RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the performance of the Golden Eaglets on Tuesday in their second game at the ongoing Under 17 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil, which saw them winning 3-2 after they had trailed Ecuador by 1-2, with five minutes to the end of the match. The position of President Buhari was contained in a statement late on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. According to the President: “The fact that the youngsters never gave up, and turned the table against their opponents, is a lesson in persistence and resilience.” President Buhari recommended the can-do spirit displayed by the young boys to Nigerians, urging them to display such in all areas of endeavour and in national development. While wishing the Eaglets well in their final group match against Australia, which may well be a formality, President Buhari pledged government’s support to the team as they strive to win the Under 17 World Cup yet again, thus confirming Nigeria’s position as a global power at that level.Tags: Femi AdesinaGolden EagletsMuhammadu Buhari
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Heung-Min Son scored a goal-of-the-season contender as Tottenham hammered Burnley 5-0 on Saturday.The Tottenham forward picked up the ball on the edge of his own box and skipped past a flurry of challenges as he surged to the other end of the field before coolly slotting home (32) the hosts’ third of the afternoon.Spurs had already stunned their visitors with two quickfire goals – Harry Kane lashed in a stunner of his own with just four minutes on the clock before Lucas Moura (9) tucked in from close range- and hit the post through Moussa Sissoko.Tottenham’s midweek defeat at Manchester United had Jose Mourinho fielding questions about their defensive problems in the build-up to this clash but it was Burnley’s weaknesses at the back which were badly exposed inside the first 10 minutes on Saturday.Sean Dyche’s men had been hammered 4-1 by Manchester City on Tuesday and were immediately undone by a fierce strike from Kane from 20 yards.Moura doubled that advantage moments later, prodding home from barely a yard out from Dele Alli’s header after Son’s shot was saved by Burnley keeper Nick Pope and looped up off Ben Mee.Tottenham looked as though they might score with every attack during a superb opening 20 minutes, with Sissoko hitting the post after good work from Son and Alli denied by a stunning last-ditch tackle from James Tarkowski.Then, just as Burnley were beginning to find a foothold and enjoying a good chance of their own when Brady’s header somehow hit the woodwork twice and stayed out, Son produced a moment of magic. Tags: Tottenham Hotspur
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules The German Bundesliga is gearing up to resume behind closed doors in May, subject to government approval.Teams in the country’s top two tiers have already returned to training as the country begins to relax some of its social distancing restrictions imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus. They are now working towards completing the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign by June 30, the German Football League (DFL) said in a statement released on Thursday.Completing the season would mean German clubs could receive scheduled payments from broadcast partners, though the DFL statement admitted that if the season cannot restart or is forced to stop again, it could lead to further economic difficulties for German football.The return to action will be underpinned by a rigorous testing programme, in a country which has been praised for its high level of testing compared to the United Kingdom and other European countries.The DFL headed off criticism that its planned testing programme would impinge on testing in other settings, saying what it was preparing for would account for only 0.4 per cent of overall test capacity in the country. The DFL said it will also contribute 500,000 euros to the health ministry to increase testing volume in care homes.Personnel inside and outside stadiums on matchdays will be “reduced to a minimum” – a maximum of 213 inside a stadium for a Bundesliga game. In addition, a further 109 would be permitted outside, including law enforcement officials.Tags: BundesligaCOVID-19
RelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Leicester City is reportedly still interested in signing Lille striker Victor Osimhen this summer but fear that he could be tempted by a move to Italy.The Foxes are one of a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, along with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton. The coronavirus pandemic has forced most clubs to rethink their transfer strategies, but the Daily Mail claims that Leicester are still planning to make an approach for Osimhen.Manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly identified the Nigeria international as a long-term successor to Jamie Vardy and is keen to bolster his squad ahead of a likely Champions League campaign next season.Lille is holding out for a £60 million bid for their star man, who has also been linked with a move to Juventus and Inter Milan. Osimhen has scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 outings across all competitions.Tags: ChelseaEvertonLeicester CityManchester UnitedVictor Osimhen
