Published in Foreign Written by August 08 2018 0

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and a host of major champions began preparations Monday in open practice rounds for the spotlight of super group pairings at the 100th PGA Championship.

 

An elite field gathers at Bellerive Country Club for the year’s final major tournament with three-time major winner Jordan Spieth trying to complete a Career Grand Slam.

 

What Spieth will be specifically looking for when he tees it up in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club this week, is the career Grand Slam. He won the Masters and the U.S. Open three years ago—both before turning 22—and last year’s Open Championship a week before he turned 24.

 

The victory at Birkdale was the 13th of his professional career—11 in PGA Tour events plus two Australian Opens. Had he won the PGA at Quail Hollow three weeks later he would have joined golf’s most elite club. Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods can claim to have won all four of the modern majors. (Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam in 1930 consisted of the U.S. and British Opens and the U.S. and British Amateurs).

 

While 14-time major champion Woods trying to end a 10-year major victory drought in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery.

 

Add on-form McIlroy, a four-time major winner who was a runner-up at the Open Championship, plus reigning major champion Patrick Reed from the Masters, two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka and reigning Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari of Italy and it’s clear to see why expectations are high for a thrill-packed final major of 2018.

 

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

The CAASABA 2018 has come and gone it is left, to be seen what the Nigerian Athletics Federation have learnt from the various challenges, and hitches that came with it.

The Arrival period and opening day encountered too many difficulties, from miscommunication to alleged abandonment of some National Teams at the Airport even down to no proper arrangements for journalists, this has led to widespread criticism by both local and international bodies. 

Another amazing experience was the falling of the Tank which supplied water to the swimming pools, This challenges faced has also been escalated in many ways which has also dented the Nations Image even as they seek to bid for the Worlds athletics championships.

Solomon Ogba came out to refute some of the claims categorically calling the media agents who reported some of the news as “blind” and he also added that the Tank fell a 100m from the stadium in an area under construction. The question still remains has Nigeria not got what it takes to Host Africa in one city? How then will they want to host the world in 2023.

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

True to their pre-championship boasts, Kenya have won the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018, which ended yesterday.
 
The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively.

 

The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

South Africa, who hosted and won the last edition in Durban, won a total of 30 medals made up of nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Team Nigeria got 19 medals made up of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Morocco, Ethiopia, Cote d’ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana followed in that order.

Published in Foreign Written by August 06 2018 0

Manchester City once again proved that they are the team to beat as they eased past Chelsea to win the FA Community Shield. The Citizens won 2-0 with Sergio Aguero scoring both the goals for the defending Premier League champions.

 

Chelsea were a lot better than they were last season but just not good enough to stop Manchester City. Sarri can be proud of his team for trying hard but the end product was poor and there were a lot of misplaced passes as well.

 

There were two goals for the predatory Sergio Aguero – the first being his 200thfor City – but it was the manner of their construction, and the architects of them, that was so impressive. On both occasions City carved through Chelsea.

Phil Foden, the great young hope at still just 18, created the first and also released Aguero with the pass of the match – a wonderful wedged ball through with back-spin to bring it back to the striker – while John Stones continued his imperious form from the World Cup, just three weeks to the day after returning from Russia, and Bernardo Silva looked like a player trying to prove a point. The only disappointment was an indifferent performance from £60million signing Riyad Mahrez and the confirmation, if any were needed, that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is not going to be challenging Ederson for his place.

The three biggest Hit players of the game was:

1.     Sergio Aguero:  Easily the man of the match today. The Argentine scored his 200th and 201st goal for Manchester City today and they were enough to see his side ease past Chelsea.

 

2.     Bernado Silva: After the big summer signing from Monaco last summer, he could only show a glimpse of himself but, in this game he showed his true colours. He was running the show for City and was finding gaps out of nowhere. He gave the Chelsea side a tough time and there was nothing any Chelsea player could do to stop him.

3.      Willy Caballero: Surprised that Willy Caballero is a hit? Well, I am too. Before the game kicked off, no one would have expected him to be one of the best players on the pitch for Chelsea.

After Callum Hudson-Odoi, it was Caballero who impressed for The Blues. He made numerous saves to keep the score respectable for Chelsea today.

