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Daily Trust President Buhari Golf Cup Tournament final gets June date After a successful qualifying round of the Daily Trust President Buhari Golf Cup Tournament across the regions of the country, the stage is now set for the finals that would involve close to 150 professionals and the 120 amateurs that qualified from the regional zones. The new date is in the month of June. Picking June for the final is symbolical. This is the period the Muslim fasting must have been over and truly this is the period President Buhari believes he could attend a tourney in his honour in person. What is certain is President Buhari will, in person, perform the Teeing off ceremony. This must be the climax of the event. And yes, this could be the same reason the two pillars supporting golf in Nigeria, the Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong and the precious man who sits atop Pinnacle Communications, are presently the rallying point that would ensure the total success of the Pro-Am event come the month of June. Lalong who just saw through a national golf tourney that involved youths in the country made it emphatically clear that he would want to see all governors and ministers who play golf to be part of this final event. “I must congratulate the Daily Trust for moving around the regions of the country to bring the President Cup to the doorsteps of all Nigerians”, Lalong commented. “This is a big task and this is reason I personally want the final round to be an extra ordinary event. We are talking of our President hear and I see no reason why we should not cover him in glory on that day”. Sir Lucky Omoluwa, a prominent member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja is indeed pleased that the final game of the President Cup would happen at the IBB Club. Omoluwa reasoned that the coming of the President to the IBB Club would impact positively on the great profile of the Club. “I am so happy the final is coming here”, Omoluwa said. “In fact, IBB Club is the place for a huge tourney like this one. I mean if you put on ground something so huge in the honour of the President, it becomes sure that the President will attend in person, especially when it is happening in Abuja. I was in Kaduna to tee off the semi-final of this event and I was thrilled when I met over 200 golfers turning up to play. Just imagine what would happen in Abuja. It must be a carnival. I am looking forward to it”. The post Daily Trust President Buhari Golf Cup Tournament final gets June date appeared first on Daily Trust.

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After a successful qualifying round of the Daily Trust President Buhari Golf Cup Tournament across the regions of the country, the stage is now set for the finals that would involve close to 150 professionals and the 120 amateurs that qualified from the regional zones.

The new date is in the month of June. Picking June for the final is symbolical. This is the period the Muslim fasting must have been over and truly this is the period President Buhari believes he could attend a tourney in his honour in person. What is certain is President Buhari will, in person, perform the Teeing off ceremony. This must be the climax of the event.

And yes, this could be the same reason the two pillars supporting golf in Nigeria, the Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong and the precious man who sits atop Pinnacle Communications, are presently the rallying point that would ensure the total success of the Pro-Am event come the month of June.

Lalong who just saw through a national golf tourney that involved youths in the country made it emphatically clear that he would want to see all governors and ministers who play golf to be part of this final event.

“I must congratulate the Daily Trust for moving around the regions of the country to bring the President Cup to the doorsteps of all Nigerians”, Lalong commented. “This is a big task and this is reason I personally want the final round to be an extra ordinary event. We are talking of our President hear and I see no reason why we should not cover him in glory on that day”.

Sir Lucky Omoluwa, a prominent member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja is indeed pleased that the final game of the President Cup would happen at the IBB Club. Omoluwa reasoned that the coming of the President to the IBB Club would impact positively on the great profile of the Club.

“I am so happy the final is coming here”, Omoluwa said. “In fact, IBB Club is the place for a huge tourney like this one. I mean if you put on ground something so huge in the honour of the President, it becomes sure that the President will attend in person, especially when it is happening in Abuja. I was in Kaduna to tee off the semi-final of this event and I was thrilled when I met over 200 golfers turning up to play. Just imagine what would happen in Abuja. It must be a carnival. I am looking forward to it”.