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Napoli is reportedly making progress in their efforts to sign Lille forward Victor Osimhen.Despite helping the Ligue 1 side earn another campaign in the Champions League, it was recently suggested that the Nigerian would be sold during the next transfer window. The 21-year-old, who netted 18 goals during his debut campaign for Lille, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.However, according to L’Equipe, Osimhen is in advanced negotiations with Napoli ahead of a big-money switch to the Serie A giants.The report claimed that the player has requested that Lille do not entertain any more offers from other clubs, seemingly an indication that he has his heart set on a move to Italy.While a fee has not been revealed, Napoli are said to be willing to pay a club-record fee on Osimhen, handing him a five-year contract in the process.Tags: LilleLiverpoolManchester UnitedNapoliUEFA Champions LeagueVictor Osimhen
RelatedPosts Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Makinde: Alternative Project Funding Approach working for Oyo State Makinde installs new Alamodu of Ago-Amodu The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has appointed the Chairman of Oyo State Table Tennis Association, Dr. Adesoji Adetayo, as the Technical Director of the federation.In a letter signed by the Secretary General of NTTF, Chimezie Asiegbu, the approval of the appointment was ratified after the board meeting, while it received the final nod from the NTTF President, Ishaku Tikon. According to the statement, Dr. Adetayo’s appointment is based on his immense contribution to the sport at state and national levels coupled with his vast knowledge of the game.“By this appointment, you are the technical head of the federation and you are to advise the board on technical matters concerning the federation. The appointment is with immediate effect which will last throughout the life span of the present board,” said Asiegbu.He added: “As the chairman of the Oyo State Table Tennis Association, Dr. Adetayo has brought vibrancy to the sport with several talents emerging from the state including Aruna Quadri and Usman Okanlawon who is African cadet champion. His knowledge of table tennis cannot be underestimated as he has been making input to national team.“His vast knowledge also came to fore when Nigeria defeated Egypt in the team event of the 2018 African Championship in Mauritius and he also emerged as champion in the veteran tournament.”As Technical Director, Dr. Adetayo is expected to help in the selection of players and coaches for major tournaments as well as oversee the national tournaments with the aim of unearth and grooming talents. In his response, Adetayo said he would justify the confidence reposed on him to contribute to the growth of the game with special attention to talent identification across the country with the aim to groom players that will match the records set by the likes of Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri.Tags: Adesoji AdetayoChimezie AsiegbuIshaku TikonNTTFOyo State
City’s defeat at Southampton, coupled with United’s victory over another of Reid’s former clubs Everton on Sunday, has opened up a 12-point gap at the top with a dozen matches remaining. The former England international does not expect United to be caught believing their ability to win matches when they are not at their best will get them over the line. “Champions win football matches when they are not playing well,” he told Press Association Sport. “Manchester United have done it and Manchester City haven’t and that’s the bottom line. That is why they are 12 points clear and that is the reason I think they will win it.” Former Manchester City manager Peter Reid believes Manchester United’s ability to grind out results has given them the edge over their rivals and will ultimately lead to a 20th league title. City have been well short of last season’s form, when they won the Premier League with virtually the last kick of the season, and Reid believes a number of factors have conspired against them. He said defending the title was tough enough but felt crashing out of the Champions League group stage for the second successive season delivered a significant blow to morale. “I think it is very difficult to retain a title. Everyone wants to beat the champions,” added Reid, speaking at St Helens Junior Football Club who are halfway through the Football Pools 90-Day Community Challenge to complete a £50,000 makeover. “Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, two of their best players, haven’t been as influential as they were last year. “They haven’t scored enough goals – they scored a lot last season – and that all comes into the equation. “In the Champions League they had a hell of a difficult group but they got three points and for the Premier League champions that is a really poor return. “As a result I think confidence and momentum were lost early on by City as it showed you where they are in the grand scale of things in Europe and that has been borne out in the Premier League. But they have still got the firepower and some really good players.” Press Association
