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African Champions, Cameroon, will seek to strengthen their hope of qualifying from the group stage, in their second game against Australia at the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 18:00 local time.

Cameroon is taking nothing for granted, after losing the Indomitable Lions' first game against South American giant Chile, by 2 goals to nothing.

Goals by Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas in the 81st and 90th minutes respectively won the game for the Chilean after they had a goal disallowed for offside by the Video Assistant Referee.

For Cameroon to achieve their aim, they will need goalkeeper Ondoa and striker Aboubakar to be at their best.

Also coming from a shock 2 - 3 loss to a "depleted" German side, the Australian are also hoping to get the maximum point in order to keep their hope alive.

 

Possible Line-Ups

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Auguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog; Siani, Djoum, Fai.

Australia: Ryan; Degenek, Milligan, Leckie, Wright; Juric, Mooy, Behich; Sainsbury, Luongo, Rogic.

 

 

THE NBA DRAFT OF 2017

Written by Richie Emeruwa

The NBA draft is coming up, and the date is set for the 23rd of june,2017, meaning all hopefuls, both seniors and freshmen alike all have until the 23rd of this month to get their act together and prove to the teams and the coaches that they are worthy of Having their names go down in history.

THE MOCK DRAFT; the mock draft of the NBA is a visual simulation of the NBA draft and how it might go down,(hopefully if you ask me) the draft below is only a simulation (meaning its fake in lay mans terms) so don’t get your hopes up!

