Enyimba in Must-win Decider against Congo’s CARA Brazzaville

first_imgThey will both end on 10 points and the result of the clash between third-placed Williamsville AC and Djoliba in Abidjan may create problem if the Ivorien hosts win, they too will end on 10 points from their present seven.That will mean all three teams finishing the Group C matches on 10 points each, a situation that would require the head-to-head rule to decide the two teams to progress to the quarter finals.Both CARA Brazzaville and Williamsville defeated Enyimba to have the edge.However, Enyimba Coach, Usman Abdallah, has assured Aba fans not to panic as they are not under pressure of any kind going into today’s last group game.Similarly, top star Austin Oladapo reecho his gaffer’s assurance to Nigerians going into this evening decider, insisting that Enyimba will not disappoint in the pursuit of reaching the quarter-final of the CAF Confederation Cup.Having lost 3-0 their first leg in Brazzaville, the midfielder insists that his side is not only keen on earning a passage to the next phase but will also avenge their initial defeat.“We lost to them in Brazzaville and now have the chance to get our own revenge.“Though we are second in the group, we will not leave anything to chances against CARA. They need to win desperately because nobody is sure what the other result will be in Abidjan.“We must get the job done for the sake of all football loving Nigerians. We are aware that a lot depend on this game, so we will go all out to get the maximum points,” concludes Oladapo.In Group B, RSB Berkane and Al Masry have already qualified for the quarter-finals, This evening games of the group are almost dead rubbersRSB Berkane and Al Masry will be battling to finish as Group B leaders as they prepare for their respective matches against UD Songo and Al Hilal.With 10 points, one ahead of second-placed Al Masry, a win for Berkane will assure them of top spot at the end of this last round group matches.Songo is winless in this campaign and have three points, all from draws in their last three matches against Al Masry and Al Hilal twice.In Port Said, Al Masry will also know that victory over Sudanese giants Al Hilal will boost their chances of ending this group campaign at the top.But the Egyptians will have to pray for Berkane to draw or lose to Songo if they are to finish as Group B leaders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeEnyimba needs an outright win against Congo’s CARA Brazzaville this evening to ensure qualification of the lone Nigerian team in continental campaign this season for the quarter final of the CAF Confederation Cup.Playing in the team’s fortress in Aba for the first time in three years, the People’s Elephant will need a convincing win to avoid crashing out on head-to-head rule of the competition should the visitors hold them to a draw.last_img read more

