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  •  Super Falcons defender joins Turkish Club
    Super Falcons defender joins Turkish Club
     Super Falcons defender joins Turkish Club
    Super Falcons defender joins Turkish Club
    General news5 days ago

    Super Falcons defender joins Turkish Club

    Glory Ogbonna, an ace defender of the Super Falcons has signed a one year contract with the Turkish women league champions, ALG Spor Kulűbű.  

    Ogbonna disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Calabar.  

    She said that the contract signed on Wednesday, would see her play the women version of the champions league with the club this season.  

    The former Edo Queens player said that the desire to play in the champions league was what motivated her to sign for the Turkish champions.  

    Ogbonna said she turned down offer to renew her contract with her last club, Santa Teresa in Spain and other offers before her decision to put pen on paper for the Turkish side.  

    “I have always been desirous to play in the champions league as such, I couldn’t resist the offer from ALG after rejecting several others across Europe.  

    “I want to make history with this club and I am happy to be here.

    I am feeling at home already with the warm reception I got when I came in.  

    “Santa Teresa was good for me but I needed a fresh start so, I had to reject their offer,“he said.  

    The defender featured for the Super Falcons in the just concluded Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    NAN reports that ALG Spor Kulűbű based in Gaziantep, South Eastern Turkey, was founded in 1998 with Batur stadium as their home ground. 


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  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  WAFCON 2022 Super Falcons must address lapses ahead World Cup Izilein
    WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons must address lapses ahead World Cup, Izilein
     WAFCON 2022 Super Falcons must address lapses ahead World Cup Izilein
    WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons must address lapses ahead World Cup, Izilein
    General news3 weeks ago

    WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons must address lapses ahead World Cup, Izilein

    Godwin Izilein, ex-Coach of the Super Falcons, says that Falcons will have a poor showing at the World Cup if they proceed with the same mentality in their campaign at Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    Izilein spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Monday and described Super Falcons outing in Morocco as “disastrous.” He said that the Falcons performance in Morocco left nothing in doubt that the foreign handler had not added any value to the team.

    The former Super Falcons coach pointed out that Nigeria had lost her leadership position in Africa Women Football.

    According to him, “Whichever way anyone wishes to look at it, the girls had a disastrous outing in Morocco”.

    “We are wasting money on hiring foreign coaches.

    They are doing this to the detriment of the local coaches.

    “The girls couldn’t have given more than what they have.

    Simply put, they executed on the field of play, what and how they were trained.

    “If the coach were to be a local one, his sack would have been announced right in Morocco.” He stressed that some of the players that the coach took to the WAFCON had no business in the team.

    Izilein said there were better and younger players desirous for success that were left out of the team.

    “We have younger and talented players who could have been taken to Morocco, but no, he (Coach) took some of the girls that have passed their prime,” he stated.

    He said if nothing urgent was done, Nigeria would have a disastrous outing at the World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

    “The management of Nigeria football must make money available in earnest to start preparation for the World Cup, because the team has not shown that they will do well at the World Cup,” he said.

    It would be recalled that the Nigeria female senior team lost out in the third place march 0-1 to Zambia after they were edged out in the finals by the host Morocco.

    The 2022 WAFCON was concluded on Saturday with the Moroccans losing the final to South Africa 1-2.

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  •  South Africa win their first ever WAFCON title
    South Africa win their first-ever WAFCON title
     South Africa win their first ever WAFCON title
    South Africa win their first-ever WAFCON title
    General news3 weeks ago

    South Africa win their first-ever WAFCON title

    South Africa’s Banyana Banyana on Saturday defeated hosts Atlas Lionesses of Morocco 2-1 in the final match of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Rabat.

    The win helped them to their first title success in the tournament’s history, after Hildah Magaia scored twice within eight minutes in the second half after the hour mark.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this ended a run of five finals without success for Banyana Banyana, who completed this tournament with a 100 per cent record.

    This was after they secured qualification to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.

    Magaia tapped in an excellent cutback from Jermaine Seoposenwe, who ran onto a long ball out of defence.

    It helped her to create the opening goal as she held off the defence to provide an expert pass in the 63rd minute.

    It took the sting out of a frenzied atmosphere created by a sell-out crowd at the Prince Moulay Abdallah Stadium.

    This was the venue where only weeks earlier South Africa’s men had lost to Morocco in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

    Magaia then doubled the lead in the 71st minute with another close finish, this time from a cross out wide from Karabo Dhlamini which Morocco’s defence failed to cut out.

    But a lapse in concentration saw South Africa lose possession.

    It offered Morocco hope of a comeback as Rosella Ayane pulled one back in the 80th minute after being set up by Fatima Tagnaout.

    This meant an anxious last 10 minutes for Desiree Ellis’ team —- plus another nine minutes of referee’s time added on —- before they could get their hands on the trophy.

    The game started with a high tempo, fueled by the large crowd who greeted every Moroccan touch with a cheer and Banyana move with a chorus of whistles.

    After 11 minutes, there was a muted shout for a penalty kick, but while Tagnaout’s challenge on Magaia in her own penalty area was risky, it proved expertly timed.

    Both sides pressed high to allow little space for chances and, as a result, the first 30 minutes went by without any goalscoring opportunity.

    South Africa had a chance with a long-range free-kick in the 32nd minute which  Nomvula Kgoale hit onto the roof of the net.

    Three minutes later Seoposenwe played through an inch-perfect pass for Magaia, but her left-footed effort was blocked by a brave save by home goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi.

    Magaia had another chance with a free-kick five minutes before the break.

    But she was unable to properly bend the ball and was well off target with what looked like a good opportunity.

    Morocco had their first real effort a minute later for tall English-born striker Ayane, who tried to rag the ball from behind her and was unable to find the target.

    The second half was a close affair until Magaia opened scoring, suddenly offering the occasion a rip-roaring finale.

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  •  WAFCON 2022 It is disappointing we could not retain trophy Ogbonna
    WAFCON 2022: It is disappointing we could not retain trophy – Ogbonna
     WAFCON 2022 It is disappointing we could not retain trophy Ogbonna
    WAFCON 2022: It is disappointing we could not retain trophy – Ogbonna
    General news3 weeks ago

    WAFCON 2022: It is disappointing we could not retain trophy – Ogbonna

    Glory Ogbonna, Super Falcons defender, has said that the team is disappointed over its inability to retain the African Cup of Nations trophy it won in 2018.Ogbonna, made this known when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria from the team’s base in Morocco.She said that their mission at the Women Africa Cup of Nation (WAFCON) was to retain the trophy and also qualify for the Women World Cup at the championship concluded in Morocco on Saturday.She said that while they were happy that they were able to qualify for the World Cup, they were, however, sad that they failed to retain the trophy.She also told NAN that they did their best to achieve the two objectives but it was unfortunate that their best was not good enough.Ogbonna noted that they were even more pained with the third place match they lost 0-1 to Zambia on Friday.”It was our plan to secure the world Cup ticket and also win the trophy for a record 10th time.”Like they always say, it is  a game of football and anything can happen.We tried our best but we are very disappointed with the overall outcome of our participation in WAFCON in Morocco.”We thought we could win the third place match to compensate for not winning the converted trophy but it didn’t turn out like that,” she said.It would be recalled that the Super Falcons lost their semi final game 4-5 on penalty kick to the host Morocco 4-5 after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.The loss to Zambia made it the third game the lost after losing 1-2 in their opening match against South Africa.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nigeria lose to Zambia to finish WAFCON campaign in fourth place
    Nigeria lose to Zambia to finish WAFCON campaign in fourth place
     Nigeria lose to Zambia to finish WAFCON campaign in fourth place
    Nigeria lose to Zambia to finish WAFCON campaign in fourth place
    General news3 weeks ago

    Nigeria lose to Zambia to finish WAFCON campaign in fourth place

    Nigeria’s Super Falcons failed to finish among the top three at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) as they lost 0-1 to the Copper Queens of Zambia on Friday.

    The Falcons lost in the third-place playoff game after Evarine Katungo’s 28th minute goal made the difference at the  Stade Mohammed  V stadium in Casablanca.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Falcons started the game on a good note but failed to convert their goalscoring chances.

    Striker Ifeoma Onumonu had a bad day at work as she failed to live up to the billing and was substituted by Gift Monday in the second half.

    Monday’s many attempts at goal were however not enough to hit the target as Nigeria fell short of a podium finish in Morocco.

    This is the second time since 1998 that Nigeria will finish their WAFCON campaign in fourth place, with the first being in 2012.

    Both teams have however qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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  •  Near clean sweep for Senegal as Mane Cisse win at CAF Awards
    Near-clean sweep for Senegal as Mane, Cisse win at CAF Awards
     Near clean sweep for Senegal as Mane Cisse win at CAF Awards
    Near-clean sweep for Senegal as Mane, Cisse win at CAF Awards
    General news4 weeks ago

    Near-clean sweep for Senegal as Mane, Cisse win at CAF Awards

    Near-clean It was a clean sweep for Senegal on Thursday in Rabat as national team captain and new Bayern Munich signing Sadio Mane was named African Player of the Year.

    National team head coach Aliou Cisse was named Coach of the Year, after leading his team to their first continental title and another FIFA World Cup qualification.

    Pape Matar Sarr, an 18-year-old midfielder with English Premier League clubside Tottenham Hotspur, was also named the Young Player of the Year.

    Senegal were also named the National Team of the Year, after winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in January in Cameroon.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mane retained the CAF African Player of the Year title, having also won the 2019 edition which was the last edition.

    He recently left England’s Liverpool after a trophy-laden spell with the Reds, becoming the German Bundesliga’s marquee player after signing for Bayern Munich.

    It was another Senegalese player in Simba’s Pape Ousmane Sakho who won CAF’s Goal of the Year in the mixed category for men and women.

    That was for his spectacular overhead strike for Simba against Asec Mimosa in a CAF Confederation Cup group game.

    However, it was not Senegal all the way as Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala won a record fifth African Player of the Year award.

    Oshoala on her part now overtakes her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha, to stand alone as a record five-time winner of the African Player of the Year accolade.

    Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco were also named African Men’s Club of the Year, just as Mamelodi Sundowns Women were named Women’s Club of the Year.

    South Africa’s national women’s head coach Desiree Ellis was named Africa’s Coach of the Year in the women’s football category.

    She will lead Banyana Banyana into Saturday’s final match of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) against hosts Morocco.

    Ghana’s Evelyn Badu scooped a double on the night as she won the women’s Interclub Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

    She had led Hassacas Ladies all the way to the final match of the inaugural Women’s Champions League and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot in the process.

    The men’s Interclub Player of the Year was won by legendary Al Ahly and Egypt goalkeeper and captain, Mohamed El Shenawy.

    NAN reports that the awards were held at thebimpressive Mohamed VI Technical Centre in Sale, Rabat.

    It was attended by a gathering of Africa’s top football personalities and football stars.

    The women’s National Team of the Year will be named after Saturday’s final match between hosts Morocco and South Africa at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

    The Full List of Winners:Player of the Year (Men)Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich)Player of the Year (Women)Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and FC Barcelona)Interclub Player of the Year (Women)Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas )Interclub Player of the Year (Men)Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)Young Player of the Year (Women)Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas )Young Player of the Year (Men)Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)Coach of the Year (Women)Desiree Ellis (South Africa)Coach of the Year (Men)Aliou Cisse (Senegal)Club of the Year (Women)Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)Club of the Year (Men)Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)National Team of the Year (Men)SenegalGoal of the YearPape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba) (www.nannews.ng) OLAL(

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  •  Oshoala wins record 5th CAF Player of the Year award
    Oshoala wins record 5th CAF Player of the Year award
     Oshoala wins record 5th CAF Player of the Year award
    Oshoala wins record 5th CAF Player of the Year award
    General news4 weeks ago

    Oshoala wins record 5th CAF Player of the Year award

    Oshoala wins record 5th CAFNigeria’s Asisat Oshoala has became the first player to win for the fifth time the African Woman Player of the Year award at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards.

    Oshoala warded off competition from Cameroonian Ajara Nchout Njoya and Zambia’s Grace Chanda to clinch her fifth title at the CAF Awards ceremony in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday.

    This means the Barcelona FC Women forward has surpassed compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha in the women’s category and Cameroonian Samuel Eto in the men’s category., who won the awards four times each.

    An emotional Oshoala said it was a historic night for her as she dedicated the award to Nigeria’s women national team, the Super Falcons.

    “It’s a historic night for me and I want to thank everyone who has helped me in my career.

    The 20212022 season was really though for me as an individual.

    “This year made me realise that if you don’t fall, you don’t know the power of comeback.

    “Thanks to my teammates at Barcelona FC and my national team, the Super Falcons, for showing Africa how resilient you can be during the semi-finals against Morocco on Monday.

    “I dedicate this award to the Super Falcons,” Oshoala said.

    Meanwhile Senegal’s Sadio Mane also won the CAF Male Player of the Year award, winning it for the second time.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oshoala has been out of the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco due to an injury.

    She got injured during Nigeria’s first game against South Africa.

    Following the team’s loss to Morocco on penalty kicks in the competition’s second semi-final game, the Super Falcons will now face Zambia in the third-place match on Friday.(www.nannews.ng)(

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  •  Oshoala among top three as CAF reveals final lists of Awards nominees
    Oshoala among top three as CAF reveals final lists of Awards nominees
     Oshoala among top three as CAF reveals final lists of Awards nominees
    Oshoala among top three as CAF reveals final lists of Awards nominees
    General news4 weeks ago

    Oshoala among top three as CAF reveals final lists of Awards nominees

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday revealed the top three for all the women and men categories of the Awards Gala 2022 scheduled for Thursday in Rabat, Morocco.

    The Awards will be held in Rabat, Morocco on 21 July 2022 atThe top three lists are from the lists of nominees previously revealed by CAF in both the men and women categories.