2017 Mock Draft

Updated: 6/19/17 8:17 am

# Team Player H W P School C

1 Philadelphia         Markelle Fultz 6-4 190 PG Washington         Fr.

2 LA Lakers         Lonzo Ball         6-6 190 PG UCLA         Fr.

3 Boston Josh Jackson 6-8 205 SG/SF Kansas Fr.

4 Phoenix De'Aaron Fox 6-3 170 PG Kentucky Fr.

5 Sacramento Jayson Tatum 6-8 205 SF Duke Fr.

6 Orlando Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 SF/PF Florida St. Fr.

7 Minnesota         Dennis Smith 6-2 195 PG NC State Fr.

8 New York         Frank Ntilikina 6-5 190 PG France Intl.

9 Dallas Malik Monk         6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr.

10 Sacramento Zach Collins         6-11 230 C Gonzaga Fr.

11 Charlotte         Lauri Markkanen 7-0 230 PF Arizona Fr.

12 Detroit Luke Kennard 6-6 195 SG Duke So.

13 Denver John Collins         6-9 225 PF/C Wake Forest So.

14 Miami Donovan Mitchell         6-2 210 SG Louisville So.

15 Portland        Justin Patton 6-11 230 C Creighton Fr.

16 Chicago Jarrett Allen 6-10 235 C Texas Fr.

17 Milwaukee         Bam Adebayo 6-10 245 PF/C Kentucky Fr.

18 Indiana Kyle Kuzma 6-9 225 PF Utah Jr.

19 Atlanta Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SF North Carolina Jr.

20 Portland         TJ Leaf 6-10 225 PF UCLA Fr.

21 Oklahoma Cty Ivan Rabb         6-10 220 PF/C California So.

22 Brooklyn         Harry Giles         6-10 230 PF/C Duke Fr.

23 Toronto Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG USA Intl.

24 Utah          DJ Wilson         6-10 235 PF Michigan Jr.

25 Orlando Jawun Evans 6-0 185 PG Oklahoma State So.

26 Portland         Jordan Bell         6-8 225 PF/C Oregon Jr.

27 Brooklyn         Caleb Swanigan 6-9 250 PF/C Purdue So.

28 LA Lakers         Wesley Iwundu 6-7 195 SG/SF Kansas State Sr.

29 San Antonio Frank Jackson 6-3 200 PG/SG Duke Fr.

30 Utah         Isaiah Hartenstein 7-0 250 PF Germany Intl.

# Team            Player            H     W P School C

31 Atlanta Ike Anigbogu 6-10 250 C UCLA Fr.

32 Phoenix OG Anunoby 6-7 235 SF/PF Indiana So.

33 Orlando Tony Bradley 6-10 250 C North Carolina Fr.

34 Sacramento Semi Ojeleye 6-6 240 SF/PF SMU Jr.

35 Orlando Tyler Lydon 6-9 215 PF Syracuse So.

36 Philadelphia         PJ Dozier 6-6 200 PG/SG South Carolina So.

37 Boston Johnathan Motley 6-9 240 PF Baylor Jr.

38 Chicago Dwayne Bacon 6-6 220 SG/SF Florida St. So.

39 Philadelphia         Damyean Dotson 6-6 205 SG/SF Houston Sr.

40 New Orleans Josh Hart 6-5 210 SG Villanova Sr.

41 Charlotte         Derrick White 6-4 190 PG/SG Colorado Sr.

42 Utah         Sindarius Thornw 6-5 210 SG South Carolina Sr.

43 Houston Tyler Dorsey 6-4 185 SG Oregon So.

44 New York         Cam Oliver 6-8 240 PF Nevada So.

45 Houston Anzejs Pasecniks 7-1 220 C Latvia Intl.

46 Philadelphia         Mathias Lessort 6-9 235 PF France Intl.

47 Indiana Jonah Bolden 6-10 235 PF Australia Intl.

48 Milwaukee         Dillon Brooks 6-6 220 SF Oregon Jr.

49 Denver Vlatko Cancar 6-8 210 SF Slovenia Intl.

50 Philadelphia         Alec Peters 6-8 235 PF Valparaiso Sr.

51 Denver Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Sr.

52 Washington         Aleksandar Vezen 6-9 225 SF/PF Bulgaria Intl.

53 Boston Frank Mason 6-0 190 PG Kansas Sr.

54 Phoenix Monte Morris 6-2 175 PG Iowa St. Sr.

55 Utah         Edmond Sumner 6-5 175 PG/SG Xavier So.

56 Boston Isaiah Hicks 6-8 235 PF North Carolina Sr.

57 Brooklyn         Wesley Da Silva 6-6 190 SG/SF Brazil Intl.

58 New York         VJ Beachem 6-7 195 SF Notre Dame Sr.

59 San Antonio Charles Cooke 6-5 190 SG Dayton Sr.

60 Atlanta Kobi Simmons 6-4 170 PG/SG Arizona Fr

Early goals from Bernard Ovoke and Frederick Obomate helped Nigerian representative in the CAF confederations cup, Rivers United back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Ugandan side Kampala City Council Authority, KCCA in the match-day 4 encounter at the Yakubu Gowon stadium Port Harcourt.

Rivers United had the upper hand from the kick off and the advantage saw Bernard Ovoke capitalised on the sloppy KCCA defence to head home the first goal in Just 54 seconds after kickoff before Frederick Obomate connected a pass and with all the composure and calm slotted home beyond the goalkeeper despite the pressure from the KCCA defence in the 15th minute of the game.

the goal jolted the Ugandan side to life with Geofrey Serunkuma profiting from a defensive lapse by Rivers united to reduce the deficit just before half time.

The second half saw KCCA grow in confidence but could not convert the dominance to goals before they were reduced to 10 men when Kavuma received a  second booking for a foul on Bolaji Sakin in the 89th minute.

The victory moves Rivers United into second spot in group A of the with 6 points from 4 games.

 

Former Nigeria and Newcastle United striker, Shola Amoebi agrees to fresh terms at his new club Notts County.


The striker joined the Magpies on a short-term deal in February and played a huge part in the team's resurgence under his former Newcastle United team-mate Kevin Nolan, scoring 4 goals in 17 appearances.


Delighted Amoebi, who enjoyed warm reception from the fans said: " I've been taken aback by the support of the fans, who have welcomed me into their club with open arms and I'm determined to help make the 2017-18 campaign an enjoyable and successful one for them".


According to Nolan who was excited having successfully been able to keep the nucleus of his squad together, " when a player of his quality and experience decides he wants to stay, it shows you are doing something right as a football club".


Notts County finished 16th on the English league 2 log with 56 points from last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to appear for his post-match press conference following Portugal's draw with Mexico.

The European champions opened their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw in Kazan.

Ronaldo, who set up Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal's opener, was named the official FIFA man of the match for the encounter.

Players given the award are obliged to speak at the post-match press conference.

