first_imgBOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia national soccer team player William Tesillo told local media that he has been threatened via social media after his missed penalty kick in a Copa American shoot-out with Chile last week cost Colombia the chance to remain in the tournament.Tesillo’s wife Daniela Mejia over the weekend published a screenshot on her Instagram of a message wishing her husband the same fate as Andres Escobar, a Colombian player shot to death after he made an own-goal in a match during the 1994 World Cup.“They’ve written to my wife and she published it. They’ve written to me too,” the 29-year-old defender told the local El Pais newspaper in comments published late on Sunday.Sources with the national police told Reuters they are investigating intimidation via social media directed at the player and his family, but that they haven’t opened a formal investigation because Tesillo has not lodged a complaint.Tesillo’s father told local radio the family is counting on God to touch the hearts of people who have written tasteless messages.“I hope they understand it’s football,” the elder Tesillo told Caracol Radio.last_img read more

first_imgANDREWS Supermarket is the latest entity to join a list of reputable sponsors to offer support for the upcoming Jefford Track and Field Classic, scheduled for Sunday, August 11 at Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.The support from Andrews Supermarket will sponsor the Female Javelin Event. Each event carries a total purse of $80 000 with the winner taking home $40 000, second-placer $25 000 and third-placer $15 000 along with memorabilia medals.This year will mark the 10th edition of the event, where a total of $2 million will be handed out directly to the athletes in Linden. In addition, the Champion Male and Female athletes will benefit from $25 000 worth in Under Armour Sports Gear and $25 000 cash along with trophies. The top three finishers in the School Boys and Girls 150m will receive hampers and medals.As it relates to patrons, 10 gate prizes will be up for grabs. Founder of the Classic, Edison Jefford, indicated that there will be something for everyone at the event this year.He said he will be sticking to the prize structure since he has already secured the athletes cash prizes. He said that the athletes will collect their prizes immediately after each event.last_img read more

first_imgGoals from Joshua Obaje, Kabiru Umar and Jimmy Ambrose gave Plateau United a 3-0 win over Katsina United on Matchday 19 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).The win at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos was enough to send the Jos club to the summit of the NPFL. Plateau United went into the fixture in second place but knew a win at the Rwang Pam Stadium would take them top as long as MFM FC failed to win in Uyo against Akwa United.MFM’s objective to win in Uyo ended in futility as Alhassan Ibrahim and Ubong Friday scored to put the Lagos-based side to the sword.Akwa now seem to have put behind them their poor start to the season and now sit in fifth place with 29 points, just six adrift the leaders Plateau United.Plateau United have now amassed 35 points from 18 matches while MFM, the leaders before Matchday 19’s round of fixtures, have claimed 33 points despite playing a game more than the side currently at the summit of the log.El-Kanemi Warriors have been one of the biggest surprises of the season and they continued their sparkling home form on Wednesday with a 1-0 win Remo Stars in Maiduguri.Matthias Samuel scored the game’s only goal which meant that the Warriors consolidated on third place on the log with 33 points, the same number as second-placed MFM FC.In Makurdi, Anthony Okpotu scored a hat-trick as Lobi Stars overcame Sunshine Stars 3-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium.Last season’s top scorer, Godwin Obaje grabbed a double as he converted two spot kicks for FC Ifeanyiubah who came from a goal down to tame Shooting Stars (3SC) 2-1 in Nnewi.Ebenezer Odeyemi was Niger Tornadoes’ match-winner as he plundered his side’s solitary goal in the 1-0 success over Kano Pillars.Abia Warriors continued to keep pace the with top hitters as Ndifreke Effiong scored twice to inspire his side to a 2-0 win over Wikki Tourists in Umuahia.The country’s most successful club, Enyimba, won 1-0 against Remo Stars at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar with Stephen Chukwude scoring the game’s deciding goal with a brilliant free kick on 41 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgZambia secured all three points against Algeria with a 3-1 victory in front of their home fans.A Brian Mwila brace helped Zambia keep their 2018 World Cup qualification dream alive with a 3-1 win over Algeria on Saturday, leaving the Desert Foxes’ hopes of reaching Russia in tatters. The result in Lusaka moves Zambia up to second in Group B after three matches, five points behind leaders Nigeria. Algeria – who were without playmaker Riyad Mahrez – are bottom of the standings on just one point.Elsewhere, Ivory Coast were 3-0 winners in Gabon to go top of Group C.Zambia’s Brian Mwila scored the first of his two goals against Algeria from a powerful header off a well-placed Augustine Mulenga cross in the sixth minute.Mwila added a second after 32 minutes, this time with a close-range shot after Algerian goalkeeper and captain, Rais Mbolhi, failed