Super Eagles stars Stephen Eze and Dayo Ojo have been named in the 2018 African Nations Championship Team of the torunament tournament XI by CAF. Eze was an ever-present as Nigeria went all the way to the final in Morocco, while Dayo Ojo stamped his class on the Eagles’ midfield when he broke into the first team, scoring a super goal against Equatorial Guinea.
Expectedly, champions and hosts Morocco dominated the tournament 11 with five players including MVP and goal king Ayoub El Kaabi, who scored a record nine goals. Total Man of the Tournament: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco) Top scorer: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco) – 9 goals Fair Play: Morocco Team of the tournament Goalkeeper: Akram El Hadi (Sudan) Defenders: Omer Suliman (Sudan), Stephen Eze (Nigeria), Badr Benoun Midfielders: Solomon Ojo (Nigeria), Walid El Karti (Morocco), Salaheddine Saidi (Morocco), Zakaria Hadraf (Morocco), Abdulrahman Ramadhan (Libya) Forwards: Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco), Saleh Taher (Libya) Substitutes Anas Zniti (Morocco), Sand Masaud (Libya), Vladimir Antonio (Angola), Bader Hasan (Libya), Augustine Mulenga (Zambia), Saifeldin Bakhit (Sudan), Ismail El Haddad (Morocco)
Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates
Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline, Emirates, by five years.
The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.
“Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have not given a figure for the deal.
“This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.”
“Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”
Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand.
“As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”
Emirates also has naming rights to the stadium until 2021. (AFP)
JUST IN: Kano Pillars’ defender, Chinedu Udoji, is dead
Kano Pillars defender, Chinedu Udoji, is dead.
The erstwhile Enyimba of Aba skipper was reportedly involved in a ghastly motor accident in Kano on Sunday night.
The central defender starred in Pillar’s 1-1 draw against Enyinba at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Udoji, 28, is survived by his wife and children.
Top athletes snub C’Wealth Games
- AFN battles to get best available
…may release team list today
There are strong indications that some of the country’s top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are two major doubts due to engagement with their various schools in the USA.
Investigation by New Telegraph also revealed that more of these athletes had decided to concentrate on winning medals for their various schools. Some of them who spoke on the condition of anonymity with our correspondent said they would have loved to be part of the Games but it’s out of the calendar of the international athletics body. One of the athletes said: “I am on scholarship here and my school has already made it clear that the Commonwealth Games is not part of the International Association of Athletics Federations calendar.”
“It is the dream of every athlete to represent his or her country and I don’t want to be an exception, hopefully everything will be resolved soon” Another athlete, who also expressed her disappointment, said going to Australia would be a dream come true, but it was beyond her powers. According to the athletes, the Athletic Federation of Nigeria has a lot to do in convincing their schools to release them for the Games.
Meanwhile, the Technical Director of the AFN, Sunday Adeleye, has assured that the best legs will represent the country in Gold Coast. While expressing his happiness on the performance of the team at the just concluded trials in Abuja, Adeleye said the AFN was monitoring all the athletes doing well both internationally and locally. He said: “I don’t want to start thinking about who might be available or not; all we are doing now is to assemble the best athletes to represent the country. “The fact is we have to look at the athletes on the list and then follow up with their schools and clubs because we are aware of their importance to their schools too.
“We have noticed some top athletes during the trials and I am happy with what we were able to achieve during the three days. “On Monday (today), the final list for Australia will likely be out and the whole world can see who finally makes the team.”
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