Mixed injury news in Tipp hurling camp

first_imgSeamus Callanan is expected to return to training this week ahead of the Tipperary Senior hurlers’ championship opener against Cork.Speaking at the launch of the Munster GAA championships in Killarney last night manager Michael Ryan is hopeful of a full recovery after the Drum n’Inch clubman missed the league final due to a broken thumb.There are fresh injury concern over Bonner Maher after he pulled a hamstring injury during club action at the weekend and Ryan says he’s seen the physio but the extent of his injury won’t be known for the next 24/48 hours. Niall O’ Meara is also a doubt with back strain Meanwhile Tipperary captain Paudie Maher says the Premier will be out to rectify the result of the league final when they take on Cork in a fortnightlast_img read more

Osinbajo Urges S’Eagles to Overrun Algeria .Algeria FA boss pumps players…

first_imgCOUNTDOWN AGAINST ALGERIAFrom Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja and Femi SolajaIn a surprise visit to the national team training section, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) yesterday charged the Super Eagles to beat Algeriain Saturday’s Russian 2018 qualifier in Uyo, The nation’s number two citizen was accompanied on the visit to the National Stadium, Abuja Practice pitch by Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Uguru Uguru and Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, where he was introduced to the full house Super Eagles 23-man squad led by captain John Mikel Obi in the evening training session in Abuja.While the Super Falcons are preparing for the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 19th November – 3rd December this year, the Super Eagles are getting set for Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against AlgeriaEagles after their workout.He said the Eagles had demonstrated their capability to qualify for Russia 2018 in the aftermath of their 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola, adding that the whole country would support their quest to qualify for the World Cup.“Beating the Zambians in Ndola, I think that was an incredible feat. You have shown that we are certainly going to pull through to the World Cup. We are not just going to get to Russia, we are going to come back with the kind of victory that will stun the world,” Osinbajo said.He added that government would support the aspiration and ensure that the Eagles compete in the best situation possible.“Algeria is going to be a stepping stone. I know that you guys are all set and prepared to go. And frankly I think that we have everything that it takes to win and to win very, very decisively. So we have all our hopes and all of our aspirations and we place them very squarely on your very able and robust shoulders and we will be looking forward to victory.“You are a great team and a disciplined one too. Just following what has happened so far in this world cup qualifier I think you have proved that you are definitely going to make it through.Meanwhile, the President of Algeria Football Federation (AFF), Mohamed Raouraoua, has charged the national team to secure maximum points against Super Eagles on Saturday.Aftermath of the frustrating 1-1 scoreline with visiting Indomitable Lions of Cameroun on Match Day one, the FA boss is of the opinion that only full points against Super Eagles will keep this team in touch with reality of qualification for the tournament in 2018 in Russia.“You have a duty to come back with a positive result from the match against Nigeria. It is mandatory. We must win there,” Raouraoua told the players on Monday, as quoted by Le Buteur.“All the Algerian people are behind you. They support you and hope for a good result in Nigeria. We must not disappoint, it’s all I can say,” added the Algerian FF president.“The World Cup is an important event that should not be missed. You should know that everyone is behind you.”In a related development, the Akwa Ibom State Government has announced that tickets for the match will go for the sums of N1000 and N500 for covered seats and popular side respectively.The Permanent Secretary in the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Nse Edem stated yesterday that: “Given the importance of the match and the high expectation of Nigerians, the match tickets are certainly worth more than what they are being offered.“However, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has charged the Organising Committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren to make the tickets affordable so that we can have a full house to cheer the Super Eagles on the day.”Edem, who is also Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee for the big game, assured that the Akwa Ibom State Government, working in harmony with the NFF will deliver a hitch –free game on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

10TH WOMEN AFCON: Oshoala on Rampage as Falcons Crush Mali 6-0

first_imgGallant Falconets bow out of U-20 World CupBy Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Falcons opened their Women Africa Cup of Nations defence yesterday on a ruthless note, hammering their Malian counterparts 6-0.2014 African Woman Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the last edition of the championship in Namibia, Asisat Oshoala was the star of the Super Falcons. She scored four of the six goals to put Nigeria in perfect control of Group B of the 10th edition of the women AFCON.USA-based Francisca Ordega started the rout with a smart finish from Ugo Njoku’s run down the Malian defence in the 22nd minute. Before that, Oshoala’s darting run and pass in the 15th minute was fluffed by Uchechi Sunday, who wasted a number of opportunities on the day.Four minutes after Ordega’s goal, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde came close after a good move but her chip rocked the upright with the Malian goalie beaten. Five minutes before recess, Oshoala read brilliantly a through pass and beat the goalie before slotting into an empty net for her first and Nigeria’s second.A minute into the second half, Sunday again missed with only the goalie to beat from Faith Ikidi pass, but she made it three from the penalty spot a minute later after Osarenoma Igbinovia was brought down in the box.Thereafter, it became an ‘Oshoala Show’. The introduction of a clever Chioma Wogu for fumbling Sunday worked well for her. In the 62nd minute, Oshoala latched onto a header by Wogu to outrun a defender and the goalkeeper before smashing into the roof of the net, and six minutes later, benefitted from another Wogu pass to meander past two defenders and slot past the goalkeeper.Her fourth, and Nigeria’s sixth, came from another brilliant pass, from captain Rita Chikwelu, with 12 minutes left.The Falcons will certainly meet stronger opposition from Ghana’s Black Queens, whom they play in their next match on Wednesday. However, it was not a good day for Nigeria’s ladies campaigning in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea as the Falconets crashed out of the competition despite defeating Spain 2-1.Falconets flexed their muscles and fought hard before a capacity crowd at the Papua New Guinea Stadium to earn the victory. The match was played under heavy wind conditions that did not help either of the teams as they struggled in the circumstances.The joy of victory was short-lived for the Falconets as Japan’s routing of Canada in the other Group B match meant Japan and Spain advanced and Nigeria would go home. The Nigerian delegation will return home on Wednesday, November 23.Despite the end of the road for the Under-20 ladies, Head Coach of the team, Peter Dedevbo, yesterday evening showered encomiums on the Falconets for winning two out of three matches they played.For Dedevbo, his girls deserve all the accolades because they proved themselves worthy ambassadors of Africa’s most populous nation.The 2014 World Cup silver medal-winning Coach noted that the girls gave their best in flying Nigeria and Africa’s flag but it was unfortunate that they were so cruelly eliminated, despite finishing with the same six points as the two other teams (Japan and Spain) that advanced to the last eight.“Sincerely speaking, you all are stars and I am proud of you. Despite the circumstances, you were not disgraced. We had lofty dreams of making it to the final or even going one better than we took our country in Canada four years ago, but it was not to be. Collectively and individually, we worked towards achieving that goal, but our best could not take us that far,” Dedevbo said.Stand-in captain and scorer of the winning goal, Chiwendu Ihezuo, wept profusely after Nigeria’s early exit.Ihezuo, who won the FIFA Live Your Goals Player of the Match award in the win over Spain, couldn’t control her emotions as she broke down at the post match press conference.The BIIK Zazygurt of Kazakhstan player, with two goals from three games, lamented her inability to actualise her dreams of contesting for the tournament’s golden boot. She was instrumental to Falconets’ presence in Papua New Guinea, scoring seven goals out of the 13 Nigeria recorded during the qualifying series.“I had high hopes for this tournament. I even set a target of six goals for myself, but my dreams have been blown away like dust in the winds. I admit that our predicament today was as a result of the six goals we conceded against Japan. I kept hoping for a turn-around that would see us progress in the competition.“I pushed extra hard. The consolation for my much –desired Golden Boot is this award and I am grateful to God for it,” Ihezuo sobbed. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nigeria Defeats Ghana to Win AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Cup

