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September 24, 2020

Egbo’s historic feat with European club warms Pinnick’s heart

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And TollywoodTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “It was with a huge sense of pride that the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family learnt of your exemplary achievement as the first-ever Nigerian, Black and African Coach to win a major European League, as you have steered KF Tirana to the Albanian top tier championship with few matches left in the on-going season. In the process, you also became the first African to qualify a team for the UEFA Champions League competition. “The fact that KF Tirana was unable to win any silverware since the year 2018 until your arrival in December 2019 puts your accomplishment in proper perspective. “Certainly, your rare character traits of sobriety, quiet confidence, seamless application and effortless brilliance, so evident in your days with the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles, steered you and your team to glory. This achievement is no doubt a marker for other Nigerian Coaches, including your fellow ex-internationals, that by working assiduously and diligently in a noble way, they can indeed go out there and break the proverbial glass ceiling. read also:Tobi Aladegboyega is 2-times Mr Flex Nigeria Champion “On our part, we wish you and KF Tirana an enriching and fulfilling experience in the UEFA Champions League, where you are bound to come across much tougher encounters, but you have already demonstrated that you have the capacity to be unflappable when the going gets tough.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria Football Federation has sent congratulatory messages to former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Ndubuisi Egbo, who has become the first Nigerian and African to lead a European club to a top tier domestic title. With three matches left in the Albanian top flight, KF Tirana coached by former Nigeria goalkeeper Egbo has an unassailable lead and thus guaranteed the diadem. In the event, he has also led the team to the UEFA Champions League. On Monday, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick sent a message to Egbo: “I congratulate you and wish you only the best. This is also to say that we are very proud of your wonderful achievements.” In his response, the former goalkeeper wrote: “Thank you Sir, I appreciate it so much. We thank God for his Grace and goodness. It is not my achievements; it’s our achievements as Nigerians, Africans and the Black race. Glory be to God Almighty. Na God win Sir. Thank you again for the best wishes.” In a letter dated 20th July 2020, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi praised Egbo for the feat and expressed the view that the coach has laid down a marker for fellow Nigerian coaches to go out and accomplish brilliantly.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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September 19, 2020

India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final

first_imgBy Ed Osmond LONDON, England (Reuters) – India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy tomorrow but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than arch-rivals Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final.The neighbouring countries have moved on from years of political conflicts but emotions will run high as millions of supporters around the world watch the first major cricket final between the teams since the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals.India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan’s resurgence.“The turnaround has been magnificent,” Kohli said.“Obviously, if you reach the final you have to play some good cricket and credit to them, they’ve turned around things for themselves really well.“The belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team and regardless of who you play in the final, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes.”OUTSTANDING BATTINGIndia, who beat Pakistan by five runs in the Twenty20 final 10 years ago, have been lifted by the outstanding batting form of Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.“What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have,” Kohli said.“I don’t think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day.”Pakistan, without their leading fast bowler Mohammad Amir due to injury, strangled the usually free-scoring England batsmen on a slow wicket in Cardiff with a disciplined display of bowling and fielding.The Oval pitch should be more favourable for batsmen but India, who have beaten Pakistan in eight of their 10 World Cup and Champions Trophy meetings, will not be complacent.“We’ve seen some really surprising results and it’s been amazing for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of,” Kohli said.“We played some really good cricket but we’re not going to take anything for granted for sure.”Pakistan’s rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.Their captain Sarfraz Ahmed said they had quickly forgotten the opening loss to India and simply focused on the next game in their bid to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.“After the India match, we just motivated the guys,” he said.“Don’t worry about the India match. This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament.”last_img read more

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August 14, 2020

Kayla Harrison’s $1 million PFL Championship match has Olympian coming full circle

first_img“Claressa and I go way back,” Harrison said of her fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist from the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games. “We both agree that if it’s a money fight, of course we’ll fight each other.”Any such scenario must wait for the time being. Right now, it’s about Harrison’s first major MMA landmark coming to fruition.“I’ve waited long enough and I’m ready to just get in there and do what I do,” she said. “I want to go down as one of the greatest to ever do it.” “I was just disappointed that I didn’t finish her,” Harrison admitted to Sporting News about her 2019 PFL season-opening unanimous decision win over Larissa Pacheco. “I want to go out there instill my will in dominating fashion, I want to get my TKO, KO or submission and that was the first time I ever went to a decision.“I just hold myself to a higher standard,” she piled on. “I felt like I could’ve done better, I should’ve done better and I didn’t. That’s why I was upset.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHarrison channeled that disappointment by blowing through Morgan Frier in July and Bobbi Jo Dalziel in October — both via first-round submission — to punch her spot in the PFL championship. There, she’ll face Brazil’s Pacheco once again — this time with the women’s lightweight title and $1 million on the line. It will all take place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve.This time around, Harrison wants the finish that eluded her in their initial meeting and the queen’s haul of prizes that come with it.“Since then, I’ve grown tremendously as a fighter,” Harrison said. “I’ve grown even tremendously as a person. I’m excited to show the world the Kayla Harrison that I’ve become.”Harrison has been aided in that journey by training with Amanda Nunes, the UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion who is widely regarded as the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time.In a recent “Road to the PFL Championship” video, Nunes detailed why there’s no reason Harrison shouldn’t walk into 2020 with the women’s lightweight title and $1 million in tow.“We train together and she came to American Top Team and she evolved a lot,” Nunes says in the PFL clip. “She comes from judo. Over here, she’ll be able to put it together with wrestling, jiu-jitsu, striking, make a good strategy and become a MMA fighter. Definitely, she’s going to be the next PFL champion.”That said, Pacheco feels — much like Harrison — that she didn’t get to adequately train for their first fight, on just a day’s notice. Harrison has heard Pacheco vowing to knock her out in the PFL championship, and that’s only fueling the American Olympic hero’s desire to win emphatically that much more.“I want to win in dominating fashion,” Harrison said. “I want to start the New Year with a bang so to speak. I’m going to break her and she’s going to crack.”MORE: Bellator 237 results: Fedor Emelianenko knocks ‘Rampage’ out in first roundUsing New Year’s Eve as a springboard for more MMA greatness in 2020 and beyond sounds like the perfect scenario for Harrison.“It’d be a magical moment. It’s the end of a decade. It’d be the final rebirth of myself I feel like,” Harrison said, explaining what it’d mean to her MMA career. “I was an Olympic athlete for so long and now I’m a fighter and I’ll finally have my first world title. It’s a first step on a very long journey to bigger and better things.”Just like her American Top Team stablemate, Nunes, Harrison has expressed interest in a super bout with women’s boxing sensation Claressa Shields. That could be one of the “bigger and better things” from Harrison to keep an eye on down the line. Kayla Harrison was dejected, her head down and tears welling up in her eyes. In the moment, one would never have thought she just had her hand raised in victory.Yet that was the scene in May when the two-time judo Olympic gold medalist the distance for the first time in her budding mixed martial arts career. And the 29-year-old didn’t like it one bit at all.last_img read more

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