The hooker missed the captain’s run yesterday with a stomach bug.Munster’s Niall Scannell will make his first Test start in Best’s place while Jamie Heaslip will captain the side.Ireland are looking to avoid back-to-back opening defeats for the first time since 1998 after they lost to Scotland last weekend.
Arravale Rovers will find out tonight who they will play in the Preliminary County Quarter Final.The West Senior Champions will meet one of the runners up from the group stages, meaning they will play one of Aherlow, Ballyporeen, Eire Og Annacarthy or Kilsheelan Kilcash.That draw will take place at tonight’s CCC meeting.
Photo © Tipp FM Tipperary will have to adapt their club championship structures following yesterday’s Special Congress.Delegates from across the country voted to adopt the Ard Comhairle’s motion which will see a major restructuring of the Munster, Leinster and All Ireland Championships.Tipperary, Dublin and Cork had alternative motions, but each were defeated. It’s estimated that with the new structure of the Senior Championship – the club championship will have to be played off over 14 weeks – giving 7 for hurling and 7 for football.Currently, it takes at least 11 weeks to play off each competition.County Board Secretary Tim Floyd says Tipp will have to look at restructuring the club championship now…
First time Munster finalists Inagh Kilnamona of Clare stand in the way of Burgess Duharra’s hopes of defending their title this weekend.Saturday sees the six-in-a-row Tipperary county champions aim to win their second consecutive Munster Senior Camogie title.Burgess Duharra captain Elaine King says they want to keep up the winning ways. Photo: Tipp FM / Stephen Gleeson Throw in at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday at 2 o’clock.The game will be broadcast live here on Tipp Fm in association with Munster Van Centre Cahir.
Winners will be rewarded with the sum of N750,000.00, N500,000.00 and N350,000,00 for the first , second and third place winners respectively in both male and female categories.Over the years, the GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup has produced exceptional players at country and club levels. Yetunde Fajobi of Government Senior College, Agege, and Esther Adeboye of State High School, Alimosho (2014 edition players) were part of the Nigerian U-17 national team (The Flamingos) that qualified for the 2016 FIFA U17 World Cup. Amongst some of the notable players discovered in this year’s competition are; leading goal scorer in the Girls category, Edemekop Ndiana from CMS Girls Grammar School, Anusilem Amarachi from Ikotun Senior High School with six and five goals respectively.Commenting on the significance of the competition in Nigeria’s educational framework, the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc Segun Agbaje, believes “the competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents, whilst fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”. He enjoined the students to imbibe the spirit of fair play, hard work, and discipline, which are some of the core values of GTBank.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Teslim Balogun Stadium will today host the finals of the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, which is now in its 7th year. This season’s final promises to be an exhilarating encounter between two teams as they stake their claim as ultimate champions of the prestigious tournament.In the boys’ category, Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School which won the title in 2012 and 2014 will be seeking to permanently retain the trophy as they go in search of their third title. Debutants Ejigbo Senior Secondary School will be playing for glory, having eliminated Keme Balogun Grammar School in a keenly contested semi-finals battle.In the girls’ category, defending champions; Ikotun Senior High School will be playing for glory as they seek to defend their title against their old nemesis; CMS Senior Girls Grammar School, in what will be a rematch of the 2013 finals wherein the latter lost 4-2 on penalties. Will history continue as we know it or will history be rewritten; is a story that will be told when these titans collide at the Teslim Balogun stadium.
Pinnick who was in London at the weekend made the comment when speaking with the Association of Nigerian Journalists in the United Kingdom (ANJUK) at Marriot Hotel.He said he was on transit from Zurich after attending a meeting with other two African football managers.According to him, the most important project for his board now is how to qualify the country for Russia 2018 World Cup as all the junior teams has failed to make it to the global stage.The former Delta Sports Commission chairman maintained that the future of Nigeria football will be robust as the Super Eagles is settled for the tournament.He said, “There is no form of politics surrounding the preparation and the country has the youngest and talented footballers in the continent.”Pinnick however stressed that one major problem faced by his federation was the issue of finance as the country is going through serious economic challenges.”You are also aware that the country is facing financial difficulties and it is affecting us, but we will try our best to see that the country’s flag is hoisted in Russia,” he promised.Nonetheless, Pinnick applauded Nigeria’s Europe-based players especially those plying their trades in England for the superlative and unmatched performances most of them have been exhibiting recently.”I am really happy for our players in Europe especially in those in England. They are adjudged the best and they are still young in their respective club sides,” concludes the NFF chief.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Agha Ibiam in LondonPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has assured Nigerians that the federation will be up and doing to ensure that Nigeria qualify for 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.However, he expressed displeasure on the exit of both the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets from international competitions, adding that coaches should isolate business from coaching for Nigeria football to go beyond where it is.
Femi SolajaThe two Most Valuable Players of the current edition of the annual Shell Cup football among secondary schools in the country, Joseph Eze and Kelvin Amadi, have described their outing at the one-week training programme at the Feyenoord FC academy in Holland as a life changing moment in their respective careers.The duo arrived Nigeria at the weekend and in an interview with Thisday monday described their outing as a wonderful one and looking forward to a better football experience alongside academic pursuance. Eze, who is a student of Foster Academy in Abuja, said that that it was great to be part of the training programme, which would help improve their game and expressed hope that he would one day become famous like his Idol, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.“The Feyenoord trip no doubt as changed my world. I have learnt more on how to operate within the team and it also gave me a unique opportunity to make more friends in other continent and socialise with them while enjoying the life in the beautiful game called football.“I cannot quantify the experience in monetary value and I have to say is thank you to Shell?NNPC Joint venture for this unique platform given to me at no cost,” he remarked.On his own part, Amadi, who is a student of Excel School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State noted that they learnt more about how football should be played and was happy to watch a live game, which ended in favor of their host Feyenoord. “The atmosphere inside the stadium is awesome. I just can’t describe it because experience is a better way of knowledge. The crowd experience is something I can never forget. I was the first time in my life that I will be in such a huge crowd that is well organised with recourse violent or stampede.“I will start this crusade from my school and thereafter take it beyond the school confine on why the youths of today must eschew violent and let us all be organised as a steady way to success rather than disruption,” he remarked.The young star commended the sponsor and promised to be a better footballer than Lionel Messi of Barcelona. ” I don’t think Messi was privileged to have this opportunity given to me by Shell/NNPC Joint venture and if I make good use of it as a platform, I think I could be a greater football in life,” he noted.Tolu Derin Adefuwa, who led the players to Holland commended them for conducting themselves well during the trip and said the experience would be invaluable as they players continue to progress in their career.She said the Shell Cup, which is in its 18th year, has given opportunity to young footballers in school and urged Amadi and Eze to exhibit the skills they learnt in Holland.In his remark, Shells’s General Manager, External Relation Nigeria and Gabon, Igho Weli expressed the companies commitment to the development of young talents. He also urged the players not to drop out of school, noting that ‘sports and educational are not mutually exclusive’ but can go hand in hand.“This is the beginning of greater things in their life because I will not say the experience is its a life time experience. Where do they go from here? The answer is very simple, the duo will enjoy scholarship scheme from us because beyond football, education is very important we have to encourage them to be a role model in life,” he remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Desire Oparanozie settled the match with a long strike in the 54th minute and the feat assured the nine-time champions, Nigeria, another opportunity to win the cup again and this time against host, Cameroon. Nigeria won the last edition two years ago in Namibia.The President in spite of socio-economic problems facing the country, took time out with his twitter handle and expressed his delight with the ladies’ performances as he look forward to another remarkable outing on Saturday.“Our Super Falcons have made Nigeria proud again. The entire country looks forward to the #AWCON2016 Final on Saturday,” President Buhari tweeted wednesday.Meanwhile, Super Falcons Coach, Florence Omagbemi, has revealed that some of her players were overcome by nerves in Tuesday’s semi-final against South Africa at the ongoing 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Omagbemi was the first to admit that her charges did not hit high notes in the contest decided at the Stade Municipal de Limbe and blamed nervousness for the underwhelming showing.“First of all, I want to give credit to the players again. Our approach in the first half was different from the second.“We had a game plan but some of the players were carried away by the emotions of the occasion.“There was some nervousness noticed even among some of the key players of my team.“I was surprised to see them get overwhelmed by the occasion,” Omagbemi said at the post match press conference.The Falcons improved after the break and Omagbemi revealed that her team talk worked wonders for the players.“In the second half, we asked them to try to relax.“They all wanted to play in the final but to do that, they had to be relaxed.“In such games, if you try to do too much, you will make mistakes.“We are an attacking team and did not try to play defensively after we scored.“The game against South Africa was not was one of our best games but I give credit to the players for winning despite not playing very well,” she added.Meanwhile, Head coach of South Africa’s Women’s national team, Desiree Ellis has explained that her game plan was to stifle Nigeria’s Super Falcons in the second semi-final.Ellis saluted the quality of Oparanozie’s strike but hailed her charges for a ‘magnificent display’.“Congratulations to Nigeria for a hard-earned victory.“I think our plan worked for most of the time; we stifled Nigeria and it took a moment of madness (to beat us).“I am not sure whether it was a free kick or not, but what a fantastic strike by Oparanozie.“We had our chances but did not convert them.“However, I think all of South Africa can be extremely proud of Banyana Banyana because we fought hard and the game could have gone either way,” Ellis submitted at the post-match press conference.South Africa will now meet Ghana in the third place game on December 2 at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AWCON 2016Omagbemi says players’ nerves almost let them downFemi SolajaPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the Super Falcons for their hard earned win against South Africa on Tuesday to seal a place in Saturday’s African Women’s Championship final in Cameroon.
Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers will battle Federation Cup winners FC IfeanyiUbah in the annual Charity Cup match in Abuja tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11, 2017.NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mr. Bola Oyeyode said yesterday that all arrangements have been put in place for the match, scheduled for the mainbowl of the National Stadium Complex from 4pm. Officials of the two clubs, as well as those of the other two clubs flying Nigeria’s flag in continental competitions this year, Rivers United and Wikki Tourists, are also due to meet with NFF officials same day with regards to their continental campaigns.Rangers, who swept to their first title in 32 years by claiming the NPFL title on the last day of last season, will fly Nigeria’s flag in the dollar –spangled CAF Champions League while FC IfeanyiUbah, conquerors of Nasarawa United in the final of the men’s Federation Cup will campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.NPFL vice champions Rivers United will join Enugu Rangers in the CAF Champions League, with third –placed Wikki Tourists searching for honours in the Confederation Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram