Archive | June 11, 2016

Euro 2016 fixtures (Weekend of 11th and 12th June)….

Saturday 11 June, 2016:

Albania vs Switzerland 2pm

Wales vs Slovakia 5pm

England vs Russia 8pm

Sunday 12 June, 2016:

Turkey vs Croatia 2pm

Poland vs Northern Ireland 5pm

Germany vs Ukraine 8pm

*Time = Nigerian (GMT+1)

 

France win Euro 2016 opening game….

Dimitri Payet’s spectacular late winner gave hosts France victory over Romania in the opening match of Euro 2016 amid a huge security operation at the Stade de France. On an emotional evening at the same venue where suicide bombers struck in the November attacks that killed 130 people across the city, Payet ensured the game ended on a high note with a sensational 20-yard strike. France, who triumphed in their last two major tournaments on home soil – Euro ’84 and the 1998 World Cup – are favourites to win this time too. But after hitting the post early on through an Antoine Griezmann header, they struggled to find any fluency against a resolute Romania side, who also created good chances.

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Ex Nigeria Coach Shuaibu Amodu is dead….

Shuaibu Amodu

Former Nigeria coach Shuaibu Amodu has died at the age of 58, the national football federation has announced. Nigeria’s technical director, Amodu, who had four spells as coach of the Super Eagles, had complained of chest pains on Friday. Amodu led Nigeria to qualification for the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, but was sacked before the tournaments started. His death comes three days after that of ex-Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Keshi, who died aged 54. Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick said: “This is another tragedy too many. We are still talking about Keshi’s death, and now Amodu is gone. I’m short of words.” Amodu was to have replaced Sunday Oliseh, who resigned as the country’s coach in February, but he declined on health grounds. He rose to prominence when he guided BCC Lions of Gboko to win the Africa Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991. He also coached top South African club Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997. Amodu  qualified the Super Eagles for the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2010, but did not lead the team to the finals. He also qualified the Beach Soccer National Team for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but did not lead the team at the finals as he refused to travel to Brazil.