Gatland rings the changes

first_imgTipp man and former Ireland forward Alan Quinlan says Gatlands changes may effect them defensively. Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland has shaken up his starting 15 for Saturday’s second test against New ZealandOwen Farrell replaces Ben Teo at inside centre while Johnny Sexton takes over at out half.Peter O’Mahony drops out of the squad while Conor Murray, Tadhg Furlong and Sean O’Brien all keep their places. Photo: © lionsrugby.comlast_img

Moroccan Ambassador Canvasses Stronger Ties with Nigeria Football

first_img“Morocco and Nigeria already have very good relations in several areas of endeavor, and we believe that both countries have quality football Leagues that can become even stronger with shared templates and ideas.“Personally, I am a football fan, and I cannot forget that outstanding Nigeria team of 1994. I believe the Moroccan League, which boasts of players from a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, can do with players from Nigeria,” observed the ambassador.Pinnick, who was in company with a number of his Executive Committee members, including Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Ibrahim Gusau, Aisha Falode, Musa Duhu, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Babagana Kalli and Mohammed Alkali, and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi thanked the envoy and promised that the NFF will explore areas of further and stronger collaboration with the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF).“Morocco, just like Nigeria, is a proud football nation and has produced a number of legends in the African game. The country has a very professional FA and a strong League, and it has excellent facilities to host major competitions.“We are interested in better co-operation and collaboration with the FRMF.”The NFF President and the 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, are due in Morocco next Monday on invitation to peruse possible areas of further collaboration.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha-ouali Tagma tuesday sought for stronger ties between the football ruling bodies of his country and Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, in Abuja.Ambassador Tagma, accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission, Abdellatif Jihaoui, expressed their conviction that stronger ties would benefit both countries that are continental powers in the game of football.last_img read more

Colombian Players Get Death Threats after Losing Penalty Shootout to England

first_imgAccording to UK’s Mirror, mostly aimed at Bacca who fans thought took the worse penalty and played badly, the posts warned the players they were “dead’, urged them to kill themselves and told them not to return to the South American country.The sinister messages were made despite a police investigation into early death threats made towards Colombian player Carlos Sanchez after he was sent off three minutes into the team’s World Cup opener against Japan.Many outraged football fans pointed out that yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the death of Andres Escobar, who was shot dead after his own goal was blamed for sending Colombia home at the 1994 World Cup in USA.One post by Twitter user David Castaneda warned: “Die Carlos Bacca. Son of a bitch. No-one wants you, gonorrhoea. To this country you don’t return.”Another, Jhon Duqueismo, wrote: “Thank you to all the players, except to three-time son of a bitch, useless, dead, Carlos Bacca. Don’t come back here.”HumorFPCosky wrote: “I hate you Carlos Bacca, I hate all of you, I hate your indifference, your animal surname, and your ass’s game. You’re worse than a cancer, at least with cancer you can go to a doctor and find out what you have.“Carlos Bacca, get depressed and kill yourself, so you don’t continue living this agony.”Patricio wrote: “Uribe, you are a piece of shit, I hope you die.”Another user, INFINITO wrote: “That was Mateus Uribe’s last game, that man is already dead.”But other Colombian fans expressed their shock at the cruel messages.Brayan Sanchez wrote: “Don’t wish for the death of Bacca and Uribe. Do we wish to repeat what happened to Andres Escobar? Is this Colombia? Games are won and lost, we are a real country.”Another, Lois Lane, said: “The anniversary of the death of Andres Escobar and you are calling for the death of Bacca. I’m sorry, I can’t stand such shit people. Get out of my timeline.”And MoreJuanSe wrote: “Now they start to insult and threaten Uribe and Bacca. Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the death of Andres Escobar, please, please! Let’s learn how to lose as well.”Andres Escobar was gunned down by a gangland figure 10 days after his mistake against the US knocked Colombia out of the World Cup hosted in the USA.Hours before the showdown with England his brother, Sachi, had warned that the tragedy could happen again if Colombia failed to get through to the quarter-finals.And he pleaded with his country’s passionate fans and gangland figures ensure sure that no other player is hurt or threatened if things didn’t go their way.He said: “I want to send an important message to those people who think things can be resolved with violence, and with weapons, that they can take someone’s life just because they make a mistake, in this case the life of a football player.“Football should be a vehicle of peace and social transformation, and at the end of the day, it is just a game.“But I truly hope that, if Colombia failed to meet these expectations, then the tragedy that happened to my brother doesn’t repeat itself. God forbid that it happens again.”And he said of the death threats made against Sanchez, he said: “As a brother who has gone through this, I know what must be going through their heads, and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that.“Carlos must be feeling both sad for the mistake he made, and very afraid, and his family too.“My brother never received any threats, they just shot him dead in the most cowardly way. The fact that people are still allowed to say these things on social network sites, even threaten him with death… shows me that nothing good came out of Andres’ death, nothing was learned.“These people are just lowlifes who are not real Colombian football fans, who should be arrested and thrown into jail.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two Colombian players who missed penalties against England have received death threats from furious fans on social media.Vile messages targeting Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca started to appear within minutes of Colombia being knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia following the dramatic shoot-out.Uribe’s penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca’s attempt was saved by hero England goalkeeper Pickford.last_img read more