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Hard lessons every pro golfer must learn Climbing the steps is usually horrendous. But that is the price you pay when you are starting from the bottom. It’s like this with many professional golfers in Nigeria and the heat from below is just enveloping about everyone. The truth is every pro is now very much prepared to play for dough but the irony here is that there is no money to play for since golf sponsorships are no longer in sight. Check out the names on the pro cadre, and they all read like a cross section of a mafia index. But it is one name you get to see every time, that of Ochei Odoh. The reason is clear enough. This guy, Ochei, has a way of punching holes in the psyche of his fellow pros. Every time, he beats them up like a drum. Very soon, he could be playing them blindfolded. Still, the guy is a baby… so small you can put him in your pocket. But there are several other pros within his age bracket. But the huge difference has to do with character. While Ochei analyses his swings every minute, his fellow ‘baby’ pros will be busy looking for a Tiger Wood red shirt. But why wear a Tiger Wood shirt when your swings could as well go for that of a weekend hacker? Talk of products of an exhausted mind, and you are just getting to know Nigerian pros. But nothing out of the ordinary is showing there could be help soon. What we are saying is that there is nothing challenging in the Pro game. It must Ochei winning, even if he finishes a tourney with an over score. And if its in that joke they call West African Golf Tour, it must be that gentle soul from Ghana, Torgah, that will be taking all the Pros to the cleaners… yes, without dropping any sweat. Look at the PGA of America, all you can see is a crowd of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and even Garcia could not wait a second for Tiger Woods to lose form before they all swooped on the stage to sweep him away. Those are true Pros who believe in ethics and hard work. Not like clueless Pros we have here. But the whole thing borders around solid leadership. The Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria {PGAN} lacks leadership. When you have an over 70 years as a leader of what should have been a virile association, all you can see are members who will permanently be on slumber. As you are reading this, PGAN is preparing for another Qualifying Schools where more Pros will be added to the already choked ones. For what reason: No other reason than the newly recruited ones will join those who are already on breadline. Is this not disgusting? Well, this is Nigeria where people will wait for the roof to cave in before asking for help. But at this point we must offer unsolicited help. At once, the PGAN should stop anything about the Qualifying School. Then this moribund body should make it read like a sin for any playing member coming on board of its executive committee. Then this body, as a matter of urgency, must reach out to professionals, not in golf, who must handle its marketing and publicity. Who knows? If this body can imbibe, may be it could resurrect from the dead. Like we all saw during Easter, Our Christ resurrected. And just recently, the phenomenon, Tiger Woods came from the dead to win another Green jacket at the Masters.       The post Hard lessons every pro golfer must learn appeared first on Daily Trust.

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Climbing the steps is usually horrendous. But that is the price you pay when you are starting from the bottom. It’s like this with many professional golfers in Nigeria and the heat from below is just enveloping about everyone. The truth is every pro is now very much prepared to play for dough but the irony here is that there is no money to play for since golf sponsorships are no longer in sight.

Check out the names on the pro cadre, and they all read like a cross section of a mafia index. But it is one name you get to see every time, that of Ochei Odoh. The reason is clear enough. This guy, Ochei, has a way of punching holes in the psyche of his fellow pros. Every time, he beats them up like a drum. Very soon, he could be playing them blindfolded. Still, the guy is a baby… so small you can put him in your pocket. But there are several other pros within his age bracket. But the huge difference has to do with character.

While Ochei analyses his swings every minute, his fellow ‘baby’ pros will be busy looking for a Tiger Wood red shirt. But why wear a Tiger Wood shirt when your swings could as well go for that of a weekend hacker? Talk of products of an exhausted mind, and you are just getting to know Nigerian pros. But nothing out of the ordinary is showing there could be help soon. What we are saying is that there is nothing challenging in the Pro game. It must Ochei winning, even if he finishes a tourney with an over score. And if its in that joke they call West African Golf Tour, it must be that gentle soul from Ghana, Torgah, that will be taking all the Pros to the cleaners… yes, without dropping any sweat. Look at the PGA of America, all you can see is a crowd of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and even Garcia could not wait a second for Tiger Woods to lose form before they all swooped on the stage to sweep him away. Those are true Pros who believe in ethics and hard work. Not like clueless Pros we have here. But the whole thing borders around solid leadership. The Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria {PGAN} lacks leadership. When you have an over 70 years as a leader of what should have been a virile association, all you can see are members who will permanently be on slumber.

