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Eagles’ coach disappointed over cancelled Burkina friendly

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The Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, German Gernot Rohr, has expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of the Nigeria versus Burkina Faso international friendly earlier scheduled for the Hive Stadium in London.

Rohr’s disappointment was hinged on his insistence to play tough and physical African opposition ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.

The Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Chris Green, disclosed in London: “We regret to announce that the second friendly match we had scheduled for the Super Eagles as part of preparations for the remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series and the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race would no longer take place on Monday, 27th March 2017.

“The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation. We will announce further plans for the Super Eagles’ preparation for these two important qualifying campaigns in due course.”

There is no British Embassy in Ouagadougou, and officials of the Federation Burkinabe de Football had been shuttling between Accra and Ouagadougou for visa processing.

Sources disclosed that the Embassy in Accra told the Burkinabes last week to proceed to Morocco (where the Etalons  played the Atlas Lions on Friday) and that the visas would be issued there.

The visa problem is, however, not the only obstacle against the match as the schedule appears to have also come short of FIFA’s rule which stipulates that teams cannot play in two different continents within short intervals as the teams are required to have at least a two-day rest after travelling to another continent.

The stallions lost 2-0 to Atlas Lions of Morocco at the Stade de Marrakech on Friday. If the FIFA rule is to be followed. It means the team will have Saturday and Sunday to rest before heading to London and may not be able to arrive early enough to face waiting Eagles.

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Heineken extends UCL football experience to Port Harcourt

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After kicking off the special live viewing of 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League knockout games on February 14 in Lagos, International Premium Lager Beer, Heineken has now extended its premium cinematic football experience to the city of Port-Harcourt, with live broadcast of the Chelsea vs Barcelona game on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

The much anticipated clash between last season’s English Premier League champions and current Spanish League leaders was watched by hundreds of excited football fans at special Heineken viewing venues simultaneously in Lagos at IMAX Cinemas, Lekki and FilmHouse Cinema, in Port Harcourt.

Heineken’s upscale viewing centres equipped with impressive giant screens also offered guests ice cold Heineken drinks and delicious snacks. In addition to the refreshments, football fans also had access to a variety of recreational games to keep busy before kickoff, as well as quizzes, contests and giveaways during the halftime break.

The Chelsea vs Barcelona game ended in a one-all draw, courtesy goals from Willian, who scored on the 63rd minute, and Messi, who equalized in the 75th minute, effectively ending an 8 match goal drought against the London side. Also on the same night, Bayern Munich beat Besiktas 5-0, giving the German side a huge boost ahead of the return leg in Turkey in a fortnight.

A dramatic night of top class football ended on a high for fans, both in Lagos and Port Harcourt, and sets up delightful expectations for the next set of UEFA Champions League games to be broadcast live at Heineken’s exclusive viewing centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja throughout the rest of the 2017/2018 season’s edition of Europe’s elite football competition.

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Cow throws football club into crisis

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It appears that the issue of cows causing havoc is not limited to only Nigeria if news out of Scotland is anything to go by.

According to multiple reports, a cow in that country has caused crisis for a Scottish Championship club after a runaway hit its reserve goalkeeper.

Queen of the South’s Sam Henderson, 19, hurt his shoulder in the incident on his father’s farm.

First choice goalkeeper Alan Martin is out with a thigh injury with Jack Leighfield standing in.

Henderson was on the bench for last weekend’s draw with Morton and was expected to do the same against Dunfermline on Saturday.

However, the accident has meant he is facing a race to be fit.

Regular number one Martin is expected to be out for five to six weeks which meant Leighfield played at the weekend.

That saw youth team keeper Henderson promoted to the bench last Saturday.

He was expected to take the same spot for the clash with Dunfermline this weekend which is vital to the Dumfries side’s promotion play-off hopes.

The club confirmed Henderson had been struck by a cow and injured his shoulder and was now an injury doubt.

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NOGIG 2018: NLNG dominates swimming

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Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas yesterday proved that they were the best in swimming at the ongoing 17th Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry Games tagged NOGIG 2018, as they emerged tops in the swimming event concluded on Wednesday at Chevron Complex, Gbagada, Lagos.

NLNG won five gold and one silver medals to top the medals table ahead of Shell that won three gold, three silver and one bronze medals, while Chevron took third position, with three gold and one bronze medals. The fourth and fifth positions went to Nigeria Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Mobil respectively.

 

In the 33.33 metres freestyle for women, Inye Samuel, representing Shell took the gold medal in a time of 25:51secs. The silver medal went to Chioma of NNPC, who returned a time of 25:95secs, while NAOC’s Opubiri Ton-Ifiye took the bronze medal after finishing at 28:07secs.

 

Chevron looks good for a medal sweep in the chess events which will be concluded today at the same venue.

 

As at yesterday, Ogwuche Otokini, who had earlier won bronze medal for Chevron in the swimming event, was leading comfortably in the women’s chess, having recorded four over four with the fifth and final game yet to be decided.

In the men’s chess event, Clifford Ogolowa, also of Chevron is just one step away from sealing the gold medal. With four points in his kitty and one game left to be decided, Ogolowa’s fate is in his own hands as he is closely followed by Innocent Ekpu of NLNG and Emelife Chinedu of NNPC, who have three and half points each.

 

Meanwhile, Technical Director of the event, Bayo Babalola, has hailed the players for their performances and conduct since the commencement of the chess event.

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