But Ronaldo didn't take questions amid reports he was "undergoing treatment" and only spoke to FIFA's official channel about the game.

He said: “It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game almost won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that is football    .

“We are calm and thinking about the next game. There are no alarm bells ringing.”

Ronaldo continues to be tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer after being accused of tax evasion.

He reportedly wants out of Spain with a return to Manchester United mooted for the Portugal skipper.

Hector Moreno secured a point for Mexico in Russia as he cancelled out Cedric's strike for Portugal.

Javier Hernandez had earlier levelled following Quaresma's opening goal.

Players from Rivers Hoopers and Hoops & Read Basketball clubs dominated the list of 12 players selected by the Nigeria Basketball Federation's head coaches for the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League All - Star Game in Kano.


Hoopers Solomon Ajegbeyi who has had a stellar season in his first year at Port Harcourt based Rivers Hoopers will be joined by teammate Emmanuel Balogun with both making their fifth All-Star game appearances while Oghenetano Emuhowo who has been shortlisted for a second straight All-Star Game completes the trio of the KingsMen heading to Kano this weekend. Komonibo Victor, Oriakhi Oween and Jide Ogunsemore are their counterparts from Hoops & Read after the debutants had a wonderful season with their club so far.

SOLOMON AJEGBEYI OF RIVERS HOOPERS


Rivers Hoopers head Coach Ogoh Odaudu will be the coach in charge of the Atlantic Conference and will be hoping to lead the Conference to victory after the Atlantic Conference lost the All-star game to the Savanna conference last season.


Players from other teams in the Atlantic Conference include:
David Godwin – Kwara Falcons
Okiki Michael - Customs
Mojuba  Oyeleye– Kwara Falcons
Seun Akinwale – Customs
Kevin Odoh – Oluyole Warriors
Kamal  Ayanlere – Police Batons


The 2017 All-Star game is set for Saturday, 17th June at the indoor sports Hall of the Kofomata stadium, Kano.

150 athletes are set to compete for glory at the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) Taekwondo Prix Series II starting on Friday June 9 at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

The two-day championships has become breeding ground for future stars.

According to the CEO of CCSF, Chika Chukwumerije, “The event is for upcoming athletes only. National athletes and athletes who have been to the National camp are not eligible to participate. Since the tournament is using the latest World Taekwondo Federation rules and the upgraded Daedo software, it gives the upcoming athletes great exposure and an advantage in their careers.”

The Athletes are drawn from 11 states - Niger, Benue, Plateau, Lagos, Edo, Kano, Kebbi, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto and Cross River as well as host– Federal Capital Territory (FCT),Abuja.

“This is the first time an active online registration portal is used to register for a Taekwondo event in Nigeria. We must use technology to catch up with the rest of the world. This process made it cheaper, faster and more effective for persons to register,” the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games medallist added.

In the breakdown of participants, 150 competitors comprising 28 teams with 53 Adults, 26 juniors, seven cadets and 63 kiddies will jostle for honours. The list is comprised of 103 Male and 51 Females.

 

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been granted an exception by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to fight Wladimir Klitschko for their heavyweight title.

The IBF, one of the world’s boxing sanctioning bodies, however, noted that the bout must take place before December 2.

Joshua’s promoters Matchroom Boxing requested the special extension and it was approved by the IBF at their convention.

The governing body ruled that the winner of any potential rematch between Joshua and Klitschko must then face number one contender Kubrat Pulev in a title defence.

They also stipulated that there will be no further exceptions or unification fights beyond December 2.

One of the World’s Leading boxing promoters Frank Warren, as announced that elite Nigerian boxer, Larry “The Natural” Ekundayo, will be fighting for the WBO Inter-continental welterweight title at the Copper Box Arena, London on July the 8th 2017. 

 

The undefeated, former African boxing champion and Prize Fighter winner has been given the opportunity to fight for this prestige’s title as the main support to Billy Joe Saunders, who headlines the show and is defending his world title live on BTSports. 

 

Larry Ekundayo (12-0) will fight against the highly ranked and much feared Gary Corcoran, who has an impressive (16-1) record and who has recently campaigned at a higher weight division. Should Ekundayo overcome this challenge he will be catapulted high into the WBO world rankings, with a world title shot in sight.