As you are reading this, PGAN is preparing for another Qualifying Schools where more Pros will be added to the already choked ones. For what reason: No other reason than the newly recruited ones will join those who are already on breadline. Is this not disgusting?

Well, this is Nigeria where people will wait for the roof to cave in before asking for help. But at this point we must offer unsolicited help.

At once, the PGAN should stop anything about the Qualifying School. Then this moribund body should make it read like a sin for any playing member coming on board of its executive committee. Then this body, as a matter of urgency, must reach out to professionals, not in golf, who must handle its marketing and publicity. Who knows? If this body can imbibe, may be it could resurrect from the dead. Like we all saw during Easter, Our Christ resurrected. And just recently, the phenomenon, Tiger Woods came from the dead to win another Green jacket at the Masters.

 

 

 

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Day vows to bring different mindset to Presidents Cup A former world number one Jason Day is determined to bring a more positive mindset to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne this year after struggling to produce his best for the Internationals team in four consecutive losses to the United States. The Australian has reaped only seven points from his 20 matches in the biennial team tournament and is still bothered by his 2015 performance in South Korea where he claimed only a half-point as the Internationals were piped 15.5 – 14.5. In line to qualify for his fifth Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December, Day said he needed to “pick up the slack” as a now senior member of a team looking to break a seven-tournament losing streak. “I’m the first one to put my hand up in regards to that because unfortunately, it has to start at the top, and I’ve made mistakes with regards to not mentally being there,” he told reporters at the Zurich Classic. “You can obviously see my results in Korea and I wasn’t mentally there unfortunately with regards to being there for the team when I needed, performing for the team. “That was one Presidents Cup that we had a very good opportunity to win, and sometimes you have to look at leadership and ask the questions why, and for me, I made the mistake and I need to understand we’ve got 11 other guys on the team that are trying just as hard or trying even harder than myself, so I’ve got to pick the slack up, too.”   The post Day vows to bring different mindset to Presidents Cup appeared first on Daily Trust.

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A former world number one Jason Day is determined to bring a more positive mindset to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne this year after struggling to produce his best for the Internationals team in four consecutive losses to the United States.

The Australian has reaped only seven points from his 20 matches in the biennial team tournament and is still bothered by his 2015 performance in South Korea where he claimed only a half-point as the Internationals were piped 15.5 – 14.5.

In line to qualify for his fifth Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December, Day said he needed to “pick up the slack” as a now senior member of a team looking to break a seven-tournament losing streak.

“I’m the first one to put my hand up in regards to that because unfortunately, it has to start at the top, and I’ve made mistakes with regards to not mentally being there,” he told reporters at the Zurich Classic.

“You can obviously see my results in Korea and I wasn’t mentally there unfortunately with regards to being there for the team when I needed, performing for the team.

“That was one Presidents Cup that we had a very good opportunity to win, and sometimes you have to look at leadership and ask the questions why, and for me, I made the mistake and I need to understand we’ve got 11 other guys on the team that are trying just as hard or trying even harder than myself, so I’ve got to pick the slack up, too.”

 

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Dennerby dreams exciting World Cup showdown against France Super Falcons Coach Thomas Dennerby wants Nigeria to improve on their defensive and attacking play to challenge the best teams at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Super Falcons will make their eighth appearance at the global showpiece in France this summer where they will be aiming to go beyond the quarter-final stage this term. The 59-year-old, who led Sweden to a third-place finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, believes the African queens have a bright chance to excel in France. “We definitely need to work on our attacking play,” Dennerby told Fifa.com. “It’s one thing to score four times against Slovakia and three times against Thailand, but when you go to a World Cup where we will play against Norway, Korea Republic and France, it will be a totally new challenge for the players. “We need to work on creating chances against the best teams. We need to work on our build-up play and trying to give the players more confidence on the ball. They really want to do the best and do the right thing. “I’m not saying they don’t do that in Europe, but in Nigeria, they’re more extreme. It’s good in many ways, but also very heavy on their shoulders because they want to be so loyal. “They need to feel free, that they can make mistakes. They will get a smile from the coach anyway. We have a really tough group, no doubt about it. I think we have a really good chance to have a good game against Norway and also against South Korea. “And hopefully, if I can dream a little, three or four points when we come to the final match against France so that we can have that feeling of: ‘Wow this is a once-in-a-lifetime game against the host nation.’ If I were still a player, it would be the game of my life.” The Super Falcons have played eight matches in 2019 as part of their preparations for the World Cup with four wins and four defeats, scoring 19 goals and conceding 12 times in the process. The Swede has refused to be disappointed in his side’s poor defensive showing as he feels pleased with the experience gained from the friendlies. “First of all, I was very happy that we had this opportunity. Playing at a tournament like this is extremely important for a team like the Super Falcons,” he continued. “We played against teams that are ranked a bit higher. That gave us a lot of experience. We were a bit unlucky in the first game [against Austria] and we can almost forget about it. “We got a red card just after six minutes, but actually, we did well in the first half. But when you play with only 10 players for such a long time then you start to get tired. “If you look at the games after that, we played really well against Slovakia in the first half, but we lost a bit of concentration in the second. There were three penalties in the last 20 minutes, but we won 4-3. Our attacking play in that game was good.” The post Dennerby dreams exciting World Cup showdown against France appeared first on Daily Trust.

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Super Falcons Coach Thomas Dennerby wants Nigeria to improve on their defensive and attacking play to challenge the best teams at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Super Falcons will make their eighth appearance at the global showpiece in France this summer where they will be aiming to go beyond the quarter-final stage this term.

The 59-year-old, who led Sweden to a third-place finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, believes the African queens have a bright chance to excel in France.

“We definitely need to work on our attacking play,” Dennerby told Fifa.com.

“It’s one thing to score four times against Slovakia and three times against Thailand, but when you go to a World Cup where we will play against Norway, Korea Republic and France, it will be a totally new challenge for the players.

“We need to work on creating chances against the best teams. We need to work on our build-up play and trying to give the players more confidence on the ball. They really want to do the best and do the right thing.

“I’m not saying they don’t do that in Europe, but in Nigeria, they’re more extreme. It’s good in many ways, but also very heavy on their shoulders because they want to be so loyal.

“They need to feel free, that they can make mistakes. They will get a smile from the coach anyway. We have a really tough group, no doubt about it. I think we have a really good chance to have a good game against Norway and also against South Korea.

“And hopefully, if I can dream a little, three or four points when we come to the final match against France so that we can have that feeling of: ‘Wow this is a once-in-a-lifetime game against the host nation.’ If I were still a player, it would be the game of my life.”

The Super Falcons have played eight matches in 2019 as part of their preparations for the World Cup with four wins and four defeats, scoring 19 goals and conceding 12 times in the process.

The Swede has refused to be disappointed in his side’s poor defensive showing as he feels pleased with the experience gained from the friendlies.

“First of all, I was very happy that we had this opportunity. Playing at a tournament like this is extremely important for a team like the Super Falcons,” he continued.

“We played against teams that are ranked a bit higher. That gave us a lot of experience. We were a bit unlucky in the first game [against Austria] and we can almost forget about it.

“We got a red card just after six minutes, but actually, we did well in the first half. But when you play with only 10 players for such a long time then you start to get tired.

“If you look at the games after that, we played really well against Slovakia in the first half, but we lost a bit of concentration in the second. There were three penalties in the last 20 minutes, but we won 4-3. Our attacking play in that game was good.”

