Solskjaer has no doubts De Gea will return to form
The Spaniard’s latest error came in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea.
United had gone ahead through Juan Mata but Chelsea equalised when De Gea weakly parried Antonio Rudiger’s effort into the path of Marcos Alonso, who tucked the ball in.
De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games but Solskjaer says the goalkeeper cannot take the blame for the team’s struggles.
“I don’t have any worries about him because he’s a strong character,” Solskjaer told British media. “He knows he could have had that shot but that’s football.”
The result leaves United sixth in the league on 65 points and dented their hopes of securing a top-four finish. They sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games left.
“With David, he’s been in the spotlight for right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he feels he could have done better,” Solskjaer added.
“But there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times. I’ll speak to David as I’ve done when he’s played well… he’s not the reason we’re sixth.”
Kwara Utd beat Ekiti Utd 2-0 in pre-season friendly
The homers started the encounter impressively with the duo of Oliver David and Fabiyi John making superb runs.
They eventually scored the opening goal in the third minute through Joshua Agboola who was assisted by Sunday Owoyemi.
Dede Mogarah had the chance to increase the tally for Kwara United in the 30th minute when he found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Wale Makanjuola, but his shot was parried away.
The first half, however, ended with with Kwara United leading with a lone goal.
On resumption, Kwara United changed their pattern to more attacking one and their game impressed the fans at the stands.
Kwara United netted their second goal in the 68th minute through Abdulsallam Abdussallam who benefitted from a good pass by Issah Magaji.
Ekiti United would have pulled one back in the 75th minute when they were awarded a free kick, but Bello Babatunde missed the chance.
The Abdullahi Biffo’s men ended the match winning 2-0 in what was a good win ahead of the coming Nigeria National League (NNL) season.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
Squash: 12 year-old wins two categories, defeats number one seeded player
Mistura Durosinlorun, a 12 year old defeated the number one seeded player Favour Utukpe in the U-16 category at the final of the 2019 edition of the Ex-Squash Pros Diaspora,.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 3rd edition of the Ex-Squash Pros Diaspora served off at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere from Nov. 14 to Nov.16.
Durosinlorun told NAN that defeating the number seeded player would further boost her confidence during tournaments.
“I’m so excited I won; last month, when we met at a tournament, Favour won, then I made up my mind to keep pushing.
“I know I need to sustain this so I need to train harder to remain consistent, and I intend to give it all it takes,” she said.
NAN reports that 14-year Utukpe lost 3-1 to Durosinlorun.
Temitope Olusoji, a player who came to watch the finals, attributed Utukpe’s loss to her new found love for social media.
“Since she got her phone, she began to cut down on the number of hours she trains for.
“That phone distracted her, if she probably didn’t have the phone she would have won,” she said.
In her defense, Utukpe told NAN that, she feels miserable losing to Durosinlorun at the finals.
“Words cannot describe how I feel right now; it’s even more painful because I don’t know where these assumptions are coming from.
“My mum bought the phone for me and she only gave it to me recently, so it’s not true.
“If I had won, they won’t be saying all these, I will just train hard for a comeback, this is a temporary setback, the better player won today,” she said.
In the finals of the U-13 category for boys, Dominion Utukpe of Lagos State defeated Daniel Nzei of Akwa- Ibom 3-1.
For U-16 category for boys Wisdom Nzei of Akwa Ibom defeated Joseph Eniafoghe of Head Waters Academy 3-2.
In the first edition of the above 45 category, in the women’s category Osarumwense Ogbemi, defeated Sadia Akande 2-0 .
In the over 45 men, Daniel Enaholo defeated Yusuf Durosinlorun 2-0, father of Mistura, and the Tournament Director.
Edited by Maureen Atuonwu
Nigerians’ hospitality crucial to Ugandans’ golfing success, 2019 Nigeria Ladies Open winner says
Uganda’s Irene Nakalembe, winner of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship, on Saturday in Abuja explained the reasons behind her success and that of Ugandan ladies in golf in Nigeria.
Nakalembe who won the event on Friday in Abuja said the encouragement and support she and her compatriots were getting from their Nigerian counterparts were very crucial.
The handicap 4 amateur golfer recorded 236 gross score over three days at the event organised by the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN) from Wednesday to Friday.
“We have always felt at home in Nigeria. In fact our people back home call us Nigerians, because we always come and participate in different events here in Nigeria.
“Now we know how to eat pepper, we can eat `suya’ (roasted cow meat) and `amala’ (made from dried yam flour),’’ Nakalembe said.
She added that the Nigerian hospitality and familiarity with the environment have gone on to help their golfing, saying “we have also come to understand the terrain of golf clubs in Nigeria”.
Nakalembe grossed 76 on the opening day, 80 on the second day and another 80 on the third day, to lead the competition from the beginning to the end.
Four of the other seven Ugandans who participated in the competition finished among the top 10 winners, with Magala the defending champion finishing in third place with a 254 gross score.
NAN reports that among the winners at the competition was Rachael Danjuma of the IBB International Golf and Country Club, who emerged the Best Gross Runner-Up with a 248 score.
