Month: September 2020

Ryan says Marble City will be tough to crack

first_imgTipperary have already secured a place in next month’s quarter-finals as they are still  unbeaten in Division 1A  after a thrilling draw with the cats on Saturday .Manager Michael Ryan believes their most recent encounter shows that gaining a stranglehold over the Marble County will be extremely difficult… Cork were among the teams tipped for relegation, but an impressive 1-21 to 1-13 win over Waterford means they’ve jumped to third in the table.Waterford now needs a win away to Clare in two weeks to secure a quarter-final spot, after the Banner defeated Dublin by 2 points.The Dubs sit bottom of the table and welcome Kilkenny to Parnell Park on the final day.last_img

Tipp hurlers prepare for Cork clash

first_imgThe Premier – who take on Cork this Sunday – have already secured a place in the Allianz National League quarter-finals and are unbeaten since April of last year.Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Tipp’s trip to Cork this Sunday from 2.50 in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.Meanwhile Waterford will be without Daragh Fives and Philip Mahony for the rest of their league campaign Deise boss Derek McGrath has confirmed that both are injured.Meanwhile it’s expected they will appeal Maurice Shanahan’s red card from the defeat to Cork two weeks ago.As it stands he is suspended for their game against Clare in Ennis this weekend.last_img

Yusuf Recalls Ideye, Omeruo, Others for Friendlies

first_imgBrown Ideye will return to international football with Nigeria after he earned a call from the country’s interim head coach Salisu Yusuf, for the warm-up games against Mali and Luxembourg.The Olympiakos forward has been frozen out of the Nigeria men’s national team for more than two years.Yusuf explained that the coaching crew took time to decide on the choice of Ideye and the other 25 players for the international friendly matches.“There are lots of good players out there but we have picked 26 that are very good to represent the country,” he told The 27-year-old scored 10 times for Olympiakos in the Greek Super League as they won the title this season. He also provided three assists.There are also recalls for Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong.Yusuf has also called up under-20 captain Musa Muhammed, Gbenga Arokoyo, Raheem Lawal, Kingsley Madu and Chidozie Awaziem.Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Aaron Samuel, Alex Iwobi and Elderson Echiejile are also included in the squad.The Super Eagles play Mali in France on May 27 before facing Luxembourg on June 1.THE 26 PLAYERSGoalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany); Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Wilfred Ndidi KRC Genk, Belgium); Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mourinho Set to Fulfill Man Utd Dream

first_imgJose Mourinho is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United after Louis van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.Van Gaal said he was “very disappointed” to be sacked on Monday just 48 hours after leading United to victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.Missing out on a lucrative Champions League place proved the final straw for the club’s United States-based owners, the Glazer family, and they didn’t let United’s first piece of silverware since the 2013 retirement of legendary boss Alex Ferguson stop them from wielding the axe.With Van Gaal having cleared out his desk at United’s Carrington training ground after talks over a settlement for the final year of his three-year contract, which had been worth a reported £6.4 million per year ($9.2 million, 8.2 million euros), the path is clear for former Chelsea manager Mourinho to be confirmed as the new United boss on Tuesday. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable campaign marred by a series of rifts with the club’s star players that eventually became intolerable to owner Roman Abramovich as the team, champions just months earlier, languished near the relegation zone.Now the 53-year-old will hope to restore his reputation by restoring the sparkle to United’s own tarnished image.Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes is said to be arriving in Manchester on Tuesday to tie up a deal that has been widely reported in the British media, setting the stage for one of the sport’s most intriguing characters to at last manage United after a glittering career that so far features 21 major trophies, including three Premier League crowns and two Champions League titles.Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Mourinho is the right man to get the club back on track.“On the top of Mourinho’s list was always Manchester United, now he has the opportunity,” Schmeichel told the BBC.“Now they have a guy that is supposed to be the biggest manager in the world, the one that really could save Manchester United.“It has been a brave decision but one that is long overdue.”From the moment, Mourinho danced a jubilant jig down the Old Trafford touchline after a late goal from Costinha gave his Porto side the draw they needed to eliminate Alex Ferguson’s men from the 2004 Champions League, the colourful and controversial Portuguese has seemed destined to manage United.He thought his time had come when Ferguson retired, but concerns over his volatile nature prompted United to turn to the more conservative David Moyes instead.But with that move proving a disaster and Van Gaal faring little better, United’s powerbrokers have decided to take a chance on Mourinho.Pictured strolling with his former Chelsea assistant Rui Faria while removal men took boxes away from his London home on Monday, Mourinho appeared the picture of contentment.But he is a far less convivial figure once the battle lines are drawn, both with opponents and even his own players.Having famously locked horns with the likes of Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez during his two spells with Chelsea, Mourinho will arrive at United just in time to resume hostilities with Pep Guardiola, who is about to leave Bayern Munich for his first taste of the Premier League as Manchester City boss.Mourinho, then in charge of Real Madrid, never wasted a chance to take a swipe at Barcelona manager Guardiola during their time in Spain.But it was Guardiola who had the better of it, with Mourinho winning just three of their 16 meetings.The duo will go head-to-head for the first time when United face City in the pre-season International Champions Cup in Beijing on July 25.By then, Mourinho will hope to have significantly improved an unbalanced and often lacklustre United squad.Paris Saint Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, Everton defender John Stones, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann are reportedly among the names on his wanted list.But Mourinho, expected to bring Faria and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro with him to Old Trafford, might also have to deal with scepticism from the United squad after a report that some senior players have already expressed concern the tactically conservative coach might prove too similar to Van Gaal.Van Gaal’s dull tactics frustrated United fans, while the players were reportedly infuriated by his habit of staging video review sessions in which he would criticise their mistakes in front of the team.If he can rebuild the confidence of his squad and make United champions for the first time since 2013, Mourinho may regard it as his finest achievement yet.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘Why MTN Organised Football Clinic in Lagos’

first_imgAccording to Iweanoge, MTN’s partnership with Arsenal was a practical demonstration of the brand’s commitment towards developing Nigeria’s sports at the grassroots level.While adding that the football clinic would expose participants to Arsenal FC’s unique approach to football, he stressed that the partnership will serve as a platform for the club to further connect with football lovers across the country.In his words: ‘Football is a core part of our lives as Nigerians and for MTN as a brand, we are always on the lookout for exciting ways to reach out to our subscribers. That was why we went on this partnership with Arsenal and we are excited because this is this the beginning of greater things to come”.Speaking on the Football Clinic, Azizat Ogunsanya, coach of Soccer Star, a grassroots Football Academy based in Ilesa, Osun State, who also participated at the clinic expressed satisfaction at the quality of the theoretical and physical sessions and commended MTN for facilitating the capacity building workshop.“I am excited to be a part of this coaching clinic and I really appreciate MTN for this opportunity. There are so many challenges that come with being a coach, especially female coaches like me that coach male teams, but I am optimistic that this clinic will expand my capacity and make me a world class coach.”The MTN/Arsenal Football clinic comes as part of the exciting benefits of the strategic partnership struck earlier this year by the telecoms company, MTN and the London-based club, Arsenal FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram General Manager, Consumer Marketing of Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications company, MTN, Mr Richard Iweanoge, has expressed optimism that the recently concluded Arsenal/MTN Football clinic will contribute to the development of grassroots football in Nigeria.Iweanoge’s comments came following the conclusion of the three-day football theoretical and practical sessions had former Arsenal Legend, Ray Parlour, as well as other members of Arsenal’s technical coaching crew as instructors.The football clinic held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, with over 30 participants drawn from the local teams in attendance.last_img read more