Tipperary’s footballers will use the coming season to push on from the disappointment of the loss to Armagh this year.That’s the view of former Tyrone player Sean Kavanagh.They’re set to face Waterford in the Munster Football Quarter Final next year, with the winners facing the prospect of taking on Cork in the last four. Speaking to Tipp FM Sport following last night’s draw, Sean Kavanagh gave his thoughts on the Premier’s footballers.
Johann van Graan has made 10 changes to his Munster side as they go in search of their first win of the Christmas period.The five players retained are Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, John Ryan, Darren O’Shea and Jack O’Donoghue.Chris Farrell, Rhys Marshall and Conor Oliver all return from injury to feature in the starting team. Tip man and former Reds second row Alan Quinlan says they can’t afford to head into the Champions Cup fixtures with three straight defeats:Their opponents Connacht have made 8 changes in all.Among the players to keep their places are Matt Healy, Tiernan O’Halloran and captain John Muldoon.Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki are among the players rested ahead of their European fixtures.
Former hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins says it was always going to be difficult to ring fence April for club games. A former Tipp All Star says the congestion facing club fixtures in the Premier next month was always likely to happen.The weather hit National Hurling and Football Leagues have both been delayed with the finals set to take place next month which had been set aside for club games in Tipperary.The Tipp hurlers take on Dublin in the League quarter final tomorrow while the footballers are away to Cavan in the 7th round of the league. Photo: Cappawhite GAA Twitter
Usain Bolt has announced his arrival in Rio by pulling out the iconic celebratory pose so familiar to fans all over the world.Bolt will be seeking a third successive triple gold medal haul as he competes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for Jamaica.The fastest man in the world is putting the finishing touches to his preparations ahead of his first event, the 100m heats on August 13.The sprinter has become one of the most iconic athletes to compete in the sport and after glorious success at London 2012 and Beijing 2008, Bolt is seeking a third and possibly final Olympic Games with the same outcome.Bolt is spending much of his time at Jamaica’s training base, which is a 15-minute bus ride to their team base at the Lynx Hotel.After a period of absence with a hamstring concern, Bolt competed at the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.He was not required to step out of fourth gear as he cruised to victory in the 200m with a time of 19.89 seconds.The sport of athletics is crying out for another Olympics coloured by the charismatic Jamaican, particularly with the negative press surrounding doping in the sport.One of Bolt’s main rivals at Rio will be Justin Gatlin who was formerly banned for doping and many would view success for the world’s fastest man as a victory for clean sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He commended the sponsor of the championship, Alhaji Adamu Erena, Niger State Squash Association, the state ministry of youth and sports development and others who have contributed to the development of sports in the zone, even as he called on others to emulate the sponsor as government alone cannot develop sports.“The zone is happy with you, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is happy with you. We have also seen your enthusiasm for squash which will not only improve mental abilities but for self sustainability”, the Minister said.The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is concerned about the well-being of Nigerian youths, who are the leaders of tomorrow, hence the need for all stakeholders to invest in sports development to keep youths away from crime.Also speaking , President Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), Adamu Erena said the two-day championship was organised for discovering hidden talents that could represent Nigeria at the highest levels.Erena who was recently elected Vice-president Squash Africa (North) said he is worried that many well-to-do Nigerians do not invest on human resources that can guarantee sustainable development.Kwara State emerged winners in both Boys and Girls single and team events, followed by the host, Niger state. Certificates were also awarded to all the participating north-central states.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of efforts to develop sports, Nigerians must invest in lesser sports like squash rather than leave everything to the government.This assertion was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, during the finals of the zonal Secondary School Squash Competition for Under-19 Boys and Girls which took place in Minna, Niger State.The Minister who spoke through the Zonal Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Patrick Uwagbale, said sports, squash in particular, is not all about running about chasing balls but more about building mental capabilities of the players.
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tunisia open their campaign in Group B against Senegal on January 15 before taking on Algeria and Zimbabwe. Tunisia named their 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday with Europe-based stars Aymen Abdennour, Wahbi Khazri and Naim Sliti poised to be the key men at the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon.Coach Henryk Kasperczak, who was also in charge of The Carthage Eagles at the 1996 finals, trimmed his squad from 41 players.
*Enyimba’s Oladapo sets sight on glory as Super Six beginsIbrahim Sanusi of Nasarawa United has been declared the highest goals scorer in the just ended regular season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Sanusi tied with Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh on ten goals at the completion of matches going into the Championship Playoff to determine the season’s Champions. The League Management Company (LMC) in arriving at the decision to declare Sanusi the top scorer of the season relied on provisions in Rule A9.4, A9.5-2 which stipulated considerations to choose the lead scorer in the event of a tie of two or more players.Disciplinary records which is the second consideration to brake a tie favoured Sanusi as he only bagged a yellow card all through the season as against two recorded for Udoh.Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar in making this known, said “from our records, Ibrahim Sanusi of Nasarawa United and Mfon Udoh of Akwa United have ten goals to their credit but the Framework and Rules of the NPFL made provisions for determining the top scorer should there be a tie as has happened”We have considered the provisions including Rule A9.4 which prescribed that the player that scored the highest number of goals at the end of the season shall be declared as highest goal scorer”.Abubakar further cited Rule A9.5 which states that If two or more players scored the same number of goals, the next consideration as listed on Rule A9.5.1 is that the player with the least number of goals from the penalty spot.“Again, we have ascertained from the records that both players scored twice for their respective clubs from the penalty spot which led us to the next consideration in RuleA9.5.2 which states that the player with the better disciplinary records in terms of the least number of caution and expulsion cards will be declared as highest goal scorer for the season’, Abubakar clarified furtherIt would have been the second season that recently married Udoh would finish as top scorer had he clinched the award.He still holds the record of the most goals in the league for a season after he netted 23 goals in the 2013/14 season playing for former Champions, Enyimba International.Meanwhile, Enyimba midfielder Austin Oladapo has set his sights on the top prize of the NPFL Super Six Playoffs which begins today at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The six-team tournament will offer The People’s Elephant, alongside five others, the opportunity to claim the NPFL title, as well as entry into Africa’s club competitions next season.Oladapo, was an integral part of Enyimba’s qualification for the playoffs with consistent performance in the regular season, and the CHAN 2018 silver medalist is bidding to replicate such displays and win laurels for his team.“I am hungry for glory,” the 23-year-old began.“This is an opportunity for me because I’ve not been able to win any major trophy. I know what the premiership will mean to me, to my career, to my family as a whole.“So I’m desperately waiting for the super six to kick off on Tuesday and I’m hoping I’ll be able to give out my best that will give me this major League at the end of the day.”Aware of the quality of the opposition at the tournament, Oladapo knows exactly what Enyimba must do to win silverware.“We know the teams – Rangers, Lobi, Kano Pillars, Akwa. They are all big teams and we are here to fight.“We are here to fight because we know what we want and it’s not going to be easy. We are here to fight to make sure at the end of the day we are able to get what we want”Enyimba will be involved in the opening game of the tournament, with the mighty clash with Rangers International set for 3pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafaar has lauded the resilience of the Super Eagles following their 3-2 win over Cameroon at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations.Commending the team who came from a goal deficit to pip their arch-rival and book a quarter final ticket, he said the victory calmed frayed nerves after their loss against Madagascar.Gafaar commended the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was physically present to cheer the team to victory. “Lagos State is known for excellence and this has once again been demonstrated by His Excellency on the international stage after motivating the Super Eagles to victory in Alexandria, Egypt at a critical moment when they were down.” Gafaar described the gesture as a reflection of Sanwo-Olu’s understanding of sports terrain and importance of identifying with athletes.“Every athlete derive greater motivation from being appreciated and that was exactly what His Excellency did by promising the Super Eagles players handsome reward if they upturn the 2-1 deficit in the second half which they did in a grand style.”The DG said the incentive from the Lagos governor should not be seen or limited to the surface value by Lagosians. According to Gafaar, if the governor could dedicate such time to sports less than two months after assuming office, then athletes and sports stakeholders are in for a good time in the state. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Speaking with newsmen ahead of the pre-tournament qualifiers which coincides with the Club’s October monthly mug, Ayomike, said he was excited about the return of the event, “I am happy to hear that Indian Cup is staging a comeback. There is excitement as we look forward to the return this year,” Ayomike said.“The Indian Cup is as big as the Nigeria up. I am the only winner of Indian Cup so far who has also won the Nigeria cup. So it good news to hear that it is returning to the section,” he added,Over 200-players and invited guests are expected to participate in the qualifiers today.The main events will hold between October 28 and November 2, and will feature caddies, ladies, invited guests and Ikoyi club golfers who scaled through the qualifying round.Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria is expected to be the special guest of honour at the closing ceremony.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After years of missing from the golf calendar at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938, the famed Indian Cup stages a return this year, the Indian Golfers Foundation (IGF),organisers of the event have revealed.Already, the return of the famous tournament is causing excitement within the club as players and former winners say they look forward to this year’s edition.In the past the Indian Cup golf competition was one of the most popular tournaments at the section and had produced winners likes Tim Ayomike.