NFF hails Olympic Eagles

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Nigeria Football Federation has praised the performance of the U23 National Team, Olympic Eagles, in qualifying for the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations after a 5-0 mauling of their Sudanese counterparts, just as it noted the impressive streak of the National Teams in qualifying for major competitions. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Thursday that the Federation was elated at the performance of the U23 boys, not only for the high score win, but also for the steel, savvy and smoothness with which the performance was delivered. “The 5-0 victory was very sweet, but what made it sweeter was the way it was delivered. And from that game and from the delivery of the Super Eagles in the friendly with Ukraine later that night which ended 2-2, we can confidently say that the future of the Nigeria senior team is bright. “We had a very young team out there in Ukraine as a result of the forced withdrawal of some of the old breed, yet they delivered a heartwarming performance that everyone was proud of.” Sanusi noted that the qualification of the U23 boys for the Olympics qualifying tournament in Egypt meant that none of the National Teams had failed to qualify for a major tournament in the past 18 months. “The last Nigeria team to fail to qualify for a major competition was the U17 girls, when they lost to Cameroon on the away goal rule in January 2018, in the final qualifying round for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. “Since then, the Super Eagles have played at the FIFA World Cup in Russia; the Falconets have played at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France; the Golden Eaglets have won the WAFU Cup in Niger Republic; the Super Falcons have played at and won the Women AFCON in Ghana and; the Supersand Eagles have qualified for the FIFA Beach World Cup from the African finals in Egypt. “The Flying Eagles have qualified for the FIFA U20 World Cup and played at the finals in Poland; the Golden Eaglets have qualified for the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil later this year and; the Super Eagles have played at the biggest –ever AFCON and came back home with the bronze medals.” The NFF scribe assured that the Football House is alive to its responsibilities and will ensure that the teams keep shining and bringing honour to the country. “Apart from the U23 AFCON in Egypt, we have the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil; the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay and; the WAFU Nations Cup in Senegal. We also have the 2021 AFCON qualifiers and the CHAN 2020 qualifiers, and the Super Falcons are in the race for the ticket to next year’s Olympics women’s football tournament. “We have all these matches and championships in focus. Our objective is to ensure quality preparation for each of the teams involved in order that they will be good ambassadors of our nation both on and off the pitches in all these programmes.”Tags: Mohammed SanusiNFFOlympic Eagleslast_img read more

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Wenger happy with Gunners response

first_img Two goals in the space of one first-half minute from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud at Villa Park proved enough for the Gunners at despite a late Christian Benteke reply. The result lifted Wenger’s men back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and provided a good riposte after the other members of the top seven won over the weekend. Arsene Wenger felt his Arsenal side answered the latest questions thrown at them by their title rivals as they held on to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Press Association “It was a nervous finish but overall you have to say Villa did fight until the end and were committed for every single ball. “You have to give them credit for that. It is why it was a difficult game for us but I like the fact we are mentally ready for a fight.” England midfielder Wilshere showed his class by finishing off a neat move in style to open the scoring and then providing a perfect pass for Giroud to double the lead. Wenger said: “He has found his change of pace again. “I would say his game is about that and his penetration. He is not only a passer but is a guy who is incisive with the ball. It is his strength. “For that you need to be at the top of your game physically. He is coming back to his best.” The concerns for Wenger were injuries to Tomas Rosicky, who took a blow to the face in a challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Nacho Monreal, hurt when fairly tackled by Ron Vlaar. Wenger said: “Rosicky has a bad nose. I don’t know if it is broken or not but it looked bad. “I didn’t see it (the incident) and Tomas doesn’t know if he did it on purpose or not. “Monreal I think was an accident. We have to check his metatarsal tomorrow morning. He got a kick on the top of the laces.” Villa defender Nathan Baker suffered a sickening injury in the first half when he was struck in the face by a shot from Serge Gnabry. Baker hit the ground and hardly moved before being carried away on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask several minutes later. It was later reported he had suffered mild concussion and was not seriously hurt. Manager Paul Lambert said: “He is a little bit groggy but he is okay. He can’t remember a thing about what happened. “That certainly threw us. You work all week on what you want to do and we lost him at a vital time.” Villa overcame that but were stunned by Arsenal’s quickfire double in the 34th and 35th minutes. It was not until the second half that they threatened again and Lambert thought their efforts might have deserved more. He said: “That was more like it in the second half. I don’t think if we’d got an equaliser anyone could have begrudged it. “They responded fantastically and you could hear the crowd’s reaction. “The goal certainly gave us a huge lift to go again. “We were playing against a top side with great ability – they are vying for the title and the Champions League – but we certainly gave them a fight.” Benteke again looked ineffective until putting Villa back into contention with a back-post header. He then looked a different player and Lambert hopes there is more to come. He said: “About this time last year he started to hit the goals. It is quite uncanny. It will certainly give him a big lift.” Lambert played down rumours linking Villa with a loan move for Wigan striker Grant Holt. He said: “Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy. I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won’t say.” Wenger said: “It was a big win for us tonight. We had to give a strong response. “Everyone looks at you to see if you drop points because they have made their points over the weekend. “You are a bit more under pressure when you play last because you know you are not allowed to drop points. “You can only give one answer – to win the game.” Arsenal looked to be cruising towards victory until Benteke, after four months without a goal, suddenly rediscovered his scoring touch 14 minutes from time to set up a frantic finish. Wenger said: “There were two different halves. The first half was about playing well, the speed of our passing and control of the game. The second half was more about fighting. “Villa played straight through the middle, a very direct game. “Maybe we were a little bit too cautious just to keep the 2-0 and it was then about fighting. Our defenders kept us in the game. last_img read more

