The fitness of Daniel Sturridge is once again in doubt, with the new Premier League season just over a week away.The striker appeared to pull a muscle while scoring Liverpool’s third goal in a 3-nil friendly defeat of Bayern Munich last night. Photo © Pixabay
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Speaking on Tipp FM’s “Extra Time” last night, Upperchurch Drombane and Tipperary senior hurler James Barry said its important to find the right balance between club and intercounty fixtures to keep everyone happy. Photo © Tipp FM There’s action in Mid Tipperary tonight when Drom Inch and Upperchurch Drombane clash in the Mid senior football semi final in Littleton.The action gets underway at 7pm with county champions Loughmore Castleiney awaiting the winners of tonights game in the final.Both Drom and The ‘Church clubs had Mid hurling quarter finals last Saturday in what is a very busy time for the club player in the county.
It was an unsucessful afternoon for Tipperary’s Senior Camogie side too.Despite playing very well they were overcome by a strong Galway side in Gort this afternoon 1-10 to 2-14.Tipperary now go on to play away to Cork on February 18th.
By Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is been hampered by the inability to account for the N2.9billion released by the Federal Government to the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC) last year.Speaking in Lagos last weekend, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said that the money meant for the 2015 All Africa Games as well as the preparations for the Rio2016, could not be properly accounted for which explains why the Federal Government was reluctant in releasing further funds.Now, Dalung has promised to take the matter of Nigeria’s preparations for the summer games to the Presidency to avoid a repeat of the failure at London 2012 in Brazil.“The money was meant for the 2015 African Games, as well as preparation and participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but as I am talking to you now, I don’t have money to call our athletes to camp, and we have not been able to go back to the Presidency for more money because we have not retired the one they gave to us,” declared the minister who was in Lagos to inaugurate the 20 boats donated to the Rowing and Sailing federation.Dalung further revealed that the said money was released to the former director general of the defunct NSC, Mallam Al Hassan Yakmut and the Presidency insisted that it must be accounted for before more money can be given to sports for the Olympic preparations and participation. “A few days ago, I got the explanation of how the money was spent, but I believe we can do better than that. We have to be tidy in everything we do so that people will look at us with respect. We will go back to the Presidency to bail us out in respect of the Olympic Games in Brazil,” stressed Dalung.While also speaking on the country’s sports facilities most of which were in sorry states, Dalung said that the former Games Village in Afuze in Edo State was worse than the shrine in his town in Plateau State.“The Games Village in Afuze, is worse than the local shrine in my village. We have however set up a committee to go round and give us an update report on the state of these facilitiesThey will be brought back to life. All the abandoned sports projects scattered all over the country will be completed and put to use for the benefit of our youths,” stressed the sports minister. “I am not going to build new facilities when the ones we have are not being utilised effectively. So, what I will do is to update all the facilities to make them useful to our athletes. “We have secured a sponsor, a developer backed by banks to refurbish the National Stadium, Lagos. He will also build a five-star hotel within the facility. “The Abuja Stadium will also be redeveloped by a concessionaire, who will build an artificial lake within the facility. That lake will take care of most water sports when completed,” he promised.Dalung also explained that he had no hand in the scrapping of the NSC, stressing that it was done within the purview of the civil service. “The Federal Government was in the process of merging some of the departments and ministries when I assumed office in November. I was not a member of the body charged with that responsibility, but I knew about the proceedings through the permanent secretary, who briefed me on what was going on. “Unfortunately, the former NSC Director General, (Yakmut), had a good argument on why the NSC should be retained, but he never brought that argument to me. I would have been able to convince the committee on the need to retain the NSC. And so when he came to me after the committee had concluded its assignment, there was nothing I could do about it. I could not call them back to begin the process afresh,” revealed Dalung. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Lauds Nigeria’s ParalympiansThe President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo has tasked the League Management Company Limited (LMC) to pay particular attention to the last rounds of matches involving the main contenders for this year’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title in order not to jeopardise its achievements so far.This is has he commends Nigeria’s contingent at the on-going Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for weathering the storm to do the country proud, saying SWAN will come up with a position on sports in Nigeria during the National Youth Games in Ilorin where the body is expected to hold its convention.Sirawoo disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after attending the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Nigeria’s ex-international footballer, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.He argued that the league title was still within the range of about five teams, emphasizing that at a time like this, desperation is bound to set in leading to critical stakeholders taking actions that could unconsciously or consciously thwart the emergence of a deserved winner.The SWAN boss urged the LMC, referees, security agencies and sports writers to up their games toward ensuring that the remaining matches involving the major contenders pass through the fair play and officiating test.Commenting on the performance of Nigeria’s Paralympians so far, Sirawoo disclosed that the ‘leading role in Africa performance’ being put up by the Nigeria’s contingent is what Nigerians and indeed the world expect of a country with the kind of population and potentials like Nigeria. The nation’s number one sports journalist opined that the association in keeping with its tradition of converging during major sports summit, is expected to hold its convention during the National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State where its position on the state of Nigeria’s sports would be made known.While promising a vibrant and more proactive SWAN, Sirawoo called on members to acquaint themselves with the statutes of the association in order not to cross boundaries in their operations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He said HS Media Group’s effort was meant to compliment the resolve of the Organising Committee of the Federation Cup, headed by 1st Vice-president of NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, to reposition and bring back the glory days of the tournament.