Chronicle of Past Administrative Hitches in Nigeria Football

first_imgNigeria’s rising football profile suffered a momentary slip on Tuesday when FIFA hammer fell on Nigeria due to administrative lapses in the final dead rubber group match against Algeria. In this report, Femi Solaja looks back into previous lapses that had set the nation back IICC Shooting Stars versus TP Mazembe of Congo DR Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram (African Champions Cup competition second leg match in Ibadan in 1980)  The Nigerian representatives had lost 1-2 in Lubumbashi a fortnight earlier and only needed a goal to reach the semi final of the competition in Ibadan. The match was delayed for three hours following the inability of the home team to produce the CAF license of the players because the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) forgot the documents in Lagos. Each member of the Nigeria team had to be photographed with the centre referee. Shooting Stars lost the match on penalties after winning 2-1 score line to drag the game into shoot out.IICC Shooting Stars versus Zamalek of Egypt (Final match of African Champions Cup in 1984)It was in similar vein that the Ibadan outfit was rendered impotent after learning on final match day that the highly dependable left winger, Felix Owolabi, was ineligible to play in the crucial return leg match of the 1984 Africa Champions Cup match against Zamalek.The 1989 Two-year Ban of Nigeria from Age-grade Competitions (Mix up in ages of Samson Siasia, Andrew Uwe and Dahiru Sadi)FIFA did not find the mix up in the ages filled in the passports used by Samson Siasia, Andrew Uwe and Dahiru Sadi funny at the men’s football tournament of 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. They were different from the earlier ages in their data for the FIFA’s Under-20 tournaments in Russia.  Nigeria was handed an outright ban. The ban affected the country’s hosting of the under-aged competition scheduled for 1991.Forgotten Jerseys for the Nigeria versus B’Faso Game at Sports-city In 1991, Nigeria needed to defeat Burkina Faso to qualify for the AFCON edition to be hosted by Senegal the following year. The late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, as the then Chief of General Staff was the special guest of honour at the mainbowl of the National Stadium in Lagos. After two hours of delay, Super Eagles appeared in make-shift pants because the then NFA official in charge of kits left the jerseys at the team’s camp at Obasanjo Farm Otta. The players’ track down had to be cut with scissors for the match to go ahead. Although Nigeria won the tie 7-1 to reach the finals of the tournament, the then Sports Minister, Major General Yohanna Kure, came down hard on football federation with the dissolution of the board led by former Unipetrol Managing Director, Alhaji Yusuf Ali while Secretary General, Momodu Kadiri was relieved of his job. Age Mix up Leading to the Disqualification of Seven Golden Eaglets at African Under-17 Championship (Mali 1995)Nigeria failed to go beyond the group stage of the competition following the disqualification of seven key members of the squad on the ground of being over-aged.NFA officials saddled with compiling the final list sent to CAF muddled up the job withlots of typographical errors. Players who passport ages did not tally with what was in the list were disqualified from the competition.After an inquiry into the immediate and remote cause of the disastrous outing, the then Head of International Department, Bolaji Ojo-Oba was redeployed from the football house back to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. Golden Eaglets Passports Forgotten in Lagos for African Qualifier against Benin Rep at IbadanNigeria secured a useful goalless outing in Cotonou and looked forward to consolidating on the return leg match in Ibadan two weeks later but due to another administrative ineptitude, NFA officials forgot the International passports of the players in Lagos.The error was discovered barely an hour to the match. Then Oyo State Military Administrator, Chinyere Ike Nwosu ordered his pilot car to race to Lagos to fetch the documents from NFA’s Ogunlana Drive Secretariat in Surulere.  But the Beninoise who knew the implication of such slip, refused to play when the documents arrived long after the kick off time of the match. CAF disqualified both Nigeria and Benin Republic.Enyimba’s Narrow Escape through Boardroom Intervention in 2003The Nigerian representatives defeated Ismail FC of Egypt on aggregate 2-1 in the final of the 2003 African Champions Cup competition but few weeks after the presentation of trophy to the Aba team, news filtered in that the Egyptian club had filed protest against the Nigerian club for fielding second half substitute, Yaro Yaro who was not properly transferred from Kano Pillars same season. But CAF ignored the protest in a bit to avoid bad marketing for its premier African club competition. Nigeria Failed to Qualify to Play at the 2006 World Cup in Germany Due to Poor Interpretation of Head-to-head RuleInability of the then NFA officials to interpret the head-to-head rules concerning the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup in Germany cost Super Eagles the trip to the Mundial and Ibrahim Galadima’s second term bid as NFA chairman.Not until the last minutes, the ‘egg-heads’ in the football house held on to the belief that Nigeria was ahead of Angola on goal difference should both teams clash in Kano end barren. Angola progressed to Germany having won the first leg in Luanda 1-0.Same head-to-head rule knocked out Enugu Rangers same year from the newly created CAF Confederation Cup competition.last_img read more

