Shane believes he’s got the job at a very ‘exciting’ time. The new manager of the Tipperary Intermediate ladies football team says he’s ‘really looking forward to the year ahead’.Shane Ronayne was confirmed as boss earlier this week.He’s well known in Tipp ladies football circles as he was previously in charge of the Premier County’s minor and U16 teams.
Pillars went in front through skipper Rabiu Ali after 20 minutes, before midfielder Nzube Anaezemba restored parity in the 51st minute.Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai on his first return to former club Pillars did not complete the game as he was forced out by injury in the 83rd minute. He was replaced by Femi Thomas.Pillars enjoyed the ball possession from start to finish, but Enyimba took their chances very well to inflict the first loss at home for their rivals this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Champions Enyimba defied the form book thursday when they beat Kano Pillars 2-1 and denied the host team the chance to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table.Pillars thus stay in second place on 24 points from 14 matches, three points behind leaders Enugu Rangers, while Enyimba climbed to 13th place with 17 points from 11 matches.Experienced central defender Ike ThankGod grabbed the match winner for Enyimba eight minutes from time in a rescheduled league match yesterday.
Others Nigerians who played in Day One of the competition were not so lucky as they met tougher opponents. Christian Paul fell to tournament number eight seed, Polish Maciej Smola in straight set of 6-4,6-3. Ugandan Duncan Mugabe beat Christopher Bulus 6-2,6-3.Tournament number one seed, Spanish Enrique Lopez – Perez defeated Adimabua Joseph Iyorovbe 6-2,6-0 in the men’s singles. Some Nigerian women who played yesterday were stopped on their ways to the second round. Melissa Ishuan Ifidzen lost to Indian Prarthana G. Thombare 5-7,2-6,Christie Agugbom was defeated by Sweden’s Brenda Njuki in 1-6,1-6 game. American Alexandra Riley beat Ronke Akingbade in straight set of 6-3,6-1.Speaking after his defeat, Christian Paul said though he lost, he believes the game was for the Polish player to win. “I lost today not because I didn’t play well, it was the Polish player’s day. Hopefully, I will pick up from here and do better in my subsequent games,” said Paul who is the highest ranked Nigerian player in the tournament this year.To his coach, Babatunde Abe: “Paul did well today, he played really well, but did not deserve to lose this match. His banes were lack of discipline and anxiety on the court. These really cost him this match.”In other results, Benin Republic’s Alexis Klegou beat Ghanaian Pascal Ziyah Alome 6-0,6-1 in the men’s singles.Matches in the first round will be concluded this morning.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LAGOS GOV’S CUP TENNISThe Main Draws of the First Leg (Futures 5) of the 16th edition of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship served off monday with some Nigerian cruising their ways into the second round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), approved circuit.Clifford Enosoregbe opened the doors for some Nigerian players who picked the second round slots in the first match decided on the Centre Court of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan when he defeated Delmas N’Tcha of Benin Republic in straight set of 6-3,6-2. Sylvester Emmanuel beat compatriot Ikechukwu Iloputa in another straight set of 6-1,6-3,while Henry Atseye defeated Joseph Imeh Ubon in 7-5,6-4 game. Edward Christopher Anefu also beat Mohammed Mohammed 6-1,6-2 all in the men’s singles.
Olawale AjimotokanKeffi Ponys of Nasarawa State have continued to relish their sensational triumph at the recent MTN African Patrons Cup which they won at the expense of traditional high-goal polo outfits.Nigeria’s highest ranked polo player, Bello Buba, was one of the players and followers that lauded the Hon Ahmed Wadada kitted outfit. The +4 handicap player, whose brother, Hamisu, was a member of Keffi Ponys that dispatched formidable sides like Fifth Chukker, Lintex Kano and the Abuja Rubicon in the tournament held in Kaduna, said Keffi triumphed and hit the height because of the commitment of the owner.“They (Keffi Ponys) have always been a very good side and are now a massive threat to the older teams like Fifth Chukker and Rubicon as seen in their victories over both sides. Their owner is very supportive and is the backbone of their success,” Buba said.Buba’s assertion was reinforced by another leading polo player, Ali Hassan Hadejia, who reckoned that Keffi’s recent victories would impact on performance and boost confidence which will make them a force to reckon with in the country.Keffi Ponys’ march to the Patrons’ Cup was eased by deft investment in efficient horses imported from South Africa in addition to professional players including Buba and South African jockey, Leroux Hendrix.For Muazu Sani, a polo enthusiast who has followed the sport for over a decade, Keffi Ponys rise is refreshing as it brings a new element to the ‘conservative’ party. According to Sani, teams likes Fifth Chukker have dominated for years and it’s high time another side gave them a good run for their money.