Kerry and Mayo draw in Croke Park thriller

first_imgThey added a further three points from the boot of Johnny Buckley midway through the second half.The Munster champions led by a point entering the 74th minute of the game before a Paddy Durcan equaliser ensured the two sides must do it again.The replay has been scheduled for 3pm on Saturday at the same venue.Mayo arguably came through a tougher run-in to the game, seeing off Derry and Cork after extra-time in the qualifiers while taking two attempts to beat Roscommon.Kerry enjoyed a more comfortable passage to the last four, but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice says he doesn’t think that contributed to their slow start. Croke Park will play host to next Saturday’s All-Ireland football semi-final replay after Kerry and Mayo played out a thriller yesterday.Despite awful conditions at headquarters, both sides were able to live up to the pre-match hype for a game which included four goals.Three of those came in the opening 20 minutes, with Andy Moran and Colm Boyle finding the back of the net for Mayo, and Stephen O’Brien getting the goal for the Kingdom.last_img read more

Liverpool Caps Sensational Comeback to Dump out Dortmund

first_imgThe damage was contained there until half-time, however, and Divock Origi got the hosts back into it just after the break with a low shot underneath Roman Weidenfeller – but Dortmund restored their two-goal cushion when an incredible Mats Hummels pass found Reus to score.Liverpool suddenly needed to find three more but, midway through the half, Philippe Coutinho completed a fine run by firing into the bottom corner from outside the box and Anfield erupted when Mamadou Sakho got the final touch on a corner with just over 10 minutes to go.Just when it looked like that would not be enough, Dejan Lovren headed home in injury time to send the home fans – and Klopp – into raptures.Liverpool will be in today’s draw for the last four of the Europa League. Klopp’s team is to return to Premier League action when they play at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool completed a sensational comeback to dump Borussia Dortmund out of the Europa League 4-3, having been three goals down midway through the second half.Although Jurgen Klopp’s side came into the match with the advantage of having scored in the 1-1 from the first leg in Germany, Dortmund wiped it out almost instantaneously when Henrikh Mkhitaryan rifled home in the fifth minute, picking up the rebound from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s effort.Aubameyang got in on the action less than five minutes later, conjuring a blistering finish after being released down the right flank by Marco Reus, and Liverpool were in shock.last_img read more

Eagles’ Coach: NFF to Release Shortlist Friday

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will on Friday, July 8 release a short-list of candidates for the vacant position of Super Eagles’ Head Coach.However, the Federation’s Technical and Development Committee has set a deadline of Wednesday, July 6, 2016 for interested candidates to apply for the position.Chairman of the committee, Chris Green, said that applications are invited from all persons who feel they are qualified for the position, as the three-time African champions get set to begin preparations for an interesting 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying race against Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia. “We encourage applications from all highly-qualified persons, whether they be Nigerians or expatriates. Applications are welcome until Wednesday, and the Technical and Development Committee will meet on Friday to look through all applications and release a short-list,” Green stated.The Super Eagles are away to Zambia’s Chipolopolo on Matchday 1 (October 3) and will then host the Fennecs of Algeria on November 7. They will then host Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions on August 28, 2017 and visit the Lions five days later, before hosting Zambia a month after and then rounding off the series by visiting Algeria on November 7, 2017.Algeria beat Nigeria home and away in the qualifying series for the 1982 World Cup in Spain, but Nigeria returned the compliment in the qualifying series for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.Nigeria threw Cameroun out of the race for the 1970 World Cup finals, but then lost to the Lions in the race to the 1990 World Cup finals.Cameroun also beat Nigeria in three Africa Cup of Nations final matches (1984, 1988, 2000), but the Super Eagles eliminated then holders Cameroun in the Cup of Nations quarter finals in 2004, beat the Lions to the LG Cup title and whiplashed the neighbours 3-0 in a friendly in Belgium in October lastZambia pipped Nigeria over two legs in the last hurdle to the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations finals, but the Super Eagles stopped the Zambians at the semi final stage of the 1990 finals in Algeria, edged the Chipolopolo in the final of the 1994 championship in Tunisia, and also pipped the southern Africans in the quarter-finals of the 1992 and 2010 championships.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nwosu: Copa Coca-Cola Grooming Tomorrow’s Stars Today

