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Amajita battle Guinea for bronze

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The SA under-20 national team (Amajita) will face Guinea (Junior Syli Nationale) in the third and fourth place playoff of the 14th edition of the CAF U20 African Cup of Nations in Zambia.
The bronze medal battle will take place on Sunday, 12 March 2017 at 2pm.
It will be the curtain raiser to the 2017 CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations final between hosts Zambia and Senegal.
South Africa and Guinea have never met in an international match.
While both missed out on contesting the final, they managed to qualify for the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup by virtue of making it to the top four of 2017 U20 Afcon where they were group runners up to Senegal and Zambia.
Amajita and Junior Syli Nationale lost by 1-0 margins to Zambia and Senegal respectively in the semi finals.
The South Africans have now turned their focus to the Fifa U20 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from 20 May – 11 June 2017.
Thabo Senong’s charges will use the 3rd/4th place playoff match as part of their first phase of preparations for the prestigious tournament.
South Africa and Guinea meet at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, and will be broadcast live on SS9.
The final between Zambia and Senegal will follow at same venue at 17h30.

Wenger under siege as Lincoln chase shock

Just when Arsene Wenger thought life couldn’t get any more stressful, the Arsenal manager finds himself on a hiding to nothing as minnows Lincoln eye more FA Cup history in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Wenger has endured a week from hell that started when Arsenal were thumped 3-1 at Liverpool following his decision to drop star forward Alexis Sanchez, who reportedly demanded a transfer in an angry row after that loss.
There was worse to come on Tuesday when Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League in humiliating fashion as Bayern Munich’s 5-1 victory condemned Wenger to his heaviest home defeat since 1998.
Wenger, who has yet to reveal if he will remain in charge next season, has been subjected to vitriolic abuse from Arsenal fans calling for his resignation and the visit of non-league Lincoln hardly promises to be a port in the storm for the beleaguered Frenchman.
With another supporter protest planned for the Emirates Stadium tie, suffering what would be one of the FA Cup’s all-time great upsets would surely be the last straw for Wenger.
The contrasts between Arsenal’s global reach and tiny Lincoln’s far more humble ambitions make this the ultimate banana skin for Wenger, who has won the FA Cup six times in his 21-year reign.
Danny Cowley’s fifth tier leaders are the first non-league club to reach the last eight in 103 years following a stunning 1-0 victory at Premier League Burnley in the fifth round.

LMC tasks Rivers Utd on CCL

The League Management Company (LMC) has tasked Rivers United on the need to give a good showing in Sunday’s Caf Champions League game against Sudanese club, Al-Merreikh.
United and Merreikh go toe to toe in the first leg of the first round in Africa’s premiere club competition on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
The LMC, through its player’s relationship advisor, Victor Ezeji made this known during a visit to the players and coaches of Rivers United at their team hotel.
Responding on behalf of the team, club captain, Festus Austine expressed gratitude to the LMC and Ezeji for the visit and promised that the players will give their best on Sunday.
The game between Rivers United and Al-Merreikh will be played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium from 4pm on Sunday.

Russia’s Mutko ‘barred from Fifa post’

Fifa has barred Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, chief organiser of the World Cup to be held in his country next year, from sitting on the world body’s ruling council, a source close to Fifa told AFP on Friday.
Mutko, who has also been accused of involvement in Russia’s sports doping scandal, is one of five European candidates for seats on the Fifa Council to be decided in April. The source said European football’s governing body Uefa has been told he cannot stand.
A Fifa watchdog blocked Mutko, who has had a seat on the Fifa top table since 2009, because of potential conflicts of interest with his government role.
The decision is a new blow to the 58-year-old Mutko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, who was barred from last year’s Rio Olympics in the fallout from an inquiry which accused Russia of “state-sponsored” doping.
But the source denied that the doping scandal had played any role in the decision.
Mutko has been elected by Uefa to represent them on Fifa’s ruling body since 2009.
But his Fifa seat is due for re-election in April and all candidates must be vetted by Fifa’s control commission under new rules brought in after world football’s corruption scandal.
Mutko has been ruled “not eligible” for a place, the source said.
Fifa’s ethics code prohibits political interference in football affairs and the world body has in the past suspended national federations where governments have been judged to have taken control.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wins Premier League Player of the Month award for February

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has won the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.
The 23-year-old scored four league goals in three appearances for Spurs as they won twice and lost once to solidify their place in the top four.
Kane scored the winner in a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough on February 4 before notching a hat-trick in 4-0 demolition of Stoke City at White Hart Lane on February 26.
The England star has become the Premier League’s current top scorer with 19 goals in 22 games.
Kane beat five other contenders including Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and David Silva, West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley, Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and Romelu Lukaku, the Everton forward.

At last! Man City boss Guardiola finally named Manager of the Month

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for the first time since arriving in England.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach won February’s award after City won all three of their matches.
Guardiola oversaw wins over West Ham, Swansea City and Bournemouth, scoring eight times and conceding just once.
The 46-year-old therefore avoids failing to win the award in his debut Premier League season.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had been dominant, winning in three of the preceding four months.
Guardiola beat fellow nominees Conte, Jose Mourinho and Tony Pulis to the award. It is the first time a City boss has claimed the accolade since August 2015, when Manuel Pellegrini came out on top.

