Allardyce to take first training session as Palace boss

first_imgThe former England boss will lead the team in his first match in charge against Watford on Monday.Palace assistant manager Keith Millen says his record of never being relegated from the Premier League will be vital in their bid for top flight survival.last_img

Irish boss says Maguire is continuing to improve

first_imgSpeaking this morning O’Neill said they have no new injury concerns ahead of tomorrow evening’s friendly with Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium. Martin O’Neill says Sean Maguire is continuing to improve, after his move to Preston North End was confirmed earlier this morning.The Cork City striker will join the Championship side at the end of July after agreeing a three-year deal.O’Neill was watching on in the stands as Maguire hit a hat-trick in last night’s 3-0 win over Dundalk to help them move 18 points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more

Kilruane McDonaghs through to next round of County Championship

first_imgKilruane McDonaghs are through to the next round of the county senior hurling championship after they defeatedCarrick Swans 3-21 to 1-7 at Boherlahan.An early goal from Declan Barrett set the tone as the McDonaghs went in 1-12 to 1-9 ahead at the break.Cian Darcy fired home with an exquisite finish after the restart and Thomas Cleary added anothermidway through the half as the North team ran out 3-21 to 1-17 winners.last_img

Tipperary lose out to Cork in Ladies Minor clash

first_imgPhoto © Ladies Football Facebook Tipperary Ladies Minor Footballers suffered defeat at the hands of Cork in Bansha this afternoon.The Rebelettes clocked up a goal and 4 points within the opening six minutes and went on to lead 1-10 to 5 points at half time.Tipperary fought back and found the back of the opposition’s net early in the second half but failed to capitalise on a number of chances and it ended Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-06last_img

Osimhen Fires Hat-trick in Tune up Match

first_imgVictor Osimhen yesterday scored a hat-trick in Flying Eagles’ 5-0 defeat of Kano-based Dabo Babes FC 5-0 in yet another test match.The FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner was the man-of –the-match at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja as his first half hat –trick drew applause from an appreciable crowd that included Nigeria U-23 team Coach Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles captain Mutiu Adepoju, one-ime Super Eagles Assistant Coach Bitrus Bewarang and NFF assistant director (Technical) Siji Lagunju, also a former Nigeria international.Spectators were still exchanging pleasantries on arrival at the venue, when Wolfsburg striker Osimhen set the game alive with his first minute strike. That goal came in just 25 seconds of play.He added a second in the 25th minute after some good work from the flanks by Samuel Chukwueze.Chukwueze, bronze boot winner at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and who will be penning a deal with English Premier League side, Arsenal in the coming days also had his name on the scorers’ sheet, combining well with Osimhen to slot the ball beyond a bemused Dabo Babes goalkeeper for the third goal of the match.Just when it looked like the Flying Eagles needed a breather after some exhausting early minutes display, Victor Osimhen came up with the fourth goal in the 43rd minute to complete his hat trick and make it a comfortable lead before Chukwudi Agor completed the rout in the 47th minute, running onto a through pass from Orji Okonkwo to fire home a long range shot which drew applause from the spectators. In the second half, Flying Eagles gaffer Emmanuel Amuneke brought in some of the untested legs and rested his key men as he became conscious of the task ahead. The half produced little in form of excitement, as the Nigeria U-20 played safe to avoid unwanted injuries.The match was the second in a series of friendly games lined up by Coach Emmanuel Amuneke for his wards as they intensify preparation for next month’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture with Burundi.The process started with 30 players invited to the team’s Serob Legacy Hotel camp in Wuye. They were joined on arrival by over sixty other players at a routine screening exercise that lasted over two weeks after which the number was pruned down to 45, to allow the coaches concentrate more on individual abilities and group work.Head Coach Amuneke plans to play more friendly games against NPFL clubsides, with the hope that he can still identify some more league players within the age bracket to further fortify his team ahead of the first leg against Burundi on May 22 in Bujumbura.The winner of the two-legged tie will qualify for the final round of the U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying series in July this year.Eight teams will participate in the finals of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia next year, and it is from there that Africa’s four representatives to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic would emerge.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New Eagles Invitee Dumps Nigeria for Dutch Club

first_imgHowever, he has now told his club’s website he will not be flying out to Nigeria for the game because he wishes to concentrate on his club career after chalking up a good run in the first team.“I see it as a great honour that I am noticed in my homeland,” Ebuehi told his club’s website.“But at this moment ADO Den Haag require my full attention especially now that I have settled into the main team. Therefore it does not seem the right time to travel to Nigeria for the match.“I want to focus completely on the club, but I certainly do not rule out that I could take up another call-up.”This season, he has made six appearances in the league for his club and scored a goal.Last year, he made a total of 14 appearances in the league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s new Super Eagles invitee, Tyronne Ebuehi, has ruled himself out of next week’s World Cup qualifier against Algeria, insisting he prefers to focus on his Dutch club ADO Den Haag.Ebuehi is a 20-year-old right fullback and has been given a first-ever call-up by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr for the November 12 clash with Algeria in Uyo.last_img read more

Iheanacho Makes Premier League History

first_imgKelechi Iheanacho’s second half strike for Manchester City in the 3-0 win over Hull City in a Premier League game on December 26 was significant for many reasons.First, it gave City the needed momentum and ‘breathing space’ to finally overpower a plucky Hull City side that looked more than capable of coming back into the game.More poignantly, from a statistician’s perspective, it meant Iheanacho has now achieved what no one has ever done in Premier League history. According to, that goal at the KCOM Stadium makes the Super Eagles attacker the player with the best goals-to-minutes ratio of any other in the League’s history.Iheanacho is now the most prolific footballer in Premier League history.The former Golden Eaglet is now scoring a goal every 96 minutes in the Premier League – the best goal ratio for any player with 10 or more in the league’s history.His accomplishment means he dwarfs stellar and storied names like Sergio Aguero, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and other greats who currently grace or have made their marks in the league in years gone by.In comparison to Iheanacho, fellow City striker Aguero has scored his 112 Premier League goals at a rate of one every 107 minutes and former Arsenal ace, Henry scored his 175 Premier League goals at a rate of one per 122 minutes.Iheanacho’s 12th goal for Man City came from just his 19th shot in 38 league appearances – and is all the more impressive considering the Nigerian only made his top-flight debut last season under Manuel Pellegrini.While some may be surprised to see Iheanacho at the top of such a prestigious list, the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola is not exactly gobsmacked as he noted in his press conference shortly after the win against Hull that the Nigerian youngster has an innate talent to notch up goals.“He has this quality to score goals,” Guardiola simply said of his Nigerian charge.Many say Iheanacho has not really been given a fair chance to stake a claim as City’s number one striker but he continues to underline his potential with the premium opportunities he gets.MOST PROLIFIC EPL GOALSCORERSKelechi Iheanacho (12 goals; 96 minutes per goal)Sergio Aguero (112 goals; 107 minutes per goal)Thierry Henry (175 goals; 122 minutes per goal)Adam Le Fonfre (12 goals; 124 minutes per goal)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (12 goals; 128 minutes per goal)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

EUROPA: Nervy Man Utd Survives Celta Vigo to Book Ajax Final

first_imgBut Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl as the hosts joined Ajax in the final.But they could only celebrate after Celta striker John Guidetti scuffed a golden chance to put the visitors through to their first major European final with the final kick of the game.The aggregate victory took the Red Devils a step closer to their first Europa League triumph and a return to the Champions League.United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.The hosts looked nervy as Celta made an attacking start, before Fellaini settled the tension by converting the hosts’ first effort on target.The Belgium midfielder sneaked in at the far post to powerfully head in Rashford’s clipped right-wing cross.Jose Mourinho’s side created few other chances as they aimed to frustrate the visitors, who now needed at least two goals, with an organised and largely defensive approach.Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Fellaini all drew saves from Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez after the break, it was a functional – not flashy – performance from United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United survived a nervy last few minutes to reach their first Europa League final last night after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo. Jose Mourinho’s team went through 2-1 on aggregate following last week’s 1-0 win in northern Spain.The former English Premiership champions are to meet Dutch giants Ajax who lost 3-1 away to Lyon last night yet qualified based on their first leg 4-1 victory in Amsterdam that saw them through 5-4 on aggregate. The final is scheduled to hold on May 24 in Stockholm.Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.last_img read more

VGC Basketball Championship to Dunk off July 15

first_imgThe event is supported by; SPAR, Fine Gentlemen’s Shoes and Efficacy Construction Company. He also thanked the EXCOs of VGC led by Segun Ladega and the management team led by Vaughan Edwards for their continued support for the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2nd edition of the VGC Basketball Championship has been slated to dunk off from July 15th through August 6th, 2017 at the Estate’s court in Victoria Garden City, Lagos.Host of the event, Siji Sowonola, said at the weekend that this year’s tournament would surpass the successes recorded in the maiden edition in all ramification.This time five teams would be competing over four-week period to determine this year’s winner.A successful draft for team selection was held on Saturday,June 24 led by the captains of the teams involved in the championship. They include; Dipo Adediran, Peter Adebayo, Efa Owizo, Siji Sowonola and John Itsukwi.The Commissioner of the championship, Gerald Solomon, has asked players participating in the competition to make the event a fun-filled and interesting one in the spirit of respect, brotherly-love and friendship.last_img read more

Golf: Hinton Leads International Pros to Ibadan Mesiogo Open

first_imgTHISDAY checks revealed that the Englishman opted to play the Ibadan Mesiogo Open for a feel as well as aim for a share of the N10 million prize money at stake.Peter Gustafson will lead two other Swedish golfers to the event, while Ebele Mvondo, Issa Nlareb and three other golfers will fly the flag of Cameroon.Ghana will parade six players, led by Emos Korblah, David Doe and Vincent Torgah, while Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia and Cote D’ Ivoire will feature three players apiece.Two players will vie from Gabon, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea while The Gambia and Senegal will produce one player each.Two female professional golfers: Uloma Mbuko (Nigeria) and Anna Magnusson (Sweden) will complete the international roster.The Nigerian contingent is to be led by J. S. Odegha who won the Kwara State Open early this year. Other notable aspirants include Mike Ubi, Daniel Pam, Sunday Olapade, Andrew Dominic and Lateef Lasisi.The organising committee will also hold the IMEGA Awards to honour eminent Nigerians and leading sportsmen. The awards hold at the University of Ibadan International Conference Centre on October 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaEnglishman Craig Hinton will lead a bunch of 34 seasoned foreign professional golfers to the maiden Ibadan Mesiogo Open Golf Championship scheduled to tee off next week.The tournament, billed for Ibadan Golf Club, from October 4 through 8 is one of the international qualifying tournaments preceding the 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea between December 13 and 16.Seventy Nigerian professional players will contest for honour at the 72-hole competition.Hinton won the Equatorial Guinea Open Championship last year.last_img read more