Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez has described head coach Zinedine Zidane as a “blessing from heaven” after his latest final triumph.
Zidane has won each of his finals as Madrid coach, taking his tally of successes to nine with a tense victory against Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana on Sunday.
Madrid won 4-1 on penalties after a goalless draw, scraping to a shoot-out after Federico Valverde was sent off for a cynical foul on a goalbound Alvaro Morata late in extra time.
This was the first title of Zidane’s second stint as Madrid boss, the first returning three straight Champions League wins, but Perez is confident the Frenchman is ready to deliver further success.
“Zidane has plenty of trophies and we’re very happy for him,” Perez said, as reported by Marca. “I hope that he wins more trophies.
“Zidane has a loving relationship with Real Madrid. He decided to rest for a year and now he’s returned with renewed energy. Zidane is a blessing from heaven.”
Perez felt the triumph at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah was particularly impressive given the absence of a number of key men, including Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
“We came here without some great players like Hazard, Benzema and Bale.” he said. ‘Zidane has been able to put together a team and we won the trophy,” he said.
Olympic Postponement Favours NBF
Board member of the Nigeria Boxing Federation Azania Omo- Agege has stated that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak has been a bit of favour for the Nigeria Boxing Federation who now has more time to prepare boxers for the Olympic qualifiers in France.
Omo Agege speaking in a chat with Tidesports source confirmed that the boxing Federation had registered boxers already after AIBA had given a deadline for the registration of boxers even with the Covid-19 break anticipated stating that the Federation had ensured that was done and will equally now have more time to be ready ahead of the last qualifying window for the boxing event of the Olympics in 2021.
“Definitely it favours boxing now; we are already getting ready to go for the qualifiers in France for May just because of the postponement that we can’t go.
“The boxers have already been registered; there was a deadline for registration which we did. We’ve already registered our boxers that will be going for the qualifiers.
“We got a mail from AIBA (International Boxing Association) saying even if the postponement was going to take place; we had to register which we did before the Covid-19 break so we are in order.”
NPFL Title Shouldn’t Be Awarded To Any Team – Mbaoma
Enyimba forward Victor Mbaoma has stated that the NPFL title should never be awarded no matter how long the Covid-19 break persists stating expressly that awarding the title to the league league leading side will be totally unfair to Enyimba who with five outstanding games can still very well easily finish above Plateau united who has played more games.
Mbaoma speaking in a chat with Tidesports souce said the decision on what to do admittedly is going to be tough but ending the season and awarding the title should not be an option in the spirit of fairness even to other teams that can still challenge for the NPFL title.
“It will not be fair to have them actually win it because I think we stand a better chance to be the first.
“So, I hope the break ends within this four weeks and if it does not end I don’t want to be hurt again honestly because it will be a very bad thing that they will have to give it to them knowing that some other people can actually fight for it.”
Rivers Utd’s Coach Not Worried Over COVID-19 Break
Rivers United FC coach, Stanley Eguma has stated that he is unperturbed by the possible effects of the Covid-19 break on the momentum of his team following a break that happened at a time when the Porthacourt based side had hit a form that has gotten them to second on the league table just four points behind league leaders Plateau united.
Eguma speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said the effects of the break will not be peculiar to his team alone if there would be any because he briefed the Rivers united players already on what is expected of them while they stay at home during the Covid-19 induced break citing a list of training programs handed out to all players to ensure they maintain their physical shape.
“Every person is going to be affected by the break but we will try as much as possible to see how we can control it.
“Before the players left, we told them the need for them to maintain their fitness, train on their own, give them some programs and make sure they don’t increase their body weight. So they can now fashion how they can give themselves the needed fitness.”
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