NPFL Team to Tour Spain, as La Liga Opens Office in…

first_imgAccording to Tebas, the benefits of the partnership would be attained in phases citing the coming tour of Spain by a select All-Star team of NPFL players.In listing the benefits of the partnership, the La Liga President stated, “We have made good progress in the three months of the understanding signed between us and Nigeria football league and in a few weeks, an All-Star team from Nigeria will tour La Liga and we are taking care of the travel and accommodation of 40 members of the team.“During this tour, the team will play three matches in Spain and will be watched by the Directors of top La Liga clubs who make decisions and this may result in some Nigeria League players being invited to the clubs. We also will be sending experts to interact with NPFL Club Managers and share knowledge and also send coaches to work at the grassroots academies for development of youth football,” Tebas added.He also assured the audience made up of the LMC top executives, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Board members, NPFL Club Chairmen and the media that with time, “LaLiga clubs would also visit Nigeria to play friendly matches…yes, Barcelona can come to Nigeria and that will mean that the NPFL is a big league.”Tebas said the partnership is providing opportunities for mutual benefit of both leagues and concluded, “I am sure that by the time the first five years of the partnership ends, LaLiga and NPFL will be bigger.”Ambassador Alfonso Barnuevo said he was happy to see Nigeria and Spain extend cooperation to football and predicted that there is a bright future ahead.“As Spanish Ambassador, I have to express my satisfaction that one of the strongest institutions in Spain, and probably one of the best known worldwide, La Liga, has established an office in Abuja. I see a bright future ahead,” the Ambassador remarked.Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko in a closing remark expressed appreciation to the La Liga partners and took time to list some of the breakthroughs the LMC has made in recent months, citing a letter of commendation from FIFA on the league’s governance structure.“We are delighted by some of the modest achievements we have attained and want to thank La Liga for the partnership and their decision to open an office here. More importantly, we believe more can be achieved with the support of all stakeholders”, Dikko remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of La Liga, Javier Tebas listed the benefits of the three-month-old partnership with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when he formally opened the La Liga office in Nigeria located inside the Corporate Headquarters of the League Management Company (LMC) in Maitama District, Abuja.The La Liga President afterwards spoke at a media conference where he restated the Spanish League body’s commitment to making the five-year commercial and technical partnership with the NPFL a success.He recalled that he led a delegation of La Liga officials to Nigeria in April to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the LMC and noted that “we are here today to open a LaLiga Office in Nigeria in furtherance of that understanding”.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_img Published on December 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 After downing Connecticut on Tuesday night, Syracuse (7-1) returns home to the Carrier Dome to host Colgate (3-5). The Raiders are coming off a two-point loss at Marist on Wednesday night and opened their season at Connecticut and lost, 70-58. The Orange beat the Huskies, 72-63, Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse’s only loss thus far came against No. 2 Kansas last Saturday.On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Orange and Raiders tip off for the 170th time. Here’s what you need to know about Colgate.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 124-45Last time they played: On opening night last season, Syracuse beat the Raiders, 83-55. Tyler Roberson scored 18 points, Andrew White 17 and Frank Howard 11. Tyus Battle scored six points and Paschal Chukwu added four in the blowout win in front of 23,844 at the Carrier Dome.The Colgate report: The Raiders rank outside the top 100 in every major statistical category save for 3-point field goals per game and 3-point percentage. Colgate hits 11.3 3s per game, good for 10th in the country. The Raiders have connected on 39.6 percent of their attempts from deep, putting them at 49th in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Matt Langel is in his seventh season in Hamilton. He welcomed back six players who made at least 14 starts a season ago, including sophomore forward Will Rayman and senior guard Sean O’Brien. Rayman, O’Brien and Jordan Swopshire are the team’s three returning double-digit scorers.Colgate finished 10-22 last season, but has four players averaging double-digit points this season.Rayman (16.6 points per game), Jordan Burns (13.5), Swopshire 12.8 and O’Brien (10.5) are the leading scorers. Rayman has connected on 59.1 percent of his 3s and averages a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game.How Syracuse beats Colgate: Beating Colgate for the 52nd consecutive time should not be a challenge for Syracuse, which has more talent and a significant size advantage. The Orange could prove vulnerable to weaker opponents if a team like Colgate can hit