It’s Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s first Merseyside derby as a visiting manager and he’s expecting a battle. The Merseyside derby takes centre stage in the Premier League tonight.Everton and Liverpool will battle it out at Goodison Park from 8pm.Liverpool are currently unbeaten in their last 11 league derby matches with Everton- Everton’s last victory coming at Goodison Park in October 2010.
In Group 3 Carrick Swans had a mountain to climb against against Nenagh Eire Og this afternoon.Nenagh took a big early lead there, and Swans gave themselves far too much to do to come back.That game Finished up with an incredible score – Nenagh Eire Og 6-31 Carrck Swans 1-13. Photo © Tipp FM Also in Group 3 of the County Senior Hurling Championship Kilruane McDonaghs went up against reigning County Champions Thurles Sarsfields.Kilruane started well, but Thurles kept their heads to go into half time with a 5 point lead.That game finished on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-25 to keep Sars County title hopes on track for a third year running.In Group 4 Killenaule faced off against Eire Og Annacarthy in Leahy Park Cashel.That game was all square at half time, 1-7 to 10 points.That game finished up on a scoreline of Killenaule 2-20 Eire Og Annacarthy 1-19.In the earlier games; in group 4 Mullinahone came out with a win over Burgess.It was a tight game the whole way through, often with no more than a point separating the sides.The final score there was 1-17 to 18 points.Also at 2 o clock, in the Seamus Ni Riain Senior Hurling Championship,Toomevara were well deserved winners over Ballingarry on a scoreline of 2-23 to 1-17.Ballingarry finished the game with 13 players as they saw red twice in the second half of the game.In the evening games, there’s also a double header in Semple Stadium, which sees Drom Inch and Clonoulty Rossmore face off from group 2 at 6pm.And in Group 1 Borrisoleigh take on Loughmore Castleiney at 7.30pm.Finally, this evening, in group 1 Upperchurch Drombane play Kiladangan in Dolla at half 7.
Goals in each half from Wasiu Jimoh and Ismaila Gata gave FC Ifeanyi Ubah (FCIU) a deserved 2-0 victory yesterday over Rivers United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Jimoh finished off emphatically, right footed, into Sunday Rotimi’s bottom left hand corner after Maduabuchi Okereke opened up the Rivers United backline with some dare-devil piece of dribbling and impressive vision on 25 minutes.Gata’s goal in the 52nd minute was as a result of an error by Rivers United midfielder, Yusuf Jaiyeola who lost the ball in midfield and the former Niger Tornadoes man showed no mercy as he fired clinically past Rotimi.United were rocked just before kick off with the news that in form striker, Guy Kuemian had failed a late fitness test and would miss the game.The Ivoirian who had scored four goals in his last two matches was replaced by Onyekachi Okafor who clearly failed to fill the void left by the former Leones Vegetarianos (Equatoguinean club) forward.The ‘Pride of Rivers’ however started the stronger of the two sides and should have taken the lead inside the opening two minutes.Chinonso Okonkwo was fouled at the edge of the FCIU penalty area and Bernard Ovoke who took the resultant free kick fired his effort narrowly wide.That was the closest United came to scoring in a first half of very little quality until Okereke produced a moment of unadulterated magic in the 25th minute.United looked a pale shadow of the side that dismantled Kaduna United in the Federation Cup in midweek and barely threatened the FCIU goalkeeper, Ikechuku Ezenwa all game.Gata almost added a third goal late on for the hosts but watched in despair as his free kick sailed narrowly over.The Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma insisted that the better side won on the day while admitting that his charges were never really at the races.“We lost today and they (FCIU) were better. They deserved to win and I give them kudos.“We will go back home to prepare for the next game,” Eguma noted.The FCIU coach, Mitko Dobrev revealed that painstaking preparations were vital to the win for his side.“I think I have a good time but there are some new players so we need some time to integrate.“I had vital information about Rivers United. They play with five midfielders and rely on counter attacks.“We did not give them any free space today and I think we deserved to win,” he said.Rivers United stay in second place despite the defeat (they still have 38 points from 22 matches) while FCIU climb up two places on the log to 11th with 30 points from 21 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Super Eagles right-back, Shehu Musa, was voted the first winner of â€˜The Big Bull Riceâ€™ Man-of-the-Match award instituted by TGI Group, the Official Food Partner of the Super Eagles.Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Morocco, UAE, South Africa, India and several other emerging marketsShehu Abdullahi was voted the man-of-the-match for Nigeria in the Super Eagles versus Chipolopolo of Zambia World Cup Qualifier played in Uyo last SaturdayA cheque of N1million was presented to theÂ Nigeria international who plays for AnorthosisÂ club shortly after the match by Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu, Executive Director, TGI Group and Mr. Sumit Jain, Chief Financial Officer, WACOT Limited makers of The Big Bull Rice after Nigeria won the match 1-0 through Alex Iwobiâ€™s goal in the 73rd minute.Congratulating the first recipient of the award, Mr. Onubogu, stated that the award is now to be known asÂ â€˜The Big Bull Rice Man of The Matchâ€™ with a prize of N1 million cash alongside 10 bags of Big Bull Rice to be donated to a charity of the playerâ€™s choice.â€œWe are making the presentation right here on the pitch at the end of the match because we believe this is something that will continue to motivate the players to perform excellently well and encourage a culture of excellence,â€ Onubogu said.While emphasising the unifying role of soccer in Nigeria, Mr. Onubogu stated that the goal of his conglomerate is to ensure that the Super Eagles does not only qualify for the 2018 World Cup but that the team puts up an unprecedented impressive performance at the competition in Russia.TGI Group was unveiled as the official food partner of the Super Eagles for the next three years last Friday at a joint press conference which took place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and other members of his Executive Committee.Responding, the player commending Big Bull Rice for the award and stated that it will further motivate him and other members of the Super Eagles to give their best to the team.Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The contractor handling Enyimba Stadium project, Monimichelle, has returned to site as efforts to get the arena completed is stepped up.CEO of the stadium facilities construction outfit, Ebi Egbe confirmed yesterday that his workers have moved in, even as he commended Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu for releasing funds and personally taking charge.“We are back to site and as we speak work is going on. I want to thank the governor for releasing funds to us and the special interest he has shown in seeing that the project is completed. I pray that the bureaucracy that had before now slowed us down won’t rear its ugly head again,” Egbe said. The governor last week released N100million to fund the project which was started way back on January 1, 2015.Enyimba that will be flying Nigeria’s flag in the CAF Confederation Cup next year has been playing away from home since re-construction works started at the stadium.Monimichelle has assured stakeholders that the arena would be ready for Enyimba to stage a return home if enough funds are made available to enable the firm complete the project.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
How well do you think Julen Lopetegui (he was sacked a day before the World Cup started) is doing with Spain?I think heâ€™s doing really, really well. Heâ€™s got things very clear in his head. Heâ€™s been able to tell his players very clearly what he wants, and thatâ€™s essential. If you can’t do that, then youâ€™re probably not going to achieve your objectives. The national team has got a lot going for it in that respect.Do you see any similarities between this Spain side and the one that won the World Cup and two European titles?The idea of taking the game to the opposition is still there, of controlling the game, passing the ball around and not being so direct. Yes, I would say itâ€™s still pretty much the same. Lopeteguiâ€™s Spain has very close ties with the things that make Spanish football strong. Itâ€™s based on intelligence, the ability to read matches, and technical quality. Thatâ€™s what sets us apart from other teams.And then there are the tactical nuances and the flexibility you need for different games because footballâ€™s getting increasingly complex and you have to know how to adapt. You try to take the initiative but there are times in matches when you have to play a different way and not make all the running.Aside from talent, what was the secret of the success of that trophy-winning Spain side?Team spirit is vital, that sense of everyone fighting together to achieve a very important objective. You have to all get on. If you donâ€™t, then it can really wear you down. But it very much looks to me as if the current team has got that too. And then thereâ€™s the blend of seasoned veterans who still have big contributions to make with