 

“The Natural” recently attracted major media attention in Nigeria, and across Africa, as world Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, recorded a special message requesting that all Nigerians get behind Larry in his forthcoming title fight.

 

Speaking from his training base in London U.K, Ekundayo, who proudly wears the green and white of Nigeria into battle, said “I would really likely to thank my management team, MTK, for arranging this title shot and for Frank Warren for giving me an opportunity to showcase my skills in front of a global audience.”

 

Ekundayo, represents the country’s best opportunity of delivering sporting success in 2017 for those who wear the Nigerian colours. He is thrilled to have the whole nation behind him, saying “They have recently passed a bill in the Nigerian National Assembly to help support me and help bring big time boxing back to Nigeria, if we as fighters are supported correctly we can rule the world of boxing!”

 

Larry, and fellow elite level boxer, Olusegun Ajose, were recently blessed by Ooni of Ife with further promise of support, not only for the boxers but for all Nigerians in the Diaspora seeking to bring glory to their fatherland. His Royal Majesty the Ooni of Ife had earlier urged all Nigerians in the UK and Europe to attend the boxing event to give maximum support to Larry in his forthcoming bout.

The Liebherr 2017 World Championship in Dusseldorf Germany witnessed an uncommon match up between, 12 year-old Rizumu Ono from Philippines, born to Japanese father and Filipinos mother, against 41-year old Olufunke Oshonaike from Nigeria in the Women's Single qualifications stage.

 

Almost three decades gap between the two, the fact that they played together at the global stage, is a true unifying force for the game, that age is no barrier and table tennis is a sport for all.

 

Rizumu Ono was born on 9th October 2004 and Olufunke Oshonaike was born on 28th October, 1975.

Olufunke Oshonaike beat Rizumu Ono in a thrilling six games encounter (15-13, 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10) but the match and the situation was more than just the close scores.

 

Not shying away from what she felt, Olufunke Oshonaike said,

“I must admit that I have never been so nervous like this in my life particularly playing against the young girl who is not even older than my first son who is 14. I was so scared because she is so talented that even before the match, I could not sleep well. I knew that if I don’t beat her I won’t be able to make it out of the group.”-Olufunke Oshonaike

 

“I must tell you that I was really scared wondering what I will tell Nigerians back home, that a 12 year-old girl beat me without knowing that the girl is more talented than her age,”

The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has donated three glittering trophies to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), FCT for its forthcoming sports competition.

 

The week –long competition that will see football as the cynosure of all eyes, will start on Tuesday.

 

Speaking at the presentation inside the Coordinator’s office at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday, the NFF scribe challenged the youth corpers to compete keenly but fairly, and to be good sportsmen and women.

 

“As a people, we have a responsibility to encourage the young ones. Sport is one area in which the youth can be meaningfully and productively engaged. I charge the youth corpers to conduct themselves with pride as they take part in this competition,” Sanusi said.

 

An elated Coordinator, FCT camp of the NYSC, Abdulrazak Salawu praised the gesture by Dr. Sanusi and assured that the youth corpers would be much encouraged by the glittering trophies.

From the moment the final blows of a magnificent fight rippled down Anthony Joshua’s 27-year-old arms on to the bleeding and battered head of the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round, there could be no more arguments about who is the best heavyweight in the world.

It was not just that Joshua, unbeaten in all 19 professional fights, had added the WBA “super” version of the title to his own IBF belt, or even that he had stopped one of boxing’s finest old champions. What secured the winner’s acclaim, surely, by everyone but the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder (who sat ringside) was that he got up from a right cross in the sixth that would have felled an elephant. Probably unsure what city he was in, he fought on through a daze to bring the contest to the most dramatic conclusion, and will rule until someone of equal stature unseats him. There is nobody of that calibre on the horizon.

There was little in it as they came out for the 11th round. Klitschko, perhaps, had an edge, using every trick garnered over 68 fights, 29 of them as champion in an 11-year stretch, to bring anxiety to his young opponent’s work. That changed in the crack of a single uppercut to the Ukrainian’s jaw, which all but toppled him. A left hook and a grazing right put him down for a count in his own corner and Joshua went for the kill, calmly and with fixed purpose. He sent him over like a dead tree with a left hook, yet somehow Klitschko got up for more.