    In the Player of the Year category, four-time winner Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria is in the hunt for a fifth crown.

    However, she faces stiff opposition from Cameroonian Ajara Nchout Njoya and new entrant Grace Chanda of Zambia for the Women’s category.

    In the men’s category, former winners Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal) will have to battle it out with Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    However, the list for the National Women Team of the Year award was not among those released due to the absence of a major women’s competition during the period under review.

    The Organising Team for the CAF Awards 2022 slated for 20h00 local time (19h00 GMT) has reviewed the selection process for this important category.

    The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) will be factored as one of the criteria in deciding a winner befitting of the status of the award and women’s football in general.

    The winner will be announced on Saturday during the WAFCON final match.

    Full list of top three nominees (in alphabetical order); Player of the Year (Women)Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon and Internazionale Milano)Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Barcelona Women)Grace Chanda (Zambia and BIIK Kazygurt)Player of the Year (Men)Edouard Mendy (Senegal and Chelsea)Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich)Interclub Player of the Year (Women)Andile Dlamini (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns)Bambanani Mbanie (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns)Evelyn Badu (Ghana and Sekondi Hasaacas )Interclub Player of the Year (Men)Achraf Dari (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)Aliou Dieng (Mali and Al Ahly)Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)Young Player of the Year (Women)Doris Boaduwaa (Ghana and Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies)Evelyn Badu (Ghana and Sekondi Hasaacas )Yasmine Zouhir (Morocco and AS Saint-Etienne)Young Player of the Year (Men) Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia and Manchester United)Karim Konate (Cote d’Ivoire and Salzburg)Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)Coach of the Year (Women)Bruce Mwape (Zambia)Desiree Ellis (South Africa)Jerry Tshabalala (Mamelodi Sundowns)Reynald Pedros (Morocco)Coach of the Year (Men)Aliou Cisse (Senegal)Carlos Queiroz (Egypt)Walid Regragui (Wydad Athletic Club)Club of the Year (Women)AS FAR (Morocco)Hasaacas Ladies (Ghana)Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)Club of the Year (Men)Al Ahly (Egypt)RS Berkane (Morocco)Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)National Team of the Year (Men) CameroonEgyptSenegalGoal of the YearGabadinho Mhango (Malawi and Orlando Pirates)Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal and Simba)Zouhair El Moutaraji (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club)OLAL(

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  •  Focus on World Cup now Onyedinma tells Super Falcons
    Focus on World Cup now, Onyedinma tells Super Falcons
     Focus on World Cup now Onyedinma tells Super Falcons
    Focus on World Cup now, Onyedinma tells Super Falcons
    General news4 weeks ago

    Focus on World Cup now, Onyedinma tells Super Falcons

    Dilichukwu Onyedinma, has urged the managers of female football in the country to focus on 2023 World Cup and forget Nigeria’s loss to Morocco at ongoing Women African Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Falcons lost to their Moroccan counterparts 4-5 on penalties after a 1-1 score line in regulation and extra time, in the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFCON in Morocco.

    The women’s world cup is to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand between July 20 and Aug.

    20, 2023.

    Onyedinma who was also a former FCT Director of Sports said told NAN on Wednesday the team did their best but were unlucky to see off the North African ladies.

    “The girls did their best but it was not good enough.

    I was not happy with the two red cards received by our players, it was unprofessional,” said former Chairperson, Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

    According to the former executive member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) domestic women football in country needs lots of improvement.

    She said it was unfortunate that the gains made in the past to develop female football in the country could be completely were being eroded and urged urgent action to reverse the trend.

    Onyedinma, under whose watch as board chairperson, the NWFL set up  women league among other achievements wondered why the present leadership would was not doing enough to develop women football in the country.

    “Where do I start from, where’s women domestic football development today?

    Everything is collapsing because one person is running the show.

    “No new grassroots players have been discovered in past five years or so, unlike what obtained when we were there.

    “I hear that the present mangers even struggle to call congress annually; NWFL is now managed as if it is a state league.

    “Throughout the time I chaired, there was a properly constituted board, congresses were held as at when due and in different states without any hindrance.

    “There is no way an individual’s action can be compared to that of a board.

    How can one person take decisions alone for a league,” Onyedinma said.

    Onyedinma further said; “During our time, we didn’t have to run cap-in-hand to NFF begging for funds.

    “The board which was adequately constituted through an election always sourced funds to carry out our programmes adequately.

    “As a board, we rendered detailed account of everything we did, the documented copies are there for all to see.

    “These days, there are claims of sponsorship agreements with no details for the clubs to see.” It would be recalled that the current NWFL leadership was appointed by the NFF to run the affairs of the league without any board election.

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