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Roma to sell Dzeko?

first_imgSport Director of Roma Monchi and President Pallotta held a joint meeting and concluded: the sale of players to take place in January in order to bring the right-back player?Gazzetta dello Sport reported that there is already a list of players who are first to be sold in the winter transition period, and it includes – Edin Dzeko.It is already known that Bruno Peres and  the goalkeeper Sporupski will most certainly leave the club, but officals in Roma estimated that their sales probably will not be enough for the boost of the team, which is currently in the fifth place in Serie A.The first on the list is Kevin Strootman, a midfielder whose value was about 45 million EUR this summer, but they are now ready to let him go even for smaller amount. Juventus has been interested for the Dutch for a long time, but they would rather sell it outside Italy. Also, the goalkeeper Alisson could go as well, and Liverpool and PSG are interested in him.El Shaarawy is also on sale, and definitely the most surprising tendency is to sell Edin Dzeko, the first striker of the club with nine goals, and the best player of Roma for years.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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Jamaica defeats Uganda in netball world cup

first_imgShe cranes warming up before their world cup match against England on July 12th 2019 in LiverpoolLiverpool, United Kingdom | THE INDEPENDENT |  The She Cranes have lost their second Group G game against Jamaica at the on-going Netball World Cup.Jamaica’s Sunshine girls defeated the She Cranes 61:48 in the round of 12 teams.The starting line-up shocked many spectators because Mary Nuba and Peace Proscovia were left on the bench.The starting seven players were Stella Oyella in goal scoring and Rachael Nanyonga in goal attack, Ruth Meeme (Wing Attack), Jesca Achan(Centre), Sylvia Nanyonga (Wing Defender), Lilian Ajio (Goal Defender) and Muhayimina Namuwaya (Goal Keeper).With a slow start in the first quarter and Uganda trailing four goals behind Jamaica, Oyella and Nanyonga continued into the second quarter in the same positions.However, their shooting accuracy of 4/5 and 5/7 in the first quarter worsened in the second quarter.Coupled with many balls lost in the midcourt and failure by Namuwaya and Ajio to block balls to Jhaniele Fowler, whose shooting accuracy was 11/11 goals in the first quarter, the crowd started demanding that Peace leaves the bench.Despite an agitated call from spectators the coach Vincent Kiwanuka thought otherwise and left Stella Oyella and Rachael Nanyonga in goal attack and goal scorer positions until it became obvious that Oyella was not in shooting form.In the post-match interview, Kiwanuka defended his decision saying that “We don’t have to do things because people are shouting.”Though he praised the girls for a stray performance, Kiwanuka, however, admitted that there is need to improve on the intensity throughout the game. Besides intensity, shooting accuracy was also wanting.In the third quarter, Peace had a scoring accuracy of 16/16 against Nanyonga with 10/14.This also resulted in Jamaica winning the third quarter with 51:34.By the end of the last quarter, Jamaica had stretched the lead 61:48.Uganda’s chances of securing 5th place in the World Cup will depend on whether the She Cranes beat Malawi on Friday and also whether Zimbabwe beat Jamaica.Jamaica’s head coach, Harvette Anderson says that her team is aiming at finishing fifth. “5th place is the best we can get and so we will do our best.” *****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Newcastle v Liverpool: Champions can reach points milestone

