Friday, 19 January 2018

Sports

Ugboaja Ejike has been elected as the players' representative on the incoming board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation. The election which was held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Abuja National stadium on Tuesday also saw Adamu Janlong emerge as the Technical Representative.

Super Eagles of Nigeria geared up for their upcoming friendly game against Corsica and Togo by observing their first training session in France.

Reports from Eagles camp in France said all the players are in fine form, with Henry Onyekuru being the star man during training with his twinkle toes helping him to evade his markers with ease, particularly when he was up against William Troost-Ekong.

Manchester United FC have joined the people of Manchester in mourning those who lost their lives in an explosion that rocked a musical concert at Manchester Arena. Flags at Old Trafford are now flying at half-mast. 

It was all fun at the Palace of the Ooni of Ife Kingdom as the South West States Football Forum blaze the trail and rolled out plans to take football development in the region to the next level. 

The highly colourful ceremony  which was hosted by the Ooni of Ife Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll had in attendance top sports (football)  administrators, coaches, former internationals, and stakeholders from across the country, especially from the South West States. 

Speaking at the event, Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation who doubles as the Chairman of the Osun State Football Association, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi said the idea of having a common front in the area of football development in the South West was raised by the Ooni of Ife Kingdom, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll.

Former National team Coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, who spoke on the gains ahead called for total commitments.

Former Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation who is also a Member the House of Representatives, Alhaja Ayo Omidiran stressed the importance of women involvement.

The 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Barrister Seyi Akinwumi stressed the need for genuine love and unity among people from the region. 

The Chairman of the Ondo State Football Association who is also a Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Otunba  Dele Ajayi while thanking God and all the stakeholders for making the event a huge success, said all hands are on deck as the region targets lasting legacies. 

High point of the event was the unveiling of the Oodua Youth League trophy by His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll.

The Royal Father who could not hide his joy and happiness commended the organisers of the event saying it will go a long way in bringing back the lost glory of the region in the world of football as well as foster strong unity and love. 

Oba Ogunwusi who called on all sons and daughters of the Yoruba race and the country at large to live in harmony at all times, warned against hypocrisy and backbiting. 

The Traditional Ruler who expressed his absolute support for the project to take football development to the next level in the region unveiled the Oodua youth league trophy to the glory of God and the benefits of mankind.

The State of Osun (Osun State) was announced as the 1st beneficiary of the NFF secretariats to be built in all states of the federation just as the former Chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency, Mr Akin Akinbobola emerged as the Coordinating Secretary of the South West States Football Forum. 

Members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club led by its President General, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo were on hand to entertain the crowd and add glamour to the event. 

The South West States Football Forum led by Chairmen of each state football association is poised to take football development in the region to the next level with programmes which include the Oodua Youth League, Women's League and the World Cup amongst others. 

The immediate past Chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency, Prince Dapo Ajibade who commended the initiative expressed his beliefs that all the dreams will come true.

The General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club,  Rasheed Sodiya Balogun said the move has placed the region above others in terms of vision for development. 

The event also had in attendance President of the Nigeria Football Referees Association, Chief Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Women League, Aisha Falode, Board Member of the Nigeria Women League, Kemi Adesanya, former board member of the NFA, Elder Dickson Adejube, immediate past Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports in Ondo State, Dayo Awude and former Chairman of the Ondo State Football Association, Dele Ogungbemi, former Green Eagles and Super Eagles players, Felix Owolabi and Mutiu Adepoju to mention only but few. 

No doubt, this positive move to take football development to the next level in the South Western States of Nigeria will open more doors of good things to come now and the nearest future.

Manchester United have won the Europa League for the first time in their history, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Wednesday's final in Stockholm.

 

Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured the trophy and a route back into the Champions League group stage for next season, while bringing some joy to fans in what has been a deeply difficult week for the English city.

The Red Devils' deserved victory was earned on an emotional night following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, United's fans were allowed a measure of celebration as Jose Mourinho's side won in comfort.

Manager Jose Mourinho, who last won this trophy with Porto in 2003, spoke before the game of how United players were struggling to put the tragedy at home out of their minds.

But they were the better side in the opening exchanges and were good value for the lead given to them through Pogba's deflected shot.

Ajax, who were in their first European final since losing to Juventus in the Champions League in 1996, lacked the attacking precision that saw them score five goals across two legs against both Schalke and Lyon and they were 2-0 down shortly after the interval as Mkhitaryan netted his sixth goal in the competition this season.

Wayne Rooney made a brief appearance as a substitute with a minute of normal time left and the game won, being handed the captain's armband by Antonio Valencia on what could well be his farewell appearance for United.

And as the final whistle sounded and United's celebrations began, chants of "Manchester" rang around the Friends Arena in tribute to those who died and were injured in the attack which cast a shadow over this showpiece occasion.

Wednesday's Europa League triumph makes Manchester United the fifth team to claim the full quota of European trophies, joining an illustrious list with Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

FIFA/CAF Advisor and former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation are among resource persons delivering papers at the 2-day Football Coaching Clinic organized by Federal Minisry of Youth and Sport, South/West zone one.

According to the Zonal Coordinator of the zone Mr Yemi Usikaye, the soccer workshop tagged ‘Modern Tactical Approach in Football’ has commenced on Wednesday 24th at the Indoor Sports Hall of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Ibadan and would end on Thursday 25th.

Chief Adegboye Onigbinde would deliver lecture of Modern approach to tactical football on Thursday while Prof Babatunde Asagba of the University of Ibadan was scheduled to talk on ‘an approach of FIFA
Laws with emphasis on technical laws’.

Other lecturers at the workshop included Dr. Felix Owolabi who taught the participants on ‘Developing football basic skills in young
players, while Dr. Ojo-Oba is to talk on Politics in sports with particular reference to football administration in Nigeria, as Dr. I.O Ladipo also of the premier University spoke on the subject titled Relationship Among Players, Coaches and Referees Before, During and
After Match.

The Head Coach of the zone, Mr. Oguntayo Adedayo who is coordinating the event commended the turnout of the participants for the workshop, saying the training was conceptualized by the new Zonal Coordinator of the zone Mr. Usikaye as part of the 'Train The Trainers' programmes he lined
up for each sport in the zone.

The Confederation of African Football has appointed Tunisian arbiter, Youssef Essrayri as the referee for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo.

Essrayri, 40, who became an international referee five years ago, will be assisted by compatriots Yamen Melloulchi (Assistant Referee 1), Hassen Abdelali (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Mohamed Kordi (Fourth Official).

The match commissioner is Andy Quamie from Liberia and Kotey Alexander Neeque from Ghana will be referee assessor.

The encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, 10th June will open the curtain on the qualifying race in Group E for Cameroon 2019, with only the group winners guaranteed slots at the finals. Libya and Seychelles are the other teams in the pool.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles had their first training session in Ajaccio on Wednesday morning, ahead of Friday’s friendly match against the Corsica Senior Team at the Stade Francois Coty.

Expected at the team’s Best Western Hotel camp by Wednesday night are Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu.

An interesting game is at hand for the three –time African champions, against a team that has only lost once in the nine matches it has played since forming a squad in 1967.

The only defeat the Corsica Senior Team has suffered was a 0-1 reverse to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a friendly in Bastia on May 14, 1998. The Lions were then preparing for the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.

The only time Corsica had played 1998 FIFA World Cup champions France was in February 1967, and the former won 2-0.   

 

CORSICA’S ACCOUNT

28 Feb 1967 France 0 Corsica 2 (Marseille)

14 May 1998 Corsica 0 Cameroon 1 (Bastia)

6 June 2009 Corsica 1 Congo 1 (Ajaccio)

19 May 2010 Corsica 2 Brittany 0 (Ajaccio)

21 May 2010 Corsica 1 Gabon 1 (Bastia)

31 May 2011 Corsica 1 Bulgaria 0 (Ajaccio)

24 May 2012 Corsica 2 A Squadrra Internaziunale 2 (Ajaccio)

29 May 2015 Corsica 1 Burkina Faso 0 (Bastia)

27 May 2016 Corsica 1 Basque Country 1 (8-9 penalties) (Ajaccio)                                 

 

Sam Allardyce has stepped down as Crystal Palace's manager, five months after replacing Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.

The 62-year-old guided the club to Premier League safety after difficult start at Selhurst Park.

Allardyce, popularly known as 'Big Sam', only joined the club on December 23 on a two-and-a-half-year deal

Allardyce confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday evening and insisted: 'I have no ambitions to take another job'

Big Sam, who had an ill-fated one-game spell as England boss, led Crystal Palace to eight wins in 21 games to guide them to a 14th-place finish.