RelatedPosts Edo 2020: Obaseki’s victory has several implications — Saraki Saraki’s Commissioner, others defect to APC Saraki asks UK, EU to join US in placing visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians Abubakar Bukola Saraki Ilorin FC will on Thursday unveil its former coach, Yomi Elijah, as Technical Adviser.The Club’s Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.Chukwuemeka said Elijah was chosen because of his passion to develop young talents into superstars.He said: “One of our cardinal objectives at ABS is to help young aspiring footballers to achieve their dreams.“Elijah is one of the perfect candidates to help actualise this objective, hence the reason we are hiring him.”Chukwuemeka said the former Kogi United tactician would be unveiled at 1pm on Thursday at the club’s secretariat in Ilorin.According to Chukwuemeka, the UK trained tactician is expected to resume work after his unveiling on Thursday.Tags: Abubakar Bukola SarakiAlloy Chukwuemeka
RelatedPosts Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21 Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Former African Boxing Union featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman has vowed to use the inaugural edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini to bounce back strongly.Usman’s last fight was an eight-round national featherweight challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 19 in July, where he was comprehensively defeated by Taiwo ‘Esepo’ Agbaje, who was also adjudged as the best boxer on the night.Speaking in an interview in Lagos on Friday, Usman stated that the defeat has taught him lessons, which he has taken seriously. “I’m happy that an opportunity for a comeback has manifested so soon through GOtv Boxing Night Mini. I’ve pushed my loss to Agbaje out of my mind and I want to open a new chapter in my career,” he said.He commended the sponsors for launching GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which he said will afford Nigerian boxers more opportunity to develop. Usman stated that as a former African champion, he understands benefits accruable from a show like GOtv Boxing Night, which he is persuaded will properly position Nigerian boxers for shots at sub-regional, continental and international titles.Boxers scheduled to fight at GOtv Boxing Night Mini include Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion; Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union welterweight champion; Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union featherweight champion; Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan.Tags: GOtv Boxing NightTaiwo “Esepo” AgbajeWaidi Skoro Usman
RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Nigeria’s trio of Victor Osimhen, Wilfried Ndidi and Odion Ighalo top the 30-man list for this year’s African Player of the Year award. The lads are being joined by award holder Mohamed Salah, Percy Tau and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the preliminary list of nominees for the 2019 African Player of the Year award. Salah beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Aubameyang to the individual honour in 2018 after impressing for both club and country. He faces competition for this year’s diadem from the young Lille forward who has been in fine scoring form since his move from Royal Charleroi Sporting Club. 2016 winner Riyad Mahrez, 2019 African Cup of Nations top scorer Odion Ighalo and Atletico Madrid midfield trojan Thomas Partey are also in the running. Other prominent players nominated are Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund, Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and PSG’s Idrissa Gueye. The awards will be held on Tuesday, January 7 2020, at Citadel Azure, Hurghada, Egypt.Tags: African Player of the Year awardMohamed SalahOdion IghaloVictor OsimhenWilfried Ndidi
RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua looks slimmer than he has ever done ahead of his highly-anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.The heavyweight lost his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles to the Mexican in one of boxing’s greatest ever shocks in June and will fight to win them back in Saudi Arabia next Saturday.Ahead of the bout, Joshua has shared an image of himself on Instagram looking totally transformed compared to his shape during that disastrous night in New York.In the aftermath of his first loss, many fans have compared images of the former world champion to those of him during the contest.And Joshua explained his decision to change his physique back in September when a journalist told the Brit he looked lighter.The boxer said: “More boxing focused. More boxing focused, muscle memory and stuff like that…“Even though it’s a short amount of time, that’s why you’ve said I’ve trimmed down.“Nothing else was more important to me in these three months than sharpening the tools that I left out of the box.“Rather than just coming in strong and fit.”And his opponent, Ruiz Jr, also looks like he’s shed some weight ahead of the fight.Much was made of his weight before the first fight, as he appeared rotund coming in as a late replacement and professing his love for Snickers.Ruiz Jr weighed in at 268lbs before knocking Joshua out, but is hoping to be around a stone lighter this time.“I will arrive in better condition. Lighter, faster and more powerful. They will believe that in December they will win,” the champion told ESPN Mexico.“People will always talk, but I have faith that we’re going to win and shut up more mouths.”Tags: Andy RuizAnthony JoshuaIBFWBAWBO
RelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Lionel Messi has made sure he isn’t missing out on the latest craze to sweep football after the Barcelona forward shared his attempt at the Stay At Home challenge. With football suspended around the world owing to the coronavirus outbreak, many global stars have found they have some time on their hands. While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been perfecting his dance moves with pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards and Sergio Aguero has been making pizzas, others have found another way to cure the boredom. Plenty of footballers have been keeping their eye in at home by playing keepy-uppy, but instead of using a football, they are often using one of the symbols of this current crisis – a roll of toilet paper. The likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Man United pair Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have already shared with the world their attempts. Mount’s fellow Blue Christian Pulisic did similar on Thursday, though his video didn’t exactly go to plan as he fell on his bottom while attempting an ‘around the world’ trick. Messi. as you would expect, avoided a similar fate as he showed his trademark skill and calmness throughout his effort, never once looking in bother. The Argentina international calmly kept his roll of toilet paper in the air throughout the clip shared on his Instagram account, producing deft flicks with both feet and his chest. The 32-year-old then finished with a flourish as he volleyed the loo roll out of shot – no doubt it would have found top bins had Messi been on a pitch. As is customary, the Barca attacker invited some of his peers to post their own efforts with Messi tagging club colleagues Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Jordi Alba in the clip as well as fellow Argentine Aguero. Tags: Bruno FernandesLionel Messi
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has extended his contract through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ending weeks of speculation about a new deal, Belgian media reported on Saturday.There was no official confirmation from the Belgian football association but newspapers said Martinez would stay in charge through to the next World Cup after negotiating a new two-year deal. His contract was up after this year’s European Championship, which has been shifted back a year because of the coronavirus crisis.Martinez, 46, had already said in interviews over the last weeks he wanted to stay in charge in order to take Belgium to Euro 2021, where they are drawn in Group B and will play Denmark, Finland and Russia.The team, who are top of the FIFA world rankings, had qualified in imposing fashion, by winning all 10 qualifiers, scoring 40 goals and conceding just three.Spanish-born Martinez, the former Wigan Athletic and Everton manager, took Belgium to third place at the World Cup and is popular among the players, reports added.With much of Belgium’s 2018 World Cup squad set to be in their early 30’s or approaching retirement by the end of the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The next two tournaments will be seen as crunch moments for a golden generation.Eden Hazard will be 31-years-old and Kevin de Bruyne 30 after Qatar, and will be primed to lead Belgium to rival France’s reigning champions.Tags: BelgiumCoronavirusRoberto Martinez
RelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Leicester’s £50 million-rated midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has revealed he was scared when he first joined The Foxes.The 23-year-old admitted filling N’Golo Kante’s boots in the title-winning side had put him under pressure from day one. Kante secured a big money move to Chelsea on the back of his pivotal part in leading Leicester to their shock title win in 2016.Kante won huge acclaim for his role in that fairytale story and Ndidi knew he had to prove he was up to the job.He took the plunge with a £17 million move from Belgian outfit Genk in January 2017 and hasn’t looked back.Ndidi said: “The pressure I had was that they just won the league. Kante left and they were looking for a replacement. Seeing this whole situation, it was very scary for me.“I was comfortable at Genk but it was like an opportunity for me to actually develop in my career. “It was the right time for me to go because Genk wanted me to progress in my career.“It was difficult at that time because I had to leave for another country and start afresh.“Even during training, everyone wanted to see what I can do because the person who just left actually made a mark. So, the pressure was just there.”Ndidi, who has been linked with Manchester United and some of Europe’s biggest clubs, told Out of Home podcast that he just had to buckle down and try to be himself.He added: “I encouraged myself to be myself and not trying to fill anybody’s shoes. “All I wanted to do was make a mark for myself which is so possible; and after playing the first two games, I got comfortable.”Tags: Leicester CityN’Golo KantePremier LeagueWilfred Ndidi
RelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Pierre Gasly took a stunning upset win in the Italian Grand Prix for Red Bull’s Alpha Tauri team in one of the most remarkable races in history.Lewis Hamilton was dominating until he was penalised for being called into the pit lane for a stop when it was closed. Two safety cars in quick succession mixed up the order and Gasly took the lead after Hamilton served his penalty.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz closed him down but the Frenchman just held him off to take his first grand prix victory.Hamilton fought back from last place, 18 seconds off the back of the pack, to seventh, just two places behind teammate Valtteri Bottas.Gasly’s win sealed an amazing turnaround in fortunes for the likeable 24-year-old, who just over a year ago was demoted from the senior Red Bull team to what was Toro Rosso and was renamed over the winter.Gasly has been outstanding ever since, including taking a second place in Brazil last year, and few will begrudge him this win. It is the junior team’s second grand prix victory – their first also at Monza, with Sebastian Vettel in 2008.But it was a cruel twist of fortune for Sainz, who had been running in a superb second place to Hamilton and should have been in a position to benefit from the world champion’s penalty.But the timing of the pit stops around two mid-race safety cars effectively ended Sainz’s hopes.He, along with all the leaders, pitted during the first safety-car period, triggered by a breakdown for Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.This was when Mercedes made the error that cost Hamilton his 90th Grand Prix win, calling him in as soon as the safety car was thrown and not noticing that race director Michael Masi had closed the pit lane because marshals were dealing with Magnussen’s car close to the entry. Gasly had made his stop a couple of laps before the first safety car so did not stop again, and this promoted him to third behind Hamilton and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll for a mixed-up field at the restart.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was soon into fourth place, passing both Alfa Romeo cars into the first chicane on the first lap of racing, but the Monegasque then lost control at the Parabolica and crashed heavily, causing the race to be reflagged for repairs to be made to the barriers.The race was re-started with a standing start with Hamilton ahead of Stroll, Gasly, the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi and Sainz.Tags: Carlos SainzItalian Grand Prixlewis hamiltonPierre Gasly
Press Association “He’ll go for the Irish National. I spoke to Middleham this morning and we’ll confirm it again tomorrow, but the plan looks (to be) to run him there,” Pipe told At The Races. The David Pipe-trained 10-year-old, who is owned by Middleham Park Racing, has been a tremendous servant to connections, winning at both the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot. He fell in last year’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree and has been out of luck in his three starts since landing the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle in December. Junior has been given the go-ahead to attempt to defy top weight in the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.
Press Association The former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt was available at 7-2 on Monday but sustained support now has him as the clear favourite around the 7-4 mark. O’Brien also runs Reply. Saeed bin Suroor’s Farhh, second in four Group Ones last season, twice behind Frankel, makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance in a race his trainer has won four times. Aidan O’Brien’s Declaration Of War, a midweek gamble for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, heads a field of 13 for the first Group One of the season for older horses. Roger Charlton’s Cityscape avoided Frankel last season as he was in the same Khalid Abdullah ownership but he suffered his own near-misses behind Excelebration. John Gosden supplemented Fencing after an impressive display at Ascot on his first run as a gelding, while last year’s French 1000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour is an intriguing runner for Sir Henry Cecil. Roger Varian has always highly rated Aljamaaheer but so far he was been found wanting when upped in class. Richard Hannon won the race in 2010 and 2011 with Paco Boy and Canford Cliffs respectively but his representative this year, Trumpet Major, will need a career-best here. Hannon also runs Libranno, the mount of Kieren Fallon. Connections of David O’Meara’s Penitent, last seen in Hong Kong at Sha Tin, will be hoping for rain. Chil The Kite, Sovereign Debt and German raider Amaron complete the field.