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Imeh, Sylvester fail GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 first round hurdles For the umpteenth time Nigerian players Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel failed to rise to the occasion at the ongoing GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 in Abuja. While Imeh succumbed 7-5, 1-0 to Swede Simon Yitbarek, Emmanuel crashed 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Jaimee Floyd Angele of France as the first round of matches in the GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 were concluded yesterday. Imeh, who is Nigeria’s highest ranked player in the tournament, was stretched by his Scandinavia opponent in a closely-contested first set which forced the former NTF No 1 ranked player to quit in early in the second set. After losing the opening set in 24 minutes, Sylvester, 21, fought hard in the second set but lost the European. Of the 13 singles matches played yesterday, all the seeded players clinched their places in the second round of the $25,000 Tennis World Tour event. Prime seed Sadio Doumbia of France puts behind his shock first round exit at the Dayak Open which came after his triumph at the Tombim Open Nigeria Futures 1, as he breezed past Indian Kunal Anand 6-4, 6-1, while another Frenchman Tom Jomby, the Dayak winner, saw off another Indian Suraj Prabodh. Fifth seed Brit Jack Draper crushed Maxime Mora of France 6-0, 6-0, while Brazil’s sixth seed Joao Sorgi outplayed Serbia’s Boris Butulija 6-4, 6-3. Dutch seventh seed Neils Lootsma as well as eighth-seeded Ukrainian Danylo Kalenichenko also advanced with 6-4, 7-5 and 6-1,6-0 wins over Arvid Nordquist of Sweden and Vijay Prashanti of India respectively. Namibian Tukhula Jacobs also progressed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Czech Dominic Palan. The post Imeh, Sylvester fail GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 first round hurdles appeared first on Daily Trust.

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For the umpteenth time Nigerian players Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel failed to rise to the occasion at the ongoing GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 in Abuja.

While Imeh succumbed 7-5, 1-0 to Swede Simon Yitbarek, Emmanuel crashed 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Jaimee Floyd Angele of France as the first round of matches in the GSL Open Nigeria Futures 3 were concluded yesterday.

Imeh, who is Nigeria’s highest ranked player in the tournament, was stretched by his Scandinavia opponent in a closely-contested first set which forced the former NTF No 1 ranked player to quit in early in the second set.

After losing the opening set in 24 minutes, Sylvester, 21, fought hard in the second set but lost the European.

Of the 13 singles matches played yesterday, all the seeded players clinched their places in the second round of the $25,000 Tennis World Tour event.

Prime seed Sadio Doumbia of France puts behind his shock first round exit at the Dayak Open which came after his triumph at the Tombim Open Nigeria Futures 1, as he breezed past Indian Kunal Anand 6-4, 6-1, while another Frenchman Tom Jomby, the Dayak winner, saw off another Indian Suraj Prabodh.

Fifth seed Brit Jack Draper crushed Maxime Mora of France 6-0, 6-0, while Brazil’s sixth seed Joao Sorgi outplayed Serbia’s Boris Butulija 6-4, 6-3. Dutch seventh seed Neils Lootsma as well as eighth-seeded Ukrainian Danylo Kalenichenko also advanced with 6-4, 7-5 and 6-1,6-0 wins over Arvid Nordquist of Sweden and Vijay Prashanti of India respectively.

Namibian Tukhula Jacobs also progressed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Czech Dominic Palan.

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Eaglets lose to Guinea in U-17 AFCON semi-finals Nigeria’s national under-17 male football team on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam lost 9-10 after penalty kicks to their Guinean counterparts in a pulsating semi-final match at the Africa Under-17 Nations Cup. In the competition’s first semi-final match played at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, both sides drew goalless after 90 minutes of intense action. While the Guineans bagged five yellow cards as against one by their Nigerian opponents during the game, they still dominated proceedings with more shots at goal. They had 24 shots, as against 16 by Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, with four on target and one by Nigeria on target. The Guineans who finished runners-up from the first round’s Group B were in control with more and better passes, and had more time in their opponents final third. But both sides failed to score any goal for the game to go on to penalty kicks directly. Both sides scored their first five kicks each for an advance into the sudden death shots. It continued as a ding-dong affair, with both sides scoring, until the Golden Eaglets’ Ogaga Oduko missed the fifth (and 10th) kick. The Eaglets will now face the losers of the second semi-final game between Cameroon and Angola in Saturday’s third-place match. Cameroon and Angola, Group B winners and Group A runners-up respectively, met in the other semi-final later on Wednesday. Guinea will now go on to face the winners of the Cameroon/Angola fixture in the competition’s final match on Sunday. (NAN) The post Eaglets lose to Guinea in U-17 AFCON semi-finals appeared first on Daily Trust.

