Written by Patrick Echatah

Nigeria’s penalty shootout hero Stanley Nwabali was eager to direct personal plaudits onto his teammates after leading the Super Eagles to the AFCON final.

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After a 1-1 draw in Bouake on Wednesday night, Nigeria defeated South Africa 4-2 on penalties with to two important saves by Nwabali, who also won Man of the Match honours.

Nigeria’s team spirit was emphasised by the modest custodian, who received high praise for his exceptional performance in the shootout.

“It has been a good team performance throughout this tournament. I really appreciate the management and coaches,” said Nwabali.

The Chippa United goalie gave special recognition to head coach Jose Peseiro. When Peseiro paid him a visit in South Africa before the AFCON, Nwabali was overjoyed and described it as a major source of encouragement.

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The three-day Club Licencing Instructors and Club Licencing Online Platform (CLOP) Experts Workshop 2024 was concluded by the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF).

The first of its type since 2017, the event was held at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, and brought together thirty-three (33) selected candidates.

The Club Licencing System has undergone substantial modifications in its application and operation since the introduction of the new CAF Club Licencing regulatory framework and the CAF Club Licencing Online Platform (CLOP) in 2022.

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