There was nothing he could do for both the goals as they were defensive mistakes and Aguero made the most of it.

 

 

As for the three Biggest flops, it was a no-brainer:

1.      David Luiz: Once again, David Luiz has proved that he just cannot play in a two-man defense. The Brazilian is out of position more often than not and leaves the opponent strikers unmarked all the time.

2.      Marcos Alonso:  if there is one player in the Chelsea squad who is not fit for SarriBall, it has to be Marcos Alonso. There was nothing the Spanish defender was able to do right today.

He could not defend, he could not pass, and it takes him 5 crosses to get one right. Emerson Palmieri needs to be given a chance from the next game.

3.      Alvaro Morata:  Alvaro Morata just can't catch a break. The Spanish striker was unable to do anything (again!) today and was clearly making things difficult for Pedro and Hudson-Odoi.

He was not creating chances nor was he able to link up with his teammates. There was no intent from him today to score and, if things continue like this, he might be warming the bench more often than not this season.

 

Published in Foreign Written by August 06 2018 0

Man Utd are set to complete a £60m move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in the next 48 hours, says the Sunday Mirror.

The Red Devils had previously been unwilling to meet Spurs' £75m valuation of the 29-year-old, but a breakthrough now appears to have been reached between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, United will launch a last-ditch bid to sign Willian from Chelsea, who is Jose Mourinho's top summer target according to the Sunday Mirror.

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

Bordeaux have completed the signing of Nigeria's Samuel Kalu on a five-year contract from Gent.

 

The 20-year-old winger has been tipped as a replacement for the Girondins' star Malcom who left for Barcelona in a €30 million deal this summer.

 

Kalu who had two years left on his contract with the Belgian top-flight side and reportedly had a release clause of €8 million.

 

The 20-year-old scored seven goals in 37 appearances across all competitions last term has been signed as a replacement for Malcom who left for Barcelona this month.

Published in local Written by August 03 2018 0

 

Tobi Amusan and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi wrote their names in gold for Team Nigeria on Day 2 of the 21st edition of the African Championships taking place in Asaba, Nigeria.

 

Amusan was the first athlete to win a medal for the hosts after she finished first in the women’s 100m Hurdles final in a time of 12.86s.

 

It is the 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion's first senior African Championships and she expressed delight at how successful her season has been.

 

Enekwechi dominated the men’s Shot Put event to clinch Team Nigeria’s second GOLD at the tournament.

 

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist claimed the victory with his fifth round effort of 21.08m, which broke the 14-year-old 20.04m Championship Record of South Africa's Janus Roberts.

 

Mohamed Khalifa of Egypt placed 2nd with a mark of 19.33m, while Kyle Blignaut of South Africa was 3rd with a best throw of 19.33m.

 

In the women's Hammer Throw final, Nigeria’s Temilola Ogunrinde earned a Silver medal with her fourth round effort of 67.39m. She has now broken Queen Obisesan’s National Record (NR) of 66.86m set in February.

 

South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou clinched gold in the men and women’s 100m final respectively on Day 2 of the 21st African Championships in Asaba.

 

Simbine, who finished third in Durban two years ago, won the race in a time of 10.25s while his compatriot Simon Magakwe settled for Bronze with a time of 10.35s. 

 

Let's now take a listen to Akine Simone as he spoke after winning the race. 

 

Ivory Coast's record holder Arthur Cisse took Silver with a time of 10.33s, while Nigeria's Seye Ogunlewe finished fifth with a time of 10.45s

Ogunlewe was furious after the race.

 

 

In the women's event, Ta Lou maintained her unbeaten streak in the 100m this year as she raced to GOLD in 11.15s.

 

Ghana’s Janet Amponsah claimed Silver in 11.54s as Nigeria’s Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.58s) won Bronze at her maiden outing at the African Championships.

We have reactions from Joy Udo-Gabriel

 

 

Published in Foreign Written by August 03 2018 0

 

The start of the 2018/2019 EPL campaign is almost here yet again as the rough and tumble of another league season gets underway on 10th, August 2018.