Press Association A year after claiming he was not good enough to win a major and needed to “play for second or third place”, Sergio Garcia claimed a share of the lead on the opening day of the 77th Masters. But Rory McIlroy could only manage a level-par 72 after five birdies and five bogeys, causing the 23-year-old Northern Irishman to complain once again this season of the need to eliminate “silly mistakes” from his game. It is the first time the 33-year-old Garcia has led a major since the 2007 Open, when he was out in front for three days but was caught on the fourth and eventually lost out in a play-off to Padraig Harrington at Carnoustie. Garcia finished second in the US PGA Championship as a 19-year-old back in 1999 and has had 15 top-10 finishes in 57 major appearances, but after coming 12th here last year said: “I’m not good enough. In 13 years I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.’ “If I felt like I could win I would do it. Unfortunately at the moment, unless I get really lucky I can’t really play much better than I played this week.” Speaking after his first round, Garcia said: “It was one of those moments where you are a little frustrated. It probably came out wrong the way I said it. It doesn’t change that every week I tee it up and try to play my best golf and give myself a chance to win.” England’s David Lynn, who described simply qualifying for the Masters as a dream come true, was in a six-strong group on four under, alongside Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, 2008 champion Trevor Immelman and 53-year-old 1992 winner Fred Couples. Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn has won just once in almost 400 European Tour starts but outscored the likes of Justin Rose and Lee Westwood (both 70), Luke Donald and 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel (both 71) and defending champion Bubba Watson (75), while Ian Poulter fared even worse with a 76. Garcia carded six birdies and no bogeys in a flawless 66 at Augusta National, joining Australia’s Marc Leishman at the top of the leaderboard on six under par. American Dustin Johnson bogeyed the 17th to finish a shot behind on five under, while world number one Tiger Woods, seeking a fifth Green Jacket, carded a two-under-par 70 – the same opening score which led to his victories in 1997, 2001 and 2002.
Solo Performer attempts to uphold form with a couple of old foes when he takes the plunge in the feature race beneath the Dundalk floodlights. Press Association The Harry Rogers-trained eight-year-old had the returning duo of Gretzky and Paddy The Celeb well held over this mile-and-a-half trip towards the end of March. Now he gets the chance to add further credence to that half-length success in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap. Solo Performer is 3lb higher than when he struck last month, but he won at Dundalk over an extended mile and a quarter in January 2012 off this same mark of 90. Chris Hayes has won six races aboard the gelded son of Distant Music and renews the partnership in the 20,000 euro contest. Among the opposition is Fairview Star, a recent course-and-distance winner. Eoin Griffin’s charge successfully switched to the Flat following a rather inauspicious spell over hurdles and in bumpers. Something Graceful is also entitled to improve for her fifth-placed finish in a mile-and-a-half handicap at the Curragh a fortnight ago. Jim Bolger’s four-year-old filly appeared ill at ease on the soft ground and remains 3lb lower in the weights than when she won over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown last August. There could be plenty more to come from Muizenberg Nights in the Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap after she broke her duck over this same track and trip earlier this month, though Tommy Stack’s filly faces some in-form rivals in the shape of Versilia Gal, Monakova and Toberton. The Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Maiden brings proceedings to a close and Dermot Weld’s Spirit Of Concorde is sure to be very popular. The Authorized gelding has found only one too good on both starts to date and he should be sharper for his recent reappearance run.
Press Association Flemenstar has been ruled out of the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at the Punchestown on Tuesday after connections decided to give the eight-year-old a wind operation. Casey said: “He won’t be running in Punchestown. When he came home from Liverpool, he was all wrong. He had stuff coming out of his nose, it wasn’t blood but it was a bit like it, and the vet came to see him every day for a week. “He didn’t run his race at all in Liverpool. That’s as bad as I’ve ever seen him run. He’s going to have a little wind operation now. The jockey (Andrew Lynch) thinks he needs it and now is the right time to do it. “Hopefully the everything will be right for next season, it will be the same routine, and the next time you’ll see him will probably be at Navan in November (Fortria Chase).” Peter Casey’s gelding looked set to take the season by storm after winning his first two starts of the campaign in impressive fashion, but things have not gone to plan since. Narrowly beaten in the Lexus Chase and Hennessy Gold Cup, he missed the Cheltenham Festival after it was discovered he was suffering from a lung infection and although he returned to action at Aintree, he appeared well below-par in finishing a distant third in the Melling Chase behind Sprinter Sacre.