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DStv, GOtv bring back best memories of Super Eagles this weekend

first_imgSuperSport viewers on DStv can now begin counting down the days until the the football season restarts with La Liga on June 12, but until then you can ReLive Africa’s best football memories with Nigeria.Nigeria burst onto the global football scene in style in the nineties with an impressive performance at the 1994 World Cup in the USA, which saw them finish top of their group in their first ever official football tournament. There have been two undeniable peaks in the history of Nigerian football, two moments which have garnished the reputation of fear when you face the Super Eagles.Those moments are undoubtably the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 Summer Olympics.DStv and GOtv viewers can relive those moments on SuperSport on Saturday with Joseph Dosu, Jay-Jay Okocha and Victor Ikpeda commenting live on the 1996 Olympics from 5:30pm on SuperSport 1, SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 1.The pioneers of Nigerian football will then be coming to you live as Peter Rufai, Finidi George and Emmanuel Amunike relive the 1994 World Cup from 6:30pm on SuperSport 1, SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 1.In the 1994 World Cup, the Super Eagles topped Group D with six points after two wins and one loss to Argentina, who at the time were arguably the best footballing nation in the world. Nigeria, though, started out the World Cup in spectacular fashion with an impressive 3-0 win over Bulgaria, which shocked the world, thanks to goals from Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Owefin Amokachi and Emmanuel Amunike.Unfortunately, this was followed by a hard fought 1-2 loss to Argentina after Samson Siasia gave the Super Eagles the lead.Nigeria bounced back in their very next game with another mouth-watering performance to beat Greece 2-0, thanks to goals from Finidi George and Amokachi, his second of the tournament.The result left them top of Group D and set-up a Last 16 match against Italy, a match that will be remember by many West Africans for a long time.The Super Eagles looked set to move onto the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup after taking the lead through Amunike, but a late, late Roberto Baggio goal (89th minute) broke African hearts and saw the 90 minutes end 1-1. Italy went on to win the match in extra-time after a Baggio penalty-kick to send the Super Eagles crashing out of the tournament.Italy went onto finish runner-up at the World Cup after losing in a penalty shootout to Brazil in the final.Nonetheless, the Nigerian nation had won the hearts and minds of all football fans and made Africa proud in their first official tournament on the world stage.Speaking after the tournament, Amokachi explained why the team was so successful.RelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv He said: “It all started from 1989 when we failed to reach Italia 90 and the coach made it clear that he will make us the first to play at the World Cup.“We had a blend of experience and fearless young players as well as a manager who had the power of motivation and the ability to bring the best out of his players.”It was only two years later when the Super Eagles were crowned the 1996 Olympic champions in Atlanta, USA, after beating Argentina 3-2 in the final, where Amokachi and Amunike were front and centre once more.Nigeria finished second in Group C after beating Hungary (1-0) and Japan (2-0) before losing 1-0 to Brazil.This set up a quarterfinal match against Mexico, which saw the Super Eagles register a comfortable 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Jay-Jay Okocha and Celestine Babayaro.Nigeria then got their revenge over Brazil after beating them 4-2 in extra-time of the semifinals after 90 minutes ended 2-2.Nwankwo Kanu was the hero on the day with a brace in extra-time to send Brazil packing.The final of the 1996 Olympics was a humdinger with Babayaro, Amokachi and Amunike finding the back of the net, Amunike’s goal coming in the 90th minute to see the Super Eagles beat Argentina 3-2 to win a gold medal as they made all Africans proud.Speaking after the Olympics, Sunday Oliseh, who was a key player in the Nigerian team, said: “I guarantee you that as I talk to you now, everyone in Africa is celebrating.“There is no sleeping tonight.“Everyone will be happy.“This is for all the African countries.”Tags: 1994 World CupDSTVSuper EaglesSupersportVictor Ikpedalast_img read more