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A former Lady Captain of IBB club, Mrs Ngozi Osuhor, expressed delight with the club for consistently hosting of the tournament in the past 19 years and for putting the event together this year in spite of the economic recession.The different categories for the event include: Category 1 for lady players in Handicap 0-28 flight, Category 2 for those in Handicap 29-36 flight, and veteran ladies in all categories.However, the tournament is a gross competition where the player with the best aggregate score over 36-hole in the Handicap 0- 28 flight will be crowned as the champion.The ladies will tee off on Saturday but only the 45 players that make the cut will be eligible for the final round on Sunday, February 12.The 45 finalists, according to the Competition Secretary, Nanfe Audu, will be presented with medals.The gentlemen will also play among themselves on Saturday as guests of the lady players.A former IBB Lady Captain, Dr Joyce Barber, said several NGOs, supporting charity causes, had made several appeals to the lady section to support different causes and give to the less privileged.Barber, however, said the ladies were considering holding a charity kitty before the end of tenure of the current committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaLady amateur golfers from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ghana will add international flavour to the 19th IBB Ladies Open Championship which holds in Abuja this week.Captain of the IBB Club Lady Section, Mrs Lami Ahmed, told journalists yesterday that 150 players from Nigeria and the international visitors have registered for the tournament.Various prizes and trophies will be won in different categories at the three days event which begin on Friday through Sunday.Ahmed said that players from 22 golf clubs nationwide will identify with the host club in ensuring the success of the tournament considered as one of the majors within the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja.
The coast is now clear with the pretenders already separated from contenders as top seeds enter the fray friday in the main draw of singles event of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open holding at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.Over 100 players competed in the preliminary round with the intention of making it to the main draw and at the end of the second day, 32 men and 16 women will be joining the seeded players in the main draw (round of 64 in men and round of 32 in the women). Fans will have a swell and exciting time on Friday August 11 as the top seeds begin their campaigns in their aim to share from the $46,000 prize money at stake at the five-day championships.Home favourite â€“ Aruna Quadri; two-time champion, Egyptâ€™s Omar Assar; defending champion, Finlandâ€™s Benedek Olah as well as 2009 mixed doubles world champion, Qatarâ€™s Li Ping will all take to the table in their quest for the top prize.Also in race for the title is Franceâ€™s Antoine Hachard while in the womenâ€™s event, defending champion, Portugalâ€™s Jieni Shao as well as 2016 runnerâ€™s up, Hungaryâ€™s Zsandra Pergel. African champion, Egyptâ€™s Dina Meshref is also in the race for the title this year.Also, the LOC is expecting a large turnout of fans today as the last two days witnessed huge presence of Lagosians who have been supporting the players in all their matches.The main draw of the doubles event is expected to take centre stage with all year on Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar who will be partnering in the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
â€œSo many people will run and we are happy to be part of the programme involving so many Nigerians because we are in this country to be known with our quality products.â€œIn the past four years, I have been in this country and investment is rather tough but we are happy to be making impact with the people.â€œWe love sports and that is why we are proud of our Sport Utility Vehicles in which the very latest, GS 8 will be launched on Friday (today) in Lagos,â€ stressed ChanThe GAC Motors boss charged all the participants in the Lagos City marathon to aspire to do well in the international race.She noted that marathon was good for healthy living of individuals generally and it further informed the decision of the outfit to embrace the project.â€œHealth is wealth and so we encourage people to run for healthy living. There are two or three competitions and we are supporting with our products for the 10km race.â€œWe are going to continue our support for the marathon to make it better just as we also strive to make more quality products for Nigerians,â€ Chan stressed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chairman of GAC Motors, Diana Chan, has explained why the automobile organisation is supporting the Lagos City Marathon scheduled to take place saturday.Speaking yesterday at the corporate office of GAC Motors in Lagos, Chan said it was important to get involved with projects that would serve the generality of the people.She stressed that GAC Motors was interested in the race because marathon had a mass appeal because of the huge number of participants, especially in a mega city like Lagos.
Samuel Umtiti will be missing for Barcelona after suffering from a knee problem, while Sergi Roberto is also out of the clash with a muscular problem. Valencia have no real injury concerns.Valencia’s start to the season has been disappointing, with Marcelino’s men only claiming their first La Liga win last weekend on matchday seven.They have been unlucky in some of the games, however, and on Tuesday night they looked extremely dangerous at times during their 0-0 Champions League draw with Manchester United.As well, Los Che played some excellent football in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and will be aiming to make Barca work extremely hard to get anything out of the game.The Blaugrana have drawn two and won one of their last three league visits to Mestalla, although both of those wins have come from goals in injury time.RESULTS & FIXTURESBurnley 1 – 1 HuddersfieldCrystal Palace 0 – 1 WolvesLeicester 1 – 2 EvertonTottenham 1 – 0 Cardiff CityWatford 0 – 4 BournemouthMan United 3 – 2 NewcastleFulham v Arsenal 12pmSouthampton v Chelsea 2;15pmLiverpool v Man City 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona produced an excellent performance to beat Tottenham 4-2 in the Champions League at Wembley and Ernesto Valverde’s side will be hoping for another big showing today in one of the toughest La Liga matches of the season.The champions travel to Mestalla to face a Valencia side who also had a positive result in Europe on Tuesday evening, and Los Che have consistently made life tough for Barca over the last few seasons.Barca needed a late Jordi Alba goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Mestalla last season, while the previous season they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with an injury time goal from Lionel Messi.
