Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Accord Party Presidential Candidate, Professor Chris Imumolen Awards Multi-million Naira Scholarships to Scores of Nigerian Football Players

Accord Party Presidential Candidate, Professor Chris Imumolen Awards Multi-million Naira Scholarships to Scores of Nigerian Football Players

The presidential candidate of the Accord Party, Professor Chris Imumolen has given Scholarships to Nigerian Football Players in their numbers.



Imumolen gave scholarships to all finalists of the Secondary League of Nigeria American Football Association (NAFA) in Lagos on Wednesday.

The presentation of the scholarship awards was witnessed by the Lagos State Sports Commission, Lagos State Ministry of Education, an Executive officer from NAFA, and other well-wishers.

When asked what prompted him to give the scholarships, Imumolen said “Nigeria was a nation known for sporting excellence. I believe we get it right once we begin to invest massively in young talents.”

The beneficiaries were Amuwo-Odofin Community Senior Secondary School (Male team); Army Cantonment Girls Senior Secondary School Ojo; Baptist Academy (male team); Girls Senior High School Agege; Oshodi High School (Male team); Greenspring School (Male and Female Team) and Keke Senior High School (Female team)

 

May be an image of 6 people, people standing and grass

May be an image of 6 people, people standing and outdoors

May be an image of 7 people, people standing and grass

May be an image of 5 people, people standing and outdoors

May be an image of 9 people, people standing and grass

 

 

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

 Rohr to become new coach of Super Eagles' West African rivals

Rohr to become new coach of Super Eagles' West African rivals

 Rohr to become new coach of Super Eagles' West African rivals



Former head coach of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr has been shortlisted to take over the national team of Mali.

Rohr was dismissed as Super Eagles handler in November ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

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The 68-year-old was replaced by Augustine Eguavoen on an interim basis.

However, the German tactician looks set to land another job on the continent.

Rohr has been linked with the vacant coaching role of the Eagles of Mali, few weeks after Mohamed Magassouba was fired.

Other coaches who are in the running for the job include former Mali international, Eric Chelle, former coach of the Malian national team, Djibril Drame and AS Otoho coach, Alou Badra Diallo.

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked American President, Joe Biden not to sanction Roman Abramovich as the Chelsea owner may be able to help with Russian peace talks, a report says.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked American President, Joe Biden not to sanction Roman Abramovich as the Chelsea owner may be able to help with Russian peace talks, a report says.

 


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked American President, Joe Biden not to sanction Roman Abramovich as the Chelsea owner may be able to help with Russian peace talks, a report says.

Early this month, officials inside the US Treasury Department drafted a set of sanctions to punish Roman Abramovich, a prominent Russian oligarch, following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, say people familiar with the plans.

When it came time to announce those sanctions, which had been designed to go out in tandem with sanctions from the U.K. and European Union, the White House’s National Security Council told the Treasury to hold off, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Is Zelensky’s party crackdown his first mistake?

Mr Zelsneky had asked the US president to wait on sanctioning Mr Abramovich, who has a close relationship with Vladimir Putin, as Ukraine’s leaders believe he might be a crucial go-between with Moscow, an official told the newspaper.

On the call, Mr Biden reportedly spoke with Mr Zelensky on a range of sanctions that the White House intended to implement.

“We are not going to read out private conversations between President Biden and President Zelensky,” said Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council.

The Chelsea Football Club billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich had earlier been hit by sanctions from the UK government.

But Top Flight reports that Chelsea Football Club could still be sold by the end of the month despite being under several sanctions and under the control of the UK Government.

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Following the government taking control of the assets of former owner, Roman Abramovich, an American Investment firm has been tasked with selling the club, and following positive conversations, they believe the club could be sold by the end of the month.

The government will need to grant the club a new licence for a sale to go through after it placed sanctions on the club, but after an agreement was made that funds from a sale would go to charitable organisations and into a frozen account, the process of getting a new licence should be easy.

Russia-Ukraine War: Zelensky Asks Biden Not To Sanction Chelsea Football Club Owner, Abramovich

Source: SR

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Court Stops Nigerian Football Federation’s Planned General Assembly In Lagos

Court Stops Nigerian Football Federation’s Planned General Assembly In Lagos

 Court Stops Nigerian Football Federation’s Planned General Assembly In Lagos



  • The judge ruled on Wednesday that the NFF’s Assembly slated for December 17 should not hold, following an ex parte application filed with a motion on notice in a suit number, FHC/YNG/CS/133/2021.

