Irish squad announced for upcoming internationals

first_imgIn total there are 4 goalkeepers, 11 defenders, 18 midfielders and 6 strikers in the squad, which will be reduced before the crucial clash with the Welsh on Friday week.Iceland then visit the Aviva the following Tuesday. Reading’s Liam Kelly and Brentford’s John Egan have both been called up to the squad for the first time, while Preston duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle also feature.Injury doubts James McCarthy and Richard Keogh are both included, as is Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot for the first time in a year.Defender Shane Duffy is the only regular not included after suffering a broken metatarsal while playing for Brighton.last_img read more

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Wins for Leicester and Juventus

first_imgThe Premier League champions are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League after a 2-nil win over Sevilla saw them progress 3-2 on aggregate. Juventus had a far less eventful night, beating ten-man Porto 1-0 to progress to the quarter finals 3-nil on aggregateThere could be fiery affair on the French Riviera this evening.  Manchester City take a 5-3 lead into their second leg away to Monaco. But a 2-0 win would be enough to see the Ligue One side progress. Atletico Madrid lead Bayer Leverkusen by 4-goals to 2 ahead of their second leg at the Vicente Calderon. Both games kick off at 7.45.last_img read more

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Southampton sign defender Jan Bednarek

first_imgSouthampton have signed defender Jan Bednarek from Polish club Poznan.He’s agreed a five-year deal at the Premier League club.Saints haven’t revealed how much they’ve paid for him. The Polish under-21 international’s their first summer signing under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.Meanwhile, Chelsea have accused Fiorentina of seeking to “extort” money from them and former player Mohamed Salah.The new Liverpool signing and the Blues have been cleared of wrongdoing after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed a complaint brought by the Italian club.Fiorentina alleged breach of contract when the Egpyt winger instead moved to Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season in a deal which later became permanent.FIFA threw out the complaint in May 2016 and, 13 months on, CAS has come to the same conclusion.Premier League side Watford have signed full-back Kiko Femenia on a four-year contract.He was most-recently with Spanish top-flight club Alaves.Femenia is new head coach Marco Silva’s latest addition at Vicarage Road.Meanwhile, Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain says Ellis Short’s no longer looking to sell the club because he wants a period of stability.The Championship side’s owner had been in talks with a potential buyer recently.They cited those discussions as a reason for why it was taking so long to find a new manager.But after appointing Simon Grayson as boss, Bain says Sunderland aren’t for sale. Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more

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No joy for O’Donoghue in Bulgaria

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Tipperary’s Brendan O’Donoghue has bowed out of the European Snooker Championships in Bulgaria.The Nenagh player was beaten by 6 frames to 1 in last night’s semi-final by Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown.Brown will now face England’s Harvey Chandler in today’s final in Sofia.last_img

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Federation Cup: NFF Unveils Round of 64 Venues

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation has released the fixtures and venues for the Round of 64 matches of this year’s men Federation Cup competition, as well as the first round matches of the women competition.While venues in Oleh, Owerri, Oshogbo, Lokoja and Benin will host the women’s matches, the 32 matches in the men’s competition will be spread round the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna, Makurdi, Lokoja, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Bauchi, Zaria, Ijebu-Ode, Jos, Oleh, Benin and Lagos.All matches will take place between 25th and 26th May, with the exception of the clash between Sure Babes of Ilorin and Gift of Life Queens of Umuahia that will come up on Friday, 27th May.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Odemwingie Set to Join Bolton Wanderers

first_img“It’s tough being a free agent but I’m in great shape and hopefully a move should happen this week,” he had said earlier this week.“Mentally and physically I feel strong, when your body and heart is perfectly prepared then you wouldn’t lack the right motivation to succeed.“As you grow older it becomes tougher in football, you only need someone to believe in you and willing to take a chance.“I still have a lot to offer a team and I only need to show what I can do somewhere for people to believe that.”Odemwingie initially turned down a move from West Brom to Stoke in Mark Hughes’s first summer but arrived mid-season via a disappointing spell at Cardiff.He turned out to be one of Hughes’s key signings, providing pace and energy and sparking a surge up the table that secured Stoke the first of three successive ninth-placed finishes.According to papilonews.com, that summer he became the first Stoke player to score at a World Cup finals – but he suffered a major set-back when he endured an awful knee injury at the start of the following season, in the second half of a win at Manchester City.It was a long road back to fitness and he had to battle for a place in Hughes’s squad, extending his contract for another year but stuck on the fringes.He scored twice in Bristol City’s 6-0 win over Bolton in March and was on trial at Hull in the summer when Steve Bruce resigned as manager.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Osaze Peter Odemwingie was lined up for a medical yesterday evening as he prepares to sign for Bolton Wanderers.The former Stoke City favourite has been without a club since leaving the bet365 Stadium in the summer, having spent most of last season on loan at Bristol City.The Bolton News reported that the former Bendel Insurance player is due to train this weekend and could make his debut in League One at Bury on Monday.last_img read more

