Thursday, 28 April 2016

The former Super Eagles safe hands has extended his clean slate to fifteen following a brilliant outing against Angers on Wednesday evening
Vincent Enyeama was in superb form for Lille as they played a 0-0 draw with Angers in the French topflight at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

It was the former Maccabi Tel Aviv shot stopper's 35th appearance in the French league and he did not disappoint as he kept the visitors at bay by denying them opportunities to score on a night where Angers were desperate for victory.

Enyeama stopped Gilles Sunu's strike in the 10th minute before making another great save nine minutes later.

Mohamed Yattara's shot was heading to the goalkeeper's right only for the ball to ricochet off Marko Basa and send it to Enyeama's left – who brilliantly switched his weight back to make a breath-taking save.

Lille are sixth on the French log with 53 points from 35 games – a play which will earn them a ticket to next season’s Europa League competition.

The 33-year-old was nominated by the Professional Union of French Players (UNFP) for the best goalkeeper award in the French Ligue 1 is also among the top 10 goalkeepers in Europe for the 2015/16 season by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.
Lemadoro Israel Bankole with General MM Bunza Commandant Nigerian Military School, Zaria.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Puma Produces Balotelli-Inspired Mohawk-Themed Boots

You just can’t keep Super Mario out of the news at the minute, can you?
The Liverpool striker has Jose Enrique telling the media that the pair are being ‘frozen out’ by Brendan Rodgers, he’s been linked with every Italian club to ever kick a ball, he dons an outrageous earring in a Liverpool cameo and then he turns up Manchester City’s changing room?!
Phew, long breath.
Well anyway, in the latest typically Mario Balotelli thing to happen in the life of Mario Balotelli he’s gone and designed some football boots in collaboration with current sponsor Puma.
The Puma evoPOWER boots are only available in junior sizes, have Balotelli’s infamous slogan ‘why always me?’ on the side and something a little bit furry on the heel…
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ebola: Nigeria To Host Sierra Leone, CIV Clash

Nigeria will host the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier between defending champions Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.
This was made known by the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday.
The game which comes up on Sunday, September 6, will either hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos or the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Sierra Leone and Guinea have been barred from hosting matches since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus last year there.
But the NFF claim they have been cleared by health authorities to host the match in Nigeria.
“We are delighted to announce that we have received the go-ahead from the Federal Ministry of Health to host the match,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick said. “The Sierra Leoneans will come with a delegation of 32, made up of mostly overseas-based professionals, technical crew and officials of the SLFA, to be led by its president, Isha Johansen.
“We are happy about the go-ahead because, once more, our country has an opportunity to underscore its leadership role on the African continent, nay global sphere. The NFF has initiated discussions with the Lagos State Government and the Rivers State Government on preventive measures, such as keeping Sierra Leone’s small delegation in a special hotel where they can be monitored at all times.”
Pinnick stated further that the thought of hosting top Cote d’Ivoire stars most especially African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure, makes it worth the effort.
“We are talking of hosting the African champion team, with the likes of African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure and others, and this will certainly earn us commendation from CAF and FIFA.”

QPR-Bound Ikeme: I Doubted Eagles Call-Up

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has admitted that he thought someone was joking with him when he was informed of his first international call-up for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The 29-year-old will join up with the Super Eagles squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania next weekend in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Ikeme is reportedly attracting interest from Queens Park Rangers, who were relegated to the Championship from the Premier League last season.
Ikeme who pledged his allegiance to Nigeria years back will now challenge Super Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama for a place in the side.
“When the message and the phone call came I thought someone was winding me up to start with,” he told the BCC.
“I spoke to the coach and it started to make more sense and I realised it was none of my cousins winding me up or anything like that.”
Ikeme was surprisingly dropped for Wolves’ home game against Hull City on Sunday in favour of Emiliano Martinez after his error in the defeat against Blackburn.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini to win Hamburg Open title

Nadal, playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon, had already lost to Fognini twice on clay this year.
But he won a tight final that saw 12 breaks of serve to extend his run of having won a European clay-court tournament every year since 2004.
It is the 67th singles title of the 29-year-old's career and his third in Hamburg, where he last won in 2008.
"It was a very tough final, it is an important title for me" said Nadal, who suffered cramp as he tried to conduct a post-match interview on the court.
Nadal, who has suffered from injuries this season, had not competed since he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round qualifier.
The Spaniard squandered a 3-1 lead in the final set but saved two set points before finally defeating the eighth seed in two hours 34 minutes.
"It was a great match, many great points, many breaks, we fought hard," added Nadal, who now has 47 titles on clay and will move up to ninth in the world rankings on Monday.

D’Tigers Hit France For Pre-Nations Cup Tourney

The Nigerian national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, have departed for France to take part in an invitational tournament billed to hold between July 22 and 27, Sportsyan can report.
The team, according to officials of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, departed via Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday and will use the invitational tournament to prepare for the FIBA-African Championship scheduled to hold in Tunisia between 19 August and 30 August. was also informed that the team will be handled by the newly contracted American coach William Voigt, who has been mandated by the Nigeria Basketball Federation to win the African Championship.
Players on the trip include NBA stars Al Farouq Aminu and Ekpe Udoh who will be making his first appearance for Nigeria at the invitational tournament in France.
Alfarouq’s older brother Alade, Ike Diogu, Benjamin Uzoh, Stanley Okoye, Andy Ogide, Jamal Olasewere, Stanley Gumut , Deji Akindele, Micheal Umeh, Eric Oluwaseun, Obekpa Chris and Ofoegbu Ikechukwu with the likes of Edo Karachi, Akinlolu Akingbala, Ebie Jason, Elonu Chinemelu, Gbinije Micheal, Olaseni Lawal and Talib Zanna are also in the squad.
Also making a return to the team are Chamberlain Oguchi and Derrick Obasohan who were part of the London 2012 Olympics.
Meanwhile, the team will remain in France after the tournament to prepare for the Nations Cup and from there move to Tunisia on August 15 for the tournament proper.