Dikko Hails Enyimba’s Never-Say-Die Attitude

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) has lauded Enyimba’s qualification for the CAF Champions’ League group stage after beating Etoile du Sahel to the ticket on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse.Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko in a social media post congratulated Enyimba for their show of bravery throughout the encounter while urging Nigerians to take a cue from the People’s Elephant who showed the Nigerian spirits even when many had written them off after the 90 minutes.“Enyimba have shown the Nigerian spirit today after they qualified at the expense of Etoile du Sahel. Even though they were three goals down but they never collapsed or gave up,” writes Dikko. “They could have scored the away goal at the 86th minute to win the match but they couldn’t convert the chance that came their way. Even though they were two goals down from the first two penalties in the penalty shootout still they never gave up and they clawed their way back.“They were presented with the opportunity to close up the tie with a penalty conversion in their sixth penalty to win and they lost it but they never surrendered and they got the result by the seventh penalty to win the match.“There is no better way to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit and this is how we use to know Nigerian teams. Enyimba have been able to revive our zeal and commitment to our fatherland. I want to congratulate Enyimba and to all lovers of Nigerian football. May this be the beginning of the turnaround to our international football performances.Enyimba have thus become the first Nigerian club after Sunshine Stars in 2012 to qualify for the CAF Champions’ League group stage and they are joined in the last eight by Entete Setif (Algeria), AS Vita Club (D R Congo), Al Ahly (Egypt), Zamalek (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’ Ivoire), Zesco United (Zambia) and Wydad Club (Morocco).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

first_imgFIFA President Gianni InfantinoMoscow, Russia | AFP | The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.The local security department said the death was not “directly” linked to an injury he received in street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents…Despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque security department said.Police said they had detained nine people — including three Russians and a Pole — whom Moscow’s Sport Express daily identified as right-wing Spartak hooligans and left-wing Basques.FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the incident but did not assign any blame.“As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP. “As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, Russia’s already high security standards have been adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events.”Russia will be hosting its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 after securing its rights in a ugly battle with England in 2010 that included unproven bribery allegations.But preparations have been shadowed by fears of a repeat of the June 2016 rampage by Russian hooligans that erupted in the French port city of Marseille during the Euro tournament.The clashes left 35 people injured and shocked the world.Russian President Vladimir Putin only wondered dismissively at the time “how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English”.German police Thursday announced the arrest of one Russian hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in the violence.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Forecasters Predict “Above Normal Hurricane Season

first_imgColorado State University released its annual Atlantic hurricane season forecast yesterday, and is predicting an increase in named storms this year. 2020-04The CSU forecast calls for 16 named tropical systems, instead of the average 12, and eight of those are forecast to reach hurricane status. Four of those hurricanes are expected to be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. The forecasters add that there’s about a 70% chance that a major hurricane will make landfall somewhere along the U.S. coast this year.Hurricane season runs from June through November. (Fort Collins, CO) — In addition to worrying about the coronavirus outbreak, be aware that we are also two months away from the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which forecasters are predicting will be “above normal.” There are some new twists in how Colorado State University came up with its April hurricane outlook this year. The bottom line: expect a stormy season. https://t.co/Kd8NgTHINd pic.twitter.com/CY1tcA6T0F— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 3, 2020last_img read more