first_imgIt’s the Foxes first league win since New Year’s Eve and it moves them out of the relegation places. Leicester’s caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare says he’s been enjoying being in charge of the team but is distancing himself from talk of him getting the job on a permanent basis.last_img

first_imgRuby Walsh is set to line up against his flat jockey counterparts this weekend.The 12-time National Hunt champion jockey will take the ride on the Willie Mulins-trained Renneti at Leopardstown tomorrow.It’ll be Walsh’s first flat race in four-years.There are National Hunt cards this afternoon at both Down Royal and Kilbeggan. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img

first_imgWith this, Afolabi became the sixth beneficiary of the scholarship that is awarded yearly by the management of the Greensprings School.Speaking at the gala night to climax the end of the one-week camp, Executive Director of Greensprings School, Mrs Lai Koiki‎ said essence of the annual is to help the youth developed and bring out the best in them.“The camp another way Greensprings is impacting children from other schools. Our purposes for the camp is to get young people engaged, to develop their football skills further because we realize that the future of football in Nigeria depends on the young children as well as to catch them young. We want to continue the Greensprings’ commitment in helping to mould the character of young Nigerians to become mature and well-rounded adults ready to face the challenges of tomorrow’s ever changing world. Sports generally and football in particular instils in them lessons and skills that are essential in life. It provides opportunity for young impressionable youth to learn values like discipline, team work and help them to concentrate because they need to be focused and be self-confidence,” Koiki said.She added: “All the awardees have always been from public schools. All I want to say is that we are blessed to be a blessing and what we are doing is to ensure that whatever it is that God has entrusted into our hands, we are reaching out to empower other people, to empower families and to develop children for the future. At times when you think that you are doing something for someone else, you are actually doing it for yourself and in reality, it is our future that we are protecting by ensuring that this children are well taken care of”.Dotun Coker, a member of the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), who represented the chairman, Oluseyi Akinwunmi commended the management of Greensprings school ‎for helping the state and country at large.His words: “In the evaluation that we have done, we found out that the impact of what Greensprings have been doing with our trainers and we have seen the coaches returning to their various schools and academies, trained those youth and they have impacted on the skills of the students. We will remain grateful to the management of the school for keeping faith with the camp despite the economic challenges across the country. I hope and believe that these children will become stars like Kanu Nwankwo and Jay Jay Okocha and Greensprings will always be in their mind.”Among the products of the camp who are now member of the National U-13 team are Musa Ali and Elvis Onyese. Over 138 participants drawn from schools across the country took part in the week-long coaching clinic meant for children between ages 5 and 17. The exercise was handled by foreign coaches and instructors from England and the Netherlands with support from their Nigerian counterparts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For displaying exceptional skills coupled with his off-the-field conduct during the 5th annual Kanu/Greensprings Football Camp, 10 year-old Yusuf Afolabi has been awarded scholarship by the management of Greensprings School in Lagos.This gesture is part of the school’s usual act to reward outstanding participants at the annual football camp.The primary six pupil of the Lagos Island-based Anwarul Islam Primary School emerged the best player in the camp and the scholarship will give me the opportunity to study in one of the best schools in Nigeria as well as hone his skills ‎in football.‎Afolabi who is a product of the Eko Football initiative, which advocates combining football with education, thrilled the coaches at the camp with his ‎uncanny skills and understanding of the game.last_img read more

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaAVM Saliu Atawodi at the weekend posted 69 nett in very clement conditions to emerge the overall winner of the 9th edition of JK Gadzama LLP Golf Tournament. A guest list of 180 golfers made up the field for the event.Atawodi, who plays off handicap 17, edged the youthful E.Iloghalu on the count back, to claim the 18- hole title played over the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja. Iloghalu, however, did not lose out entirely, as his 69 nett guaranteed him the Men Division 3 Best Nett first position, ahead of S.U Ahmadu (70) and A.O Ugochukwu (71).Fei Shen carded 72 nett to wrap up Division 2 honour, while Adebanjo Adeleke submitted 71 to emerge the Division 1 Best Nett winner.On the basis of the performance, Adeleke, who teed off as an 11 handicapper,ended with his handicap reviewed to 10, his lowest as an amateur.The. Chief Judge of FCT, Justice Ishaq Belloperformed the morning ceremonial tee off.Justice Bello stressed the essence of the tournament as an activity that brings judicial officials out of their sedentary life to maintain fitness and sound health that will enable them discharge their responsibility.