Woods still struggling to get to grips with Bryant’s death

first_img Promoted Content7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models EverWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth “It’s hard to put into words what transpired and the fact that it’s a reality,” 15-time major golf champion Woods said Tuesday at Riviera Country Club, where he is preparing to tee off Thursday in the Genesis Invitational. “Part of me thinks that it’s not real.”The 41-year-old Bryant, a retired NBA legend with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in the January 26 crash in the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles.They were on their way to a girls’ basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in suburban Thousand Oaks – not far from Sherwood Country Club, which hosted Woods’s Hero World Challenge tournament for years.Woods learned of Bryant’s death just after he completed his final round at Torrey Pines that Sunday. The 15-time major champion, who said he grew up a “diehard Lakers fan,” noted that he turned pro the same year that Bryant was drafted into the NBA to start a 20-year career that would include five titles with the Lakers.“I don’t really know what I said post-round,” Woods said Tuesday. “I was in shock just like everyone else, trying to put it in words going forward.“The reality of the situation is Kobe and Gigi are not here, but it’s hard to accept,” Woods continued.“People who are close him and all the families, it’s just hard to accept that reality.”Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, has announced a public “celebration of life” for Kobe, Gianna and the other crash victims will be held on February 24 at Staples Center arena.The date – 2-24-20 – honors the jersey numbers 2 and 24 worn by Gianna and Bryant and the 20 years Bryant was in the NBA.Tournament host Tiger Woods speaks during a press conference prior to the US PGA Tour Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country ClubRead Also: Vanessa Bryant announces ‘celebration of life’ for Kobe, GiannaBut even as such plans go forward, Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Monday to express her own struggle to come to terms with her family’s loss.“My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she wrote. “I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong … I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 More than two weeks after Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, Tiger Woods is among those who find the shock may have worn off but disbelief remains.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Tina Marie Perrry

first_imgTina Marie Perry, 46 of Versailles IN, passed away on February 26, 2019 at her residence.  She was born on October 2, 1972 in Phoenix, Arizona.She is survived by her Step Father George (Mary) Hanes from Holton, her brother Russell Hanes from Osgood, and her niece Patience Hanes.A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville and the funeral will start at 6:00 p.m. with her Aunt Pam Young officiating.Donations may be given to the Meyers Funeral Home to help cover expenses.last_img read more

Cabaye move completed

first_imgParis St Germain have confirmed the signing of Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle. The France midfielder has penned a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Parc des Princes. The Ligue 1 champions said in a statement: “Paris St Germain is delighted to announce the transfer of Yohan Cabaye to the capital club from Newcastle United until June 2017. He will wear the number four jersey.” PSG had a £14million bid for Cabaye rejected by the Magpies on Sunday but the French club have now secured the services of the 28-year-old. Neither club have revealed the final price tag for Cabaye – with Newcastle announcing the sale for “an undisclosed fee” on their website – but reports in France on Wednesday suggest PSG have paid in the region of £20million. Cabaye said of his move: “I was won over by the ambitious project at Paris St Germain and I can’t wait to join this exceptional squad and help the team reach its objectives in France and in Europe.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

EPA approves two Lysol products as the first to effectively kill novel coronavirus on surfaces

first_imgThe US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces.Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the SARS-CoV-2. Laboratory testing found that both these products kill the coronavirus two minutes after contact, the agency announced in a statement Monday.While there are more than 420 products on the list of disinfectants that the EPA says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than the novel coronavirus, the two Lysol products are the first to have been tested directly against the virus and proved effective.Lysol said in a statement it is currently working on testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against Covid-19.last_img read more

Celtic score historic treble-treble with Scottish Cup win

first_img(REUTERS) – Scottish champions Celtic fought back from a goal down to beat Heart of Midlothian 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final to clinch an unprecedented ‘treble-treble’ at Hampden Park in Glasgow yesterday.Celtic have now won all three domestic trophies on offer – the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup – for the third consecutive year.Celtic won the League Cup in December, beating Aberdeen 1-0 in the final, and sealed their eighth consecutive league title earlier this month.“You’ll never see this again,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who succeeded Brendan Rodgers in February, told the BBC. “In footballing parlance, it’s impossible (to put this into words). That’s nine trophies out of nine, it’s remarkable.”Ryan Edwards gave Celtic a scare with a goal for Hearts in the 52nd minute but French striker Odsonne Edouard grabbed a brace, the second a penalty, to give Lennon’s side victory and a place in history.last_img read more

