Month: September 2020

  • Coleman plays down Palace job

    first_imgPhoto © – pixabay Wales manager Chris Coleman says he’s got no interest in becoming Crystal Palace boss.He’s been linked with several sides after leading the country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last summer.Palace are looking for a replacement for Sam Allardyce – after he decided to quit the role. Coleman says his focus is on an upcoming World Cup qualifier with Serbia.Norwich have appointed German Daniel Farke as their new boss on a two-year contract.He’d been Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team coach – and brings Edmund Riemer with him as his assistant.last_img read more

  • Racing at Powerstown Park

    first_imgStock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay Clonmel plays host to a seven-race all national-hunt fixture this evening.Cloughjordan-based trainer Denis Hogan will be hoping to get the meeting off to a flyer as he saddles Storm Rising in the opening Mylerstown Maiden Hurdle.Clonmel trainer John Lonergan will bid for a local success in the Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle, represented by seven-year-old Jazz Mine, who produced a career-best display last time at Wexford. Willie Mullins looks to have a strong chance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Opportunity Handicap Hurdle in the shape of Blixt, a three-parts sister to the mighty Hurricane Fly.The first race at Powerstown Park is due off at 4.25.last_img read more

  • Burgess Duharra crowned Munster Senior Camogie champions

    first_imgBurgess Duharra have been crowned Munster Senior Camogie club champions for the second year running.They beat first time finalists – Clare Champions Inagh KilnamonaGoals for Jenny Grace and Amy Kennedy in the first half ensured that Burgess had a ten point half-time lead – 2-8 to 4 points. However, Inagh Kilnamona came out in the second half all guns blazing, and a goal from Sinead O’Loughlin brought them right back into it.The Clare Champions reduced Burgess’ lead to 2 points with two minute to go – but an Amy Kennedy point reinstated the gap to 3.That’s how the game finished – 3 points the difference – 2 -10 for Burgess Duharra, 1-10 to Inagh Kilnamona.Burgess forward Eimear McDonnell says it was a hard fought win… Photo: Tipp FM / Stephen Gleesonlast_img read more

  • Tipp senior hurling challenge this afternoon

    first_imgToday’s game throws in at the Kiladangan GAA Grounds in Puckane at 2pm.All proceeds will go towards the Kiladangan NS defibrillator fund and Living Links Ireland. Photo: Tipperary GAA The Tipperary senior hurlers take to the field earlier than usual in preparation for the 2018 season.They face Laois in a challenge game this afternoon, in what’s a chance for manager Michael Ryan to blood some new players.Ryan says the squad are optimistic about the 2018 season..last_img

  • CAF CONFED CUP: Big Boys Struggle in the Continent

    first_imgMonrovia Breweries of Liberia made a dream African Confederation Cup debut by trouncing twice former African champions JS Kabylie of Algeria 3-0 in the first leg of their preliminary tie.All the goals came during the second half at a packed Monrovia stadium with state president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf among those who saw Mitis Mulbah score twice and Benjamin Sarkoh once.It was a memorable win for the Liberians against Kabylie who are among the 10 most successful clubs in African competitions.Mulbah broke the deadlock in a goalmouth scramble on 58 minutes and completed the rout after Sarkoh punished a blunder from Algeria goalkeeper Malek Asselah.The unexpectedly heavy loss for Kabylie was another blow to Algerian football, after the Desert Foxes were eliminated from the recent Africa Cup of Nations at the group phase.Kabylie’s loss was followed by defeat for another Algerian side, Mouloudia Alger, who are also former African champions.They were beaten 2-1 away to debutants Bechem United of Ghana, but will at least have an away goal to take into their return leg next weekend.Elsewhere, Rayon Sports of Rwanda are virtually assured of a last-32 place in Africa’s second-tier club competition after beating newcomers Al Salam Wau of South Sudan 4-0 in Juba.Savio Nshuti triggered a second-half goal rush by netting after 54 minutes and Pierrot Kwizera, Nova Bayama and Moussa Camara scored in the final quarter as Salam collapsed.Bosnian Enes Sipovic notched the second-half winner as Ittihad Tanger of Morocco, experiencing continental football for the first time, came from behind to defeat Douanes of Niger 2-1 in Niamey.There was more success for Morocco as second division outfit MAS Fes used home advantage to build a 3-0 lead over former African champions CARA of Congo Brazzaville.An embarrassing blunder by the Congolese goalkeeper, who allowed a harmless low cross to slip from his grasp, gifted Ivorian Koffi Boua the first goal for 2011 Confederation Cup winners Fes.Al Hilal Benghazi of Libya overcame the handicap of not being able to play at home by beating fellow Confederation Cup debutants Ulinzi Stars of Kenya 1-0 in Cairo.Ahmed Al Abbar scored the winner just after half-time for Hilal, who were forced to move the fixture to Egypt on security grounds.Volcan of the Comoros exceeded expectations by drawing 0-0 with Vipers of Uganda in Kampala, raising the prospect of a first overall African success by a club from the multi-island Indian Ocean nation.Record three-time title-holders CS Sfaxien of Tunisia are among 12 clubs who received byes into the round of 32.Like the Champions League, the Confederation Cup will have a new look this season and increased prize money.The number of qualifying rounds before play-offs against Champions League last-32 losers has been cut to two and the group phase expanded from eight clubs to 16.Prize money has been given a 170% boost, including $1.25m (£1.16m) for the winners and $275,000 (£220,000) for the lowest-placed group finishers. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Salah Breaks English Premier League Goal Record

    first_imgFor Salah, it has been a remarkable year at Anfield, winning everything that ought to be won: he is the Premier League Player of the year, the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and Liverpool’s Player of the Year. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.Overall, Salah had scored 44 goals this season, with 10 of them in the UEFA Champions League. He is expected to be a star to watch as Liverpool meet holders Real Madrid in the finals in Kiev on 26 May. (NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mohamed Salah is now all alone with the English Premier League goal record, netting his 32nd in a season in the first half of the match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.The Liverpool forward has set a new record for Premier League goals in a 38-game season, beating the 31 goal record held jointly by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.Alan Shearer made his goal haul at Blackburn in 1995-96, while Ronaldo recorded his during one of the years with Manchester United. And Luis Suarez was also a Liverpool player.last_img read more

  • Rohr Lists 25 Eagles for Clash with England

    first_imgPRE-WORLD CUP Another chance for injured Moses Simon Lokosa, Ajiboye, two others droppedDuro IkhazuagbeThe picture of Nigeria’s squad to the World Cup in Russia became crystal clear yesterday following the release of a 25-man Super Eagles list by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Expectedly, the list was dominated by the usual suspects who have established their presence in the team since Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr took charge of the senior Nigerian football team in 2016.Captain John Mikel Obi is leading the squad which is arguably Nigeria’s youngest team ever to the Mundial. Also in the list are the likes of Assistant Captain, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo. The quartet are the remnant of the Stephen Keshi’s Eagles to the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago.Chelsea wing back, Victor Moses who did not feature in the tune-up game with DR Congo last Monday in Port Harcourt is to link up with the squad in London today for another warm-up game against the Three Lions of England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.Enyimba FC’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa who took charge of the goal area after Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with Leukeamia is the only player from the domestic league in the Russia-bound team. The other goalkeepers selected are Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi of South Africa’s Chippa United.Abdullahi Shehu, Olaoluwa Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, and Bryan Idowu make up the list of defenders Rohr will rely upon to shield his goal area from any harm.The midfield have Mikel, Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Joel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo.Musa, Moses, Alex Iwobi, Simy Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon make up Eagles strike force to battle Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage of Russia 2018.Moses Simon, who was earlier ruled out of the finals due to injury, will undergo further medical checks in the United Kingdom to ascertain the seriousness of his injury.Plateau United’ goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, NPFL leading scorer, Junior Lokosa, Bulgaria-based defender Stephen Eze and Uche Agbo of Standard Liege were the players who were eventually dropped from the trip to England to end their World Cup aspiration.Rohr was reported to have met with the players one-on-one to inform them of his decision before the final list of 25 players was announced yesterday.Meanwhile, Super Eagles who flew out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja yesterday afternoon are to train at the Wembley Stadium (venue of Saturday’s clash with England’s Three Lions) between 5pm-6pm on Friday, after a pre-match press conference scheduled for the Stadium’s conference room at 4.15pm.Saturday’s encounter, the third official match between two countries with considerable historical affinity, will start at 5.15pm Nigerian time.THE TEAMGOALKEEPERS: Francis Uzoho; Daniel Akpeyi; Ikechukwu EzenwaDEFENDERS: Abdullahi Shehu; Olaoluwa Aina; Tyronne Ebuehi; William Ekong; Leon Balogun; Chidozie Awaziem; Elderson Echiejile; Kenneth Omeruo; Bryan IdowuMIDFIELDERS: Wilfred Ndidi; Mikel John Obi; Ogenyi Onazi; John Ogu; Mikel Agu; Oghenekaro Etebo; Joel ObiFORWARDS: Odion Ighalo; Simeon Nwankwo; Alex Iwobi; Ahmed Musa; Kelechi Iheanacho. Moses Simon (further checks in the UK); Victor Moses (to join team in London)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Pharaohs Loss, Eagles Gain

    first_imgDemola Ojo’s Nile NotesFans are not the only thing Nigeria’s Super Eagles have “inherited” from the Egyptian team. The Eagles’ preparation for the business end of the Nation’s Cup continues with the team firmly focused on the task at hand while staying at the classy and secluded Le Meridian Cairo Airport hotel.  Training takes place at the similarly impressive Aerosport Club, about three minutes away. The Le Meridian Cairo Airport was where the Egyptian team stayed until they lost their Round of 16 match to South Africa. This was just in time for the Eagles – who had played their group matches and round of 16 eliminator against Cameroon in Alexandria – to move in as they arrived Cairo.It goes without saying that the Egyptians chose the best facilities for themselves but their loss is now the Eagles gain. Eagles Get SetYesterday’s training session started some minutes past five in the evening at the Aerosport Club. It was open to journalists for the first fifteen minutes, as the Eagles warmed up with light drills. Soon after however, a closed session commenced where special preparations for today’s game were put into practice until the session ended some minutes to eight.The team has hatched a special plan for fierce rivals Algeria, in line with coach Gernot Rohr’s penchant to devise new strategies for each opponent.Support for AinaOla Aina’s father, Abraham Aina, flew in from the UK a day before the Nigeria’s match against South Africa to cheer the Eagles and his son. Ever since his arrival, he has followed the activities of the team and taken in the training sessions. He is an avid football fan and has used his knowledge of the game to guide his son’s career.The senior Aina remembers telling his son to bide his time after the disappointment of being the last player to be cut from the team that represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “As long as you keep putting in a good performance at club level and for the national team, you will get your chance. When you do, take it,” he had advised. The young fullback has certainly taken the advice, after a stellar season with his Serie A club, Torino (which earned him a permanent move), and four games so far at the Nations Cup, with a back-heel assist to his name.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • ‘FCV Gladiators Football Camp to Unearth Fresh Talents’

    first_imgDirector of UK-based FCV Academy, Martin Harris, has said that the second edition of the FCV Gladiators Football Camp holding in Port Harcourt next month will help to unearth talents for Nigeria.Harris, who described Nigeria as a nation with talents said creating connection between sports and education is one of the core values of the camp.The annual camp is being organised by the Dynaspro Sports Promotion and Advanta Interactive Ltd, in collaboration with the UK-based Football CV Academy and will be hosted by Bloombreed Schools, Port Harcourt. “We want to continue to create connections for children, parents and schools through football, providing an environment for them to thrive and drive a passion of learning both on and off the football pitch.“Following the success of our camps earlier this year, we expect the same high standards to not only be met but exceeded. The camps will help to discover and develop talent, provide a viable platform for Nigerian children to showcase their ability and open up educational pathways for talented footballers including within our own program in England,” Harris said.With successful staging of the maiden edition of the camp in Lagos and Abuja, Harris said he is looking forward to the Port Harcourt leg of the camp.“Alongside supporting the players, our coaches are also FA coach educators and during their time in Port Harcourt will look to mentor a number of Nigerian coaches.“This shared knowledge will enable our Academy to have an even wider reach within the community, as the local coaches can then impart the new skills acquired into their own schools and clubs,” he added.For Efe Ojigbede of Advanta Advanta Interactive Ltd, the hosting of the camp in Port Harcourt was part of the plans to expand the exercise.“Port Harcourt will be unique mostly due to the world class standard facilities being provided by the host school Bloombreed Schools as they have gone all out to ensure that their sporting and boarding facilities are in excellent shape in readiness for the camp,” Ojigbede said.He however, expressed optimism that this year hopes to be exciting. “We expect a lot more in terms of higher levels of management of the camp. We expect higher numbers of registrations of players and visit of families as the camp will be held in the yuletide season,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Rohr Threatens to Quit Super Eagles,  Gives NFF Two-month Ultimatum

    first_imgGernot Rohr ‘’There is tremendous potential in this team, with great players like Osimhen,’’ Rohr explained to sofoot.com‘’There are interesting prospects, such as the AFCON 2021, the World Cup 2022. But first we must regularize things’’.Rohr added that from January 1, 2020, he will be” free to engage elsewhere,” if nothing is settled by then.Meanwhile, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers which start in March, Rohr has revealed he hopes some of the foreign-born players would have pledged their international futures to Nigeria by then.Since Rohr arrived, there has been an influx of players with dual nationality representing Nigeria. The likes of Alex Iwobi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Semi Ajayi and Maduka Okoye have all pledged their international future to Nigeria.And that won’t change anytime soon despite calls from critics for Rohr to include NPFL in his Super Eagles squad. The former Bordeaux manager revealed he hopes some of the players they have been trying to convince to switch allegiance to Nigeria would have done so before the World Cup qualifiers start in March 2020.Speaking on about his plans for the World Cup qualifiers on Super Eagles youtube page, the former Burkina Faso manager said he will also keep an eye on some of his regulars.“I think at first, we have to follow what they are doing, our players, Rohr said. We have to take some news on our injured goalkeeper, Uzoho who has been operated with success last week.“And we have still to work on some departments in our team, and like we do always, we will scout our players, we will watch the games, we will go and meet some of them, and we will have also perhaps good news if one of the big players we are searching for who can play for two countries accepts to play for us.”The 2022 World Cup qualifiers for African section will kick off in March with the draws set to be conducted later this year. The teams will be split into ten groups of four teams with the winners advancing to play each other in a home and away tie to determine Africa’s five representatives.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has issued a two-month ultimatum to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF over his future with the national team, saying he would quit his post if things are not regularized.Nigeria are unbeaten since the conclusion of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, registering back-to-back impressive draws against Ukraine and Brazil and they have maximum points from their first two group matches of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.Rohr recently met with Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and it is claimed that the Minister held talks with the German over extending his contract for two or three years, with his current agreement with the Nigerian Federation set to expire in June 2020.last_img read more