Justice Isa Dashen of the Federal High Court In Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ruled that the proposed Nigerian Football Federation Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Lagos State be put on hold.

The judge ruled on Wednesday that the NFF’s Assembly slated for December 17 should not hold, following an ex parte application filed with a motion on notice in a suit number, FHC/YNG/CS/133/2021.

SaharaReporters observed that the suit was filed by a board member of  Nembe City Football Club, Nembe, Bayelsa State, Mr Seigha Obiene.

According to the court order obtained by SaharaReporters, the suit is between Mr Obiene as the applicant and Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President, Nigerian Football Federation and the Nigerian Football Association as the first set of respondents.

Other respondents are; Mallam Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the League Management Company, the Chairman of the Nigerian National League, Alhaji Alkali Mohammed, Chairman of the Nationwide League, ad Aisha Falode; Chairperson, Nigerian Women League, as the second set of respondents.

The honourable Minister of Youths and Sports Development and the Inspector-General of Police are the third and fourth respondents.

According to the court order, the judge said, “Upon the motion ex parte dated the 8th day of December and filed on December 10, praying for the following reliefs; 1. An order of interim injunction restraining the first and second respondents…from proceeding with holding of the planned Annual General Assembly of the NFF Executive Committee slated for the 17th day of December 2021 in Lagos State; 2; An order of interim injunction restraining the fourth respondent from ….allowing or giving protection…in respect of the planned Annual General Assembly in Lagos or in aid of holding any congress.

“It is hereby ordered as follows; 1; That the application is hereby granted as prayed in terms of the reliefs sought. 2; That an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd sets of respondents…that the return date shall be the 10th of January 2022.”

DOCUMENTS: Court Stops Nigerian Football Federation’s Planned General Assembly in Lagos 

Court Stops Nigerian Football Federation’s Planned General Assembly In Lagos

SaharaReporters, EReporters

Monday, 29 November 2021

Manchester United Appoints New Coach

Manchester United Appoints New Coach

 


Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the Premier League season, eight days after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old German has joined from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development, and will take over from caretaker boss Michael Carrick.

He will then take on a two-year consultancy role at the club.The 63-year-old German says he is "excited" about the role and that "the squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience".

John Murtough, United's football director, said: "Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.

"He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

"Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role."

Solskjaer was removed after United's 4-1 defeat by Watford this month, their seventh loss in 13 games across all competitions which left them eighth in the Premier League standings.

Monday, 9 August 2021

Ranking the Five Best Signings of OGS in Manchester United

Ranking the Five Best Signings of OGS in Manchester United

Ranking the Five Best Signings of OGS in Manchester United.



#3 Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action for Manchester United
Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action for Manchester United
Tough-tackling fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was bought from Crystal Palace for a fee nearing £50 million pounds with add-ons. The 24-year-old hit the ground running, making the right-back spot his own and proving to be a smart signing.

While many criticize his lack of attacking ability as a modern-day fullback, Wan-Bissaka's defensive toughness all but makes up for any shortcomings. He has already put up strong performances against top tier opponents such as Manchester City and Liverpool.

#2 Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire pictured during Manchester United v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup 4th Round
Harry Maguire pictured during Manchester United v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup 4th Round

The fee paid for Harry Maguire seems to take precedence in judging the English centre-back's contribution. An excessive £80 million fee, enough to make him the world's most expensive defender, would weigh heavily on any player.

Maguire has been a vital contributor to the relative defensive solidarity Manchester United have enjoyed over the last two seasons. Signed for his aerial ability as well as his composure on the ball, Maguire has added a new dimension of play to the once fragile and timid United back line.

The statistics back him up, with Manchester United conceding just 36 and 44 league goals in each of Maguire's two seasons at the club.

While Maguire's calmness and authority has elevated him to the role of club captain in a short spell, critics take aim at his inconsistency and lack of pace.

Having said that, Maguire's Euro 2020 performances were the bedrock of the England defense and suggest he is only getting better. With the signing of Varane, Manchester United fans can look forward to a solid partnership.

