Fred EdorehNotwithstanding the high pedigree of the LaLiga in world club football, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, has sounded a warning to the Spanish teams lined up to engage the selected side of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) not to think it is going to be a stroll in the park against the All Stars from Nigeria.Dikko gave the warning while speaking to the Spanish press on Monday night immediately on arrival in the city of Valencia where the NPFL All Stars will take on Valencia CF in their opening game of the friendly tour.“The first assumption for football followers would be that it will be an easy run for the LaLiga clubs over the NPFL All Stars, given the high standard and pedigree of the Spanish league in comparison to growing Nigeria Professional Football League but they would be mistaken. This is football and I believe there can be surprises,” Dikko said.His optimism draws from the quality of players brought together into the NPFL All Stars many of who he opines are up to the challenge. “The NPFL All Stars has talented and experienced players. Many of them have played for Nigeria national teams at different levels, with different numbers of caps in the senior national team. Others have had experience in international and continental competitions. They are very confident players who will not be intimidated the rating of their opponents,” he explained.The NPFL All Stars departed Lagos on Monday morning and arrived Valencia by train from Madrid where they landed in the evening after a three hours stop in Casablanca, Morocco.Dikko however pointed out that the real value of the NPFL All-Stars LaLiga tour is not about the possible results of the matches but “the exposure it gives to the players, the opportunity to learn from a different environment with high quality players and high standard of organisation.”Captained by Enyimba FC of Aba top player, Chima Akas, the team parades some of the best legs in the NPFL. The list includes goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC IfeanyiUbah, Nnewi, Theophilus Afelokhai of Enyimba FC of Aba and Emeka Nwabulu of Wikki Tourists, Bauchi.Others are Mathew Etim (Rangers), Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors) and Jamiu Aliyu of Kano Pillars. Also in the squad are Enyimba’s Joseph Osadiaye, Rabiu Ali of Kano Pillars, Godwin Obaje of Wikki Tourists and Ezekiel Bassey of Enyimba.Obinna Nwobodo of Rangers, Emmanuel Ariwa (Akwa United), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi of MFM, Ismaila Gata of FC IfeanyiUbah, Samuel Nweke of Nasarawa United and Charles Henlong of Wikki Tourists also made the list.The rest of the squad are Dayo Ojo of Sunshine Stars, Chisom Egbuchulam of Rangers, Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM, Chinedu Udoji of Enyimba and his teammate Dami Ojo.The team is being handled by Nigeria national team coach, Salisu Yusuf, assisted by Imama Amapakabo of Rangers International FC of Enugu and Nigerian ex-international, Ike Shorunmu as goalkeepers trainer.The All Stars will commence their test against Valencia CF today and go into the Carranza World Tournament on August 12, when they take on Malaga CF in Cadiz.Possible victory against Malaga will match them against either Atletico Madrid or Cadiz CF, hosts of the tournament for either the winner’s or third place contest scheduled for August 13.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been on a roll lately, and this weekend was no exception as the Badgers defeated MercyHurst in a two game sweep.Wisconsin welcomed their second non-conference team to LaBahn on Thursday night, just four days after their previous series against Lindenwood ended. This short turnaround meant that Wisconsin would have little time to recuperate before heading into what was sure to be another very physical series.Women’s hockey: Wisconsin sweeps Lindenwood during home openerThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was victorious this weekend against non-conference foe Lindenwood, earning their first two victories Read…Although it was MercyHurst’s first game of the season, the Lady Lakers wanted to start their season off with a bang, and nothing would create more waves than taking down the No.2 team in the nation. However, in order to do this, they would need to find a way to stop Wisconsin at their own game, on their own turf.MercyHurst and Wisconsin have met nine times in the past, and each time the Badgers came away victorious. While UW might have won all nine series, they were usually hard fought, and always kept the Badger women on their toes.This series started off rather aggressively, with four penalties tallied by the end of the first period — three from the Lady Lakers and one from the Badgers. It was clear that if MercyHurst couldn’t manage to out-smart the Badgers, they were going to try to out-muscle them.With 23 penalties between the two games — 11 of which were UW penalties — it was clear that MercyHurst was trying to outdo the Badgers in any way possible. Unfortunately for the Lady Lakers, only one of those 11 powerplays would result in a goal.Wisconsin saw many players light the lamp on Thursday and Friday night, with a majority being underclassmen. This year, the underclassmen have been leading the team in scoring, and are showing signs of promise for the WCHA schedule later in the year.Women’s hockey: While classmates prepare for exams, Pankowksi, Clark chasing Olympic goldAnyone who has taken an economics class knows that every choice you make always has an opportunity cost — losing Read…Another key player for the Badgers was goaltender Kristen Campbell. The new Badger netminder has managed to help her team earn five victories this year, with opponents only able to score a single point against UW. She earned her second career shut out this weekend.Wisconsin heads back to the road next weekend to take on the Syracuse women’s hockey team in what is sure to be an exciting weekend series. The series between the Badgers and the Orange starts Friday at 3 p.m.
Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell has been named in Munster’s match-day fifteen ahead of their PRO12 away game against Scarlets tomorrow. Second place Munster will be hoping to retain top spot for a few hours at least as returning internationals Ian Keatley, Felix Jones and O’Donnell are all named in the starting fifteen. CJ Stander makes his return from injury at number 8, while Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer will form a new-look front-row. Kick-off is at 2.40pm tomorrow.The game away to Scarlets will host a first trial of Hawk-Eye in rugby.World Rugby is using the review system to assess how helpful it would be to the T-M-O, with a view to using it at the World Cup later this year.It’s hoped Hawk-Eye would reduce the time it takes for a T-M-O to make a decision.Despite international commitments, it’s a strong Leinster side that takes on Zebre in the Pro 12 at the RDS tonight.Iain Henderson starts for Ulster as they make the trip to Edinburgh.Both of those games kick off at 7.35.While at 7.05, Treviso entertain Cardiff Blues.