The delegation of Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons to next week’s 2020 Olympics qualifying match against the Senior Women National Team of Algeria will depart Nigeria on Saturday.Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has already submitted a list of 18 home-based professionals who will do battle with the Algerians, following the inability of foreign-based players to make the trip due to various engagements with their clubs.The delegation will fly aboard Turkish Airline into Istanbul and then connect to Algiers from Turkey’s commercial and economic capital.Already, world football –governing body, FIFA, has appointed officials from Mali to take charge of the clash, which the Algeria Football Federation has scheduled for the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida (outside Algiers), to kick off at 7pm Algeria time (same time as in Nigeria) on Wednesday, 28th August.Teneba Bagayoko will be the referee, with her compatriots Mariam Coulibaly (assistant referee 1) and Djeneba Dembélé (assistant referee 2) also on duty. The fourth official will be Dorsaf Ganouati from Tunisia while Mana Dzodope from Togo will serve as referee assessor and Oumou Kane from Mauritania will be the match commissioner.For the return leg in Nigeria, which the Nigeria Football Federation has scheduled for the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, starting from 4pm, FIFA has appointed Zomadre Kore from Cote d’Ivoire to be the referee.Her compatriots Lou Ta (assistant referee 1), Denise Akoua (assistant referee 2) and Fatoumata Kra (fourth official) will join her on the assignment. Ghanaian Emmanuella Aglago will serve as referee assessor and Cameroonian Souadatou Kalkaba will be match commissioner.RelatedThomas Dennerby: Sports Minister Dare Intervenes To Forestall Swede’s Shock ResignationSeptember 16, 2019In “National Team”Tokyo 2020: Dennerby Criticises Falcons Display In Win Over Algeria (AUDIO)September 3, 2019In “National Team”Tokyo 2020: Falcons Look To Finish Job Against Algeria, Eye Next RoundSeptember 2, 2019In “National Team”
Legendary former Super Falcons goalkeeper Precious Dede has opened up on the harrowing sexual harrasment she suffered at the beginning of her football career.The softly-spoken 39-year-old who retired from active football in 2015 narrated the frightening ordeal which nearly ended her career before it began, to busybuddiesng.com on the first day of the “Goal! Strong Girls, Bright Future. Combatting Sex Trafficking” workshop for teenaged girls organised by women’s advocacy group, Fortem Inspire, in conjunction with the United States of America Embassy in Lagos.“I was nearly raped sometime [ago] when I started playing football. That nearly discouraged me [from continuing my career],” Dede revealed.“I was travelling to Umuahia for a game and in the neighbourhood, [some men] were asking me out about seven of them. I didn’t know how possible [it is] for one person to date seven friends,” she said.When she rejected their advances, they set on her at night, but luckily, she managed to escape their clutches.However, she says she still bears the scar from that terrible night even though she managed to bury the experience and went on to have a hugely successful career.“I know I was very strong, I was [a] determined person. I knew what I was looking for and I tried to put that behind me,” the former Delta Queens and Arna-Bjørnar of Norway goalkeeper said.Dede’s ordeal is something of a daily ordeal for millions of women in Nigeria who are forced to endure different forms of sexual harassment and violence on a daily basis.Of particular concern is the growing problem of women and girls being trafficked for sex within and outside the country.The Global Slavery Index (GSI) contends that an overwhelming percentage of the 1,386,000 Nigerians held in modern-day slavery are involved in commercial sex exploitation.Nigeria ranks 32/167 on the list of countries with the highest number of slaves and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) estimates the average age of trafficked persons to be 15 years.With so many young women and girls in great peril of falling prey to the many forms of sexual harrasment and violence that abound in Nigeria, Fortem Inspire has taken on the mantle of empowering women and providing education about sex trafficking using sports as a