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  • Crystal Palace interested in Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of Frank de Boer's arrival

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Monday, 26 June 2017
    Crystal Palace interested in Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of Frank de Boer's arrival

    Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho is on the wish list of Crystal Palace as the Eagles prepare to appoint Frank de Boer as their new manager.

    According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace are planning to boost their attacking options with a move to sign the Manchester City star.

    Iheanacho, 20 had four goals and created three assist for the Citizens despite very little time on the pitch last season.

    The Eagles won't have the Nigerian on a cheap as Manchester City will not do a deal unless a buy-back clause is inserted in the player's contract. They will have to battle two other clubs, West Ham United and Leicester City to secure the services of Iheanacho next season.



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  • Odumegwu stars as Rivers United compound 3SC’s woes

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Odumegwu stars as Rivers United compound 3SC’s woes

    Rivers United went about their business of taming hard-fighting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in brisk fashion on Saturday as they claimed a 1-0 win to continue their steady ascent on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log.

    Odumegu needed less than 120 seconds to make his mark at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt as he fired in a brilliant effort past the 3SC goalkeeper, Charles Tambe but his furious celebrations were rudely abbreviated as the ‘goal’ was chalked off for offside.

    The United team and particularly Odumegwu did not let their heads drop and due reward was to arrive 19 minutes later when the attacker bundled home from two yards out.

    3SC, content with adopting the safety first approach before then, had to predictably come out of their shells as the game improved as a spectacle. 

    Ajani Ibrahim should have levelled matters for the Oluyole Warriors but he saw his powerful drive from 12 yards beaten away impressively by the United goalkeeper, Femi Thomas in the 35th minute.

    The second half was never going to match the first in terms of excitement and sheer drama but Bernard Ovoke, a man slowly but surely returning to form, cracked a 25 yard rocket which was flying into the top right hand corner but Tambe did well to divert the effort away for a corner with 19 minutes remaining.

    Shooting Stars head coach, Fatai Amoo did not attend the post-match press conference but his assistant, Edith Agoye who did in his stead praised their conquerors for their success.

    “It was a very good game and both teams gave their all. Any side could have won it as we both had chances.

    “It was an open game and the chances were few but congratulations to Rivers United,” he said.

    3SC threatened fleetingly but without any real conviction as the hosts saw out the game comfortably.

    Eguma also addressed the media in the post-match press conference attended by Rivers United official website

    It was a keenly contested game. The two teams were very strong and 3SC gave us a keenly-contested game.

    I did not expect an easy game. We had a very good first half but the second half was not quite as good.

    The most important thing was to get the three points but we have to improve in the area of scoring goals,” he said.

    Rivers United have now moved up to 13th on the NPFL standings with 33 points from 25 matches while Shooting Stars is in 18th place with 29 points from 26 matches.

    Match statistics.  
    Rivers United: Femi Thomas,  Ifeanyi Nweke, Zoumana Doumbia, Emeka Atuloma, (Yusuf Jaiyeola 49') Gabriel Olalekan, Douhadji Joseph, Nzube Anaezemba (Efosa Eguakun 60') Bolaji Sakin (Godbless Asamoah 75') John Odumegwu, Ayo Saka and Bernard Ovoke.
    Substitutes not used: Abiodun Akande, Ali Chiwendu,, Guy Kuemian and Ayobami Asekunuwo.   

    Shooting stars: Tambe Charles, Ebiaku Promise, Omololu Waheed,  Moses James, Samuelson Owono, Osawe Alaba, Ayobami Junior, Ajani Ibrahim, Bode Daniel (Sunday Falaye 60'), Wasiu Jimoh (Adebogun Tayo 72') and Adebayo Ayobami ( Adebayo Ibrahim 82').

    Substitutes not Used: Adamu Abubakar, Shittu Taiwo, Suraj Sadiq and Najeem Ololukun.   

    Yellow card: Rivers United: Femi Thomas (37'), Emeka Atuloma (47'), Ayo Saka (70'), and Gabriel Olalekan (72').  
    Shooting stars: Moses James (40').   
    Red cards: Nil
    Goal: John Odumegwu (21').





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  • Nigeria Women Premier League Week 8 Wrap: Rivers Angels Taste First Defeat, Delta Overcome Nasarawa, Adamawa Finally End Victory Drought

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Friday, 23 June 2017
    Nigeria Women Premier League Week 8 Wrap: Rivers Angels Taste First Defeat, Delta Overcome Nasarawa, Adamawa Finally End Victory Drought

    Defending champions Rivers Angels had their six-match unbeaten run halted in the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) week eight by Bayelsa Queens in the South-South Derby while Delta Queens accounted for the scalp of Nasarawa Amazons.

