Vanguard Newspaper 13042018
46 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 2018 FIFA WC: Rohr not sleeping on Nigeria’s group D opponents, says Agali SUPER Eagles chief coach, Gernot Rohr is working overtime to ensure the team is well prepared for their group D opponents at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament starting June in Russia. Former Eagles attacker and chief scout, Victor Agali disclosed that Rohr has redoubled his efforts because he wants to see Joshua ready to fight Wilder for $50m ANTHONY Joshua says for $50m dollars he will fight Deontay Wilder “tomorrow”, adding that the fight “has to happen” for boxing. Wilder accepted Joshua’s invitation - made in the aftermath of his points victory over Joseph Parker - for a fight to become the undisputed heavy-weight champion of the world, but negotiations are proving tricky. Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, says his team have made offers to the American’s camp, but admits they are still awaiting a response. “If it is a $100m fight and they are happy with taking 60-40, I’ll take 50-50. Give me $50m dollars up front and I swear I’ll take that fight tomorrow,” Joshua told Sky Sports. GOtv boxing night 14 ready to roll KENYAN boxer, Michael “Shaka” Nyawade, who is billed to fight Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman for the African Boxing Union featherweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 14, arrived Lagos yesterday. Nyawade, who was accompanied by his manager, Paul Akoth, vowed to make his opponent see hell when they clash on Saturday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. “I’m not here just to beat Skoro; I’m here to make him see hell. I will disgrace him and ensure that he retires from boxing,” boasted Nyawade. His manager said Skoro lacks the experience to take on his boxer, adding that he expects the fight to be over within five rounds. GOtv Boxing Night 14 will feature seven fights, including two other title fights. the Super Eagles go for in the tournament. They start their campaign on June 27 against Croatia, before playing Iceland and Argentina. The Super Eagles, on paper are the least rated team in group D pairings. “Honestly, the coach has the country so dear to him. We all know how tirelessly he worked during the qualifiers on our opponents and it eventually paid off. He has already made a programme on scouting all of our opponents before we get to Russia,” Agali said. The former OGC Nice player further revealed that the coach even when as far as sending his son to monitor the game between Nigeria’s rivals Argentina when they took on Spain last month.. Iwobi has scored more goals for Nigeria than Arsenal — Keown FORMER Arsenal defender, Martin Keown has urged up and coming Gunners striker, Alex Iwobi to take full advantage of the opportunity given to him by coach Arsene Wenger and established himself in the starting squad. Keown, who expressed his reservation towards Iwobi’s output, has called on the Nigeria international who impressed in the No. 10 role against Southampton last weekend to ‘deliver’. “It is time for Alex Iwobi to deliver. He has been in the first team for three seasons now but has not really trained on. “He’s neat and tidy but is not decisive enough. He’s scored more goals for Nigeria than Arsenal this season – two goals in 32 games is not good enough for an attacking player, even if a lot of those are from the bench.” Etebo vows to save Las Palmas from relegation OGHENEKARO Etebo has disclosed his determination to help Las Palmas escape the drop from the Spanish Primera Division at the end of the season. The Super Eagles midfielder returned to action last weekend in Palmas’ loss to Levante after missing two games owing to a hamstring injury. La Union Deportiva have only won five times in 31 games this season and are placed 19th in the log after managing 21 points. However, ahead of their tie against Real Sociedad on Saturday, the fit-again midfielder has revealed his desire to help the club remain in the top-flight next term. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. I’m feeling good in our training game. Looking forward to this weekend in our fight to stay up,” Etebo posted on Instagram. Ronaldo: Real deserves to win REAL Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he did not understand Juventus players’ furious protests — including a straight red card for visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon — at the 93rd-minute penalty which the Portugal international scored to decide Wednesday’s dramatic Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Bernabeu. One of the biggest shocks in European football history looked a real possibility when Blaise Matuidi took advantage of Keylor Navas’ dropped cross to make it 3-3 on aggregate just after the hour mark. And the greatest drama of •Rohr Champions League: all came in the third minute of added time, when referee Michael Oliver saw a push on Madrid substitute Lucas Vazquez by Juve defender Mehdi Banatia, with the English official sending off Buffon before Ronaldo hammered the spot kick into the net to send the defending champions through to the last four. “I don’t understand why they protested the penalty,” Ronaldo said. “If he’s not fouled, Lucas scores. He is hit from behind. During the game, Benatia and the rest were constantly kicking us from behind. That is their game. But Madrid are happy and in the semifinals.” Buffon wants ref Oliver’s heart in dustbin JUVENTUS keeper Gigi Buffon still believes the English referee Michael Oliver, ruined their game against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. “To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart,” Buffon said. Eagles climb five steps on world rankings NIGERIA’s ratings on the FIFA World rankings for the month of April appreciated with the Eagles moving five places from 52 nd to perch in the 47 th position. It was the best rating for the Eagles in over a year. This is just as their group D world cup opponents, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland dropped in the rankings. Argentina dropped a point to remain at 5 th , while Croatia dropped three places to place 18 th Iceland moved four places to 22 nd position. German retained their number one position, so did Brazil remaining at number two, while Belgium pushed Portugal to the fourth place. On the Africa continent the Super Eagles moved to the sixth place in the top ten rankings.Tunisia, Senegal and Congo DR are the top three teams in Africa, followed by Morocco and Egypt. The next world ranking will be published by the official website of Fifa, fifa.com, on 17 May, 2018. U17 AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria face Ghana, Cote d ‘ Ivoire NIGERIA’s Golden Eaglets are facing a hard path to the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations as they have been pitted in the same qualifying group with rivals Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire. The final will be staged in Tanzania after a zonal qualification contest. The Eaglets who failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament in India will alongside their counterparts in West Africa slug it out in a tournament in Ghana. Nigeria are in CAF Zone West B, which also has Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. Police not monitoring Nigeria athletes — NOC TEAM Nigeria has dismissed as baseless and disrespectful allegations that Australia’s Border Police have decided to mount a close watch on its athletes at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast. This allegation according to reports was triggered after eight athletes allegedly disappeared from the camp of Team Cameroon. But Secretary General of Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Honourable Tunde Popoola who was livid sneered at the report describing it as baseless and disrespectful. “My attention has since been drawn to stories making the rounds claiming that Nigerian athletes are being monitored following the alleged disappearance of eight athletes from Cameroon. Let me state that Team Nigeria contingent are disciplined and focused on the task of competing clean and winning medals at the Games. And to the glory of God, we’ve been a united family. Records show(verify at CGF) that Team Nigeria remain the only country that has submitted a detailed departure schedule on the movement of its team. For now, we concentrate on supporting our athletes in winning more medals to the glory of our fatherland and will not want to be distracted”, Popoola said. Dazed Oriyomi returns from hospital NIGERIAN female boxer, Ayisat Oriyomi who was rushed to hospital after she lost her quarter final bout to Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul at the Oxemford Studios boxing event of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Australia has rejoined the Games Village. There was joy when it was announced that the boxer who fought in the Women’s 51 kg has been discharged. Ayisat ran into a barrage of punches that dazed her and she quickly told the coach that she was no longer seeing her opponent and became defenseless. Coach Anthony Konyegwachie had to throw in the towel to save her from further punishment.
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