Costigan determined to tackle fixture backlog.

first_imgJohn Costigan believes that regular consultation with officials from the four GAA areas in Tipp will be vital to achieving that aim.The former intercounty hurler and County Board Chairman was approached to take up the role earlier this month.He says that while there has been a lot of good work already done by the CCC with regard to fixture planning the situation could still be improved…last_img

Lowry only Irishman left in Wyndham Championship

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Shane Lowry is the only Irishman left in the field for the final day of the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour.He’s well in contention on 12 under par, just four shots behind leader Henrik Stenson.The Offaly native tees off just after 6pm this evening. Both Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power have fallen victim to a 3rd round cut at the event after they ended their 3rd rounds on even par and 1 over par respectively.last_img

Obaje Vows to End Season as Top Scorer

first_imgBy Uchenna IyokeWikki Tourists top striker and NPFL leading scorer, Godwin Obaje has sets his sights at scoring more goals this season to help his club land the 2016 title. Obaje spoke to npfl.ng shortly after helping Wikki Tourists regain the pole position on the log after a 2-0 defeat of visiting Abia Warriors in a Match-day 28 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.The big striker scored the second goal and his 14th of the season. Obaje’s impressive scoring abilities have seen him earn a call-up to the NPFL All-Star camp preparing for an international friendly tour of Spain for the Carranza LaLiga World Club Tournament.The NPFL All-Star  are billed to play three pre-season friendlies against Malaga CF, Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid CF.Obaje said the invitation has offered him an opportunity to team up with the best players in the Nigerian elite league, pledging that he will make sure the opportunity counts.Obaje had failed to score a league goal for over a month and said his return to scoring form wasa great delight.“I am happy to have scores again today after many games without a league goal. It has not been a result of me but it is the efforts of all my team mates. So i dedicate the goal to the entire squad”.To score the goal, Obaje had intelligently displaced Emmanuel Olowo of Abia Warriors before slotting home perfectly to seal the win for Wikki . The former Mighty Jets striker would not want to place a goals target and reasoned that goals can be scored as the opportunity calls.He continued by saying that scoring against Abia Warriors has renewed his run of goals in the current season and reiterated that he wouldn’t be setting any goals’ target.“I do not like to set a goal target and like I said earlier, I just want to keep scoring as the chances come. Many people are keen to know why Obaje have not been scoring but it’s absolutely nothing. Most times i tried but it did not work out, so I thank God that I got back today”, enthused Obaje.He is now looking forward to continue the scoring form in their game against Akwa United on Match Day 29 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Alafin Boxing Tourney Debuts in Oyo

first_img‎The ancient city of Oyo will shake to its foundation next month as the maiden “Alafin of Oyo United Boxing Championship” holds from October 7th to 15th, 2016 at the Oyo Township Stadium. The boxing tournament is being put together by the Universal Boxing Council, UBC Super Middleweight Championship, Mojeed Okedara.According to Okedara, the decision of his company, Mojifrican Global Events Management, to accept promotion of the forthcoming Alaafin of Oyo boxing championship was to give a befitting 78th birthday celebration to the foremost Royal Father, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of boxing in the country. ‎ The U S A based boxer stated that the nine-day tournament will not only help promote the sports and give opportunity to Nigerian boxers to fight for honours but will help in upholding the tradition, culture and unity of Nigeria.“We are organising the championship in celebration of a royal father who has dedicated all his life in promoting boxing and he has even promised to enter the ring that day and face a yet to be named opponent whom he intends to beat, to enable him cut a memorable birthday cake” Okedara said.Boxers from different states including Oyo, Edo. Delta, Osun . Kwara, Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo state will be aiming to win some of the belts and trophies lined up for the championship. Okedara stated that the boxing event amongst other objectives will recognize contributions of individuals to development of boxing in Nigeria.He said “We will also be presenting veteran awards to about 25 individuals, 35 special distinguished boxing awards, medals to 15 special guests of honour as well as belts, trophies and other awards to those who have contributed in one way or the other to develop the pugilist game in the country”.Reacting to the performance of Nigeria boxer at the just conclude Olympic in Rio, Mojeed lamented poor attitude towards boxing by the government and lack of adequate preparation as major factor for the poor outing at the Olympic.He however, noted that the more reason a boxing competition like this (Oba Adeyemi United Boxing Tournament) is being put together in order to hunt for fresh talents that will redeem the image of Nigeria in the game of boxing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Edo Gov to Refurbish Ogbemudia Stadium Facilities

