Wednesday, November 25

Tag: Pundits

Sport

Boost for Arsenal as David Luiz back ahead of schedule

The Brazilian defender had looked to be set for a spell on the sidelines, however he has recovered quickly and could return to the pitch soon David Luiz has returned to full training following a neck injury ahead of schedule, in a boost for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta. The Brazilian defender signed a contract extension last season and remains a key first-team player for Arteta's FA Cup holders, despite making a number of high-profile errors that have led to fierce criticism from fans and pundits. Luiz however is a popular and respected member of the first team at Arsenal, which meant his recent suffering of a neck problem, which threatened to keep him out for a period of matches, was a real blow for the Gunners.
Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho Breaks Silence on his Real Age
Sport

Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho Breaks Silence on his Real Age

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has finally responded to fans and pundits who have made a joke of his real age over the past few years. DAILY POST recalls that Uzoho, who was the youngest player at age 19 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, was criticized on social media over his real age, as most people believe he was older. But, Uzoho has now said that people who doubt his real age don’t know him. The 21-year-old said this when he appeared as a guest on the Super Eagles Instagram live session on Tuesday, AOIFootball reports. “I was smallish back then in 2013 when I participated in the World Cup with the U17 National team. I later went to Aspire Academy, where I learned a lot. “My looks and body build changed when I started using the Gym and was working ou...
Pundits Predict Fayemi, El-Rufai Joint 2023 Presidential Ticket
Politics

Pundits Predict Fayemi, El-Rufai Joint 2023 Presidential Ticket

Political analysts yesterday forecast that the duo of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, may pair for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election season. According to them, the duo looked good for the ticket because among those being rumoured to be nursing presidential ambition, they paraded the most outstanding credentials and currently enjoy support from President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet. Already, there are subterranean moves in the ruling party to see that the APC fields one of its governors to succeed Buhari whose tenure expires in 2023. The analysts, who spoke to THISDAY against the backdrop of the recent advocacy by el-Rufai for power to shift...
Wilder Won’t Last 7 Rounds Against Me – Joshua Speaks
Sport

Wilder Won’t Last 7 Rounds Against Me – Joshua Speaks

Nigerian-born British IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has been speaking on the possibility of meeting the WBC Champion, Deontay Wilder after he stopped his Mexican conqueror, Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last December. Joshua, who has a 23-1 record with 22 of them coming in KOs is trying to rebuild his image in the eyes of the fans after the way he was blown out in 7 rounds by the chubby 268-lb Ruiz Jr. last June in New York. Speaking to @SkySportsBoxing, Joshua, 29, said Wilder won’t make it to the 7th round against him, as he would fight the talented 6’7″ American with a record 42-0-1 and 41 Kos, in an exact opposite manner that he fought Ruiz Jr. on December 7. “He wouldn’t be there in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. This is ...
Atiku Lauds Nigerians, Says Collated Results Shows He’s Leading
Politics

Atiku Lauds Nigerians, Says Collated Results Shows He’s Leading

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has stated that collated results show that he is leading and on his way to victory. Making a statement on Sunday through his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku added that the initial indications from the PDPs simultaneous vote count (SVC) assures them of victory. “With strong shares of vote in SS, SE as well as an increased share in SW and NC we are very pleased with the progress the PDP has made. We look forward to sharing some exciting news in other parts of the country very soon, which will confound all the armchair pundits. “I would like to sincerely thank the millions of people who, despite having to bear the additional burden of a postponed election, came out yesterday to vote for me and the other PDP can...
Uzoho’s Club Status Worries Rohr
Sport

Uzoho’s Club Status Worries Rohr

There are strong indications that Super Eagles goalkeeper to the last World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho is on the verge of losing his number one status for the team, if going by the body language of the Head Coach of the team, Gernot Rohr. The Franco-German tactician, who was part of Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League crowd at the Agege Stadium in Lagos said he is worried the status of the goalkeeper with Spanish Segunda Division club, Elche, where he has lost out in the pecking order. Uzoho, whose choice as number one to the Mundial beats the imagination of most pundits, is being used sparingly by the Spanish second tier club and his matter reached the limit lately as the club engaged another top goalkeeper in the ongoing transfer window. A d...
Solskjaer expecting Manchester United legends to criticize him
Sport

Solskjaer expecting Manchester United legends to criticize him

Manchester United’s interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted he will not be immune to criticism from former players. Solskjaer won his first game 5-1 against Cardiff in style, but he is not expecting a smooth ride. His predecessors have frequently been unhappy with former players who are now pundits such as Gary Neville, who have picked apart United’s performances and offered varying opinions on their play. “Don’t worry, Gary will be really hard on me. “I sat next to him in the dressing room for 11 years. You know Gary. “He’s paid now to give his opinion and of course he should do. I’m no different to anyone else. I’m no different to any other manager when you lead that team out on to the pitch. “It comes with a responsibility but my job is to get the players...
Usain Bolt Adamant Football Career Not Over
Sport

Usain Bolt Adamant Football Career Not Over

Sprint legend, Usain Bolt is adamant his football career is not over despite his trial with Australian club, Central Coast Mariners collapsing. The eight-time Olympic champion’s “indefinite” try-out period with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners collapsed on Friday after contract talks failed. Speaking with Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper at the Derby Day horse races in Melbourne, Bolt said; “It’s sad that it didn’t work out, but we parted on good terms, and that’s a good thing. “I had a great experience with them. The guys were great — we just couldn’t work out things with the contract, but hopefully I get another chance with another team.” Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has long dreamed of becoming a soccer player and had been training with the Mariners since ...
Bolt Secures Contract With A-League Mariners
Sport

Bolt Secures Contract With A-League Mariners

Sprint legend, Usain Bolt, will live his dream as a footballer after all. Reports said Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have offered him a contract. However, Mariners’ coach said he knows nothing about it. Usain Bolt with his new Australian football club: takes one week leave from soccer The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with the A-League side since arriving in August to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He scored two goals in a pre-season friendly last week and on Thursday turned down a two-year, trial-free deal from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta. “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” the Jamaican’s agent Ricky Simms told the BBC. The club had no immediate comment on Monday, but Sydney’s...
AFCON 2019: Nigeria On The Brink Of Qualification
Sport

AFCON 2019: Nigeria On The Brink Of Qualification

The Super Eagles took a giant step in their bid to earn a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Cameroon. The Eagles who now top Group E with 9 points from four matches need just two points to seal their place in the tournament which will be held early next year. Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr The Eagles who started the second round matches of the qualifiers from third improved their standing by winning three straight matches over Seychelles 3-0 in Victoria and Libya back-to-back in Uyo and Sfax. Nigeria’s chances for qualification were made brighter by Seychelles goalless draw with South Africa in Victoria on a day the Eagles were grinding out a 3-1 victory over Libya in Sfax. With 9 points, two above second-placed South Africa, Nigeria look set for her first AFC...
Man Utd Must Not Lose Pogba Over Mourinho Row
Sport

Man Utd Must Not Lose Pogba Over Mourinho Row

The recent tension between the two has led to speculation that the World Cup winner might well be leaving but it would be short-sighted in the extreme If you were in charge of Manchester United and both Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba sat down in front of you and one of them said: “It’s him or me,” who would you choose to keep? That dilemma might well be looming in the distance for executive vice-chair Ed Woodward, with the club forced on Thursday to deny reports that relations between the head coach and his most expensive signing had reached an all-time low. Mourinho is unlikely to have been impressed by Pogba’s intimations following the Premier League opening weekend win over Leicester City on Friday that if he said what he really wanted to say he would end up fined. The...