Rohr: Too Early to Talk About Eagles Winning AFCON 2019

first_img“It’s too early to start talking about winning. We have a very young squad,” observed Rohr to BBC Sports yesterday.Super Eagles drew 1-1 with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Saturday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg after taking an early lead through an own-goal. The one point picked from the game was enough to qualify Nigeria to Cameroon 2019 on 10 points with the last game with Seychelles to spare.The feat was Rohr’s second for the three-time African champions. He had similarly qualified Nigeria for last summer’s World Cup in Russia with a game to spare.He praised the experience gained by the team at Russia 2018 as the motivating factor why Eagles are yet to be beaten in any competitive game after the Mundial.“We learned a lot at the World Cup (in Russia). After reaching the World Cup, this was our second target, we did it,” stressed Rohr who missed the absence of four key players in the ‘Battle of Jo’burg’ on Saturday afternoon.“Our plan was to play (South Africa) like a final. I’m happy for this young team because our four regular players were not here.“The second choice goalkeeper (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa had a good game. Everybody did well. If the striker Odion Ighalo was here maybe we would have scored more,” Rohr added.Inspirational Captain, John Mikel Obi, dependable midfield enforcer, Wilfred Ndidi, leading AFCON 2019 scorer for Nigeria, Ighalo and first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho were unavoidably absent from the trip to South Africa.However, Rohr who is not know to blame bad referee calls for whatever result handed to him by his ward, was adamant that Ahmed Musa’s disallowed goal was deserving one for Nigeria.“The goal scored by our captain Musa was a good goal and not offside. I think it was a wrong call by the officials,” Rohr insisted. “I don’t criticise the referee but maybe our captain was too fast technically for the linesman.”The Super Eagles won the Nations Cup in 1980, 1994 and 2013 – that last triumph coming after they missed the 2012 tournament. They failed to qualify for 2015 and 2017 editions respectively.Super Eagles have 10 points from five games at the top of the group, with South Africa in second on nine points, two ahead of Libya with one qualifying match remaining.The South Africans must now go to North Africa in March to face the Libyans and avoid defeat to seal a place at the Nations Cup finals in Cameroon starting in June 2019.Libya defeated Seychelles 8-1 in the other match in the pool earlier on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSuper Eagles Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has cautioned fans who are already dreaming of Nigeria winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) next year in Cameroon to exercise patience with the team.The former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso gaffer who is still savouring qualifying Nigeria for the African football showpiece after Eagles missed the last two editions, insisted he has a young squad yet that needs time to blend into a formidable force in the continent. Gernot Rohrlast_img read more

Nigeria’s U-19 Cricket Team One Match Away from World Cup

first_imgTeam Nigeria cricketers celebrates a wicket A win on Saturday for Nigeria against Sierra Leone will seal the fate of the ‘Junior Yellow Greens’ of Nigeria’s place at the 2020 Cricket World Cup.After returning unscathed for the fourth straight time against Tanzania yesterday with a huge 151 runs, the sole World Cup ticket is there for Nigeria to pick.Riding on its spectacular form at the qualifier, the Nigerian team has dispatched host Namibia, top-rated sides, Kenya and Uganda before dismissing Tanzania at the Wanderers Cricket ground in Windhoek yesterday. Tanzania had won the toss and elected to field first thereby sending in Nigeria to bat for the 4th consecutive time in this tournament. Elijah Olaleye and Runsewe Suleimon opened the bating with a comfortable display of 97 runs partnership in 30.1 overs before Suleimon fell for 43 runs off 89 balls. Danladi Isaac scored 31 runs of 40 balls as well.Elijah Olaleye, yet again produced a sublime display of bating prowess to hit 110 runs off 153 balls unbeaten in 50 overs.Nigeria recorded their highest batting total in the tournament thus far with 211 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 50 overs.In the second innings, the bowling attack of the junior yellow Greens was too strong for the Tanzania team to contain with wickets falling at intervals. Captain Sylvester Okpe topped the onslaught with 4 wickets for 19 runs in 8.2 overs with an economy of 2.28 with Peter Aho coming to the party with 3 wickets, 3 maidens and conceded 7 runs with an economy of 0.87, while left hand seamer, Mohammed Taiwo got with 2 wickets.Nigeria eventually restricted Tanzania to 60 runs all out in 27.2 oversOlaleye Elijah was named Man on the Match with his 110 runs.Nigeria won by 151 runs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

B’ville lacrosse survives C-NS; Liverpool falls to West Genesee

first_imgTwo previous encounters between B’ville and C-NS had proven lopsided in the Bees’ favor by a combined 36-12 margin, and the Northstars knew quite well it could not play at the quick tempo the Bees wanted.To that end, the first half turned into a showcase of hits and grit, not skill and speed. And that was just what C-NS asked for, the game tied 1-1 after one period before a brief scoring surge allowed B’ville to lead 4-1 at the break.The grinding pace continued deep into the second half, with the Bees unable to break away and the Northstars working hard to cut the margin to one, 5-4 while its defense, anchored by goalie Joe Bartolo, kept making big stops. Only with a pair of late goals did the Bees put things away, again with the likes of Austin Bolton and Spencer Wirtheim at the forefront while its own defense, led by Braden Lynch and Caleb Voorhees, made the stops they needed.Before all this, there was no. 2 seed West Genesee against no. 3 seed Liverpool. The Wildcats had won both times in the regular season, the first a 14-13 thriller at Mike Messere Field, the second a 13-9 decision at LHS Stadium one week before the playoff encounter.Those results suggested that the Warriors had the capability of making WG worry, but here that never proved the case as the Wildcats put together one of its best sustained stretches of the season, on both sides of the ball.WG’s defense smothered Liverpool throughout the first half and limited opportunities, while goalie Luke Staudt was earning most of his 10 saves.The Warriors resisted as much as it could, but fell behind 9-1 by the third quarter, only then finding a way to produce scoring opportunities, though the comeback fell short.For Liverpool, who finished its season 9-7, Cade Clouthier and Brandon Mancuso each scored twice, with Kyle Caves earning a goal and two assists. Ryan McGowan was held to a single goal as Liam O’Neil recorded 12 saves.For WG, Anthony Dattellas, with three goals and one assist, led the way, with Brad Cunningham and Alex Rosa each scoring twice. Jack Delaney had a goal and two assists, with Ryan Sheehan and Nick Louise each getting one goal and one assist.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Early in the fourth quarter of last Tuesday’s Section III Class A semifinal at Bragman Stadium, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team faced a crossroads it may not have counted on dealing with at this point in the post-season.The top-seeded Bees only led no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse by one in a game marked by long possessions, lots of physical play and a sense that the sectional championship favorites could face an untimely exit.But B’ville weathered all of these possible trials and, scoring twice in the late going, put away the Northstars 7-4 to set up a sectional title-game showdown with West Genesee, who turned back Liverpool 11-6 in the other semifinal.center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys lacrosseC-NSliverpoollast_img read more