BVI government urged to expedite recovery process

first_imgTORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – A senior British government official ended a visit to the British Overseas Territory urging Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith to “expedite the recovery” of the hurricane battered island.A government statement said the director for the Overseas Territories in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ben Merrick, ended a visit here after “a full program of meetings and visits” including holding talks with Smith, the opposition as well as members of the private sector.Merrick’s visit followed an earlier one by Lord Ahmad in July “to assess the progress of recovery following the devastating hurricanes of 2017”.The island was among several Caribbean countries battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria when the storms hit the Lesser Antilles last year, causing deaths and widespread damage.The statement said that Merrick’s visit was also to discuss recent international requirements on the financial services industry and the long-term vision, and to ascertain the progress on implementing the governance measures to which the government has committed itself.Merrick said had “the privilege to meet many committed people during my time in the Virgin Islands and have been struck by both the beauty of the Territory and the determination and resilience of its people to work towards its reconstruction.“I am humbled by the commitment of the many public servants who continue to work and live in very difficult conditions, whilst they work towards rebuilding the Territory.  The extent and breadth of the work needed to rebuild the Territory cannot be underestimated.“There are though evidently many challenges which remain, and I have urged the premier and his Cabinet to expedite recovery,” Merrick said, adding that the United Kingdom “remains ready to support the Virgin Islands through the £300 million (One British Pound =US$1.29 cents) loan guarantee.”Merrick said the Parliament giving approval to the Recovery and Development Plan, he hopes that “we will see rapid progress as the government tasks the Recovery and Development Agency to implement the Government’s priorities as outlined in the Recovery and Development Plan”.He said he was also pleased “to see the government’s progress towards transparency and accountability.“Publication of Cabinet decisions had been an important first step,” he said, welcoming Premier Smith’s commitment to publishing a new Ministerial Code before the end of the month.“This would show the Virgin Islands leading the way,” the statement said, adding that he was welcomed the positive engagement of business leaders and the financial services industry and their commitment to the Territory’s economic development.last_img read more

IBF orders Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez Title Fight

first_imgTeofimo Lopez secured a guaranteed title shot upon his latest win, though admitting there were personal and emotional issues in need of resolution before moving forward with such a fight.He now has 30 days in order to keep his place in line.The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has formally ordered a mandatory title fight between defending champ Richard Commey and Lopez, the unbeaten number-one contender. Both athletes and their respective promoters were notified on Friday morning via official company letter, a copy of which has been obtained by BoxingScene.com.The two sides are granted a 30-day free negotiations period to come to terms. A deadline of Sept. 7th is in place, at which point a purse bid hearing will be called and open to all IBF-registered promoters.Either party can call for a purse been hearing at any time during the negotiation window, although both would be best served to take the allotted time frame in full.Commey (29-2, 26KOs) won the title in a crushing 2nd round knockout of Isa Chaniev this past February in Frisco, Texas. The same show also saw Lopez (14-0, 11KOs)—a New York-bred product who represented Honduras in the 2016 Rio Olympics —in his first fight after being named the 2018 Prospect of the Year by BoxingScene.com.A one-sided stoppage win over Diego Magdaleno that evening advanced him from undefeated prospect to rising contender, further enhanced by a knockout victory over Edis Tatli just two months later.Both victories provided Lopez with dealer’s choice on which alphabet title to pursue. He chose the IBF, which led to a title eliminator versus Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani. Lopez prevailed via 12-round decision in the July 19 ESPN+ headliner, his toughest test to date.Afterward, he publicly admitted unresolved familial issues which impact his career—he is trained by his father Teofimo Sr., while his mother Jenny is an integral part of the team as well—as he hopes to resolve such matters during this time of reflection.The IBF-imposed deadline only adds to that pile.Commey has fought once since his title win, an 8th round stoppage of former titlist Rey Beltran this past June in Temecula, Calif. The ESPN headliner was a consolation prize as a lost opportunity to pursue a unification bouts with two-belt claimant Vasiliy Lomachenko.Such a bout was in the cards heading into his vacant title fight with Chaniev, only for Commey to suffer a hand injury during the brief affair to put him on the shelf for nearly two months.Such a fight could still be in play.Lomachenko will face England’s Luke Campbell in an Aug. 31 bout with three belts at stake. Commey holds the last chip and is prepared to defend versus Lopez first, with the winners of both bouts to be groomed for a clash in early 2020 to declare an undisputed lightweight champion.Top Rank promotes Lomachenko and Lopez, while also involved with Commey whose career is guided by primary promoter Lou DiBella, manager Michael Amoo-Bediako and recently added adviser Keith Connolly.Should Lopez opt out of a title fight, a new mandatory will be ordered against the next highest ranked available contender. Such a development would provide Commey with a short window of opportunity to file for an exception, namely the Lomachenko-Campbell winner.Unification bouts are among the few exceptions granted by sanctioning bodies in lieu of mandatory defenses, though often with written assurance from the defending titlist that’s such obligations are met in the next title defense.Needless to say, the next 30 days should prove very interesting for all involved parties.last_img read more

Mahatma Otoo calls for unity in Hearts of Oak camp

first_imgFormer Hearts of Oak striker Mahatma Otoo has called on the current management of Hearts of Oak to involve old management members in the day to day running of the club.Hearts have endured a torrid spell both on and off the pitch in recent seasons with the Phobians escaping relegation only by a superior head to head record only last season.The start to this season has also been abysmal for the Phobians losing pre season friendlies and missing out on reported transfer targets.Mahatma believes expertise of old management could be pivotal in overturning the fortunes of the club“I follow the progress of Hearts of Oak and it hasn’t gone so well. They were almost relegated last season and they are petty problems as at now,” Mahatma told Joy Sports”The current management of the team have to involve their predecessors. Those who were there and have the run the team before.” “You have to involve them in the day to day running of the club because they have been there and they have faced such problems before and they knew how to come out of it.”I think they are the best people needed now, they need to be united and Hearts of Oak will return to its glory days.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. quietly announces he’ll drive Xfinity race at Darlington

first_imgAlthough Earnhardt retired from full-time driving after the 2017 Cup Series season, he announced — in a very low-key way — that he’ll compete Aug. 31 in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington.He made the announcement as part of a thread that started with a tweet from Joe Gibbs Racing about Martin Truex Jr.’s paint scheme. Blink as Twitter River rolled by and you may have missed Dale Earnhardt Jr. announce Friday that he’ll be in the driver’s seat for a NASCAR race in 2019.And he’ll do it at an iconic track. Related News Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 100-foot yacht now for sale Come to @TooToughToTame this year. I’m running the @XfinityRacing race.— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 1, 2019Earnhardt drove an Xfinity race in September 2018 at Richmond, finishing fourth in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. But he’s an analyst for NBC’s NASCAR coverage now.He explained his decision to run this year at Darlington Raceway to NBC Sports: “(I’m) running it because of the throwback campaign they started there. I want to be part of it. I think it’s important.”Earnhardt also said he has a “cool throwback” planned for that race, details will come later.last_img read more

26 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our listening area — Iowa’s coronavirus death toll hits 500

first_imgWorth Floyd2 Butler12 Cerro Gordo253 Kossuth3 Kossuth Hancock151 Kossuth102 Hancock3 Worth Area Total833 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Winnebago RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total2 Franklin102 Wright14218 Franklin5 Cerro Gordo1 Floyd1 Wright Winnebago91 Worth3 Franklin1 Floyd10 Hancock Mitchell Area Total9 Mitchell Floyd18 Hospitalized Area Total25425 Mitchell4 DES MOINES — 26 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our immediate listening area in the 24-hour time period from 11:00 AM Wednesday to 11:00 AM this morning.18 of those new cases are in Wright County, while three more cases have been reported in Cerro Gordo, two each in Franklin and Kossuth, and one in Hancock. One case that had been in Winnebago County’s tally has been moved to another county.The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in our listening area is now at 254  — 142 in Wright; 25 in Cerro Gordo; 18 in Floyd; 15 each in Butler and Hancock; 11 in Winnebago; 10 each in Franklin and Kossuth; five in Mitchell; and three in Worth.Three more people in our area have recovered to make the overall total of 83.The state’s overall death toll from COVID-19 is at 500 after 15 more deaths being reported in the same 24-hour time period between 11:00 AM Wednesday and 11:00 AM today. 266 more cases have been reported for a total of 18,256. 317 more Iowans have recovered for a total of 10,176. Cerro Gordo1 Wright Wright182 Mitchell5 Winnebago11-1 Hancock4 Franklin Butler2 Winnebago Worth3 Cerro Gordo15 Butler15 Butler Kossuth Deathslast_img read more

