Month: September 2020

Imama shifts focus to U23 Eagles

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Super Eagles B Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo, still pained by the 1-2 loss to Togo on Sunday, is hopeful that the greater goal of building a quality U23 side for Nigeria would not be lost. Nigeria lost to Togo in Thies, Senegal in their first match of the 2019 WAFU Cup billed to end October 13.It was a second loss for the mixed team of senior and junior players within a week.Amapakabo said in Thies on Sunday night that much as they had desired to win the major trophy in Senegal, he is determined to ensure that the bigger plan of developing a squad of quality players is achieved.He said: “We lost the game against Togo but the team showed the capacity to win. “As you may not know, this is largely our U23 team needing exposure.“When players at that level play a competition like this they are bound to make mistakes.“The first half was not up to the level we desired because there were some errors but we returned in the second half a lot much better creating many scoring chances.“As a coach I like to take responsibilities. “It is my job to make the team create quality scoring chances, which they did. “It’s a pity the goals didn’t come off such opportunities and we lost. “Teams come to competitions to win. “We also like to win every match we play but we are also mindful of the greater objective of this team. “Our greater job is to build a virile young team with a competition like this. “We want a team of high quality that can serve us for the U23 competitions and also develop well enough to transit to the senior national team.”On Sunday the Eagles had greater control of proceedings on the pitch against the Sparrow Hawks but failed to convert several scoring chances.Nigeria will play their next match on Saturday against the loser of the game between Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde. The teams were billed to play by 8pm local time on Monday. The Eagles dropped down to losers’ competition after the loss to Togo. Tags: 2019 WAFU Cuplast_img read more

Imama assures on Olympic Eagles

first_imgRelatedPosts U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles gun for Elephants Rohr hits Olympic Eagles camp in Ismailia Dele-Bashiru, Okonkwo join Olympic Eagles Olympic Eagles coach, Imama Amapakabo, has assured that his lads are ready to defend their title when the Under 23 Afcon kicks off in Egypt.The former Rangers of Enugu handler gave this assurance ahead of their group opener against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.  His words: “We have players in camp here who are ready to give their all and do Nigeria proud any day, any time. We are quietly confident, and will take it one match at a time.“We are quite aware that as defending champions, so much is expected of us. This team will throw everything into the battle and ensure it does not disappoint Nigerians.”Amapakabo has been able to welcome the majority of his listed overseas-based professionals, and with the complement of glory-hungry home-based professionals, expects to brush aside the challenge of the Ivorians, Zambia and South Africa in the group phase.Tags: Olympic Eagleslast_img read more

Para Powerlifting board suspends President

first_imgRelatedPosts Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup I will see out my contract at Arsenal, Oezil says FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers postponed The embattled President of the Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, Queen Uboh-Idris, has been suspended by the board over series of allegations such as unilaterally running the board, misappropriation and high handedness. The suspension came on the heels of the board’s rejection of  Uboh-Idris’ purported resignation deemed not  to have followed due process, making it invalid. The Board has also set up a panel to probe her fundraising activities for the just concluded Para Powerlifting World Cup, for which she was alleged to have received donations into her private bank accounts instead of the Federation’s account. She is also alleged to have repeatedly withheld information from other board members about the just concluded World Cup. According to a board member who pleaded anonymity: “Queen (Uboh-Idris) was called to attend the meeting so that we can listen to her defence, but she claimed to have resigned. “We told her that there is a laid down process for an elected board member who desires to resign, but she did not follow that process. “She has therefore not resigned, rather she must cooperate with the investigation that has been ordered.”Tags: Powerlifting Federation of NIgeriaQUeen Uboh-IdrisWorld Cuplast_img read more

