Tuesday, November 21, 2017

​AfroBasket Champions D’Tigress Confirm Receipt Of President Buhari’s Reward

D’Tigress captain, Aisha Mohammed, and Evelyn Akhator have confirmed receiving the N1 million presidential reward promised them by Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
All 12 players in the D’Tigress squad to the 2017 AfroBasket for Women was paid N1m each for winning the championship in Mali, while the five technical crew members each got N500,00.
Both players (Mohammed and Akhator) in seperate reactions claim that the reward will spur the team to do better at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.
“I can confirm that we have received our money as promised when we went to present the trophy we won in Mali to Mr President.

Burnley install anti-terror barriers

Burnley became the first Premier League club to install security barriers to protect fans from Nice-style terrorist attacks at the weekend.
BurnleyThe barriers, which were used outside Turf Moor for Burnley’s 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, were installed in order to prevent terrorists from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the stadium.
“A series of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers will be installed ahead of and immediately after the match,” Burnley said in a statement ahead of the win.
Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes shot Burnley to seventh in the Premier League on Saturday, level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal, and with crowds flocking to Turf Moor the club used the barriers to safeguard security around the ground.

Conte Wary Of Qarabag Upset, Rules Out Moses, Moans About Chelsea Schedule

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his side cannot afford to make mistakes in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture against minnows Qarabag.
The Blues were embarrassed 3-0 by Italian side AS Roma in their last game in the competition and a win against the Azerbaijan club will see them book their ticket into the round of 16.
Conte has however warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by the lowly rated team who have picked two draws in their last two games in the competition against Atletico Madrid.
“For us it must go game by game, tomorrow is the most important thing for us. If we win we go into the next round, it is a really good target for us.

Salisu To Retain Home Eagles WAFU Cup Team For CHAN

By Adeboye Amosu: Home-based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf will stick with the majority of the players  that played at the recent WAFU Nations Cup for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Super Eagles will make their third appearance at CHAN and will play in Group C with Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.
The team came second at the WAFU Cup competition in September, losing 4-1 to perennial rivals and hosts Ghana in the final.
The 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season is expected to kick off on January 14 which leaves Yusuf  little or no chance of scouting for new players.
“Coach Salisu Yusuf will surely stick with the players that played at the WAFU Cup.

Wenger: Iwobi Now A Better Finisher, But Must Improve Defensively

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi to improve the defensive side of his game even after the Nigerian has progressed as a finisher.
Iwobi has enjoyed a strong start to the new season, especially for the Super Eagles, scoring the goal that sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in a 1-0 win against Zambia back in October.
Then last week Iwobi scored twice in a 4-2 comeback win against Argentina.
And in the Premier League, his only goal was in a 2-0 win against Brighton, bringing his tally so far this season in all competitions to four.
Following his impressive performances so far, Wenger who hailed the 21-year-old’s ‘unbelievable’ progress, however says the young attacker still has a fair way to go before becoming the complete article.

Neymar free to enjoy himself with friends outside football, says coach Emery

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
Neymar “Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday, at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes.
“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”
Neymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga, according to a report in Le Parisien. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes.

Neymar’s Nocturnal Antics Not A Worry To PSG Coach

Neymar: Photo: AFPParis Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
“Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday, at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes.
“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”
Unai EmeryNeymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga, according to a report in Le Parisien. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes.

Sharapova named in India housing project probe

 
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.
The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded.
“We have registered a case of cheating on directions from the court,” local police officer Arvind Sharma told AFP.
He said Sharapova and the firm behind the development, Homestead Infrastructure Development, were named in the case.
The 30-year-old tennis star travelled to India in 2012 to launch the luxury high-rise apartment complex – later named Ballet by Sharapova – which prospective buyers were told would house a tennis academy, a clubhouse and a helipad.