medium.And through role models such as Precious Dede and former US Women National Team players Joanna Lohman and Staci Wilson who are on hand to mentor the participants who are mostly students aged between 13 to 17 years old, Fortem Inspire hopes to imbue the young women with the safety nets needed to navigate through potential pitfalls.And, although Precious Dede, who won two Women Africa Cup of Nations titles with Nigeria concedes that sexual violence often leaves an indelible scar, she hopes that sharing her survivor story through the platform provided by Fortem Inspire will help any young woman dealing with similar issues start on the path to recovery. “That’s why I am here at least to talk to them, to lecture them to let them know that even me, I was once harassed even though I wasn’t raped. I still have the scar.” Download AudioFortem Inspire, an advocacy group that works to empower women through sports, has teamed up with the United States Embassy in Nigeria to organise a workshop showing how sex trafficking can be combatted using football as a tool.The event tagged “Goal! Strong Girls, Bright Future. Combatting Sex Trafficking” will be held in two cities – Lagos and Benin – from 23 September to 27 September.The first leg of the workshop held on Monday, 23 September at the Campos Memorial Mini Stadium, Lagos.Benin City, which according to the Pathfinders Justice Initiative, is often the starting point for victims of human trafficking, will host the second leg of the event from the 25th to the 27th of September and will involve 120 girls.RelatedNo Regrets Not Winning 100 Caps For Falcons – Precious Dede (AUDIO)September 25, 2019In “Nigeria”Fortem Inspire: Second Leg Of Anti-Sex Trafficking Workshop Commences In Benin CitySeptember 25, 2019In “Events”Combating Sex Trafficking Through Football: Ex-American International Joanna Lohman Opens Up On Nigerian NGO Fortem Inspire’s CampaignSeptember 18, 2019In “Events”
Captain of Nigeria’s U19 Cricket team Sylvester Okpe believes the Junior Yellow Greens’ can match three-time champions Australia when both teams take to the Diamond Oval in Kimberly at the ongoing ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.The U19 cricket team emerged through two African qualifying tournaments unbeaten to become the first Nigerian side to qualify for a global cricket event.They are now set to make their debut on the global stage against the Aussies with the match bowling off at 9 am on Monday.Though Australia lost their opening game against Group B opponents the West Indies on Friday, they have incredible pedigree at this level with India the only country with more titles at this level.Okpe who also doubles as the vice-captain of the senior side understands the stature of Australia as a global cricket superpower but is unfazed.The captain of the Junior Yellow Greens believes that if they stick to the basics and perform the mundane tasks as well as they should, they would stand a very good chance against the Aussies.“Our expectations as a team is actually to go compete and show the world that we know how to play cricket do the little bits and if the little bits fall into place properly, the end game will speak for itself,” Okpe said ahead of the match.Download Audio“We know Australia are a good cricketing country and on paper they are really good, but we just want to go play to the best of our ability as a team and see what comes out of it.”Former champions England and the West Indies play each other in the group’s other game. Related
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A $60 million renovation to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, originally scheduled to begin in March, has been postponed a year.The school announced the delay Wednesday, saying a change in construction companies led to the postponement.New university president Kent Fuchs says it’s “incumbent on us to take the time and do it right.”The delay will allow the new construction team to finish design plans, which are about 60 percent complete.All athletic events typically held in the O’Connell Center are expected to continue without interruption for the 2015-16 season, including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley says “we remain 100 percent committed to this project. The $60 million that we have already earmarked for the project is indicative of this commitment.”
FAVOURITES St George’s College came roaring back at rivals recently, wiping out many-time former champions Calabar 4-1 at the Shai-Tai Karate Open at Campion College to take a 3-1 lead in the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Schoolboy League.Rebounding from their shock loss, 2-3 to Jamaica College (JC) at March’s Everlast Jamaica Taekwondo Association Open at the National Arena, St George’s College welcomed back experienced Duncan Smith as they outclassed Penwood 3-1 in semi-final action, setting up a clash with Calabar, who brought JC back to Earth after their March heroics.JC were always trailing Calabar, going down in the opening bout before Sharic Bowen earned them a draw, but it wasn’t enough to inspire his teammates, who bowed out 1-3 in their semi-final.Though one of St George’s most experienced fighters, Miguel Hamilton, lost his bout, hobbled by an injury, Smith and Ryan Robinson led the Light Blues to their third victory in the league, setting up what JC coach Ackeem Lawrence said could be a Calabar-like trophy run until their top stars graduate.“The other schools have really good instructors teaching them. Those guys will be good, eventually, probably even better than the ones we are seeing now,” he said.“ But, for now, St George’s is the team.” “My guys did not execute as expected. They are still getting used to sparring,” Lawrence pointed out. “They are new in the realm of martial arts. Calabar had that extra which was needed to win. We were always trailing,” he said, looking to May’s Shotokan Karate Open, the fifth in the series of open tournaments, which mirrors the academic year.
As the Sunshine Girls prepare to depart the island tomorrow for the Netball World Cup (NWC) in Liverpool, England, vice-captain Vangelee Williams says that the Jamaicans are mentally and physically ready for the championships. The championships will be held from July 12-21. Williams, who will be competing in her second NWC, told The Gleaner that the coaching staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that the girls are fully prepared in all departments for the tournament. “We are in the mood for it, and we are very focused and ready to kick-start our campaign at the Netball World Cup tournament in Liverpool,” said Williams. “Fitness is the key because it is a tough competition, and you are competing hard from the very first game, and so we are of the belief that we couldn’t have got any better preparation from our two coaches and fitness coach, and so we are just ready to perform,” she said. “We have been having a lot of physiology sessions, and we have also done rap sessions with each other and to bounce off each other any negative things that we might have as individuals,” Williams said. The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked third in the world, finished fourth in the last NWC, which was held in Australia four years ago. However, the Marvette Anderson-coached unit returned to capture a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April last year. The Sunshine Girls should also feel very confident due to the fact that they defeated Commonwealth Games champions England 3-0 on home soil in their last competitive series in October. HARD WORK Williams added that the Sunshine Girls have worked hard in the build-up to the competition, and everyone is determined to do their best at the championships. “We have also had a lot of development, and based on that, the girls are ready to go, and we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Williams. “Our medal prospects are always great because at the end of the day, nobody plays to lose. We are counted as one of the top teams in the competition, and so our aim is to be on the podium at the end of the championships,” Williams pointed out. The Jamaicans are set to face Fiji in their opening match of the tournament on July 12.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP): In a match-up of youth vs. experience, the youngest woman in the draw beat the oldest at Wimbledon. Fifteen-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff beat five-time champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round meeting between two players with a 24-year age gap on Court 1. The 39-year-old Williams had won four of her seven Grand Slam titles before Gauff was even born in 2004. The 313th-ranked Gauff is the youngest player to enter the main draw at Wimbledon since Laura Robson in 2009, having come through qualifying last week. Gauff, playing in her first Grand Slam match, converted her fourth match point when Williams sent a forehand into the net then broke into sobs before shaking hands with her opponent. After winning two straight Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka has now failed to reach the second week at the last two majors. Osaka, who was ranked No. 1 in the world until last week, also lost to Yulia Putinseva 7-6 (4), 6-2 yesterday. The second-seeded Osaka won the US Open last year and the Australian Open this year, but she lost in the third round at the French Open and now the first round at the All England Club. familiarity “I just don’t think I played that well,” said Osaka, who also lost to Putinseva two weeks ago in Birmingham. “But I wasn’t surprised because I’ve played her, like, twice already.” Osaka had 38 unforced errors on Centre Court, while Putinseva had only seven. Osaka later cut short her news conference, leaving before any questions were asked in Japanese. “Can I leave?” she asked the moderator after several short answers. “I feel like I’m about to cry.” There were two big upsets on the men’s side as well with both sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev and seventh-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas losing in the first round. Zverev lost to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, while Tsitsipas was beaten by Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3. Both Zverev and Tsitsipas are among the younger generation of players expected to eventually replace the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in men’s tennis. Tsitsipas, who beat Federer at the Australian Open en route to the semi-finals, saved two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker and failed to convert three break points early in the fifth. Fabbiano broke Tsitsipas twice in the final set, including in the last game when the Greek popped a shot long. It was the 102nd-ranked Fabbiano’s first win over a top-10 player. Zverev, who lost in the first round at the All England Club for the first time in five appearances, said his confidence was “below zero” right now. “It was kind of a typical Grand Slam match for me. I started off well, then one or two things don’t go my way, and everything kind of a little bit falls apart,” the German said. “Yeah, I’m not very high on confidence right now.”