Ronaldo’s Champions League Debut for Juve Ends in Tears

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Sent off in altercation with Valencia’s MurilloCristiano Ronaldo ended his Champions League debut for Juventus in tears after being sent off against Valencia on Wednesday.However, his consolation will be that Juventus was cruising to a crushing victory against the Spanish team, despite being reduced to 10 men. Score was 2-0 in 60th minute.Ronaldo was shown a red card by German referee Felix Brych in the 29th minute at Estadio Mestalla after an altercation with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.The decision seemed harsh. Ronaldo was being tracked by Murillo in the penalty box and aimed a small kick at his opponent as they tussled.Murillo instantly fell to the ground and, after consulting his assistant on the goalline, Brych sent Ronaldo off. The striker dropped to the floor in disbelief and had tears in his eyes when he finally walked down the tunnel.Ronaldo will now miss Juventus’ next game in Group H, which is at home to Young Boys on October 2.The red card received by Ronaldo today was his 11th in his stellar career.Catalogue of Ronaldo’s 10 other Red Cards since 20041. Saturday, May 15, 2004, Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 2Ronaldo scored in United’s 2-0 win away to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, but was booked twice for diving and time wasting late on. His first booking was eventually rescinded meaning he didn’t have to serve a suspension.2. Saturday, January 14, 2006, Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1The Portuguese was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on former United favourite Andy Cole as the Red Devils went on to lose the Manchester derby 3-1.3. Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Portsmouth 1 Manchester United 1A straight red card and three-match ban was again dished out to Ronaldo for an apparent headbutt on Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.4. Sunday, November 30, 2008, Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1Ronaldo saw red in a Manchester derby once more, this time for two bookable offences after a trip on Shaun Wright-Phillips and then an inexplicable handball.5. December 5, 2009, Real Madrid 4 Almeria 2A first red card in La Liga came in Ronaldo’s debut season for two petulant late bookings coming after he had missed a penalty and also scored Los Blancos’ fourth goal in a 4-2 win.6. January 24, 2010, Real Madrid 2 Malaga 0Just a month later Ronaldo doubled his count of red cards at the Bernabeu when he elbowed Malaga midfielder Patrick Mtiliga in the face as he tried to escape the Dane’s clutches. Earlier, the Portuguese had scored both Madrid’s goals in a 2-0 win.7. May 17, 2013, Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2On a disastrous night for Real as they lost a Madrid derby for the first time in 14 years, Ronaldo kicked out at Atletico captain Gabi in the final few minutes and was shown a straight red.8. February 2, 2014, Athletic Bilbao 1 Real Madrid 1Ronaldo was given a three-game ban after clashing with Athletic defender Carlos Gurpegi and then showing his disagreement with the referee when he was shown a straight red card as he left the field.9. January 24, 2015, Cordoba 1 Real Madrid 2Arguably his most violent discretion as he kicked out at Cordoba defender Edimar.10. August 13, 2017, Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3Ronaldo packed plenty of action in a 24-minute appearance as a second-half substitute as he smashed into the top corner to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.However, his decision to celebrate by removing his shirt to flex his muscles proved costly as he was booked and just two minutes later saw a second yellow card for diving in the referee’s eyes in an attempt to win a penalty.RESULTSAjax 3-0 AEKBenfica 0-2 BayernShakhtar 2-2 HoffenheimMan City 1-2 LyonMadrid 3-0 RomaPlzen 2-2 CSKAValencia 0-2 JuventusYoung Boys 0-3 Man UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