With our New Stadium, We Must be Contenders, Says Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino was enjoying himself so much that when Tottenham’s press officer attempted to halt Tuesday’s news conference, the manager stopped him.“No, I am comfortable. It’s not too many times you play the quarter-finals – let me enjoy it, please,” he smiled. Tottenham are treating this run to the Champions League’s last eight as a free hit but Pochettino revealed that attitude will change dramatically next season.He claimed that from August, when the new £1billion stadium begins its first full campaign, Spurs should expect to start winning trophies and challenge for the biggest honours at home and abroad. ‘After this season, a chapter is going to be closed and we are going to start another chapter and we need to translate to our fans what we need to do,’ Pochettino said “With our new stadium, we need to be contenders to fight for the Champions League and the Premier League because we have the tools to be there.“It is going to be tough to find a way to be on the same level (as Real Madrid and Barcelona). There is a lot of work to be on the level we want in the future. If your expectation is to win the league, maybe you need to sign players or have a different budget.“We are here now because we love to compete and we love to win. Of course if you compare us with another team we are in a different financial position or have a different strategy or plan over the last four or five years.“We are achieving a lot, that if you go back no one would believe. For me, a title with Tottenham is a massive dream.”Tottenham are in Manchester owning a one-goal lead from last week’s absorbing first leg. They must preserve that without the injured Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Eric Dier. Dele Alli’s hand injury will be assessed.Hugo Lloris, wary of the attacking threat a wounded City have at their disposal, told his teams to ‘use their brains,’ as they hunt for away goals.“We have to try to enjoy this moment,” Lloris said. ‘We’re all excited and ready to fight tomorrow to try to make history. We all want to play this type of game. It’s important to have fresh minds and body and leave the pitch without regret.“It’s about the mentality, the spirit. We are ready to suffer. We are going to suffer tomorrow. But we can make the game difficult too. It’s about enjoying it at this stage, to be ready to compete.“Our project is quite clear. Every season we improve. We’re in a good position and it’s a massive opportunity for the club. Whatever happens tomorrow we can be proud of everything.”Pressure had not really touched Spurs in this competition until Pochettino’s former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Ronaldinho predicted that they have the ability to lift the trophy in Madrid.“Wow,” Pochettino said. “He knows a lot about football and I am going to respect him. Why not? In football anything can happen. Like in life, you must believe and have trust in yourself and your quality.“It is good that people like Ronaldinho think you have the quality to win. That increases our belief. I learn a lot from him, laughing, smiling, dancing. Football is a sport, if you want to play well, you have to be happy and smile.”There are fewer smiles around ole foe Pep Guardiola but the Tottenham boss refuted suggestions that these games have added spice given the pair’s rivalry.“It is not a motivation or bigger challenge,’ he said. ‘The challenge is that Guardiola is maybe the best manager in the world. What he is did at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City is unbelievable. He shows his quality. For us, it is not easy. Our successes have been different with different pressures.”RESULTSBarcelona 3-0 Man UtdJuventus 1-2 AjaxTODAYFC Porto v LiverpoolMan City v TottenhamShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Josh Maja Leading the Pack of Nigerian Strikers