“The persistence of JK Gadzama SAN, that judges and lawyers generally must play golf to be healthy must be commended. This tournament is also the groundwork for the Bar and Bench Golf tournament, ” Justice Bello said.Gadzama told reporters that from next year, the tournament will be played as a charity event to raise and donate money for charity cause.The 10th edition will be played in Abuja on April 8, 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgFemi SolajaInspite of scarcity of foreign exchange due to down turn in the country’s economy, organisers of annual Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship have increased the total prize money of the competition from $80,000 to $100,000.The increment will take effect from the 16th edition which holds from 8-22 October, 2016 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Secretary General of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Gloria Ekwempu in a telephone interview last night confirmed that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has been notified about the increment, while the world tennis governing body has already indicated it on its website.Since 2003 when the competition became an approved Pro Circuit of ITF, the total prize money has been 80,000 dollars with the men’s winners (singles and doubles) earning 30,000 dollars in the two legs event, while the women’s used to go home with 50,000 dollars. But this year, the men’s winners will take home the sum of 50,000 dollars, while the women prize money remain the same.One of the reasons for the increase in prize money is to attract to the competition higher ranked players across the world.The tournament, which comprises of Futures 3 and 4,is being organised annually to celebrate the sitting governor in Lagos State since the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This year’s edition will be the second under the government of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.The Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship has over the years attracted over 400 players from more than 50 countries of the world at every edition.Seventeen-year-old French lady, Tessah Andrianjaftrimo and Aldin Setkic of Bosnia respectively won the women and men’s singles of the first leg of 15th edition held last year, while Dutchman Antal Van Der Duim and Conny Perrin of Switzerland respectively won the men and women’s singles of the second leg.The Governor’s Cup has been sponsored over the years by FCMB and Etisalat Nigeria and others such as Deux Projects Ltd, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, CCECC, Julius Berger Plc, Naston Ltd, LASACO Plc. and a host of other private individuals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, is believed to have agreed a four year deal with La Liga side, Valencia. Mikel who held talks with Valencia’s Sporting Director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, on Christmas day in London, with the prospect of switching to the Spanish club, snubbed big spending Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, French side Olympique Marseille and Serie A duo of AC and Inter Milan to land the deal.After 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, Mikel is joining Valencia on a free transfer after Chelsea decided to let the midfielder leave for no fee, despite having six months left on his current deal.Valencia is expected to announce the deal as soon as they are able to trash out the modalities of Mikel transfer with Chelsea. He is due some compensation which both teams have to agree on which party will pay.Mikel, 29, has not featured for Chelsea this season after returning from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he led Dream Team VI to Nigeria’s only bronze medal at the Games.Pitarch confirmed to Spanish media, Superdeporte: “In the case of Obi Mikel, with Chelsea’s permission, I met with him in London on Christmas day.“I informed him of the option (of joining Valencia). He said he would think about it.”Valencia is looking to reinforce their squad this month in a bid to turn their fortunes around.With just three wins in their 15 league games, Los Che are 17th in La Liga and level on 12 points with Sporting Gijon, who are in the relegation zone.Cesare Prandelli quit the Spanish team last Friday after less than three months in charge.The former Italy coach stepped down following a disagreement with the club owners over transfers matters.Mikel has made over 240 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in the summer of 2006 from Norwegian side Lyn.Valencia host Celta Vigo in today’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 first leg with the former club player Voro Gonzalez stepping in as interim coach for the second time this season and fifth overall.When the news of Mikel’s transfer first leaked, a confidant of the Super Eagles captain insisted that Mikel is likely to settle for the biggest offer he can attract because he no longer has anything to prove in the game.Two seasons ago, Mikel demanded a salary of six million dollars tax-free a year if he were to quit Stamford Bridge.“He is not looking for a club to win more trophies again, he is looking for a club, who will give him the right money. That is the more reason the agents are now carefully studying the offers tabled by all the clubs interested in his services,” revealed the close confidant of Mikel.“He has achieved all what he can in football, so he needs the money now.”Although the offer from the Chinese clubs appears tempting, sources from Mikel camp hinted that it was not yet time for the Jos-born footballer to go to Asia for ‘pension’ yet.Mikel has outdone the legendary Nwankwo Kanu as the most decorated Nigeria star after he won both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League as well as two Premier League titles, four FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img*Egypt, Tunisia, others book tickets to Cameroon 2019A goal from Thailand-based Njiva Rakotoharimalala yesterday qualified Madagascar for her first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals.The 26-year-old midfielder scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as the Malagasy beat visiting Equatorial Guinea. They became the first team to qualify for a place in the finals that have now been expanded from 16 teams to 24 for future tournaments.They were later joined by Egypt and Tunisia in qualifying