Archive | March 13, 2015

Kane & Pulis win Premier League player and manager of month awards….


Tottenham forward Harry Kane has picked up the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for the second month in succession, BBC reports. Kane, 21, scored nine league goals in January and February, including braces in wins against Chelsea and Arsenal. “It’s an honour to get this award once in a season, let alone twice in two months,” he said. “Winning against Arsenal and getting both goals was a special day for myself and for the club.” Kane joins a select group to have won the award in consecutive months. Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, ex-Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp and former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo are the only others to have achieved the feat since its inception. West Brom manager Tony Pulis received the Manager of the Month award after the Baggies went unbeaten in February. They picked up eight points from four games to ease away from the Premier League relegation zone.


Retired referee Ishaku Musa Dodo slumps and dies….

Ishaku Musa Dodo, a retired referee who was listed as a Grade One referee in 1999, slumped and died while jogging inside the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin on Monday, goal reports.  The death of the 44-year-old was confirmed  at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) where he was taken to. His shocking death was listed as a result of heart failure.  His remains have been kept at the UITH mortuary in Ilorin awaiting his family’s arrangement for burial. RIP.

Nigerian Premier League fixtures….

Saturday 14 March 2015:

Shooting Stars vs Heartland 4pm

Kano Pillars vs Bayelsa United 4pm

Sunday 15 March 2015:

Nasarawa United vs Wikki Tourists 4pm

Akwa United vs Taraba United 4pm

Sunshine Stars vs Ifeanyi Uba FC 4pm

Kwara United vs El-Kanemi Warriors 4pm

Enugu Rangers vs Sharks 4pm

Wednesday 18 March 2015:

Lobi Stars vs Enyimba International 4pm

Warri Wolves vs Giwa FC 4pm

Thursday 19 March 2015:

Abia Warriors vs Dolphins FC 4pm

Joachim Low extends Germany contract….

Joachim Low

Joachim Low has extended his contract as coach of world champions Germany until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 55-year-old’s previous contract took him through to Euro 2016, but he said the chance to extend the deal could not be turned down. “I said yes with my heart and my head,” Loew said. “We feel incredibly good working together and we have shared goals. We were crowned world champions and we want to experience that feeling again.”

English Premier League fixtures….

Saturday 14 March 2015:

Crystal Palace v QPR 1:45 pm

Arsenal v West Ham 4 pm

Leicester v Hull 4 pm

Sunderland v Aston Villa 4 pm

West Brom v Stoke 4 pm

Burnley v Man City 6:30 pm

Sunday 15 March 2015:

Chelsea v Southampton 2:30 pm

Everton v Newcastle 5 pm

Man Utd v Tottenham 5 pm

Monday 16 March 2015:

Swansea v Liverpool 9 pm

African U-20 Championship results….

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Wednesday March 11:

Nigeria 4 – 1 Congo

Ivory Coast 2 – 2 Senegal

Nigeria’s goals = Ifeanyi Matthew – 4th minute, Musa Muhammed – 35th and 56th minutes (both from penalty kicks) and Taiwo Awoniyi – 87th minute.

Congo’s goal =  Silvere Ganvoula M’boussy – 61st minute

Ivory Coast’s goals = Victorien Angban – 8th minute and Chris Bedia – 89th minute.

Senegal’s goals = Ibrahim Wadji – 51st and 56th minutes


Thursday March 12:

South Africa 1 – 2 Mali

Zambia 1 – 2 Ghana

South Africa’s goal = Madisha Modjeka – 72nd minute

Mali’s goals = Hamidou Traoré – 78th and 87th minutes

Zambia’s goal = Dave Daka – 3rd minute

Ghana’s goals = Asiedu Attobrah – 26th minute and Samuel Afful – 86th minute

So far, Nigeria, Ghana and Mali have all qualified for the U-20 World Cup coming up later in the year in New Zealand. The last qualification spot is still open to Ivory Coast, Senegal and Congo (all in Group A with Nigeria).