When Joshua moved in with rapacious instincts to let loose that volley of pain in his own corner, his trainer, Robert McCracken, was screaming himself hoarse – along with the rest of the stadium.

Joshua celebrated in the ring with a message that sounded like a recruiting call for all the lost youth he likes to represent: “If you don’t take part, you fail. Boxing is about character. There is nowhere to hide. No complications about boxing. Anyone can do this. Give it a go. You leave your ego at the door. Massive respect to Klitschko. He’s a role model in and out of the ring and I’ve got nothing but love and respect for anyone who steps in the ring. London, I love you. Can I go home now?”

The response from the 90,000 present was rapturous – as it was for Klitschko when he took the microphone to acknowledge: “The best man won. It’s really sad I didn’t make it tonight. But all respect to Anthony.”

In the 10 minutes or so Klitschko had to wait in the ring while the champion sashayed through the crowd, the Ukrainian bounced to Joshua’s music. He did not dance to his tune for all of the fight but Joshua had his measure when it mattered.

Joshua had to call up all the things he had learned – about boxing off the lines, moving in and out, waiting for gaps – but Klitschko had that hard-wired already. He had 50 fights on the young champion, and 14 years. Still, the mutual respect of the buildup carried over to the combat, and neither man took early risks.

 

 

Klitschko, always marginally fancier than his elder brother Vitali, got up on his toes and moved into hitting range in the third, looking to pressure his opponent, but Joshua kept his shape and composure.

Wikki Tourists FC 1-0 Lobi Stars FC

ABS FC 1-1 Kano Pillars FC

Rangers Int'l FC 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Katsina Utd FC 1-0 Niger Tornadoes FC

Remo Stars FC 2-2 Akwa United FC

Enyimba Int'l FC 4-0 ElKanemi Warriors FC

Plateau United FC 1-0 Nasarawa United FC

Gombe United FC 2-1 Abia Warriors FC

MFM FC 2-0 Sunshine Stars FC

AITEO, Nigeria’s foremost energy solution company, on Wednesday acquired the ‘Naming Right’ of the NFF Federation Cup, as an extension/addendum to the company’s sponsorship agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation. It is also part of the rights AITEO has under the original agreement.

Those rights will enable the acquisition of additional commercial assets from the NFF that are available and not encumbered, on a mutually –negotiated basis. To this end, the NFF Federation Cup, the oldest football competition in Nigeria, is henceforth to be known and addressed as "AITEO Cup"

The duration of this aspect of the sponsorship is 5 years, similar to the main agreement (signed on 26th April 2017) on a Cost Value Arrangement and commencing from the 2017 season.  This arrangement will see AITEO underwriting the costs of the organisation of the competition which encompasses the costs of organising the competition from the Round of 64 to the men and women’s finals, solidarity support to Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, expenses and indemnities of match officials, support to participating Clubs, Media, Branding/Activation and Prize Money to winners.

Accordingly, for the 2017 season, the prize monies for the AITEO Cup will be N25million for the winner of the men’s competition and N10million for the winner of the women’s competition. The runner –up for the men’s competition will pocket N10million, with the runner –up for the women’s event going home with N5million. The NFF and AITEO will, in due course, unveil further details of all the benefits of the extended agreement at a press conference.

 

The Cost Value Arrangement of the transaction is for NFF and AITEO to, annually, decide the nature and value proposition of the AITEO Cup under the framework of the relationship, and AITEO would thus underwrite the cost as the competition’s ‘Naming Right Holder.’

The NFF team at the contract signing inside AITEO Group’s Lagos office said it was “extremely delighted” by the extended agreement, while AITEO chieftains stated “we are happy to do this for Nigeria.”

At Wednesday’s simple but colourful ceremony were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Deputy Managing Director of AITEO, Mr. Francis Peters, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman, Organizing Committee), Mr. Shehu Dikko (NFF 2nd VP/LMC Chairman/Chairman, Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee), Mr. Andrew Onyearu (Group Executive Director/Chief Legal Counsel, AITEO), Barrister A. U. Mustapha (SAN, Vice Chairman of NFF Committee on Ethics and Fairplay), Mr. Victor Okoronkwo (Senior Vice President, Commercial and Gas, AITEO), Ms Aisha Falode (Member, NFF Executive Committee/Chairman, Nigeria Women Football League), Mr. Ademola Olajire (Director, Media and Communication of NFF) and Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Matthew (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications of AITEO). 

