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BORUSSIA Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes that possession could prove pivotal in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Both sides previously met in the group stages of the competition, with Dortmund winning 2-1 at home and recording a 2-2 draw in Madrid.
And Hummels has stressed Dortmund have learned from their previous encounters about the importance of retaining the ball.

ALL is set for the first edition of the Bayelsa Football Talent Hunt according to the chief organiser of the programme coach Ada Gwegwe. The programme will kick off on Monday 8th April to 14th April 2013 at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex Yenagoe. The aim of the talent hunt is to discover raw football talented players from grassroots, and develop them for the future. The programm is tagged ‘Let’s Play Football’, and is for boys and girls under the age of 7 to 15 years.

“The programme is free. It’s our way of encouraging the youth who want to play football and those who want to take it as career. The programme is be put together by Yenagoe City Football Club Academy in conjunction with the Bayelsa State Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria {YSFON}. So we are calling on parents to bring their kids since the kids are on holiday,” the former Devine Warrior coach declared.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has made it clear he will never apologise for winning a controversial Malaysian Grand Prix just over two weeks ago.
Vettel has attempted to draw a line under the incident in which he ignored instructions from team principal Christian Horner not to pass team-mate Mark Webber for fear of jeopardising a one-two finish.

Vettel went wheel to wheel with the Australian, who was angrily forced to play second fiddle to the three-time Formula One world champion on a day when he should have taken the chequered flag.

The 25-year-old German apologised to Webber and Red Bull on a number of occasions shortly after the race concluded for defying team orders, but makes no concessions for the type of driver he is.
"I think there is not much to add than what happened," Vettel said ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
"I apologised to the team straight after for putting myself above the team, which I didn't mean to do. But there is not much more to say, really.

GOLDEN Eaglets coach Manu Garba has expressed confidence on the crop of players he has assembled for the U17 CAF football championship, and further assures that his lads are fit and focused on winning the continental and world championship. Garba says the main target is to qualify for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in UAE but they want to do so in style by winning the African Championship in Morocco as well.

Garba who was part of the coaching staff that won the 2007 African Under-17 Championship in Togo and FIFA World Cup of the same year in Korea, believes that his present team is stronger than the 2007 team that won the World Cup in Korea. "These boys have proved me right because we have not lost a match since we started this exercise, (won 27 matches played both friendly and competitive drawing only once). I do remember that the team we took to Korea actually lost one of its qualifying matches away to Morocco but this present squad have not lost a game in spite of the fact that we have met stiffer oppositions along the way. "
"I don't think these boys would suffer stage fright at the African Championship in Morocco. Why do I say this? If a team can travel out of the shores of the country and win all its qualifying matches, I think such team deserves some respect. I remember that some people thought we were going to be eliminated by Mali after we beat them 2-0 in Calabar, Nigeria they felt that Mali had better advantage because of their size and coupled with the fact that the second leg was going to be away in Bamako. But we would have won by at least 5-0 in Bamako and we ended up winning by 2-0 to qualify for these Morocco finals for the first time since 2007. This is a team that is technically sound; a team that has character. This is a team that is ready to face any team at his level anytime, any day. This is a team that creates many scoring opportunities and if we had taken all our chances, we would have scored more goals in the process".

AMID all the knocks and kudos that have continued the trail purported reformes of the Hon. Nduka Irabor lead interim League Management Committee (LMC), Retired football referee, Engineer Popoola Badipe (JP) has added his voice to implore on the League Management Committee to endeavour to make reforms that would permanently stamp out the must-win-at-home syndrome that has ravaged the league in the past seasons.

He said in an interview during the week that a situation where teams win all their home games than away matches, calls for concern to responsible stake holders, and maintained that it must form one of the major issues the LMC should aim to tackle head-on.
“It doesn’t paint a nice picture that teams can only win matches at their home grounds. Once they are on away, it will be the turn of those other teams that lost in the past week. From whatever angle you look at it, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. And this causes anxiety amongst those of them that have toiled, stood for and still advocate for better officiating at our league venues.

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