The third batch of Two-hundred and thirty-eight (238) Oyo pilgrims who partook in this year's Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have safely arrived in Lagos.The pilgrims, who left Nigeria on Saturday, July 2, 2022 arrived at exactly ? pm today, July 31, 2022 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.The visibly excited pilgrims were welcomed back to the country by some members of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing and were ushered into waiting buses back to the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim) to meet their friends and families.Addressing the media, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun as well as his colleague in Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Musibau Babatunde thanked the Oyo State government for its unflinching support in making this year's Hajj a success.On behalf of the pilgrims, they thanked Almighty Allah for His mercy throughout the spiritual exercise."We enjoyed immeasurable support from the State Government and we are grateful to our Principal, Governor Seyi Makinde for this," they said.Olatubosun also commended efforts of the leader of Oyo state delegation, Senator Monsurat Sumonu for the success recorded, while state pilgrims were appreciated for making the state proud by adhering strictly to every protocol in Saudi Arabia."This largely contributed to the success of the pilgrimage, as no crime or any casualty was recorded", he added.Recall that a total number of Six hundred and Fifty-five Pilgrims, including officials were airlifted by Oyo State Government for the spiritual exercise in four batches.Among the state delegation for this year's Hajj exercise who were on this batch include: Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun; Prof Musibau Babatunde, the special assistant to the governor on Islamic Matters, Imam Abdul Rasheed Abdul Azeez and state pilgrims welfare board, Muslim wing officials.With the third batch, the total number of pilgrims who have returned from the holy land is Five hundred and Eighty-six, while others are expected to be back later this week.
Abdul Maikaba, Technical Adviser of Rangers International Football Club, says his team’s victory in the Round of 64 of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition was inspired by Enyimba International.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that six-time champions Rangers International thrashed Bauchi-based lower league side A.
B.J. (Auwalu Baba Jada) FC 4-1 on Sunday in Abuja.
The Enugu-based side won a one-sided encounter at the FIFA Goal Project pitch.
Three first-half goals and another in the second-half sandwiched what turned out to be a consolation goal as Rangers strolled into the competition’s Round of 32 with ease.
Shedrack Asiegbu slotted home the curtain raiser in the 11th minute when he met Ossy Martins’ inch-perfect cross.
Chidiebere Nwobodo increased the tally just three minutes later when he was set up on goal by Ejike Uzoenyi.
In the 24th minute, Republic of Benin International Charles Tiesso leapt the highest to nod home a Samuel Pam’s well-taken corner-kick.
As stunned as the Bauchi state representatives were, they grew in confidence as the game crept past the half-hour mark and were rewarded in the 38th minute.
This was when Aminu Yusuf fired past Seidu Mutawakilu from the edge of the penalty box after being left with too much space.
It happened few minutes after the Rangers goalkeeper had stopped a penalty kick taken by Nazeef Shuaibu.
The “Flying Antelopes” started the second half as they did the first as they piled on the pressure, making several incursions into the vital area of their opponents.
But an improved goalkeeping from Anas Hassan for the Bauchi state side ensured that most of the opportunities created by the Enugu-based side did not rest inside the net.
His efforts could however not do much to stop substitute Julius Ikechukwu’s effort in the 87th minute which killed off any further resistance.
Maikaba later told NAN he was delighted with his team’s outstanding victory, adding that Enyimba’s difficult experience against Ijebu United a day earlier was a wake-up call for his team.
NAN reports that the Aba-based Enyimba on Saturday in Benin beat Ijebu United FC, a Nigeria National League (NNL) side, 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 ending.
The former champions had goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo to thank for qualifying for the next stage of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition, after saving three penalty kicks.
Maikaba who led Akwa United to their 2017 Aiteo Cup triumph said: “It was a very interesting game and the game and the difficult experience faced by Enyimba made our players to be more serious about this game.
“If a team like Ijebu United could hold Enyimba to a draw for 90 minutes, it simply means that they are no easy opponents as far as the Cup competition is concerned.
“So, I kept drumming the message of not being complacent into the ears of my players and I am glad they listened and that was why we approached the first half with so much urgency.
“We made sure we got our result as early as possible and I am happy our game plan went just the way we wanted it to be.
“At the end, scoring as much as four goals is a morale-booster for us because a team that scores a lot of goals usually go far in Cup competitions,” he said.
On the team’s target in the competition, Maikaba said his team were aiming to go all the way to the final to compensate for their league disappointment.
“We lost to Bayelsa United in the Round of 64 last time out and so we didn’t want that to repeat itself.
“After our unsuccessful push for a continental ticket in the just-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, we are condemned to give our best in the Aiteo Cup. “We will give our best, but the most important thing is that we will approach each game as it comes one after the other.
“The Federation Cup is a competition full of surprises, but I strongly believe that we will be in the final after five games.
“I am confident that if complacency does not rear its ugly head, we shall have something to celebrate at the end of the competition.
” Maikaba added that the team was well motivated for the task ahead.
”The club’s management has done all in its powers to ensure that some outstanding match bonuses were released to the team as a further push to become champions again.
” NAN reports that Rangers last won the oldest club competition in the country in 2018. Speaking also on his team’s performance, Bashair Muhammad, the coach of A.
B.J. FC, a Nationwide League One (NLO) side, expressed mixed feelings about the game’s result.
He said even though he was sad that his team were knocked out of the competition, he was happy that his boys gave a good account of themselves.
“I am not feeling too bad because my boys played their heart out and left everything on the pitch today.
“We knew what we were up against coming into the game, but we didn’t let that weigh us down in any way.
“Facing a football giant like Rangers International wasn’t going to be easy, but I am happy that we were able to at least score a goal at the end of the day,” he said.
England defeat Germany to win women’s Euro 2022 Euro 2022 Berlin, Aug. 1, 2022 England defeated Germany 2-1 after extra-time on Sunday in the final match of Euro 2022 to become women’s European champions for the first time.
Chloe Kelly grabbed the winning goal by forcing the ball home during a corner-kick to the delight of the majority of the crowd which approached 88,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Substitute Ella Toone had opened the scoring for England just after the hour but Lina Magull levelled 11 minutes from time to force the extra period.
Germany, without captain and star striker Alexandra Popp who was injured in the warm-up, lost their first final in the competition they have won eight times previously.
England claimed the title having won all six of their games, scoring a tournament record 22 goals and conceding only OLAL(