first_imgAdibe Emenyonu in Benin CityEdo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has indicated the readiness of his administration to refurbish facilities damaged by the last rainstorm at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. He disclosed this during an inspection tour of the damaged facilities at the stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital, where he also note revealed that some of such facilities would be overhauled and upgraded.The governor, who was taken round the damaged facilities by the Assistant Director of sports Facilities, Victor Edokpayi, said the inspection became necessary following the damage to some facilities at the stadium to strategise on how the facilities could be fixed.“We are here to inspect the damage done to some facilities. We can see some of the rooftops blown off by the rainstorm. The rooftop of the swimming pool and the gymnasium were totally blown off. The facilities here need total overhauling,” he noted.Governor Obaseki, accompanied by his deputy, Hon. Phillip Shaibu and the SSG, Osarodion Ogie, said his administration would refurbish the facilities in the stadium particularly the swimming pool section and some other damaged sections such as the judo hall and indoor sports complex that were damaged by the rainstorm.He said the facilities in the stadium needed to be improved upon to get more of the younger ones interested and involved in sporting activities.On the duration of the refurbishment, the governor disclosed that a consultant would be invited immediately to carry out an assessment and evaluation of the damage to the facilities, after which the project would take off.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Transfer: Barcelona Block Neymar’s Bonus

first_img“These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source who refused to be named told AFP.The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay.Neymar’s future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona supporters.After a successful pre-season tour in the United States that saw Barcelona win against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the footballer flew to China for a promotion trip.But he studiously avoided commenting on the situation.Barcelona players are expected to resume training today after their summer break, with a double session in the morning and in the afternoon.Neymar has been called to the training, the club source said, although Spanish sports media doubt he will show up.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona has blocked payment of a $31-million bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club disclosed on Tuesday.The Brazilian football star who is due to come return to Camp Nou for training this morning is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.Speculation is mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record 222 million euros.last_img read more

La Liga: Top of Table Clash as Barcelona Visit Valencia

first_imgValencia and Barcelona are set to battle it out in a top of the table clash this evening at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium. Marcelino’s team have put together an eight-game winning run, which has seen them rise to be Barcelona’s nearest challenges at this stage of the season.They are just four points off the La Liga leaders, but Marcelino will have to watch today’s game from the Mestalla stands. He was handed a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his side’s 2-0 La Liga win at Espanyol last Sunday.This will be their biggest test of the season against Barca, who have won 11 of their 12 league games. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is well aware of the significance of the game. “It’s a very important game for us because it could leave us seven points clear at the top of the table” he said.“I know [Valencia manager] Marcelino very well because I played under him at Villarreal. His teams like to play on the counter, make quick transitions and are always very strong in defence.“They play Marcelino’s favourite 4-4-2 system. It won’t be easy because it never is down there, and they’re playing some incredible football this year.”Simone Zaza, Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes should all return for Valencia after they were rested in the win at Espanyol last Sunday but Jeison Murillo and Javi Jimenez remain on the sidelines.Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Leganes while Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano are all missing through injury.Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract yesterday, was rested against Juventus in midweek but will start.Valencia have won only two of their last 20 league games against Barcelona (losing 13 of those), and both were as visitors (3-2 in February 2014 and 2-1 in April 2016). However they have won eight consecutive games in La Liga, their best winning streak in the competition.Messi has had a hand in 26 of Barcelona’s last 33 goals against Valencia in La Liga (with 20 scored and six assisted).Santi Mina has already scored five league goals in his 12 appearances this season, having hit just six in his previous 29 league games. Mina, with two, is the only Valencia player to have netted more than one goal against Barca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Confirms Next World Cup in Qatar to Hold Nov/Dec 2022

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in MoscowFIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21st and December 18th.FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, confirmed Friday at the final Press Conference on the 2018 World Cup in Russia that football leagues around the world had been informed on time for them to adjust their calendars to suit the tournament. The World Cup has always been hosted from June till July when the European football league season has ended, but this time it will be in the run up to Christmas break.“Leagues around the world have been informed already, and of course they will have to adapt,” Infantino said.“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams.”“We have agreements and a contract with Qatar, but it’s still too early to know if there will be 32 teams or more.”“For now, anything is possible. With 48 teams, many ‘regional’ tensions would be solved so I don’t want to close the door to this opportunity.”The implication of a winter World Cup would mean several European leagues will have to break for several weeks before the tournament to allow national teams to have time with their players in the build up to the tournament and for several weeks after in order to give them a break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pinnick Says NFF Bill’ll Move Nigeria Football Development to Next Level

first_img“We want to greatly applaud the National Assembly for the passage of the NFF Bill. It is a major victory by, and legacy for, the present NFF administration. A lot of effort went into pushing the Bill, and we are very happy that it has finally been passed.“Indeed, the passage of the bill, and if assented to by Mr. President, will strengthen our resolve and provide framework to fast-track our objectives to make football an integral part of the Nigeria economy as is happening in some other countries across the globe.”Wednesday’s passage by the Senate means the entire National Assembly has endorsed the document (the House of Representatives having earlier passed it), with only President Buhari’s assent remaining for the Bill to become law.An outline of the NFF Bill shows that it, among other things, repealed the NFA Act and established NFF; recognizes football as a National Asset entitled to special privileges and concessions; recognizes the NFF Statutes as supreme law for football administration in Nigeria; recognizes that the Federation and its members shall be self-governed by the Federation; recognizes NFF as a private sector –driven and self –governing non-profit body; recognizes that all disputes should be resolved by alternate dispute resolution mechanisms enshrined in the Statutes, with FIFA and CAS as final bus-stops and; that membership of NFF being voluntary, all members/participants shall be deemed to have waived rights to take internal disputes to ordinary courts of law.It also provided for the NFF to publish its annual audited accounts and to keep same for inspection by members; clear –cut process on how Government will support the NFF through grants, subventions and appropriations; clear –cut process for Government to confer benefits, concessions and tax rebates on companies sponsoring football; organize and operate its secretariat and employ staff under its standard employments contract as done in the private sector; streamline and enhance transparency in transfer of players; provides the framework for the domestication of the NFF and FIFA Statutes and; provides clear-cut process for Government to support football by giving the National Broadcaster funds to buy broadcast rights from NFF and the Leagues at commercially viable terms and broadcast football events through the networks.… Says the Federation is not DistractedSpeaking on Sunrise programme on Channels Television on Friday morning, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick assured that his administration is not perturbed by any efforts by certain elements to distract it from its noble commitment to ensuring adequate preparation and participation of all National Teams in international competitions.His assurance comes on the heels of a similar statement on Wednesday by NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, that the Federation is fully focused on the international championships and major matches of the several National Teams in the remaining part of the year, which are numerous.“We are not distracted at all. We have so many National Teams engaged in preparation or actual participation in major competitions presently, and cannot afford to lose focus.“Our commitment to ensure that our teams harness glory for the country from each and every match and competition has not waned in any way.”On Friday, the Nigeria U20 boys kick-started their participation in the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland with their Group D opener against Qatar, with games against USA and Ukraine to come.The Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, are presently in Austria undergoing a two –week residential camping before flying to France for the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, where they play Norway, Korea Republic and host nation France in the group phase.The Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, will begin their camping programme for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (taking place in Egypt) in nine days’ time in Asaba, and have to play Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in the group phase at the tournament taking place 21st June – 19th July.Similarly, the Home –based Senior Men Team (Eagles B), U23 National Team, U20 Women National Team, U17 Boys National Team and the Supersand Eagles have major championships to prosecute before the end of the year, just as the Super Eagles, U20 girls and U17 girls have World Cup qualifying games at hand.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has described as ‘the real next level’ for Nigerian Football development, the passage by the Senate of the Federal Republic on Wednesday of the NFF Bill, which automatically repealed the long –standing NFA Act.A delighted Pinnick told thenff.com that the NFF Bill’s passage is the biggest enabling environment for Nigerian Football to thrive provided by any Government over the decades, and applauded the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for consolidating on its numerous and credible moves that have provided lifeblood and impetus for the Nigeria game.“The NFF remains forever grateful to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the several praiseworthy moves and policies that have boosted the development of football administration and organization in Nigeria over the past four years. Indeed, we can never over-emphasize the President and his Government’s tremendous support for the present NFF to overcome its several challenges and forge ahead in taking Nigerian Football to new heights. Amaju Pinnicklast_img read more