    Adamawa Queens finally ended their winless streak as they pipped Confluence Queens 1-0 in Fufore.

    Week eight brought about a whole lot of excitement with 16 goals scored in total.

    Bayelsa Queens 2-1 Rivers Angels 

    At the Nembe City Stadium, Bayelsa Queens recorded a 2-1 victory Rivers Angels to earn bragging rights in the South-South Derby.

    Joy Bokiri and Osarenoma Igbinovia gave Bayelsa Queens a two-goal advantage, but Cecilia Nku caused a nervous finish with a superb free kick late in the second half.

    Sunshine Queens 1-0 FC Robo Queens 

    The Akure Township Stadium took centre stage in the week eight action of the NWPL as Sunshine Queens and FC Robo Queens clashed. 

    In the end, it was the home side, Owena Mermaids who ended up smiling after recording a 1-0 win through a Winifred Eyebhoria penalty strike. 
    Nigeria Women Premier League Week 8 Wrap: Rivers Angels Taste First Defeat, Delta Overcome Nasarawa, Adamawa Finally End Victory Drought

    Heartland Queens 2-1 Ibom Angels

    Heartland Queens produced a spirited display to beat Ibom Angels 2-1.

    Uche Eucharia’s side broke the deadlock following Best Osuji’s well dispatched spot kick in the 5th minute of action.

    Ibom Angels responded strongly to that setback and levelled on 26 minutes when Charity Reuben saw her shot curl beyond Maryann Akingbade and into the corner.

    After the break, Chinenye Maduerosi found room inside the box to rifle home from close range and there was no way back for Ibom Angels.

    Osun Babes 4-1 Saadatu Amazon

    A brace from Mary Anjor was the flavour needed to sweeten Osun Babes’ 4-1 thumping of relegation battlers Saadatu Amazons.

    Kemi Abiodun and Edewor Precious also found the back of the net for the Omoluabi Queens. Alvin Dahz was on song for the Allah Mai Iko Girls. 

    Delta Queens 2-1 Nasarawa Amazons 

    Delta Queens put up a great shift to seal a vital 2-1 win over Nasarawa Amazons in a Group B encounter at the Kwale Township Stadium.

    Striker Rosemary Okezie gave Delta a 1-0 lead before Remilekun Omamuli added another after the break to put them in total control of the tie.

    The homers were made to endure a nervous wait in the final minutes of the match when Anam Imo scored a consolation for the visitors.

    The result left Delta in fifth place and Nasarawa in first spot. 

    Pelican Stars 1-0 Edo Queens 

    Pelican Stars held-on to record a well deserved 1-0 result against Edo Queens.

    Wing-back Blessing Edoho struck the solitary strike when she turned home Moses Pato’s cross. 

    Adamawa Queens 1-0 Confluence Queens 

    Adamawa Queens ended a run of four games without victory with a 1-0 win over Confluence Queens.

    Substitute Stella Nwadike scored the only goal of the match in the second half.




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  • NPFL match day 26 preview: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    NPFL match day 26 preview: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)  On February 5, 2017 Rivers United played probably their worst game in the NPFL this season and the opposition on the day was 3SC.  United lost 1-2 that day but that result, more than anything else, flattered the boys from Port Harcourt as only a shocking display of profligacy by the 3SC forwards, good fortune and some extraordinary goalkeeping performance right out of the top drawer by Femi Thomas kept the score line respectable.  3SC arrive in Port Harcourt on Saturday with the hopes of going for an encore but meet a Rivers United side high on confidence after recently putting their Caf Confederation Cup campaign back on track with a crucial win against KCCA on Tuesday.  A win for United will see them climb four places to 13th on the NPFL log while 3SC, currently mired in relegation trouble will leave the drop zone if they become the first side to inflict defeat on the ‘Pride of Rivers’ at their stately patch.  Head coach of 3SC, Fatai Amoo is full of respect for the opposition and does not expect any display of complacency from the hosts.  “I don’t think they (Rivers United) will be distracted as a result of their participation in the Caf Confederation Cup,” Amoo told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.   “You don’t just stumble on (qualification to play) on the continent.   “There were four Nigerian clubs on the continent but today, only Rivers United is left so it means they have all it takes (to play at that level).   “It is an advantage for them but it will also motivate us.   “We respect them,” he said.  Lukman Mohammed scored for Rivers United in the reverse fixture at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan just over four months ago and he also spoke to us ahead of Saturday’s contest.  “The fans cannot write the team off for now; we ask for their support as it is still possible for us to have a good season,” he said on fans’ discontent over United’s underwhelming displays in the NPFL this term.   Saturday’s contest will be a compelling one with both sides desperate for points that will guarantee gradual, if not steady progress, towards the top half of the table.  Overview Game: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)   Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: Rivers United (16th); Shooting Stars (18th)   Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017   Venue: Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt  Time: 4pm  Live coverage: There will be robust coverage of this game by our media team (that will include videos and photos from the venue) simultaneously via out official Twitter account (@RiversUnitedFC) and official Whatsaap channel from 3:55pm on match day.     Form guide (last five NPFL matches)     Rivers United (LWLLW)     Rivers United 1-0 Nasarawa United (Home)    Rivers United 1-2 El-Kanemi Warriors (Away)    Rivers United 0-1 Niger Tornadoes (Away)    Rivers United 2-1 FCIU (Home)   Rivers United 0-1 Lobi Stars (A)   Shooting Stars (WLDWL) Shooting Stars 0-3 Lobi Stars (A) Shooting Stars 1-0 Sunshine Stars (H) Shooting Stars 0-0 Kano Pillars (H) Shooting Stars 0-1 MFM (A) Shooting Stars 2-0 ABS (H)  Previous meetings in competitive matches  (Head-to-head)    Matches: Four (4)    Rivers United wins: Two (2)    Shooting Stars wins: Two (2)    Draws; Nil (0)   Details (Specific breakdown)   Game one: Shooting Stars 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL; Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on March 19, 2016).    Game two: Rivers United 2-0 Shooting Stars (NPFL; Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on July 17, 2016)   Game three: Rivers United 0-0 (3-2 PSO) Shooting Stars (Federation Cup; July 13, 2016, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna) Game four: Shooting Stars 2-1 Rivers United (NPFL; Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on February 5, 2017).


    On February 5, 2017 Rivers United played probably their worst game in the NPFL this season and the opposition on the day was 3SC.

    United lost 1-2 that day but that result, more than anything else, flattered the boys from Port Harcourt as only a shocking display of profligacy by the 3SC forwards, good fortune and some extraordinary goalkeeping performance right out of the top drawer by Femi Thomas kept the score line respectable.

    3SC arrive in Port Harcourt on Saturday with the hopes of going for an encore but meet a Rivers United side high on confidence after recently putting their Caf Confederation Cup campaign back on track with a crucial win against KCCA on Tuesday.

    A win for United will see them climb four places to 13th on the NPFL log while 3SC, currently mired in relegation trouble will leave the drop zone if they become the first side to inflict defeat on the ‘Pride of Rivers’ at their stately patch.
    NPFL match day 26 preview: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)

    Head coach of 3SC, Fatai Amoo is full of respect for the opposition and does not expect any display of complacency from the hosts.

    “I don’t think they (Rivers United) will be distracted as a result of their participation in the Caf Confederation Cup,” Amoo told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng

    “You don’t just stumble on (qualification to play) on the continent. 

    “There were four Nigerian clubs on the continent but today, only Rivers United is left so it means they have all it takes (to play at that level). 

    “It is an advantage for them but it will also motivate us. 

    “We respect them,” he said.

    Lukman Mohammed scored for Rivers United in the reverse fixture at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan just over four months ago and he also spoke to us ahead of Saturday’s contest.
    NPFL match day 26 preview: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)

    “The fans cannot write the team off for now; we ask for their support as it is still possible for us to have a good season,” he said on fans’ discontent over United’s underwhelming displays in the NPFL this term.
     
    Saturday’s contest will be a compelling one with both sides desperate for points that will guarantee gradual, if not steady progress, towards the top half of the table.

    Overview Game: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars
    Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)  
    Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: Rivers United (16th); Shooting Stars (18th)  
    Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017  
    Venue: Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt 
    Time: 4pm 
    Live coverage: There will be robust coverage of this game by our media team (that will include videos and photos from the venue) simultaneously via out official Twitter account (@RiversUnitedFC) and official Whatsaap channel from 3:55pm on match day.  


    Form guide (last five NPFL matches)   

    Rivers United (LWLLW)    
    Rivers United 1-0 Nasarawa United (Home)   
    Rivers United 1-2 El-Kanemi Warriors (Away)   
    Rivers United 0-1 Niger Tornadoes (Away)   
    Rivers United 2-1 FCIU (Home)  
    Rivers United 0-1 Lobi Stars (A)


    Shooting Stars (WLDWL)
    Shooting Stars 0-3 Lobi Stars (A)
    Shooting Stars 1-0 Sunshine Stars (H)
    Shooting Stars 0-0 Kano Pillars (H)
    Shooting Stars 0-1 MFM (A)
    Shooting Stars 2-0 ABS (H)
    NPFL match day 26 preview: Rivers United versus Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)

    Previous meetings in competitive matches 
    (Head-to-head)   
    Matches: Four (4)   
    Rivers United wins: Two (2)   
    Shooting Stars wins: Two (2)   
    Draws; Nil (0)  
    Details (Specific breakdown)  
    Game one: Shooting Stars 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL; Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on March 19, 2016).   
    Game two: Rivers United 2-0 Shooting Stars (NPFL; Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on July 17, 2016)  
    Game three: Rivers United 0-0 (3-2 PSO) Shooting Stars (Federation Cup; July 13, 2016, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna)
    Game four: Shooting Stars 2-1 Rivers United (NPFL; Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on February 5, 2017).   





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  • Eduwo, Preko emerge LBA winners for May

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Thursday, 22 June 2017
    Eduwo, Preko emerge LBA winners for May
    Lobi Stars forward Kingsley Eduwo and FC Ifeanyiubah's Ghanaian head coach Yaw Preko have been named League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager respectively for the month of May.

    Eduwo and Preko posted superior performances with their clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the month under review to fend off other contenders in the running for both categories of awards.

    It was a strong field of shortlists for the player's award as Eduwo had to square up with last season's top scorer Godwin Obaje of FC Ifeanyiubah, Enugu Rangers winger Osas Okoro and Plateau United left-back Daniel Itodo.

    At the end, the list was trimmed to just two players, Eduwo and Obaje. The FC Ifeanyiubah man and his Lobi counterpart were tied on three goals apiece in May.

    Eduwo scored in Lobi's 1-0 win at Sunshine Stars and got a double 
    against 3SC while Obaje netted in FC Ifeanyiubah's 3-0 success at Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and then scored the two goals that saw off four-time champions Kano Pillars in Nnewi.

    However, Eduwo topped Obaje with an assist in their three-nil victory 
    over 3SC at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi on 28 May when he provided
    Eduwo, Preko emerge LBA winners for May

    Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United, Solomon Ogbeide of Lobi Stars and Chukwuma Agbo of Rangers were all in line for the manager's award alongside Preko.

    Preko, Maikaba and Ogbeide led their teams to unbeaten streaks in May. FC Ifeanyiubah under Preko in May were ruthless - defeating 3SC in Ibadan 3-0 and cruising past Kano Pillars 2-0 in Nnewi - to finish the month as the most impressive side with no goal conceded and best superior goal difference.

    Lobi's Ogbeide was right on Preko's tail but lost out by virtue of his club's inferior goal difference (of +4) compared to that of FC Ifeanyiubah (+5) despite winning their two matches as well in Akure against Sunshine Stars and against MFM FC in Makurdi.

    The next edition of LBA will be for manager and player for the month of June.

    PAST WINNERS THIS SEASON
    APRIL 2017

    Player: Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United)
    Manager: Abdu Maikaba (Akwa United)

    MARCH 2017

    Player: Stephen Odey (MFM FC)
    Manager: Fidelis Ilechukwu (MFM FC)

    FEBRUARY 2017

    Player: Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors)
    Manager: Ladan Bosso (El-Kanemi Warriors)

    JANUARY 2017
    Player: Stephen Odey (MFM FC)
    Manager: Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)



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  • VAT Wonder Goal: Ahmad, Ikefe, Suleman seek Glory

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    VAT Wonder Goal: Ahmad, Ikefe, Suleman seek Glory
    Phote credit: @LMCNPFL


    Match Day 24 recorded a rich harvest of 27 goals, six from the penalty spot but the strikes from Ahmad Usman of Wikki Tourists, Andrew Ikefe of Niger Tornadoes and Musa Suleman of Katsina United made it through to the shortlist of three nominees for VAT Wonder Goal number 5.

    Ahmad Usman netted twice, ten minutes apart in the 3-1 defeat of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi by hosts, Wikki Tourists and one his goals was near solo effort.

    Operating from the left side of attack, Ahmed had picked up the pass from a teammate just after the half line, raced down the left flank beaten two markers, cut back inside the box to release a right footed whip of the ball inside a crowded box to shake the back of the net. It was a strike that the El-Kanemi goalkeeper clueless.

