Kick­ing off!

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

This week­end, four Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League clubs will be up against op­po­nents in the pre­lim­i­nary rounds of the 2017 CAF Cham­pi­ons League and the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. Thus, as they kick-start their cam­paigns this week­end, Enugu Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyi-Ubah would be aim­ing for a strong start in or­der to make the re­turn legs mere for­mal­i­ties.

Apart from FC Ifeanyi-Ubah, the re­main­ing clubs are start­ing their cam­paigns away from home. Enugu Rangers yes­ter­day played against JSS Saoura in Al­ge­ria, Rivers United are in Mali to face Real de Ba­mako in the Cham­pi­ons League while Wikki Tourists are in Sierra Leone to face the Royal Sierra Leone Armed Forces foot­ball club in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Our cover story, there­fore, takes a look at the chances of the clubs as they go into the pre­lim­i­nary rounds of their re­spec­tive com­pe­ti­tions. We spoke to some of the key play­ers of the clubs and all were con­fi­dent they would not dis­ap­point.

We also have for you an in­ter­est­ing in­ter­view with an up­com­ing boxer, Sadiq Umar who said his dream is to be­come a world cham­pion be­fore 2020. The su­per mid­dleweight boxer also spoke on how the sport can be de­vel­oped in Nige­ria.

Fur­ther­more, matches in the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League con­tinue this week at match venues across the coun­try and we have served you a pre­view of some of the matches. Top clubs like Enugu Rangers and Rivers United have con­ti­nen­tal en­gage­ments but ta­ble top­pers, Plateau United are on ground to con­tinue with their fine form so far.

It will also in­ter­est you to know that for­mer world num­ber one golfer, Tiger Woods has ruled out any pos­si­bil­ity of re­gain­ing his prow­ess that once made him a dreaded ‘Tiger’ on golf cour­ses across the world.

We rounded up this edi­tion with foot­ball in Europe where sec­ond placed Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur are guests of Liv­er­pool in the English Premier League. Any fur­ther slip for Liv­er­pool will be costly and that’s the mis­ery Spurs want to in­flict on Jur­gen Klopp’s men.

This is where we step aside for you to have a clearer view of your ever blaz­ing SHOT!. En­joy this edi­tion and don’t for­get to keep a date with us.

Have a lovely week­end.

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