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David Okereke: New Toast of European Clubs

first_imgCrystal Palace have identified a new striker target in Okerere but he might however not be the proven Premier League goalscorer that the fans were hoping for as The Eagles hover above the relegation zone.Palace, all the same, are interested in the 21-year-old forward who has lit up Serie B this season with Spezia.Okereke has scored six goals for a team appropriately nicknamed The Little Eagles while producing another eight assists. That is a fine tally for a player who continues to go from strength to strength in the Italian lower leagues.Palace were said to have sent scouts to watch Okereke in action during Spezia’s thrilling 4-4 draw away at Brescia on Sunday and Nigerian forward did not disappoint as he scored one and set up another at the Mario Rigamonti Stadium.It is not certain how much Crystal Palace would be willing to pay for Okereke but they are likely to face competition from Belgian outfit Standard Liege, who were also present at Brescia last weekend.Serie A side Inter Milan are already looking at the prospect of Okereke coming to San Siro in the summer.Linked with a move to Standard Liege of Belgium last summer, he decided to extend his contract with Spezia till 2022 upon his return from a productive loan spell from Serie C side Cosenza, where he spent last season on loan.Inter Milan are tracking the 21-year-old in view of signing him in January with the option of leaving him at Spezia on loan till the end of the current season before a decision will be made on his involvement with them in pre-season next summer.No bid has been tabled yet but it’s believed that Inter are confident of their strong relationship with Spezia and a deal could be done if all goes according to plan.According to Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX, as cited on Inside Futbol, Turin giants, Juventus are also keeping a close eye on Okereke’s development. The report claims a number of top-flight Italian teams have also registered an interest, with the Nigerian continuing to impress in the second tier.The 21-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with Spezia last season before he was farmed out on loan to Società Cosenza Calcio.Born in Lagos, Okereke began his career in Italy with Lavagnese before his shift to Spezia in 2016, he rose through the ranks before making his professional debut against Novara on April 9, 2016.He has played 36 games in total for Spezia across all levels, scoring eight goals while providing one assist.Okereke is a product of Football College Abuja, the academy that produced AS Roma young duo Sadiq Umar and Nura Abdullahi.Nicknamed “Sadiq Umar II” by fans of Spezia due to the fact that he passed through same route before arriving at the team like former forward Sadiq Umar, who is now at Bologna after a short stint at Roma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Italian giants- Juventus and Inter Milan to Premier League strugglers- Crystal Palace and middle tableside, Wolverhampton  Wanderers, one name of interest to them all is the product of the Football College, Abuja- David Okereke After scoring his sixth Serie B goal of the season last weekend, Premier League strugglers, Crystal Palace who had had goalscoring challenge from the beginning of the season is turning their direction to Spezia striker, David Okereke.Palace have been looking to add goals to their squad, with Roy Hodgson’s men among the lowest scorers in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Delta School Sports Festival Now Annual Event, Says Okowa

first_imgWhile thanking God for eventual institution of the state’s sports fiesta, the governor assured indigenes of the state that boys and girls discovered at the festival would be nurtured for various future sports tournaments.In the final of the football match, Nosiere Primary School I, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area defeated Destiny Primary School, Ughelli by a lone goal to lift the Headmaster’s Cup.Governor Okowa appealed to other states of the federation to organise similar schools sports festivals not only to boost sport development in Nigeria generally, but to promote the physical and mental fitness of our youths as well.Going down memory lane, he noted that Delta State has long been a breeding ground for sports talents in the country, saying his administration has been investing much in sports, in terms of infrastructure and human capital, including educational, to sustain the tempo in sport development.Okowa said, “It is well known that Delta State is a sports-loving state and its athletes did very well in feeding the teams of Mid-West and later Bendel State, before Edo and Delta states were created. What we are doing today is to replicate what we were doing in the past, in the days of old Bendel; and, we are excited to witness and participate in this sports festival.“We are aware that three editions of the Principal’s Cup have been held; today we are witnessing the finals of the Headmaster’s Cup, because our desire is to catch them young, nurture them to be professionals at the national and international stages.”The governor thanked the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie and members of the organizing committee for the successful package of the event, expressing the hope that the festival, ”which is a fertile ground to catch budding talents”, would be sustained as an annual sports festival by his successor from 2023.He also commended the head teachers and principals of the participating schools, noting that the young athletes displayed great features of good future sports men and women.Students and pupils of different secondary and primary schools across the state competed for medals in different athletics events during the festival including track and field and indoor sports like 100m and 200m races, high/long jump, short put, discuss, javelin, scrabble, chess, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, handball and basketball.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okowa presenting the Winners Trophy to the captain of Nosiere Primary School 1 Agbor, Ika South LGA at Stephen Kechi Stadium, Asaba Nosiere School lifts Headmasters’ CupOmon-Julius Onabu in AsabaDelta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the Delta State School Sports Festival would become an annual affair and an avenue to discover budding talents for local, national and international sports competition.Okowa stated this in his closing remarks at the grand finale of the maiden Delta State Schools Sports Festival at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

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