first_imgencouraged to groom our stars of tomorrow, today,” says the former assistant coach at the 2002 World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics.The former footballer was a confidence booster to the young footballers at the coaching clinics for the Under-15 football teams participating in the ongoing COPA Coca-Cola tournament.The coaching clinics which took place ahead of the Southern regional finals in Port Harcourt was also co-chaired by ex-international footballer, Tajudeen Disu, who supported  Nwosu’s statement by adding that discipline, determination, and dedication are the ultimate prima needed to train these teens to become football stars and also help them achieve other future endeavours.Speaking on the coaching clinics, Nwosu said, “I am passionate about coaching clinics because it is one of the ways that Coca-Cola is encouraging our youths to leave the streets and be worthy ambassadors of this country and their families. Through Copa Coca-Cola, grassroots football can be encouraged to groom our stars of tomorrow, today.Nwosu, who remains the youngest Nigerian player to win the African Nations Cup, shared his teenage experience on combining education and football.“I am passionate about grassroots football because I started out exactly like some of these teens. I sneaked out of the house most afternoons just to play football because I was that passionate about it. My parents eventually decided to let me play football as long as I focused intently on my education and put in my best.“To prove to my parents that I could play football and still be studious, I worked twice as hard in class and on the football field and excelled. I want these teens to know that many doctors, lawyers, and military officials had managed to successfully play football and still excel in their education and jobs. If you want to play football, by all means, play but do not let your education suffer,” Nwosu said.Corroborating Nwosu’s statement, American-based Tajudeen Disu explains why grassroots football remains a priority on his agenda and why he is proud to contribute to the society through the Copa Coca-Cola coaching clinics.In Disu’s words “Back in the days, my team mates and I took our education as seriously as we took our love for football. Years later, we are glad we combined the two because it is the combination of the two that made us successful. These teens are rising football stars and could be recruited from within their secondary schools like I was. To build a future they can be proud of and retain their love for football, these teens need to take their education seriously too.”Reiterating his reason for participating in Copa Coca-Cola, Disu continued, “This is my second year of training teens in the Copa Coca-Cola coaching clinics and it has been an exciting experience for me. Big kudos goes to Coca-Cola for their continuous efforts in the development of grassroots football because this competition has the driving power to keep teens off the streets and give them a reason to remain in school.Speaking at the event, The Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola, Cletus Onyebuoha, expressed his appreciation for the continued support of the ex-internationals.“Coca-Cola strongly believes in the potential of Nigerian teens and we are well aware that football is a passion point for them. Through the trainings and motivation provided by our partnering seasoned ex-internationals, Copa Coca-Cola will continuously provide opportunities for skills acquisition and sports education.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu has praised Copa Coca-Cola in its drive at developing and growing future football stars for Nigeria.“Through Copa Coca-Cola, grassroots football can belast_img read more

Heartland points the way forward for NPFL clubs

first_imgIt is untenable that government is going to play nanny to our clubs forever so now is the time for club leaders to start thinking and being innovative. In that regard I would like to praise the Heartland FC initiative. Reports say the club’s chairman Goodfaith Etuemene has activated plans to engage international partners that can help take the club to a new level.He is currently discussing with clubs in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey. Typically, a good partnership should see the foreign club offer financial and technical support to the NPFL side as they search for the next big talents out of Nigeria. It is also a way for the foreign clubs to globalize their appeal, and no country in Africa should be a more important market than Nigeria.This is frankly the most sensible bit of business news I have seen from an NPFL club in a while, these are thinking men who understand how modern football business should be run and how to grab a share of the billions of dollars crisscrossing the world annually in football investments. This is the kind of project I would have loved to be involved in, and believe me when I say I can offer my advisory time for free, so call me if you need help. We are Nigeria, we are a country of 180m people, we have oil and vast quantities of various mineral resources, we have football pedigree, we have groomed global stars like Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Mikel Obi, Finidi George etc and can groom more, we should at the very least appeal to any mid-level club in the developed world. Way to go Heartland.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lukaku Arrested in LA

first_imgBelgium soccer player Romelu Lukaku, who is close to joining English Premier League club Manchester United, was arrested in southern California and issued a citation after failing to heed noise warnings, Beverly Hills police said yesterday.The arrest was made on July 2 at about 8 p.m. local time after police responded to noise complaints at the Beverly Hills home that Lukaku, who is negotiating a deal to join United from their top-flight rivals Everton, was staying in. “Beverly Hills Police Department officers arrested a 24-year-old male subject by the name of Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli,” the department said in a press release emailed to Reuters.“Bolingoli received a misdemeanor citation for… Excessive Noise. The citation was issued after officers responded to five other noise complaints from the same location, which resulted in verbal warnings.“These noise violations occurred at a residence in Beverly Hills where Bolingoli was temporarily residing. Bolingoli was released at the scene with the citation and was not physically arrested.”Lukaku is scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles Airport courthouse on October 2, police said.The news comes less than a day after United announced they had agreed a transfer fee to buy the Belgium international forward from Everton, subject to a medical and personal terms.The prolific goalscorer will have his medical in Los Angeles, British media reports say, before joining United there for the club’s pre-season tour, which starts with a game against North American Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy on Saturday. Lukaku has scored more than 100 goals in four seasons at Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LMC Lifts Ban on Kano Pillars’ Stadium

first_imgSimilarly, Sunshine Stars of Akure who were banished to the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode due to crowd violence and have been playing behind closed gates are to have their fans back to the stands.In communications with the two NPFL clubs wednesday, LMC said that the decisions to lift the stadium ban was sequel to a review of the conditions set out in the original order that suspended the admission of spectators to their home matches.The league body however insisted that it would during the next two home matches of the two clubs, assess the level of compliance with the revised safety and security measures put in place by them.LMC However restated that Sunshine Stars banishment away from Akure Township Stadium to Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium subsists.“The Akure Township Stadium would only be admitted to host Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches after confirming that the club has fully complied with the required measures,” observed the LMC in a statement wednesday.Some of the conditions Kano Pillars was also issued to comply with include; Provision of revised match day security plan; evidence of prosecution of complicit individuals; and evidence of fans and supporters education workshops.For both clubs, LMC warned that full and final decisions would be announced after the two matches they would host.Meanwhile, the LMC has also ruled that the result of the Match-day 28 fixture between Enyimba and Niger Tornadoes in Calabar stands as the petitioner; Niger Tornadoes could not provide evidence to support the application of Rule C5.Tornadoes had filed a petition seeking to have three points and three goals awarded the club on the grounds that Enyimba fielded a player, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu that was suspended for the match following the accumulation of five yellow cards.In their defence, Enyimba submitted that they did not intentionally field the player as the notice of suspension did not reach them. They also made references to similar incidences last season in which they alerted Nasarawa United in Makurdi that they were about to field a suspended Thomas Zenke and the player was dropped.Similarly in Port Harcourt last season, Kano Pillars brought to the attention of Enyimba that they were about to field a suspended Nzube Anaezemba leading to Enyimba dropping him.They therefore contended that Tornadoes did not play fair by withholding information only to turn to protest.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reprieve for Sunshine fans as Tornadoes miss boardroom pointsDuro IkhazuagbeThe League Management Company (LMC) wednesday lifted the four-month old ban slammed on the Sani Abacha Stadium, the home ground of Kano Pillars.The Sai Masugida who have missed the massive support of their fanatical fans during their period of hibernation, are to have full house on Sunday when they host champions Rangers International of Enugu on Match-day 29 clash of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).last_img read more

