Volleyball: Nigeria’s Under-19 Visits Niger for World Championship Qualifiers | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Volleyball: Nigerias Under-19 Visits Niger for World Championship Qualifiers

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 15, 2014

A six-man contingent of the national under-19 beach volleyball teams would depart Kaduna for Niger Republic on May 15 for the FIVB U-19 World Championships qualifiers.

Chairman of the Beach Volleyball Commission of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod, disclosed this to Sports Vanguard in a telephone interview.

A male team of two players and a female team of two players, as well as a coach and an accompanying referee, will leave for Niger Republic on Thursday.

6-Man NVBF Under-19 Contingent Leaves for Niger for FIVB World Championship Qualifier.

They are going for the final phase of the 2014 FIVB U-19 Beach Volleyball World Championships qualifiers.

Six countries are expected to participate in each of the two categories of the qualifiers, Nimrod said.

The FIVB U-19 Beach Volleyball World Championships are scheduled for Porto in Portugal from July 29 to Aug. 3, 2014.

(NAN)

So who is the Specialist in Failure? | INFORMATION NIGERIA

So who is the Specialist in Failure?

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 15, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Arsène Wenger was probably not expecting to be called a quite abhorrent name by his standards, when he taunted Jose Mourinho about being afraid to lose last seasons title.

All that was justified when Chelsea thumped Arsenal by an aberrant score-line. Fine Mourinho was probably right, Wenger has brought no trophy to his current club for nine seasons now. Fine Chelsea finished ahead of the gunners in the Barclays Premier League final standings. However, those words might actually bite him as the blues failed to land a trophy this season, Mourinhos second season without a trophy.

And it gets better. Arsenal take on Hull City in the Fa Cup final. They have a big chance not only to end their long-trophy drought, but also put the arrogant Mou in his place.

This is not the first time the former Madrid boss has resorted to name-calling; suggesting his tactics and football genius is superior to every coach, when his boring defensive pattern is coming under scrutiny by football fans.

Yes scrutiny. Arsenal faithful justified that by singing Boring Boring Chelsea .

While he was about to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Madrid, Jose labeled the now Manchester City boss a Failure for finishing second behind Barcelona.

Well, Pellegrini sought greener pastures elsewhere. And he is currently a Captial one Cup holder, and also the prestigious English Premier League title winner.

Deluded

Its seems the Chelsea fans are so accustomed to Mou that his woes are accepted and celebrated.

When Benitez was incharge for that short spell, Stamford Bridge was living hell for him. Away from home was no different. Fans chanted their dismay of his appointment, due to some silly old football incidents.

Despite his brief spell, he forked out a Europa League trophy for Chelsea, whereas an appreciated demi-god as Mourinho couldnt guarantee a winners medal.

A veteran as Ashley Cole was dropped from the England squad touring Brazil for the World Cup. Fans alike in a typical fashion ( Including Chelsea fans ) took to social networks to express their anger for his snub.

I find it quite disturbing that the same Chelsea supporters blasting Roy Hodgson for his decision to drop the 107 capped left back, had no similar words when Mou opted to use César Azpilicueta over Cole at Chelsea.

In football, the more you play the better your chances of getting picked for the National team- Azpilicueta got game time under his belt and was included in the Spanish provisional squad for the World Cup, Cole did not and is left out for England.

Saturday is a significant day in football.

Wenger has a big opportunity to end that torturing years without a trophy. If he succeeds, fair enough to Arsenal. Whilst Jose Mourinho might want to rethink who he called a specialist in failure afterwards.

FA Cup: Arsenal would give 100 percent against Hull City | INFORMATION NIGERIA

FA Cup: Arsenal would give 100 percent against Hull City

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 15, 2014

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told the press, ahead of the eagerly awaited encounter against Hull City, his boys are giving their all as they battle with Steve Bruce side in Wembley on Saturday, Informationng was briefed.

The boys from NorthLondon would be hoping to end a long trophy drought since 2005, a task which the boys can complete, unless they give 100 percent, the manager noted.

No matter how much we talk about it, you can win and lose but you want to come out of the game feeling you have done the maximum to win and that is what we want to achieve.

[The drought may make it] a little [more difficult] but at the end of the day once you walk over the line you just focus on your football.

You dont play with the history, you play with your quality and your desire to play well. It is an opportunity and we have to take a distance with time. We need to just turn up and play well.

No matter what the result will be, this club and this is always most important can deal with the consequences of any game,

What is important is that we come out of the game and have the feeling that we gave absolutely our best, our total energy to play at our best and thenyou always accept the consequences.

Arsenal would be coming into this game with a stronger side unlike the one that collapsed to an horrendous mistake in the 2011 Carling Cup, now Capital One Cup final.

Football: Dont heap pressure on Barkley, Martinez warns | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Football: Dont heap pressure on Barkley, Martinez warns

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 16, 2014

Ross Barkley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Roy Hodgson to avoid setting the fulcrum of Englands attacking plans on his 20-year old midfielder.

The player who has been in outstanding from for his club, and recently scored a fantastic goal against crowned Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League was selected in the provisional squad for the Lions in the Fifa World Cup.

Similar to Jack Wilsheres rise, Pundits and fans alike are expecting the young man to deliver and help guide England to a World Cup triumph in Brazil.

However, his Manager at Everton is cautious to such approach. He said:

What is important is, as a nation, we have a responsibility to look after a young man who goes to the World Cup with the only intention of helping England be as good as they can.

He is still young and we have to protect him. If we protect him well we are talking about a potential world-class talent.

But it is down to us to allow him time and a little bit of a path to fulfil his potential with England.

We shouldnt expect Ross Barkley, at the age of 20, to go into a World Cup and be someone who has to win games single-handedly. That would be very wrong.

Ross Barkely had the chance to play for Nigeria because he is from a Nigerian descent, but the NFF made no plans to lure the player to Africa.

Uefa to Probe Low Turnout at Europa League Final | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Uefa to Probe Low Turnout at Europa League Final

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 16, 2014

Reuters- UEFA will investigate why nearly 6,000 seats were left unoccupied at the Europa League final between Benfica and Sevilla in Turin, European soccers governing body said on Thursday.

Fans jeered when an official attendance of 33,120 was announced during Wednesday’s match at the Juventus stadium, although UEFA said it had sold all 39,000 tickets.

The situation highlighted UEFAs ticketing policy for major finals where less than half the tickets are made available for supporters of the two teams involved.

Sevilla Celebrates Europa League Victory.

Benfica and Sevilla were allocated 9,000 tickets each for Wednesdays game and another 9,500 were sold to fans worldwide via UEFAs official website.

The remaining 11,500 tickets were allocated to the local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and for the corporate hospitality programme.

There will be a review in the coming weeks to understand why tickets, which were sold, were not used, UEFA said in a statement.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

Decision to Host 2022 World Cup in Qatar an Error- Blatter | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Decision to Host 2022 World Cup in Qatar an Error- Blatter

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 16, 2014

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the choice of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup was a mistake and has attributed political pressure from France and Germany as a reason for the choice.

Blatter told Swiss TV agency RTS that the technical report into Qatars bid had highlighted the extremely hot summer temperatures in the Middle Eastern nation but despite that, Fifas executive committee (Exco) had voted the country.

He said it was now probable that it would be played in the winter rather than the summer due to the heat.

Sepp Blatter Says Fifas Decision to Award the Hosting Right of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is an Error.

Yes, it was a mistake of course, but one makes lots of mistakes in life, said the president of world footballs governing body said about hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The technical report into Qatar said clearly it was too hot but the executive committee- with a large majority- decided all the same to play it in Qatar.

Blatters recent comments on this matter reiterates his previous comment last years September, when he told insideworldfootball.com that It may well be that we made a mistake at the time” to give Qatar the hosting right for the 2022 tournament.

Qatar defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to win a ballot of Fifa’s 22 executive members in 2010 to host the tournament.

Anti-World Cup Protests Begin in Brazil | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Anti-World Cup Protests Begin in Brazil

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 16, 2014

Riot police in Brazil have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, on a march against the cost of hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

The numbers of people on the street was much lower than during similar protests during last seasons Confederation Cup.

Demonstrators hurled stones while others burned tyres and blocked roads.

They say they are discontent at the billions of dollars being spent on this summers football tournament, rather than social projects and housing.

Protesters Criticises the Cost of Hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Some of the protesters promised demonstration would get bigger and more frequent as the World Cup opening ceremony gets closer. The tournament is due to begin on June 12.

Protests also took place in other cities, including Brasilia.

Teachers and civil servants, among others, were also on striker across Brazil.

In Rio, aerial images showed hundreds of people marching in rush-hour traffic on main thoroughfare. The city will host the final match of the World Cup on July 13.

Protesters there and in Sao Paulo, Brazils biggest city, clashed with police before beginning to disperse.