Reigning ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions Kingston College made an impressive showing in their preseason preparations as they walked away champions of the 2019 Yardie Sports Challenge Cup on Sunday at their school’s field.They began the day with a positive result after turning back opponents Calabar with a 1-0 victory to conclude the first round of matches in the tournament.The road to the final for the champions was made secure when their semi-final fixture against Hydel High was unable to be played, giving the hosts a bye to the final.A source inside the Hydel camp said that their absence was due to injuries and exhaustion, which left them unable to field a team. The organisers of the competition said that this was because of the number of matches the team has played over the course of its preseason so far.In the second semi-final fixture, St Catherine High booked a clash with Kingston College when they defeated Calabar High in a close 1-0 encounter. The solitary strike came off the head of striker Rajneil Brown, who watched his header bounce into the net after a goalkeeping mistake from Calabar.In the final fixture, Kingston College ran out as comfortable victors with an efficient 3-0 drubbing of St Catherine. MOMENT OF MAGIC It took only seven minutes for the champions to get on the scoresheet, when Chris Pearson’s header found the back of the net from a corner. He would return for another goal just seven minutes later when a rousing shot struck the arm of a St Catherine defender in the box and Pearson calmly converted from the spot.The game was sealed in the 21st minute when a moment of magic from Jahmari Morrison added his team’s third of the evening. Collecting the ball at the edge of the area, Morrison slipped from the attention of his marker with a drop of the shoulder before a deft touch floated the ball over the head of the back-pedalling St Catherine custodian. Ludlow Bernard, coach of Kingston College, felt that this competition was a good indication of his team’s readiness.“I feel the competition played its purpose,” he said. “We got the opportunity to see how the players are under a tournament environment with spectators. It gave some good indication as to the levels of some of the players and the levels of our combinations that we’re trying out.”His opposite, Anthony Patrick, coach of St Catherine High, felt that the competition allowed his team to see the areas that needed work going forward.“Defensively, we looked like we could get things in place despite giving up three early goals. Our offence, we will need to fix and fix quickly,” Patrick explained. “Our goalscoring is a factor. We only scored one goal to come into the final, so we need to work on that.” – Gregory Bryce
A league record attendance of over 16,000 will be in attendance at Ashton Gate as the home side attempt to secure promotion to the Aviva Premiership.Andy Robinson keeps faith with the majority of his side that earned a fifteen-point lead following the first leg at Castle Park, making only one change.Jack Wallace – who impressed on the wing in the semi-final first leg – returns to the starting line-up having recovered from a knee injury.David Lemi will skipper the side after being passed fit, although Mitch Eadie (shoulder), Glen Townson (knee) and Rayn Smid (hand) remain unavailable for selection.Bristol maintain a five-two split on the bench with four internationals listed among the replacements.Bristol Rugby team to face Doncaster Knights at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, 25 May (7.45pm KO):Luke Arscott; Jack Wallace, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, David Lemi (c); Callum Sheedy, Will Cliff; Jack O’Connell, Ross McMillan, Anthony Perenise, Ian Evans, Ben Glynn, Marco Mama, Jack Lam, James Phillips.Replacements: Chris Brooker, Kyle Traynor, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson, Olly Robinson, Martin Roberts, Matthew Morgan.
Mitch Eadie and Jason Woodward both crossed for Bristol in a spirited display, while the latter added four penalties and two conversions for a 21-point haul.Images courtesy of JMPUK.