Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team’s two nil loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due to many mistakes.

 

Rohr, while speaking at the post-match conference of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.

 

He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding that they needed to work on being professional with the set-pieces.

 

Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22 date with Iceland in Volgograd.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

 

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that it is difficult to play as the only striker upfront in the Super Eagles team.

 

Ighalo in his reaction to the loss against Croatia said there is more pressure from the defenders if a striker plays alone.

 

He however believed the Eagles will correct mistakes made and agreed that Croatia deserve the win against Nigeria.

 

In the match played in Kalinin-grad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by Nigeria’s mid-field sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modrić.

Published in Foreign Written by June 11 2018 0

Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh French Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.

 

The thirty-two year-old world number one now has seventeen Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

 

Nadal endured a nervous conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.

Published in Foreign Written by June 08 2018 0

 

The Ghanaian government has ordered the dissolution of its national football association.

 

This followed the filming of the president of the Ghanaian Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, apparently accepting a cash gift of sixty-five thousand dollars from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

 

Ghana's Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said the government decided to take immediate steps to address widespread rot in the system, adding that interim measures to govern Ghanaian football would be announced soon.

 

Nyantakyi, who is Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, has not commented on the allegations.

 

Similarly; football's world governing body, FIFA is yet to react to the decision to dissolve the Ghanaian FA and the alleged cash gift claims exposed in a documentary by Ghana’s celebrated undercover reporter Anas Aremayaw Anas.

 

This is because FIFA laws prevent government interference in football administration, and it had previously banned countries that breached the rules.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

Seven years after his maiden visit to Nigeria, top Britain chess Grand Master and former World Champion Challenger, Nigel Short is set to arrive in Nigeria for chess related programme.

 

According to the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr Lekan Adeyemi, the visit to Nigeria is coming under the auspices of Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa whom over the years, have had chess developmental projects on the continent of Africa.

 

During the four-day visit to Lagos, the grand master will have training, exhibition programmes with chess players and stakeholders and general promotion of the game in the country.

 

Grand Master Short, at the peak of his career, was ranked third-rated player in the world and is currently the only active chess player over the age of 50. As a global ambassador of the game, he has visited more than 100 countries, both playing and promoting the game.

 

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

The Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) has named a four-man team for this month’s Davis Cup Championships holding in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Nigeria will be competing in Africa Zone Division III alongside host – Kenya; Algeria, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda and Uganda between June 18 to 23, on clay outdoor at the Nairobi Club.

 

Davis Cup veteran – Abdul-mumin Babalola will be the non-playing captain, while others are Christian Paul, Joseph Imeh Ubon and Sylvester Emmanuel.

 

Aside from Christian Paul who replaces Clifford Enosoregbe from the team that finished fifth at 2017 edition held in Egypt, the team remains intact and is expected to commence camping this week in Ibadan in readiness for a promotion quest this year.

Published in Foreign Written by June 06 2018 0

Monaco GP victor Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with multiple grid penalties at the upcoming Canadian GP.

 

Two weeks after claiming victory in F1's showpiece event despite a crippling loss of power from his Renault engine, the Red Bull driver - third in the world championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - is set to suffer a series of engine-related grid demotions in Montreal.

 

"Unfortunately, we will be taking penalties," Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey confirmed to Sky Sports News.

 

With just a third of the season elapsed, Ricciardo has already used a significant chunk of his allowance for engine parts for the entire campaign with the size of his penalties in Canada this weekend set to be determined by just how many components will require changing after he guided his handicapped RB14 car to the chequered flag in Monaco.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

The D’Tigers of Nigeria will begin camping for their Group B FIBA World Cup qualifiers on the 19th of June in Lagos under the supervision of head coach, Alex Nwora.

 

The Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Chimezie Asiegbu made this known on Tuesday as the federation intensifies efforts to ensure that the team maintains its 100% winning record in the qualification series.

 

With invited players already contacted and their availability confirmed for the June window being hosted by Nigeria, the official list is expected to be released next week.

 

The team was initially meant to camp in Buffalo in the United States, but according to the NBBF Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade, after considering all indices, the team will now camp in Lagos.

 

Nigeria is currently leading Group B and will hope to maintain their winning run in front of their home fans when they file out against Uganda on the 29th.

 

Their second game of the window will be against Rwanda on the 30th of June before facing Mali on the 1st of July.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

Coach of Gambia’s senior women’s natonal team Mariama Sowe believes the Queen Scorpions have all it takes to defeat Nigeria in the first leg of their Ghana 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers today.

 

The Gambians who are currently camped at the Gambia Football Federation Hotel at Yundum eliminated Burkina Faso in the previous round while champions Super Falcons drew a bye.

 

“We have been going on with our tactical approach to this game against Nigeria and we are confident that we can get a good performance and the desired result,” Sowe told cafonline.

 

Nigeria will host the return leg on Monday, 11 June 2018 in Lagos with the winner making it to the tournament in Ghana come November.

 

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