Press Association Having missed the chance to prove himself against dual Derby winner Australia and the rest of his age group in last season’s Classics due to injury, the son of High Chaparral is now beginning to fulfil his potential. He won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on his seasonal debut at Royal Ascot and Weld hopes the four-year-old ends up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. “Unfortunately, he got a stress fracture of his tibia when he was working exceptionally well (last year) and that delayed his entire late spring and summer campaign,” the Rosewell handler told At The Races. “He didn’t reappear until September, when he won a nice Group race at Leopardstown, and it was then unfortunate on Champions Day at Ascot that he had to run on very heavy ground. “He ran such an excellent race just to be beaten. “We’re always expecting better. I had a hold-up with him just before he won at Royal Ascot, where I thought he put up an excellent performance in winning the Prince of Wales’s. “It was lovely to win a nice Group One with him at Royal Ascot but I think there’s more to come and, with luck, he can do better in the autumn. “I’m not certain what his best trip is. He’s very good at 10 furlongs as he has a lot of pace, but I believe he can carry it out over a mile and a half. “He’s relaxed and well balanced and hopefully he’ll be able to run in the Arc.” Dermot Weld believes Free Eagle can be just as effective over a mile and a half as he is over 10 furlongs.
The final match day will have the fixtures between Rivers United and Wikki Tourists at 5pm while FC IfeanyiUbah and Rangers International will play the closing game at 7pm.Abubakar also noted that all the matches will be played under flood light.“We are continuing with the growing popularity of night games in Enugu and essentially, we are also considering a fans-friendly time when businesses would have closed to encourage huge turnout for the matches”.The NPFL Super4 is an annual pre-season tournament organized by the LMC for clubs participating in Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club competitions in the coming season. It enables the clubs condition their players for the competition as the tournament provides a platform for integration of new and retained players of the clubs as well as enable the Managers put to competitive test their pre-season trainings.Rangers International and Rivers United that finished first and second in the NPFL will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League while third placed Wikki Tourists and Federation Cup champions, FC IfeanyiUbah will play in the CAF Confederation Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah have been drawn to play the opening game of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which flags off on December 7 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.According to fixtures released by the League Management Company (LMC), the opening match will kick-off at 5pm with the second fixture between League champions, Rangers International and runners-up, Rivers United starting at 7pm.Abubakar said “on Match Day 2, Rangers International will play Wikki Tourists in the first match starting at 5pm while Rivers United and FC IfeanyiUbah will take to the pitch for the second game of the day”.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists European football will change forever when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi hangs up his boots.The Argentine forward has won seven La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, along with picking up the Ballon d’Or on four separate occasions.Messi’s influence at Barcelona almost saw manager Luis Enrique sacked earlier this season, when the pair reportedly fell out as a power struggle developed.And former Real Madrid boss Mourinho has exclusively told talkSPORT the Argentine is much more important to the La Liga giants than any boss.“In ten years’ time, without Lionel Messi, the map of European football is going to change,” he told Alan Brazil.“What Barcelona have won in the last few years was with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as manager, but it’s always with Messi.”You can listen to the full interview with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, May 19 only on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show