Copalis Beach Added to Recreational Razor Clam Digs in April

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Copalis Beach has been added to the previously announced tentative April razor clam opener. We appreciate your patience as we conducted one additional set of marine toxin tests to ensure the clams are safe to eat. The results are expected no later than April 16. The results of the first round of required testing are below. The specific details of the tentative upcoming opener are:April 19, Thursday, 9:46 a.m.; -0.9 feet; MocrocksApril 20, Friday, 10:37 a.m.; -0.7 feet; MocrocksApril 21, Saturday, 11:34 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 1 p.m.)April 22, Sunday, 12:38 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 2 p.m.)More information can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.htmllast_img read more

An afternoon for João Félix

first_imgThe cholo Y Lopetegui they fight for the same. Positions Champions. The 3rd that this Friday occupied the Athletic, this Saturday is from Seville. A Seville that, after Madrid, he is the second best visitor (seven victories). The Pizjuán pitos because in addition to winning he wants his team to like it, and not to disconnect at times. Travel to Madrid with three goalkeepers and all doubts about Vaclik’s knee. He trained, traveled, but to see how he is, if it is to play. Bondexrojiblanco, it doesn’t matter. Another ex, Óliver, will not play by penalty. Neither Fernando, for injury. The other pivot, Gudelj, is a yellow of the fifth and the next is the derby. Eye. Banega could have minutes after not.The one who sure will have them is Llorente: Thomas does not play, is sanctioned. Y Llorente every time he plays he does better, more settled. With the bands for I gave it Y Trippier and right for belt, it is essential, the weapons of the Cholo are called Morata, will be João. Winning Sevilla, the best preparation for Anfield. But that, you have to beat him. In the Metropolitan only the Barça He did it this season. When João Felix He jumped on Friday to train on the hill, his legs were worth ten million less than in summer. At least that is how the website said it specialized Transfermarkt. Thursday updated the market values ​​of the players and the Portuguese fell from 100 to 90. There are causes: that in the Atleti, except the preseason and, two games ago, before the Villarreal, has been only flashes. As bright as ephemeral.This Saturday returns to eleven o’clock Cholo. He has not started since January. But today it is in a battle of those who choose a season. A final against Sevilla three days before what will be Anfield. João he must show if he is prepared for these battles, as the 127 million paid by him said. In addition to Maradonian plays, believe, change the game. Win over Seville It’s more than three points. Is he goal average. 1-1 remained in the first round.last_img read more

Ravena says NLEX ‘can’t panic’ amid slide

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations It wasn’t the kind of start the Road Warriors had envisioned especially after coming off a semifinals run in the Philippine Cup.And although the Road Warriors have been in a heap, rookie Kiefer Ravena said they shouldn’t be in panic but rather they should start playing with a sense of urgency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We can’t panic, we just have to work through this maybe what we should have is a sense of urgency more than panic,” said Ravena in Filipino after a 116-94 loss to GlobalPort Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“If you panic you won’t know what you’re supposed to do. We still have to be in control, we still have to be on top of our minds and think of the things we did when we won our first game, last conference, the things we did when we got to the semifinals.” NLEX’ 22-point loss against the Batang Pier was its worst this conference, eclipsing the 123-103 setback it suffered at the hands of Columbian in its opening game.Ravena said the Road Warriors have been trying to do too much instead of just letting the game come to them.“I guess we’re trying too hard, we’re not having fun,” said Ravena. “We want to do so much and end up staying away from our system.”ADVERTISEMENT Getting cut, playing in ABL motivated Javelona to get PBA call-up MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES NLEX has been in a rough patch in the early part of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup having lost four of its first five games.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more