Archive | August 20, 2016

Nigeria Olympic kit arrived too late….

Triple jumper Nigeria's Olu Olamigoke competes during Rio Olympics, left, and Triple Jump final at the IAAF World Indoor athletic championships in Portland

Athletes, including triple jumper Olu Olamigoke, competed in Rio (L) in the same kit as worn at the World Athletics Championships in March (R)

Nigerian athletes in Rio received their Olympic kits only on day 13 of the Games. Most of them had finished competing by the time the outfits arrived. “We are disappointed and embarrassed. We’ve been wearing kits from the World Athletics Championships,” one athlete, requesting anonymity said.  Nigeria’s men’s football team has its own sponsored kit – but it has been hit by funding problems and players only arrived hours before their first match. The team plays for bronze on Saturday (today) against Honduras. Africa’s most populous country has so far won no medals at Rio, with only three more days of competition left to go. Two athletes confirmed that they had only received their sports and ceremonial kits on Thursday.

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Benteke joins Crystal Palace….

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have signed Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool for a club record £27m. The fee for the 25-year-old forward, who has agreed a four-year contract, could rise by a further £5m. Benteke joined the Reds for £32.5m in July 2015 and scored 10 goals, but started only eight Premier League games under new boss Jurgen Klopp. He becomes Palace’s fourth signing of the summer after Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda. “I’m very happy to commit my future to Crystal Palace,” said former Aston Villa player Benteke, who has six goals in 26 games for his country.

It’s “triple triple” for Usain Bolt….

Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio. Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games. He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to lift gold in a time of 37.27 seconds. Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand Canada bronze. “There you go, I’m the greatest,” said Bolt, who has won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the last three Games. He intends to retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and will not compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be nearly 34. Bolt’s haul of nine golds is the joint highest among Olympic athletics. He is now equal with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis, who won nine golds over four Games, and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.

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New Nigeria’s coach calls up 23 players for Tanzania game….

Gernot Rohr

Newly appointed Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has named youngster Victor Osimhen in his first squad. The German has named 23 players for the game against Tanzania in Uyo on 3 September in a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier. Nigeria cannot qualify for the finals in Gabon, with Egypt claiming the qualifying place from Group G. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has not been included due to a thigh injury that has ruled him out for four weeks. Also missing is Oghenekaro Etebo, who is at the Olympics with Nigeria and scored four goals in a 5-4 win over Japan in their first match in Brazil. One member of the Olympic team on Rohr’s list is John Mikel Obi and he is joined by Chelsea team-mate Victor Moses. It will be Rohr’s first match as Nigeria boss and will give the German an opportunity to meet the players and discuss his future plans. Rio 2016 Olympic football goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, FC Porto’s Chidozie Awaziem and Osimhen, top scorer at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, have been handed maiden call-ups. Israel-based midfielder Nosa Igiebor, overlooked since June 2014 gets a recall. The three-time African Champions are using the game to prepare for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifying match with Zambia in Ndola in October.

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