Archive | October 18, 2016

Ousman Manneh’s great story….

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Werder Bremen striker Ousman Manneh scored his first Bundesliga goal two years after arriving in Germany from The Gambia as a refugee. “This is the greatest moment of my life,” says Manneh, who only started playing football two years ago.

Memories: China’85 Nigeria’s U-16 football heroes….

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Let’s celebrate once more the guys that won the first ever world cup for Nigeria. The U-16 Baby Eagles as they were called went to China for the maiden FIFA U-16 (now U-17) world cup. On their return after winning the trophy, they were renamed the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria. Playing in Group D, they defeated Italy by a lone goal, played goaless draw with Saudi Arabia and defeated Costa Rica by three unreplied goals. They came second in the group behind Saudi Arabia on goals difference. In the quarter final, they defeated Hungary by three goals to one and went on to defeat Guinea 4 -2 in penalty shoot out after a 1 – 1 draw in the Semis. To lift the cup, they defeated West Germany by two unreplied goals (scored by Jonathan Akpoborie and Victor Igbinoba) in the final match. This Sebastine Broadricks and Christian Chukwu tutored lads…

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Guardiola braced for special return to Barcelona….

Pep Guardiola is preparing for “something special” when he returns to Barcelona with Manchester City this week. The 45-year-old may now be in charge at the Etihad Stadium but for many he remains synonymous with Barca and he is sure to be the main focus of attention ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Nou Camp. Guardiola came through the Catalan giants’ famed youth system, became an influential member of their first team – and a Champions League winner – before going on to enjoy even greater success as their manager. Two more successes in Europe’s elite competition, and three LaLiga titles, were among the 14 trophies he won during a glorious four-year stint that made him the most sought-after coach in world football.

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Dortmund could sell Aubameyang….

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 60 goals in 86 Bundesliga games

Borussia Dortmund say they are prepared to hold talks with Real Madrid over sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite the Spanish club’s transfer embargo. But the Bundesliga club insist they are not in a position to have to sell the impressive striker, who was a target for Manchester City during the summer. Real are currently appealing their two-transfer-window ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but, as things stand, cannot sign any players until January 2018.

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Imposters sneak on to British Olympics float….

The mystery blaggers were dressed in Team GB tracksuits and wore plastic medals around their necks

Two imposters sneaked on to a float during the celebratory Rio 2016 parade in Manchester, the British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed. The pair, dressed in Team GB tracksuits and wearing plastic medals, admitted to Sky News they “blagged” their way on to the float and joined the celebrations. The float was carrying Britain’s gold medal-winning women’s hockey team and athletes from the modern pentathlon.

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Birthday of Sports People – 18th October….

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova (Tennis) – nine-time winner of the women’s singles at Wimbledon, and 18-time grand slam singles champion, born 1956.

Thomas Hearns (Boxing) – former world champion, born 1958.

Robbie Savage (Football) – former Leicester, Birmingham, Derby and Wales midfielder, now TV pundit, born 1974.

Mike Tindall (Rugby union) – former England captain and Gloucester centre, born 1978.

Lindsey Vonn (Skiing) – four-time overall World Cup champion and double Olympic gold medalist from the United States, born 1984.

That trophy parade by Enugu Rangers though….

Enugu Rangers victory parade

The much talked about Enugu Rangers trophy parade ended in farce as the Nigeria Professional Football League champions paraded the major streets of Enugu in a worn-out open truck. Fans have slammed Enugu Rangers for an embarrassing trophy parade. The Rangers won the league this season for the first time in 32 years, and the players and coaching crew took to the streets to celebrate the victory. The manner of the celebration however irked fans, as the team rode through town at the back of a dilapidated Mack truck. The club later acknowledged the fault, and apologized for the embarrassment on their Twitter page saying “we are sincerely sorry for the embarrassment yesterday during our victory parade. God bless you all.”

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