about 50 percent of its 3s, the shot on which much of its offense depends. But that would be difficult to maintain over an entire game on the road, and Syracuse is a deeper team.Stat to know: 51The Orange has not lost to Colgate since Feb. 24, 1962 and has won 51 consecutive contests the Raiders. That’s the longest active winning streak in a Division I series. The Orange and Raiders have played each other 169 times since the 1901-02 season.Kenpom odds: Kenpom.com gives Syracuse an 88 percent chance to beat ColgatePlayer to watch: Will Rayman, forward, No. 10The 6-foot-8 sophomore was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year last season, scoring a team-best 14.6 points per game, which ranked ninth-best in the conference. He had 23 double-digit scoring games over 32 games and 26 starts a year ago. This season, he leads Colgate in scoring, starting with a 19-point outing against UConn in the season opener. He can stretch the floor with length and an ability to knock down 3s, as he hit 65 three-pointers last year, a freshman single-season program record. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Early goal, stout defense paves the way for Wisconsin win

first_imgAn early goal from freshman Tom Barlow gave the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team the spark it needed to win against Green Bay Tuesday night.Barlow’s goal in the 22nd minute from teammate Mark Segbers was the first early goal for the Badgers in well over two weeks.With Barlow scoring an early goal in the match, Wisconsin was able to control many aspects of the game and keep attacking the Phoenix.“We are in control of the game, so we can do what we want and play how we want,” Barlow said. “It’s a big advantage, we just have to make sure we keep the lead.”Even after scoring the goal, Wisconsin head coach John Trask said he still wanted to see more out of his team.“It’s nice to see that they respond to some motivation,” Trask said. “On game day, I’ve been pretty understanding of what we’ve been going through. Today, I let them have it a little bit at halftime, and compliments to them, I thought they all picked it up.”With the entire team excited about the early goal, the Badgers played an overall better game, especially in the second half.“We kept our discipline. We didn’t just start fouling them and giving them more chances, but usually that’s what you see in a college soccer game,” Trask said. “When one team has the 1-0 lead, the other team all of the sudden gets real aggressive, and sometimes the momentum can switch.”Keeping the lead has been a big challenge for the Badgers this season, as they have conceded goals quickly after scoring goals of their own against Michigan and Rutgers. Allowing a quick response to a goal can greatly shift the momentum of the match, as seen against Michigan and Rutgers  — games that UW ended up losing.Because of games like that, the Badgers have been working on drills where they have to keep the lead without fouling the opposing players.“One of the things that was one of our weaknesses early in the year was giving up the late goal,” Segbers said. “Finally, everyone was tuned in and we kept each other accountable, and we kept the 1-0 lead.”They avoided that weakness by consistently attacking throughout the second half, and the pressure in Green Bay’s half of the field allowed them to dominate time of possession in the second half.Trask was also able to seamlessly get a few new players into the mix at halftime, which kept other players fresh while still playing a strong game.“I always felt that as the game wore on, especially in the second half, we looked like the more likely team to get the second [goal],” Trask said.Freshman goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk also kept a clean sheet on the night, keeping the Badgers in the game from the beginning, when Green Bay was at their strongest attacking.The Badger defense played another clean game as well, allowing only three shots on goal throughout the entire match.Offensively, Wisconsin had eight shots on target, with one of those being the goal from Barlow.The team’s aggressive nature was possible in part because of the formation Green Bay played. They were in a 3-5-2, which left fewer defenders in the back, and made it easier for the connection between Segbers, Barlow, and the rest of the Badgers. Wisconsin had not played a team with that formation yet this year, which may have been the reason they felt they could consistently attack.After a rough stretch for the Badgers in which they had lost their last seven games, an early goal was exactly what they needed to get their confidence back up, especially for a young team who was looking for an early morale booster.“I think it gave us so much more confidence. We’ve been coming off some tough losses, so to jump out early and start early boosts team morale,” Segbers said.Trask said he’s happy to get out of the slump, but said he wants to see more urgency to put the opponent away by scoring that second goal. Getting another goal would put the game away and show that the Badgers played an overall solid game.“We weren’t [able to get the second goal] tonight, but that’s the continued journey these guys are on. They can be a bit more ruthless because there were some opportunities presented,” Trask said.This in-state rivalry energized the team and should propel the Badgers as they continue with Big Ten play at Michigan State on Saturday.last_img read more