The second stanza is traditionally more exciting, as it is the round which will seal the fate of those battling for the Super Four, as well as those fighting to beat the drop into the Pro League.

The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) resumes this midweek with tantalising fixtures to kick off the second round after a six-week break.

The first round which ended on May 10 saw Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons occupying top spot in the two groups. At the bottom are Abia Angels and Saadatu Amazon.

There is going to be a reversal of the week seven fixtures when the second round resumes. Notable among the fixtures are Bayelsa Queens vs Rivers Angels, Delta Queens vs Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens vs FC Robo Queens and Pelican Stars vs Edo Queens.

The spotlight will be on the likes of Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons. Rivers Angels have been reveling in their hold of the top spot in Group A following their good run in the first round. Six more matches are set to test their resolve – that they know too well – which makes the South-South derby at Bayelsa Queens as important if they hope to get off to a good start.

Sunshine Queens who finished the first round in the bottom three are bent on climbing significantly following an overhaul of the playing personnel. They have FC Robo Queens to battle with at the Akure Township Stadium. Fourth-placed Ibom Angels sit only three points adrift of Rivers Angels. The Uyo side will be hoping to overcome Heartland Queens to put themselves in a good position on the standings.

Nasarawa Amazons are gradually pulling away from the chasing park in the Group B on the back of their undefeated run in their last five games. The Amazons have set their sights on victory in their away clash with rivals Delta Queens. Having disappointed their fans with a 1-1 home draw against Adamawa Queens on matchday seven, second-placed Confluence Queens should be hoping to make amends in the return encounter at the Fufore Township Stadium.

Saadatu Amazon will still wish the first round never happened. In arguably their worst ever run, the Allah Mai Ikoh Girls failed to register a win in seven matches. The team will hope to begin a revival in their away encounter with Osun Babes. Like Saadatu, Pelican Stars have been below average so far, and will similarly hope to turn fortunes around, obviously starting with their welcome of Edo Queens. Below are fixtures for matchday eight:

Group A

Heartland Queens Vs Ibom Angels 21/06/17

Sunshine Queens Vs FC Robo Queens 21/06/17

Bayelsa Queens Vs Rivers Angels 22/06/17

Group B

Delta Queens Vs Nasarawa Amazons 21/06/17

Osun Babes Vs Saadatu Amazon 21/06/17

Adamawa Queens Vs Confluence Queens 21/06/17

Pelican Stars Vs Edo Queens 21/06/17

Make your comment who do you think will top each groups?

Ikorodu United Fc of Lagos will now be playing its home matches in the 2nd stanza of the Nigeria National League at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. 

The second stanza of the 2016-17 Bet9ja Nigeria National League Resumes tomorrow, Wednesday 21st of June,2017 with matches in both the Northern and Southern Conferences as follows:

Northern Conference

Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC ) of Abuja VS Jigawa Golden Stars

FC Zamfara VS Kaduna Utd

FC Taraba VS Kogi Utd

FC Abuja VS Kwara Utd

Adamawa Utd VS Sokoto Utd

 

Southern Conference

Warri Wolves FC VS Nnewi Utd of Anambra

FirstBank FC of Lagos VS Gateway Utd of Abeokuta

Delta Force of Asaba VS Go-Round FC of Omoku

Crown FC of Ogbomosho VS Heartland FC of Owerri

Bendel Insurance of Benin VS Ikorodu Utd of Lagos

Bayelsa Utd VS My People FC of Lagos

AS Racines of Lagos VS Osun Utd ofh Oshogbo

Akwa Starlets VS Papillo FC of Owerri

Abia Comets VS UNICEM Rovers of Calabar

 

Kwara United lead in the Northern Conference with 22 points and are closely followed by Yobe Desert Stars.

In the Southern Conference it is Heartland FC of Owerri in the drivers seat with 35 points and are being chased by Go-Round FC of Omoku and Crown FC of Ogbomosho ,both teams have 32 points but Go-Round are ahead on goal difference of plus 9,while Crown have plus 8

Matchday 26 games of the Nigeria Professional Football league earlier schedule for Sunday 25th June 2017 have now been moved to Wednesday 28th June 2017.

