Winter Olympics: Norway Tops Medal Table

first_imgNorway topped the medal table as Marit Bjorgen won gold in the women’s cross-country skiing 30km mass start classic, the final event of the Winter Olympics.Norway finished with 14 golds, the same as Germany, but won a record 39 medals overall, eight more than the Germans.Bjorgen, 37, became the most decorated Winter Olympian by winning bronze in the team sprint free – her fifth medal at Pyeongchang 2018 and 15th overall.She won a medal in every event she contested at this year’s Games.She also won gold in the women’s 4x5km relay, silver in the 15km skiathlon and another bronze in the 10km freestyle in South Korea.It was her eighth Winter Olympic gold and puts her equal with biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen and cross country skier Bjorn Daehlie – both also from Norway – for the most in history.Competing in the final Olympic event of her 16-year career, Bjorgen finishes with eight golds, four silvers and three bronzes from five Games.“When I look behind me and see what I have done, it’s incredible,” she said. “It has been an amazing career for me, this is my last Olympics and to finish like this is incredible.“I’ve had an amazing day, today my skis were good and it was special, the last 100 metres by myself there and I understand that I’d win the gold medal.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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VGC, Native FC Dominate at Nike Soccer Tourney

first_imgThe maiden edition of the Nike Homecoming football competition came to a thrilling end recently with VGC FC and Native FC emerged champions of the tournament.The three-day event, which was a mixture of music, art and sport was organised by Boy Better Know Africa and the sporting segment of the event was curated by BallOff and took place at Upbeat Centre in Lekki.The football tournament was in two fold with the first made up of mixture of male and female players from various backgrounds, as well as local academies.The second part of the tournament had an array of international celebrities and social influencers which included the Nigerian/British  musician Skepta and others.In the first tournament final, VGC FC defeated Chad FC by 2 – 1 to win that category of the tournament.Whilst Immaculate FC defeated  Industry Fc by  2 – 0 to win the third place match. The other teams that featured in this category were, YM FC and FBG FC.The second part of the tournament had various celebrities battling it out for the coveted first place position. Former Super Eagles players such as Daniel Amokachi, Garba Lawal, Ike Shorunmi, Julius Aghahowa and Taribo West also graced the event by playing a novelty match with the All Star team selected from the celebrity tournament. The Ex-internationals won their match 2 -1.At the closing ceremony, the Brand Communications Manager, Nike football, Mr. Neil Potter, said that the company’s aim of organising the tournament is to create a meaningful cultural exchange which was certainly achieved.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Special Olympics Nigeria to Represent Africa in Chicago

first_imgUNIFIED FOOTBALL CUPSpecial Olympics Nigeria’s Male Unified football team has been selected to represent African region in the inaugural male unified football tournament to mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics in USA.The unified football cup which is scheduled to hold on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, is one of the several events lined up to mark the anniversary of the global body founded in 1968. The first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup was presented by Toyota on July 17, 2018.The tournament will feature 24 teams (eight women’s teams and 16 men’s teams) comprised of people with and without intellectual disabilities from around the globe – hence the theme, Unified. SO Nigeria is one of the over 170 countries which have affiliations with the Special Olympics.According to an official of SO Nigeria, Exxon Mobil Nigeria, a strong supporter of inclusion, has already contributed towards the purchase and branding of the team’s kit and travel attires for the tournament.“Exxon Mobil Foundation has also displayed its support for inclusion through the Skillz for Life programme where people with and without intellectual disabilities are given quality health education on malaria and HIV/AIDS and taught life skills.In 2016, Exxon Mobil sponsored the Youth Empowerment Initiatives where athletes were empowered with skills such as photography, beadwork and more.On July 20, 2018, Special Olympics will honour its history and celebrate its future with the lighting of the Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope monument outside Soldier Field, home of the first games, to symbolise the on-going mission of inclusion.On July 21, the first-ever Global Day of Inclusion will be held at Soldier Field, a family event open to all.Later that evening, Special Olympics will host the Inclusion Fest Concert featuring internationally acclaimed music acts.Across the world, iconic buildings are switching their lights red to raise awareness for the need for inclusion.In Lagos, Nigeria, The Civic Centre and Civic Towers will be light up RED for inclusion on the evening of July 20, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Josh Maja: Warming up for Eagles First Berth

first_imgWith visa serving as a hindrance to some Super Eagles players ahead of next month’s Nigeria versus Ukraine international friendly game billed for September 10 at the Dnipro Arena, Ukraine, Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has drafted England-born Bordeaux striker, Josh Maja to the foldAccording to a report from the official website of the French Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, striker Josh Maja received a late call-up to join the Nigeria squad ahead of an international friendly against Ukraine, on September 10 at the Dnipro Arena, Ukraine.Born in London to Nigerian parents, the 20-year-old is eligible to represent the national teams of England and Nigeria. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles center_img Maja was invited to train with the Super Eagles in London two years ago before a proposed friendly against Burkina Faso which was later cancelled but club commitments prevented him from joining the squad.Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr hinted last week that the Bordeaux starlet might be handed a call-up for the international friendly at the Dnipro Arena.Maja has impressed in the current season, scoring against Montpellier on matchday two which earned him a spot in the U-21 Team of the Week for Europe’s top five leagues.Prior to his move to Bordeaux in the January transfer window, the former Sunderland striker represented the youth teams of Crystal Palace and Fulham.Rohr says he is keen on having England-born striker Maja play for the Super Eagles next month. Maja scored 16 goals in 30 appearances for Sunderland last season before switching to French club Bordeaux in January.Uncapped by England at any level, Maja has scored twice in 10 appearances in Ligue 1 for Bordeaux.“I ate with Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja, who is the second Nigerian in Bordeaux and is eligible for Nigeria. I already started talking with him about the national team,” Rohr told Le Point G in France.“He can easily play in the friendly matches for Nigeria, but he can only do it because he has not played for the U-20’s.”Rohr was referring to the fact that Nigeria will not have to apply to FIFA for a change of allegiance for Maja, as the youngster has not played for another nation at youth level.The 20-year-old’s performances in France have caught the eye of Rohr, who played at Bordeaux then coached them when they lost to Bayern Munich in the 1996 UEFA Cup final.Rohr has already named a 23-man squad for the friendly against Ukraine, but the German is hoping to persuade Maja to play in the game which serves as a build-up to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches which starts in November.“We have a game in Ukraine, and I’ve been informed that it might be too late to get visas for players who do not have a European passport,” Rohr said.“But he (Maja) does not have this issue because he is English, so he could eventually join us. It is very possible that I pick him to go to Ukraine. For Maja, it would be easier to have him. I have a lot of attackers, but it’s not impossible that I select him.”Nigeria has also snapped up London-born Joe Aribo, who plays for Scottish giants Rangers, with the midfielder set to make his debut against Ukraine in Dnipro.His teammate and Liverpool’s loanee Sheyi Ojo also told the BBC that he would love to represent Nigeria if they approach him.The encounter will serve as a build-up for Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin while Ukraine will face Lithuania in EURO 2020 qualifier.The former Sunderland forward says he left Sunderland because they could not agree on terms on a new deal despite scoring 16 goals for the Black Cats during the first half of the season but was sold to Bordeaux during the January transfer window.Sunderland offered Maja a contract worth seven times his current salary but he opted to reject the deal. With the 20-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Black Cats opted to cash in to eliminate the risk of losing their star striker on a free transfer.Eyebrows were raised when Maja joined the Ligue 1 side – particularly given there was a lot of British interest in his services.“My agent told me that they had shown interest since last year, so it went back further. I made a lot of progress at the beginning of the season, and I think that’s when they decided to take action,” Maja told France Football.“I had some options in England, Germany, Italy too.“I felt it was the best opportunity for me to have time in the first team and to progress. It was really a higher step up to me compared to League One.“We just could not agree on a new deal at Sunderland. It’s that simple. Bordeaux arrived and I wanted to play at a higher level. So I decided to leave.“I have always wanted to play abroad to discover a new language, a culture, a way of life.“I agree it is brave. There are not many young players, especially English, who will play abroad so it was a rather different choice from what we usually see. Now I have to stay focused and do my best to show myself fully.”Maja is into his third month in the North West of France and he says he is beginning to settle in to his new surroundings.“I am pretty well integrated in fact. It was a bit difficult to get used to the new language and lifestyle, but the people at the club did everything to make things easier for me.“My level of French is improving! I take classes every week, I hope I can speak fluently soon.”He continued: “Ligue 1 is different. The technical level is higher here, we must pay more attention to details. I’m in no hurry, just as I’m not worried. I am still in the process of adaptation. I work every day, I am constantly trying to progress. When my chance comes, I will know how to seize it.”Nonetheless, despite being under contract at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux until 2023, Maja still harbours ambitions of playing in the Premier League.“It’s obvious. It’s one of the best leagues in the world, with the best teams. I hope that one day I will be able to play but for now, I am in Bordeaux, I want to succeed here, and we will see later.”last_img read more

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Maduka Okoye: Answer to Eagles’ Goalkeeping Problem?

first_imgWhen Vincent Enyeama bowed out of international football after over a decade of manning the post for the senior national team, it was obvious he would be leaving a big vacuum. However, Carl Ikeme came in and fitted in perfectly but didn’t last long as the then Wolverhampton Wanderers FC safe hands was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July. From then on, the post had been shared between the trio of Francis Uzoho, Ikechuckwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, all of whom have not been convincing. Ahead of Nigeria/Ukraine friendly match, Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr extended invitation to Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, though he did not man the post, but Rohr was convinced that Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problem is now a thing of the pastSuper Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, last week assured Nigerian football fans that the goalkeeping problem that had plagued the national team was now a thing of the past.Since Vincent Enyeama retired from the national team, the Super Eagles have struggled to find a decent replacement, with the likes of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi failing to impress. Although Francis Uzoho did better than the duo when he was given the chance, his form has regressed since he moved to Cyprus due to a lack of activity at his club. However, after switching clubs last summer, he is back playing regularly and that showed in his performance in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with Ukraine.With him back playing regularly and Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye now in the team, Rohr believes the Super Eagles have solved their goalkeeping issues.The former Bordeaux manager said this in an interview on NFF twitter handle: “Our goalkeeper, Uzoho is much better, because he is playing in his club, and even in the goalkeeper positions we had problems, but we see that, we have already the answer.”Okoye could not hide his joy when he hooked up with the Nigeria national team players in Kyiv ahead of the international friendly against Ukraine.The Fortuna Dusseldorf shot-stopper earned his first call up to the senior Team after Rohr released his 18-man list for the September 10 showdown with Ukraine.“Can‘t express my feelings and how happy I am to get my first call up for the Super Eagles. All praise to the Most High ,” he said.Meanwhile, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has stated that Maduka Okoye is a wonderful person to work with, and always want to learn just in his first spell with the senior national team. “Maduka is a brother, a wonderful person that always want to learn. It’s always nice meeting new goalkeepers and I think he is a wonderful person, he wants to learn just like the way I was brought up in my goalkeeping career.“I thank God he is now in the team and we are going to work together as brothers to give our best for our beloved country Nigeria,” Ezenwa concluded.Super Eagles goalkeeper coach, Alloy Agu, has urged 20-year-old goalkeeper to wait for his time, as the youngster was an unused substitute in the international friendly against Ukraine.Despite the concerns over the goalkeeping department in the Super Eagles, Rohr opted not to give the Fortuna Düsseldorf first choice game time.In a bid to quell the growing frustration with the coach’s decision, Agu insists the player will get his moment.“We can’t put everyone at the same time, it’s a gradual process and another friendly is coming up in October,” the former Super Eagles goalkeeper said.“By his grace, we are working with all the players, Maduka inclusive; we have seen him, he has a lot of quality, we would continue to work with him and every player invited will surely get to play.”Maduka was born in Dusseldorf, Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother and because of his dual citizenship, Okoye is eligible to play for either Germany or Nigeria but the former Bayern Leverkusen safe hands has expressed his desire to represent Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, thus making the job of convincing him easier for Rohr and his technical crew.He started his career in 2012 with Bayer Leverkusen, turning up for their youth team. In 2017, he left Bayer Leverkusen for Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he played for their youth team and the senior team. In 2018, he was fully promoted to Fortuna Dusseldorf II, a football team that plays in the Regionalliga West.In the summer of 2017, he left the youth team of Bayer Leverkusen, where he has played since 2012 to join the youth team of Fortuna Dusseldorf.On 14 October 2017, he made his professional debut in the Regionalliga West for Fortuna Dusseldorf II in a game against Wuppertaler SV, replacing the injured Max Schijns on the 43rd minute of the game. He finished the 2017/2018 season with just five appearances, conceding just one goal and keeping four clean sheets, while his club finished the season in the 15th position with 36 points after 34 games, narrowly escaping relegation to Oberliga.In the 2018/2019 season, he became the club regular goalkeeper and on 13 April, he played his last match of the season after being replaced in goal for the next matches by goalkeeper Jannick Theissen. He finished the season with 15 appearances, conceding 25 goals and keeping three clean sheets. This time, his club did better than the previous season, finishing the season in the 12th position with 42 points after 34 games.On 30 November 2017, Rohr talked about his plans to invite Maduka to the Nigerian national team before the 2018 World Cup, but the plans wasn’t a success.On 22 February 2019, he was invited to the Nigeria U-23 team for the 2019 African U-23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya, but failed to make a debut, due to club engagement.On 26 July 2019, Rohr, hinted that he was shifting his focus to Maduka as he looks to solve the goalkeeping crisis that has rocked his team since Ikeme quit due to illness. He was invited for a friendly against Ukraine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Maritime Cup Hit Crucial Stage in Lagos

first_imgAll is set for the semi-final matches of the ongoing Ships & Ports Maritime Cup competition in Lagos today.In the first semi-final match, which will come up 9am at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Sports Ground, Lagos; ENL Consortium will take on fellow terminal operator Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL) while in the second match, Josephdam Port Services Limited will take on defending champions NPA at 3pm.ENL qualified for the semi-final having emerged the leader of Group A with seven points and a goal difference of +6 while NPA, which finished in Group A as runner-up, also had seven points and a goal difference of +6 but fell behind ENL on the number of goals score. ENL scored eight goals while NPA scored seven at the group stage. Josephdam finished as the winner of Group B having defeated Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) 2-0 and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) 3-0. It played 2-2 draw with ABTL, which had earlier defeated NIMASA 3-0 and TICT 3-2.The 2019 Maritime Cup competition is supported by Dangote Ports Operation, Morbod Group and NPA.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Bruins edge Hurricanes 3-2 in 2 OT to take 1-0 lead in NHL playoff series

first_img COMMENT First Published: 13th August, 2020 10:29 IST Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 10:29 IST Bruins Edge Hurricanes 3-2 In 2 OT To Take 1-0 Lead In NHL Playoff Series Patrice Bergeron scored at 1:13 of the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference NHL first round playoff series in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE Patrice Bergeron scored at 1:13 of the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference NHL first round playoff series in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday.The game had been scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday night, but was played on Wednesday morning at 11am after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning played the fourth-longest playoff game in NHL history the night before, forcing a change. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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