They booked their place in the decider by beating Connacht 1-14 to 1-12 at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh.Len Chin of Wexford was the victors’ star performer, registering 1-4 from play.
There’s an action packed afternoon of games in the Premier League cross-channel.The traditional Stephen’s Day fixtures sees eight ties down for decision, with the opener coming from Vicarage Road where Watford host Crystal Palace at 12.30.That game sees Sam Allardyce take charge of the visitors for the first time since he was appointed Palace manager on Friday. At 3pm league leaders Chelsea go in search of their 12th straight league win when they host Bournemouth.Blues boss Antonio Conte knows it won’t be an easy tie.Meanwhile David Moyes returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked as Manchester United manager in 2014 – his Sunderland side visit the Red Devils.And Arsenal will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on West Brom.Elsewhere at 3, Burnley face Middlesbrough, Leicester meet Everton and and West Ham travel to Swansea.The evening games sees Hull play host to Manchester City at 5.15.
That one has an 8pm start. Former Galway man Ryan Manning set up Jamie Mackie for the game’s only goal, as QPR won 1-nil at the Madejski?Two sides with designs on the play-off places meet at Elland Road tonight.?Fifth placed Leeds entertain a Derby side seeking a first league win in three games.?
Lee Keegan is expected to be back in the starting 15 when Mayo name their team for Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi final against Kerry at Croke Park.The 2016 Footballer of the Year was named man of the match in the Westerners quarter final draw with Roscommon.He sat out the reply due to a foot injury, but is said to have returned to full fitness. Kerry are also set to name their team today.It will be the first time the sides have met in the Championship since 2014.The Kingdom won a dramatic replay at the Gaelic Grounds.Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice says that history could have an impact.
In the Munster Junior Cup Thurles Town face Broadford of Limerick and Peake Villa go up against Nenagh Celtic in Loughtagalla, Thurles.The winners of these two games will play in the last 16 on the weekend of Feb 11th.Both games get going at 2pm. Photo ? Pixabay
Russia plans to take legal action over this month’s WADA report accusing the country of running a state-sponsored sports doping program.The accusations made in a World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren have led to more than 100 Russian athletes being barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games which start on Friday.“We will analyse each line and proceed legally against it,” Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday on Russian sports television channel Match TV. Mutko has vehemently denied the accusations but McLaren has said he has unwavering confidence in his findings, which include evidence of the Russian secret service the FSB being involved in covering up failed doping tests.WADA called on all Russians, set to compete at the Rio Games, to be banned but the International Olympic Committee stopped short of a blanket suspension and left it up to individual sports bodies to decide.The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is the latest to act, banning all Russian weightlifters last Friday from participating in the Games. The IWF said on its website that the multiple documented cases of doping among Russian weightlifters was shocking and disappointing and had damaged the integrity of the sport. It said the eight positions reserved for Russians had been offered to other weightlifters.Most other sports federations have banned Russians with previous doping convictions and those named in McLaren’s report but have permitted those seen as clean to go to Rio. A separate doping report last year led to the entire Russian-based track and field team being barred from Rio. Banned athletes plan to sue the authorities after the Olympics are over on August 21, Mutko added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The dream of the Local Organising Committee of the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships to organise a competition where the host city, Asaba, and Delta State Government will not have to bear hundred per cent of the costs has started yielding fruits as GAC Motors, one of Chinaa€?s largest automakers, has backed the championships with a sponsorship deal worth N800 million.In statement signed by Head, Media and Publicity of the LOC Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships, Olukayode Thomas, the deal was brokered by the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Hon. Bukola Olopade. The company is the championshipsa€? Official Consultant and Marketer.Olopade, who is also a member of the LOC, revealed that GAC Motors is the first sponsor to back the Asaba CAA African Senior Championships slated for next summer.Said Olopade, a€?Once the management of GAC Motors realized that the main beneficiary of the championships will be youths from Nigeria and other parts of Africa, they quickly keyed into it and they are giving support worth N800m. This is massive. They are the first organization to back the project. This is sign that we will be able to fulfill our promise that we will have championships whose cost will not be borne by the host city and Delta State Government alone but also by Corporate Nigeriaa€?a€?Olopade urged other members of Corporate Nigeria to emulate GAC Motors and back the Asaba 2018 Championships.He also urged Nigerians, especially the working class, to patronize GAC Motors, a youth friendly company so that they can do more for Nigerian youths, a€?I urge Nigerians to patronize their cars which are pocket friendly, fuel efficient and beautiful. Our patronage will enable them do more for Nigerians not only in athletics but also in football and the entertainment industry which they have invested heavily in and othersa€?a€?.??Olopade said there are opportunities for other brands who intend to be part of the championshipsa€?The 2018 edition of CAA African Athletics Championships also serves as trials for the highly competitive and lucrative 2018 IAAF World Cup in Athletics, so the cream de la cream of African athletes and global leaders of the sport including the IAAF President Seb Coe and others athletics great will be in Asaba, this guarantees huge exposure for top brands. There are also many lead up activities and post championships activities that guarantee continuous mileage and exposure.a€???????Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ??ASABA 2018
