Women’s AFCON: Ebi unsure about Nigeria’s African dominance

first_img “As we all know, no team is unbeatable these days, it’s not like before when we beat countries 7-0,” Onome told Brilla.net. “It’s really difficult to beat team’s 2-0 lately. If we really want to keep our place as best as the best in Africa, we really have to work for it. “We have to keep training and playing friendly games to keep that standard. read also:Tokyo 2020 debacle: Onome Ebi raps NFF over Falcons’ ouster “Nobody is sleeping, every team is training hard, everybody wants to beat Nigeria and be the best in Africa and if we are not ready, someone else will take the title from us.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The reigning African champions failed for the third consecutive attempt to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Games after they were knocked out of the qualifiers by Cote d’Ivoire last September. In 2018, the Super Falcons made a shock losing start in Ghana, with a 1-0 loss to Banyana Banyana but bounced back to edge Desiree Ellis’ team after a 4-3 final win via a penalty shoot-out. The 2018 triumph marked Ebi’s fourth Awcon title in six appearances, with Nigeria and she later became the first African player to play at five editions of the World Cup in France last year. Assessing the country’s recent poor run of form on the continent, the Henan Huishang defender, who will turn 37 in two weeks, insists they must work hard to remain the best in Africa.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Onome Ebi is doubtful about Nigeria’s chances of maintaining its continental dominance in the coming years following a nervy triumph over South Africa at the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations. Loading… last_img read more

Thunder On The Hill IMCA special this weekend at Mayetta

first_imgMAYETTA, Kan. – Feature events for four IMCA divi­sions are slated each night of Thun­der Hill Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20 Thun­der On The Hill Special.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features pay $2,000 to win, a mini­mum of $200 to start, and are qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both run for $700 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $400 to win and $75 to start.Purses are based on minimum 20-car fields. Friday’s Stock Car feature is the finale for the Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series.An open practice will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 18. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $15.Gates at Mayetta open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers’ meetings are at 6:30 p.m. both nights with hot laps and racing to follow.Grandstand admission each night is $15 for adults and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 a night or $60 for both Friday and Saturday.More information is available by calling 785 313-5140 or by emailing thillspeedway@gmail.com. Great Plains Series top 20 point standings – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 327; 2. Jason Rog­ers, Selden, Kan., 309; 3. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo., 290; 4. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan., 283; 5. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 253; 6. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 251; 7. Casey Woken, Ogal­lala, Neb., 240; 8. Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan., 174; 9. Justin Temeyer, Independence, Iowa, 166; 10. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 156; 11. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 154; 12. B.J. Wagoner, Colby, Kan., 141; 13. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb., 122; 14. Jason Davis, Norton, Kan., 112; 15. Scot Granzella, Salina, Kan., 102; 16. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 95; 17. Michael Meyer, Colby, Kan., 84; 18. Tyler Tipton, Weskan, Kan., 71; 19. Chad Borgman, Be­atrice, Neb., 69; 20. Cody Williams, Park, Kan., 68.last_img read more

Tyson Fury promoter rules out Anthony Joshua fight in 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren admits a heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua is unlikely to come to fruition this year. The long-awaited Battle of Britain seemed set to take place later this year following Fury’s stunning seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder last month, which saw him claim the WBC heavyweight title. All that remained for the pair, 31 and 30 respectively, to face one another later this year was for them to win their upcoming fights against Wilder and Kubrat Pulev. The coronavirus outbreak, however, has thrown a major spanner into the works of what would be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing. The global pandemic has led to Fury’s trilogy fight with Wilder being postponed until October, meaning The Gypsy King would have to perform a quick turnaround to take part in an end-of-year clash with AJ. And Warren concedes the turnaround would be too much for the WBC king. When asked if the delayed Wilder fight means Fury won’t fight again 2020, the Queensbury Promotions chief said: “Exactly. “That will push that back to some time in February if that is the case.” Warren admits the postponement of the Wilder fight is less than ideal for Fury’s hopes of unifying the division later this year, saying: “We need the time to do the Wilder fight justice in terms of promotion, it won’t go on till the autumn. “The problem you have is also the training camps if they can’t do them properly, they can’t get in sparring partners from around the world. “Fighters also need a date to be fully focussed on. They want to be at their peak for a date so they need a date to train towards, we can’t give them any dates. “It is a blow as we would have liked to have got it done in the summer but it is what it is. The whole country is in the same boat, everything has gone on hold.” Fury versus Wilder 3 will reportedly take place in Las Vegas on October 3. A venue for the pair’s third meeting has not yet been finalised, although it’s understood the MGM Grand Garden Arena is in consideration to host the fight again. Warren has ruled out the prospect of the pair’s trilogy fight taking place behind closed doors, adding: “The 18th [of July] will not happen. “The commission in Nevada has said ‘no boxing’ for the foreseeable future and Las Vegas has closed down all the casinos – it’s like a ghost town there. “No-one knows what’s happening day to day, all we can do is hope for the best and push it back as far as possible so October looks like the date for the fight. “A fight between them behind closed doors just won’t happen – these guys are too big names to be fighting behind closed doors.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderGypsy KingKubrat PulevTyson Furylast_img read more

Rangel surprised by Caulker switch

first_img While Rangel, who played alongside Caulker for Swansea, believes he is an excellent signing for Cardiff, he also suggested the defender should be playing for a top-six side. He said: “Being an England international and playing for Spurs, with respect, you would expect him to go to a big club. He could play for Arsenal or these kind of teams. He’s gone to Cardiff for some reason, I didn’t expect it, but he knows he will probably be playing regularly, week-in, week-out. I think it will be a good move for him.” He added: “For a young defender he is a big lad, he is quick, he reads the game well and has good football in his boots. He is a complete centre-half for me.m He is still young but he is a great signing for Cardiff, he is also a nice lad and hopefully he will do well for himself.” Rangel also admits Caulker’s presence will add spice when he meets his former colleagues in November and February. “It will add more spice having an ex-Swansea footballer in the other side,” he said. “It will add more motivation seeing a player that has played here playing for our rivals. “These games are all about emotion and excitement. Whoever plays, Cardiff against Swansea is always going to be exciting, dangerous, whatever you want to call it. Hopefully things will go to our side and we will win it.” Caulker, who scored a goal on his England debut in the 4-2 friendly defeat to Sweden, for his part was delighted to have secured a move which he hopes will make him a regular Premier League starter. He told Cardiff City Player: “First and foremost I want to say how happy I am to have signed with Cardiff City Football Club. I’m delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge. Caulker joined the Bluebirds on a four-year contract on Wednesday evening after passing his medical. Press Association Sport understands Cardiff have paid an £8million fee to bring the 21-year-old in from White Hart Lane. Caulker enjoyed an excellent season on-loan with Cardiff’s Welsh rivals Swansea during the 2011-12 season, making 26 appearances for the Swans, and his acquisition is set to stoke the fires when the two sides meet in this season’s derby fixtures. Cardiff have pulled off a transfer coup with the club-record signing of Tottenham’s Steven Caulker, but his former team-mate Angel Rangel feels the England defender could have set his sights higher. Press Association “I spoke to the gaffer yesterday (Tuesday), liked what he had to say and am excited about the plans he has for the football club. You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club in the build-up to the season’s kick-off at West Ham and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.” Caulker is Malky Mackay’s fourth signing of the summer and will provide stern competition for Mark Hudson and Ben Turner at the heart of the Bluebirds defence. Mackay has already added Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, Derby full-back John Brayford and Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore to his squad ahead of Cardiff’s maiden Barclays Premier League campaign. last_img read more