#1 Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United v Leeds United - Premier League
Manchester United v Leeds United - Premier League
Bruno Fernandes is the defining transfer of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign as Manchester United boss. The Portuguese playmaker arrived from Sporting Lisbon for a £49.5m fee in January 2020. He then set the Premier League on fire, scoring 40 goals and registering 25 assists in just one and a half seasons at Manchester United.

His attacking mentality and ability to constantly drive play forward make him the quintessential Manchester United player. In 2020-21, he broke Frank Lampard's Premier League record of most goals scored by a midfielder for an English club with 28 across all competitions, a truly remarkable achievement.

In addition to his strengths on the pitch, Fernades has emerged as a dressing room leader and motivator. His drive and verve has pushed Manchester United from many a losing position to come back and win games. He is sure to go down as a Manchester United legend with time, and remains Ole's most trusted lieutenant.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

LIVE: Argentina mourns Diego Maradona with a wake at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires

LIVE: Argentina mourns Diego Maradona with a wake at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires

Argentina mourns Diego Maradona with a wake at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires




Diego Maradona - the legendary World Cup winner is dead.


The entire footballers worldwide is wishing a Rest In Peace to one amongst the outstanding figure of football, Diego Maradona.


This is how's life, we born, grow,succeed and disappear letting behind us places to others.


Some of those paying tributes to Diego said he was a great player, but he was a pathetic human being. Life caught up with him. Sad for his family and friends who've lost someone they loved despite his numerous flaws. Time for Argentina & football/soccer/balón pie fans around the world to see him for what he was: A non-idol.


Ayat Histam said, "My heart breaks for Argentina but in the middle of pandemic, so many will get sick just because of this ceremony" 


Saywan Wali said, "Rest in peace Legend 

You gave the world so many beautiful memories about football. Many stayed late nights just to watch your matches and see you display your skills.

Journey well, Legend. You'll be missed deeply." 


The death of Maradona is a huge loss for the world of Soccer. 



Video: Credit to Reuters. 


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Qatar denies bribing FIFA officials to host 2022 World Cup

Qatar denies bribing FIFA officials to host 2022 World Cup



Qatar has called the allegations that it bribed FIFA officials for the right to host the 2022 World Cup “baseless” adding that they “will be fiercely contested”.

According to US Justice Department documents released Monday, FIFA officials received bribes to vote in favour of awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

The Kremlin has also refuted the allegations.

Qatar said it “strongly denies the allegations contained within the court papers”.

The timings of the global football spectacle, due to be held in November and December of 2022, remain unchanged by coronavirus which has already forced the postponement of the European football championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Both will now take place in 2021.

The allegations are linked to a wide-ranging 2015 corruption scandal that left world football’s governing body FIFA in turmoil and led to the downfall of then-president Sepp Blatter.

In the ensuing years, the US government has accused a total of 45 people and various sports companies of more than 90 crimes and of paying or accepting more than $200 million in bribes.

“They are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process,” Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery said in a statement.

“Despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically or by means that contravened FIFA’s strict bidding rules.”


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

BREAKING: Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Win UEFA Super Cup

BREAKING: Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Win UEFA Super Cup





Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (C) vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (L) and Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian during the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019. Bulent Kilic / AFP

Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday after a richly entertaining match in Istanbul finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Every penalty in the shoot-out had found the net before Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, allowing the European champions to win the trophy for the fourth time in their history.

Sadio Mane had earlier canceled out Olivier Giroud’s opener and then scored again to put Liverpool 2-1 up five minutes into extra time. However, Jorginho netted a penalty at the other end to force the shoot-out.


Liverpool 2 (Mane 48, 95) Chelsea 2 (Giroud 36, Jorginho 101-pen)

— after extra-time; Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties

Details shortly…


Saturday, 20 April 2019

Nadal Crashes Out To Fognini In Monte Carlo Semi-Finals

Nadal Crashes Out To Fognini In Monte Carlo Semi-Finals


 
Rafael Nadal crashed to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday, the Spanish clay court king swept aside 6-4, 6-2, to end his bid for a 12th title.

