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Ikpeba: Europa League Title Will Be Perfect Parting Gift For Wenger

Former Nigeria striker, Victor Ikpeba, believes that winning the UEFA Europa League will be a perfect departure gift for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger announced on Friday that he will quit his role at the end of the season having spent over two decades with the Gunners. The Frenchman has already won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups at the club but is yet to taste success on the European scene. The Gunners could achieve that under his tutelage this season as they are already into the last four of the…

Enyimba Draw Mali’s Djoliba, Congo’s CARA, CIV’s Williamsville In CAFCC Group Stage

Two-time African champions, Enyimba, will face Mali’s Djoliba, Williamsville of Cote d’l voire and AC CARA of Congo in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup. The draw ceremony took place at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday. Djoliba, who knocked out Nigeria’s MFM 1-0 on aggregate in the play-off round are the People’s Elephant’s main rival in the group. Williamsville and AC CARA will be participating in the group stages for the first time. The top two teams in the group will proceed to the quarter-finals. In…

CAFCC: Enyimba Advance Past Bidvest Wits Into Group Stages

Enyimba progressed into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup after they were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Bidvest Wits of South Africa in the second leg of their CAF Champions League play-off tie at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Wednesday. The Peoples Elephant qualified on the away goals rule following a 1-1 draw in the first leg a fortnight ago in Johannesburg. Both teams fought hard in the first half with no meaningful goal-scoring opportunities. Bidvest Wits got more daring in the second half knowing they…

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT (NETBALL)

BNB Club To Develop Netball In Schools …Counts gains of Ghana playing tour Bringing Netball Back Club is committed to the developing the game the country, working with the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Netball Federation to increase participation in the sport. On the heels of the successful maiden tour of the Lagos based club to Ghana, BNB in partnership with the stakeholders will encourage emergence of netball clubs across Nigeria. President of the club, Abimbola Smith who is optimistic about the future of the game…

People will ‘kill me’ if Manchester United don’t win FA Cup – Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says people will be out to "kill'' him if Manchester United do not win the FA Cup this season. Brought in after Louis van Gaal's straightforward style and lack of progress cost him his job in 2016, the Portuguese oversaw Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory in his first campaign. United's sixth-place finish in the Premier League tempered that success, but Mourinho is on course to finish second this term -- the club's highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as champion in 2013. However, the…

DALUNG INSISTS ON COMMONWEALTH ACHIEVEMENTS

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has expressed dismay over the recent position of the leadership of the National body of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) to fault his position on the achievements of Team Nigeria at the XXI Commonwealth Games. Dalung said the statement issued by its secretary, Wale Alabi on behalf of SWAN President, Honor Sirawoo was a cheap attempt at underplaying Team Nigeria’s noble outing at the just concluded games where they won 9 gold, 9…

OBLAK UNSURE OVER ATLETICO MADRID FUTURE

The goalkeeper did little to deny transfer rumours after his team's goalless draw against Real Betis on Sunday. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak said "nobody knows" what will happen in the future as the Slovenian star insisted he is only focused on ending the season with silverware. Oblak has been linked with Premier League side Liverpool and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain previously following his exploits for Atletico. The 25-year-old – who moved to Madrid from Benfica in 2014 – has helped Atletico up to second…

ITTF Extends Three-Year Title Sponsorship Deal with Uncle Pop for Women’s World Cup

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has extended its partnership deal with Chinese leisure food company Uncle Pop for the ITTF Women’s World Cup for another three years. The ITTF Women’s World Cup is one of the most prestigious events on the ITTF calendar and is one of three tournaments that counts towards the Grand Slam (World Championships, World Cup, Olympic Games). On the back of a successful 2017 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Uncle Pop will continue to be the title sponsor and official snack food for the…

Exclusive: Bach urges Federations to follow weightlifting lead and limit participation of countries with poor doping records at Tokyo 2020

World governing bodies are being encouraged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider stripping Tokyo 2020 quota spots from countries, including Russia, where there are serious doping problems. IOC President Thomas Bach recommended other sports to follow the lead set by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), who announced new rules this month that mean at least 16 countries could forfeit spots due to repeated failures. Bach, speaking at a joint meeting of the IOC and the Association of Summer…

Wenger’s Arsenal swansong starts with win over West Ham

Arsenal scored three goals in the final eight minutes as manager, Arsene Wenger, marked his penultimate home English Premier League match in charge. Wenger’s side ended the day with a crushing 4-1 win over West Ham United in a London derby at the Emirates on Saturday. Defender Nacho Monreal put Arsenal ahead six minutes into the second half when he fired low past Joe Hart at a corner kick to bring the match to life after a dull first half. Marko Arnautovic equalised 13 minutes later when substitute midfielder Manuel Lanzini…

Chelsea beat Southampton to set up FA Cup final against Manchester United

A flash of attacking brilliance from Olivier Giroud and an emphatic header from substitute Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over struggling Southampton in the second FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley on Sunday. Chelsea’s victory means an FA Cup final date with Manchester United next month. Giroud muscled and dribbled past three defenders and keeper Alex McCarthy seconds into the second half to poke the ball home from a pass by the ever-busy Eden Hazard. Morata, who came on for Giroud, made it two in the 82nd minute,…

Japan Flyweight Higa Stripped Of WBC Title For Being Overweight

Japan’s Daigo Higa, aiming to break the national record for consecutive knockouts, was stripped on Saturday of his World Boxing Council flyweight belt for being overweight on the eve of his title defence, local media said. The 22-year-old boxer was scheduled to fight Cristofer Rosales of Nicaragua on Sunday in Yokohama about two months after equalling the national record of 15 straight wins by knockout. But Higa weighed in at 51.7 kilogrammes (114 pounds), exceeding the flyweight limit by 900 grammes (32 ounces), local media…

Improved Man City difficult to catch, admits Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side have little chance of catching Premier League champions Manchester City next season unless the standards set by Pep Guardiola’s side slip. Second-placed United trail City by 16 points with four games of the league season to go after Guardiola’s men kept up their chase of a series of Premier League records by thrashing Swansea 5-0 on Sunday. Mourinho believes United let crucial points slip away in defeats to West Brom, Huddersfield and Newcastle. However, the…

MAN CITY’S SANE TAKES PFA YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The 22-year-old Germany international beat out the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford to take the prestigious annual prize Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been rewarded for a spectacular season in England with the PFA Young Player of the Season award. Sane, 22, signed for the Citizens from Schalke in 2016 for a fee of £37 million. The Germany international impressed in his first Premier League term, and made the PFA shortlist for the best young talent in 2016-17. But he has gone one better this…

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Year award

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was named the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, punctuating a remarkable season that has already seen him set a number of records in his first year at the club. Salah held off Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, considered his top challenger, and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to claim the honour at the 45th PFA Awards at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening, which is given by Premier League players. "It's a big honour. I've worked hard and I'm very happy to win…