September 20, 2020

Cricket News From Selling Pani Puris To Youngest List A Double Centurion – The Story Of Yashasvi Jaiswal

first_imgNew Delhi: Yashasvi Jaiswal, at 17 years and 293 days, has created history in the ongoing 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy. During the game between Mumbai and Jharkhand at Alur, Jaiswal, playing for Mumbai became the youngest double centurion in the history of List A cricket. Jaiswal blasted 203 off 154 balls and the knock included 17 fours and 12 sixes as Mumbai reached 358/3. Jharkhand made a superb response with Virat Singh smashing a century but they fell short by 39 runs. However, all eyes were on Jaiswal and his historic record-breaking feat. This was not the first time where Jaiswal had impressed.In the game against Goa, Jaiswal smashed 113 off 123 balls and Mumbai won by 130 runs. In the Tri-Natipn Under 19s tournament which featured India, England and Bangladesh, Jaiswal smashed four fifties in seven games and smashed 294 runs at an average of 42. However, in order to attain success, Jaiswal had to undergo plenty of pressures off the field in order to get where he is.Born in the Bhadohi district in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal moved to Mumbai in order to have a better future. For the first three years, in order to survive, he had to sell pani puris and sleep in a tent in Azad Maidan. In an exclusive chat with the Indian Express, Jaiswal outlined his struggles.”During Ram Leela, I earned well. I prayed that my teammates would not come there for pani-puri. Sometimes they did and I would feel bad serving them. I always used to see boys my age bringing food or their parents had big lunches with them. As for me, it was — khana khud banao, khud khao. (make your own food, eat alone). No breakfast. Catch hold of anyone around and request them to buy breakfast,” Jaiswal told the Indian Express. He talked about how the struggles outside of the cricket field have made him strong to face pressure on the ground. “You are talking about mental pressure in cricket? I have faced it daily in my life for years. Those have made me strong. Scoring runs is not important. I know I will score and take wickets. For me, whether I get the next meal or not, that’s important. I remember the days when I was almost shameless. I used to go with my teammates for lunch, knowing that I didn’t have any money. I would tell them, ‘paisa nahi hai, bhook hai’,” Jaiswal said. Also Read | Vijay Hazare Trophy: Sanju Samson Hits Record-Breaking 212 As Kerala Maul Goa By 104 RunsWith so much struggle, one hopes that Jaiswal makes the big strides in cricket rapidly and one prays he is successful in representing the Indian cricket team one today. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: FIFPro says players in Belarus are worried

first_imgThe Latest: FIFPro says players in Belarus are worried The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.” She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut. ___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.” The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___ The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions. The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”center_img More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___ Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed. With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators. March 31, 2020 Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July. Associated Press last_img read more

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Trojans take down UC Irvine with comeback victory