“Our choice of Asisat Oshoala, Super Falcons ace and Arsenal Ladies forward who herself is a product of this competition, as the ‘Face of 2016 Women Federation Cup,’ is hinged on our firm belief that, as the most outstanding female footballer in the Continent of Africa today, she represents a role model for millions of our young girls (and boys) aspiring to make names for themselves in football.“This giant step will, no doubt, open a floodgate of leveraging opportunities for stakeholders at various levels such that the tournament will become the brand and bride of choice for corporate bodies in the future,” he said.In response, Akinwunmi said Lagos State remains the home of Nigerian Federation Cup and they intend to leverage on the rising profile of Oshoala to inspire the younger players all over the federation.He said it may be too late to achieve much in that regard this year, but from next year, there will be a tremendous transformation in the tournament and that would be a promise.Present at the event also were SA, Sports/Chairman, Lagos State Sports Council, Deji Tinubu; DG, Lagos State Sports Council, Adewunmi Ogunsanya and Vice Chairman LSFA/NRA President, Tade Azeez.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African Female Player of the Year (2014), Asisat Lamina Oshoala has been unveiled as the ‘Face of 2016 Women Federation Cup’ in a colourful ceremony held in Lagos.The event, which was co-powered by HotSports – a subsidiary of HS Media Group and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), was well attended by high dignitaries from both the NFF and the Lagos State government.Chairman/CEO HS Media Group, Mr. Taye Ige, in kick-starting the event, said they were gingered into action to save the Women Federation Cup from its dwindled perception, which as a result, has made it unattractive to corporate organisations in Nigeria.
Determined to bring all useful hands on the deck so as to ensure a successful hosting, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, as the head of the Special Duties Sub-Committee.In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, head Media and Publicity Sub-Committee, Ogba said the Delta State government is determined to host a championship that will not only set a standard for future editions of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships but will also be as good as the IAAF World Championships.â€œAmajuâ€™s experience in sports management, which spans many decades, at both local and international level, will obviously add a lot of value to the successful hosting of the championshipâ€, he affirmed. Apart from special assignments that the four-man special duties sub-committee headed by Amaju will handle, Ogba said they will also provide services and assistance to other committees and in any areas where their services are needed to ensure the success of the championship.Amaju, who was in Asaba for a meeting of the LOC, thanked Ogba and other members of the LOC andÂ especially the state government for the opportunity to contribute his quota to Nigeria, Delta and host city Asaba, hosting the best Africa Senior Athletics Championship ever,â€œIrrespective of assignments, commitments and engagements that I have elsewhere, I will be dedicated to this assignment 100%. I will work with all the members of the committees to ensure that we all make history by organising the best Africa Senior Athletics Championship ever,â€™â€™ Pinnick enthusedThe former Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission when the state hosted the inaugural edition of the Africa Junior Athletics Championship in Warri, which is still the best ever in the series till date, promised to bring his experience as member of CAF and FIFA World Cup Organising Committees to ensure the success of the Asaba 2018 Africa Championship.The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship will be held at the Asaba Township Stadium betweenÂ August 1 and 5, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The RFEF President Luis Rubiales has spoken out against the game, as has the Spanish players’ union (AFE).European governing body UEFA, the US Soccer Federation and CONCACAF, which governs the game in north and central America and the Caribbean region also need to give their permission for the game to happen.The proposed ‘home’ match for Girona, a Catalan town situated around 60 miles north of Barcelona, would take place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.La Liga, Spain’s top division, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.In their letter, Real said: “First of all we would like to declare that Real Madrid were never informed that La Liga had requested to play the game nor of the intention to make the request, and we were never asked our opinion on it.“Nor, obviously, did La Liga obtain Real Madrid’s agreement, despite the fact that this game affects a competition in which we participate.”Following a meeting with La Liga, the AFE said the players would have the “final say”.La Liga President Javier Tebas recently said: “Teams have also played at other stadiums while their grounds are being renovated or in order to generate more revenue.“If we really believe in this sporting puritanism then we would need to make many changes in football.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid has opposed staging a Spanish league game between Barcelona and Girona in the United States.La Liga asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for permission to hold the match in Miami on 26 January.In a letter to the RFEF Real said it was “fundamental” teams play “home and away at each other’s stadium” for “the integrity and equality” of La Liga.
In his words, “NIS graduates are prominently engaged in services at National, State and local government levels as well as clubs” noting that a sizeable number are in ECOWAS sub-regions and other parts of Africa coaching and managing talents who are breaking barriers in global sports events”. “We have produced graduates who have attained their career peak and hauled laurels, awards and medals for their distinguished and outstanding sporting feats”, the Director hinted.Consequently, he said, “in a patriotic effort to take stock and celebrate the past 25 years; we have put together a number of very exciting programmes and events to mark this epoch and document for posterity”. He said that the epochal event which is also aimed at repositioning and rebranding NIS is intended to resonate throughout the length and breadth of the country and beyond, adding that it will evoke a memory that stakeholders will live with for a long time to come.NIS is a statutory agency of the federal government set up for the sports research, training and development of sports personnel in Nigeria. Though established in 1972, the institute was only upgraded to a full-fledged parastatal through the 1992 decree. Since then, the institute has been at the vanguard of sports training, research and developments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Institute for Sports (NIS), a leading sports training institute in Nigeria has rescheduled the celebration of its Silver Jubilee anniversary and convocation ceremony. The event which had earlier been slated for January this year will now hold on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March, 2019 in Lagos. The combined convocation ceremony will involve no fewer than one thousand five hundred graduates who had completed their training programmes from 2005 – 2017 sessions.Some of the plans to mark the Silver Jubilee celebration of the institute are: Anniversary Lecture ad Workshop, Gala Night and NIS Awards for Sporting Excellence, Convocation and Investiture of Honorary Fellows of the Institute as well as Recognition Awards for Sports Journalism.A statement announcing the new dates and signed by the Director/Chief Executive Officer of NIS, Dr. Kingdom Chukwudi Eke revealed that the Silver Jubilee celebration is being organized in line with NIS vision “to be a first class institute transforming Nigeria and sustaining it as a world leader in sports”, adding that this initiative will no doubt make a clearer and loud statement about NIS resolve before all its stakeholders. The Director added that the date change became imperative in view of the forthcoming elections and the need to give the event the requisite national awareness it deserves. He further disclosed that the institute has in the past years of existence been consistent and committed to delivering on its statutory mandate as it has produced over 15,000 manpower in sports who have continued to place Nigeria on the global sports arena winning medals, laurels and awards.
SNEPCO JUNIOR TENNISOmolade Aderemi from Akure who won the CBN Junior Championship a month ago, was ambushed by unseeded Esther Azi in their round-robin match yesterday in three sets, 9-11, 10-5, 10-4 and (Azi).The fleet-footed Azi who trains at the Abelife Academy in Abuja could have won the first set but broke her strings mid way and had to borrow her sister’s racket to complete the match. “I want to be one of the musketeers (referring to the eight girls earmarked for special attention by the International Tennis Academy organisers of the junior tennis circuit) and I have to show that I can play,” the very lively Azi said.She stands to win a racket as prize if she follows through on this victory and reaches the final and would not have to borrow a racket mid-stream.Her sister, Mary, the second seed in the Girls 12 was not so lucky as she lost her second round-robin match against Bright Emmanuel of Lagos. Mary Azi had earlier defeated Juanita Mueke from Rivers State 12-10, 10-4 in her first match. All players play in round-robin groups of four with the winner of the group emerging for the semifinals.The top two seeds in the Boys 16s, David Dawariye from Rivers and Suleiman Ibrahim, both had close shaves in their first round – robin matches.Dawariye overcame Jimoh Taofik from Lagos10-5, 7-10, 10 – 7 while Suleiman also lost the second set but came through with superior fire-power 10-6, 6-10, 10-4.The round robin matches are scheduled to end today to pave the way for semi-final matches on Friday. The round-robin matches are taking place at the National Stadium Surulere while the grand finale will hold at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday, June 1 starting 12 noon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram