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    Apr 04, 2016
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    Eagles get two friendlies in June
     
    The Nigeria Football Federation has picked London to host two grade A friendly matches in June for the Super Eagles.
    NFF president, Amaju Pinnick disclosed recently that the federation would utilise the two FIFA windows in June to bring the Super Eagles players together ahead of the qualifying matches for the World Cup.
    The NFF has opened discussions with its London-based agent, who is expected to confirm the two top European countries for the friendly matches in the coming weeks. 

    2.Super Falcons off to Senegal on Tuesday
    The Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, will fly out of the country on Tuesday for the first leg of their 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations final qualifying fixture against their Senegalese counterparts.
    The Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed to the NFF that the first leg match will take place in Dakar on Friday, 8th April, while the NFF has also confirmed Tuesday, 12th April for the return leg in Abuja.
    Senegal ousted Guinea in the earlier round and their reward is a two –leg confrontation with the African champions, with the winner earning a slot at the 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations to be staged by Cameroon later this year.
    Meanwhile, Head Coach Florence Omagbemi expressed happiness over the quality of players in the team after a warm up game against FC Eaglenet of Lugbe, Abuja at the Package B of the FIFA Goal Project, which the Falcons won 1-0.
     
    3. Crown Topple 3SC For Oyo State FED Cup 
    MFM Football club are the new FA Cup Champions in Lagos, after a resounding 4-0 win over Bridge Boys at Agege stadium on Sunday.
    MFM and Bridge FC will represent Lagos state in the national finals later this year.
    In the Women’s final Robo FC thumped COD by four goals to nil to claim the title.
    Elsewhere, NNL side Crown FC dethroned Shooting Stars as Oyo State Federation Cup winners with a 2-1 win at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan.
    In Enugu, Rangers trounced Disdevet 5-1 with Komlan Togaba and Edoh Ocheme among the goal scorers.
    Go Round FC defeated Rivers United in Port Harcourt and Kogi United stopped Lokoja FC 1-0 to claim the Kogi State crown.
     
    4. LVG backs United to salvage UCL place
     Louis van Gaal is convinced Manchester United are on track to claim a Champions League place from the wreckage of one of Old Trafford's most difficult seasons in recent memory.
    Van Gaal's job as manager, in his second campaign at the club, has been the subject of widespread speculation since United's early exit from the Champions League group stage in December.
    That failure was compounded by United's defeat in the second-tier Europa League by arch-rivals Liverpool last month.
    However, van Gaal, who has been tipped to make a summer departure to make way for Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, will lead his team into next Sunday's game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in confident mood following their 1-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
    That was United's fourth win in five domestic league games and left them just a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, currently occupying the final Champions League spot on offer to English clubs.
     
     
    5. Barca seek Clasico tonic in UCL
     Holders Barcelona will seek to overcome their defeat in El Clasico when they host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in an all-Spanish Champions League quarterfinal, first leg at the Camp Nou.
    On a night when Barca paid tribute to the late Dutch great Johan Cruyff, the Catalan giants' 39-game unbeaten run came to a halt after goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo erased Gerard Pique's opener.
    Barcelona have won the last six meetings with Atletico, but it was Los Rojiblancos who advanced when the two sides clashed at this stage of the 2013-14 competition – the only time Barca have failed to reach the semis in the past eight seasons.
     
     
    6. Aruna Quadri moves to 29 in the world as Nigeria remains top in team ranking
    Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri retains his top place in Africa as the highest ranked player in the continent after the 2014 ITTF Star Player moved to 29th place in the April ITTF ranking released at the weekend.
    Quadri moved by one step to occupy 29th place in the world while Egypt’s Omar Assar however, dropped from 36 to 37 in the world.
    Segun Toriola improved his world rating from 117 to 109, while Portugal-based Bode Abiodun also gained more points to improve from 185 to 179.
    In the women ranking, Egypt’s Dina Meshref remains the best rated player from the continent despite dropping from 98 to 97.
    The highest ranked Nigeria female player is Edem Offiong improved from 242 to 230, while funke Oshonaike who was ranked 235 in March has been taken off the world ranking for her inactivity in the last six months.
     
    7. FORMULA 1:Rosberg wins after Lewis Hamilton collision
    Nico Rosberg took a comfortable win in the Bahrain Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton fought back to third after a first-lap collision.
    Hamilton dropped to seventh on lap one following a slow start and a clash with Valtteri Bottas' Williams at Turn One.
    His Mercedes bodywork damaged, Hamilton recovered well but was unable to catch Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in second.
      
    8.Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori for sixth Miami Open title
    Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets to win the Miami Open for a record sixth time.
    The world number one matched Andre Agassi's Miami tally with a 6-3 6-3 triumph in one hour and 26 minutes.
    Novak, also move ahead of Rafael Nadal with a record 28 Masters wins in his career.
     
    Today's Events in Sports History
     1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle
     
    Birthdays in Sport
    1964 Paul Parker, soccer player
    1964 Branco, Brazilian footballer and coach

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