first_imgSuper Eagles duo of Lille’s of France forward, Victor Osimhen and Villarreal front-man of Samuel Chuwueze may be enjoying rave moments in Europe but it is Bordeaux starlet Josh Maja that holds the record of the most efficient Nigerian striker playing in the top five European Leagues Among the Nigerian players to be involved in 10 games or more in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1, the Bordeaux number, nine Josh Maja has the best goals-per-minute ratio, scoring a goal every 123 minutes. He has logged 615 minutes in 19 Ligue 1 matches.In second place is Leicester City frontman Kelechi Iheanacho who has scored a goal every 145 minutes despite his limited playing opportunities. The former Manchester City kid has netted three goals in 10 Premier League games, logging 434 minutes.The third most efficient Nigerian striker is none other than Lille’s Victor Osimhen who has reached double figures for goals in his debut season in Ligue 1. The 2015 U-17 World Cup Golden Boot winner has registered 13 goals, one goal every 162 minutes, spanning 25 appearances.Completing the top five are Union Berlin’s Anthony Ujah with a goal every 299 minutes and Levante loanee Moses Simon who has scored a goal every 400 minutes. Meanwhile, the Eagles star has rejected the criticism of French Ligue 1, saying it is a league that puts youngsters on the road to stardom. The French topflight has come in for criticism from fans who believed the league lacks the quality of the Premier League.With PSG winning the six of the last of seven Ligue 1 titles, fans believe the league also lacks the competitive edge associated with the Premier League.However, Maja rejected such criticism, saying both leagues are unique in their ways. The 21-year-old who joined Bordeaux from Sunderland last January said the Ligue 1 provides youngsters with the opportunity to grow.”It may not have the same physicality and intensity like the Premier League, but overall, the Ligue 1 is a fantastic league, and I am happy to be playing here with exciting and talented players,” Maja told ojbsports.Although he admits the French topflight may not have the intensity of the Premier League, Maja insists he’s happy to play in Ligue 1.”It may not have the same physicality and intensity like the Premier League, but overall, the Ligue 1 is a fantastic league, and I am happy to be playing here with exciting and talented players,” he added.Maja has scored seven times and provided three assists in 19 appearances for Bordeaux this campaign.Last Saturday, FC Girondins de Bordeaux were held to a 2-2 result at home by relegation battling Dijon, a game that captures how uncertain their campaign in Ligue 1 has been this term.Paulo Sousa’s men were rattled by Mounir Chouiar, whose brace (16, 72 brought the French man’s tally in the league to four this the season.There were some actions for Maja, but more of a cameo as has been in recent games since his injury in December.Maja had missed four league games prior, either as an unused substitute or been left out of the matchday squad.The 21- year-old Nigerian international was introduced in the last 10 minutes of the game, but looked far from the quality of the striker who poached four goals in two games.Maja cut the figure of a man who doesn’t want to be there, seeing now that the opportunities for game time isn’t forthcoming.When on December 3, Maja smashed in a fine hattrick and an assist in Bordeaux 6-0 drubbing of Nimes to take his goals haul to five in eight matches, making him one of the most decisive Nigerian players in Europe’s top five leagues, little did he know he has caught the attention of Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, after he last appeared for the team in September against Ukraine and his direction have not been looked at since then.”He was on our list of players to watch, he was already attracting our attention, although he was only playing in League One because our scouts were studying him closely from England,” Rohr told So Foot.“He seized his chance with the various injuries of his teammates, and his hat-trick is part of the progression he displays.”“I feel good, I’m very happy to get my first hattrick for Boardeaz and in my career,” the Nigerian international said in a video shared on Twitter by Bordeaux.“Of course it’s a good night for the team as we picked up three points. We performed very well, so we are going to keep working and prepare for the next game,” Maja said after the game.Maja, 20, left Sunderland for France in January after rejecting a new deal and has impressed the Chelsea boss who is looking to bolster his attacking options.Currently, one of the most outstanding strikers in the French League going by his impressive performance so far this season but Bordeaux defender, Laurent Koscielny believes Maja has the potential to achieve greatness if he continues to read the game carefully.“It’s great for him and his confidence. You can feel that he’s starting to settle in and it’s bearing fruit. He works hard in front of goal, and he was rewarded.“He still needs to improve in his reading of the game, but he has the right attitude to learn and try to do things well.”League One strugglers Sunderland sold Maja to Bordeaux for £3.5 million in January; now he could reportedly be heading to the Premier League with Chelsea.One year after Maja swapped Wearside for Wine Country, the former Sunderland striker could soon be packing his Louis Vuitton and suitcase and preparing to head back across the channel.But, unfortunately for the Black Cats faithful, one of the most lethal strikers to lead the line at the Stadium of Light in many a year is not heading back to the North East to save Sunderland’s season and Phil Parkinson’s reputation.While the fallen giants have slipped to 12th in the League One table, Maja is making a name for himself at one of France’s biggest clubs. He’s scored six times for Bordeaux in 2019/20, with a clinical hat-trick in November’s 6-0 thrashing of Nimes an early career highlight.The former Sunderland forward says he left Sunderland because they could not agree terms on a new deal despite scoring 16 goals for the Black Cats during the first half of the season but was sold to Bordeaux during the January transfer window.Sunderland offered Maja a contact worth seven times his current salary but he opted to reject the deal. With the 20-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Black Cats opted to cash in to eliminate the risk of losing their star striker on a free transfer.Eyebrows were raised when Maja joined the Ligue 1 side – particularly given there was a lot of British interest in his services.“My agent told me that they had shown interest since last year, so it went back further. I made a lot of progress at the beginning of the season, and I think that’s when they decided to take action,” Maja told France Football.“I had some options in England, Germany, Italy too.“I felt it was the best opportunity for me to have time in the first team and to progress. It was really a higher step up to me compared to League One.“We just could not agree on a new deal at Sunderland. It’s that simple. Bordeaux arrived and I wanted to play at a higher level. So I decided to leave.”“I have always wanted to play abroad to discover a new language, a culture, a way of life.“I agree it is brave. There are not many young players, especially English, who will play abroad so it was a rather different choice from what we usually see. Now I have to stay focused and do my best to show myself fully.”He continued: “Ligue 1 is different. The technical level is higher here, we must pay more attention to details. I’m in no hurry, just as I’m not worried. I am still in the process of adaptation. I work every day, I am constantly trying to progress. When my chance comes, I will know how to seize it.”Nonetheless, despite being under contract at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux until 2023, Maja still harbours ambitions of playing in the Premier League.“It’s obvious. It’s one of the best leagues in the world, with the best teams. I hope that one day I will be able to play but for now, I am in Bordeaux, I want to succeed here, and we will see later.”Maja, who was born in Lewisham back in 1998 when Gus Poyet, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto di Matteo were still wearing the famous blue shirt, certainly ticks a lot of boxes for this new-look Chelsea side. He is young, homegrown, and prodigiously talented.Just 12 months after Sunderland sold him for £3.5 million, it seems that Maja is on his way to bigger and far better things.The bulky forward is a proven finisher, and it remains his biggest asset yet. His ability to run behind the defenders and free up space for his teammates is also a key ingredient in his game, and at only 20, he can get better.His only shortcoming is perhaps his hold-up play, which he makes up with the large volume of goals.Josh chose to represent Nigeria even though he was eligible to play for England owing to his parents having lived in the country.He was however convinced that his future lies with the Super Eagles, and he made his debut for the men in green and white in a friendly against Ukraine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse crucially shuts down Indiana’s All-American Zeller in 61-50 Sweet 16 triumph