Mourinho: Lamps lights up Blues

first_img Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for goalscorers Frank Lampard and Oscar following the 3-0 London derby win at West Ham. “He played very well,” Mourinho said. “We gave him the protection of Mikel to let him go forward a bit more. After that Lamps felt a bit more freedom to go and support and to arrive in shooting areas.” Lampard kissed the Chelsea badge on his shirt following his second goal at a ground where he began his career. Mourinho hopes to help the midfielder to a successful conclusion to his career. “I was his manager in the best period of his career and now I come back with him to enjoy the last period of his career,” said Mourinho, for whom Lampard was a mainstay in the side during his first spell as boss from June 2004 to September 2007. “When he has this relationship with the manager, I think he feels even more comfortable to enjoy himself. “He’s in a moment where he has nothing to prove – to you, to the fans, to me, to himself. He has nothing to prove. “He has just to enjoy the last years of his career, try to play the maximum he can, try to score because scoring was always something that was part of his DNA as a player, and enjoy life.” Mourinho would not be drawn on how long he expects Lampard, 36 next June, to continue, but believes Oscar has a long and bright future. Oscar won the spot-kick when he was upended by Jussi Jaaskelainen, who was trying to meet Guy Demel’s dreadful back-pass, and added a second when he forged forward unopposed. “He played fantastic,” Mourinho added. “It’s not easy to succeed in this football country when you have the talent he has and not the physical ability he doesn’t have, because he’s a fragile boy. “The talent is amazing and the kid can only improve.” Mourinho was asked if he expects a call from referees’ chief Mike Riley over the decision of referee Chris Foy not to dismiss Jaaskelainen for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Mourinho said: “I spoke with Chris Foy and he told me that it was not a red card. “If Chris Foy says it was not a red card and he was 10 metres away – I was 50 metres away – I don’t want to discuss. I think the referee was very good, the linesman the same. “Possible red card. If Chris Foy says no, okay, no.” The strikerless Hammers, who have now failed to score in seven of their 11 league matches this season, were booed at half-time and the conclusion. Manager Sam Allardyce said: “I don’t see why they shouldn’t boo when they’re not satisfied with what they’re seeing. I wasn’t satisfied with what I saw.” Allardyce made a double substitution five minutes prior to the interval, with Joe Cole marching down the tunnel after being taken off. “Somebody has to come off,” Allardyce said. “It’s frustrating, every player’s frustrated, because all every player ever does is think about themselves. I have to think about the bigger picture. “If he’s frustrated, that’s fine. Next time he gets the chance, he’s going to play so well for me that the last thing I could do is substitute him. “I brought the captain (Kevin Nolan) off in the end, because I didn’t think he drove the team on as much as he normally does.” Rarely has Allardyce made a double change in the first half and he was frustrated Modibo Maiga’s second-half effort did not put his side back in the game. “We got kicked in the teeth by giving the penalty away and then the reaction for us was that we were having to contain Chelsea too much, which I thought was going to lead to another goal,” Allardyce added. “So I made the decision, tried to get them on and unfortunately the other goal went in. “We play with a front man, we don’t play with a front man; we play with two front men, we don’t play with two front men. “At the moment it doesn’t matter what we play with in system terms, we’re creating chances and we’re not scoring. “We didn’t create too many chances today, but we did create a chance to get us back in the game and you should take it. Then who knows?” Lampard scored twice against his former club as Chelsea claimed a second away win in the Barclays Premier League this term, with Oscar also on target at Upton Park. The 35-year-old England midfielder converted a penalty and a trademark strike from the edge of the area to end a 10-match scoreless run in the Premier League and take his tally to five goals in his last five league games against the club he left in the summer of 2001. last_img read more