FMCG Games End in StyleÂ

first_imgSpeaking during the closing ceremony, Jimmy Sogbesan – Chief Operating Officer, MediaVision Limited – organizers of the tournament, expressed delight at the enthusiasm showed by all participants and reiterated that the objective of the Games – creating a platform for all companies in the industry to relax, network, compete and have fun – was realized.At the end of the games; Friesland Campina emerged overall winners with eight gold, five silver and five bronze as well as becoming the Football Champions by edging out Unilever on goals difference.Unilever were runners up in the football event as well as on the overall medals table with two Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals, BUA Group and UAC Foods won medals in various events.“We are the undisputed number one …. In the FMCG industry, we lead in industry best practices, fight to win with professionalism and inspire our people to always unleash their potentials,” FrieslandCampina Team Manager Kenneth Omeni boasted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leading beverage and foods company, FrieslandCampina Wamco has emerged champions of the fourth edition of Fast Moving Consumers Goods Games (FMCG).FrieslandCampina Wamco beating all comers to not only win the Football Gold but also emerge as Overall Champions at the games held at the Digital Bridge Institute Sports Complex, Oshodi, Lagos.The Games which brings together companies in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry to network, keep fit and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere witnessed participation in Athletics, Chess, Football, Scrabble and Table Tennis in the male and female categories.last_img read more

Former Brazilian FA Boss Jailed for Corruption

first_imgA former head of Brazil’s football association has been jailed for four years for corruption.Jose Maria Marin, 86, was one of seven FIFA officials arrested at a hotel in Zurich in May 2015.He was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast tournaments such as the Copa America. In addition, Marin was fined $1.2m (£920,000) and ordered to forfeit $3.34m (£2.59m).He was sentenced in a Brooklyn federal court by judge Pamela Chen and he is the first official to be sentenced as part of an American investigation into corruption at FIFA.Marin, a former governor of Sao Paulo, was last year found guilty of six of the seven counts against him, relating to money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy.He was convicted alongside Juan Angel Napout, who led South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL. He will be sentenced at a later date.Peru’s Manuel Burga was cleared of taking bribes by a jury in the USA.Marin’s lawyers say he will appeal against the sentence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Emery Turns to Europa League to Salvage Arsenal’s Season

first_imgFor 20 years under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal enjoyed the riches and the glamour of the Champions League and the impact of missing out has had serious implications on the budget Emery has had to work with.In January, he revealed the club could not afford to make any permanent signings.Emery is a specialist in Europe’s second-tier competition, winning it three times when at Sevilla, and he is also well acquainted with Arsenal’s semifinal opponents, Valencia, who he managed between 2008 and 2012.Emery also did a stellar job at the Mestalla, leading Valencia to three consecutive third-placed finishes behind dominant Barcelona and Real Madrid sides managed by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.“Emery was inducted into the Valencia hall of fame as one of the managers to have spent most time at Valencia, qualifying the team for the Champions League and performing well in it,” Valencia-based journalist Luis Cortes told AFP.However, doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal’s rebuild back to the heights they once enjoyed under Wenger.The same defensive issues that haunted the Frenchman’s final years in charge have been in evidence in recent weeks, conceding three times in three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 1967.Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations, but is yet to find the right balance with one of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often left out.Yet, there have been notable successes. Top-four rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United were all beaten at the Emirates this season and Emery’s men won home and away to Napoli in the Europa League quarterfinals.Arsenal go into the final two games of the league season just two points off the top four, compared to languishing 12 points behind in Wenger’s final season.“At the beginning of the season we knew it was going to be very difficult (to finish in the top four),” said Emery after the weekend’s chastening 3-0 defeat at Leicester.“We will continue, we will not look at the table, the Europa League is a big motivation for us.”Valencia find themselves in a similar situation to Arsenal in looking at the Europa League to save a disappointing domestic season.A shock 1-0 home defeat to Eibar on Saturday leaves Los Che sixth in La Liga and three points outside the top four with three games left.Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will return to the Emirates on Thursday and wants to mark Valencia’s centenary year in style.“I want to be in the history of Valencia,” said the Brazilian.“It is the year of the centenary and in 100 years’ time I want people to remember that Gabriel Paulists won the Europa League with Valencia,” he told the club’s website.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unai Emery’s first season in charge at Arsenal is in danger of imploding unless the Spaniard can again prove himself to be a Europa League specialist and cover up an alarming dip in the Gunners’ Premier League form.Arsenal have lost four of their past five league games to Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City to slip down to fifth and relying on more favours from Chelsea or Tottenham to have any chance of a top-four finish.However, winning the Europa League would also offer a much-needed return to the Champions League next season after a two-year absence.last_img read more