Africans Go Goal-Wire In Europe
With three hattricks by Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony in
Holland Algeria’s Sarber Khalifa in France, and Nigeria’s Derrick Ogbu in
Belgium and braces from Guinea Bissau’s Ivanildo Cassama in Portugal and
Algeria’s El-Arbi Soudani, African strikers painted European leagues with goals
at the weekend. In
Gabon striker, Pierre Aubameyang continued his fine form for
Saint Etienne by scoring another goal at the weekend in his side’s 4-0 win over
He is now the league’s joint-third highest goal scorer with
five goals. Nigeria’s Simon Zenke was sent-off in the 68th minute for Nancy,
who have lost seven out of their eight games so far this season.
Despite leading at half-time, reigning champions Montpellier
lost 3-2 to Evian, with Tunisia striker Saber Khalifa scored a hat-trick
including an 89th minute winner.
Khalifa has also scored five league goals this season.
Senegal striker Souleymane Camara was on target with his fourth of the campaign
scoring Montpellier’s second.
Cape Verde striker Ryan Mendes was on the score sheet for
the first time in Lille’s 2-0 home win over Ajaccio.
Valenciennes lost a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away at
Toulouse with the Algeria midfielder Foued Kadir scoring the opening goal for
the visitors in the 12th minute.
Mali’s Cheick Diabate scored for the second weekend in a row
with his 68th minute equaliser for Bordeaux who drew 1-1 at Brest.
Youssouf Mulumbu helped heap the pressure on QPR manager
Mark Hughes. The DR Congo international scored the third for West Bromwich
Albion in their 3-2 win over the struggling London club. Morocco’s Adel Taarabt
had earlier given QPR some hope with his second goal in as many games.
Arouna Kone set Wigan on their way to a surprise point at
home to in-form Everton. The Ivorian, who has now scored three Premier League
goals, gave his side the lead with a header. The match ended 2-2.
Mohamed Diame scored his first goal for West Ham as they
stole the lead at home to Arsenal. The Senegalese was booked for his goal
celebration and was then lucky to escape a second booking moments later with a
reckless challenge on Mikel Arteta. Arsenal responded to win 3-1.
Wilfried Bony grabbed a hat-trick for Vitesse Arnhem as they
drew 3-3 with Heerenveen, including a 79th minute penalty to salvage the point
for his side. The goals mean the Ivory Coast forwars is the joint highest
marksman with eight goals so far.
His compatriot Sekou Cisse put Feyenoord ahead in the ninth
minute as his side drew 2-2 at Groningen.
Although Getafe played out the last six minutes without
their top striker Abdelaziz Barrada, who was sent off, his side managed to
secure all the points with a 1-0 win away at Real Zaragoza. Zaragoza’s Ivory
Coast midfielder Romaric Ndric had been sent off after just nine minutes as his
side finished the match with nine men.
Another Moroccan Youssef El Arabi scored from the penalty
spot to give Granada the lead in their 2-1 away win at Real Mallorca.
Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins played the entire game and scored
the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute for Levante who edged out
DR Congo’s Cedric Makiadi put Freiburg in front in the 36th
minute as his side defeated Nuremburg 3-0 at home, to help lift his side to
11th in the league, with their first win in four games.
Senegal striker Mame Birmam Diouf, helped Hannover 96
salvage a point at home in a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund. He came on as a
substitute in the 67th minute to equalise with four minutes remaining with his
first goal of the season.
Mali midfielder Mamoutou Ndiaye fired home for Gent in added
time at the end of the first-half to give them the lead away at Beerschot. But
the home side equalised in the 60th minute through Senegal striker Elimane
Coulibaly. The game finished 2-2 as both sides grabbed goals in the last 10
Nigeria striker Derick Ogbu ended his goal drought with his
first goals of the season scoring a hat-trick for Leuven who beat Charleroi
4-0. Gambia’s Ebrahima Sawaneh scored the other goal for Leuven, to take him to
eight goals for the season.
Central African Republic striker Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
scored for the second weekend in a row to help his side Zulte-Waregem beat
Cercle Bruges 3-1, despite playing the last 20 minutes with 10 men.
There was anguish for Senegal defender Ibrahima Gueye whose
last-minute own goal meant his Lokeren side had to share the points in a 2-2
draw with Lierse. Earlier South Africa midfielder Ayanda Patosi had scored to
give Lokeren a two-goal lead before half-time.
Cameroon striker Ernest Nfor sealed victory for Kortrijk in
the 70th minute as they defeated 10-man Mechelen 2-0. Senegal’s Boubacar
Dialaba was sent-off in the 28th minute for Mechelen.
Another Cameroon players Aloys Nong found the back of the
net in the 59th minute to equalise for Mons who drew 2-2 with Waasland-Beveren.
DR Congo’s Dieudonne Mbokani was not so lucky as he missed a
penalty and a chance to equalise for Anderlecht who lost 2-1 to 10-man Standard
Liege in the big Belgian derby.
South Africa defender Calvin Ngongca saw only 14 minutes of
action for Genk as he was sent-off in his side’s 1-1 draw at league leaders
Senegal’s Lamine Diarra scored the only goal of the game as
his side Antalyaspor edged out Gaziantepspor 1-0.
Sivasspor came from two goals down to force a draw at home
thanks to two goals in the last 10 minutes with the Nigeria striker Michael
Eneramo scoring the equaliser in the 87th minute.
