On a day they needed just one goal to topple the South Africans and assure of a place in the last four – irrespective of the result in the other match between Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia – the Olympic Eagles failed to find their sting in the fore, dancing too much on the ball without effective contact or meaningful touches in the opposition critical zone.Perhaps awed by Nigeria’s array of stars in Kelechi Nwakali, Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu, Sincere Seth and Orji Okwonkwo, alongside respected home-based professionals Sunusi Ibrahim and Ndifreke Effiong, the South Africans preferred to absorb the heat for the first half hour. Seeing that the Olympic Eagles lacked the punch when it mattered, the Amaglug-glug came out to attack. And thrice they came close to putting the ball in the net, but met with the alertness and agility of goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.Abubakar also saved the Olympic Eagles in the second half, as the South Africans fired from every angle, while Nigeria were looking to walk the ball into the net and stubbornly stuck to an ineffective strategy of trying to make hay from the wings.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said the failure of the Olympic Eagles was a shock. “Working together with the Ministry of Sports, we have been able to provide the team with what is required for them to excel. The team’s failure to reach the semi-finals and ultimately qualify for the Olympics is a big shock.“Three years ago, football won the only medal that Nigeria took from the Olympics in Brazil. Our expectation was that this team would qualify for Tokyo and go there to do the country proud.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram …Fails to qualify for men Olympics football eventCup holders, Nigeria have been booted out of the ongoing U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following a dire 0-0 draw with South Africa yesterday night that was not enough to see them through to the semifinals. The result meant they finished third in Group B and dropped out of contention for a place in the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Failure at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo sustained an unsavoury streak of Nigeria appearing in the Men’s Football Tournament at every other Olympics since the year 2000. Champions in 1996 in Atlanta, USA where they won Africa’s first-ever football gold medal of the Olympics, the Nigeria U23 participated in the tournament in Australia in 2000; missed the event in Greece in 2004; took part at the event in China in 2008 and won the silver medal; missed the tournament in the United Kingdom in 2012; participated in the event in Brazil in 2016 and won the bronze medal and; will now miss Tokyo 2020.
Reigning heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua believes a showdown between himself and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is the fight boxing needs.Joshua made his stand known days after stopping the teak-tough Carlos Takam in the 10th round at Cardiff’s sold-out Principality Stadium to retain his WBA, IBO and IBF titles.As mixed reactions continue to trail his victory following the rather early stoppage of the fight by referee Phil Edwards, Joshua already has his sights on the bigger challenge, calling out motormouth American Wilder for a lavish showdown.Wilder, 31, who defends his belt in a return clash against Bermane Stiverne next weekend will be hoping to add to his unblemished record after 38 fights, that includes an astonishing 37 stoppages.In his words “Yeah, boxing needs it. One hundred percent”The champ also added that:“It has to happen. We’re easy to work with. Eddie (Hearn) knows what he’s doing. Eddie just wants to keep a lid on his [Wilder’s] jar and say, ‘wow, calm down’.“We can fill it up to the top and maybe spill a little bit over but we’re not filling up the second jar.”RelatedEddie Hearn Calls Out Deontay Wilder For ‘kicking Joshua while he’s down’June 2, 2019In “Boxing”Anthony Joshua Takes Time Off As He Awaits Next FightDecember 7, 2018In “Boxing”Tyson Fury, a True Champion who Sparks up Heavyweight BoxingDecember 3, 2018In “Boxing”
Within the New Year futsal tournament ”Asim Ferhatović Hase” that was played in ”Skenderija”, FK ”Sarajevo” had won the third place against the Austrian team with the result of 9:7.The red team did not achieve to qualify for the finals of the tournament that is being played in honor of the former football player of FK ”Sarajevo” Asim Ferhatović Hase.