The three-time African champions were paired alongside Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia during the draw ceremony that took place in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Tuesday night.The former Nigerian international took to the social media moments later to react to the draw.“A favourable draw for the @NGSuperEagles. Read Also: Amokachi reacts to Nigeria’s 2022 W/Cup qualifying group“No room for complacency, because qualifying for the FIFA World Cup is our birthright,” the ex-Real Sociedad midfielder tweeted on Tuesday evening.Interestingly, only one team will advance to the next round of the qualifiers from the group, with Nigeria due to kick-off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign against Cape Verde.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju insists Nigeria remain the favourite to qualify for the next round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers from Group C.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoShocking Robots That Exist And Function Very Similar To HumansThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?
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Cindy Lou Gilbreath, age 72, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Tuesday August 11, 2020 at Columbus Transitional Care in Columbus, Indiana.Born October 14, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Louis & Geneva (Zwick) Isaack. On March 22, 1974 she was united in marriage to Edward Alan Gilbreath, and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2015.Cindy was retired having worked as a clerk with the Internal Revenue Service in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening.Survivors include four children, Kara Ann (Chad) Morton of Greenwood, Indiana, Leah (Brandon) Weaver of Yorkville, Illinois, Kelsey Gilbreath of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Benjamin (Kat) Gilbreath of Beijing, China; four grandchildren, Emerson Morton, Adelyn Morton, Sullivan Morton, Edward Gordon Gilbreath; as well as a brother & sister-in-law, Keith & Janet Isaack of Cincinnati, Ohio.In light of the current pandemic, a private visitation and funeral will be held for the immediate family with burial in Springfield Cemetery in Bath, Indiana.Memorial Contributions may directed to the Tri State Parkinson Support and Wellness. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Gilbreath family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
Branislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea are ready and capable of stopping the Manchester City juggernaut as they prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League and FA Cup. Oscar’s delightful free-kick earned a 1-0 win over Stoke on Sunday to set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie with City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s favourites for the Premier League title. Mourinho thinks City, who are in contention for an unprecedented quadruple, have it all to lose after their investments in recent seasons. But his Chelsea side are in a position to pressurise City, who put their 100 per cent Premier League home record on the line against Chelsea on February 3, after a seventh straight win saw them advance in the FA Cup. Ivanovic agrees with his manager that City, and not Chelsea, are the ones under pressure. “Manchester City are playing great football, especially at home,” Ivanovic said. “They must feel pressure. When you know a big game is coming up and you know you’re playing at home and must win, it’s a different kind of feeling and preparation for the game. We must use that (against them). “It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we know what we have to do to stop them. It’s important we play as a team, to be on top of our game and show more than we do normally to be successful. “We stay in touch. We know how hard these games will be and how important they will be psychologically. We must be ready for that. “These are the games for big guys, big players.” Right-back Ivanovic is one of Chelsea’s leading performers and Nemanja Matic showed enough on his full debut after re-signing from Benfica to demonstrate he has the potential to be a key cog in Mourinho’s team for years to come. Asked about fellow Serb Matic, Ivanovic said: “He can be a very important player for us. “He has signed a five-year deal so his future is here, step by step, he will be one of the most important (players). “He has improved massively from the last time he was here. It’s great. “He is the one who is leading the game, he asks for the ball and looks to go forward. Defensively he has improved a lot too. “He was my best mate the last time he was here, he is like my brother. We do a lot of things together. It’s nice to have him here and it’s much easier for me as well.” Ivanovic bade farewell to another friend last week when Juan Mata left for Manchester United. “It was very sad and emotional for us because he was one of the loveliest guys in the squad,” Ivanovic said. “(But) this was the best thing for all sides. We will see in the future how important it was for us. “I think Chelsea did a great deal and let a player who is not playing at the moment leave for another club. Manchester United is important for him as a player.” Stoke’s attentions now turn to the Premier League, where they face Sunderland on Wednesday. The Potters are four points clear of the relegation zone entering the midweek fixtures following a five-match winless run in the Premier League which goalkeeper Asmir Begovic hopes will come to an end at the Stadium of Light. Begovic told Stoke Player: “We’re disappointed we’re out of the FA Cup. We’re going to shake it off pretty quickly. “I believe in the quality of the team. As long as we stick together and keep believing in what we’re trying to do, I think we’ll be fine.” Begovic made a number of fine saves against Chelsea on his return from a broken finger. He added: “The finger’s great. It doesn’t cause me any problems whatsoever. It was great to be back in action.” Press Association
But it will not stop him featuring against Southampton due to West Ham’s ongoing defensive injury situation as, with b oth James Collins and Winston Reid missing with hamstring problems, Allardyce expects Tomkins to once again partner stand-in Cheikhou Kouyate at St Mary’s. “He broke his nose but it’s not serious enough to keep him out,” Allardyce said. “From a challenge point of view I thought it was pretty naughty. He (Van Persie) had a look to see where the defender was and then took him out basically. “The assistant referee gave a foul but he didn’t think it was more serious. Tomkins should be fit to play tomorrow night which is the most important thing for us.” Tomkins said after the game against United that it was an innocent challenge from substitute Fellaini which actually did the damage to his nose – although he also questioned Van Persie’s motives. “The nose is a bit swollen,” he told national newspapers. “Fellaini was the second time in the match when I broke it. He has always got that about him when he goes up with his hands a lot,” Tomkins said. “It is tough to say he does it deliberately, but with the Van Persie one, I think he had a look at me first and then he has gone for me. I think that was more malicious than the other one, even though I came out worse the second time.” Press Association Neither Collins nor Reid will be fit in time for the trip to the south coast, with Kouyate stepping in well against United, scoring the opening goal and showing he is more than an able deputy. But Allardyce may be able to welcome back club-record signing Andy Carroll – even though that news has been tainted by a potential foot injury to captain Kevin Nolan. With a number of key players still absent, Allardyce is pleased with the momentum garnered from the draw with Van Gaal’s side a nd he stood by the long-ball claims he made in the post-match press conference following Daley Blind’s last-gasp leveller for the visitors. Allardyce said: “The media love a bit of a tale, something to write about. It (United’s long-ball tactic) was a fact and everyone loves facts. “On Sunday it was Man United playing direct football to try and overcome a defeat and it paid off for them. That’s how they got back into the game and sadly for us there wasn’t time for us to react. “We have to pick up from where we left off against United. They gave everything they possibly had and we want to maintain that level in every game for the rest of the season. “So Wednesday night is all about our attitude and determination. We’re going to need to push ourselves in order to win. We had a bit of a lull in our performances recently but to see us back to near our best was a big boost. We don’t want our season to fade away.” Allardyce also revealed he is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers. Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days. “He is training with us,” Allardyce said. “I’m not so sure whether we have finalised a deal yet but he is doing a little bit of training with us. The deal is very close to being finalised and on the basis of where we are with our squad and the injuries, once we have him fit he will be a very good addition based on his previous record as a footballer.” Diarra’s spell in Moscow ended acrimoniously after reports he refused to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuckuk but, despite not playing in almost nine months, Allardyce believes the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth man could soon be part of his first-team squad at Upton Park. “He won’t be in any good shape in terms of being on the bench on Wednesday or on the bench on Saturday against West Brom,” said Allardyce. “But I certainly hope that, with a good few days’ training with the lads, he will be close in seven to 10 days if he finally signs the contract.” The Manchester United striker caught Tomkins with a stray arm in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Upton Park, after which Allardyce labelled Louis van Gaal’s side as ”long-ball United”. Despite Van Persie avoiding punishment from referee Mark Clattenburg for catching Tomkins with his elbow, Allardyce called the incident a ”naughty” challenge – even though Tomkins himself revealed the break came in a separate incident with Marouane Fellaini. Sam Allardyce will field James Tomkins at Southampton on Wednesday despite the defender breaking his nose against Manchester United, with the West Ham boss claiming his player was also “taken out” in a separate incident with Robin van Persie.
By Neil RobinsonLONDON, (Reuters)-Something was always likely to give when the Premier League’s two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane yesterday where Tottenham Hotspur swept Manchester City aside 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola’s first defeat as the visitors’ manager.The victory switched the focus from City’s best opening to a top-flight campaign to what has become Spurs’ finest start to a season since 1961 when they won the league and FA Cup double.No wonder Tottenham’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino described their performance as “nearly perfect”.Spurs are now one point behind City, who have 18 from seven games, and one ahead of third-placed Arsenal, who lived up to their ‘lucky’ tag with a bizarre added-time winner from Laurent Koscielny’s deflection at unfortunate Burnley.Elsewhere, there were draws for Stoke City at Manchester United (1-1) and Southampton at champions Leicester City (0-0).Manchester City, who had not dropped a point in their first six games, went behind when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted a Danny Rose cross past his own keeper Claudio Bravo after nine minutes.Dele Alli added a second after good work from Son Heung-min and, with City failing to cope with Spurs’ pressing and pace, the hosts also had an Erik Lamela penalty saved by Bravo.No doubt regular taker Harry Kane would have done better from the spot, but in every other respect Spurs coped well without their injured England striker as South Korea’s Son produced another dazzling performance.By contrast, City struggled without their own missing talisman, Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had inspired their scintillating start to the season.Guardiola was gracious in defeat, admitting Spurs had been the better side.“They are sharper for the second ball, in England you have to control that. We had problems to control the game,” he said.EXTRAORDINARY FINISHThe day’s most extraordinary finish came at Turf Moor where Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was celebrating 20 years in charge of the Gunners and saw his team snatch a trademark last-gasp victory just when the hosts thought they had earned a draw.As the clock ticked down, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on a knockdown by Theo Walcott and shot from close range against the elbow of their French defender Koscielny, who was looking the other way when he deflected the ball into the net.Burnley boss Sean Dyche was unhappy with almost everything surrounding the goal. “You have to question the added time, the corner and whether it should have come in, the handball and question whether we should have dealt with it,” he said.Manchester United also had a frustrating day as lowly Stoke registered their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 as Joe Allen popped up late to equalise for the visitors in a 1-1 draw after Anthony Martial had put United ahead in the 69th.Wales midfielder Allen’s second goal in consecutive games, after 82 minutes, moved Stoke off the bottom of the table, above Sunderland, and eased some of the pressure on boss Mark Hughes.Once again United’s Jose Mourinho chose to start with Wayne Rooney on the bench, bringing him on in a double substitution with Martial. Within two minutes United were ahead, though it was the Frenchman, not England’s record scorer, who netted.Despite the result, which left United in sixth place three points worse off than at the same stage last season under Louis van Gaal and five points adrift of neighbours City, Mourinho said it was his side’s “best performance of the season”.“It was much better than against Leicester (when United won 4-1 last week). It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at halftime, 6-0 at the end of the game, but the result was 1-1. That’s football,” said the Portuguese.
Specifically, based on the report of the three-man panel sent by FIBA to Nigeria to look into the crisis, it said that the election in Kano on June 12, 2017 that returned Umar as NBBF president did not comply with the Article 9.3 of the FIBA Statutes.Similarly, FIBA also said that the Abuja election won by Kida also failed to adhere to Article 9.7 of the FIBA Statutes.â€œThe statutes and regulation of national members must comply with the General Statutes and Internal Regulations of FIBA,â€ the letter from FIBA noted.â€œThe General Statutes and Internal Regulations of FIBA shall form part of the national member federationsâ€™ statutes and regulations. In the event of doubt or conflict the General Statutes and Internal Regulation of FIBA will prevail.â€Article 9.7 of the FIBA Statutes states that: â€œNational members of the federation shall manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties. In particular, they must ensure that their officials are either elected or appointed under a democratic process for a term of office for four (4) years. Their statutes must provide a transparent procedure that guarantees the complete independence of election or appointment.â€Bauman, also stated in the letter to the warring parties in NBBF that a new date for fresh election will be announced but until then, FIBA will continue the line of communication with Nigeria through the Kida-led board.â€œFIBA will determine when the NBBF statutes are compliant as per the above and reserves the right to oversee parts or the entirety of the election process. Communication still to be maintained with Musa Kida, Babatunde Ogunade and Chimezie Asiegbu until such time as the new elections are held as per our letter of 26 July, 2017,â€ Baumanâ€™s letter concluded.In his reaction to the FIBA letter yesterday, Kida maintained that the NBBF will cooperate with the world body in order to come up with acceptable statutes for basketball administration in Nigeria in line with FIBAâ€™s provision.