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Nigeria’s national under-17 male football team on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam lost 9-10 after penalty kicks to their Guinean counterparts in a pulsating semi-final match at the Africa Under-17 Nations Cup.

In the competition’s first semi-final match played at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, both sides drew goalless after 90 minutes of intense action.

While the Guineans bagged five yellow cards as against one by their Nigerian opponents during the game, they still dominated proceedings with more shots at goal.

They had 24 shots, as against 16 by Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, with four on target and one by Nigeria on target.

The Guineans who finished runners-up from the first round’s Group B were in control with more and better passes, and had more time in their opponents final third.

But both sides failed to score any goal for the game to go on to penalty kicks directly.

Both sides scored their first five kicks each for an advance into the sudden death shots.

It continued as a ding-dong affair, with both sides scoring, until the Golden Eaglets’ Ogaga Oduko missed the fifth (and 10th) kick.

The Eaglets will now face the losers of the second semi-final game between Cameroon and Angola in Saturday’s third-place match.

Cameroon and Angola, Group B winners and Group A runners-up respectively, met in the other semi-final later on Wednesday.

Guinea will now go on to face the winners of the Cameroon/Angola fixture in the competition’s final match on Sunday. (NAN)

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Zidane targets La Liga title next season Zinedine Zidane said yesterday that La Liga will be Real Madrid’s top priority next season after they were mathematically ruled out of the title race with five games left. Barcelona’s victory over Alaves confirmed that Madrid cannot be crowned champions given they sit 16 points behind the Catalans with only 15 still to play for. Despite incredible success in the Champions League, it means Madrid have now won the Spanish title only once in seven years while Barca are on the cusp of securing their fourth in the last five, and eighth in 11. “For us next year, the league must be our No 1 priority,” Zidane said. “It’s the longest competition, it’s the one that cannot be missed and I’m going to put that in the heads of my players. “It will be our bread and butter for sure, without devaluing the rest, because we try to fight on all fronts at this club, but our bread and butter will be La Liga.” Barcelona’s 26th league title will be confirmed on Wednesday night if Atletico Madrid are beaten at home to Valencia. If Atletico avoid defeat, Barca can wrap it up with a win at home to Levante on Saturday. “We have 33 titles,” Zidane said. “Barca are doing well, I will admit when a rival is doing well, but in history, Real Madrid has more league titles. “But they have been doing better lately and we need to change the dynamic.” The post Zidane targets La Liga title next season appeared first on Daily Trust.

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Zinedine Zidane said yesterday that La Liga will be Real Madrid’s top priority next season after they were mathematically ruled out of the title race with five games left.

Barcelona’s victory over Alaves confirmed that Madrid cannot be crowned champions given they sit 16 points behind the Catalans with only 15 still to play for.

Despite incredible success in the Champions League, it means Madrid have now won the Spanish title only once in seven years while Barca are on the cusp of securing their fourth in the last five, and eighth in 11.

“For us next year, the league must be our No 1 priority,” Zidane said.

“It’s the longest competition, it’s the one that cannot be missed and I’m going to put that in the heads of my players.

“It will be our bread and butter for sure, without devaluing the rest, because we try to fight on all fronts at this club, but our bread and butter will be La Liga.”

Barcelona’s 26th league title will be confirmed on Wednesday night if Atletico Madrid are beaten at home to Valencia. If Atletico avoid defeat, Barca can wrap it up with a win at home to Levante on Saturday.

“We have 33 titles,” Zidane said. “Barca are doing well, I will admit when a rival is doing well, but in history, Real Madrid has more league titles.

“But they have been doing better lately and we need to change the dynamic.”

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SWAN hails members’ appointments as media officers The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo has commended the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation for appointing members of the association as media officers of various national football teams. Recognising the gesture as the first time in the history of the association to have such numbers, Sirawoo stressed that the NFF has further deepened SWAN’s determined efforts to ensure that only licensed sports journalists are saddled with such responsibilities. Among those appointed are Pius Ayinor (Super Eagles B), Sharif Abdallah (Olympic Eagles) and Andrew Randa (Flying Eagles). Others include Cecilia Omorogbe (Falconets), Francis Achi (Golden Eaglets), Faith Meremegbunam (Flamingos) and Tobi Adepoju (U15 National Boys-Future Eagles), while Toyin Ibitoye (Super Eagles) and Jane Nweze (Super Falcons) retained their posts. Sirawoo expressed joy that the untiring efforts of SWAN under his leadership were paying desired dividends, adding that the association will continue to explore more partnership for members’ benefit. “I must say kudos and thank you to President Amaju Pinnick and his team. This has been one of our priorities since we came on board, that our members should be recognised as professionals and contributors to sports development,” Sirawoo said.   “We are particularly happy that all those appointed are current card carrying members of the association, which goes to show that there is unity of purpose among critical stakeholders towards the advancement of Sports,” Sirawoo said.   The post SWAN hails members’ appointments as media officers appeared first on Daily Trust.

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The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo has commended the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation for appointing members of the association as media officers of various national football teams.

Recognising the gesture as the first time in the history of the association to have such numbers, Sirawoo stressed that the NFF has further deepened SWAN’s determined efforts to ensure that only licensed sports journalists are saddled with such responsibilities.

Among those appointed are Pius Ayinor (Super Eagles B), Sharif Abdallah (Olympic Eagles) and Andrew Randa (Flying Eagles).

Others include Cecilia Omorogbe (Falconets), Francis Achi (Golden Eaglets), Faith Meremegbunam (Flamingos) and Tobi Adepoju (U15 National Boys-Future Eagles), while Toyin Ibitoye (Super Eagles) and Jane Nweze (Super Falcons) retained their posts.

Sirawoo expressed joy that the untiring efforts of SWAN under his leadership were paying desired dividends, adding that the association will continue to explore more partnership for members’ benefit.

“I must say kudos and thank you to President Amaju Pinnick and his team. This has been one of our priorities since we came on board, that our members should be recognised as professionals and contributors to sports development,” Sirawoo said.

 

“We are particularly happy that all those appointed are current card carrying members of the association, which goes to show that there is unity of purpose among critical stakeholders towards the advancement of Sports,” Sirawoo said.

 

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Hudson-Odoi has ‘successful’ surgery on right Achilles Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi says initial surgery on his ruptured right Achilles has been “successful”. The 18-year-old hobbled off the field in the first half of the Blues’ 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Monday night, and he subsequently confirmed the extent of the injury meant his season was over. It is understood that Tuesday’s procedure was an exploratory one, with the possibility of further surgery to come. He tweeted: “Operation was successful. Thank God always and thank you all for your messages and support, the return begins now.” In an accompanying video, in which the forward is laying on a hospital bed with his lower-right leg in a cast, Hudson Odoi said: “I’m doing better and feeling better. It’s just the road to recovery now.” Hudson-Odoi has had an excellent breakthrough season at Chelsea in which he earned his first full England cap, despite being used intermittently by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. A January target for Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi was keen to leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football but, with the West London club facing a transfer ban this summer, he has not been for sale.   The post Hudson-Odoi has ‘successful’ surgery on right Achilles appeared first on Daily Trust.

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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi says initial surgery on his ruptured right Achilles has been “successful”.

The 18-year-old hobbled off the field in the first half of the Blues’ 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Monday night, and he subsequently confirmed the extent of the injury meant his season was over.

It is understood that Tuesday’s procedure was an exploratory one, with the possibility of further surgery to come.

He tweeted: “Operation was successful. Thank God always and thank you all for your messages and support, the return begins now.”

In an accompanying video, in which the forward is laying on a hospital bed with his lower-right leg in a cast, Hudson Odoi said: “I’m doing better and feeling better. It’s just the road to recovery now.”

Hudson-Odoi has had an excellent breakthrough season at Chelsea in which he earned his first full England cap, despite being used intermittently by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

A January target for Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi was keen to leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football but, with the West London club facing a transfer ban this summer, he has not been for sale.

 

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8 nations to represent Africa at 2019 World Beach Volleyball tourney At the end of the ongoing Africa Nations Beach Volleyball Seniors Championship for men and women in Abuja, eight nations would qualify to represent the continent at the 2019 World Championship in Hamburg Germany. The championship which started on Tuesday at Jabi Lake Park is being organised by the Nigerian Volleyball Federation in conjunction with the Confederation of African Volleyball, CAVB. The president of the Control Committee for the championship which ends of April 27, Ahmed Khanu said five out of the 18 male teams and three out of the 13 female teams that are competing in the championship would qualify for Hamburg 2019. Khanu said, “We are expecting that whichever team qualifies will make a perfect showing in terms of representing Africa in the world championship. When they go out there, they won’t be mere participatory teams but would make serious impact. “21 teams in both male and female are participating in the championship and at the end, five male teams and three female teams would represent Africa at the World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, later in the year.” He also said competition at the ongoing tournament in Abuja is high because almost all the top ranked nations are participating. Khanu added that with technical support from CAVB and individual efforts, African teams have come of age in world volleyball. “Generally, the top ranked teams in Africa are here. From the first to the 8th ranked team, from Mozambique to South Africa, up north to Morocco, Tunisia to the West Coast of Sierra Leone where the second ranked team is coming from, all are here so I can say 49 to 50 % of the best teams in Africa are here. “We have come a long way as Beach Volleyball family and with the kind of expertise being developed by CAVB as well as individual efforts of coaches and the players, you cannot rule out the possibility of major upsets here, ” he said. “We are doing very well because we have been to major world championships where we gained points and ranking. Some of the athletes like Leo Williams from South Africa won gold medal in world championships. So we are making progress,” he said. The post 8 nations to represent Africa at 2019 World Beach Volleyball tourney appeared first on Daily Trust.

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At the end of the ongoing Africa Nations Beach Volleyball Seniors Championship for men and women in Abuja, eight nations would qualify to represent the continent at the 2019 World Championship in Hamburg Germany.

The championship which started on Tuesday at Jabi Lake Park is being organised by the Nigerian Volleyball Federation in conjunction with the Confederation of African Volleyball, CAVB.

The president of the Control Committee for the championship which ends of April 27, Ahmed Khanu said five out of the 18 male teams and three out of the 13 female teams that are competing in the championship would qualify for Hamburg 2019.

Khanu said, “We are expecting that whichever team qualifies will make a perfect showing in terms of representing Africa in the world championship. When they go out there, they won’t be mere participatory teams but would make serious impact.

“21 teams in both male and female are participating in the championship and at the end, five male teams and three female teams would represent Africa at the World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, later in the year.”

He also said competition at the ongoing tournament in Abuja is high because almost all the top ranked nations are participating.

Khanu added that with technical support from CAVB and individual efforts, African teams have come of age in world volleyball.

“Generally, the top ranked teams in Africa are here. From the first to the 8th ranked team, from Mozambique to South Africa, up north to Morocco, Tunisia to the West Coast of Sierra Leone where the second ranked team is coming from, all are here so I can say 49 to 50 % of the best teams in Africa are here.

“We have come a long way as Beach Volleyball family and with the kind of expertise being developed by CAVB as well as individual efforts of coaches and the players, you cannot rule out the possibility of major upsets here, ” he said.

“We are doing very well because we have been to major world championships where we gained points and ranking. Some of the athletes like Leo Williams from South Africa won gold medal in world championships. So we are making progress,” he said.

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