for the finals in Cameroon next June and July.Madagascar’s win over Equatorial Guinea moved them to ten points in Group A with two matches left to play.The game was played in the city of Vontovorona after Madagascar was banned from using the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo for “three matches or three months”.The suspension was imposed by the Confederation of Africa Football following a stampede at the national stadium in September when one person was killed and nearly 40 others were injured.Madagascar becomes the 40th different nation to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.Egypt and Tunisia helped each other to qualify for next year’s expanded finals as they both won in Group J.First of all Egypt secured a 2-0 win over eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) thanks to a headed goal from Ahmed Hegazi after 19 minutes and well worked team goal that was finished by Marwan Mohsen early in the second half.The Pharaohs qualification was confirmed later on Tuesday as Tunisia maintained their 100 per cent winning record with a 2-1 win over Niger 2-1 in Niamey.Sfaxien’s Firas Chaouat scored two goals in a four-minute period in the first-half on his international debut for Tunisia.Niger Youssef Oumarou grabbed what turned out to be a consolation for the hosts.Tunisia top the pool with a maximum 12 points, Egypt have nine points while Niger and eSwatini are now out of contention for the finals on a single point apiece.There were two drawn matches in Group B as Comoros grabbed a 2-2 against visiting Morocco and Malawi held Cameroon to a goalless draw in Blantyre.El Fardou Ben Mohamed, who plays for Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, opened the scoring after just eight minutes to give Comoros a shock lead.The Moroccans then fought back with two second-half goals from Khalid Boutaib and Nordin Amrabaat to take the lead.The hosts kept battling and Ben Mohamed was on target again in injury time at the end of the match to earn a point for Comoros.Group B after four matches:Cameroon 8 points (qualify as hosts)Morocco 7 pointsMalawi 4 pointsComoros 2 pointsThe results mean that Cameroon top the group with eight points, but they have qualified automatically as the Nations Cup hosts leaving just one more place up for grabs from the group.Morocco leads the way in the race to the finals on seven points, Malawi move to four points and Comoros are on two – with all the teams having played four matches.Three teams remain in contention to qualify from Group C after Gabon beat hosts South Sudan 1-0 and Burundi held visiting Mali to a 1-1 draw.Midfielder Andre Biyogo Poko, who plays in Turkey for Goztepe, won the match for Gabon with a goal five minutes after half-time.Gabon played without Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he did not travel with the team to Juba, no official reason has been given for his decision.Burundi took the lead in Bujumbura through striker Fiston Abdul Razak before Mamadou Fofana levelled the score for the visitors.Group C after four matches:Mali 8 pointsGabon 7 pointsBurundi 6 pointsSouth Sudan 0 points (eliminated)Guinea and Ivory Coast remain the favourites to qualify from Group H despite both being held to away draws.Ivory Coast was held to a goalless draw in Bangui by Central African Republic while in Kigali it was 1-1 between Rwanda and Guinea.Guinea took the lead in the first-half by Jose Kante but Jacques Tuyisenge ensured the points were shared with a late equaliser.The Syli Nationale had to play the second-half without Liverpool’s Naby Keita, who had to be helped from the pitch with an injury.Wins for both Guinea and Ivory Coast would have taken both teams through to next year’s finals.The results mean that Guinea top the group with 10 points, Ivory Coast have seven, CAR are on four and Rwanda bottom with a single point.Uganda took a big step towards qualifying for second successive Nations Cup as neighbours Tanzania kept their hopes alive in Group L.Croatia-based striker Farouk Miya scored both goals for Uganda as they beat hosts Lesotho 2-0.His first in Maseru came after just six minutes and he added a second from curling freekick ten minutes before half-time.Tanzania recovered from a missed penalty to record a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Dar Es Salaam.Saimon Msuva tapped in from close range for the first with Mbwana Samatta, who plays in Belgium with Genk, added the second.The Uganda Cranes now lead the way with 10 points in the group, Tanzania move to five one ahead of Cape Verde with Lesotho bottom on two.There are two more qualifying rounds left to play one in November and the final matches will be in March next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgSenegal’s Teranga Lions is Africa’s number one –ranked team, but the Super Eagles are determined to give a good account of themselves when both teams square up in Ismailia on Sunday evening.                   Feelers from the camp indicate only a very positive ambience with players and officials thinking of how to bring honour and glory to the nation, when the whistle goes for kick off at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in seven days.The last time both Nigeria and Senegal clashed at senior level was on 23rd March 2017, at The Hive (home of Barnet FC and London Bees) in London. Kelechi Iheanacho equalized from the spot after Moussa Sow had put Senegal ahead – both goals coming in the second half. Three –time African champions Nigeria are on an eight –match unbeaten run since elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.Sunday’s game has been scheduled to start at 7pm Egypt time (6pm Nigeria time) and both Federations have agreed that the match be played behind closed door in order to enable both coaching crews to tinker with tactics and strategy during the encounter.The Nigeria delegation will depart from Ismailia on Monday morning, for Alexandria – venue of their Group B attrition against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more