first_imgSpeaking after the game, IFSS President, Sunil Lalvani said he was satisfied with the quality displayed by both teams.He insisted that the federation would used the Nigerian event as the yardstick for the African tournament to be hosted by Ghana next March.“It was a very competitive game between Nigeria and Ghana. It was a very fantastic game. When Nigeria lost 3-2 to Ghana in the first game I expected Nigeria to fight back and they did just that. Nigeria played with confidence and dominated the encounter,” Lalvani noted.In his own reaction, The Group General Manager, AfriGlobal, Maneesh Garg, heaped praises on both teams for the quality of para-soccer displayed.“I have never seen this kind of energy exhibited by these players in my life. They played well and gave everything to the game. AfriGlobal is very proud to be associated with this sport and will continue to do our best to make it great,” Garg said.The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Aliu Mohammed hinted that the tournament was going to be an annual event with more countries participating in it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria at the weekend defeated Ghana 8-1 in the AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Fiesta at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The competition, which was organised by International Federation for Skate Soccer (IFSS) and co-sponsored by AfriGlobal Group and Binatone, was well attended by the fans.Nigeria came back from one goal down to beat their arch rivals in the returned leg on Saturday. Ghana won the first leg 3-2 in Ghana.last_img read more

LaLiga Signs Regional Partnership with Big Cola Nigeria

first_imgLaLiga and AJEASTNigeria, the makers of Big Cola, have announced the signing of an agreement under which the multinational beverage company has become LaLiga’s latest regional partner in Nigeria.The strategic partnership was announced at a press conference in Lagos, on Thursday April 26th, 2018. Gregory Bolle, LaLiga’s Head of global partnership sales; Mr. Theo Williams, Country Director of AJEAST Nigeria; and Perpetual Ohiri, Marketing Manager Big Cola Nigeria, took center stage at this event. Philip Diwan, CEO of Legacy Sports, Javier Del Rio, LaLiga’s Delegate in Nigeria, and LaLiga Ambassador,Mutiu Adepoju were also among those in attendance.The partnership further reinforces both LaLiga and AJEAST’s continued commitment to consumer satisfaction in Nigeria. Moreover, it will enable the beverage company – who are a major stakeholder in the Nigerian fast moving consumer goodsindustry – to offer its customers access to exclusive content related to the Spanish football competition. Following the signing of the agreement, Gregory Bolle, LaLiga’s Head of Global Partnership Sales, noted: “LaLiga loves Africa and Nigeria is a strategic country for us, because of its fans andnumerous football talents such as Francis Uzoho (Deportivo de la Coruna) and Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas). LaLiga is proud to kick off this partnership with a leading beverage brand such as Big Cola. This partnership will allow our millions of Nigerian LaLiga fans to further engage with the best league in the world. Through this innovative collaboration with Big Cola, we will prove once again that we are committed to becoming closer than ever to our fantastic Nigerian fans.”Meanwhile, Mr. Theo Williams Country Director of AJEAST Nigeria, stated: “We are proud to launch this partnership with LaLiga. This partnership provides us with a remarkable platform to broaden Big Cola’s profile and values, while giving us another opening to create distinctive experiences for football fans all over Nigeria.”Also speaking at the event, Javier Del Rio, LaLiga’s Delegate for Nigeria said “This is another major step for LaLiga in the right direction here in Nigeria. Through this partnership with Big Cola, we´ll be able to bring the best League in the world closer to the Nigerian fans and all the young football talents in the country”Under this agreement, AJEAST Nigeria, will gain access toIntellectual Property and marketing rights, tickets and hospitality deals, merchandising, rights to digital assets and social media, public viewing events for ElClásico, access to trophy tours and exclusive content from the 20 clubs participating in the Spanish top flight league.The partnership reaffirms AJEAST’s status as a major player in the development of football in Nigeria, while further illustrating LaLiga’s successful international expansion in Africato get closer to its Nigerian fans.The partnership with Big Cola continues LaLiga’s commitment to Nigeria, joining projects already taken upby the LaLiga office in Nigeria, such as the MoU signing with the NPFL, the NPFL All-Star Trip to Spain, the Legacy Sports Partnership, the LaLiga – NPFL coaching seminar for Nigerian youth coaches, the NPFL U-15 tournament, the MoU signing with the NWFL, and the official LaLiga in Naija media event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Team Nigeria Back from Special Olympics with 63 Medals

