Gatland says his coaching team is not finalised

first_imgBritish and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he’s not finished putting his backroom staff together for next summer’s rugby union tour of New Zealand.He’s added England forwards coach Steve Borthwick, Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell and Wales stand-in boss Rob Howley.Gatland says there are likely to be more appointments.last_img

Two first round qualifiers in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship

first_imgAt the same time at Dunleer, it’s Armagh against Leinster finalists Westmeath – with Munster champions Kerry awaiting the winners in the quarter-finals.If Armagh were to lose, they’d be in danger of relegation to Intermediate for 2018. Photo © Ladies Football Facebook There’s two first round qualifiers in the T-G-4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship this afternoon.Beaten Munster finalists Waterford take on a Cavan side that easily accounted for Laois last weekend.Throw-in at Clane is at 2pm.last_img

Thurles woman elected Chair of Munster Camogie Council

first_imgMarian was also Selector to the victorious 5 times All Ireland Senior Champions Tipperary between 1999-2004.In 2007 she also took on the role of Secretary of Munster Council until her retirement in 2016.Speaking following her election last night, Marian said she was looking forward to the challenge Thurles woman Marion Graham was last night elected Chairperson of Munster Camogie Council.As a player, Marian won several Senior Tipperary Championship medals with her Club Thurles and also won a Munster Club Championship medal.In the early eighties Marian was elected as Secretary of Tipperary Camogie Board. She held this position for over a decade.last_img

Barcelona Frees Neymar for RIO2016, No to Copa America

first_imgBarcelona has confirmed that Neymar will represent Brazil at the Olympic Games but not the Copa America this summer.A club’s statement last night reads: “FC Barcelona thanks the Brazilian Football Confederation and its President, Marco Polo del Nero, for having accepted the proposal the club made so that Neymar would only play the Olympic Games that take place between August 3 and 21.“As a result, Neymar Jr will be exempted from playing the Copa America that takes place in United States between June 3 and 26,” observed the statement from the Catalan giants wednesday.Elsewhere, Akwa United forward, Ubong Ekpai, has continue his quest to make Nigeria’s final squad to the Rio Olympics football event with his proposed move to Israeli club Maccabi Haifa.Ekpai who scored the goal which sunk Neymar’s Brazil team for the Olympic in a friendly last month believes he has what it takes to make the difference in Samson Siasia’s Dream Team VI.“I will work hard to make the final squad to the Olympics in Brazil,” he declared. However, the former Kano Pillars forward flew out to Israel at the weekend to tidy the deal with Maccabi Haifa even as Akwa United officials are kicking against the manner the agent of Ekpai is going about the contract.“I will not complete the season with Akwa United because I will soon complete my move to Maccabi Haifa,” Ekpai insisted even as Akwa United officials said at the weekend no deal has been reached yet.“It has always been my dream to play in Europe. Israel is just the take-off point of my career outside the shores of Nigeria,” concludes Ekpai with reporters before leaving the Olympic camp in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Goals Rain at Lagos/GTB Principals Cup

first_imgThe quarter finals of the Lagos State GTBank Principals Cup kicked off on Thursday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. In the female category, Sanya Senior Grammar School defeated  Alakoto Senior Secondary School, Tolu by two goals to nil, while Isale Eko High School, Lagos Island got the better of Okemagba High school, Mojoda, Epe, by the same margin. In the male category, Keme Balogun Senior Grammar School walloped Muslim Senior College, Oworonsoki 4-0, while Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege defeated Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Yaba by a lone goal. On Friday, Ikotun Senior  High School, Ikotun defeated Government Senior College Agege, 2-0, while Ajeromi ifelodun Senior High School, Tolu lost to CMS Girls Senior Secondary School, Bariga, also by 2-0. In the boys category, Cardoso Senior High School Ijora Badia  lost to Ejigbo Senior Secondary School, Ejigbo, 3–2 via penalty shootouts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wike Appoints Yobo Senior Special Assistant on Sports Dev

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appointed Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, as Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to the governor.The governor also appointed Mr Chibuzor Aholu as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Financial Matters.A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu, yesterday said both appointments take immediate effect. Last Friday, Yobo held his international testimonial match at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, an event that was listed as part of programs to celebrate one year anniversary of the administration of Wike.The match brought international football stars, journalists, administrators and enthusiasts together in Port Harcourt to celebrate the peace, security and development of Rivers State.Some of the stars at the Yobo Testimonial International Match include Samuel Etoo, Austin Jay jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Ahmed Musa, Efe Ambrose, Vincent Enyeama, Ike Shorunmu, Augustine Eguavoen, Joel Obi and Coach Amodu Shu’aibu.Former Manchester United Manager, David Moyes, Emmanuel Emenike, Danny Shittu and Club Proprietor, Ifeanyi Ubah were also on ground to celebrate Yobo during the testimonial match hosted by the Rivers State Government.Nollywood Star, Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) and Ace Comedian, AY were on hand to add spice to the match while music stars like Humble Smith, Harrysong and home-boy, Duncan Mighty provided the needed entertainment.Yobo retired from football at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 after chalking up 101 caps at the Super Eagles.The Ogoni-born ex-international also had an illustrious club football career that saw him play ten years at English Premiership club Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Leipzig vs Bayern: An Unlikely Top of the Table Clash

first_imgBoth sides go into the game on Saturday in the Red Bull Arena on the back of victories.Bayern ended Darmstadt’s stay in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win, while Leipzig ensured their place in the Champions League group phase next season with a 4-1 victory at Hertha Berlin.Star striker Timo Werner was again the man of the match for Leipzig with two goals, before substitute Davie Selke struck late for his first Bundesliga brace.RB Leipzig Sporting Director, Ralf Rangnick, said that the victory against Berlin placed their match against Bayern into a different dimension. “It has changed everything. Now that we know that we will play in the Champions League next season, we have no pressure against Bayern.“To be able to play two Bundesliga matches as a promoted team without having to pick up three points is a privilege. What we have achieved stands above all at the moment. The team earned that.”For Philipp Lahm the game in Leipzig will be the second-last of his career, as he is to retire at the end of the season. Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti paid a tribute to the world champion. “I would be glad to have 20 Philipp Lahms in my squad. He is so professional.”The Bayern captain was rested against Darmstadt, but it seems likely that the Italian will field him in the high-profile match.According to the Sports Director of StarTimes Media Division Cole He Xin, Lahm is a crowd favourite throughout Africa. “After leading Germany to the World Cup title in Brazil, he has become an icon of German football.”“I am sure just about everybody who has the opportunity to do so, will tune in to watch what will undoubtedly be a great Bundesliga game between two excellent sides.“It will be Philipp Lahm’s last away game in the Bundesliga and that alone already makes it a must-see fixture.”The game will be broadcast live on the StarTimes World Football channel at 15:30 CAT on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram BUNDESLIGAWhen the fixtures for the Bundesliga were announced last year, few ball fans would have thought that a clash between rookies RB Leipzig and record champions Bayern Munich on the second-last Match-day would be a top-of-the-table clash.The fact that Bayern Munich won a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title and their 27th overall with three games to spare comes as no surprise, but that the club from eastern Germany need just one point more to secure a second place finish in their first-ever season in the top flight is nothing short of a sensation.last_img read more

30 Schools to Jostle for Honours in GTB Masters Cup

first_imgThe draws is a routine balloting process in each year’s tournament through which the participating schools are placed into groups. The 2017/2018 season will have 13 more teams than the previous campaign. Eight of the teams will be making their first appearances in the competition.Since inception, the GTBank Masters Cup tournament has discovered and developed exceptional soccer talents, many of whom are currently on trials and scholarships with football clubs and academies in Nigeria and abroad.Commenting on the tournament, the Managing Director of GTBank, stated that “The Bank will sustain its drive towards ensuring the GTBank Masters Cup tournament remains a platform for identifying and nurturing young and talented players as they work towards their dream of being world class footballers, whilst fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Thirty secondary schools consisting of 26 male and 16 female teams will be battling for honours in the 2017/18 season of the GTBank Masters Cup.At the draws held on Thursday in the Conference Room, St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos, defending male champions, St. Finbarr’s College, will play in Group C against Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo and Bellina College, Akoka.Female defending champions, Queens College, Yaba will be slugging it out in Group C against Greensprings School, Lekki, Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ Secondary School, Sabo and International School (Unilag), Lagos.The GTBank Masters Cup is an annual football tournament played by first generation colleges and other private secondary schools in Lagos aimed at actively engaging the youth through sports whilst promoting the values of excellence and fair play.last_img read more

WAFU B Cup: Falcons to Play Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso

first_imgAlready, the Falcons have participated in tune-up tournaments in China, Cyprus and Spain, and pundits already rate the Class of 2019 as the side that have been afforded the best preparation for the World Cup finals by the nation’s football-governing body.After the WAFU B tournament, the Falcons will spend two weeks at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf in Austria putting finishing touches to their preparations, before arriving in France.The nine-time African champions are up against Norway at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims on 8th June, before facing Korea Republic at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on 12th June and host nation France at the Roazhon Park in Rennes on 17th June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African champions Nigeria will contend with Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Mali in the group phase of this year’s WAFU B Women’s Tournament taking place in Abidjan between May 8th and 18th . They will play in Group B.Host nation Cote d’Ivoire, alongside Togo, Senegal and Ghana will battle things out in Group A.Next month’s tournament will serve as the last preparatory competition for the Super Falcons before they fly to their final camp in Austria ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.last_img read more

Eagles Battle-ready for Warriors of Zimbabwe in Asaba

first_imgINTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYThree-time champions Nigeria have a full house in Asaba, Delta State for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations send-forth friendly against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.Since qualifying for this year’s AFCON finals following a 1-1 draw with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannebsurg in November 2018, the Super Eagles have played two friendlies – a 0-0 draw with the Cranes of Uganda in Asaba on 20th November 2018 and a 1-0 defeat of seven-time African champions Egypt also in Asaba on 26th March 2019. Eagles training for Zimbabwe thursday in Asaba 25 EAGLES IN AFCON 2019 CAMPGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img Both teams are expected to offer a sneak preview of how prepared they are for the AFCON, with Nigeria seeded in Group B and rated to go far in the finals and Zimbabwe believing it can punch above its weight in a pool also having host nation Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.While Egypt 2019 will be Nigeria’s 18th appearance at the AFCON, Zimbabwe’s Warriors are making only their fourth appearance, following group stage exits in 2004, 2006 and 2017.In fact, Nigeria was one of the reasons Zimbabwe crashed out at group stage in 2006, as the Super Eagles defeated the Warriors 2-0 in Port Said, with one of the goals from Mikel.Incidentally, the midfield enforcer and 14-year veteran of the Super Eagles is returning to the group on Saturday after one year out. He played no part in the AFCON qualifying matches and friendly games post-World Cup but is back in the flow for the finals.Nigeria’s squad for the final phase of preparations also includes pacy winger Ahmed Musa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Leon Balogun, William Ekong and Jamilu Collins, midfielders John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi, and forwards Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Odion Ighalo, Samuel Kalu, Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze.last_img read more