first_imgIf you were to tell the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (5-1, 2-0), before their Friday night match at the Bren Center, that they would trail UCI (4-2, 1-1), the defending national champions, by two sets on the last night of a grueling two-week road trip, only to come back and snatch the victory in thrilling fashion over the Anteaters, even the most confident of Trojan players would likely have chuckled at the idea.Yet the Trojans stood in front of 2,648 fans at the end of their five-set victory, survivors in a match that had an atmosphere more fitting for an NCAA final than an early-season tussle in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference.Daily Trojan | James WatsonA glance at the final score (19-30, 21-30, 30-17, 30-28, 15-12) would not fully explain how impressive the Trojans’ comeback was.In a week that saw the team fly home on a tedious flight from Honolulu Sunday night, only to rebound on short rest three nights later with a triumphant victory over their crosstown rival, it appeared the No. 1 team in the country saved their best, or at least most riveting, performance for the finale.It would not be an understatement to characterize USC’s first two sets Friday night as embarrassing, flat and completely unbefitting of a team that has been crowned as one of the elites across the country.As UCI’s Jordan DuFault put the first set out of reach with seven straight points from the service line (19-30) however, it became apparent to all in attendance that only one team had initially shown up in a rematch of last year’s national championship.“I don’t think we were ready to play right off the bat,” said sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli.While the Trojans and Anteaters jostled for position in the second set, it was Carson Clark, a familiar foe who helped secure UCI’s victory in the fifth set of last year’s final, who gave the defending champs some much-needed breathing room. Clark, who had 22 kills, recorded seven straight points from the service line with the score knotted at 20. The Anteaters would score 10 of the set’s final 11 points en route to an easy 2-0 lead over USC.Down 2-0 in enemy territory was not the situation coach Bill Ferguson believed his team would find themselves in, yet, as the team headed into the third set ,the Trojans’ play caller realized his team still had a chance.Rather than shout or point blame at his players, Ferguson implored his team to improve their passing game and to execute when opportunities arose. While his speech between sets likely won’t make its way to Hollywood, his words allowed his players to relax and believe they still had a shot at a remarkable comeback.Led by captain Murphy Troy’s eight service points, the Trojans climbed back into the match with an emphatic victory in the third set (30-17). In the set, USC not only relied on their floor general in Troy but came together as a unit, firing four aces and a hitting percentage of .455.Daily Trojan | James WatsonWhile USC gained momentum heading into the fourth set, the Anteaters rallied back behind a tournament-like enthusiasm from their crowd and stellar play from setter Jeff Schmitz and DuFault and found themselves just four points from an early-season statement win. But the Trojans, in a match that according to their coach illustrated the team’s “resolve,” relied on back-to-back kills from Austin Zahn and Ciarelli, followed by a set point from Ciarelli, to tie the match in stunning fashion (30-28).In the fifth set, it was the unsung contribution of junior setter Riley McKibben that put the finishing touches on the team’s turnaround. McKibben, who finished the night with 57 assists and a key kill down the stretch, kept the Anteaters guessing throughout the Trojans’ unlikely charge back from the embarrassment of their first two sets.“I am absolutely stoked on our win for a variety of reasons,” McKibben said. “We exacted some revenge on our loss to them last year in the finals. And we showed that we could come back from a two-set deficit.”As Austin Zahn capped the match with his final kill of the night (15-12), it became evident that this match was more than a comeback for the ages, a slaying of the former champion, or an opportunity to exact revenge on a bitter foe. It was a match that showed the will and fortitude of this year’s team, a match that truly was a testament to how special this group of players has become.“The biggest thing we took away from this match was that we showed that our team has heart,” McKibben said. “As close as we were to defeat, we fought back and came up with a win.”last_img read more

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Syracuse offense struggles in preseason loss to Queens

first_imgSophomore defender Dakota Derrer was called for a slashing penalty 13:26 into the second period. And it only took Queens University 22 seconds to make the power play pay off, as Katrina Manoukarakis put the puck in the back of the net, giving Queens a 1-0 lead. It was the only goal of the game.When Manoukarakis scored the goal, the Golden Gaels bench erupted in applause and started banging on the side of the rink. On the Syracuse bench, head coach Paul Flanagan smirked and shook his head.This was the Orange’s first, and only, exhibition game of the season before it opens up the season Oct. 6 against Clarkson.“This game, I think, shows us what we need to work on,” Nicole Ferrara said, “and obviously I think that’s finishing putting the puck in the net.”SU had 37 shots compared to just 10 from QU. The Orange’s inability to score goals dates back to last season. SU only scored 75 goals last year on 1,119 shots, which resulted in a 6.7 shooting percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan said that it appeared as though QU played a great game defensively, adding that his team’s offensive struggles might have contributed to that.“I thought their goalie played well. I think at times we made her look good … we shot a lot of pucks right into her,” Flanagan said. “I didn’t see too many times when she really had to pull out a great stop.”Syracuse struggled on all facets of offense, including its abilities to connect off rebounds. It’s something that Flanagan addressed with his team after the first period because of three instances in which the Orange put the puck on net but failed to come up with a good shot after a deflection.“If she’s just made a save, she’s most likely if not flat on her back, she’s on her knees,” Flanagan said. “…We’ve got to get the puck up. What were we doing? Shoveling it right back on the ice.”Flanagan attributed those struggles to lack of reps. The Orange has only had six practices so far.SU also had two power plays throughout the game but never came close to scoring on either of them.Senior and captain Melissa Piacentini recognized that power play’s was an area that the team could definitely improve on.“I think we can always improve on the power plays,” Piacentini said. “It comes down to little details and we just gotta be prepared for everything that’s coming our way.”The Orange was recently picked as the favorite to win the College Hockey America regular season championship this year. So far the Orange is using the preseason to help make that become a reality.“We had maybe a dozen quality shots and we have to be better than that,” Flanagan said, “or else, it could be a long year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

