RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 French Ligue 1 side, Lille, has offered to airlift Victor Osimhen to Nigeria in a private jet.Osimhen lost his father late on Saturday. The striker, who has also featured for the Super Eagles, should join his family in Nigeria once the club gets the nod of the Federal Government for a landing permit following the stoppage of flights into the country over the Coronavirus Disease.Osimhen’s elder brother, Andrew, confirmed the development.Andrew said Lille was battling to secure travel permit for his brother.He said: “We hope he will be back in the country in the next two days.“Hopefully, he should be back between now and Tuesday.” Tags: CoronavirusNigeriaSuper EaglesVictor Osimhen
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao: Antigua & Barbuda (2W-1D-0L, 7 points) captured the Group A crown in the Caribbean under-20 qualifying football finals, holding on for 3-2 win over Bermuda (1-1-1, 4) on Tuesday at the Stadion Ergilio Hato.With the result, the Benna Boys earned a place in the regional semifinals and a berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Despite the loss, the Bermudians did the same on the goal difference tiebreaker (+1 to 0) with St. Kitts & Nevis (1-1-1, 4), which defeated Curacao (0-1-2, 1), 3-1. St. Kitts can still progress to the CONCACAF event as the team with the best third-place record.Mohammad Hakeem (1’, 11’) led the way for Antigua against Bermuda, striking for the game’s first two goals within the opening 11 minutes. Javorn Stevens (40’) made it 3-0 five minutes before halftime, striking in a third consecutive finals outing.Bermuda’s second-half comeback bid saw Mazhye Burchall (53’, 86’) net twice, but it wasn’t enough to alter the outcome.Both sides completed the game with 10 players as Knory Scott (56’) and Denie Henry (59’) were ejected for Bermuda and Antigua, respectively.In the nightcap, St. Kitts & Nevis officially eliminated host Curacao.After Javier Sutton (23’) put the visitor ahead 1-0 at the midway point of the first half, Jeremy Cijntje (42’) leveled just three minutes before the break. Delano Hodge (67’) and Dakarai Phipps (76’) notched second-goals to propel the Sugar Boyz to victory.The tournament resumed yesterday with the last two Group B matches. Cuba and St. Lucia will meet in the opener, followed by an encounter between already-qualified Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.The competition, which runs through October 30, will qualify the top five finishers to the next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will be played in Costa Rica from February 17-March 5, 2017. The 12-team field also includes the host nation; Central American qualifiers El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as automatic North American entrants Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Okenwa was however quick to add that the state government must put other facilities in place at the arena insisting that a few things are still lacking.“I have made my observations known to the authorities. There are a few other facilities that should be provided to make the stadium complete and ready for local and international matches,” Okenwa said.Bayelsa teams campaigning in the male and female leagues have over the years been playing away from home. But with the Samson Siasia Stadium now ready for use, the teams would stage a return home.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chairman of the nation’s second tier league, NNL, Offor Okenwa has described the Samson Siasia Stadium turf in Yenagoa as simply magnificent.Okenwa who was in the Glory Land to inspect the 10,000 capacity arena ahead of the new season said he was impressed with what he saw.“The pitch in Yenagoa is simply magnificent. It is world-class and I just hope other states would do what Gov Seriake Dickson has done. The contractor that did the job Monimichelle deserves a pat on the back. I am particularly happy that the pitch which is not only lush green but a FIFA approved geo-technology grass was done by an indigenous contractor.”