the 34th minute with a well struck free kick from the edge of the box to increase his goal tally in the competition to 3.
Ghana kept their composure in the second half despite the numerous threats from Gambia who came close to score on few occasions.
The Black Satellites will now face the winner between Tunisia and Uganda in the finals on Sunday.
Coach Karim Zito’s side thus make their sixth finals with a chance to win the competition for the fourth time and the first since 2009.
AFCON U20: Karim Zito Name Strong Lineup For Crunch Game Against Gambia
Mohammed Sulemana has made a return to Ghana’s starting line up for Monday’s semi- final game against Gambia.
The National U-20 team are poised to secure a win in the semi- final game to book a place in the final match which is scheduled for Saturday, March 6.
Coach Abdul Karim Zito has retained trust in the players who won the quarterfinal game game against Cameroon with Sulemana coming in to replace Mathew Anim Cudjoe.
Afriyie Barnieh will start once again and will be skipper for the Black Satellites, Monday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 4:00pm GMT.
Should Ghana win this afternoon’s encounter, they will face the winner of the game between Tunisia and Uganda in the other semi-finals match.
Referee for the game is Souleiman Ahmed Djama from Djibouti with Youssef Wahid Youssef Elbosaty (Egypt) and Abbes Akram Zerhouni (Algeria) as assistants.
The fourth official is Celso Armindo Alvacao from Mozamabique with Wajdi Aouadi from Tunisia as Match Commissioner.
The General Coordinator is Kelly Athanasie Mukandanga from Rwanda.
Kwame Poku’s Stunner Against Liberty Wins Kotoko Goal Of The Month January
Asante Kotoko talisman, Kwame Poku has won the club’s goal month of January with his incredible finish against Liberty.
Kwame Poku as part of the winner’s package will receive GHC 5,000 worth of Hisense products.
Poku had two goals nominated, one against Liberty and another against WAFA alongside Christopher Nettey’s header against Ebusua Dwarfs.
The fans voted for the goal against Liberty where he controlled a lovely pass from Fabio Gama with the chest and bulldozed his way through the Liberty defence before sublimely dinking the approaching goalkeeper to score his second in the game.
Kotoko went on to win the match, 2-0, with Poku grabbing a brace.
The former Nkronza Warriors forward has scored seven goals thus far in the league in 14 games.
Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko occupies the 6th on the table with 24 points and have two games in hand against King Faisal and Bechem United.
Former Barcelona President Bartomeu Arrested For Corruption Scandal
Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is among those who have been arrested on Monday morning as the Catalan police force raided club offices, say reports.
The major Barcelona news is in relation to the case which has become known as ‘Barçagate’ – in which the club hired a third company to defame their rivals, both inside and outside the club, in the media.
Catalan police force Mossos raided the club’s facilities on Monday morning and they have confirmed that arrests have been made in relation to the case but have not disclosed who has been among those to be detained.
Bartomeu has not been involved with the Catalan giants since he and his board resigned from their posts in October last year, triggering a new set of presidential elections, and he is said to have been arrested at his home this morning.
CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti and Jaume Masferrer – the former right-hand man of Bartomeu – are also reported to have been among those arrested by the police.
The ‘Barçagate’ story emerged in relation to reported documents that were said to show the inner workings and financial transactions of the club, which caused a stir in the Spanish media.
Last year, Cadena Ser’s El Larguero show revealed documents from Barcelona which appeared to show the club paying a third party to damage the reputation of individuals, including their own players Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique – who were seen to be opponents of the then-president Bartomeu.
The third party were said to be the company I3 Ventures, who were allegedly used to promote their own messages both on Twitter and Facebook to discredit others.
In September, El Mundo outlined how the Catalan police had suspected Bartomeu of corruption and sanctioning a payment to the company that was six times higher than their market value, with the reasoning behind the excessive value now being investigated by the authorities.
The findings of Barcelona’s involvement with the company were revealed in February last year, after Barcelona issued a statement denying a report from Cadena Ser radio station claiming the club were paying a third party to damage the reputation of others.
The Catalan club always strenuously denied any truth in the reports, saying that they had neither paid nor promoted anyone to denounce or attack others – who have been opponents to the current board in some form at some point – online.
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