The shock result leaves Italian 13th seed Fognini facing unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s unscripted final.
Fognini, who beat Nadal three times all on clay in 2015, stopped a 25-set win streak in the principality for the world number two.
The last man to take a set off Nadal in Monte Carlo was Britain’s Kyle Edmund in 2017.
Fognini ended Nadal’s Monte Carlo reign on the fifth match point.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Reclaim Premier League Lead

Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Reclaim Premier League Lead

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on April 14, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP


Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.
Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.
City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.
But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.
Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool’s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp’s 200th game as Reds manager in style.
With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.
Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.
For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans and in the week that club legend Tommy Smith passed away, there was even more emotion at Anfield than usual.
After a minute’s silence featuring mosaics reading “30 years” and “96” held up by fans around the ground, Liverpool’s focus was trained on avenging one of the more painful defeats in the club’s recent history.
Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 led to a defeat against Chelsea that effectively gifted the title to Manchester City when Liverpool had looked odds-on to lift the trophy.
But Klopp insisted his players wouldn’t be haunted by the ghosts of that collapse and they were true to his word.
Liverpool threatened an early goal when Mane whipped a pin-point cross towards Salah and he fired a volley that Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga held well.
– Salah makes his point –
Chelsea were unbeaten in their last eight matches at Anfield going into Sunday’s clash and showed signs of troubling Liverpool when Eden Hazard twisted away from Joel Matip for a low shot that forced Alisson Becker into action.
David Luiz launched a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack with a pass that sent Willian racing away, but the Brazilian’s miscued shot drifted wide.
Those escapes shook Liverpool out of their brief lull and Salah got behind Emerson to cross for Mane to smash just wide.
Hampered by a first-half injury to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea creaked at the back and Liverpool took full advantage to break the deadlock in the 51st minute.
When Salah scampered onto Roberto Firmino’s flick in the Chelsea area, Blues defender Emerson could only prod the ball to the influential Jordan Henderson and his deft cross reached the unmarked Mane, who headed home at the far post.
Any Liverpool nerves had been wiped away by jubilant celebrations and soon after Salah blew the roof off Anfield with a moment of pure genius.
Taking possession wide on the right flank, Salah cut inside and glided away from Emerson before unleashing a sumptuous 25-yard drive that arrowed past Kepa into the far corner.
It was a sweet moment of vindication for the Egypt forward after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting “Salah is a bomber” before their team’s Europa League tie at Slavia Prague on Thursday.
And Salah, a practising Muslim, celebrated his 22nd goal of the season by adopting a prayer position in front of the Kop.
Hazard should have reduced the deficit, but twice the Belgian couldn’t find the net from close-range as Liverpool moved a step closer to their holy grail.
AFP

Friday, 5 April 2019

[Foreign Scene]: Brazilian Legend Pele ‘Improving’ In Paris Hospital

[Foreign Scene]: Brazilian Legend Pele ‘Improving’ In Paris Hospital

Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele/ AFP

Brazilian football legend Pele is “improving” after being hospitalised in Paris for a urinary infection, his spokesman said Thursday, although it was not clear when he would be released. 
The 78-year-old three-time World Cup winner was admitted for treatment on Wednesday and his entourage had expressed hope he would be out within two days.
“Everything is under control, always improving,” the spokesman confirmed in a WhatsApp message to AFP.
Pele, who won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970, had been in Paris for a promotional appearance alongside France star Kylian Mbappe.
The declining health of the player known as ‘O Rei’ has been a cause for concern in recent times, and the planned meeting with Mbappe had already been postponed last November.
Previously, Pele had admitted to not being up to the task of lighting the flame at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Before that, he spent time in intensive care in Brazil in late 2014 following a kidney complaint.
AFP

Thursday, 4 April 2019

[Sports]: Tottenham Post record Profit As Stadium Costs Pass £1bn

[Sports]: Tottenham Post record Profit As Stadium Costs Pass £1bn


Tottenham posted a world-record net profit of £113 million in 2017/18 but costs for the club’s new stadium rose above £1 billion ($1.3 billion), annual accounts showed on Thursday.
Spurs opened their state-of-the-art 62,000-capacity home on Wednesday with the hope that increased matchday revenue and an agreement to host NFL games will help the club compete financially with their Premier League rivals.
Total spending on the stadium and club’s training ground passed the £1 billion mark by the end of June 2018.
Much of that has been financed by loans. Spurs owed a total of £461 million in the year to the end of June, although the club have since extended their loans by another £100 million.
Net profits nearly tripled from £36 million in the previous year. Overall income climbed from £310 million to nearly £381 million thanks to bigger crowds at their temporary home of Wembley, reaching the last 16 of the Champions League and improved commercial income.
The scale of Spurs’ overachievement under Mauricio Pochettino in qualifying for the Champions League for the past three years via a top-four finish is highlighted by the club’s spending on wages.
Despite their revenue remaining the lowest of the Premier League top six, a wage bill of just £148 million, half that of Manchester United’s, helped Spurs break the previous record profit of £106 million posted by Liverpool in February.
Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday kept the club on course for another top-four finish, a point ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal and three clear of United.
The arrival of Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez saw Spurs make a rare loss of £32 million on player trading in 2017/18.
However, Spurs have not signed a single player since Moura’s arrival in January 2018.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