Farah – a bitter sweet fairytale

first_imgMo Farah says bye to his fansLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Briton Mo Farah departs an undisputed legend of the track in terms of titles won, but to many his association with coach Alberto Salazar will forever cast a unwanted pall on his career.The 34-year-old Somalia-born champion stuck with Salazar despite serious allegations against him which he strenuously denied and have never been proven, but refuse to go away.However, the contrast to the universal adoration showered on fellow legend Usain Bolt who also bid farewell to championship racing is stark.Farah certanly got cheered to the rafters when he won his two Olympic and world gold and silver medals in London and has been ennobled by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his achievements.But despite the plethora of golds and breaking up the hegemony of the Kenyans and Ethiopians in the events, a real barometer of his popular standing in the United Kingdom is reflected by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award which is voted on by the public.On only one occasion, in 2011, has he reached the top three, something British triathlon great Alistair Brownlee put down to him not being considered British.“It’s really sad, because for me he is the perfect British story,” Brownlee told The Guardian last December.“It’s what we should be about: a person who comes to Britain as a young man, as a refugee, and an ex‑schoolteacher (Alan Watkinson) identifies something that he’s brilliant at and he represents Britain as the best in the world.”Farah shrugs off the constant snubs saying he always gets a great reception from the crowds at the British meetings.He rightly points out his voyage from war-torn Somalia to arriving in England, via a spell with his grandparents in Djibouti, with his mother Amran and two of his five siblings (brothers Ahmed and Wahib but not his twin Hassan who was too ill to travel and they would not see each other for 12 years) as an eight-year-old boy and his subsequent success is what will remain with him.“Just knowing where I grew up, where I come from, the journey I have taken,” he told The Sun last year.– ‘A new world’ –Farah, whose mother brought him and his siblings to join their father Muktar who is an IT consultant but divorced soon afterwards leaving for Brighton with Farah’s two brothers, for his part found England a beguiling place.“I remember walking in, and the doors opened, and there were escalators,” he told The Big Issue magazine.“It was fascinating for me as a child. A new world -– like when I went to Disneyland. And for me, it was where my family was, so it was home.”His mum though was the parent that Farah — who had to live with his aunt Kinsi when they settled in England — felt closest to, a similarity he shares with Bolt who also described himself as a ‘mummy’s boy’. “I was always a happy kid, up for laughs, joking around,” said Farah, who makes a show of running to his wife Tania and their four children — including twin girls Aisha and Amani — at the end of finals.“And I always had that cheeky smile. “If I was causing trouble I could get away with it because of that. I used it on my mum quite a lot. I was a lot closer to my mum than my dad. I’m a mummy’s boy really.”If there is a dream to realise as he winds down his career it is to spend more time with Hassan and he described movingly in his biography what it meant when he finally was reunited with him in 2003.“It felt like a part of me had been missing the whole time I had been growing up separately from Hassan.“At last, the void in my life was gone.”The void he leaves in track distance running is immeasurable.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Penza: As June turns to July, the Humboldt Crabs are truly hitting their stride

first_imgIt’s almost always a good sign when you’re entering the second Sunday in July and you can still count on one hand how many losses on the season you currently have.That’s the case for the Humboldt Crabs, who have certainly made the most of Robin Guiver’s first season as the club’s manager and his return to the Humboldt County baseball scene.At 22-3 as we hit the official midway point of the 2017 season, Guiver and the Crabs have set quite a pace.And that’s before you even take into …last_img

Moresoo 10 Inch-18 Inch 60gram Lace Frontal Natural 1B Brazillian Virgin Hair Wavy/Body Wave 13*4 Inch Size Ear to Ear 14Inch Long : Great quality frontal at a great price