Here we take a look at the ten Nigerians who could prove to be a real success with their respective clubs in the division thus: 

 

1) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal): After an uninspiring World Cup, the Super Eagles forward will definitely be raring to go with the Gunners this term. 

 

He has shown glimpses of his qualities with the club in their pre-season activities. The 22-year-old has his eyes set on cementing a place in Unai Emery’s set-up.

 

2) Victor Moses (Chelsea): Moses is already one of the most sophisticated and influential players on the books of the Stamford Bridge club in recent years. 

 

His versatility is one every manager is always on the lookout for. Having helped Chelsea to win the league title and the FA Cup crown in the last two years, the Super Eagle will be gunning to achieve more success this period.

 

3) Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth): The former Liverpool wonder kid has finally come of age with the Cherries and 2018/2019 campaign is primed to be the season he gets to fulfill his promise. 

 

If only he can bring his pre-season goal scoring instincts to fore more often, then their opponents will be very wary of him.

 

4) Tammy Abraham (Chelsea): Abraham seems to have finally played his way into the heart of new Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri judging by his performances in the club's ongoing pre-season activities. 

 

The NFF target is set to add to his two league appearances having been backed to deputise for Alvaro Morata rather than shipped out for another loan stint. 

 

Fast, skillful and with a keen eye for goal, many EPL defenders will cringe at coming up against a striker of his quality.

 

5) Dominic Solanke (Liverpool): Solanke is so much revered by Reds manager, Jurgen Klopp who has already expressed many times that the striker remains firmly within his preferred options. 

 

When he is handed the opportunity, the 20-year-old is a deadly attacker and will surely add an extra bite to Liverpool's already burgeoning armory.

 

6) Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City): Iheanacho did not resume pre-season activities with the Foxes but has already scored in each of the two games he's participated in — that simply says so much of his potential. 

 

If Claude Puel can endeavour to hand the Nigeria international more game time this time around, watch out to see what a big hit he will be.

 

7) Nnamdi Oforboh (Bournemouth): Bournemouth has wasted little time to promote the Flying Eagle to their first team on the back of his inestimable qualities, and this could be his break out year. 

 

If Eddie Howie decides to hand the 18-year-old a senior team debut in the EPL this time, Oforboh is surely prepared enough to deal with the expectations which comes with it.

 

8) Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town): After helping Huddersfield Town retain their topflight status with his nerveless midfield displays at the tail end of last season, the 22-year-old will be hungry for more come the crack of a new campaign. 

 

He is a gritty midfielder with unique, spectacular ball-playing qualities, The Terriers would be hoping he finally fulfill his potential this season.

 

9) Leon Balogun (Brighton): Brighton bagged the experienced Nigerian just before the summer World Cup kicked off and will be hoping to benefit from his talents. 

 

The Super Eagles defender is surely a player to have in the ranks for any team and if he can be able to help David Wagner's stem the amount of goals they will let through, then there's no limit to what they can achieve.

 

10) Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City): Ndidi has proved he is already one of the best players in his position in the game today and is a player the club always cannot afford to lose. 

 

When the 21-year-old is not in action for The Foxes, their play tends to be disjointed and output usually on a downward spiral. 

 

What the club has always gotten back from Ndidi is a hundred percent performance and this season is never likely to be different. 

 

 

Published in Foreign Written by August 03 2018 0

Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar have been named as caretaker managers of the Argentina national team.

 

The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) confirmed the 40-year-old's appointment in a brief statement on Thursday.

 

Scaloni, who is Argentina's Under-20 boss and will be accompanied by his current assistant and fellow former international Aimar with the senior side, is due to take charge of the September friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

 

Those fixtures will be Argentina's first since a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, where Scaloni was a member of the backroom staff working under the subsequently dismissed Jorge Sampaoli.

 

"The AFA informs that, after the meeting of the executive committee, Lionel Scaloni will direct the next friendlies of the Argentine national team, along with his assistants Pablo Aimar and Martín Tocalli," the AFA's statement read.

 

Federation president Claudio Tapia told Ole he expects the interim team to remain in place for the rest of 2018.

"The three international matches we are going to play between now and the end of the year will be led by Scaloni and Aimar," he said.

 

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