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With consistency, freshman Jamie Trimboli earns starting spot at midfield

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: July 4, 2017 at 11:54 p.m.Joe Trimboli did not expect his son to touch the field his freshman year, let alone start in a game.“I thought maybe (Syracuse) would even redshirt him,” Joe Trimboli said. “He was a true freshman at 18, so I didn’t know what to expect.”Yet, in Syracuse’s seventh game of the season, Jamie Trimboli’s face popped up on the big screen, announced as a starter against Duke. One game earlier, he had the game-tying assist at Johns Hopkins. Trimboli’s quiet consistency prompted the line change, swapping the freshman with redshirt junior Matt Lane on the first midfield line.In Trimboli’s first start, he took the biggest shot of his young career. On Syracuse’s first possession in overtime, Sergio Salcido turned and passed to the top of the offense. Trimboli jumped up and caught it. He turned and saw open space. Rather than passing with the game on the line, he didn’t hesitate, wound up and stuck it top shelf from 15 yards out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrimboli is one of the few freshmen who has steadily contributed for the No. 2 Orange (7-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast). The former second-line midfielder worked his way up the depth chart, earning the starting job alongside Salcido and Brendan Bomberry. He’s started in two of SU’s biggest games — Duke and top-ranked Notre Dame — as the only freshman in the starting rotation.“You don’t get many opportunities,” Trimboli said. “You’ve got to stick them.”Syracuse’s best freshman was built in the backyard of his then-Greece, New York, home. He and his brother, Joey, played until dark, mixing in goofy trick shots with actual skill development. Despite being six years apart, the two brothers were inseparable and best friends, their dad said. Playing with someone six years older gave Jamie maturity. At age 7, he was invited to play SweetLax, a local club team, with kids one and two years older than him. Years later, he started on varsity as a high school freshman.Joey notes the most notable improvement was Jamie’s ability to go left. He worked on running with both hands in high school after moving to Victor (New York) High School his sophomore year.“He’s very good at going down either alley,” SU head coach John Desko said, “which makes him more dangerous.”Though his sophomore year ended in a loss in the state semifinals, Trimboli’s career topped off with back-to-back state championships. Soon his ability to shoot left and right made him Victor’s top offensive option. His senior year, he had the game-tying goal in the state championship. The year before, Trimboli poured in three goals in the first quarter en route to a blowout win.In high school, the 5-foot-10, 178-pound midfielder dodged and let off a shot with ease. He received interest from Duke, Harvard, North Carolina and current No. 1 Penn State — but there was more to develop. He had to be more than a shooter.At Syracuse, Desko and assistant coach Kevin Donahue have worked with Trimboli on evolving his offensive game, becoming selfless and knowing when to take a smart shot versus when to pass and restart the offense.“Instead of being just a dodge and shoot guy,” senior attack Jordan Evans said, “(he’s) understanding if the slide comes from the top where he needs to move it and vice versa.”Trimboli is not Mariano, who poured in four goals against UND on Saturday. He’s not Salcido, an All-American and leader on the midfield. But that’s not what Syracuse needs out of its freshman. The Orange needs him to grow into the player who next year will take over an offense that sports three seniors.He’s Syracuse’s No. 1 recruit out of the 2016 class and 34th overall on Inside Lacrosse’s freshman rankings. That’s why the coaches are making Trimboli take extra shots after practice, developing his game even further.The future has slowly become the present for Trimboli. His first score came in a decisive one-goal victory over Albany. In every game since, save for St. John’s and Notre Dame, Trimboli has at least one point, a testament to his uptick in production. Especially during Syracuse’s stretch of seven straight one-goal games, each score becomes as crucial as the next.“Trimboli’s being a real threat, Desko said. “(He’s) playing really well as a freshman.“He should be a big part of our future.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the caption for the dominant photo describing Jamie Trimboli’s spot in the Orange’s starting lineup was misstated. Trimboli is the only freshman starter for Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Jamie Trimboli’s role during Victor (New York) High School’s state championship game was misstated. Trimboli had the game-tying goal in the state championship, not the game-tying assist. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on April 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