    In that same fixture in Bauchi where Wikki Tourists ran home with a 3-1 defeat of Niger Tornadoes, it was Andrew Ikefe who got the consolation goal on the 47th minute, smashing home from the edge of the box. Several efforts at clearing their box had failed and the ball fell to an on-rushing Ikefe who steadied his balance with the left foot to hit a low shot with the right. 

    El-Kanemi Warriors were humbled 3-0 in Katsina and Suleiman netted two of the three. His first coming as early as within the 60 seconds from kick-off from a simple flick the ball from close range over the raised hands of the goalkeeper. He would later score from the penalty spot.

    Video clips of the goals are now up on the website of the Nigeria Professional Football League, www.npfl.ng and the twitter handle @lmcnpfl for fans to vote their preferred goal from Wednesday, June 21 to midnight of Saturday, June 24.

    The VAT Wonder Goal Award attracts a cash prize of N150, 000 for the winner with half of the money donated to a Charity to be nominated by the player within the state where the club is located. It is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to promote club-community relationship and also create awareness for tax education.  


    Ahmad Usman of Wikki Tourists

    Andrew Ikefe of Niger Tornadoes


    Musa Suleman of Katsina United




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  • NWPL Week Eight Full Time Scores

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Wednesday, 21 June 2017
    NWPL Week Eight Full Time Scores

    Group A



    Heartland Queens 2-1 Ibom Angels



    Sunshine Queens 1-0 FC Robo Queens


    Bayelsa Queens Vs Rivers Angels 22/06/17



    Group B



    Delta Queens 2-1 Nasarawa Amazons



    Osun Babes 4-1 Saadatu Amazon



    Pelican Stars 1-0 Edo Queens


    Adamawa Queens Vs Confluence Queens 22/06/17


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  • NWPL MatchDay 8 Preview: League resumes with battle of titans

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    NWPL MatchDay 8 Preview: League resumes with battle of titans

    The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) resumes this midweek with tantalising fixtures to kick off the second round after a six-week break.

    The second stanza is traditionally more exciting, as it is the round which will seal the fate of those battling for the Super Four, as well as those fighting to beat the drop into the Pro League.

    The first round which ended on May 10 saw Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons occupying top spot in the two groups. At the bottom are Abia Angels and Saadatu Amazon. 

    There is going to be a reversal of the week seven fixtures when the second round resumes.

    Notable among the fixtures are Bayelsa Queens vs Rivers Angels, Delta Queens vs Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens vs FC Robo Queens and Pelican Stars vs Edo Queens.

    The spotlight will be on the likes of Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons.

    Rivers Angels have been reveling in their hold of the top spot in Group A following their good run in the first round. Six more matches are set to test their resolve - that they know too well – which makes the South-South derby at Bayelsa Queens as important if they hope to get off to a good start.

    Sunshine Queens who finished the first round in the bottom three are bent on climbing significantly following an overhaul of the playing personnel. They have FC Robo Queens to battle with at the Akure Township Stadium.

    Fourth-placed Ibom Angels sit only three points adrift of Rivers Angels. The Uyo side will be hoping to overcome Heartland Queens to put themselves in a good position on the standings.
    NWPL MatchDay 8 Preview: League resumes with battle of titans

    Nasarawa Amazons are gradually pulling away from the chasing park in the Group B on the back of their undefeated run in their last five games. The Amazons have set their sights on victory in their away clash with rivals Delta Queens.

    Having disappointed their fans with a 1-1 home draw against Adamawa Queens on matchday seven, second-placed Confluence Queens should be hoping to make amends in the return encounter at the Fufore Township Stadium.

    Saadatu Amazon will still wish the first round never happened. In arguably their worst ever run, the Allah Mai Ikoh Girls failed to register a win in seven matches. The team will hope to begin a revival in their away encounter with Osun Babes.

    Like Saadatu, Pelican Stars have been below average so far, and will similarly hope to turn fortunes around, obviously starting with their welcome of Edo Queens.
    Below are fixtures for matchday eight:

    Group A

    Heartland Queens Vs Ibom Angels 21/06/17

    Sunshine Queens Vs FC Robo Queens 21/06/17

    Bayelsa Queens Vs Rivers Angels 22/06/17


    Group B

    Delta Queens Vs Nasarawa Amazons 21/06/17

    Osun Babes Vs Saadatu Amazon 21/06/17

    Adamawa Queens Vs Confluence Queens 21/06/17

    Pelican Stars Vs Edo Queens 21/06/17


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