Osimhen moves on from CAF award disappointment, celebrates first goal of 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen,  says he has put the disappointment of  missing out in the CAF young player  of the award behind him. Achraf Hakimi was named the best young player of the year by CAF ahead of Osimhen and his compatriot  Samuel Chukwueze at the award ceremony in Egypt. Osimhen later scored his 14th goal of the season in Lille’s 2-0 win over Amiens I the French Cup on Wednesday. The 20-year-old later took to his social media handled to share his thoughts about the award with his fans.Advertisement “On to the next round, God is greatest, I pray we move. I scored  @losclive”. He said on Twitter. Osimhen’s goal was enough to help  Lille set up a semi-final clash with Lyon. Read Also: Adepoju cautions Osimhen, Chukwueze over CAF award snub Osimhen thankful after scoring the first  goal of 2020 The victory means Lille have now qualified for the semi-final of the  French Ligue Cup.center_img Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket Loading… last_img read more

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: Uzoho Injured as Brazil Force 1-1 Draw with Nigeria…

first_imgMoments after the 1-1 draw in Singapore, the Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed to THISDAY that the extend of the damage cannot be ascertained for now until after the scan which will take place at his club.“The extent of the damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but he has be given immediate medication but tomorrow (Monday) he will go to hospital for proper scan to know the extent of the damage on his leg.He praise the Super Eagles for putting up the brave fight against the Brazilians.“The result was a good one for the team everyone is happy but we are not in the mood to celebrate because one of the players is down with a major injury and what we can offer now is the to give him moral support and hoping that the medical result would be okay,” Ibitoye said last night.However most sports medicine experts feared  that the  Cyprus-based goalkeeper should expert a long period of stay in the sideline considering his height and the fact that injuries in the knee joint are mostly career threatening types..Before he was pulled out in the 60th minute, he had made several saves that could have given the Brazilian victory and his substitute, Maduka Okoye, was in good shape too as he was to the rescue of the Super Eagles with close range efforts.The departed the Asian island city-state  few hours after the game with the players flying back to their respective clubs.  Only home based Ikechukwu Ezenwa, backroom staff and few NFF officials led by Amaju Pinnick flew back to Nigeria.In the match, it was a strong and competent performance by the Super Eagles who earned the  1-1 draw against the five-time world champions. Brazil in a prestige international friendly in Singapore yesterday night.Both teams had started with good pace, passion and intensity at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang and after only two minutes, Roberto Firmino’s turn and shot flew away from the Nigerian goal. Three minutes later, the three-time African champions waltzed their way into the Brazilian vital area but Victor Osimhen’s shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Ederson.Brazil’s France –based forward Neymar was forced to quit the game after only 12 minutes, due to injury, but seven minutes later Marquinhos could have put Nigeria in front with a bizarre own goal after his attempt to clear Chukwueze’s pull-out went wrong.Villarreal FC of Spain’s Chukwueze, a former Nigeria U17 World Cup winner, was a thorn in the flesh of the Selecao throughout, and created chances for Nigeria in the 20th and 24th minute but Osimhen was cut out by an alert Brazilian rear.In the 28th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho showed excellent agility in cutting out a powerful header by the ubiquitous Gabriel Jesus. Two minutes later, Uzoho was again alert to foil a shot by Firmino, and then reacted faster than Philip Coutinho as the ball danced in the box.In the 35th minute, Nigeria broke through again, this time mining gold. Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut in the friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro last month, kept his cool and showed cleverness in taking a pass from Moses Simon and ghosting past Casemiro and Thiago Silva to shoot past Ederson for the opener.The goal expectedly stung the Selecao into greater intensity and desperation, but they could have conceded again two minutes later only for Wilfred Ndidi to shoot directly at Ederson from a counter attack. In the 40th minute, stand –in captain William Ekong, who had a great game alongside central defence partner Semi Ajayi, cleared as Jesus lobbed into the Nigerian box, and four minutes later, a free kick by Coutinho whistled past Uzoho’s post though he had it well covered.In the second half, the Selecao launched onslaught after onslaught, and equalized in the 48th minute as Casemiro reacted faster than the defence when the ball bounced off the crossbar from a Marquinhos header.The South Americans then swarmed on the Nigeria rear to get more goals but found the Super Eagles super resilient, with Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Ndidi and goalscorer Aribo brilliantly complementing Ekong and Ajayi.EURO 2020 QUALIFIERSKazakhstan 0-2 BelgiumBelarus 1-2 HollandHungary 1-0 AzerbaijanCyprus 0-5 RussiaScotland 6-0 San MarinoFRIENDLIESBrazil 1-1 NigeriaI’Coast 3-1 DR CongoS’Africa 2-1 MaliKenya 0-1 MozambiqueAFCON 2021 QUALIFIERSSeychelles 0-1 S’SudanChad 1-0 Liberia          (5-4 agg.)Gambia 1-1 Djibouti          (3-2 agg)Sao Tome 2-1 Mauritius         (5-2 agg.)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eagles goalkeeper to go for scan today to determine extent of injuryBy Femi SolajaSuper Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, will undergo comprehensive scan today to determine the extent of the fracture he sustained on his left leg during yesterday’s high profile international friendly with five-time world champions Brazil. The game ended one-all.Uzoho, gave a five-star performance in the match in which he just won back the number one shirt since his AFCON 2019 cameo appearance in Egypt. He twisted his left leg in an attempt to save a rebound in the goal area but in the process injured himself and had to the substituted immediately.last_img read more

A Cinderella story no guarantee of success

first_imgGeorge Mason became the best NCAA tournament story in years, riding the league’s first at-large bid to wins over Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut and all the way to the Final Four before getting knocked out by eventual champ Florida. The only people who weren’t charmed by the Patriots’ success were the commissioners of the major conferences, whose second-tier finishers were left out of the tourney to make room for George Mason and a handful of college basketball’s other little guys. What we’ll find out Sunday is whether they can do anything about that. The NCAA tournament is at a tipping point, something the selectors finally acknowledged last year in a big way. What began as a subtle shift in the balance of power a dozen years ago is beginning to look more and more like parity across the landscape. The reduction of scholarships per team in 1993 from 15 to 13 freed up roughly 200 players who would have sat on the benches at powerhouse programs in the Big East, ACC and Big Ten to sign on with mid-majors and play right away. The best underclassmen still land with the name programs, but they head to the NBA after a season or two, forcing the coaches and teammates they leave behind to reshuffle the deck season after season. The increased pressure to recruit top 100 players means Roy Williams at North Carolina and Jim Calhoun at Connecticut can’t take on projects and wait for them to develop into stars, but that teams like George Mason can. And do. And for all the Dragons’ heroics this season – they have a 23-8 record, road wins at St. Joseph’s, Villanova, Syracuse and Creighton, and an RPI hovering near 50 – Drexel will still need some breaks and a few friends on the selection committee just to get an invitation. Whether that’s progress depends on who’s talking. Last season, the committee took a flyer on another Colonial Athletic Association team with a similar profile and everybody knows how it turned out. “Then there’s the TV factor,” Larranaga said. “So many games are on that kids don’t have to be at the big programs to get exposure. Then factor in how many big games these kids play in high school, and how many times they face each other in summer leagues and camps and such and the fear factor tapers off pretty quickly.” Even before the critics weighed in, NCAA selection committee chairman Craig Littlepage justified the inclusion of so many mid-majors by saying, “I think the message in this is that there’s great basketball played throughout the country.” Backers of the Big East and ACC still think that means their leagues should send nine teams to the tournament, and they’ve got a good argument. Marquette, for example, is the sixth seed in the upcoming Big East tournament and there were plenty of times this season when you would be hard- pressed to name five teams in the country, let alone the league, that was better. But the other message the committee passed along last season to the big guys was to give their mid-major brethren the nonconference games they bargained, begged, taunted and even threatened lawsuits to get. Drexel went on the road 18 times to build a resume and won 13 of those games. Compare that to the two road wins Michigan State and Georgia Tech had combined. “I think the committee will do what it’s said it will do for a number of years now and that’s to reward teams that challenge themselves in nonconference play,” Larranaga said. “Take the other team from our league that could surprise some people, Old Dominion. They went and played Georgetown, the No. 1 seed in the Big East this week, in a building where Georgetown hadn’t lost in something like 27 years. “I’m not saying that conference play isn’t important, don’t get me wrong. But with unbalanced schedules in some of those big conferences, you may not even play the best team in the league twice. … So the league you play in shouldn’t determine the final decision. I think what the committee has to look at is the total package, what you bring to the tournament.” What the mid-majors bring is a little romance and a large chip on their shoulder. What they’ve got going for them is a 10-man selection committee that will again feature a majority of voters from outside the power conferences. Whether that adds up to a few choices that will have people shaking their heads once more won’t be known for a few days. But keep in mind an unlikely invitation is the jumping-off point for one of the most enduring fairy tales of all time, one that ends with the party-crasher eventually snaring the biggest prize of all. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img GETTING tabbed as a tournament darling in the days leading to Selection Sunday is like catching the bouquet the bride tosses over her shoulder at a wedding. It’s an endorsement, not a guarantee. “For starters, I like two teams from our league, but if we’re talking about somebody coming from way back, say an 11th seed like us, instead of a No. 5,” George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said Tuesday, “I’ll take Drexel.” last_img read more