Dangote to refurbish MKO Stadium

first_imgRelatedPosts Dangote commits $1m to Moshood Abiola Stadium Dangote’s armed bandits kill Nigerian Special Forces in Katsina attack Bag of Goodies Promo: Past star prize winners eagerly await Season 2 kick-off Business mogul and industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has offered to refurbish the pitch and scoreboard of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.The Minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Akin Dare, disclosed this via a tweet on Thursday.Dare tweeted: “Many thanks to Dangote Industries and indeed Alhaji Aliko Dangote for partnering with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to restore the football pitch and score board of the Moshood Abiola National stadium.“Our Adopt-A-Pitch Campaign program is on course.”Dare also assured that the Ministry would learned their support to other sports federations in the country.He wrote on Twitter: “We will work with not just the NFF but other federations to embrace best standards and practices in sports administration.  We must exert greater responsibility from those charged with our sports administration. Govt is working on leveraging private funding for sports development.”Since assuming office, the Minister has embarked on inspection of stadiums and have opened discussion with frontline business men such as Dangote and the Premier Lotto Chairman, Sir Keshinton Adebutu, also known as Baba Ijebu.Tags: Aliko DangoteMKO Stadiumlast_img read more

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Samp hopeful despite Eto’o hold-up

first_img “I haven’t been working in football for long and can say this is a strange working environment,” Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero told Sky Italia. “People say one thing and then do another. “We went to London and then there was a turn of events because nobody can figure out who is in charge at Everton. “But we are getting to a breakthrough. Eto’o is very eager to come and play at Sampdoria. “We are down to the last details. What are the chances of the move being completed? Let’s be cautious and say 50 per cent.” Eto’o joined the Toffees just five months ago after being released by Chelsea and has scored four goals in 20 appearances. The four-time African Footballer of the Year spent two seasons at Inter Milan and was a member of the 2010 treble-winning side that won the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League under Jose Mourinho. Sampdoria are looking to strengthen their attacking line after selling their top scorer Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli earlier this month. The Genoa outfit, coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, is fourth in Serie A, level on 33 points with third-placed Napoli at the halfway stage of the season. Eto’o is reported to have agreed an 18-month contract with the Serie A side and to be willing to reduce his wages by 40 per cent in order to return to Italy, but the 33-year-old has yet to reach an agreement to leave Goodison Park. Samp had hoped to complete Eto’o’s transfer earlier this month but now face competition after the New York Cosmos joined the race to sign the Cameroon forward, who is contracted at Everton until June 2016. Press Association Sampdoria have not given up hope of signing Samuel Eto’o but negotiations with Everton are proving more complicated than the Italian club first expected. Meanwhile, Sampdoria have completed the signings of Colombian striker Luis Muriel and Italian defender Andrea Coda from Udinese on initial loan deals. A statement from Sampdoria read: “President Massimo Ferrero and U.C. Sampdoria officially welcome Luis Fernando Muriel and Andrea Coda who are finally Blucerchiati players. “The striker and defender have arrived to Genoa from Udinese on a temporary basis. Sampdoria can exercise the right to acquire both players permanently at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. “Muriel has signed a contract with Samp until 2019 and Coda until 2017.” The deal to bring the two players to Samp was delayed last week after Muriel failed a medical at Samp due to a muscular problem, which will keep him sidelined until next month. However, both clubs resumed conversations on Monday and the transfer was finally completed on Thursday. “Thank you to all the people that made this dream possible,” Muriel tweeted. “Thanks a million to the Sampdoria president and my agent who fought when all seemed lost and were able to make this negotiation possible.” last_img read more

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Cameroon Knocks out Nigeria from U-17 Women’s World Cup Â

first_imgNigeria will not feature for the first time in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup after the Flamingos lost on the away goals rule to Cameroon in Yaounde yesterday.Cameroonian Cubs forced Flamingos to a 1-1 draw in the return leg after the first game ended in a 2-2.Nigeria featured in all previous five FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cups since the inaugural edition in 2008.Alice Kameni gave the home team a 16th minute lead, before substitute Martha Vincent drew the Flamingos level eight minutes from time. This year’s tournament is to be staged in Uruguay in November.Elsewhere on the continent, Ghana demolished Djibouti 19-0 on aggregate to book Africa’s third and final spot at Uruguay 2018. Ghana had all but secured their qualification heading into the second leg after a 9-0 first-leg victory, and they were able to better that performance by one goal and stroll to qualification for Uruguay 2018.Cameroon and Ghana are joined by South Africa, who secured their berth after a 6-1 aggregate win over Morocco on Saturday, as the three African teams at Uruguay 2018.The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 will be held from 13 November to 1 December across three host cities: Colonia del Sacramento, Maldonado and Montevideo. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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USC funds landmark poll series

first_imgThe Los Angeles Times and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics released the results of their first joint poll this weekend, finding that California voters are not pleased with the state of politics in California and believe the state is in a much worse place than the country as a whole.The poll is the first of six to be conducted by the Times and the Unruh Institute. It also marks the first time USC has joined with a local newspaper in conducting political polls, according to Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute.“It’s a unique partnership with USC, but more broadly as well, we’re not aware of another partnership like this one between a major research university and a major metropolitan daily newspaper on a public research project anywhere else in the country,” Schnur said.During a conference call Sunday, Schnur, along with others involved with the poll — including Jane Junn, USC professor of political science, Ann Crigler, USC professor of political science, and David Lauter, assistant managing editor of the Los Angeles Times — openly discussed the results of the poll, a cluster sample of 1,500 registered voters in California.Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are among those who are wary of the 2010 gubernatorial elections because they believe the new governor will not be able to fix all of California’s problems; self-indentified Independents said they don’t think the next governor will be able to change much.“Voters aren’t happy in California, but what we noticed is that the unhappiness that is overtly exhibited here is a different type of unhappiness that you see in other parts of the country,” Schnur said during the conference call. “In other parts of the country, voters seemed angry and here in California we see that they are not as much angry as they are disappointed.”The poll found one exception to this trend of disappointment — President Barack Obama.Forty percent of voters associated the words “hope” and “pride” with him, exhibiting a positive voter sentiment, and 59 percent of those polled said they would like to elect a senator who will mostly support Obama’s policies, whereas 35 percent hope for a senator who opposes his policies.Obama’s popularity among these voters, said Schnur, provides a real boost to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) who is seeking re-election for the state Senate seat.Many voters also indicated they want a senator who will be willing to take on special interests and reduce government spending.As far as the gubernatorial race, the majority of Republicans — 32 percent — indicated they would support Ebay founder Meg Whitman in the primary, while the majority of Democrats — 65 percent — said they needed more choices now that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the race.Schnur said he believes Whitman’s popularity has increased recently because of her radio advertising tactics, but he also said the primaries are still wide open — two-thirds of the Republican voters polled said they had not made a choice yet.“The explanation, if one had to guess, is much more to do with the fact that [some of the candidates] are just largely unknown,” Schnur said on the conference call.The poll also surveyed voters about the state budget deficit, asking whether the two-thirds majority vote in the state legislature needed to approve a new state budget should be reduced, if sales taxes should be expanded or if there should be a flatter income tax to make the budget. Opinion was split on these issues, though most voters agreed the deficit needed to be addressed.“The taxes are normally one of the most divisive issues in any political campaign, but most Californians right now are blaming other things for the states problems,” Schnur said.The Unruh Institute and the Los Angeles Times will come together Wednesday to discuss the results of this poll as part of the institute’s weekly Talk Back lunch series.Los Angeles Times reporters and editors, as well as the two prominent public opinion research firms — Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies and Democratic firm Greenbirg Quinlan Rosener — will join students and faculty on campus to discuss the polls’ findings.The Unruh Institute, along with the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, intends to make polls like this a major part of the curriculum. Faculty members, according to Schnur, are revising their syllabi in order to discuss these polls in classes.“This is a tremendous opportunity for USC students to learn more about how this part of the political process really works,” Schnur said.The Times and the Unruh Institute will conduct five more polls during the course of the election season. The partnership, which developed when USC approached the Times, will help increase USC’s presence in the political realm, Schnur said.“This is a survey that’s going to impact the way voters think about the candidates and the way the candidates think about the voters,” Schnur said. “Putting USC in the middle of that discussion has real benefits for the college and university.”But Schnur said he was most excited about the potential the poll creates for student involvement in the election.“This raises the ability of USC in the political world to a very significant degree,” Schnur said. “But much more importantly it provides opportunities for USC students that undergrads at most schools simply wont ever have.”last_img read more

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The‌ ‌3-5-2‌ ‌is‌ ‌Syracuse’s‌ ‌identity,‌ ‌even‌ ‌if‌ ‌it‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌always‌ ‌work‌

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2019 at 12:03 am Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu After Syracuse’s 7-4 loss to then-No. 8 Clemson on Oct. 19, head coach Ian McIntyre called the performance “embarrassing” and “unacceptable.” In his 10 years as the Orange’s head coach, he had never conceded seven in a game. Sondre Norheim had never seen that in his soccer career. Nyal Higgins said the Orange collectively “played like garbage.”McIntyre didn’t blame his players, though. He blamed himself. The way he set up his players caused the Tigers offensive outpour, he said postgame. But McIntyre still set up his team the exact same way — in a 3-5-2 formation — a week later against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, leading to a shutout win.The 3-5-2 has fluctuated as McIntyre’s go-to formation during his 10-year tenure at the helm of SU men’s soccer. But when he has the right players, he believes it’s crucial to Syracuse’s success.“It gives us the ability to get good players high up the field,” McIntyre said. “I like the balance it provides with wing backs providing instant width, and it allows us to get pressure on the ball.”Comprised of three central defenders and midfielders, two wing backs and two strikers, the system allows Syracuse (7-6-5, 2-4-2 Atlantic Coast) to press opponents in its attacking half. This season, it’s led to wins against then-No. 18 North Carolina and then-No. 23 North Carolina State, but also losses like against Clemson. When SU begins NCAA tournament play against Rhode Island on Thursday, it will likely set up this way to put its opponent under as much pressure as possible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn McIntyre’s first three seasons as a head coach, the Orange played a 4-4-2 with a left and right back, two central midfielders, two wide midfielders and two strikers. In 2014, McIntyre employed the 3-5-2 because it better fit the team’s personnel. SU went 16-4-1 that year, tied for its highest win total in program history.After that historic season, SU lost all three starting center backs — Jordan Murrell and Skylar Thomas graduated and Tyler Hilliard transferred to Duke. With the arrival of future MLS SuperDraft first-round picks, center backs Miles Robinson and Kamal Miller, in 2015, McIntyre reverted back to the 4-4-2. SU won 16 games again despite the change. McIntyre said the optimal formation for a team changes based on its personnel, which has turnover from year to year. “We’ve played (the 3-5-2) at different times for a number of years,” McIntyre said. “You put more strain on the three defenders instead of four, so it’s about being brave to know, at times, you’re going to be stretched and man-to-man in the back.”Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorWith the addition of players like Higgins, Amferney Sinclair and Noah Singelmann in 2019, McIntyre decided the 3-5-2 would be Syracuse’s primary formation. Higgins, a transfer from Oakland, has lined up alongside Sondre Norheim and Dylan McDonald in the back three, while Sinclair has started 15 of 18 games at center midfield. “(McIntyre) really likes it because we can throw more numbers forward and put them under pressure,” said senior John-Austin Ricks. “He doesn’t really like to allow teams to pass the ball around the back and switch the side of the field.”In SU’s 1-0 win over Colgate on Sept. 24, Massimo Ferrin scored the lone goal of the game when he pounced on a misplayed ball in the Raiders’ defensive half and was through on goal. If the Orange were sitting back in a different formation, Ferrin wouldn’t have been in a position to intercept it. Ricks and Hilli Goldhar, SU’s wing backs, are both quick, good crossers and attack-minded when they get on the ball. In a formation where the role of the wing back is “at times, the most important,” McIntyre said, it’s essential to have the right players in those spots, or else the system won’t work. Ricks said the position needs to be “implanted in his head.”“When we defend, they’re defenders. When we attack, they’re attackers,” McIntyre said about the wingbacks. “Those moments are very important, having those guys get forward when the time is right.”Just as important as the wingbacks in the 3-5-2 are the center midfielders. When pressuring the opposing defense, two must drop back while the other goes forward. This year, the attacking midfielder has been Simon Triantafillou while Sinclair and Julio Fulcar have held a holding midfield role.As the self-described “attack-minded” center midfielder, Triantafillou is responsible for occupying the space behind strikers Raposo and Ferrin. When pressing, he’s higher up the field than his other center midfielders. But if SU loses the ball in a dangerous area or the opponent breaks through its press, Triantafillou, along with the two wingbacks, must sprint back to prevent counter-attacks. Triantafillou has been interchangeable when SU has briefly strayed away from the 3-5-2 this season. McIntyre switches to a back four when a starting center is unavailable. In the Orange’s first-round ACC tournament win over North Carolina, the junior started at left back in a 4-4-2 because Higgins was suspended due to a red card. In the season-opener against then-No. 13 Georgetown, Singelmann and Matt Orr started in a four-man backline with Norheim out injured.But whenever he can, McIntyre has stuck to the system he knows SU plays best in. Whether it be its 1-0 win over Connecticut, a 7-4 disaster against Clemson or a season-defining win over NC State — all of which happened within a week and a half of each other — the 3-5-2 is the Orange’s identity because McIntyre believes in it.“Ideally we’re looking to play to the strengths of our players and hide our weaknesses,” McIntyre said. Commentslast_img read more

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Shock exits from Australian Open

first_imgRafael Nadal was beaten in five sets by Fernando Verdasco – and women’s second seed Simona Halep lost to Chinese qualifier Zhang ShuaiVenus Williams lost to British number one Johanna KontaAndy Murray cruised through by beating German Alexander Zverev.last_img

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Big Blow! French Striker Set To Miss NLD Clash

first_imgArsenal have been hit with the blow that their French striker Olivier Giroud is almost certain to miss the upcoming North London Derby (NLD) with Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.Giroud picked up a thigh injury while on international duty prompting him to sit out the exciting friendly match against Germany in Cologne on Tuesday night.His participation in Saturday’s NLD in the league was put in doubt by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger while giving his injury update ahead of the huge game.The Frenchman said: “Giroud picked up an injury.”“I don’t think he will be available.“It’s short-term, we have to assess him again on Monday.” he added.Previous injury absentees like Shkrodan Mustafi and Danny Welbeck might feature but they will have to pass a late fitness test on Friday.The Arsenal manager gave an update on them as follows: “They have to be checked.”“Mustafi will have a final check tomorrow, Welbeck as well.” he added.One positive news that the Gunners can hold on to amidst the uncertainties on their players’ fitness is that Calum Chambers has been declared fit for the game after an injury-ravaged start to the season and will provide cover for the team in defence. RelatedPremier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International DutyOctober 9, 2017In “England”Alexander Lacazette: Turning Point For Arsenal?August 3, 2017In “England”Giroud Will Be Fit For World Cup Opener – France Coach DeschampsJune 11, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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Opoku Nti confirms Kotoko’s Under -20 participation in tournament in May

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko has confirmed their participation in the 76th edition of the FIFA Youth Cup Tournament in Zurich Switzerland.The Acting General Manager of Kotoko, Opoku Nti who disclosed this on Asempa Sports on Tuesday and said that the tourney will come off between May 27 and 30, 2014.He stated that Kotoko have been directed to send a contingent of 18 players and seven officials.The invitation letter indicates that nine other youth teams from Brazil, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Greece and the hosts Switzerland will all be in action.The clubs are Atlético Paranaense, Brazil; FC Bayern München, Germany; Benfica Lissbon, Portugal; Olympiacos Piraeus, Greece; Villareal CF, Spain; FC Sion, Grasshopper Club Zürich, FC Zürich, FC Blue Stars Zürich all from Switzerland.The Kotoko team has already started preparation for the competition that is more than eight weeks away. Handlers of the Young Porcupines say, they will do their best to put the team in great shape in order to make a meaningful impact at the Swiss tournament.last_img read more

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Turkish Hockey Representation Training in Zetra

first_imgHockey representation of Turkey trained last night in Zetra. It was a simple training before the friendly match with the B&H representation, which is scheduled at 19:00.Guests are satisfied with the B&H hosting and with the condition of ice in Zetra. They say that are ready for the match with the completely unknown local selection.“B&H Ice “Dragons” on the other hand, after several years will again play a match at the senior level, and the huge interest of public is the guarantee of full stands at tonight’s spectacle. Tickets for the match B&H-Turkey are still available at all the sales places, Kupikartu.ba and in Zetra”, announced the B&H Hockey Association.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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SC Galatasaray Hosted Water Polo Club Torpedo

first_imgAfter the successful swimming and water polo show “Torpedomanija” and joint preparations with VK Medveščak from Zagreb, the Water polo Club Torpedo returned from preparations in Istanbul, Turkey.Water polo club Torpedo was hosted by SC Galatasaray in Istanbul from 26.01 until 02.02.2014. The expedition in Istanbul consisted of 14 players, led by the coach Anes Džehović, the Director Bojan Mustur and the President of the Club Damir Neimarlija.“We have established very good relations with water polo Galatasaray during our tournament (October 2013). We have been training twice a day with the junior team and the women’s senior team, who are the current champions of Turkey. We have used these preparations for the upcoming national championship, B&H Cup and the continuation of the Cantonal League. The team has demonstrated an enviable level of prosperity in all aspects and we are looking forward to the new competitions. Also, we have agreed on further cooperation with SC Galatasaray, which means performances of both clubs and professional development. We have used the time in Turkey to connect with other clubs as well. I think that with this move as a club we have contributed to the further development and promotion of water polo sport in B&H. 1o clubs have contacted us and expressed their wish to cooperate after our return from Turkey. I sincerely hope that we will be able to satisfy everyone in this beautiful sport”, said the Director of club  Bojan Mustur.(Source: VK Torpedo Sarajevo)last_img read more

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