Arsenal stars set for fresh pay cut

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal executives have piled pressure on their players to take wage reductions by confirming they have agreed to substantial pay cuts.As Sportsmail revealed earlier this week, the Gunners squad have rejected the club’s original proposal of a 12.5 per cent pay-cut for an entire year.Arsenal have been working on a fresh offer which the players, following talks among themselves, will vote on in the coming days.The squad, together with boss Mikel Arteta, will hold talks to discuss the issue – but players are under increasing pressure to accept reductions after the club revealed the executive team have volunteered to take a pay-cut of more than a third.As of the weekend, Gunners players were against accepting pay-cuts, but were open to considering wage deferrals.Even before the coronavirus crisis, which has deeply impacted the finances of clubs across the country, Arsenal were under pressure to reduce their wage bill following three seasons outside the Champions League.However, some players have shown sympathy towards the club’s financial difficulties and are ready to accept pay cuts.Arsenal have told players they will be paid back all of their proposed 12.5 per cent losses if they qualify for next season’s Champions League; the amount would also be reduced to 7.5 per cent if they make the Europa League.Sources claimed as part of the new proposals, the Gunners will extend the reimbursement agreement so that players would get their money back if they qualify for the Champions League inside two seasons.In a statement released to their fans on Wednesday, Arsenal said: “Our players have been keeping very busy during this difficult period, working hard at home on both their fitness and tactical work while training is suspended.“Over the past 10 days we have been in discussions with them around the potential financial challenges ahead, and how we are planning for those now.“These are productive and ongoing conversations around how our players might support their club in an appropriate way. We have not and will not make any comment on this matter until these private discussions have concluded.” Tags: ArsenalMikel Artetalast_img read more

Newcastle United bounce back to draw with West Ham

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with visiting West Ham United on Sunday.The result robbed the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, having lost their previous seven away league games. West Ham started the day three points above the drop zone, and they got off to the perfect start when Michail Antonio opened the scoring after four minutes.Newcastle United levelled in the 17th minute through Miguel Almiron.But they went behind again in the 66th minute when midfielder Tomas Soucek fired home a rebound after Declan Rice hit the crossbar with a header from a corner kick.Jonjo Shelvey struck back immediately for Newcastle United, dancing through the visitors’ defence before slotting home to make it 2-2.This has now left West Ham in 16th spot on 31 points, four points ahead of Aston Villa in 18th, with Newcastle United 12th on 43 points. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Michail AntonioMiguel AlmironNewcastle UnitedWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr Klitschko drills Holyfield in gym Mike Tyson knew he had hit “rock bottom” after an incident in 2009, which saw him beat up seven prostitutes while high on morphine.The former undisputed heavyweight champion, who is back in training ahead of a proposed comeback to the sport later this year, revealed he attacked the women after becoming paranoid they were about to steal from him. Speaking to Las Vegas Weekly in 2012, Tyson said: “Laying in bed in a hotel room – I try never to be alone, even if it’s a prostitute, a dog.“This is really dark. I am in my hotel suite, I’ve got seven women there, and I have a morphine drip, and I had my cocaine, and I had my (Viagra like pill) Cialis, I had my marijuana, I had the Hennessy.“And I am at my lowest point because I got paranoid and I thought these women were trying to rob me and set me up.“I started beating them. I was in a dark place. There was a purpose, though, because I didn’t want to give them any more of my soul.“So this is my devil, this is where I am, I am locked up alone. There is nobody there telling me that I’m doing too much. “That is the devil, he won. I kicked them all out.“So that was my lowest point. Oh, man. I am just very grateful to be here – my heart should have blown apart.“I was sweating wide awake. No more cocaine. No more. Three years clean.”Tyson is set to return to boxing in September for an exhibition clash with pound-for-pound legend Roy Jones Jr.The 54-year-old will lock horns with Jones in Cali, with reports suggesting both men will wear 12-ounce gloves. Tyson retired from boxing back in 2005 after suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Kevin McBride and Danny Williams.Tags: mike tysonMorphineProstitutesRock bottomlast_img read more

Celtic given tricky tie in UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Red Star drawn away

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Scottish title winners Celtic were given another home draw in the second qualifying round for the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League, but were dealt a potential banana skin.Either Djurgarden or Ferencvaros, champions of Sweden and Hungary respectively, will visit Celtic Park on August 25 or 26, assuming Neil Lennon’s men can first overcome KR Reykjavik the week before. The draw was made on Monday by European football governing body UEFA in Switzerland for the one-off ties, which will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.Only the play-offs for the UEFA Champions League, after the third qualifying round, will be contested on a home and away basis.Celtic, winners of the European Cup in 1967, are one of two former champions in the draw alongside Red Star Belgrade who lifted the trophy in 1991.They will head to either Dinamo Tbilisi or Tirana in qualifying round two, assuming they defeat minnows Europa of Gibraltar in qualifying round one.A total of 17 first qualifying games were drawn on Sunday with a further 13 second qualifying ties determined on Monday. The 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League ends with a final eight tournament in Portugal from Wednesday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CelticDjurgardenFerencvarosUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

AVB: Tottenham still in CL hunt

first_img Adebayor poked home a Clint Dempsey cross in the 83rd minute to earn his side a 2-1 win after Dempsey had cancelled out a third minute opener from Steven Nzonzi for Stoke. Spurs had struggled to fashion a breakthrough despite dominating after Charlie Adams’ 47th minute sending-off, but Adebayor’s strike lifted them back above north London rivals Arsenal, who play their game in hand against Wigan on Tuesday. Villas-Boas said: “It keeps us in the frame and gives us the possibility of making the Champions League so the important thing is the dream is still alive for us.” He added: “We wanted to take it to the last day when we are playing at home, so it was an extremely important win for us for those reasons, and hopefully someone else will slip up. “Arsenal are strong and experienced but it will go down to the wire.” Villas-Boas singled out Dempsey for special praise after the American scored a superb 20th minute equaliser to cancel out Nzonzi’s early strike, then played a crucial role in Adebayor’s winner. Villas Boas said: “He (Dempsey) has been absolutely immense this season with his assisting and his goalscoring and he has sometimes not got the credit he deserves. “He is a hard worker and a very complete athlete and he had an amazing game. It was an extremely good individual performance.” Stoke boss Tony Pulis blamed Adam’s dismissal for his side’s failure to mark their 150th anniversary celebrations with a home win, saying: “It’s disappointing because I watch football day in, day out and you see some challenges that don’t even get bookings, then you see two challenges like that one today getting a sending-off.” Despite the Potters’ defeat, their survival in the top-flight is secure for another season, and Pulis added: “I’m delighted for us to be in the Premier League for a sixth consecutive season. It’s not just what the club have done on the pitch, it’s what the club has achieved behind the scenes as well.” Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas hailed a late winner from Emmanuel Adebayor at the Britannia Stadium which ensured his side’s chase for a UEFA Champions League place will go down to the final day of the season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Donegal move into Ulster final

first_img Ace attackers Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden were not at their best, but nailed the vital scores, each with a five-point haul, that pushed the All-Ireland champions into another provincial decider. They will take on either Monaghan or Cavan next month bidding to become the first team to win the Anglo-Celt Cup three times in a row since Armagh completed a treble in 2006. Donegal led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time, with Donal O’Hare keeping the Mourne men in touch from frees. In the second half, Mark Poland and Jerome Johnston were on target to maintain the Mourne men’s challenge right to the closing stages. But Murphy and McFadden both blasted over long range frees to seal it for Donegal. All-Ireland champions Donegal qualified for their third successive Ulster SFC final with a 0-12 to 0-9 win over Down at Breffni Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sunderland sign Altidore

first_img The 23-year-old arrived on Wearside on Monday to complete a medical and he has now become manager Paolo Di Canio’s sixth signing of the summer. A statement published on Sunderland’s official website,, read: “Sunderland AFC have confirmed the signing of US striker Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.” Press Association Altidore began his career with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls before joining Villarreal in 2008. He spent time on loan at Xerez, Besiktas and Hull – scoring one league goal as the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League in the 2009-10 season. The striker agreed a permanent move to AZ in July 2011 and finished his first campaign in Holland with a haul of 22 goals in all competitions before adding 23 goals for the 2012-13 Eredivisie season, helping the club to a first KNVB Cup in 31 years. Altidore has also scored 17 goals in 60 appearances for his country after making his senior debut in 2007. Having failed to score since November 2011, he ended a lengthy goal drought in an international friendly victory over Germany in Washington DC last month. He joins goalkeeper Vito Mannone, defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielder Cabral and winger David Moberg Karlsson as part of Di Canio’s new-look squad at the Stadium of Light and the club confirmed he is expected to join his new team-mates at their training camp in Italy. center_img Sunderland have completed the signing of American striker Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more