first_imgKampala, Uganda | PREMIER LEAGUE | A win for Liverpool will make them just the second team to reach 99 points after Manchester City in 2017/18.Newcastle United will hope to end a run of five matches without a win and beat the champions for the first time since December 2015.Team newsNewcastle could have midfield duo Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff available but Emil Krath is a doubt with an ankle injury.Liverpool have no new injuries, meaning only Jordan Henderson (knee) and Joel Matip (foot) remain out. Did you know?Newcastle have won their final league match in each of the last five seasons by an aggregate score of 17-1. Their last such defeat came with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool in 2013/14.Jonjo Shelvey is Newcastle’s highest Premier League goalscorer this season with six goals. As it stands, it will be the lowest figure  since 2000/01 when Carl Cort and Nolberto Solano also netted six goals.A Liverpool win would make them just the second team in English top-fight history to reach 99 points.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League outings against Newcastle (4 goals, 1 assist), finding the net in each of these matches.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Hicks a double winner at Meteor Mines Hill Climb

first_imgCam Hicks of Slocan City came away as the big winner at the Meteor Mines Snowmobile Hill Climb Sunday.Hicks won the 800 stock category along with the turbo class title. Chris Hoodicoff of Crescent Valley claimed the top prize in the 800 modified division.In the newly created ladies class, Castlegar’s Amy Enns was declared the winner.“It was a great turnout,” said a race spokes person. “No one was hurt racing or hillclimbing and we hope to see everyone out again next year.”The Sno Goers donated a portion of the proceeds to the Nelson Friends of the Family charity.last_img read more

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GOVT MUST ADDRESS ‘SYSTEMIC’ BRITISH COLLUSION – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgSinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says the government has a moral and constitutional responsibility to address the ‘brutal legacy’ of the British Government’s collusion policy.Padraig Mac Lochlainn TDThe Inishowen TD was speaking in the Dáil following Monday’s RTE’s Primetime documentary on collusion between the British Government and the security forces.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “For families who have been victims of collusion, the past 12 months have been very difficult. They have had long court battles, and the truth is finally starting to come out. Recent publications and documentaries have exposed the scale of collusion between British State forces and unionist paramilitaries. “There was much debate on Monday night during the PrimeTime documentary on whether collusion was in fact ‘systemic’. Let us be clear. There is no doubt that collusion was systemic.“Collusion was a deliberate policy that was designed to use unionist paramilitaries as a method of killing Irish citizens or, indeed, anyone who got in their way — those in opposition to the state. There was a particular focus on Irish republicans and nationalists.”He added that he wanted to reiterate what his Sinn Féin colleagues in the Assembly said on Monday in paying tribute to the families who suffered as a result of this collusion.The relentless work of these families and advocacy groups to expose the extent of the collusion and the subsequent cover ups is tremendous, he said. “In particular, I would like to draw attention to the work of Eddie Fullerton’s family. Eddie was a victim of collusion between the British state and the UDA. The Fullerton family has demonstrated remarkable courage and huge dignity.“Despite the deep hurt caused to the family by the events that occurred and the dismissive attitudes of state authorities during that period, they have been relentless in their campaign for the truth.“The Irish Government now has a moral and constitutional responsibility to finally and fully address the brutal legacy of the British Government’s collusion policy.”GOVT MUST ADDRESS ‘SYSTEMIC’ BRITISH COLLUSION – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CollusionDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnPrimetimeRTElast_img read more

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Warriors report: Draymond Green formally ruled out on trip

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookATLANTA — Below are the takeaways from Warriors’ morning shootaround before Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.1. Draymond Green won’t play on this trip.Despite expressing optimism earlier last week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr definitively decided otherwise on the chances Draymond Green will return from a right toe injury for any of the team’s remaining three road …last_img read more

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Five decades of service in the swine barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Each year during the 12-day Ohio State Fair, the O’Neill Swine Barn hosts two breeding shows and then the large market event where the facility is filled to capacity, culminating with the final drive. During that time the staff handles the needs for accommodating around 3,500 hogs, hundreds of exhibitors, twice as many parents, countless spectators, and dozens of sale buyers. The intricate ebb and flow of the Ohio State Fair swine barn appears to run like clockwork to the casual observer, but behind the scenes is a dedicated top-notch staff that, for more than a half century, has included Dave Runyan.After 51 years of working in the swine barn at the Ohio State Fair, longtime Swine Superintendent Runyan has officially stepped down from his position as leader of the barn following the 2014 Ohio State Fair in order to hand the reins over to a new generation of leadership. Runyan’s tenure has seen a substantial amount of change and improvement at Ohio’s principal swine exhibition.“I actually started in 1963 as a barn boy for Art Jordan. He was also the swine herdsman for Ohio State University there and also filled in as superintendent of the swine shows at that time,” Runyan said. “There was a group of us from Champaign County that actually came over and did most of the swine shows and obviously that’s how I got kind of involved with them. I just happened to come along and end up one of those guys out there on the hurdle. That’s how I first got started and involved with the State Fair.”Runyan himself had plenty of experience with swine even before his barn boy work at the State Fair.“The family had always shown hogs at the Ohio State Fair,” he said. “We showed what we called Spotted Poland China hogs back then under Oak View Farms.”Before he was of 4-H age, Runyan started showing hogs in 1953-1954.“Then I showed, of course, at the Ohio State Fair through my 4-H and FFA years. We could still show until 21 at that point,” he said. “The family’s always raised hogs. I think I bought my first Hampshire sow when I was a freshman in high school to start my FFA project. I’ve had Hampshires ever since. My dad was always involved with Spots. He traveled with the National Spotted Association for a while and was president of the national association.”As Runyan grew up and started a career as an ag teacher, his work schedule allowed for him to continue serving in the swine barn.“I taught ag at Mechanicsburg High School in Champaign County for several years. I also worked with farm business planning and analysis, which was an adult farm management recordkeeping program,” he said. “I worked for six years doing that in Clark County. Then the job opened back up there in Mechanicsburg and I guess I kind of missed the kids so I decided to go back to teaching high school ag in about the mid-80s.”Runyan soon found himself serving as the assistant superintendent in the swine barn for the Junior Fair shows beside another long time barn employee, Charlie Andrews, who also recently retired from the State Fair.“Charlie was actually superintendent of the Junior Fair swine shows and I assisted him. That would’ve been in my early ag teaching years back in the early 70s. When we were doing that, we were both there the year we moved into the present barn, which I’m thinking was 1973,” Runyan said. “Phil Grover became superintendent about that time and he asked me to stay on and work in part of the shows with him as assistant superintendent for breeding shows primarily. About the mid-90s, Phil moved on. He’sJane and Dave Runyan have been involved with the Ohio State Fair for many years.now director of the meat goat shows there at the Ohio State Fair and then I took over as director of the swine shows at that time — about 1993.”Runyan has the unique ability to draw on his years of experience when asked about changes the barns and shows have seen in that time.“When I started helping Phil Grover, we introduced the idea of actually having some of those entrance pens at the end of the show ring. Prior to that, the older folks would remember we’d use to have just a tremendous fiasco trying to get the pigs into the ring. We’d pretty easily end up with 40, 50 pigs in one area and we’d all try to get through one little opening to end up in the show ring,” he said. “We came up with those entrance pens and that’s been really nice. It was very exhibitor friendly of course — lots of little physical things around that the barn has lent itself to.”Another important addition to the State Fair was the creation of the Buckeye Barrow Boosters that has generated tens of thousands of dollars for the exhibitors.“Ralph Doak was very involved in the starting of the Buckeye Barrow Boosters, which was a group to reward those breed champions that we had in the Junior Fair and have that barn sale as we refer to it. When I started, we were selling some of those champions well below county fair figures,” he said. “That was a big highlight — a great improvement that really helped our breed shows quite a bit.”Runyan said not all parts of his tenure were completely enjoyable. For a time, he said he became the “hair man” across the state of Ohio due to enforcing rules about the length of hair on show hogs. His rulings did not always sit well with exhibitors, but making decisions and standing by them is part of the job, he said.“We don’t want to forget — sometimes I think we have a little bit — and I’m old school enough to like for the kids to know that this is a real live animal we’re working with here and we do need to care for them. In the same token, we realize that they are part of the food chain and we need to treat them accordingly and realize that’s where they’ll end up,” he said. “That’s a little harder today than probably what it was a few years ago.”In the end, his work with hog shows has been all about the people.“The most important outcome of the whole experience for me was the people — all the people that we did meet across the state and the tons of young people that came through showing hogs,” he said. “There are many, many successful young folks out there that showed pigs through the Ohio State Fair.”Runyan may be done with his part at the Ohio State Fair, but that doesn’t mean he’s retiring from agriculture. He and his wife Jane will continue to raise pigs on their Logan County farm south of Bellefontaine known as “DaJa View Farms.” The two are also becoming more acquainted with Florida, having recently bought a home in the Sunshine State. They are hoping to spend some more time down south in addition to their Ohio residence.Runyan said his wife has been a big part of his success through the years.“Janie has been a big part of everything we have done and she’s been there beside me all the way through. I know it would not have been as much fun and it would not have been as easy if it hadn’t been for Janie,” he said.Tapped to be his replacement is another native of west-central Ohio. Matt Bennett, originally from Logan County, is going into his sixth year of teaching ag at Oak Hill Schools in southeastern Ohio. He, like Dave, has worked his way up the ladder of command from barn boy to the new superintendent.“He, I think, is going to do a great job stepping in and keeping things going. He is a very organized young person and very energetic. I feel very good about Matt,” Runyan said.In terms of advice for the new leader of the O’Neil Swine Barn, Runyan said to focus on staff, being cooperative, and being exhibitor-friendly.Runyan was recognized at the 2014 Ohio State Fair for his service, along with several others. Pictured are Charlie Andrews, Kevin Wendt, Robert Troutman, Dave Runyan, and Daryl Sollars.“I was very fortunate. I surrounded myself with a tremendous staff of folks that were willing to come and help,” Runyan said. “My advice is to surround yourself with good people and your job’s a whole lot easier. Remain exhibitor-friendly and you’ll have hopefully as much fun as we did.”As he takes on his new role, Bennett will be relying on his experience, having been involved in nearly every activity in the swine barn for several years now. He has seen several changes over the years as well.“I was there in the days where we had just one scale. We had probably 20 head chutes that we were constantly having trouble with getting pigs tagged through,” Bennett said. “I liked the addition of the crossbred open youth jackpot gilt show. I think that’s a big opportunity for a lot of people that we had missed the boat on for a long time and now that we’ve got that open there for them, that’s just more ways for these kids to have fun.”Bennett said it would be a difficult task to replace his predecessor.“It’s a role that I definitely will never be able to fill to his capacity. The biggest thing that I want to accomplish while I’m director is staying exhibitor friendly, making the State Fair a fun place for people to come and enjoy, and making sure we educate the youth while we’re there,” Bennett said. “In my mind, I think Dave’s done a great job of getting the swine barn where it needs to be. There were a lot of people that have retired and we’ve got a lot of shoes to fill with that, but we’re going to try to do our job and surround ourselves with good people that are there for the right reasons.“I would just tell Dave that I’m very thankful for the time he’s shared with me. I’m thankful for him to kind of take me under his wing there and prep me for this.  He always has the mindset that it is exhibitor first. There’s a lot of things that people take the wrong way and his interpretations are always, ‘We’re here for the kids’ and I think that’s a great mindset to have.”last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle inviting offers for Rob Elliot

first_imgNewcastle inviting offers for Rob Elliotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are inviting offers for Rob Elliot.Rafael Benitez confirmed that Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot will be available during the transfer window with Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow currently ahead of him in the pecking order.Asked if Darlow could be sold amid speculation linking him with Sky Bet Championship promotion-chasers Leeds, he replied: “I know some of our players, the agents are telling us this club is interested or another one, but we are not ready at the moment to sell anyone.“The only one that now is available in the window is Elliot because the others, at the moment we need them.“Obviously, we have too many keepers and we have to manage, but Rob is available in the window.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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