46 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 Ezuruike, Onyema, Nwosu strike gold NIGERIAN trio Roland Ezuruike, Esther Onyema and Ndidi Nwosu yesterday all won gold medals in the parapowerlifting events at the ongoing Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The duo of Paul Kehinde and Lucy Kehinde won silver medals each in the men and women’s events. Contesting in the men’s lightweight final, Ezuruike became the first Nigerian to claim a gold medal at this year’s edition with a lift of 224.3kg. The silver medal went to his compatriot Kehinde who lifted 219.9kg, while Ali Jawad lifted 182.7kg to win the bronze medal for •Diogu... D'Tigers captain PRESIDENT of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Dr. Daniel Igali has told Nigerians to ‘expect results’ from the country’s wrestlers at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, adding that each of the fighters is a potential medallist considering their rankings. Twelve Nigerian wrestlers including 6 males and females each will take to the England. In the women’s lightweight, Onyema made a lift of 141.6kg to create a new world record. Ejike claimed the silver medal with a lift of 134.1kg and Zoe Newson from England took the bronze medal with a lift of 106.1 kg. SCOTLAND are guaranteed to have a shot at a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after reaching the semi-finals with a 66-61 victory over Nigeria, in Cairns yesterday. Rob Beveridge’s side set up a last four showdown with hosts, Australia, meaning that they have at least a shot at bronze depending on their Also in the women’s heavyweight, Nwosu emerged tops with a lift of 110.4kg to finish ahead of Louis Sudgen of England (89.2kg) and Joyce Njuguna of Kenya (89.0kg). Team Nigeria now won three gold and four silver medals and now 10th in the overall medal standings. Scotland cage D’Tigers semi-final result. Gareth Murray led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Mike Vigor had 12 points and there were 10 points apiece for Jonny Bunyan and Ali Fraser. Scotland made a hot start with 5/5 from downtown as Murray hit two of those triples in a 15- 14 start as Nigeria also scored four early 3-pointers. The gap was seven at 23-16 after 10 minutes before Scotland extended their advantage into double figures with Ali Fraser – sporting a mask after suffering a broken nose in the previous game – enjoying a burst with six points in quick succession. They held Nigeria to 12 points in the second as Scotland took a 40-28 lead into the half-time break. However, back came Nigeria in the third as they held Scotland to just six points as they fought back to tie the game at 46-46 heading into the final periods as they failed to make it out of the group stage. Igali promises wrestling results mats for competition from April 12 to 14 at the Games, and the Olympic champion is confident they will do the nation proud. “Nigerians should expect results from the team,” Igali said. “All the athletes that have gone to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games from wrestling are ranked in the top 5 at Commonwealth. The assumption therefore is that on any given day or on a good day, each of them Joshua must improve, says Mike Tyson MIKE Tyson says he was not too impressed with Anthony Joshua’s last fight - Joshua defeated Parker in unanimous decision in a unification match - Deontay Wilder says he is ready to take on the undefeated champion Former boxing heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson revealed he has fresh doubts about the pedigree of Anthony Joshua after he unified the WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) belts. Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on unanimous decision in his first 12-round fight, but the former knockout king failed to replicate his streak against the New Zealander. Despite wining virtually all the rounds against Parker, Tyson thinks Joshua’s performance fell flat and admitted he was not so convinced by AJ’s credentials. “Joshua looked like he was the guy to [become undisputed champion] but in his last fight, he did not impress me. “[Deontay Wilder] is improving, he’s getting better,” Tyson told Showtime. should be able to win a medal for Nigeria. “I hope to get good results from the athletes, they left here (Nigeria) with very high spirits. “You know the (sports) ministry had settled some of their outstanding allowances, and so they were leaving with pretty happy faces to the Commonwealth (Games). So, I’m hoping that they make the country proud.” •Joshua
VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 — 47 2018 FIFA WC: Our plan B for success is prayer, says Agu SUPER Eagles assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer, Alloy Agu has submitted that the World Cup assignment will be a difficult one and the coaches and players have little control of their destiny, when the tournament begins June in Russia. The Eagles are drawn in group D regarded as EAGLES midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi cooled off speculations that he will be out for a long spell following a hamstring injury he picked up during a Turkish Super Lig match, saying he will only be sidelined for about 10 days. The former Lazio midfielder who lasted 28th minute on account of the injury in Trabzonspor’s 4-0 bashing of Kayserispor last Saturday. the toughest in the tournament and according to Agu Nigerian need to pray for the coaches and players. “I think it’s high time Nigerians resulted to prayers as our plan B because we are now seeing how key players are getting injured in their club sides which is almost ruling them out of the World Cup. “Look at Tunisia for instance, one of their key players is injured and will almost miss the World Cup. That will definitely be a huge blow for them; even Brazil are struggling to see if Neymar would be fit before the World Cup because the country’s hope rests on his shoulders. I just want to urge all Nigerians to please put these boys in prayers,” Alloy Agu said. Onazi dismisses injury fears “There is nothing to worry about concerning the injury. It’s just a small tightness in my hamstring,” he assured. “I will be okay in not more than 10 days. There is no course for alarm.” REAL Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane warns their Champions League tie with Juventus isn’t over - “great teams never give up”. The Spanish champions hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Turin, but the Frenchman is warning against any complacency tomorrow night. “It’s not going to change anything for us,” said Zidane in his pre-match Press conference. “We know it’s a different match, what happened [in the first leg] happened. We had a good match and a good result, but 50 per cent of the qualification comes down to tomorrow so what we need to do is Champions League: Juve down but not out — Zidane have another great match. “What I want is to prove it on the pitch and not talk, because we know that in football we have to respect all teams and that will always be the case. “For instance, in the match against Atletico Madrid we could even have lost. That’s football, one single play can undo you. “We have to respect the opponent, because great teams never give up. If we’re there from minute one to minute 90 then we have a great chance of going through, but we have to prove it on the pitch." Robben: Sevilla can spring surprises ARJEN Robben said he “lives for” Champions League evenings as Bayern Munich prepare to defend a 2-1 lead against unfancied Sevilla in the second leg of the quarterfinals tonight. Robben, 34, was part of the Bayern teams that lost the Confederation Cup: CAF investigates attempted match-fixing in Lagos C ONFEDERATION of Africa Football is looking into the alleged attempted bribing of the match referee for the Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria Confederation Cup tie at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. Reports in South Africa suggested that Victor Gomes was approached by unknown individuals to influence the result of the match with an offer of $30,000, but the South African official and his colleagues rejected the offer. According to TimesLive, Gomes was in Lagos along with his assistants Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni‚ and regular Premier Soccer League referee Thando Ndzandzeka‚ who acted as the fourth official. Plateau United won the game 2-1‚ but now face a difficult away trip in the second leg on April 17‚ which will be officiated by Maguette N’Diaye from Senegal. 2010 and 2012 Champions League finals, but he scored the 2013 winner against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. “It’s the pinnacle to play at this level and really special,” the former Netherlands captain told a news conference. Robben warned that they needed to be “careful” not to underestimate La Liga opponents Sevilla. “People are already talking about the semifinals, but we still have a game to play,” he said. “A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it’s not the same as the 5-0 against Besiktas, where we knew it was basically over.''