ARSENE WENGER TO REPLACE GATTUSO AS AC MILAN COACH

ARSENE WENGER TO REPLACE GATTUSO AS AC MILAN COACH


Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to be appointed as AC Milan manager, his first role since departing Arsenal at the end of last season.
According to France Football ( ESPN FC’s Jonathan Johnson), the Frenchman, who spent over two decades in charge of the Gunners, will replace Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro.
Gattuso has been in charge of the Rossoneri for just under a year.


He oversaw a sixth-place finish in Serie A last term, and after 11 matches of 2018-19, Milan sit fourth.
Milan’s recent form has been good, with three victories in a row propelling them into the UEFA Champions League qualification spots.

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NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER DIES OF HEART ATTACK DURING MATCH

NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER DIES OF HEART ATTACK DURING MATCH


Nigerian striker Ekundayo Ebenezer Mawoyeka has reportedly died of heart attack during a match between his club, Sarayköyspor, and Yeşilköyspor, on Sunday in Turkey.
According to Euronews, Mawoyeka slumped in the 35th minute of play at the Servergazi Stadium.
It was learned that Mawoyeka died while he was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.



First responders said that the Nigerian died of heart attack.
His death led to the postponement of the match. (Newsflash247).


Monday, 5 November 2018

 SPORTS Mayweather takes fight to Japan

SPORTS Mayweather takes fight to Japan


Floyd Mayweather’s over-stated arrival to his unveiling as the new figurehead for a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion proved that, no-matter what the event or the location, the American boxing legend will always be box office.

The undefeated 41-year-old announced he was coming out of a retirement on Monday.

He will top the bill at the Rizin Fighting Federation’s next card on Dec. 31 in a bout against a Japanese kick boxer with the rules yet to be determined.

Prior to Monday’s news conference, Mayweather gave a select number of media interviews over the weekend, but the identity of Rizin’s marquee recruit for the Saitama event had been kept under wraps.

So, with the logo for Mayweather’s ‘The Money Team’ brand ostentatiously emblazoned across the room, there was a palpable sense of intrigue ahead of the American’s late arrival.

When Mayweather finally appeared in front of the media in Tokyo, the American, whose boxing record is an unblemished 50-0, was far more subdued than his noisy introduction, substituting his usual bravado with a serious business-like tone.

“We want to continue and I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo, I want to continue to come over here and bring other fighters over here,” Mayweather explained during a somewhat stilted news conference.

“My company have been making some huge fights happen in the U.S.

“But we look forward to taking the Mayweather promotions banner and the TMT (The Money Team) banner worldwide and if it means working with a great guy like this (Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara) then there is no problem.”

It seems for Mayweather, who won boxing world titles at five different weight divisions, this fight is about expanding his brand and business interests overseas.

“I wanted to do something different. I always wanted to display my skills outside the U.S. and be in a special fight,” added Mayweather, who has fought every one of his professional bouts in the U.S.

Mayweather’s latest move comes as a major shock after he announced his second retirement from the ring following his defeat of Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor in a crossover boxing match last year.

However, the most stunning aspect of Mayweather’s announcement is his decision to sign with an MMA brand, having never competed in the octagon before.

While boxing rules restrict bouts to the use of just punches, MMA also incorporates kicks, knees and elbow strikes, as well as wrestling, joint locks and chokes.

Mayweather and his team said they were still in negotiations with Rizin over the rules and format of the fight which should be “situated” in the coming weeks.

The identity of Mayweather’s opponent, Japanese kickboxer, Tenshin Nasukawa — a fighter half the American’s age — muddies the waters yet further.

Nasukawa competes in both MMA and kickboxing, and has won all four of his cage fights.

