Thursday, 28 April 2016
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.
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Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini to win Hamburg Open titleNadal, 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.
Completesportsnigeria.com 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.