Coached by Whyte Ogbonda, the Ibom Angels have earned the respect of the average women football follower, having stretched Rivers Angels in last year’s Final in Jos and generally showing consistency on the domestic scene.No doubt, their ‘star woman’ today would be defender Glory Ogbonna, who has become an integral part of the Super Falcons squad and is one of the principal reasons Ibom Angels are making their second successive appearance in the AITEO Cup final. She commands a solid defensive set-up and ensured her side has not conceded in this year’s competition.They also boast the precocious Emem Essien, a winger with so much promise and potential, as well as strong defender Fehintola Mabokanje.Cup holders Rivers Angels are certainly not coming to Yenagoa to admire the riverine landscape. Coached by former Super Falcons’ chief-in-the-dugout, Edwin Okon, the Angels have won the National Cup (which became AITEO Cup last year following the acquisition of the competition rights by AITEO Energy Group) more than any other club in the land and are looking to successfully defend their title.The girls from Garden City represent an array of some of the best performers in women football in the country, and names like Evelyn Nwabuoku, Chiamaka Nnadozie and Rofiat Sule easily strike a note in that sector.Former Super Falcons’ captain Nwabuoku has a point to prove, having been overlooked in the recent list of players called up for the defence of the Women Africa Cup of Nations title, and the prolific Sule knows her goals will matter when the whistle goes for kick off in the Bayelsa State capital.Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, who shone brilliantly for the Nigeria U20 girls at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France in August, will try to stand between Ibom Angels and a first national trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It is a replication of last year’s final match as defending champions, Rivers Angels and Ibom Angels clash at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa today for the right to hold aloft and keep the AITEO Women’s Cup for the next one year.The champions overpowered Bayelsa Queens in Enugu 2-0 in the semi finals, while the girls from Akwa Ibom saw off the challenge of fit –fighting Edo Queens at Owerri’s Dan Anyiam Stadium.The women’s final comes 24 hours before the men’s battle, with Rangers International of Enugu and Kano Pillars going for each other’s jugular at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba tomorrow.
Winners from Category B With the theme ‘Active Kids Rock’, they stated that the mini-marathon is recognised as Nigeria’s only kids-focused marathon, which saw children participating in the 1.2 kilometres, 3km and 5km distance races for kids aged 5 to 15 respectively.The marathon gave parents the opportunity to run with their children and wards turning it to a family fun day of fitness and wellness.Accordingly, the winning kids received prizes from AXA Mansard, Access Bank, Aiteo, MTN among others.The Treasurer of the St Saviour’s School Ikoyi Endowment Fund and member of the mini-marathon planning committee, Mr. Ayere Ezekiel, noted that the mini-marathon was aimed at encouraging healthy living among kids and parents, as well as “to have an event that is built into the yearly calendar for Lagos families.”Ezekiel stated further that part of the proceeds from the ticket sales is used to support Slum 2 School Africa, a volunteer-driven social organisation working to empower disadvantaged children in disadvantaged communities “to realize their full potential through the provision of educational scholarships, health and other psycho-social support.”Among the winners on 4 to 6 years category were Olivia Ofonagoro and Zak Sodeinde; White category (7 to 8 years) boys: Eli Nwachukwu and Chimdi Chiakwela, (girls) Dorcas Nwapa, Ann Osugbesan and Sonekan Ariola.On the Blue category (9 to 12 years) boys: Owoade Habeeb, Afolabi Yusuf and Bolu Amowoyagi were declared winner while the female winners were Mohammed Ramota and Amara Balogun.Winners in the Yellow category (13 and 15 years) male: were Similoluwa Gbenle, Toheeb Muritala and Akanderu Joleme while the female winners were Dara Goodluck, Ibukun Agbede and Ologede Tofunmi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunday OkobiParticipants and organisers of the second edition of St Saviour’s School Ikoyi Endowment Fund Kids Mini-Marathon held last Saturday in Lagos have described the event as a huge success.The organisers noted that after a successful first edition last year, the 2018 Lagos Kids Mini-Marathon was well attended with over 2,500 children representing up to 50 schools in Lagos.