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Akwa Ibom FA Chair Congratulates Super Eagles, Thank Nigerians for Support

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MFON PATRICK | Sports Journo

Following the Super Eagles qualification to the semi final of the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations tournament in Egypt, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Football Association Mr. Emmanuel Ibah has congratulated the team on their victory over South Africa and also commended Nigerians for their wonderful support towards the team.

Mr. Ibah who is a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation described the victory of Nigeria’s men senior national team as a thing of joy for Nigerians and a show of superiority over the Bafana Bafana.

A goal in each half by Samuel Chukwueze and Williams Troost-Ekong propelled Nigeria to a 2-1 win over South Africa – their 4th win in 5 games at the tournament – and helped them advance to the last four of the tournament.

In his reaction after the game the FA Chairman said, “I wish to on behalf of Akwa Ibom State FA congratulate the Super Eagles on the victory over South Africa. It was a sweet victory and a thing of joy for all Nigerians. This qualification to the semi final has put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

“The boys played well but it was a tough game considering the fact that our opponents South Africa is also a good team. The Super Eagles eliminated the defending champions Cameroon while the Bafana Bafana knocked out the hosts, so, it was a game between two top teams. We are grateful that we made it to the last four.

“I want to thank Nigerians for all their prayers and support for the national team and I wish to appeal to all Nigerians to keep supporting the team so we can come back with the trophy” the FA boss conclude.

The Super Eagles will face the winner between Algeria and Ivory Coast in the semi final of the competition for a place in the final. Nigeria are three times champions of the Africa Cup Of Nations following victories in 1980, 1994 and 2013.

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Pen Pushers Wrap up Patrick Albert’s 6-year NUJ Tenure with Victory [PHOTOS]

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Pen Pushers provided a deserving end for the outgoing Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Union of Journalist’s Chairman, Elder Patrick Albert with a 1-0 victory over Champions Breweries FC in a valedictory match at the Uyo Township Stadium on Monday.

Champion Breweries began the encounter with business-like determination, dominating play for the first ten minutes and had the Pen Pushers defending resiliently to foil series of attack by the beer brewing side.

A moment of carelessness by Champions Breweries backline gifted the Pen Pushers the only goal of the game as The Ink’s Ubong Inyang lashed perfectly on a fine ball from the left to beat the opponent’s goalie before Centre Referee Zechariah signaled the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Pen Pushers motivated by their lead pushed for the second goal of the game but had their efforts foiled including a penalty taken by Ubong Inyang which hit the left top corner of the woodwork with Breweries’ Goalie rooted to the centre.

The opponents were revived by the miss and terribly pursued an equalizer but the resoluteness and desire of the Pen Pushers to ensure Patrick Albert’s tenure ended on a victorious note maintained the score line and gave the media administrator and his family (present to watch the game) a perfect bow.

Mfon Patrick Proves Technical Acumen

Meanwhile, Pen Pushers Head Coach, Mfon Patrick managed the team to their second victory since their emergence. Earlier this year, the pen Pushers had emerged victorious over their learned colleagues, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) FC. The Media Manager of Akwa United proved his tactical acumen by choosing a formidable starting XI that repaid the faith he reposed in them.

Excel FM’s Kufre Carter was a second-half substitute but largely failed to justify his inclusion. Abuja based Aniekan Udofia, Media Aide to Onofiok Luke, member representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the National House of Assembly was left on the bench while Comfort FM’s Raymond Ita and Radio Nigeria’s Samuel Maurice watched from the stands.

Sweet Father, I no go forget you

Captain of the side, Bassey Ibiatisuho, a Sports Presenter on Planet FM shocked fans after the game with the writings on his undershirt which read, “Happy Birthday Daddy!

According to his facebook timeline, Bassey’s Dad was birthed in and clocked 68 today.

The Sports Presenter was commended by the NUJ Chairman for his role in the emergence of the team.

More to come…

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