Inaugural Racing Rugby Tens takes centre stage on saturday

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation endorsed inaugural Racing tens tournament will take place at British International School on Saturday by 9am. The tournament will start with Schools Rugby, which will feature British International School, Caro Favoured College, Dorcas Memorial College, Ojokwu Junion High, Falomo Junior High and Eko Akete junion High.
The tens will feature the just dethroned national winners Cowrie RFC, Hosts Racing RFC, Lagos RFC, Police RFC and Gosar RFC.
It is gathered in commemoration of the women day, Hawster Women’s Team and Police Women’s team will battle for supremacy.

Arsenal star Iwobi could miss Nigeria friendly games

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi could miss Arsenal’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final encounter against Lincoln City on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder missed Arsenal’s midweek clash with German giants Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League clash in London.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Iwobi and his team-mate Danny Welbeck are both ill ahead their Cup encounter.
Iwobi, who has played 22 English Premier League games for Arsenal this season, has been included in the Nigerian squad that will play two international friendly games later this month.
The Super Eagles will take on Senegal on Thursday, 23 March, before locking horns with Burkina Faso on Monday, 27 March. Both games will be played in London, England.

Yelena Isinbayeva: Former pole-vaulter elected to key Russian anti-doping role
Yelena Isinbayeva, an outspoken critic of the decision to suspend Russia’s athletics team from Rio 2016, has been elected to a key role within her country’s anti-doping agency, Rusada.
Isinbayeva, who would have competed in the pole vault in Rio, described the ban as “a blatant political order”.
The ban came after evidence of a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.
Russia’s sport leaders have promised to improve their record on doping, but the pace of progress has been criticised.
Isinbayeva, Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, has been elected chair of Rusada’s supervisory board.
Wada had previously said it was “encouraged” by President Vladimir Putin’s recent admission that Russia’s anti-doping system “didn’t work”.
While denying allegations of state-sponsored, systematic cheating, Putin said his country should acknowledge its anti-doping failures.
Lord Coe tells Today that Russian athletes could be competing again ‘by the end of the year’
More than 1,000 Russian athletes – including Olympic medallists – were said to have benefited.
As a consequence, Wada recommended banning all Russian athletes from competing at the Olympics in Brazil last summer, but the International Olympic Committee ruled that individual sporting federations should decide.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was the only governing body to enforce a blanket ban on Russian athletes.
Russia’s athletics team will also be absent from the World Championships in London in August, after the IAAF extended that suspension in December.
Nigeria Women Premier League clubs get registration deadline

All 17 Nigeria Women Premier League clubs have been given till Friday, March 10 to complete their registrations for the 2016/2017 season.
The country’s women elite league season is scheduled to commence on Saturday, March 25 while Saturday, April 8 was set for the lower-league teams.
In a statement, Ayo Abdulrahman, the league’s Chief Operating Officer confirmed this in a reminder notice to clubs in the topflight and second divisions.
17 teams including recently added Capital City Doves will feature in the abridged league split into two groups with each top two finishers qualifying for a Super Four tournament where the eventual champions will emerge.
The topflight opening match of the season will take place at the Akure Township Stadium on March 25 where Sunshine Queens will host Ibom Angels.

Brazil set date for Germany rematch

Brazil will travel to Berlin to meet Germany on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
The clash, which will take place at the Olympiastadion, will mark the first time the two nations have met since their historic semi-final meeting at World Cup 2014, which saw eventual winners Germany run out 7-1 winners in Belo Horizonte.
Brazil’s Under-23 side met their German counterparts in the final of last year’s Rio Olympics, taking the gold medal on penalties.
Five-time world champions Brazil last met their opponents on German soil in August 2011, when goals from Robinho and Neymar could not prevent the Selecao going down 3-2 in Stuttgart.
Brazil have never lost an official match in the German capital, however. They grabbed victories over West Germany in 1973, beat Croatia in 2011, and played out a 1-1 draw with Germany at the Olympiastadion in 2004.
Next year’s matchup will be the Selecao’s final friendlies prior to the announcement of their squad for Russia 2018, providing they secure qualification.
Brazil could do that this month in matches against Uruguay and Paraguay after coach Tite led the side to six consecutive victories following his June 2016 appointment.
Last month, Brasil Global Tour announced upcoming friendlies against Australia and Argentina in Melbourne.

SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR SEEKS SUPPORT FOR NIGERIAN CANDIDATES

CEO, NIGERIAN NATIONAL LEAGUE, Bukola Olapade has condemned the continued stay of Isa Hayattou as the president of confederation of African football, caf, and has called on all major stakeholders to support the bid of any Nigerian willing to seek any elective office in caf or any other organisation.
Olopade stated this while speaking at the monthly forum of the sports writers association of Nigeria, ogun state chapter.
The former commissioner of sports, Ogun State said any position held any Nigerian would be to the growth and development to the nation and the world at large.

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CEO, NIGERIAN NATIONAL LEAGUE
The sport administrator also appealed to Senator Ibikunle Amosun to expend more money in sports development towards revolutionizing the sector.
He argued that the sector could fetch more money into the state coffers in the nearest future than infrastructural development condemning the ongoing road projects.
Barrister Olopade also advised the state government to revive local and grassroot sports competitions so as to put to use some of the facilities that have been abandoned.
TRACK UP…BUKOLA OLOPADE
CEO, NIGERIAN NATIONAL LEAGUE

Whyte Daniel

March 10th, 2017

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