first_imgAt the World Summer Games, athletes from over 190 countries including Nigeria participated in Athletics, Badminton, Unified Basketball, Cycling, Unified Football, Swimming, Table Tennis and Unified Volleyball.Chairman of Special Olympics Nigeria, Gbolade Osibodu expressed his happiness with the performance of the team.“I am proud to inform you that we returned home with 63 medals, 32 gold, 21 silver, and 10 bronze medals.These numbers may sound odd but in Special Olympics we celebrate individual athletes and not the event.Therefore, the medals are not counted as per sport but as per athletes,” he noted.Osibodu said he was very grateful to the coaches, caregivers and the medical personnel for their dedication and hard work.He also extended his appreciation to all the sponsors of SONigeria like, Union Bank of Nigeria PLC, Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Globacom Limited and others for making the game a reality for the athletes with intellectual disability.“Parents should involve their children and encourage them to participate in Special Olympic Games ahead of upcoming competition locally and internationally,” Osibodu concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okpuzor EzekielSpecial Olympics Nigeria (SON) athletes returned victorious from the 2019 World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi with 63 medals.At a welcome reception held in their honour on Tuesday in Lagoa, the athletes and officials were celebrated for being resilient, tenacious and exhibiting good sportsmanship. Team Nigeria cricketers celebrates a wicketlast_img read more

Ighalo Unfazed by Eagles’ Scoring Problem

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has played down the Super Eagles’ goal drought ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.The Super Eagles have scored once in their last two matches, but Ighalo has backed the team’s striking department.The China-based striker has been included in the 23-man Nigeria squad which will compete in the continental tournament in Egypt. “Everyone can give their opinion on the team but what I know is that this team will surprise everyone at the Afcon because we have the quality to go all the way,” Ighalo told Goal.“For us as a team, we will keep working hard and ensure we give our best at all time especially at the Afcon where all eyes will be on us. I don’t think we have any problem with our strikers and they are not suffering from any dip in form.“We have been working hard as a team to bring smiles back to the faces of Nigerians and hopefully when we get to the tournament proper we will start scoring goals that we haven’t scored in recent matches,” he added.“We are confident that Eagles will shine in Egypt but we have the utmost respect for our opponents.”last_img read more

IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare Seeks Second Win in Birmingham

first_imgAll eyes will however be on Okagbare over the 200m on Sunday following her incredible run at the Prefontaine Classics in Stanford last June when she scorched to a 22.05 seconds personal season’s best to defeat a stellar cast that included 2016 Olympics 100,200m champion, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Nigeria-born Bahrainian, Salwa Eid Naser and Flying Dutchwoman, Dafne Schippers.Okagbare will however face a sterner test this time around as she battles Asher-Smith and Schippers again as well as Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo for the $10,000 cash and maximum eight points on offer.Others listed are Fraser-Pyrce who has come back stronger following child birth and another Jamaican, Bryant Dezerea.A win for the Nigerian will see her confirm her place in the final of the event at the end of the month at the Weltklasse in Zurich.For sprint hurdler, Amusan, this will be her first race in Birmingham and she will be looking to benefit from the impending duel between reigning world champion, Kendra Harisson of the USA and the fastest woman over the distance so far this year, Jamaica’s Danielle Williams.Amusan holds a personal best of 12.49 seconds achieved this year and a perfect race on Sunday could see her move closer or break Gloria Alozie’s 12.44 seconds African record.The petite hurdler has qualified for the final of the event for the second consecutive year and a good race on Sunday will give her the confidence to cause an upset early September when the final holds at the Memmorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former African sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be seeking her second win at the Müller Grand Prix in Birmigham, United Kingdom on Sunday when the IAAF Diamond League train makes its 11th of scheduled 14 stops this year.Six years ago, the tall, fair-skinned and beautiful Nigerian ran 22.55 seconds to win the 200m event ahead of 2012 Olympics 100m queen, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce (22.72).Since then, the best the 2014 Commonwealth Games double sprint queen has achieved in Birmingham was her third place finish (11.18) over the 100m two years ago. Okagbarelast_img read more

Morton on IL with inflamed shoulder, Alvarado rejoins Rays

first_img The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder.The move Monday came one day after Morton (1-1, 5.40 ERA) was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. The 36-year-old Morton, an All-Star in 2018 and 2019, went 16-6 last year in his first season with Tampa Bay.The Rays filled the roster opening by reinstating lefty reliever José Alvarado from the paternity list.Image credits: AP Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 12:03 IST Morton On IL With Inflamed Shoulder, Alvarado Rejoins Rays The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder First Published: 11th August, 2020 12:02 ISTlast_img read more