Badgers face 2 undefeated squads in weekend doubleheader

first_imgAfter a strong start to it’s 2011 campaign, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team is looking to pick up a pair of wins this weekend at home against UC-Irvine and Memphis.Friday, the Badgers (2-1-0) face a talented squad in the UC-Irvine Anteaters (4-0-0), a team ranked No. 9 nationally that should give UW an idea of where it stands across the country. Wisconsin lost to UC-Irvine in another early season matchup last year, but the Badgers are hoping to take down a team that is to a dominant start this season.UC-Irvine will present a serious challenge to the UW defense, as it’s aggressive offense has already put up nine goals in four games.“I think for [UC] Irvine at least … they’re fast, they’re tricky, they look pretty good as a team overall,” junior defender Kyle McCrudden said. “I think we just need to defend well, hold our principals in the back and then just kind of keep the ball at times, hopefully get some goals off of that.”The Anteaters will also fire plenty of shots at the Badgers’ starting sophomore goalkeeper, Ciro Martinez, as they took an intimidating 44 shots in a win over Gonzaga earlier this month.Although Wisconsin is coming off a challenging ACC road trip during which it picked up an overtime victory over Virginia Tech but fell to Virginia, the coaching staff was pleased with it’s overall performance. Despite giving up four goals to the Cavaliers, the Badgers were able to get 20 shots off against a team currently ranked in the top 25.“There were a lot of positives in the Virginia game – unfortunately the scoreline didn’t go our way – but that’s why you want to play those top teams,” head coach John Trask said. “And there’s a reason Virginia won the national championship two years ago, and they’re a top-tier program and we learned some good lessons.”An experienced team led by midfielders and forwards in seniors Christian Hernandez and Miguel Ibarra, along with sophomore Enrique Cardenas, UC-Irvine has no shortage of offense. In addition to the extra burden its offense will place on the defense and goalkeeper, their aggressive style of play will also pose a tough mental challenge for the Badgers.Against such a potent corps of forwards, one defensive slip-up could have Wisconsin trying to fight its way back into the game.“We know they have a very strong front four, some very skillful guys, very crafty, intelligent on the ball,” senior midfielder/forward Josh Thiermann said. “Playing against guys like that, you always got to stay clicked in, mentally focused, prepared, because if you click off for just a second, they can do damage.”In what looks to be their more challenging contest of the weekend, the Badgers will be looking to gain momentum in what would be a big win over the highly-touted Anteaters.Wisconsin hoping strong defense enough to hold back undefeated MemphisAfter squaring off with UC-Irvine Friday, Wisconsin won’t have much time to catch its breath before it plays another undefeated, non-conference squad in the Memphis Tigers Sunday.Currently sitting at 3-0-0, the Conference-USA opponent will also be playing it’s second game of the weekend when it faces off with the Badgers. Like UC-Irvine, Memphis has not lacked offensive firepower this year, but Wisconsin’s coaching staff has been impressed by UW’s defensive play so far.“We’re not giving up a lot of quality chances; we’re playing well individually and collectively, defensively,” Trask said. “It’s one of the things that I think is important as we build the program. And we’re also showing that we can go forward and create [good opportunities].”While Wisconsin may be seeking it’s second consecutive win Sunday at the McClimon Complex, Memphis head coach Richie Grant might still be looking for win No. 111, a total that would make him the program’s all-time winningest coach.Although the Badgers are generally satisfied with their level of play so far this year, they still feel that they need to work on closing out games. In it’s first loss to Virginia last weekend, Wisconsin held a 1-0 lead at the half but then gave up four quick goals in the second half.“Guys really having that hunger to go to goal and just put that ball in the back of the net,” Thiermann said. “Because I felt like we had some key opportunities in our last two games where we could’ve put the game away.”In what looks to be be a tough doubleheader weekend for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, how the team fares in it’s two games this weekend could set the tone for the rest of its non-conference season. While the Badgers have looked solid so far, coming back from a tough road loss could be critical to their long-term success.last_img read more

First two quarter finals of All Ireland Football Championship today

first_imgKerry have come through the quarter-final stage 14 times in the 16 years since the introduction of the qualifiers, but it’s been four weeks since they were last in action.They were comfortable winners over Cork in the Munster final.Galway manager Kevin Walsh is well aware of the task facing them today.Then at 4pm it’s an all-Connacht affair as Roscommon take on Mayo.Mayo needed extra-time to see off Cork in last week’s qualifier, and they face a Roscommon side on a high after claiming their first provincial title in seven years.The two winners from today’s ties will meet in the semi-finals on August 20th. The first two quarter-finals in the All-Ireland Football Championship is the focus of attention today.The action gets underway at Croke Park at 2pm when Kerry’s All-Ireland credentials will be put on the line against Galway.The Tribesmen suffered a surprise defeat to Roscommon in the Connacht final, but responded in the perfect fashion with a huge win over Donegal in the qualifiers.last_img read more

2015 AYC U-20: Satellites spurred on by Ghana-Nigeria rivalry

first_imgBlack Satellites captain, Joseph Owusu Bempah says the ecstasy and pride associated with beating Nigeria at any level will spur his colleagues on when the two sides meet in the CAF Under 20 Championship on this evening.The two giants meet in a mouthwatering semi final clash to determine who plays in t Sunday’s finals and the Satellites captain is confident his team will upset the Flying Eagles.”Matches against Nigeria are very tough and special,” Bempah told www.ghanafa.org.”it’s a kind of match that can make a player and also endear you to fans back home in Ghana. It is also a history making match means so it means so much for us and we are determined to go all out and make history for us and our country Ghana.”The Satellites captain admitted the Flying Eagles are a very good side who appears to be many people’s form team following their unbeaten run in the group stage. But Bempah likened a Ghana versus Nigeria encounter to a Hearts and Kotoko matches, which he claimed knows no form guide.”They are a very good side but Ghana and Nigerian games are completely different. It’s like Hearts and Kotoko games – it knows no form guide. On paper the Nigerians appear to be the form  team for many going into this game because they haven’t lost a game so far in the tournament.  “But for us, that will not count. We know the Nigerians are a very good side but we are well aware of our objectives which is winning the ultimate. We can’t get to the ultimate without going past Nigeria so we will put in all our efforts to achieve our targets. “We are ready for the Nigerians. Our mentality is high and our physical conditioning is also high.”last_img read more

