Rugby World Cup: Ireland, Argentina Qualify For Quarter Final

rugbyArgentina have secured their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals as they subdued Tonga’s physicality and flair, to claim a 45-16 bonus-point victory in Leicester on Monday.

The win lifts the Pumas above Tonga to second place in Pool C, with the Pacific Islanders yet to play group leaders and defending champions, New Zealand, while Argentina need only beat Namibia to seal their passage to the last eight.

Argentina fly half, Nicolas Sanchez, proved the difference, tormenting Tonga with the boot and ball in hand, weighing in with 25 points from four penalties, four conversions and one of the Pumas’ five tries.

Also, Ireland have secured their place in the finals, but were far from convincing in their first real test of the competition, squeezing past Italy 16-9 to move on to a group decider against France.

After trading early penalties, Keith Earls was slickly put through to become Ireland’s record World Cup try scorer, but the Six Nations Champions were sloppy throughout the half and Tommaso Allan’s boot kept the tireless Italians within four points at the break.

Enyimba Extend Lead At Top Of Table

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian league leaders, Enyimba of Aba, further cements their lead in the Nigeria Professional Football League, with a two nil win over struggling, Dolphins of Port Harcourt.

Two goals from substitutes Andrew Abalogu and Ifeanyi Anaemeka was all the team needed to take their points to 55 points from 29 games.

Sharks of Port Harcourt further moved away from the relegation zone following a one nil win against Ifeanyi Ubah while Taraba FC also edged out Giwa FC by a lone goal.

In other games also decided on Sunday, Enugu Rangers beat Shooting Stars two goals to one.

The title hopes of Sunshine Stars of Akure suffered a massive setback when they lost at home to Nasarawa United 3-2.

Defending Champions, Kano Pillars beat Abia Warriors 3-0.

Mark Mentors Win DSTV Basketball League

Mark Mentors Mark Mentors on Friday defeated Savannah Conference leaders, Kano Pillars, 79-66 to win the 2015 DSTV Premier Basketball League inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

With the result, Mark Mentors will now represent Nigeria in the FIBA-Africa Club Champions Cup as winner of the DSTV sponsored league.

Despite the last quarter of the game ending in favour of Kano Pillars, the effort was not good enough to help them retain the title they won last year at the same venue.

Kano Pillars had defeated Mark Mentors to win the title in 2014.

Mark Mentors, on their way to the 2015 final, beat Union Bank 68-53 in the semi-final while Pillars reached the finals after surviving a tough contest against Gombe Bulls in a 67-63 win.

Gombe Bulls won the third place game beating home side, Union Bank of Lagos, 63-53 points.

DSTV Basketball League: Mark Mentors, Kano Pillars To Meet In Final

mark-mentorsMark Mentors players are aiming to win the championship title as they face defending champions, Kano Pillars in the final of the DSTV Premier Basketball League on Friday, August 14.

Captain Stanley Gumut, who led all scorers with 22 points to help Mark Mentors beat Union Bank 68-53 in the semi-final, said only the title is good enough for the team.

Having lost to Pillars last season in the final, Abdul Yayaha is optimistic of beating their arch rivals.

Pillars reached the finals after surviving a tough contest against Gombe Bulls in a 67-63 win.

 

National Sports Festival Will Come After AAG 2015 – Yakmut

Yakmut-DG,-National-Sports-CommissionThe Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut, has confirmed that the delayed 2014 edition of the National Sports Festival will be held after the All Africa Games (AAG) 2015.

Mr Yakmut while speaking on Channels Television’s sports programme, Sports Tonight, identified funding as a major problem that had stalled the event.

He said the commission was working towards a public-private partnership, as they await a positive response from the supposed 2014 festival host, Cross River State Government.

Yakmut was the Director of Grassroots Sports Development Department of the National Sports Commission before he took over from Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye in May 2015.

Meanwhile, the AAG 2015 will run between September 4 and 15 in Brazzaville, Congo, and the Director General is optimistic that everything needed for the national games would be ready after the All Africa Games.

The Nigeria U-23 team is scheduled to face Defending Champions, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the the football events, while host country, Congo, will face Sudan, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe in Group A.

AAG 2015: Nigeria U-23 To Face Ghana, Senegal, Egypt

aag-2015The National U-23 team, Dream Team six, will face Defending Champions, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in the Group B of the football events at the All Africa Games (AAG) in September.

Host country, Congo will face Sudan, Bukina Faso and Zimbabwe in the Group A.

The games will be played between September 3 and September 18 and only the top two will advance to the semi-final.

The draw ceremony was said to have taken place on Thursday morning at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

General Secretary of CAF, Hicham El Amrani, was in charge of the draw and was assisted by Tarig Atta, Deputy General Secretary of the Sudan Football Association.

The last time the Dream Team won a medal in the football events at the AAG was in 2003 when the team won silver at the games in Abuja.

In a related development, the Super Falcons will face host Congo, Tanzania and Cote d’ Ivoire in Group A of the women’s football event of the AAG.

Defending Champions, Cameroon will play in Group B that also includes South Africa, Ghana and Egypt.

The Super Falcons won the gold in the women’s event in 2003 and 2007, while it failed to qualifier for the last edition in Mozambique.

The team will begin their campaign against Congo in September.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles Fall To Junior Pharaohs

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria today fell to the Junior Pharaohs of Egypt in a semi-final clash by a 2-0 margin, dashing the hope of the Eaglets’ title defence in the on-going African Youth Championship.

The Junior Pharaohs of Egypt proved to be the more organised side as forward man, Mahmoud Abdel-Moneam Kahrab, a who plays for ENPPI strategically sliced the Flying Eagles by scoring both goals which earned Egypt a place in the finals and the Flying Eagles playing for the third place on Friday.

The Flying Eagles did not go down without fighting as they took control of the game from the beginning of the whistle with dazzling moves.

Abduljeleel Ajagun got close to making something out of the buzz but for Mossad Awad’s quick response.

The game changer came for Egypt from the second half as the pressure mounted on the defending champions paid off as Omar Bassam’s free kick into the path of Egypt forward man Kahraba could not be obstructed and it made straight for the net with Nigeria not able to deflect the ball.

After the first goal for Egypt, pressure was again piled against the Flying Eagles as chances after chances were missed by the Junior Pharaohs of Egypt even though the Flying Eagles came close to equalising in the 52nd minute with an effort from Olarenwaju Kayode after he successfully displaced the man on him. However, Egypt would be grateful to Awad who was again on the ground to knock off the goal-bound effort.

The effort against the Flying Eagles yielded result, however, in the dying minute as an unmarked Kahraba was left alone again to further worsen the woes of the Flying Eagles during a set-pieces and Kahraba finished with an header past Nigeria’s goalkeeper 9 minutes to end of the game.

A lost opportunity for the Flying Eagles to record an amazing comeback into the game was not put to use by substitute Bright Ejike 6 minutes to the end of the game as he failed to convert an open chance after he shrugged off Awad from his track but was stopped by the Egyptian goalkeeper. It was the same Awad who stopped Ejike’s second opportunity at goal after he fired a low-powered shot at the Egyptian goal area.