to keep hold of the ball.Algeria fought back in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from just outside the box by Yacine Brahimi in the 53rd minute.The Desert Foxes were given a further boost just three minutes later when Zambia’s Fashion Sakala was sent off for a second yellow card.However, Algeria found it difficult to get the equaliser and two minutes from time, substitute Enock Mwepu scored Zambia’s third to make it 3-1 to the hosts.The result all-but ends Algeria’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but keeps Zambia’s slim hopes alive.The two teams will meet again in Constantine on Tuesday.In Libreville, Ivory Coast were 3-0 winners over Gabon to go top of Group C, two points above Morocco who thrashed Mali 6-0 on Friday.After a barren first half, Max Gradel opened the scoring for the visitors with a goal in the 53rd minute. Seydou Doumbia – currently on loan at Sporting in Portugal from Roma – then struck twice in six minutes to give the Elephants the win.Both his goals were supplied by Gervinho, the first coming on 77 minutes when he lifted the ball over Gabon’s goalkeeper.His second, on 83 minutes, went in off the far post after a sweetly-struck strike.Gabon were without their talismanic forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was not available for this fixture.Ivory Coast have not lost in World Cup qualifying for 26 games – a run that has been going for 12 years. On Tuesday, the two teams will face each other again in Bouake.RUSSIA 2018 WCQ RESULTSZambia 3-1 AlgeriaGabon 0-3 Ivory CoastSenegal 0-0 Burkina FasoSpain 3-0 ItalyUkraine 2-0 TurkeyWales 1-0 AustriaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeManaging Director/CEO of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, Jordi Borrut Bel, has described the five-year partnership between the brewery giant and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as an opportunity to celebrate the true Nigerian spirit. Speaking at the weekend when NB Plc and the football federation sealed a five-year partnership worth N450million a year, Bel insisted that his company was inspired by patriotism and passion.“We are indeed delighted about this partnership between Nigerian Breweries Plc and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This relationship provides us an opportunity to celebrate the true Nigerian spirit that is fuelled by patriotism, passion and desire for victory, through the platform of Football,” observed Bel at the event which took at the Lagos brewery bar.The agreement makes Star Lager the ‘Official Alcoholic Drink of the Super Eagles’ while Amstel Malta is now the ‘Official Malt Drink of the NFF and the National Teams,’ including Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup-bound Super Eagles.President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, restated his position that NB Plc is “an organisation that has been a torch-bearer of excellence and corporate social responsibility for the several decades it has operated in Nigeria,” whilePinnick said: “There were other companies that were interested in these categories but once Nigerian Breweries landed, they landed with conviction, with panache and with finality.“We are happy to be involved with them, and I must praise Pamodzi Sports Marketing Chairman Mike Itemuagbor, as well as Mitchell Obi and Ejiro Omonode for the roles they played in actualising this wonderful relationship.“The NFF is delighted to be in this relationship, and we want to assure you that Nigerian football will meet your expectations all round,” pledged the NFF chief.With 10 former Nigeria captains watching and the crème de la crème of Nigerian football administration seated, it was no surprise when NB Plc’s Marketing Director, Franco Maria Maggi declared: “We are not thinking of five years for this partnership. We are thinking of eternity. It is a dream that we have nursed for a long time. It is the ideal thing for Nigerian Breweries to partner Nigerian Football. We are keen to win with Nigeria.”Pinnick, alongside NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme signed a Nigerian jersey which was handed over to Bel, while Bel, Maggi and NB Plc’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem signed another which was handed to Pinnick. The NFF later presented customised jerseys to NB Plc’s triumvirate. Former Nigeria captains Olusegun Odegbami, Henry Nwosu, Peter Rufai, Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Garba Lawal and Ann Chiejine, as well as award-winning former Super Falcons’ forward, Okunwa Igunbor witnessed the occasion. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Organisers of the forthcoming Africa Freestyle Football Championship, Feet and Tricks International, have unveiled the umpires for the first-ever African Championship.Already, Feet and Tricks International has assured participants, stakeholders and ardent followers of the sport, that the first ever Championship in Africa scheduled to take place between September 13th and15th at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos will be one to remember for a long time.At the weekend, three reputable judges were named for the competition billed to attract the best freestylers on the continent and beyond. They are Tobias Brandal Busaet from Norway, Gautier Fayolle from France and Szymon Maciej Skalski. They will be joined by Daniel Wood World, the Co-founder of World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), the umpire body, in addition to other members of the WFFA including Lukas Skoda, the Director of Operations.Busaet is one of the strongest lower body focused freestylers in the world. He was the Norwegian freestyle champion in 2014 and 2015 and emerged the European freestyle champion in 2015.He was also the Super ball world open runner up in 2014 and 2016.Jean-Marie André is the master of musicality and variety of tricks. When it comes to Freestyle Football routines, there is no one better around the whole world. He proves it being multiple world champion in Routine and Double routine categories.The French man won Super ball world open routine between 2012 and 2016.Skalski is one from the strongest battle freestylers raised from the strongest scene in Poland. Szymo is part of worldwide events for more than five years and every time he participated, he reached top positions. He emerged polish champion in 2016.Wood has worked in the past 10 years to advocate corporate social opportunity in sport. His work marries the corporate world with the community and this has been achieved with professional footballers, street footballers and social influencers, FIFA World Cups (South Africa and Brasil), UEFA Champions League, EA Games, Adidas, Bridgestone, Castrol and Red Bull to name a few. He believes in the power football to drive positive change in communities and has built a network spanning six continents of best practice in this field.All of these special guests are expected to arrive Lagos shortly.Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo, said the judges were picked based on their achievements over the years in the sport. “We are putting together this event to be world-class in every respect. It is the first ever in Africa, and we do not just want to get all aspects right, we intend to make this competition the greatest freestyle football competition globally”, Ozigbo assured.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgPopoola who was Secretary of the NOC for eight years thanked the Gumel led board members for their support during his time in office.While talking about his time in office, Popoola said he was leaving as a fulfilled man going by what he was able to achieve.“It was an interesting eight years in office and a very great moment of my life where I can boldly say I left my mark on the sand of time.“During my time, we went far in marketing and branding of NOC as an entity which I believe can be improved upon.”Speaking further, Popoola described the incoming Secretary General as an elder brother who stood by him during his tenure as he promised to always be around to contribute his quota to the development of sports and the Olympic family.The new Scribe, Oladapo stressed on the need to continue with the legacy of the Olympic movement while promising an all inclusive and innovative Secretariat.“2019 is a busy year for us on the international stage which will dovetail into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. All hands must be on deck to ensure that we ably represent Nigeria.“This is a selfless service to humanity as we continue to grow sports and reposition the NOC to a viable brand”, Oladapo remarked.He stressed that Popoola remained a relevant member of the family and will continue to contribute his quota where necessary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaYesterday marked the beginning of another era at the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) following the formal hand-over ceremony between outing Secretary General, Babatunde Popoola and the return of Mr Olabanji Oladapo back to the saddle.The short but significant ceremony took place at the conference room of the secretariat and was witnessed by the NOC President, Habu Gumel and top management staff.last_img read more

first_imgIn his remark, the Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Mr. Sola Fijabi explained that the partnership was shaped by shared values of authenticity and innovation, and a genuine belief in youth empowerment and development. “These values will drive the partnership to change the game beyond the pitch, pioneering new ways to push forward the university communities, teams, and development while also bringing students together at both local and national levels”.He went on further to emphasize the sponsorship as laudable and beneficial especially as it concerns the sustenance of the league.“HiFL is getting bigger and better. We sincerely appreciate Stanbic IBTC for demonstrating commitment in this regard. They have laid a good example for other companies in terms of fuelling their passion and supporting the aspirations of the Nigerian youth.“PACE and NUGA remain committed to partnerships that will ensure the sustainability of HiFL as one of the most veritable platforms for grassroots football development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole”, Fijabi enthused.The Higher Institutions Football league (HiFL) is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited (PSEM) in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The 2019 edition which is billed to start in June, will involve 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions.The teams will play over a period of 21 weeks in a return leg elimination format after the group stage to determine the finalists.The Super Four to determine the winners will hold at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. UAM Tillers from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi won the 2018 edition of the league after defeating the UNICAL Malabites from the University of Calabar 5-4 on penalties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni As preparations for 2019 edition of the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL) heat up, Stanbic IBTC and league organizers, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited have announced the signing of a five-year deal that will see Stanbic IBTC continue in its role as one of the marquee sponsors of HiFL.Speaking on the historic partnership, Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni, elaborated that the sponsorship is in tandem with the company’s determination to help grow and develop a vibrant and productive youth populace in Nigeria.Sanni further stated that “So far, we have been impressed with the organisation of the league. The inaugural edition in 2018 set a standard that we as an organisation are proud to be associated with. At Stanbic IBTC, one of our core objectives is to engage the youth through initiatives, which will contribute to talent-molding and character-building. We have committed in long term to this project because we sincerely believe that its course is aligned with our strategic vision”.last_img read more

first_imgAFROBASKET FALLOUTZenith Bank Plc on Tuesday put smiles on the faces of the victorious Nigeria Women basketball team, D’Tigress, after rewarding them with cash award during a brief reception organised for the team at the corporate headquarters of the organisation.In the past 15 years, Zenith Bank has been the official sponsors of the Women basketball League in the country and has been on the forefront of supporting the women national team. Speaking during the reception, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, expressed his excitement on the feat achieved by the girls.“I am extremely happy to receive the victorious and elegant queens with the trophy,” he said.“One is for you to be a champion, but another thing is to defend the title which you (D’Tigress) have done in grand style. You didn’t just do that, but you defeated your major rival at their bedroom to lift the trophy.“This result is a source of joy to us at Zenith Bank that all our investment in the last 15 years is not in vain. To appreciate your victory, we will send a token put into individual accounts including the players, the officials and the backroom staff.”While reacting to the reception and cash rewards given to the team, the Captain of the D’Tigress, Adaora Elonu, appreciated the bank for its support as she appealed for more supports towards the Olympic Games qualifiersIn his own words, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida, applauded the winning mentality of the team.He added: “What the players went through to win the trophy cannot be said with the words of mouth.“They played against a better prepared team which was the host, against over 20,000 Senegalese supporters who were rooting for their team to lift the title, but they came out unscathed.“The NBBF thank Zenith Bank for its support of over 15 years, and I am happy you promised to continue to support the federation and also decision to use your office to bring in more sponsors so as to develop basketball more from the grassroots.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgGroup Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu will lock horns today at the 2019 edition of NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament at Benin Club golf course, Benin City.Kyari alongside Shaibu and others guests are expected to perform the ceremonial tee-off at the tournament sponsored by NNPC and its subsidiaries by 10am, while actions continue later on between them to determine the best golfer. The presentation of prizes and closing ceremony is slated for evening.Speaking on today’s event, BCGS competition/handicap secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro remarked that dignitaries across the country and captains in the oil and gas industry, especially from the upstream sector will take part in the tournament. Dr Ighodaro, who won the 2018 edition of the tournament said: “The club on its part has done well in terms of organisation. The tournament is to drive home the NNPC dedication to sustainability of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the society at large. The NNPC coordinator of the tournament Dr Mohammed Zango said Kyari has accepted to personally do the ceremonial tee-off today at the club.  “Kyari is committed to encouraging healthy life style amongst NNPC staffs, strengthening NNPC- host community relationship, and fostering better business relationship amongst captains in the oil and gas industries, in line with his three point agenda of transparency, accountability and performance excellence (TAPE).“Golf is a game of life. This tournament is an opportunity for NNPC staff, guests and golfers to unwind from their busy schedules and participate fully in the event. It is to maximize the benefit of physical fitness.” The event teed-off yesterday with men’s handicap 19 – 28; veteran men and ladies, as well as super veteran men respectively, while arrival of guests and cocktail party was held last night. Today’s event is for men handicap 0-18 and ladies. Also, NNPC staff, special guests, and guests as well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more