Senegal striker Moussa Sow scored the opening goal for
Fenerbahce in their 3-0 win over arch-rivals Besiktas.
Somali sensation Liban Abdi gave Olhanense the lead in the
2nd minute in the eight-goal thriller at Sporting Braga which finished 4-4.
Guinea Bisaau’s Ivanildo Cassama scored twice for Olhanense.
Vitoria Guimaraes came from a goal down to beat Academica
2-1 thanks to two second-half goals by Algeria striker El-Arbi Soudani.
There was only one African on target but in style as a
hat-trick by Mali striker Dramane Traore helped Metalurh Donetsk hammer Kryvbas
Anzhi Makhackala have moved to the top of the table for the
first time after beating Dinamo Moscow 2-0 with Samuel Eto’o sealing victory
with three minutes remaining. The Cameroon striker has taken his tally for the
season to seven goals.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa scored the opening goal in the Moscow
derby as his side CSKA defeated Spartak 2-0.
Mali captain Seydou Keita scored one of the goals while
Peter Utaka from Nigeria scored ther other two as Dalian Daerbin beat Beijing
Guoan 3-1. Utaka is the second highest scorer in China with 19 goals.
Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba was on once again on
target for Shanghai Shenhua who lost 4-2 to Guizhou Renhe.
Zambia striker James Chamanga now has 11 goals for the
serason, after scoring twice for Dalian Shide, but it was not enough as his
side lost 3-2 away at Liaoning Whowin.
His compatriot and national team captain Christopher Katongo
scored in the 71st minute for bottom of the table Henan Jianye, but his side
also lost going down 3-1 to Hangzhou.
2022 NPFL: Nasarawa United Unveils New Players
Nasarawa United Football Club, Lafia, has unveiled eight new players for the remainder of the 2022/23 league calendar
The newly acquired players comprise one goalkeeper, four defenders and three attackers.
A release signed by the Media Officer of the Club, Eche Amos and made available to Tidesports yesterday, said Goalkeeper, Mohammed Galadima and central defender, Victor Collins both returned to the club after spells at Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi and Amanat Baghdad FC of Iraq, respectively.
Right full-backs, Samson Vandi Drambi and Nelson Abiam joined from 2nd division side, EFCC FC of Abuja, while Nelson Abiam joined from premier league side Wikki Tourists FC, Bauchi. Full-back, Aminu Yusuf joined from neighbouring Lobi Stars FC, Makurdi.
The trio of centre forwards, Kazeem Abdulrafiu, Isaac James Ogiri and Kolawole Daniel inked the contract papers from Ruqayya Football Academy of Kaduna, ABS FC of Ilorin, and Gombe United FC, Gombe, in that order.
The unveiling ceremony took place last Wednesday in Lafia.
Each of the players is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear as the Solid Miners prepare to overturn their current position on the league standings.
In another development, Nasarawa United yesterday defeated border neighbours, Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, in an explosive friendly game decided at the Sports Complex of Federal University, Lafia, to fine-tune both teams ahead of the resumption of the second phase of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League.
Corruption, Bane of Nigeria Football Dev – Peterside
If not for the high level of corruption in Nigeria football administration, the country would have produced lots of football stars, former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside said.
According to him, the country has a bunch of good and talented players like Victor Osimhem, but because of corrupt administration, many young players were deprived to get national call up.
Idah made the assertion last Wednesday in an interview with sports journalists shortly after Rivers United FC defeated Rangers FC 1-0 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He revealed that he will come back to Nigeria with the view to promote and develop football, following the experiences gained outside the country.
“If I was elected as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a lot of things would have changed in the football administration.
“ I have come back to Nigeria, Port Harcourt, my base with all the experiences I had gained around the world to see how one can be involved in the development of the game.
“ Football is my game, I have sacrificed a lot for the development of the game” Idah said.
He congratulates Osimhen for his impressive performances in the Italian League, adding that what he expected Osimhen to do was to win World best or Africa footballer of the year.
By: Kiadum Edookor
MFN Lauds Rivers Governor- Elect …Wants Holistic Sports Dev
The Muaythai Federation of Nigeria (MFN) has hailed the emergence of Sir Siminialayi Fubara as Rivers State governor-elect and appealled to him to look into sports development holistically in his administration.
The Federation also used the forum to also congratulate him, over his landslide victory at the just concluded governorship elections in the State.
President of MFN, Comrade Paul Egonu, said this in an exclusive interview with Tidesports, yesterday shortly after he came back from Lagos on national assignment of the federation.
According to him, he has confidence that sporting activities will strive more in the next administration.
“We are appealing to the incoming Governor, Sir. Siminialayi Fubara to holistically develop sports in the State. We are aware that the present administration- led by Chief Nyesom Wike but there is need to do more.
‘The Federation and Rivers State Mauythai association join other good people of the State to congratulate Sir. Fubara for his landslide victory at the just concluded governorship elections.
“We are also aware that Governor Nyesom Wike, has invested in sports by building sports facilities in the State, but we urge the incoming Governor to surpass what he will meet on ground”, Comrade Egonu said.
He explained that investing and developing sports is a way of investing in youths because through sports many youths have become wealthy and responsible, besides it will also boost the economy of the State.
“Honestly, the benefits of sports development and promotion is enormous, through sports many people have become wealthy. It will also, to a large extend boost the economy of the State.
“Consequently, I appeal to the incoming Governor to set up a sports commission and appoint professionals. sports administrators to pilot its affairs”, he stated.
By: Tonye Orabere
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