first_img Published on March 29, 2013 at 3:22 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman WASHINGTON – Cody Zeller had a target on his back. Syracuse placed an emphasis on keeping the ball out of his hands in the middle of its zone. When he’s able to catch the ball in the high post, he can quickly pass out to the arc, or forcefully drive the lane for a layup. The Orange had to eliminate the threat he posed.Syracuse did exactly that. They turned Zeller into practically a nonfactor, as he scored 10 points, and made only three of his 11 attempts from the field. Four of his points came from the free-throw line, but they were his only real major damage. Removing Zeller as a threat was key for the Orange as it defeated Indiana 61-50 at the Verizon Center to move on to the Elite Eight.“He got the ball a little bit away from the basket,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We forced him where he wasn’t underneath the basket, and we could help get back to him.”The Orange was tough against Zeller defensively. Early in the game, Zeller drove the lane for a layup, but center Baye Moussa Keita stood firmly in his way to draw the charge. Zeller, who has a 25-pound advantage on Keita, sent Keita flying backward as Syracuse’s bench rose to its feet and cheered for Keita’s hard-nosed defense.Zeller threatened the Orange because if he catches the ball in the middle, the zone has to collapse on him. If that happened, Zeller could pass to the perimeter to a number of capable shooters for the Hoosiers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Syracuse essentially played him one-on-one and still paid attention to the shooters on the arc.“We didn’t really want him to catch it,” Keita said, “but when he did, we just went in and got him.”Indiana was considered the favorite in the game against Syracuse, and Zeller’s inside presence was much of the reason why. He could’ve been a nightmare for the Orange’s centers. But instead, they rose to the challenge and were tough defending him.It seemed likely that Zeller’s immediate future would involve a trip to the Final Four. Now his future is uncertain. Whether he returns to play for Indiana next season or enters the NBA Draft remains to be seen.But it was Syracuse’s defense Thursday that’s made that question much more relevant.“I don’t know. I put everything into this,” Zeller said. “I haven’t thought about it one bit. I was just worried about playing this year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories ELITE ZONE: Syracuse’s 2-3 proves too much for Indiana, Orange rolls through Sweet 16 with 61-50 victory against HoosiersGallery: Syracuse defeats Indiana 61 – 50Carter-Williams delivers cathartic performance in Sweet 16 against Indiana just 5 days after fire at homeFans react to Syracuse’s 61-50 win over Indiana in Sweet 16 on social medialast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Wake Forest

first_imgUPDATED: March 6, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) and head coach Jim Boeheim start what they hope will be a long slog through the ACC tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn, New York, at the Barclays Center against Wake Forest (11-19, 4-14). The Orange hopes to carry momentum from its first ranked win of the season Saturday over then-No. 18 Clemson in the Carrier Dome to win its first-ever ACC tournament game while breaking a four-game losing streak at Barclays.After beating Syracuse for the first time in program history in early January, the Demon Deacons tumbled through ACC play and by the end of the season had their athletic director telling reporters things like, “(This season took) a detour, but I am very confident about our future.”If you want to be aged, some Wake Forest players didn’t realize Syracuse used to play in the Big East. WFU beat reporter Connor O’Neill tweeted this exchange: Published on March 6, 2018 at 8:52 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Here’s everything else you need to know about the Demon Deacons.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 6-1Last time they played: On Feb. 11, Syracuse fended off a 3-point onslaught in the second half to avenge its early loss and beat Wake Forest, 78-70, in the Carrier Dome. Tyus Battle dropped a game-high 34 points and Frank Howard dished out a career-high nine assists to escape 40 combined points from WFU guard Bryant Crawford (24) and big man Doral Moore (16). The loss was one of Wake Forest’s six losses in its last eight games.“Six 3s?” said Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry after the game, referring to one stretch when WFU hit six consecutive triples. “That’s tough. Normally, if you look at those numbers, you lose that game.”“I’ve never seen a team get hot like that,” said Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. “… (Boeheim) said that’s as hot as any team has been since he’s been here, so that’s a long time.”The Wake Forest report: The Demon Deacons are generalists. They do everything OK but nothing spectacularly, besides maybe shoot from beyond the arc.“They have a tremendous offensive team,” Boeheim said.When heated up from deep, Boeheim pushed his zone out and forced Wake Forest to go inside to Moore, the 7-foot-1, 280-pound center. Moore has rubbed in some polish to his offensive game since the Orange saw him the first time around and finished the season with an ACC-leading 69.1 shooting percentage from the field. Moore generates those opportunities for himself as he gobbles up offensive and defensive boards at rates among the best in the country.On offense, in the last game, Syracuse freshman forward Oshae Brissett said, Wake Forest defended tighter off the ball because its head coach Danny Manning wanted to eliminate the pair of SU’s three scorers — Frank Howard, Battle or Brissett — who didn’t bring the ball up.This Demon Deacons team also understands what the Barclays environment will feel like.“You know the atmosphere is going to be heavily toward Syracuse,” sophomore guard Brandon Childress told the Winston Salem-Journal. “We’ve just got to be prepared.”How Syracuse beats the Demon Deacons: Secure the perimeter.Crawford leads a squad that hit nine 3-pointers against Syracuse in their first meeting and 10 in their second. Had it not been for Howard’s and Battle’s career nights, the Demon Deacons might have stolen the second game from Syracuse, and the performance beyond the arc would have keyed it. The Orange defends 3-pointers much better than it shoots them — allowing opponents to hit 33.3 percent from there, the 74th-best mark in the nation, per KenPom.com — but the zone has still allowed different scorers to heat up from the perimeter this season.Syracuse’s Feb. 28 loss serves as a perfect example because the Eagles hit 14-of-27 triples and bludgeoned the Orange’s zone into submission. Wake Forest has the capability to do the same with Crawford, Brandon Childress, Keyshawn Woods, Chaundee Brown and Mitchell Wilbekin. All five players have attempted 76 or more 3-pointers this season and, excluding Crawford and Brown, hit nearly 40 percent. Wake Forest gets 38.2 percent of its points from beyond the arc, one of the top rates in the nation.The Orange cannot allow the Demon Deacons to spread its zone and attack inside through Moore. If that happens and your TV feed gets interrupted at any point during the game, it is signaling the arrival of Syracuse’s season’s grim reaper.Stat to know: 10Since the ACC tournament expanded to five days in 2014, none of the 10 teams that won on the first day of the tournament have won on the second. Syracuse has never won an ACC tournament game at all regardless of the day, but history is against the Orange even if it does win.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 63 percent chance to win and predicts a 68-65 win for the Orange.Player to watch: Bryant Crawford, guard, junior, No. 13Crawford has danced on Syracuse in his two chances this season, dropping a combined 43 points — with eight 3-pointers — to go along with 12 assists. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard’s range and driving ability make him the Wake Forest player most likely to give Syracuse fans nightmares. Last season, he joined NBA players Chris Paul and Ish Smith as the only Demon Deacons with at least 300 assists by the end of their sophomore season. This season, Crawford has also become the team’s leading scorer (16.7 points per game) and de facto floor general.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Chaundee Brown was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Enyimba Ordered to Play Rahimo FC Behind Closed Doors