Giwa, however, is showing no signs giving up on his claims to be president.His lawyer Ardzard Habilla insists FIFA cannot ban Nigeria as it needs to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary.Habilla told journalists that the threat by FIFA was a calculated attempt to subvert the constitution of the country and an act of neo-colonialism.“Do we take it that FIFA laws are superior to the judgment of the highest court in our land – the Supreme Court, and has FIFA elevated itself before the constitution of Nigeria?“When we went to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), it said that the issue before it is not the validity of the election and that it is the domestic law of Nigeria that should determine the validity of an election or elections.“FIFA is bound by the decision of CAS and that is why the Giwa-led board went to court to determine the validity of those elections.”A recent court case recognised Giwa, who is currently serving five-year ban by FIFA as the NFF president.Giwa has been protesting the result of elections held in September 2014 that saw Pinnick installed as NFF president.FIFA also pointed out that Giwa was part of the proposed delegation and that he is serving a “five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity.”The letter from FIFA also reiterated that in “the event the NFF offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF Executive Committee under President Amaju Pinnick by Monday, August 20, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening binding obligations of the FIFA Statutes.“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that they are given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.”A ban from global football could see Nigeria being unable to play their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles the weekend of the 8th September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA has rejected a proposed meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, to discuss problems in the country’s football federation (NFF).It denied the request saying its “leadership, in fact, the FIFA president is indisposed during the proposed period.”Football’s world governing body has given Nigeria until 20th August for Chris Giwa to vacate the NFF offices.
Danladi said that the separation of both parties was mutual, cordial, without any acrimony and all speculation on social media that Dogo resigned over any issue should be regarded as nothing but mere speculation.“His contract expired. That is what happened. He had a one season contract with us and it expired after we crashed out of the Aiteo Federation Cup semi finals against Rangers. So the contract was not renewed because we did not offer a renewal and he did not expect a renewal. So in simple terms, we severed relationship, he maintained.“It is not true he resigned because if you say someone resigned, it means he has a subsisting contract but his contract expired. I emphasize on this because we heard on different social media platform that he said he resigned which is not true,” He said.Speaking in a separate interview, Coach Dogo also confirmed that he parted ways with the club because his contract recently expired and in the courseof the disengagement, no misunderstanding took place.“Nothing bad happened. I had a good working relationship with the management. I don’t have problem with anybody. It is just that my contract has expired. So I need to move forward. We had a mutual understanding. So there was no problem,” Dogo concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kabiru Dogo Emmanuel Ukumba in LafiaThe Nasarawa United Football Club and its Head Coach, Kabiru Dogo, have confirmed parting ways due to non-renewal of the coach’ contract which recently expired.Chairman of the Nasarawa United FC, Isaac Danladi and Coach Dogo both confirmed the development to journalists in Lafia yesterday.
Ahead of the unveiling, the Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mrs. Sarah Agha said the idea is to bring Nigerian football fans to stand behind Eagles all through the grueling matches the team will play at the tournament.“Nigerians are very passionate about football and we want to galvanise them to stand behind the Super Eagles as they hope to conquer Africa again. Star Lager as a foremost brand when it comes to entertainment, our consumers and numerous fans are in for wonderful moments of football.“The television commercial is part of our own way to use Star Lager to spread the message of total support to the team as they go out with the mission to conquer in the Land of Pharaohs,” she remarked.As expected, fans that will visit the Star Fan Parks across the country during the tournament will see the television commercial as it would be played repeatedly before, during and after the matches in real time.In all, ten dedicated Fan Parks in nine cities namely Uyo, Port Harcourt, Aba, Enugu, Onitsha, Abeokuta, Abuja, Jos and multiple centres in Lagos have been selected by the brand to give Nigerian fans memorable experiences where fans can in carnival like environment enjoy the 52 matches of the competition, which runs from June 21st to July 12th, 2019.Apart from the excitement expected from the competing teams on the fields, Star Lager will also thrill fans to the best of entertainment at the Star Fan Park, which would be activated on all match days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the 32nd edition of Africa’s premier football competition, the African Cup of Nations, gets underway this Friday, one of the major sponsors of the Super Eagles, Nigerian Breweries Plc through its Star Lager beer is taking the support for the team to a higher level.A television commercial will be unveiled today by Star Lager beer, the premium supporter of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Official Beer of the Super Eagles.The commercial is geared towards inspiring the Nigerian national team to soar to greater heights to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time.