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Syracuse bounces back in 2-1 win over Ohio State, its 1st win in the last 5 games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Entering Wednesday night, Syracuse had scored more than one goal just once in its last seven games. Against Ohio State, the Orange diverted from the trend, scoring two goals en route to a 2-1 win on the road against the Buckeyes.Tajon Buchanan opened the game’s scoring in the 26th minute. The freshman forward snuck past the Ohio State line where he received a lob from Johannes Pieles. Buchanan chipped the ball past Ohio State goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. The goal, Buchanan’s third of the year, was his first since Sept 3.“We came to play a good team on the road,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We started very well and dictated the tempo of the game.”Thirty-seven seconds later Syracuse faltered. After an extended stoppage time between the goal and the restart due to an injury to Siegfried, Syracuse allowed Ohio State a corner kick. SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert denied the first shot, but couldn’t save the rebound attempt from Nate Kohl. Hilpert tallied three saves in the match while his team outshot Ohio State 14-9.“I thought our midfield three Mo, Hugo and Jonathan were very good the whole night,” McIntyre said. “Our back three and our use of the ball were good, I thought we had some good service tonight.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 50th minute Syracuse’s strong midfield play translated to the scoreboard. Following a pass from Jonathan Hagman, freshman midfielder Lukas Rubio fired the ball from the top of the 18-yard box into the top right corner of the net for the eventual game-winner.For Rubio it was his first goal of the season. For Syracuse, it was the difference maker.“I think we’ve deserved something out of the last couple of games,” McIntyre said. “It shows the guys that the hard work pays off. There’s no hiding out there.”Syracuse returns home to host No. 7 Clemson on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. Commentslast_img read more

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Women’s tennis looks to win fifth straight Friday

first_imgAfter a relatively slow start to the season, the Women of Troy have begun to find their groove, riding a four-match winning streak into their third match of Pac-12 play against the Oregon Ducks Friday. In addition to the win streak, the Trojans boast an impressive 5-2 home record that will make it difficult for the Ducks to come out of Marks Stadium with the victory.The Trojans had a tremendous week over spring break, winning 5-2 over No. 16 Oklahoma State and a commanding 4-0 victory against Baylor at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. After struggles earlier in the year, head coach Richard Gallien said that he had a “motivated and positive group … that is focusing on what [they] can control and [are]  trying to get better day by day.” The season is starting to progress just as the coach saw it, with the young team playing their best tennis, as the most important part of the season is beginning.The winning streak has propelled the Trojans to No. 29 in the national rankings, up 19 spots from last week. The Ducks present no easy task, with a ranking of 35 in the nation and a strong 11-3 record, including a 3-1 mark in Pac-12 play.Oregon’s Kennan Johnson is the second highest-ranked player in the matchup at 70 behind USC’s senior Giuliana Olmos who has climbed up to an individual rank of No. 22 in the country. Oregon has one other player ranked in singles, Alyssa Tobita — who is currently ranked No. 124.Oregon is coming off a hot streak of their own, winning nine matches in a row before falling in a tough 4-3 defeat to Arizona State last weekend. The Women of Troy are 21-0 all-time against Oregon and hope to continue this incredible run of success but despite the long-standing record, Oregon will be sure to put up a fight.USC brings their deep, young team into the matchup. Behind Olmos, four underclassmen are ranked in the top-125. Freshman Jessica Failla has been the most productive Trojan with 15 singles wins under her belt in her first collegiate season, leading her to slide into the top-100 at No. 99. Fellow freshman Rianna Valdes is ranked No. 106, while sophomores Gabby Smith and Madison Westby ranked No. 108 and No. 123, respectively.The sixth singles player for the Women of Troy is junior Zoë Katz who is having a strong year, despite not being ranked in singles. Katz comes into the match with the second-most wins on the team with 14 on the season and brings in additional experience as one of the older players on the team.The Trojans plan to get on the board quickly against Oregon, starting with their top-10 doubles pair of Olmos and Smith, ranked eighth in the nation and trying to get back into the top-5 doubles ranking. The experience the younger players have gained will be key in the match, and the Trojans plan to continue their undefeated conference record.The match will take place at the newly renovated Mark’s Stadium at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Positive news ahead of World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIreland will face Serbia in a potential top of the table clash at the Aviva Stadium next week. Jonathan Walters appears to be winning his battle to be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday.The Burnley striker has been suffering with an ankle injury, but has joined his squad mates at training at Abbotstown today.Aiden McGeady has linked up with the squad following the birth of his son, but John O’Shea is sitting out training today due to a tight calf.last_img read more