“Going by the letter received this morning (Thursday), FIBA was silent about the date for a new election as they unequivocally stated that they will maintain communications with the Musa Kida led board. We as a responsible organisation with a passion for basketball development in Nigeria will work closely with FIBA during this critical phase, forging a way forward for basketball in Nigeria,â€ Kida stressed in a statement issued by spokesman of his board, Oni Afolabi.He maintained that the continued impasse has affected the expected growth of basketball especially the various national leagues and capacity building programmes for coaches and technical officials as he called on all stakeholders to exercise more patience for the resolution of the matter.Similarly, the Tijani Umar led faction of the NBBF welcomed the decision of FIBA for a fresh election to settle the lingering leadership dispute of the federation but noted as follows: â€œ That after observing due process in line with the FIBA Statutes from which the NBBF Constitution was derived, the election held in Kano on June 12, 2017 should have been endorsed by FIBA;â€œHowever, as a body that respects the reconciliation effort of FIBA and having consistently identified a new election as the only way for a fair and equitable settlement of the dispute, we accept the directive of FIBA for a fresh election based on the NBBF Statutes and overseen by FIBA without interference from any third party.â€The statement signed by Media Adviser to the Umar-led NBBF, Patrick Omorodion, however insisted that they will go ahead with the conclusion of the National Divisions 1 and 2 championships currently going on in Ilorin, Kwara State, â€œ since FIBA has not recognised either of the elections held last June.â€ It also promised to begin preparations for the elite Kwese Premier League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeSolution appears to be in the horizon for crisis-ridden Nigerian basketball as the gameâ€™s world governing body, FIBA, has called for fresh elections into the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to end the nearly nine months deadlock.In a letter the world bodyâ€™s Secretary General, Patrick Bauman, addressed to both Amadu Musa Kida and Tijani Umar, (the two men laying claim to the exalted office of NBBF Presidency), the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, FIBA insisted that the two elections in Abuja and Kano respectively failed to meet the general statutes of the global body.
“It was in the best interest of the Nigerian youths. This is not thep best of times to assemble large number of sports men and women when the world is fighting the menace of coronavirus disease. So Nigeria cannot pretend not to know what is happening globally.“I also equally support the idea of suspending all sports related activities for now until there is a vaccine to take care of coronavirus we should not be involved in gatherings that can help spread the disease. The government has done the best thing by postponing the National Sports Festival “, Elegbeleye disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Director General of National Sports Commission Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye has hailed the US decision of the Federal Government to suspend the National Sports Festival that supposed to commence in Edo State this Sunday.Elegbeleye who had earlier advocated for cancellation of the Sports Festival was happy that the Nigerian government took the right decision to call off the Festival to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease that have ravaged the world recently.According to him, “the whole world is taking precautionary measures as regards the menace of deadly coronavirus disease, so Nigeria cannot afford to be careless. I say Kudos to the Federal Government for suspending the National Sports Festival to avoid the spread of the dreaded disease.
All the big accomplishments meant there were a lot of celebrations along the way.Some were big. Monday night’s loss to Duke in the National Championship is something most Badgers fans would like to forget right now.But even though the Wisconsin men’s basketball team came up short of its goal of a National Title, there were still plenty of other memorable moments throughout the thrill ride of a season.That season featured a school-record 36 wins, back-to-back Final Four appearances for the first time in program history and plenty of selfies of course. And other smaller, more intimate moments. Sometimes it was tough to find the right words to describe all the crazy situations. Luckily, Wisconsin had the sesquipedalian vocabulary of sophomore forward Nigel Hayes — and one stenographer who was up to the task.But seriously – have you ever seen the magical powers of a stenographer? pic.twitter.com/36exonv2CG— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 21, 2015Other times, it was better to let the pictures do the talking.Before we leave for Indy, take a look a the #Badgers’ Road to the Final Four: http://t.co/QQ93CB3SOB— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 1, 2015Some of those images seemed vaguely familiar, like beating Arizona in California to go to the Final Four.Last night was no dream.”The Wisconsin #Badgers move on to Indianapolis. They will RETURN to the Final Four!” http://t.co/o6PtUUU6f1— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 29, 2015Probably about half the season involved Sam Dekker dunking on some hapless opponent.Like the Gophers.Or the Nittany Lions.Wolverines too.Almost forgot Purdue.Now THAT’S the way to score 1,000pts, @samdek1. #SlamDekker #Badgers https://t.co/h9k3w1jror— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 8, 2015When Slammin’ Sammy wasn’t throwing down, Frank the Tank was there to pick up the slack.#Badgers go coast to coast for #ThrowdownThursday. https://t.co/4wzHhhrsSw— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 18, 2014But Frank wasn’t always ripping down rims. He was more gentle other times, although he was still making his defensive assignments look silly.This is why #Badgers 7-footer Frank Kaminsky is a preseason All-American. https://t.co/pXCqDxE0vg— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 1, 2015But those didn’t even come close to qualifying for the play of the year, much less the play of the millennium.That belonged to Dukan.”Play of the millennium.” – @BillWalton | #Badgers #WaltonsWorld https://t.co/FVqXm9xJ2f— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 23, 2014Some other plays didn’t go as well. Luckily, this one happened after Wisconsin had already won.You always have to keep your head on a swivel.Nigel: “Sam, you made a #SCtop10 and an #SCNotTop10 in the same game.” (via @tsand): https://t.co/dA5drro5S5— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) November 27, 2014And this one doesn’t really fit in anywhere, but it needed to be included.Happy birthday to Bo Ryan!What do you think… “Birthday suit” for the Cal game? pic.twitter.com/ASg7aX9dNO— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 20, 2014And because the 2014-15 season was the year of the Tank, here’s more of Frank’s finest moments.This seems like a fitting way to end.There’s dropping the mic, and then there’s @samdek1 http://t.co/Hgt1vgXeDC #Badgers— Brian Mason (@Brian_Mason) March 29, 2015Just kidding, Frank’s back for more.CONFETTI! NOM NOM NOM http://t.co/RHfRzv1Ewh https://t.co/IzeUk3TO8Q— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 16, 2015 https://twitter.com/dekker/status/585295749371428866 Not to mention a tank full of highlights.That included one of the biggest wins since UW began playing hoops in 1898-1899, when the Badgers took down the previously undefeated Kentucky Saturday night in Indianapolis. The unprecedented campaign all started Nov. 14 with a sellout, a new banner raised to the rafters and win number one. But not everything was going up.Some things came down along the way, including another couple of nets for head coach Bo Ryan. Included in those highlights are four seniors who played in their final game as a Badger Monday night and a junior in Sam Dekker who very well might have donned the Cardinal and White for the last time, as well.They took to Twitter after the tough defeat to offer up their thanks to everyone in Badger nation.
“We scouted the boys in the Future Eagles team from this tournament organized by the federation and their sponsor. Some of these boys featured in the Africa Youth Games in Algeria last year. We also had some of them in Morocco for two friendly matches in 2017.”Ilerika urged other corporate organisations to emulate Zenith bank in the development of football in the country.“The most crucial stage of football development is identifying the talents and putting them in line for exposure to the next level. You must have eyes for it but more importantly, we thank Zenith Bank for creating a template to identify talents from the tender age, “ Ilerika added.Over 10 players from the Zenith Bank U-13 project are in the current national U-15 team.Meanwhile, the U-15 national Team, Future Eagles on Saturday broke their training camp in Sagamu, Ogun State for two week breaks and will resume in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja after the ongoing Ramadan for the final phase of preparations ahead of the Four-Nation Invitational Tournament in Japan next month.The team has been preparing for this year’s edition of U-16 International Dream Cup which will take place from June 12th to 16th in the city of Sendai in Japan. Nigeria will compete for honours in the tournament alongside the host country Japan, Romania and Mexico.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The national U-15 football team, Head Coach, Haruna Ilerika, has showered praises on Zenith Bank Plc for its role in the development of talents for the national teams.Ilerika stated that his job was made easier with the talents produced in the partnership arrangement of Zenith Bank and the Nigeria Football Federation in raising young talents to get to the top of their careers.The coach said: “The boys in camp were players discovered from the NFF/Zenith U-13 Future Eagles project, the competition is played from inter-state stage. The states event produced teams for the Zonal stage, while the geo-political zones produce teams for the national event.
Former Black Stars striker Augustine Arhinful has revealed why he has not taken on any coaching job in the country since hanging his boots.Arhinful, who is part of the Ghana Football Association’s technical committee, qualifies to manage any team in the country after obtaining his CAF License A coaching certificate. According to him, interference and manipulation in the work of coaches from club administrators is the main reason why he has decided to stay away.“I have not given myself that opportunity because i have not been happy with some happenings on the local scene,” he told Joy Sports“I would want a team that will allow me to work if if i’m given the job but we all know and we don’t have to run away from that fact that coaches here are not given the free hand to work when it comes to local management.”He added that “ I don’t blame the management too because you put in your money and you want to have success and so you always want to have an input but when it comes to technical issues sometimes you need to leave it to the technical men then if i fail you are able to tell me that you are not doing well so go.” “But i will not sit down for you to dictate to me who plays on a weekend whiles i have taken them through training that doesn’t work for me so that is why i have kept myself from mainstream coaching.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports