Sides prepare for FA 5th round draw

first_imgAnd Championship side Fulham will also be among the names in the draw after they thrashed top-flight Hull 4-1 at Craven Cottage.The draw will take place at 19:20pm with the eight fifth-round ties due to be played between Friday 17th of February and Monday the 20th of February. The lowest ranked team left in the competition are in the draw after they beat Championship side Leeds 1-nil yesterday.Holders Manchester United will also be in the hat after they eased past Championship side Wigan 4-0 Old Trafford.Third-tier Millwall progressed with a 1-nil win over Premier League side Watford.last_img read more

Erasmus makes 10 changes for Treviso game

first_imgIt’s as you were in the half backs with Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal.Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan has been named on the bench.A win for the reds will guarantee a home semi final and Ronan O’Mahony says it won’t be an easy game. Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has made 10 changes to the side for tomorrows meeting with Treviso in Italy.It’s an all changed front row with James Cronin, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer named while lock Darren O’Shea links up with Billy Holland in the second row pairing.Ronan O’Mahony and Darren Sweetnam take over on the wings with Francis Saili joining Jaco Taute in the centre. Photo: © Munsterrugby.ielast_img read more

McMahon retires from Irish Swimming

first_imgOlympian Sycerika McMahon has announced her retirement.The 22 year old who medalled at the European short and long course Championships says it was an unexpected and difficult choice, as it is not easy to give up something she has done her whole life.McMahon says she looks back on her career as a multi national record holder, multi European medallist, Worlds semi finalist and an Olympian with pride. However, she always wanted and felt she was capable of a lot more.last_img

Kiladanagan overcome Kilruane in North Championship

first_imgFive minutes into the second half and the sides were all square at 10 points a piece before Kildangan’s Johnny Horan scored the side’s second goal and after a floury of points on both sides it ended Kiladangan 2-15 to Kilruane’s 1-11EarlierTemplederry recorded a 2-13 to 1-11 point victory over Burgess while Borrisoleigh overcame Toomevara 0-20 points to 12.And on Saturday it ended Nenagh 0-20 Roscrea 2-11. It’s down to the last four in the North Senior Hurling Championship following last’s night’s victory of Kiladangan over Kilruane McDonaghs.Kilruane got off the blocks first in their clash in Dolla clocking up two points through Cian Darcy and Darragh Peters followed by Niall O’ Meara goal with just five minutes on the clock17 minutes in Kiladangan got their first point of the match through a Darragh Egan free and then Tadhg Gallagher hit the back of the Kilruane net five minutes later and at half time were trailing 1-04 to 1-06.last_img read more

Tipp will learn their semi final opponents this morning

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Tipperary will find out later this morning who they face in the All Ireland senior hurling semi-final.It follows Waterford’s win over neighbours Wexford in yesterday’s quarter-final.1-23 to 1-19 the final score in favour of the Deise at Pairc uí Chaoimh. A draw will now decide whether it’s Cork or Galway up next for Tipp.last_img

Tipp aim to build on Offaly win

first_imgSaturday’s game throws in at 7 o’clock in Semple Stadium and will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipperary’s senior camogie players are determined to make the most of their chances in this weekends All Ireland quarter final.The team reached the knockout stages thanks to a win over Offaly in the last round of their group.Tipp’s Cáit Devane says the team is coming together nicely but that they need to push on.last_img

More Tributes Pour in for Departed Hero Keshi

first_imgAfter the messages from Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, football’s world governing body FIFA and former Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday, former FA and Arsenal FC of England vice chairman David Dein commiserated personally with NFF President Amaju Pinnick.In his tribute, the FIFA President Gianni Infantino said “on behalf of the international football community, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to the football community of Nigeria and, most importantly, to Stephen’s family, friends and loved ones. We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello said the departed hero has played his own worthy part In shaping and moulding a future for youths of this country. “His leadership prowess and capacity to bring out the best out of those around him, earned him the name ‘Big Boss’. He was a patriotic Nigerian, many times working for the success of the Super Eagles without payment. His patriotism remained unmatched among all the coaches that have etched their names in the annals of coaching in Nigeria,” he stated.While former Sports Minister Bala Bawa Ka’oje noted that Nigeria has lost a gem, a committed football lover and coach just as former NFF President Kojo Williams noted that “its unfortunate and a sad day for Nigeria football. I can’t comprehend. Too bad. Keshi did his best for Nigeria footballFormer NFF President Dominic Oneya said he is still in state of shock to comprehend the reality that the legend is no more. “He was a great player and coach. I was head of the football body when he assisted Amodu to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when all hope appeared lost, and they also won bronze at the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali. He remains a Nigerian legend,” he stated.Former NFF President Ibrahim Galadima remarked that “Nigeria and indeed African football has lost somebody who had given so much to the game of football. His death is sad news and I think it was as a result of the shock of his wife’s death.To former NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi “Keshi was one of the best things that happened to Nigeria football. It may interest us to know that the revolution that Nigeria football witnessed in the earlier 1980’s started with Stephen Keshi, when he moved to Ivory Coast and then to Belguim, which later led to other Nigerian players taking their trade to the European country.While former NFF President Aminu Maigari insisted that “his death is a rude shock to me, a great loss to the football family and indeed to Nigerians at large. He was a very good coach and it was during my time as the NFF president that I approached him to take over the coaching of the Super Eagles.The West African Football Union (WAFU) wrote in the message to NFF stated that “what an enormous loss for African football. African football has just lost a monument. WAFU conveys its saddest condolences to Nigeria Football Federation and to the people of Nigeria.The Ghana FA stated that ” Keshi was a great man and a noble spirit, whose shining example of dedication to football and to footballers was not only to Nigeria but to several countries including Ghana. (The Ghana FA Exco observed a minute silence in honour of Keshi at its meeting of Thursday in Accra).While South Africa FA wrote in the letter to NFF that “at 54, Keshi was one of the bright young coaches coming out of this continent and having been a captain and solid player during his playing days, you can’t find a better individual whose life was wholly dedicated to the game of fooball.The Sierra Leone FA wrote that “there is a great emptiness left by Coach Keshi’s passing, but we are certain that the strength of the love that you and the entire Nigerian people share for each other and for Coach Keshi will get you through this difficult period.Mali FA wrote that”Keshi made tremendous achievements while he was the National Coach of Mali. His devotion, commitment and professionalism were matchless.Former Zambia Football Association and his contemporary Kalusha Bwalya noted that “Big Boss’ as he was affectionately known, was a much-loved figure not only in Nigeria, but across the African continent.Speaking in an exclusive interview with South African radio station PowerFM, Bwalya revealed that he was shocked by the sudden passing of his ‘good brother’.“I’m very saddened and shocked at my good brother Stephen Keshi’s passing,” Bwalya told PowerSport on Wednesday morning.While Football AmbassadorJohn Fashanu, in his reaction called on government to immortalize the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, by naming a national asset in Abuja, the nation’s capital after him.But Fashanu, the former Wimbledon striker, raised posers about the circumstances of the former Super Eagles coach’s death.While the President/Sole Sponsor of Go-Round Football Club of Omoku, Bro. Felix Obuah has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi as a rude shock and utterly devastating.Bro Obuah, in a statement said by Keshi’s death, Nigeria and the global football community has lost a sporting personage who principally put Nigeria on the top spot in world football.The Go-Round FC financier whose club won the 2016 Rivers State Federations Cup called on the Keshi family as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to take heart, adding that though the iconic coach may have died, his name would remain indelible.Meanwhile NFF President Amaju Pinnick yesterday led a delegation of some eminent persons in the country’s football to commiserate with the family of Nigeria legend.With Pinnick were Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Mr. Tony Okowa, chairmen of the Football Associations of Edo and Bayelsa States, Frank Ilaboya and Porbeni Ogun respectively, and renowned marketing consultant Mike Itemuagbor.There were also the General Manager of NPFL club Warri Wolves, Moses Etu, former Super Eagles captain Austin Eguavoen and a number of ex –international players.The delegation was received by late Keshi’s brother-in-law, Ricky Aburimen and cousin, Ebuka Ofonye.Pinnick delivered a condolence letter to the family, and reiterated that the NFF Board will soon meet to consider the most befitting way to immortalize the former Nigeria captain and coach.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi signing the condolence register at the NFF Secretariat on Tuesday.Pinnick, Okowa, Ilaboya, others meet familyThe tap of tributes for Nigerian legend Stephen Keshi, who passed on in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 54 is still running strongly, with the West African Football Union, the Football Associations of Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia and Mali, former NFF presidents Anthony Kojo Williams, Ibrahim Galadima, Sani Lulu Abdullahi and Aminu Maigari, and Coaches Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Emmanuel Amuneke and Manu Garba, renowned journalist Dele Momodu and Nollywood ace Richard Mofe-Damijo have also added their voices.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic Close to Man Utd Deal

first_imgIbrahimovic removed the final barrier to his switch to the Premier League when he said he did not wish to be considered for Olympic duty at the 2016 Games in Rio following Sweden’s exit from Euro 2016.It will be his first spell in England after winning titles in four countries.Although the Swede repeatedly refused to confirm his plans during the Euros, Old Trafford was widely assumed to be the next destination in a career that has seen him win league championships in 13 of the last 15 seasons.Ibrahimovic was top scorer in France’s Ligue 1 last term with 38 goals but did not score as Sweden went out of Euro 2016 at the group stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Zlatan Ibrahimovic should complete his long-anticipated move to Manchester United by the end of the week.The Swedish striker, 34, is a free agent after leaving Paris St-Germain and is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Old Trafford club.He will become the second signing for United boss Jose Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal as manager in May.Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 22, has already completed a £30m move to United from Spanish side Villarreal.United have also made an improved offer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, and are now waiting for his German club, Borussia Dortmund, to make a decision on the Armenian playmaker’s future.last_img read more

2016 NNPC Jnr Tennis: Osewa, Mcleod Are Star Performers

first_imgNational junior stars, Michael Osewa, Angel Mcleod and Fortune Aniso headlined some of the star performers at the ongoing 2016 NNPC Junior Tennis Championship at the National Stadium Lagos.Osewa, who was scheduled to be in the ITF European Tour but could not attend due to the French Embassy’s refusal to issue him visa won three of his group matches.He defeated Ezekiel Ekong of Lagos 9-2 in the boy’s 16&under while he also defeated Kazeem Fadipe 9-1 in the 18&under.McLeod also showed class as she won all her preliminary matches to advance to the next round. She defeated Toyin Asogba 9-8 on Centre Court on yesterday in the girl’s 16&under.There were also wins for Rivers State duo of Fortune Aniso and Timipre Maxwell. Aniso defeated Omolade Aderemi and Esther Olamide both from Ondo State 9-0, 9-0 to advance to the next stage in the girl’s U16 and Maxwell was equally ruthless with 9-0 bashings of Esther Marshall of Cross River and Ebere Igbokwe in the girl’s 14&under.Marylove Edward was also impressive winning two of her three games in the preliminary round. Emmanuel Jebutu also looks good to progress by beating his Lagos teammate Wilson Igbinovia 9-4 and Fabian Joseph of Kaduna 9-6.Christopher Bulus of Kaduna defeated Ahmed Adefilaka 9-2 but lost to Stephen Augustine 9-4 and needs to beat Promise Ekong to progress in the boy’s 18&under.Daniel Adeleye of Ekiti also glowed brightly, winning all his four group matches in the boy’s 12&under.The tournament which is featuring over 130 players from all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory is organised by the International Tennis Academy run by Godwin Kienka and sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more