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Rohr: I Am in Nigeria to Make History with Eagles

first_imgBut at yesterday’s parley, Rohr dressed in a grey French suit with one of his former players, Victor Okechukwu Agali, in the room, the Eagles manager opened up on his mission to Nigeria.On Cameroon’s past edge over Nigeria in World Cup qualifiers and AFCON finals, Rohr insisted that is now history. “Before the game against Zambia, the talk was that Nigeria had never won in Zambia but we went there and won. I am here to make history and I am confident we will beat Cameroon in Uyo (when they come in September). I am convinced of that because we have a better team. Cameroon have a good team too, we will see them play in AFCON. I am aware that some of their players are not going to Gabon. It doesn’t matter. I hope in Uyo, with our 12th man, which is the fans, I am sure Nigeria will win the game (to take the tally to nine points). It will be difficult, just like against Algeria and Zambia. But we have the players to win the game.”On the fears being expressed by football followers in the country that the nonparticipation of Nigeria in the AFCON 2017 and the long break before the World Cup qualifiers resume, the Franco-German coach said he is not unaware of what may happen if Nigerian players are not in form.“We know that it can be dangerous to have such a long break. But we have friendly games and we have qualifiers for the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 which start in March. So we will have the games but though Cameroon and Algeria will be in the AFCON which is good because it is always good to play in such competitions. But unfortunately we will not be there. But we will watch and observe what they are capable of doing in our remaining matches.“And it is important to note that these countries (Cameroon and Algeria) can have problems before the qualifiers resume like injuries. That’s the only positive for them which is playing in the AFCON.“We are optimistic and the good thing is that within the period we can find one or two new players to bring into our team. In March we plan to meet Senegal in a friendly game because they play similar football like Cameroon. And in June, we plan to play another team who play similar football to Cameroon.“In August, as we know in England they will start late. They start training in the end of August which means the players will be fit. There is no need to worry as the players are professionals are know what to do to stay fit.”Is Rohr scared that the type of embarrassing scenario that played out when Super Falcons won the African Women’s Nations Cup in Cameroon could happen in Eagles because of non-payment of bonuses? “No…my players are motivated beyond money and I am really happy about that.”He however have words for top Nigerian players like John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo who are not getting regular playing times in their respective clubs in Europe.“In each national team you have players who can have problems in their clubs. I knew of this situation already in other countries, in Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso. For example Alain Traore for Burkina Faso who didn’t play often. So this situation is not new for me. Now, the January transfer window is open which means these players can change clubs. I had contact on Tuesday morning with one of our players in Turkey (Musa Mohammed). So what we want to do now is help him find a club. Of course, our job is also to help players to play or change clubs, to give good information to managers in order to make things work.Despite preaching that players change base to guarantee them regulation actions in their clubs, Rohr wants his Captain, John Mikel Obi to remain in Europe. “I prefer Mikel stays in Europe and play in an European team. When I was in London two weeks ago, we spoke about that. But Mikel is an experienced and intelligent player and he knows what to do.”He however stressed that Nigerians will need to respect Mikel’s choice if China is his first option. “If he decides to choose the money of China then we must respect that. If he goes to China and is playing well, I have no problem with that,” the Eagles supremo observed.With continued yearning from ball fans in the country that players from the domestic league be given space in the senior national team, Rohr said he has no objection to that.“When I started, my first trip was to go to Spain to see the NPFL All Stars play against Atletico Madrid and Valencia. The players are supposed to be the best in the Nigerian league. At the Olympics, I saw all the games and I was able to pick some players for the Super Eagles like (Oghenekaro) Etebo and (William) Troost-Ekong.“Our objective is to have young players. Players who are motivated, players who like their country and are honoured to represent the country. For the local players, I have my assistants, Imama (Amapakabo) who sends me videos of all the best players, which is why I am happy to have him in my staff. Even when I don’t see a lot of the games, the Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf, is on hand to give me important information. I listen to them and together we do the work because I cannot be everywhere.“In the game against Algeria, we had five local players. I saw them in Spain and my assistants recommended them. I trust my assistants and I believe we have a good staff,” Rohr hinted of the synergy between him and his assistants.On which Nigerian young talent can be in the running for the Africa Player of the Year in the nearest future, Rohr tips Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses for honours.“I am sure next year one of Kelechi, Iwobi and Victor Moses will be in the final shortlist for the Africa Player of the Year award. Also on our part, we will do our best to help them.The Eagles manager who is going to Gabon as a pundit for a French television station believesSenegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco or even Algeria are favourites to lift the title. “So there is not one team you can say will win the AFCON, there are five or six teams who can win it,” concludes the experienced coach.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, met with sportswriters at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Media Centre in Lagos tuesday where he fielded questions on his team, some of Nigeria’s top players who are warming benches in top European clubs as well as express his mind on the 2018 World Cup qualifiers so far. DURO IKHAZUAGBE was there…Barely five months into his three year-contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, is enjoying every minute of his stint here so far. Why not? The former Burkina Faso and Niger manager has scored 100 per cent in the task assigned to him by the Nigerian federation. Rohr has won the three competitive matches involving Eagles and Tanzania, Zambia and Algeria. With six points from two matches, Nigeria is perfectly in the driver’s seat of Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and even set to elongate the edge with a win over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon when they visit Uyo in nine months time. Despite not having anything at stake in his first game in-charge of the Super Eagles in a dead rubber clash with Tanzania, Rohr showed he was here for business, kicking off his stint with victory.last_img read more

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Bendel Insurance FC Re-launch Holds February 27

first_imgThere is going to be a rediscovery in Nigerian football and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his state will sign-post this new trend and its through football and youth development; Bendel Insurance, one of the foremost cluside in the country will be the great rediscory agent.The event will hold at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in the sprawling modern city of Benin, which houses the Edo State capital.Speaking though his deputy and sports anchor eye, Comrade Philip Shaibu, Obaseki, said Edo is finally ready to re-launch football in Nigeria and its going to be through the state’s prime club, Bendel Insurance FC. According to him, the state which has witnessed tremendous growth though football development can no longer lag behind while lesser talented states take the front seats.Already, February 27, has been picked as the date for the re-launch that is expected to witness the who is who in football, governance in the old Bendel State and the entire leadership of Nigerian football that will b led by its President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick.Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, who said he was speaking on behalf of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the February 27 event will be an ell encompassing event targeted at rediscovering the team and the entire process of football in Nigeria, where Edo and Delta were the champions. The specific areas of concentration according the Edo State Governor, will include a total re-launch of Bendel nsurance FC and a launch also of the new philosophy nof the club, new club logo, advanced kits. “Its going to be a new day in Nigerian football and that’s why Corporate Nigeria will be heavily represented.” New kits of Bendel Insurance will be launched”, His Excelency, Phili Shaibu declared.Apart from the NFF leadership, that will grace the February 27 event, foremost Nigeria star and 1980 Nations Cup hero, Olusegun Segun “Mathematical’ Odegbami will be among the team of exalted super invitees. He will be assisted by the only living Nigerian to have coached the U17, U20, U23 and the Super Eagles of Nigeria and fondly called the Transformer of talents, Fanny Ikhayere Amun among several dignitaries expected to witness the event. Amun is an Edo indigene.Corporate Nigeria will also be hugely represented in the in new hope of taking football not only in Edo but across Nigeria and indeed Africa to new heights”, declared Comrade Shaibu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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