Danjuma, who is now the newly-elected Zonal Vice President (North) of LGAN, recorded 82 on the opening day, another 82 on the second day and 84 on the final day.
Magala, who is also the Lady Captain of Uganda Golf Club in Kampala, failed to defend the trophy she won in 2018 at Uyo after she returned a gross of 254 to emerge the third best in gross.
Policewoman Amina Wilfred of the IBB International Golf and Country Club won the Best Nett prize with a score of 228.
Helen Alechenu of Otukpo Golf Club in Benue won the Best Nett Runner-up prize on a count back.
In the race for the auxiliary prizes, Danjuma shot 220 metres on hole one to be adjudged the player with the longest drive.
Magala won the Nearest to the Pin on Hole I6 with 1.9 metres.
Eunice Ogah of Port Harcourt Golf Club emerged the winner of the Lady Super Veterans category, while Folashade Olateju of IBB International Golf and Country Club won the Lady Veterans prize.
NAN reports that the tournament held at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja helped to mark the end of the tenure of the Ekanem Ekwueme-led LGAN Executive Committee.
In a statement released on Saturday in Abuja by Kayode Adeniyi, the Director of Media and Publicity for the Open, Ekwueme commended the Open’s Local Organising Committee (LOC).
Ekwueme, who is now the immediate-past LGAN President, said the LOC led by Julie Okah-Donli, the Director-General of NAPTIP, put up a good show.
“I say ‘thank you’ for the support, ‘thank you’ for the friendship, ‘thank you’ for the loyalty, and ‘thank you’ for making my last day in office a memorable one.’’
Ekwueme noted that the situation have improved for lady golfers and LGAN in the past two years.
“Our members have travelled far and wide playing the game both within and outside the continent.
“Our trip to Achimota Golf Club in Accra, Ghana last year for the All African Challenge Trophy with over 50 ladies was a remarkable achievement and such a thing should be encouraged by the new Executive Committee.
“I congratulate all the ladies for taking part in this Open, and I urge the new Executive Committee to keep the flag flying,’’ she said.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
NBBF President Cup National: Final 8 enters semifinal stage
Kwara Falcons have booked their semifinal ticket after beating Nigerian Army Rockets 77-49 points in their last group B game of the 2019 Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President Cup National.
In the game on Friday, both sides needed to finish second in their group, the Falcons took their chances as they dominated proceedings to earn a well deserved victory.
Lucky Subel scored 21 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds while the duo of Gabriel Erameh and John Enudi scored 19 points each.
Islanders recorded their first win at the National final 8 after two losses which was not enough for a semifinal place as they defeated Raptors who had already punched a semifinal ticket, 88-82 points.
Hoopers defeated Defenders of Abuja 69-56 points as they continued their unbeaten run in the competition.
Edited by Chidinma Agu/Ese E. Ekama
U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles crash out
Cup holders, Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following a dire 0-0 draw with South Africa on Friday.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the draw on the night was not enough to see the Eagles through to the semi finals.
The result meant they finished third in Group B and dropped out of contention for a place in the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
Failure at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo sustained an unsavoury streak of Nigeria appearing in the Men’s Football Tournament at every other Olympics since the year 2000.
Champions in 1996 in Atlanta, USA where they won Africa’s first-ever football gold medal of the Olympics, the Nigeria U23 participated in the tournament in Australia in 2000, but missed the event in Greece in 2004.
They then took part at the event in China in 2008 and won the silver medal; missed the tournament in the United Kingdom in 2012; participated in the event in Brazil in 2016 and won the bronze medal and; will now miss Tokyo 2020.
On a day they needed just one goal to topple the South Africans and assure of a place in the last four – irrespective of the result in the other match between Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia – the Olympic Eagles failed to find their sting in the fore.
The Eagles held on too much on the ball without effective contact or meaningful touches in the opposition critical zone.
Awed by Nigeria’s array of stars in Kelechi Nwakali, Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu, Sincere Seth and Orji Okwonkwo, alongside respected home-based professionals Sunusi Ibrahim and Ndifreke Effiong, the South Africans preferred to absorb the heat for the first half hour.
Seeing that the Olympic Eagles lacked the punch when it mattered, the Amaglug-glug came out to attack. And thrice they came close to putting the ball in the net, but met with the alertness and agility of goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.
Abubakar also saved the Olympic Eagles in the second half, as the South Africans fired from every angle, while Nigeria were looking to walk the ball into the net and stubbornly stuck to an ineffective strategy of trying to make hay from the wings.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying that the failure of the Olympic Eagles was a shock.
“Working together with the Ministry of Sports, we have been able to provide the team with what is required for them to excel.
“The team’s failure to reach the semi finals and ultimately qualify for the Olympics is a big shock.
“Three years ago, football won the only medal that Nigeria took from the Olympics in Brazil.
“Our expectation was that this team would qualify for Tokyo and go there to do the country proud,” he said.
Edited by Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed
Manchester City’s appeal to CAS over FFP rejected
Manchester City have lost their attempt to block a UEFA investigation into financial fair play violations.
City had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] to throw out the financial fair play case that had been brought against the club by UEFA.(Skysports/NAN)
(Edited by Emmanuel Okara/Peter Ejiofor)
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