Nigeria U23 (Dream Team VI) spanked hosts Gabon U23 4-1 in the first leg first round of the 2015 All African Games qualifier played in Libreville on Saturday. A brace from Junior Ajayi plus strikes from Oghenekaro Etebo and Junior Ajayi were all Coach Samson Siasia’s team needed to get a comfortable away win in Gabon.
Lobi Stars of Makurdi have announced coach Justin Tenger as new technical adviser barely two weeks to the start of the 2014/15 Nigeria Professional Football League season. The Markudi Bombers said the appointment of the former Akwa United gaffer was on the careful consideration of Tenger’s legendary track records as a seasoned coach, ‘goal’ reports. Tenger who previously coached at Niger Tornadoes, Gombe United, Wikki Tourists and Kwara United joins the Markudi outift on his return from a season-long sabbatical since he parted ways with the Promise Keepers in 2013. “We are pleased to announce the arrival of Justin Tenger as Technical Adviser of Lobi Stars,” the club announced through its official twitter page. “Lobi Stars general manager and former Nigeria international, Barnabas Imenger, announced Tenger’s engagement as technical adviser for the 2014/15 season. “As part of the on-going effort to re-position the team for the upcoming NPFL season, the management has decided to appoint a seasoned hand,” it concluded.
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is making a “solid recovery” just a day after his crash in Formula 1 testing. His McLaren team also revealed he had undergone a “thorough and complete analysis” and the results were “completely normal”. They added the accident was down to unpredictable “gusty winds” and there was “no evidence” his car suffered “mechanical failure of any kind”. The Spaniard, 33, is being kept in hospital for further observation. A photo of a smiling Alonso sitting up in his hospital bed was also posted on social media by his manager. It was accompanied by the message: “Lunch time! Thank you for your support!” Alonso suffered concussion after hitting the wall on the exit of a right-hand turn at the Circuit de Catalunya. Cars can reach speeds of 150mph at that point on the track, although Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was following Alonso at the time of the crash, said his rival’s speed was more like 90mph.
Thorgan Hazard – the younger brother of Chelsea’s Eden – has agreed a deal to make his current loan at Borussia Munchengladbach permanent this summer. The 21-year-old, who joined Chelsea in 2012, has signed a deal until 2020.
Boubacar Traoré scored the only goal for Mali in the 35th minute.
Cameroon’s Fokem Namekong Achille scored an own goal in the 3rd minute to make it 1 – 0 advantage South Africa before Nelson Maluleke made it 2 – 0 from the penalty spot in the 45th minute. Christian Jol Bayemi pulled one back for Cameroon in the 49th minute while Maluleke hit his brace for South Africa in the 58th minute to make it 3 – 1.
Mali and South Africa has qualified for both the semi finals of this tournament and also the U-17 world cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo moved up to third on Real Madrid’s all-time top scorers list after he found the net in a comfortable away victory over Elche in La Liga, BBC reports. The Portugal forward scored the 290th goal of his Madrid career to climb above Carlos Santillana and is now 33 goals behind Raul’s record of 323. Karim Benzema had put Real ahead with a scrappy opening goal before Ronaldo powerfully headed in a second. Real’s advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga is now four points. Real Madrid had claimed on their website that Ronaldo reached the 290-goal milestone in their Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke on 18 February. However, La Liga officially awarded a goal that the club had credited to Ronaldo in a game against Real Sociedad in September 2010, to Portuguese compatriot Pepe. Coming into the game against Elche, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real side were seeking to capitalise on Barca’s 1-0 home loss to Malaga on Saturday, in the Italian’s 100th game in charge.