players whoâ€™ve shown lots of enthusiasm and desire since coming in. Thatâ€™s a very positive thing too.The 23-man squad for Russia 2018 has generated less debate than many others in recent years. What alternatives does it offer when it comes to opening up opposition defences?There are players who are better at finding space between the lines, players who like to get round the outside or who can cause a lot of damage when given space to work in, like Diego Costa and Marco Asensio. I think this Spain side has more ways of playing than we did. In our case, if we werenâ€™t close to the opposition penalty box, then we found it harder to hurt them.Looking ahead to the group phase, Spain will have to take the initiative, even with Portugal, who I think are going to sit back and wait. Sometimes you have to go and play a different way, though, and having players who have something else to offer is crucial.La Roja are among the favourites for the title. How do you think they will do and which other teams are in with a chance?Iâ€™m not just saying it, but I would put them among the favourites because I donâ€™t see any side thatâ€™s better than Spain right now. I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going to happen in the games though. Germany are another of the big favourites. Theyâ€™re a very strong side and theyâ€™re always there or thereabouts. The way theyâ€™ve been playing, it would be a massive surprise if they donâ€™t make the semis, because theyâ€™re the champions and because of the new generation whoâ€™ve come into the team. Brazil are also right in there. I think those three are above the rest. Then thereâ€™s Argentina, France and maybe a surprise or two. Why not?For the first time in many years youâ€™ll be watching the World Cup as a fan. Have you got anything planned?I like to watch big games with the people I usually watch matches with. And Iâ€™ll probably go to the Final. I have already got my ticket; all I need now is for Spain to get there (laughs).Spain remains unbeaten in over 20 matches after the country’s elimination from EURO 2016 in the last 16 at the hands of Italy, the defending champions began their World Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw with Portugal on June 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He played in and won everything there was to win with some of Europeâ€™s biggest clubs and with the Spanish national team, where he was a prominent member of the golden generation that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa and UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012. In his first season since hanging up his boots, Xabi Alonso has been putting his time to good use, having just completed a coaching courseYou have been out of football for a year now. How has it gone?Pretty well. The fact is my pace of life has really changed. It was a decision I gave a lot of thought to, so while I do miss it, Iâ€™m coping with it well.What made you do your coaching badges? Has it given you a better understanding of the coaches you had in your career?When you do a course like this you move away from the person you have always been and you get closer to the person you want to become. And thatâ€™s good. I have always tried to understand the job and how complex it is to be a coach, which has nothing to do with being a footballer.You realise all the things you have to prepare and that when the time comes to get it all across you have to summarise it and be as efficient as possible. That might be where part of the secret lies. And then thereâ€™s team management, psychology, and personal relationships, which are almost more important in a way.
Midfield maestro Kelechi Nwakali is the latest player to join the camp of Nigeria’s U23 boys, Olympic Eagles in Abuja as the team intensifies preparations ahead of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations holding in Egypt early next month.The former U17 World Cup –winning captain who plays for Spanish side SD Huesa was among the players that took part in Thursday’s morning training session at the National Stadium training pitch, supervised by Coach Imama Amapakabo and his assistants.The mercurial midfielder played an integral part in the qualifiers as the team dispatched Libya and Sudan to book a slot in the U23 AFCON finals. Kelechi Nwakali Nigeria’s U23 squad open their campaign against Cote d’Ivoire in the tournament on 9th November in Cairo before taking on Zambia on 12th November and South Africa on 15th November. All their matches will hold at the Al Salam Stadium.Winners, runners up and third placed teams will represent Africa in next year’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.The fiesta is expected to last for two weeks, from 8-22 November, 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram