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Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles

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Anthony Joshua maintained his 100 per cent knockout ratio by stopping a bloodied Carlos Takam in the tenth round on Saturday.

The English boxer retained his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association world heavyweight titles with a devastating display of his punching power to finish Cameroon’s France-based challenger at the Principality Stadium.

Takam became Joshua’s 20th consecutive knockout victim in a fourth defence of his IBF belt and first of his WBA title, but the challenger stubbornly resisted the champion after being cut by the right eye in the fourth round.

“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it. I have the upmost respect for Takam,” said Joshua, who injured his nose from a headbutt in the second round.

“Imagine if it’s broke and I couldn’t breath and he started catching up in the middle rounds? It would have been a disaster, so I kept my cool. You have to control these situations because, if I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in.”

Takam was also given a count in the fourth round before being finished off by a barrage of unanswered punches which prompted the referee Phil Edwards to stop it.

Takam complained it was a premature stoppage, which was jeered by Joshua’s fans, and the challenger was given warm applause afterwards.

I don’t think they should have stopped it,” said Takam.

“I want the rematch if Anthony gives me it.”

Takam, 36, had only accepted his first world title shot at less than two weeks’ notice and fought for most of the fight with a gruesome cut which obscured his vision.

For Takam, it was a fourth career defeat after a points loss to Parker last year and knockout loss to Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in 2014.

Takam, who boxed for Cameroon at the 2004 Olympics before relocating to Paris a year later, was drafted in as a late replacement opponent at 12 days’ notice after Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev injured a shoulder.

Joshua made an especially cautious start, not landing any power punches in the opening round, as he took time to assess Takam, who fought out of a crouch and burst forward with punches.

Joshua landed a good left-right combination in the second round, but did not have as much success in the third.

In the fourth, Takam suffered a nasty cut by the right eye from a big right from Joshua which caused him problems instantly with his vision due to the blood.

Shook by a right

Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (L) reacts as the referee stops the fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua (R) for the world heavyweight title at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, 2017

When the fight continued, Takam was caught by a left that sent him spinning and was given a count as his glove was ruled to have touched down.

Takam bravely fought back in the fifth but Joshua teed off on him in the sixth, landing heavy, unanswered blows.

Takam had some of his best moments of the fight in the seventh round as he repeatedly caught Joshua.

Joshua tried to regain momentum in the eighth with two left hands that shook Takam, who was inspected by the ringside doctor at the start of the ninth round.

Takam was allowed to fight on but in the tenth he was shook by a right to the head and as Joshua unloaded more punches that landed flush, referee Phil Edwards stopped the fight.

On the undercard, Dillian Whyte unanimously out-pointed Finland’s Robert Helenius by scores of 119-109 twice and 118-110 to move into contention for a shot at the WBC world heavyweight title.

Ireland’s Katie Taylor won a world title in her seventh professional fight after unanimously out-pointing Anahi Sanchez for the vacant WBA lightweight belt by three scores of 99-90.

England’s Kal Yafai also unanimously out-pointed Japan’s Sho Ishida in a second defence of his WBA world super-flyweight title, winning by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

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AFRICA: CAF Confederations Cup First Round Fixtures

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FIRST LEG
09.03. 15:00 Al-Ittihad (Lib) Akwa United
 (Nga)

09.03. 15:00 AS Maniema (Drc) USM Alger (Alg)

09.03. 15:00 Berkane (Mar) Club Africain (Tun)

09.03. 15:00 CARA Brazzaville (Con) Ben Guerdane (Tun)

09.03. 15:00 Costa do Sol (Moz) Cape Town City (Rsa)

09.03. 15:00 CR Belouizdad (Alg) Nkana (Zam)

09.03. 15:00 Djoliba (Mli) APR (Rwa)

09.03. 15:00 Energie Sports (Ben) Enyimba (Nga)

09.03. 15:00 La Mancha (Con) Ahli Shendi (Sud)

09.03. 15:00 Motema Pembe (Drc) Deportivo Niefang (Gnq)

09.03. 15:00 Olympique Star (Bur) Hilal El Obied (Sud)

09.03. 15:00 Petro Atletico (Ang) Supersport Utd (Rsa)

09.03. 15:00 Port Louis (Mau) Fosa Juniors (Mad)

09.03. 15:00 Raja Casablanca (Mar) Nouadhibou (Mau)

09.03. 15:00 Simba (Tan) El Masry (Egy)

09.03. 15:00 Welayta Dicha (Eth) Zamalek (Egy)

16.03. 15:00 Ahli Shendi (Sud) La Mancha (Con)

RETURN LEG
16.03. 15:00 Akwa United (Nga) Al-Ittihad (Lib)

16.03. 15:00 APR (Rwa) Djoliba (Mli)

16.03. 15:00 Ben Guerdane (Tun) CARA Brazzaville (Con)

16.03. 15:00 Cape Town City (Rsa) Costa do Sol (Moz)

16.03. 15:00 Club Africain (Tun) Berkane (Mar)

16.03. 15:00 Deportivo Niefang (Gnq) Motema Pembe (Drc)

16.03. 15:00 El Masry (Egy) Simba (Tan)

16.03. 15:00 Enyimba (Nga) Energie Sports (Ben)

16.03. 15:00 Fosa Juniors (Mad) Port Louis (Mau)

16.03. 15:00 Hilal El Obied (Sud) Olympique Star (Bur)

16.03. 15:00 Nkana (Zam) CR Belouizdad (Alg)

16.03. 15:00 Nouadhibou (Mau) Raja Casablanca (Mar)

16.03. 15:00 Supersport Utd (Rsa) Petro Atletico (Ang)

16.03. 15:00 USM Alger (Alg) AS Maniema (Drc)

16.03. 15:00 Zamalek (Egy) Welayta Dicha (Eth)

CAF Champions League First Round Fixtures

FIRST LEG
24.02. 17:30 Armed Forces (Gam) Zanaco (Zam)

Final
10.03. 15:00 Aduana Stars (Gha) ES Setif (Alg)

10.03. 15:00 Al Ahly (Egy) CF Mounana (Gab)

10.03. 15:00 AS Togo-Port (Tog) Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sud)

10.03. 15:00 Difaa El Jadidi (Mar) AS Vita Club (Drc)

10.03. 15:00 Etoile Sahel (Tun) Plateau United (Nga)

10.03. 15:00 Gor Mahia (Ken) Esperance Tunis (Tun)

10.03. 15:00 Horoya (Gui) Generation F. (Sen)

10.03. 15:00 Mazembe (Drc) UD Songo (Moz)

10.03. 15:00 MFM FC (Nga) MC Alger (Alg)

10.03. 15:00 Primeiro de Agosto (Ang)
 Bidvest Wits (Rsa)

10.03. 15:00 Rayon Sport (Rwa) Mamelodi Sundowns (Rsa)

10.03. 15:00 St. George (Eth) Kampala City (Uga)

10.03. 15:00 Wydad (Mar) WAC (Ivo)

10.03. 15:00 Young Africans (Tan) Township Rollers (Bot)

10.03. 15:00 ZESCO (Zam) ASEC Mimosas (Ivo)

17.03. 15:00 Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sud) AS Togo-Port (Tog)

17.03. 15:00 AS Vita Club (Drc) Difaa El Jadidi (Mar)

17.03. 15:00 ASEC Mimosas (Ivo) ZESCO (Zam)

17.03. 15:00 Bidvest Wits (Rsa) Primeiro de Agosto (Ang)

17.03. 15:00 CF Mounana (Gab) Al Ahly (Egy)

17.03. 15:00 ES Setif (Alg) Aduana Stars (Gha)

17.03. 15:00 Esperance Tunis (Tun) Gor Mahia (Ken)

17.03. 15:00 Generation F. (Sen) Horoya (Gui)

17.03. 15:00 Kampala City (Uga) St. George (Eth)

17.03. 15:00 Mamelodi Sundowns (Rsa) Rayon Sport (Rwa)

17.03. 15:00 MC Alger (Alg) MFM FC (Nga)

17.03. 15:00 Plateau United (Nga) Etoile Sahel (Tun)

17.03. 15:00 Township Rollers (Bot) Young Africans (Tan)

17.03. 15:00 UD Songo (Moz) Mazembe (Drc)

17.03. 15:00 WAC (Ivo) Wydad (Mar)

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Akwa Utd thank Governor Udom, Nigerians for support

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 By Mfon Patrick 

The Management of Akwa United Football Club have expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers and supports which they say helped a great deal in their qualification to the First Round of the CAF Confederation Cup competition on Wednesday in Banjul.

Speaking after the team’s victory against Hawks FC in Banjul, Chairman of the club Elder Paul Bassey expressed gratitude, first to God and to Nigerians for standing by the team despite the first leg lost in Uyo.

Elder Bassey was particularly grateful to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State for his massive support and trust in the team even during the most difficult times.

” His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel is a football lover who believes that hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

” His Excellency’s love and support for the beautiful game has been massive and that support was instrumental in Super Eagles qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

” The Governor’s encouragement has been the motivating factor behind our qualification and we are really grateful to him and the good people of the state for this show of love”.

The Club Boss also extended appreciation to the Honourable Commissioner for Youths and Sports Sir Monday Ebong Uko for always motivating the team to push for success on all fronts.

Also acknowledged was the Nigerian Ambassador to the Gambia His Excellency Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe and his staff for coming round to identify with the team and being physically present during the match.

Elder Bassey appreciated all the calls and messages from football administrators, fans and the media community including that of the LMC Chairman Mallam Shehu Dikko whom he said encouraged the team enroute victory.

“We wish to say a big thank you to football administrators, all our fans, supporters, and the media community who believed and stood by us despite the first leg defeat at home.

” When we received the good news that Plateau United and MFM had qualified, we knew that we had to win and we reacted positively by keeping the Nigerian flag flying in the continent.

“The level of support we received from Nigerians before the game was awesome and we thank the Almighty God who made it possible”.

The Club Chairman heaped praises on the team’s technical crew, the players and staff of the club whom he described as dedicated and determined sets of professionals he has ever worked with in Nigerian Club football environment.

Akwa United’s 3-2 aggregate win over Hawks FC will see them battle Al-Ittihad of Lybia in the First Round of CAF Confederation Cup competition next month.

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Akwa Utd Roast Hawks in Banjul, advance to CAF Confederation Cup First Round

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By Mfon Patrick (Akwa) 
Akwa United produced a blistering performance in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary Round match to beat Hawks FC of Banjul 0-2 and qualify to the first round on Wednesday.
Cyril Olisema scored in each half to hand the Promise Keepers a famous victory as they overturn a 1-2 deficit to qualify to the first round on a 3-2 aggregate score.
Akwa United went into the match needing to win by two clear goals after losing the first leg at home 1-2 to the Gambians.
Coach Abdu Maikaba presented the same team that lost in Uyo and got the needed result which helped them to advance to the first round of the competition for the first time in their 20 year history.
The Uyo based side dominated their opponents and enjoyed greater percentage of the ball throughout the  match in what was a near flawless performance.
 
Akwa United had their first real chance to go in front in the 20th minute after Aniekeme Asuquo’s cross was handled by Antou Badjan in the box.
The referee pointed to the spot. Denis Nya stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but his spot kick hit the post.
In the 31st minute, Victor Mbaoma received a pass in the Hawks box but his goal bound drive was cleared off the goal line by Antou Badjan.
Five minutes later, Cyril Olisema benefitted from a loose ball on the edge of Hawks box and calmly beat Adama Gassama to score and give his team a deserved lead at half time.
Few seconds after the restart, Kelly Kester robbed Omar Sarr of the ball in the midfield and located Olisema who volleyed home from 30 yards to secure his team’s second round passage.
The Promise Keepers will next engage Libyan side Al Ittihad in March.
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Profile of "CYRIL OLISEMA" CAF Confederations Cup – Qualification match winner who slot home two goals for AKWA UNITED against HAWKS of Gambia

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NAME: OLISEMA CYRIL CHINEDU
CLUB: AKWA UNITED
POSITION: ATTACKING MIDFIELDER
JERSEY NUMBER: 26
 STATE OF ORIGIN: DELTA STATE
NICKNAME: OBODO
 HEIGHT: 1.57
 PREVIOUS CLUBS: GOMBE UNITED, IKORODU UNITED
 FAVORITE CLUB: CHELSEA
ROLE MODEL: LUKA MODRIC

FAVORITE PLAYER: CRISTIANO RONALDO
DOMINANT FOOT: RIGHT
FAVORITE FOOD: BANGA SOUP WITH FRESH FISH
HOBBIES: LISTENING TO JOKES AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
TOUGHEST PLAYER FACED: KENNEDY YOUNG OBIOKOR
GOALS: TO PLAY IN THE NATIONAL TEAM AND ALSO AN EUROPEAN CLUB…

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BREAKING: Former Enyimba Captain Dies in Car Accident

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Former Enyimba captain and Kano Pillars defender, Chinedu Udoji is dead!

It was gathered that Udoji who played in Sunday’s crunch NPFL clash against his former club which ended in stalemate lost his life after he was involved in a ghastly accident on his way back home.

Enyimba his former club and many others have already sent their condolences to the committed and hardworking defender.

We are distraught at the news of the passing of club legend and former captain, Chinedu Udoji. Our commiserations are with his family at this time.

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