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Bethany Int’l College thrash Baptist Academy 2-0 to win maiden Gombe football tournament

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Bethany Int'l College thrash Baptist Academy 2-0 to win maiden Gombe football tournament

Bethany Int’l College thrash Baptist Academy 2-0 to win maiden Gombe football tournament

Bethany International College football team has defeated their counterpart from Baptist Academy 2-0 to win the maiden football tournament organised for private secondary schools in Gombe metropolis.

The two-week tournament, which started with eight teams from eight different secondary schools in Gombe metropolis, climaxed with a scintillating and pulsating match played at the Bethany football pitch on Friday.

The final match was greeted with cheers from supporters and dignitaries who graced the event as players from both teams showed great skills and talents to the admiration of everyone.

The deciding moments came when Andrew Raphael broke the deadlock with a super strike that rendered the opponent’s goal-keeper helpless.

Baptist Academy boys showed resilience and fought hard towards equalising but their effort yielded no result and their hard work was punctured when the captain of Bethany Int’l College team, Japhet Nehemiah who is also the tournament’s highest goal-scorer with five goals, netted the second goal in the match to cement victory for his team.

Reacting in a post-match conference, the octogenarian, Mr Ayo expressed happiness for such a competition to be organised in his honour, describing the tournament as a good avenue to harness football talents and promoting sporting activities in schools.

“I observed strict orderliness and good discipline at the final stage. The overall winner emerged- The Bethany International College, Gombe.

“The salient motive for the tournament was to generate the good spirit of healthy competition and to encourage the essential and good spirit of hard work (diligence).

“I have observed the good beginning of the Spirit of Sportsmanship reaching out to the students of the participating institutions.

“I pray and hope that this will continue and will further enhance the production of great sports students. Amen.

“I congratulate all participants-schools/colleges, games officials, and all the organisers. I congratulate this year’s champions-The Bethany International College Gombe.

“ I am personally grateful for all the honour and respect done to me. May the blessings of God reward you. Amen!,” he said.

Mrs Benedicta A. Olaniyan, the school manager, Bethany International College, commended her school for emerging winner of the maiden football championship for private schools in Gombe metropolis.

Olaniyan said she was amazed that her students won the competition, “ I saw how they dedicated their time to practice for the competition. It’s was an exciting experience for the students. I pray that this tournament will be a continuation from now,” the excited manager said.

The competition was organised to honour Mr S. A. Ayo, one of Gombe’s football soccer legends, who donned the jersey of Gombe Town between 1957 and 1972, as he marks his 80th birthday in distinctive style.

The competition was sponsored by the Ayo Family as a way of appreciating their father’s deep positive contributions to the entire family, Gombe State, and the nation at large.

For winning the competition, Bethany male football players were adorned with gold medals and the team smiled home with N50, 000 cash prize while Baptist Academy team grabbed N20, 000 alongside their silver medals for being the runner-up team of the competition.

Our correspondent reports that the teams that participated in the competition include Bethany Int’l College Gombe; Zenith International, and integrated College Gombe; Onward group of schools and Savannah International School.

Others are Baptist Academy Gombe; Alheri model School Gombe; All Saints College Gombe, and Numba Royal Academy Gombe.

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Int’l youth championship: Mailantarki Boys whip Swedish 2nd Division, Enkoping SK 5-1

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Mailantarki Boys, on Tuesday thrashed Swedish Enkoping SK 5-1 to open the 2024 Dana Cup campaign holding in Denmark.
This is contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday to newsmen in Gombe by Adamu Usman Ahmed, Mailantarki Care FC media manager.

Ahmed described the win as a good start for the boys whom he said were determined to maintain their good record at international level.

He said that the high flying Nigeria National League side, Mailantarki Care FC begun their promising run of form at the International Youth Championship with a harvest of goals as they defeated their opponent in Hjørring, Denmark.

“Young sensational winger Miko Dalha showed what it takes to grab another accolade in the competition as he opened his goals account with a brace before the break.

“Dana Cup debutant Tijjani Muhammed who came off the bench also fired twice in quick succession, the 2022 Champions completed the dominance with a beautiful left footed curler from Lamido Abubakar,” he said.

Adamu said early into the game, Alexander Littlewood levelled the score after netting Enkopings’ goal to cancel Miko’s opener before the game got out of hand for the Swedish 2nd division side.

The Light Boys will tackle Norwegian club Bergen Nord FK later in the day 17:30pm (4:30pm WAT) for the second match of the busy group stage.

Int’l youth championship: Mailantarki Boys whip Swedish 2nd Division, Enkoping SK 5-1

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Messi Misses MLS All-Stars Game Due to Injury

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi will not play in this week’s MLS All-Stars Game, Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Monday. This comes eight days after the Argentine superstar left the Copa America final match with an ankle injury.

Messi was listed among unavailable players for Wednesday’s match in Columbus, Ohio, pitting MLS All Stars from 18 league clubs against top talent from Mexico’s LIGA MX.

The game would have been the 37-year-old’s MLS All-Stars Game debut after he joined Inter Miami in July 2023 following a storied career in Europe.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has 12 goals and 13 assists in his first 12 games of 2024 for Inter Miami, making him the quickest to 25 goal contributions in an MLS season.

The All-Stars Game will be played at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT) on Wednesday.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed hope that the Paris Olympics, beginning this Friday, would serve as an occasion for truces in global conflicts. During his weekly address to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope urged athletes to be messengers of peace and role models for young people.

The games will start with an opening ceremony on the River Seine featuring about 10,500 athletes and over 100 heads of state and government. Pope Francis said he hoped that “according to the ancient tradition, the Olympics will be an opportunity to establish a truce in wars, by demonstrating a sincere desire for peace.”

He specifically mentioned conflicts in Ukraine, Gaza, Myanmar, and other countries, reminding everyone that “war is a defeat.” Last month, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ meeting in Italy included a unanimous call for a truce in global conflicts during the Olympic Games.

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