FIFA panel bans 3 ex football officials for life

FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former football officials from Guam, Nicaragua and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday.
The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee.
Others are Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association president and a former FIFA development officer; and Rafael Esquivel, former Venezuelan Football Association president.
All three men had pleaded guilty in the United States to separate federal charges ranging from wire fraud to racketeering and money laundering.

Udinese Sack Coach Del Neri

Luigi Del Neri. Photo:  Andreas SOLARO / AFPLuigi Del Neri was fired as Udinese coach on Tuesday with the club 14th in Serie A just three points above the drop zone.
The former Juventus and Roma coach is 67 and looks set to be replaced by Massimo Oddo, 41, who was part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning squad and who was recently coach of his hometown club Pescara.
“Udinese Calcio can confirm that first-team head coach Luigi Del Neri and assistant Giuseppe Ferazzoli have been relieved of their duties,” the club said on Twitter.
“The club would like to thank Del Neri and Ferazzoli for their dedication over the last 13 months and wishes them all the best for the future.

British Royal Pays Tribute To Late Jana Novotna

This file photo taken on July 4, 1998 shows Czech Republic’s Jana Novotna enjoying her championship trophy after winning the final of the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Photo: PASCAL PAVANI / AFPBritish royal the Duchess of Kent has paid tribute to former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna following the Czech player’s death from cancer, saying the tournament “will not be the same without her”.
Novotna captured hearts in Britain in 1993 when she featured in one of the most enduring images in the long history of Wimbledon as she was consoled by the royal after losing the 1993 final to Steffi Graf, having seemingly been on course for the title.

FIFA Bans Three Disgraced Officials For Life

FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges in US courts.
Rafael Esquivel, a former head of the Venezuelan Football Association, Nicaragua’s Julio Rocha, a former FIFA development officer, and Richard Lai of Guam, who served on FIFA’s auditing body, have all been barred from any further involvement in the sport.
“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr. Lai, Mr. Rocha and Mr. Esquivel guilty of having violated article 21 (bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” said a statement from the ethics watchdog of world football’s governing body.
“The officials are banned for life from all football-related activities… at national and international level,” it added.

Nigeria’s Omotayo Battles For Spot In Spanish Open Main Draw

By Johnny Edward: Nigerian table tennis star Olajide Omotayo will battle Turkish player Ibrahim Gunduz and Denis Zholudev from Kazakhstan in group four of the preliminary round of the Spanish Open which serves off on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Omotayo will be up against Gunduz on Wednesday while his second group tie against Zholudev is billed for Thursday.
The top players in the 20 groups will advance to the knockout stage.
In the doubles event, Omotayo will partner Nigeria-born Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu.
The duo are expected to face Paul Mccreery and Ashley Robinson from Ireland in the preliminary stage.

Ameobi Voted Bolton’s Best Player For October

Nigerian-born forward Sammy Ameobi has been voted by Bolton Wanderers’ fans as October KIA Player of the Month.
Championship club Bolton made the announcement on their official website on Tuesday.
Ameobi, 25, who joined Bolton on a one-year deal from Newcastle United on July 14, 2017, beat off competition from Gary Madine and Karl Henry to emerge top.
A statement on Bolton’s website reads: “Sammy Ameobi has been voted Bolton Wanderers’ KIA Player of the Month for October 2017 by the club’s supporters.
“Having made his return from injury in late-September, the Whites forward scored three times to return with a bang as Bolton went unbeaten throughout October.

Agali Delighted With Super Eagles Scout Role For Russia 2018

By Johnny Edward: Former Super Eagles striker Victor Agali has confirmed his chief scout role for the national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Agali was appointed by coach Gernot Rohr who guided the Super Eagles to their sixth FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“Yes I’m delighted and I hope to play my part in that role in ensuring the Super Eagles do well,” Agali told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Agali, who played under Rohr at French club OGC Nice in the 2004-2005 season, scoring six goals in 30 appearances, was an unofficial member backroom staff during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Agali, 38, played 12 times for the Super Eagles and scored five times.