Scholars International school Fruta Conquerors 2-1

first_imgTHE second edition of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield began yesterday with Guyana’s Fruta Conquerors taking on Scholars International Sports Club of Cayman Islands, in the opening match at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao.Their Group ‘A’ clash was the first of three matches scheduled for the same venue, while the other two matches to complete the day’s quota were to be run simultaneously at the Dr Antoine Maduro Stadium.Unfortunately, Fruta Conquerors were defeated 2-1 by Scholars International.Tomorrow, Fruta Conquerors take on Curacao’s Jong Holland at the same venue, which is home to Jong Holland. The match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00hrs.Fruta Conquerors’ Derrick Carter is beaten as the Guyanese side went down to the Cayman Islands-based club in Curacao 2-0.Two days later, April 9, Conquerors are fixed to battle the Cubans, Santiago de Cuba, from 17:30hrs at the Dr Antoine Maduro Stadium.If Conquerors are successful and manage to find a way out of Group A, the quarterfinals are set for April 11 with the semifinals and final billed for April 13 and 15, respectively.The winners of the Caribbean Shield, will have the opportunity to face the fourth-place finishers of the 2019 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship in a playoff match to determine the fourth Caribbean representative in the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.last_img read more

NBA: Things to look forward to ahead of the upcoming 2019-20 season

first_img FOLLOW US 10 months ago Dream11: DAL vs LAC NBA pre-season predictions, squad updates & news Suraj Alva COMMENT 10 months ago Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season 10 months ago Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA Written By LIVE TV First Published: 21st October, 2019 19:42 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 21st October, 2019 19:42 IST NBA: Things To Look Forward To Ahead Of The Upcoming 2019-20 Season NBA teams have already made their moves in the summer to sign some blockbuster deals and bring in new players to stand a chance to win the coveted championship. SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks profile: Roster and season schedule The pre-season games are over and its time for the regular season to start on Tuesday. The teams have already made their moves in the off-season to sign some blockbuster deals and bring in new players to bolster their chances of success.Here are some of the things to watch out for this season -NBA regular season: Toronto Raptors’ title defense With Kawhi Leonard gone, the Raptors have a huge void to fill in order to keep the title. In his first and only season, Leonard helped the Toronto side win their maiden NBA crown and was also the finals MVP. The upcoming season looks to be more challenging, but with Pascal Siakam and the experience of Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors will look to fight it out to keep the title in Toronto. NBA regular season: Brooklyn Nets land blockbuster signingsThe Nets have landed blockbuster deals ahead of the new season with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan set to don the jersey as they look to challenge the title. Durant won’t be available for Brooklyn Nets this season as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.Also Read: NBA 2019-20: All About The Eastern Conference Sides This SeasonNBA regular season: Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers fight for bragging rights  The Clippers will have services of Kawhi Leonard from the reigning champions Toronto Raptors and Paul George from Oklahoma City Thunder. The revamped Clippers will look to upset their city rivals Lakers as Los Angeles’ top team, although the LeBron James-led Lakers won’t be easy to overcome after the arrival of former New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Kyle Kuzma and newly arrived Danny Green.Also Read: NBA 2019-20: Golden State Warriors’ Profile And Season PreviewNBA regular season: Houston Rockets ready to fire While troubles seem to be following Houston Rockets off the court, the team has made some good signings to challenge for the title. Russell Westbrook will be reuniting with his 2018 MVP James Harden, his former Thunder teammate, who was traded to the Rockets in 2012. Apart from Westbrook, the team from Houston did manage to bring back key players in Danuel House, Austin Rivers and Gerald Green, in addition to signing veterans Tyson Chandler, Ryan Anderson and Thabo Sefolosha, while locking in veteran Eric Gordon with a 3-year extension worth $54 million.Also Read: NBA 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks Profile: Roster And Season ScheduleNBA regular season: Tough road ahead for Golden State Warriors With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson ruled out for the first half of the season after knee surgery, the Golden State Warriors’ shot at another title looks to a lot tougher. Also Read: Addressing Growing Fan Behavior Problem Top Priority For NBAAll eyes will be on experienced duo of Steph Curry and Draymond Green as they look to take the new team forward. The GSW, in addition, has added D’Angelo Russell to their ranks, which will boost the offense of the side big time. 10 months ago Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng retires from the NBA after 15 yearslast_img read more

Paa Kwesi Fabin returns to Inter Allies as head coach

first_imgInter Allies FC have announced the re-appointment of Paa Kwesi Fabin to the position of the team’s head coach. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning by the club.Fabin worked with the club during the 2014/ 2015 Ghana Premier League season but left to handle the national U-17 team, the Black StarletsAfter that appointment, he went to Asante Kotoko before going to Uganda to work with the country’s U-17 team for this year’s African U-17 Championships.He left his post in Uganda after the tournament and now, he has been tasked with leading Inter Allies into the new Ghana Premier League season when it starts.Inter Allies Vice-President, Eric Delali Senaye, shared his thoughts of the development with the club’s official website.“Fabin is an outstanding coach who has worked well with us before. He is a tremendous leader and strategist. We are very happy that he is back.”Fabin also spoke of his joy at returning to a team and an environment he was familiar with.“I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach during the 2014/15 season and I look forward to building off that success again.”Allies finished the 2014/ 2015 Ghana Premier League season in 6th place on the league log.last_img read more

U-23 AFCON: What Ghana’s Black Meteors need to do to qualify from their group

first_imgThe Black Meteors’ 3-2 loss to hosts Egypt in Tuesday night’s U-23 AFCON encounter has put the team’s chances of progressing from the group in a very precarious situation.With the Meteors now third in their group, with only one point from their two games so far, Ghana will need a huge matchday three to make it out of the group.The added benefit of the top three teams making it through to the Olympics in 2020, a competition Ghana have been absent from since 2004, should make progression from the group even more crucial for the Black Meteors.So what do the Black Meteors need in order to make it out of Group A?The ContendersEgypt are already through to the semis after two wins from two games. A draw in their final game against Cameroon would help them qualify top of the group. Cameroon are in a comfortable position and only need a point to qualify along with the hosts. Ghana are in third and need to beat Mali and hope results go their way in the other group game. Mali are already out of contention after losing both of their opening two games.The RulesCAF’s rules for the U-23 AFCON tournament state that should two sides finish level on points in the group stages, they will be separated based on the following criteria, in order.The team that obtained the most points in the match between the teams in questionThe goal difference in all group matchesThe largest number of goals scored in all group matchesA drawing of lots conducted by the Organising CommitteeThe PermutationsWith the match between the Black Stars and Cameroon having ended in a draw, the deciding factor might be goal difference or goals scored.Current Group A goal differencesEgypt          –            2Cameroon   –           1Ghana          –         – 1Mali             –          – 2Current Group A goals scoredEgypt          –            4Cameroon   –           2Ghana          –          3Mali             –           0If Black Meteors beat MaliEgypt go through as group winners with a win over Cameroon. Cameroon or Ghana go through depending on which side has a better goal difference after the final round of games in the group.Egypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.If Black Meteors draw with Mali Egypt go through as group winners with a win against Cameroon. Cameroon join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go outEgypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.If Black Meteors lose to MaliEgypt go through as group winners with a win against Cameroon. Cameroon join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.Egypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.last_img read more

Black Stars unchanged on FIFA ranking table

first_imgGhana remained unchanged at 22nd in the May edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday.The Black Stars took that position in the previous ranking as they hold on for the second consecutive month with their point build up still 874 points.Kwesi Appiah’s team are still ranked second on the African continent behind Ivory Coast with Mali in third place.With little changes, the top three in the World rankings remained the same from last month’s as champions, Spain hold onto the number one spot ahead of Germany and Argentina.The May edition of the world ranking recorded very few changes compared to the previous month.According to FIFA, more movement is to be expected in the table in June, when the World Cup qualifiers resume in Africa and teams that qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup play their first warm-up matches. Africa has eight teams in the top 50 – (UEFA: 26; CONMEBOL: 9; CAF: 8; AFC: 3; OFC: 0).last_img read more