These much was revealed by the League Management Company through a letter signed by its Chief Operating Officer Salihu Abubakar and sent to all club Chairman and general managers of the Nigerian Professional Football league about the rescheduling of Matchday 26 fixtures.

The resheduling is due to the upcoming Eid-el Fitr Sallah holidays 25th - 27th June 2017, all Match Day 26 games are hereby moved to Wednesday 28th June 2017.

However, Rivers United Fc vs Shooting Stars Fc Matchday26 game will be played 24th June 2017 due to the engagement of Rivers united in the CAF Confederations Cup. 

Abia Warriors Football Club mercurial mid-fielder Shedrack Asiegbu, who had not scored for Umuahia Warriors this season, before his brace last weekend, broke the ice at the Umuahia Township Stadium with what might eventually turn out to be a strong contender for the goal of the season in the 12th minute when he received a pass from the centre circle, chested the ball to his knee level and released a thunderous left-footed shot which settled at the bottom left corner of the net as Plateau United goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye stood transfixed.

Shedrack says his two goals against league leaders in week 25 of the Nigeria professional Football League at the weekend will motivate him to do more for the club.

After Hamza Owolabi equalized for the league leaders in the 80th minute, Asiegbu had the responsibility of ensuring victory for the

Warriors when he held his nerves to beat Ajiboye from the spot with the last kick of the game.

Asiegbu said he was happy to grab the headlines and commended the Technical Crew led by Abdullahi Biffo for the confidence they reposed in him even when the goals refused to come his way.

“The Coaches believe in me and they have been advising me on how to improve my game. I was very happy when I scored the goals. I dedicate the goals to God my team mates and the entire team”, he further stated.

In his comments, Biffo described the Umuopara Umuahia-born Asiegbu as “a young man with a lion’s heart” insisting that the coaches believe in him because of his work rate and team spirit, expressing confidence that his performance against Plateau United will ginger him into more action.

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Alberto Zaccheroni wants to manage in the Premier League - as it reminds him of Serie A in its pomp.

The Italian, 64, is keen on taking charge either Crystal Palace or Southampton, who are both looking for new managers.

Mauricio Pellegrino is expected to take over at Saints.

But Palace are nowhere nearer finding a replacement for Sam Allardyce, who quit on May 23.

Veteran Italian Zaccheroni has made it clear he wants a crack in England and he said: “For sure I would like it.

“At my age, it is more appealing, an intriguing reality.

“The Premier League represents what Serie A represented when I was there from 1995 to 2010.”

Zaccheroni boasts an impressive CV having led AC Milan to the Serie A title.

He has also managed the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus as well as leading Japan to the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

Zaccheroni has been out of work for a year, having had a short stint with Beijing Sinobo Guoan in China.

He added: “I bring all my experience in the years of Serie A, including the management of almost all the best players in the world who passed through Italy.

“I’ve also had international experience with Japan, who I took to a World Cup and Confederations Cup.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told his agent Jorge Mendes to "do everything possible" to ensure that the Portuguese returns to Manchester United in this summer's transfer window.

Towards the end of last week, it was claimed that Ronaldo had made an 'irreversible decision' to leave Real Madrid ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 32-year-old has scored 406 goals in 394 appearances since joining Madrid from Man United in 2009.

The attacker's 42 goals during the 2016-17 campaign helped the Spanish side land their second successive Champions League crown, and wrestle the La Liga title away from Barcelona.

Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of almost £13m over four counts of tax fraud relating to image rights, however, and despite being backed by Real Madrid, the attacker is said to want out of the Bernabeu this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest, but according to The Sun, Ronaldo is only interested in a return to Man United due to his special relationship with the club.

Ronaldo, who is currently with the Portugal squad at the Confederations Cup, scored 118 times in 292 appearances for Man United between 2003 and 2009 - winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League in the process.

Tony DiCicco, a U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee who coached the women’s national team to a 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 1999 World Cup title, died Monday evening. He was 68 years old.

 

The cause of death is unknown, but in a family statement posted by his son, Anthony, on Tuesday, it revealed that he had endured an illness. He passed away at his home in the company of his family.

In addition to his success on the senior women’s level (a 105-8-8 record), DiCicco coached the U.S. Under-20 national team to World Cup glory in 2008 and went on to coach the Boston Breakers in WPS from 2009-2011.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

LAUSANNE, May 25, 2017 - Tonight Paris 2024 joined the glittering world of celebrity at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. A Paris 2024 delegation climbed the famed 24 steps of the Palais des Festivals, at the invitation of Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival and Thierry Frémaux, Delegate General of the Cannes Film Festival.

 

France’s new Minister of Sport and Olympic Champion Laura Flessel accompanied Paris 2024 Co-Chairs Tony Estanguet and Bernard Lapasset, Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Region, Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), Emmanuelle Assmann, President of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF) and Thierry Rey, a World and Olympic judo champion and special advisor to the bid.

 

The delegation’s ascent of the red carpet was followed by an outdoor screening of the film Chariots of Fire at the Cinéma de la Plage in the presence of director, Hugh Hudson. The Oscar winning film from 1981 is based on the duel between two British athletes competing during the Paris 1924 Olympic Games. Should Paris be successful in its current bid, the 2024 Olympic Games will mark the centenary of this great event.

 

A number of Paris 2024 athlete ambassadors also joined the delegation in Cannes, including:

 

• Sarah Ourahmoune, Rio 2016 silver medallist and member of the Paris 2024 Sport and Society Committee

• Martin Fourcade, double Olympic champion and 11-time World Champion biathlete

• Muriel Hurtis, Olympic bronze medal winning athlete at Athens 2004

• Chloé Trespeuch, Sochi 2014 snowboard cross bronze medallist

• Victoria Ravva, French volleyball champion for RC Cannes

• Cyrille Maret, Rio 2016 bronze medal winning judoka

 

This is the second year Paris 2024 has had a presence at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, a delegation led by Paris 2024 Co-Chair and triple Olympic gold medallist Tony Estanguet, triple Olympic champion Marie-Jo Pérec and Victoria Ravva accompanied France’s double gold medal winning judoka, Teddy Riner, for the premier of the film "In the Shadow of Teddy Riner”.

 

Bernard Lapasset, Paris 2024 Co-Chair, said:

 

"Sport and culture share a common theme – both take viewers on an emotional journey. Athletes, like actors, are performers and when they step onto the track they invite spectators to share in the experience with them. By coming to the Cannes Film Festival this year, Paris 2024 reaffirms our strong desire to combine sport with culture in order to share the positive values ​​of Olympism with the greatest number of people.”

 

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said:

 

"Cinema, like the sport, is a formidable way to share emotions. Paris is proud to be one of the cinema capitals of the world with the city providing the backdrop for greatest number of film shoots and one of the highest numbers of cinemas per capita of any city. Hosting hundreds of filmmakers and their crews every year, and screening films from every country every day, this is one of the ways in which our city opens itself up to new perspectives and enriches itself with other cultures. This sense of sharing, this spirit of openness, can be found in the candidature of Paris 2024."

 

Laura Flessel, Minister of Sport for France, said:

 

"A few months ahead of the Host City decision for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Paris 2024 family is mobilised more than ever. By gathering at this global event that places our country on the world stage, we are sending a strong message. The Cannes Film Festival is a further demonstration of France's ability to open up to the world and organise major international events, whether cultural or sporting."

 

Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Region, said:

 

"Excellence, inspiration, sharing…These values ​​are in the DNA of the Ile-de-France Region and can be demonstrated through our support of 14 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, this great festival that gives voice to the diversity of cinema around the world. This is why we are also a founding member of Paris 2024, a project to celebrate sport and culture through the lens of the world's greatest sporting competition."

 

In a joint statement, Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival and Thierry Frémaux, Delegate General of the Cannes Film Festival, added:

 

"Cinema and modern sport were born at the same time. The Cannes Film Festival is a manifestation, which, like the Olympic Games, celebrates those who dream and provoke emotion. It is above all the symbol of a France that is open to the world and welcomes the cultures of all countries. By joining the Paris 2024 Bid Committee for this 70th edition, we support the ambition to host the Games and reaffirm that sport and culture share in this celebration.”

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