first_imgCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s CAF Champions League representatives, Enyimba FC have been ordered to play their preliminary round second leg match against Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso in Aba on Sunday behind closed doors pending a final inspection of their home ground. The two-time champions of the foremost inter-club competition in the continent, Enyimba, lost their first leg in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 1-0 a fortnight ago.CAF expressed their displeasure with the lack of an electronic scoreboard, floodlights and CCTV cameras at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba that underwent a major renovation for two years and was re-opened last year.Despite having one of the best playing turfs in the country today, CAF insisted that the facility has not met the set standard to hosting international matches due to the absence of the stated equipment.Sources in Aba also hinted THISDAY that the stadium management has also failed to remove political posters and billboards erected at the facilities since after the last elections in the country.Last year, CARA Brazzaville of Congo complained about poor floodlights at the stadium during their CAF Confederation Cup clash at the venue.Enyimba will now need to get a certification from FIFA before inspectors from CAF will approve the home ground to admit spectators for international matches.Before CAF’s confirmation of the behind the door order, officials of the Aba club had began processing accreditation of sports journalists for the second leg, preliminary round clash with Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso.The People’s Elephant lost the first leg away 1-0 a fortnight ago through an Issouf Zanon 30th minute volley that deflected off Ifeanyi Anaemena into Theophilus Afelokhai’s goal.Enyimba FC’s Head Coach, Usman Abdallah, was however unfazed as he promised that his wards will overturn that defeat in the return leg on Sunday.Abdallah insisted that the first leg defeat to Rahimo FC was just the start for the team but backs his team to grow well into the competition quickly and get themselves back once they become fitter and have more game experience together.“We are all starting and results are always these way until we keep ourselves into the competition where we get much fitter.“They have a youthful young team with very good mobility and techniques and they are very fit. We have seen the team now, the most important thing is to go back and sit down and work with what we’ve seen of the team,” stressed the gaffer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more