Commonwealth Games Trials: Emmanuel, Okon Win 400m Men, Women Honours

Bamidele Emmanuel and Patience Okon on Friday emerged winners in the 400m men and women categories respectively at the National/Commonwealth Games Trials in Abuja. While Emmanuel won with a personal best of 45.28 seconds, Okon completed the race in 51.40 seconds. Emmanuel later told newsmen he would strive to improve on his time before the Commonwealth Games, expressing optimism that Team Nigeria would win medals in the event at Gold Coast. “My target for the year is to do anything below 45 secs, maybe 44 sub. I believe I can…

CHAN QUARTER-FINAL: EAGLES TO BATTLE ANGOLA

The home-based Super Eagles will play Angola on Sunday in one of the quarter-final contest of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) following a 3-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea in a Group C clash at the Stade Adrar, Morocco on Tuesday evening. Anthony Okpotu, Dayo Ojo and substitute Rabiu Ali overturned Equatorial Guinea’s first-half advantage in what was an exciting encounter in Agadir. The Home-based Eagles created a basketful of chances in each of their first two matches against Rwanda and Libya, but had only Sunday Faleye’s 79th minute winner…

Arsenal knock out Chelsea in Carabao Cup, to meet Man City

Arsenal edged out London rivals Chelsea in the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup, coming from behind to win 2-1 on Monday at the Emirates Stadium. They will now meet Manchester City in the final in Wembley on 25 February. It was the fourth time in the last five seasons that Arsenal would qualify for the final of a domestic cup final. Eden Hazard scored for Chelsea in the 7th minute but five minutes after defender Antonio Ruediger gifted Arsenal a goal, to cancel Chelsea lead. In the second half,…

Gareth Bale Rescues  Madrid at FIFA Club World Cup

Gareth Bale scored the winner for Real Madrid in the second semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Emirates, as they slugged it out with home favourites Al-Jazira. The vital goal in the 81st minute, moments after replacing Karim Benzema propelled Madrid into the final billed for Saturday, giving them an opportunity to win the cup for the third time and match the tournament record of their Spanish rival, Barcelona. Madrid will face the Brazilian team Gremio, the Copa Libertadores champions, who beat Pachuka, the Mexican team,…

Big Shock! Yakubu Aiyegbeni Retires From Football

Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35. Aiyegbeni had been a free agent after being released by Coventry City earlier this year but after not signing for a new club, the Nigerian striker has decided to end his playing days. After first moving to English football in January 2003, Aiyegbeni went on to enjoy a fine career with teams competing in the Premier League and Championship, with 367 appearances being made in all competitions. Aiyegbeni represented Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City,…

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur suffer EMIRATES WOE as Arsenal effectively beat Pochettino’s side 2-0 thanks to goals from Mustafi and Sanchez. A full-strength side for Arsenal as Wenger makes two changes from the side that were beaten rather convincingly by Manchester City last time out. Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette coming in for Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi. Like Wenger, Pochettino has stuck with the three man defence which has seen Tottenham excel this season. Hugo Lloris has overcome injury to start today, while Christian Erkisen slots in alongside Dele Alli behind…

Coleman Quits Wales For Sunderland

Chris Coleman quit as Wales manager on Friday to take over at English Championship club Sunderland after he failed to steer his country to the World Cup. Coleman, who led a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales to the semifinals of Euro 2016, will be given the job of lifting Sunderland off the bottom of the table and ultimately winning promotion back to the Premier League. His future with Wales was in doubt from the moment they failed to qualify for Russia 2018. Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales,…

Stuttgart Beats Struggling Dortmund

Stuttgart 2 Borussia Dortmund 1 Akolo makes it 1-0 from Burki error Zieler produces saves Philipp makes it 1-1 Brekalo secures the win Match summary The home side hit the front in the early going as a mistake from keeper Roman Burki presented Chadrac Akolo with an easy finish. Just before the interval, Andre Schurrle saw his penalty saved before Maximilian Philipp struck back to make it 1-1. However, Josip Brekalo secured the victory in the second period as he finished well from Berkay Ozcan’s fine pass. Match report Dortmund…

D’Tigress Book World Cup ticket

D’Tigress booked the first FIBA World ticket from the African zone after advancing to the finals of the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket tournament when they defeated host-Mali in a hard fought semi-final game by 48points to 47. It was Mali’s Tirera Meiya that led the scorer’s chat with 15points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds but  it was not enough to upset a more technically balanced Sam Vincent led side who shared the scoring responsibility on the night. D’Tigress co-captain, Kalu Ezinne steered the battle charge against the host scoring 11points,…