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Pakistan mobile networks intrude Rajasthan

first_imgThere’s a new, invisible intruder from Pakistan into Rajasthan. The security on the nation’s western frontiers is facing a constant threat from across the border as mobile phone networks of several Pakistani companies operate unabated deep inside at least four Indian districts in contravention of the international norms.The signals of several telecom service providers in Pakistan have been detected in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar and Bikaner districts by the BSF, BSNL and administration officials. Though the Union government and the Trai have been informed of this, it has apparently failed to stir them into action.The presence of Pakistan’s mobile networks was first detected over two years ago in Barmer, when some people were held there with Pakistani SIM cards. An expert team from the vigilance and telecom monitoring cell last year confirmed the apprehension. Though there is every possibility of the networks being used by the intruders or miscreants against India, no action has been initiated to block the signals.Sources said in some areas, the Pakistani telecom signals are available up to 100 km from the International Border. As per the international norms, the mobile networks should not be available beyond 500 metres on either side of a border. The usage of SIM cards of the Pakistan-based companies has become quite common, forcing Barmer district collector Gaurav Goyal to recently ban these cards in the border areas. This step was taken only after the intelligence agencies took up the issue with the district administration. Goyal said the presence of Pakistani phone network on the Indian territory was a serious matter.advertisementA senior BSNL officer in Barmer said, “We are just a service provider. Either Pakistan should be asked to block these signals or our authorities should install powerful jammers in the border areas.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Blazers Rout Knicks, 104-85

first_imgNEW YORK — Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers started March the same way they finished February.Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum had 21 of his 25 in the second half and Portland beat the New York Knicks 104-85 on March 1 for its sixth straight road victory.Lillard reached the 30-point mark for the eighth time in nine games and had 14, nearly half of them, in the final 4:25 of the first half. The Blazers won for the 18th time in their last 22 games.“It feels great. You feel like you get any sniff at the rim or any look at the rim, they got a great chance of going in,” Lillard said. “Some of those plays they defended well. I just was in a good groove at the time.”He meant the second-quarter outburst, but he may as well have been referring to the last month.Portland went 9-2 in February for its third-best record in that month in franchise history. Lillard averaged 29.8 points in 11 games last month, fourth in the league, and his seven 30-point games tied with Stephen Curry for most in the NBA.Nothing changed with the calendar, as the Blazers moved to 3-0 halfway through their road trip.“We’re getting better,” coach Terry Stotts said. “The goal was to get better as the season went on and I think the growth we’ve made, winning close games, winning games on the road, holding leads, all those things speaks to the improvement of the individuals on the team.”Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, so hopeless in their 15th loss in 18 games that fans spent much of the fourth quarter chanting for Jimmer Fredette, who is nearing the end of his 10-day contract.The former college player of the year got in for the final 3:13, quickly gave up a 3-pointer to Lillard and finished with four points.Anthony had an exchange toward the end with a fan who was just as frustrated as the Knicks.“All I did was I pointed to (James) Dolan, and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back,’” Anthony said. “At that point, he’s calling me to tell me that he’s never coming to another game and we suck, you just don’t want to hear that.”Portland won its fourth straight at Madison Square Garden and Stotts improved to 7-1 against the Knicks as Blazers coach.Portland had a one-point lead when Lillard re-entered with 4:25 left in the first half. He quickly nailed a jumper, two 3-pointers and three free throws, and added another 3 that gave the Blazers a 58-50 lead at the break.McCollum took over from there, with seven points in the first 3 minutes of the third to push the lead into double figures. He closed the period with two baskets around Allen Crabbe’s 3-pointer to make it 85-72 heading to a fourth quarter that was never close.“We had trouble containing their guards most of the night,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cup

first_imgKi-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKi-Jana Hoever has made his debut for Liverpool in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.The 16-year-old defender becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup after Dejan Lovren went down holding his hamstring within five minutes of the first half.The Dutchman has impressed at youth level for Liverpool and was recently promoted to train with the first team at Melwood by Jurgen Klopp.Hoever joined fellow teenage debutants Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho in the team at Wolves.Klopp sang Hoever praises in his pre-match press conference, saying the youngster is “incredible”. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

8 days agoMan Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in Januaryby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects to buy again in January.United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford.The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.”I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.”I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager that has the final say.”I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals – me and Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.”The resources are there if the right players are available.” last_img read more