England’s girls retain Home Internationals

first_img10 Aug 2018 England’s girls retain Home Internationals Girls’ team:Charlotte Heath, 16, (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)Ebonie Lewis, 17, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire)Martha Lewis, 18, (St George’s Hill, Surrey)Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset)Hannah Screen, 18, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)Amelia Williamson, 18, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk)Caitlin Whitehead, 15, (Carus Green, Cumbria) Women’s team:Lianna Bailey, 21, (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire)Georgina Blackman, 22, (Chelmsford, Essex)India Clyburn, 21, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)Sammy Fuller, 19, (Roehampton, Surrey)Lily May Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex)Hollie Muse, 18, (West Lancashire, Lancashire)Nicola Slater 18, (Lindrick, Yorkshire)Full scores can be found hereImage courtesy The R&A/Getty Images Tags: Ballybunion, Girls, Home Internationals England beat Wales 5-4 in a tense title decider to successfully retain the Girls’ Home Internationals at Ballybunion, Ireland.The team’s standout player was Amelia Williamson of Royal Cromer, who had to pull out of last year’s championship with gastroenteritis, but returned this year to take six points from six games.England captain Janet Melville said: “It was a very tight match and the girls played brilliantly. I am delighted that we have retained the title. Amelia Williamson was outstanding in winning all her six matches.” This was England’s tenth win in 11 years.In the first two matches England halved with Ireland and beat Scotland 7-2. Wales meanwhile, had halved with Scotland and beaten Ireland 5.5-3.5.In today’s showdown England won the foursomes 2-1 and this proved decisive when the singles were shared 3-3.In the afternoon, Martha Lewis clinched her game on the 18th for a one hole win over Carys Worby and then Hannah Screen beat Darcey Harry by two holes. Williamson provided the third singles point with a 5&3 win over Ffion Vineall.Ffion Tynan, who had a 100% record from five matches, won the top game for Wales 3&1 against the previously unbeaten Caitlin Whitehead, while Lea-Anne Bramwell and Eleanor Willis, who won the final match against Mimi Rhodes at the 18th, added the other points.In the other match, Ireland beat Scotland 5½-3½ to finish in third place, just losing out on Wales on games won for the runner-up spot.In the women’s Home Internationals, Scotland beat Ireland 6-3 to win for the first time since 2010. England were runners-up, having lost to Ireland 5-4 on the first day, then beaten Scotland 5-4 and Wales 6½-2½.Team captain Elaine Ratcliffe commented: “It was so close. Scotland deserved to win and I am just delighted by the level of golf that everyone played all week.”last_img read more

Belmont horses breeze; I’ll Have Another gallops

first_imgNEW YORK (AP)—The horse with possibly the best chance to spoil I’ll Have Another’s bid for a Triple Crown posted a strong workout six days before the Belmont Stakes. Dullahan blazed four furlongs in 45.97 seconds Sunday morning at Belmont Park. A fast workout usually indicates a horse is in top shape.“He looked like he was galloping, and then we got back to the barn he recovered quickly,” said Romans, who won the 2011 Preakness with Shackleford. “He wasn’t blowing. I think he’s ready.”Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another went for his usual gallop, but first visited the paddock where he will be saddled before attempting to become the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years.Trainer Doug O’Neill says I’ll Have Another “continues his great energy and great stride, and I’m very happy with the way he looked today.”Dullahan finished third in the Derby, 1¾ lengths behind I’ll Have Another. He did not run in the Preakness.last_img read more

Bordalás: “This is historical”

first_imgPraise to the players: “The team does not wrinkle, it is always whole, it always shows its face. The boys have returned to give a demonstration of what it is to show their faces. A historical man like Ajax did not need to warm up the game. This is historical.”Historic moment: “I imagine that in a few hours we will be aware of what we have achieved. This will be for history before a team like Ajax. It has a lot of merit, it is incredible. I am super happy. It was the game that Getafe had the most fans out of . It has been fantastic. “First goal, key: “Starting scoring has been important. The team never lowered its arms. We had two sticks. If we scored a second goal it would have been different. It’s good for Getafe, for football and for the people.”Draw: “We are still a small team and we have to enjoy. We will try again because there are teams.”Final touch: “In the end they all went to protest to the fourth referee and I told them to stop protesting. In the end there were hot spirits and it’s anecdotal.”Then in the press room, Bordalás was more explicit:What has been the worst moment that has happened on such a happy night? Bad times almost none. We have been far superior to a team like Ajax. It has huge merit. All my recognition to this team. It has been a great match. A goal unfairly annulled, three clubs, other clear … And they both goals and little else. It has enormous merit and will be historic. Getafe has shown ambition and I am very happy.What happened in the action of the cards to the bench? You are always worried about an opponent with such an impressive level. I was calm because the team entered the game well. In that action I only say that during the week we had to endure many false and unfounded accusations about Getafe’s game. There we were superior and the atmosphere was hot from the initial beep. The team did not wrinkle and was superior. Nothing happened. They protested all the actions from minute one and I have recriminated it because there was a spirit of intimidation. Have you been impressed by the atmosphere of the Johan Cruyff Arena? From the beginning the fans were cheering and it was a boiler, but the team came out bold and we scored in five minutes. They tied us soon and it was complicated. The boys have made a fantastic tie. How do you stop the Ajax game? The team has done a fantastic job at the defensive and also offensive level although we lacked success. It is not easy because they are very well endowed technically. Even defending well is complicated because they dominate the spaces and know how to move. A difficult game was anticipated and so it was.What can you tell the two thousand blues who were in Amsterdam today?Thank them and congratulate them. They are encouraging all season and it is something historic. The time that more getafenses have attended a party in Europe. Thank them because they will be enjoying this great deed that will remain for the history of the club. What do you say to those who have criticized the Getafe game? People say nothing. You have heard falsehoods of this team that plays fantastic and I am very proud. He has been superior to an almighty one like Ajax and I can only congratulate them.Ten Hag: “It has been a big disappointment” How do you analyze the match? We have fought in an exceptional environment. It has not been enough and we were eliminated. We have to keep up. Has Getafe’s answer surprised you? I was not surprised at all because we saw them several times. We knew their style of play and we didn’t play well enough to eliminate them. What were the reasons for the elimination? In Europe it is very difficult to pass qualifiers and more if you make some mistakes. It has been a big disappointment and it’s a shame for the great atmosphere in the stadium. Analysis: “Go game, go eliminatory. We have had to endure a series of accusations all week, accusing us of false things. We have been able to prove that we had three clubs, an empty goal, another of Jorge who slipped … If that is a team who is accused of being defensive, I don’t know what football is. You have to congratulate the boys because they have made a fantastic tie. It has been incredible. “last_img read more

Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names It was nearly a decade ago when Slaughter’s University of Visayas beat Fajardo’s University of Cebu to win the Cesafi title.Fast forward to present day, Fajardo and Slaughter will meet for the championship again, this time in the grand stage of the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A lot has changed since. Slaughter is now one of the stars for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA while Fajardo is widely-considered as the most dominant player in the country today.Greg Slaughter (left) and June Mar Fajardo – league’s top centers – finally meet in the PBA Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“Time flies really fast. We’ve come a long way,” said Slaughter on Tuesday during the pre-finals press conference. “It’s really exciting to be squaring off in the PBA Finals.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nine years removed from that finals loss, Fajardo still remembers it like it was yesterday.“Natalo kami nung finals nung nasa Cebu kami. Sana this time, ako naman manalo,” Fajardo said.(I lost to him when we were in the finals in Cebu. Hopefully, I’ll win this time.)The 7-foot Slaughter was sidelined with an ankle injury when San Miguel dominated Ginebra in the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals in five games.With Slaughter healthy, all signs point to a long and grueling seven-game series beginning Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Ryan Lochte’s future? Even he isn’t sure what’s next View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter were still college rivals in Cebu the last time the two faced in each other in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more