While Mayweather showered praise on his opponent and even disparaged himself by saying “my body don’t look the same as it used to look”, a bullish Nasukawa exuded confidence.

“I would like to prove with my own fist what others couldn’t do in the past,” said the 20-year-old, who added he accepted the offer to fight Mayweather without hesitation.

“My opponent looks taller than I thought, I think because of the aura around him, but I think I could hit him.”

Nasukawa’s comments caused Mayweather and his business advisor Brent Johnson to break into beaming smiles, but there was a sense that in the past the former world champion would not have taken this challenge so light-heartedly.

With fighting fans — both boxing and MMA alike — trying to process the latest twist in Mayweather’s career path, will primarily come down to the eventual decision over the rules of his next bout before any real judgment can be made.

If this move is a bid to stay relevant, then Mayweather, whose business acumen has been matched only by his performances in the ring, has certainly found a way to keep his name in lights. (NAN)

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Usain Bolt says soccer career not over

Usain Bolt says soccer career not over

Usain Bolt says he still nurses soccer career ambition

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt is adamant he can become a professional footballer despite his trial with an Australian club ending, insisting Saturday: “I still have it”.
The eight-time Olympic champion’s “indefinite” try-out period with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners collapsed on Friday after contract talks failed.
The club reportedly offered him only a fraction of the Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) his managers were seeking, and the outside sponsors needed to make the deal viable could not be found.
“It’s sad that it didn’t work out,” the Jamaican 100m and 200m world record holder told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper at the Derby Day horse races in Melbourne, where he arrived in a suit, sunglasses and with a gold-handled cane.
“But we parted on good terms, and that’s a good thing.
“I had a great experience with them. The guys were great — we just couldn’t work out things with the contract, but hopefully I get another chance with another team.”
Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has long dreamed of becoming a soccer player and had been training with the Mariners since August, sparking global interest when he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly.
But the staunch Manchester United fan’s abilities were questioned by pundits and some players and he has now had trials with clubs in Germany, South Africa, Norway, and Australia to no avail.
Asked if he would keep pursuing his quest to become a footballer despite another setback, the 32-year-old said: “For sure.
“We’ll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes.
“For me, I’ve learned that I still have it.
“I figure that I was improving a lot, so as you can see from the first game to the last game, I really improved and did better. I’ve learned that it’s a little bit harder, but it’s all about dedication and work with the team.”
Bolt recently turned down a trial-free contract from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta to focus on trying to make the grade in Australia.
He has been urged by the head of the Jamaican FA to return home and play for a local club, with the prospect that he could be called up for international duty. (NAN)
TV host donates $100,000 to Nigerian paralysed footballer

TV host donates $100,000 to Nigerian paralysed footballer

Emeka Nnaka Nigerian Paralysed footballer

American TV host, Ellen DeGeneres has donated $100,000 to Emeka Nnaka, a paralysed Nigerian-American footballer.
Nnaka, 30, born of Nigerian descent, but raised in Macon, Georgia had a footballer accident nine years ago at 21 and his friends had been trying to raise the amount with a GoFundMe account.
The TV host said during her show that she wanted to surprise him for his good deeds and dedication towards helping others, in which over 50 persons had written letters to her describing how “incredible’’ he was.
Nnaka, since his accident nine years ago had been engaged in helping others, especially at-risk youth in his community.
The footballer had an accident, while playing for a semi-pro football team and tackled an opponent during a game in Arkansas.
He was said to have undergone a nine-hour neck surgery and spent 10 days in intensive care before returning to Tulsa, partially paralyzed
Meanwhile, his apartment building, along with his belongings was said to have been engulfed by fire on Sept 19 and the van that allows him to drive himself was totaled and needed to be replaced.
The footballer is said to be an asset to the Tulsa community by being an advocate for the physically challenged and countless other community projects.
Nnaka, who is a board member for Tulsa Transit has been heavily involved in raising money for the Tulsa United Way, as part of Tulsa Beyond Initiative to redesign and reimagine Tulsa high schools.
He serves as a councilor for displaced and troubled youth and Emeka inspires, encourages, and educates students and fellow citizens as a motivational speaker.
Emeka was injured in an Oklahoma Thunder football game 9 years ago and uses his experience to motivate people to not let their circumstances define them but use them to propel them to do and be better. (NAN).