26 Teams Qualify for Zonal Stage

first_imgAccording to the organisers, this was done because of the size of the LG.The LG winners are as follows: Udu – Orhuwhorun High School, Orhuwhorun, Warri SouthWest – Ogbe-Ijoh Grammar School, Ogbe-Ijoh, Ukwani -Boys Sec. School. Obiaruku, Ethiope West- Oreki Sec. Sch. Oghareki, Ndokwa West- Community Sec. Sch. Ogbole- Ogume, Isoko North- St.Paul Sec. School. Ozoro, Isoko South- St. Michael’s College Oleh, Oshimili North- St. Thomas College Ubusa, Warri North – Iwere college Koko, Ethiope East – Jeta Sec. School. Abraka, Uvwie – Ekpan Sec. School. Ekpan.Other are: Sapele – Obule Integrated Sch. Sapele, Burutu – Ogulagha Sec. Sch. Ogulagha, Okpe – Ugbokodo Sec. Sch. Ugbokodo-Okpe,Aniocha South- Comprehensive Sec. Sch. Ogwashi-Uku, Ika North East – Owa Model Sec. Sch Owa , Warri South- Dore Numa College Warri. Oshimili South- Niger Mixed Sec. Sch. Asaba, Bomadi -Seniebe College Bomadi, Patani- Uduophori Sec. Sch. Patani, Ughelli South- Otokutu Sec. Sch. Otokutu, Aniocha North- Boys model Sec. Sch. Onicha-Olona, Ika South – Mixed Sec. Sch. Abavo, Ndokwa East- Ashaka Mixed Sec. School Ashaka, Ughelli North 1 – Uwheru Grammar Sch. Uwheru, Ughelli North 2 – Orherhu Sec. Sch . Orherhu.All the 26 qualifiers will compete in the zonal elimination series scheduled to take place between January 15 and 19, 2019.The zonal stage will produce eight quarter finalists who are to compete for four semifinal tickets between January 21 and 25, 2019.Head of the organizing team, Tony Pemu, said there would be draws for the zonal stage matches and venues very soon.“We are happy with the huge progress we have made this year due to the strong backing of the sponsors, Zenith Bank and the Delta State Government,” Pemu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Zenith Bank/ Delta Principal’s CupA total of 26 schools have qualified for the zonal stage of the 3rdedition of the Delta State Principal’s Cup Football competition sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc.The developmental football tournament which was in limbo for many years was revived couple of years ago courtesy of a partnership between the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration and Zenith Bank.The current edition which started in October at the local government level has produced one winner in each of the 25 LGs except Ughelli North that had two winners from North 1 and North 2.last_img read more

Betway Boosts Nigerian Amputee Football Team with Kits

first_imgBetway will continue to support the football community and other worthy social causes, all for the love of the game.” He concluded.Items donated by Betway include first aid kits, nets, crutches, footballs, bibs, training jerseys, football boots and sports bags. These items will help improve the team in various areas such as training and games to come.Betway, official principal sponsors of English Premier League side West Ham United, has sponsored major sporting events all around the world including Premier League Darts in the UK, Queen Mother Champion Chase, a prestigious horse racing championship and the first ever 5-Aside League in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram International sports betting platform, Betway and sponsors of the first ever five-a-side professional league in Nigeria, has taken its love for Nigerian football a notch higher by embarking on a CSR project, donating valuable items to the Special Eagles, the Nigerian National Amputee Team on Tuesday, January 14, 2019.This project will go a long way in improving the morale of the amputee Football players who represented Nigeria at the 2018 edition of the Amputee World Cup in Mexico.According to Betway Nigeria Country Manager, Lere Awokoya, “We are happy to support the development of the Nigerian Amputee Football Team with this donation. We truly appreciate the players and staff for their efforts in inspiring other Nigerians for flying Nigeria’s flag with pride.”last_img read more

FIFA Still Silent on U-20 Women W’Cup in Nigeria

first_imgThe FIFA Council, which met Thursday in Shanghai, China, made appointments of future hosts of FIFA competition but was loudly silence on the 2020 Women’s Under 20 World Cup, which is assumed that Nigeria will host.Pronouncement on the conferment of hosting rights was expected to be made last September 12, but the meeting of the Organising Committee of FIFA did not come out with any report, despite making announcements on future competitions.Again yesterday, FIFA Council announced hosts of other competitions without that which Nigeria is interested in. The appointment of hosts of future FIFA competitions as announced runs thus: Indonesia as the host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021, Peru as the host of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2021, Russia as the host of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 In addition, Tokyo has been announced as the host of the 71st FIFA Congress in May 2021.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more