Armed robbers attack Akwa United players and officials in Rivers
The players and officials of Akwa United FC have been attacked by armed robbers on their return from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Kwara United.
In a statement on its website on Friday, the club said the attack occurred along Ogoni road, Rivers, at 6:48 pm on Thursday.
Akwa United were returning to Uyo from Ibadan following a 2-1 loss to Kwara United on Wednesday when it happened.
The team’s convoy ran into a roadblock mounted by the assailants, but the drivers manoeuvred out of the trap, which led to the vehicles being pelted with dangerous weapons and the windows smashed.
Emmanuel Udoh, the team manager, said the attack happened between two police checkpoints.
He added that no life was lost during the incident.
“The attack on our team along Ogoni road was one terrible experience and the psychological effects are what we need to put behind us fast,” Udoh said.
“It was God that saved us from those hoodlums, who were determined to do anything to us. The worst part of it is that the attack happened in-between two police checkpoints.
“On behalf of Akwa United, I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all security agencies to redouble their effort, especially along some well-known dangerous locations like Ogoni road.”
The Promise Keepers are currently fourth in Group A of the abridged NFPL with seven points from five games.
They face Remo Stars at the Godwill Akpabio stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
Dare and Nwankwo Kanu honoured at Maldives sports awards
Sunday Dare, minister of sports and youth development, has bagged a special recognition award in Maldives for his “impact on sports” in Nigeria since he assumed office in 2019.
The minister was honoured by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Maldives president, at the 2023 edition of the country’s sports awards.
Solih said his team has been monitoring Dare’s “progress” while commending him for revamping sports in Nigeria.
“I want people to know that we followed the progress of Hon. Sunday Dare over a period of time before deciding to honour him with this award and we believe his positive steps will continue to boost sports in Nigeria in the years to come,” he said.
Also speaking, Ahmed Mahloof, Maldives sports minister, described the award given to Dare as a “reward for hard work within a short time in office.”
Nwankwo Kanu, the former Nigerian international; Fabio Cannavaro, ex-Italy player; and David James, former England international, were also conferred with ‘Sports Icons Awards’ at the event.
In his remark, Dare thanked organisers of the event for the award.
“This is a challenge for me to do more in any capacity I find himself. It is also important to state that Nigerian youths should always put in efforts to make an impact in every area they find themselves because you don’t know who is watching,” he said.
A total of 108 people, including national athletes of Maldives, received awards in 18 categories.
Again, Edwards beats Kamaru Usman to retain UFC welterweight title
Leon Edwards has beaten Kamaru Usman to defend his welterweight title in a rematch of their thrilling clash at UFC 278.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’, who was incredibly motivated to take back the belt from his rival on Sunday morning, failed to savage his quest with a majority decision in favour of Edwards at the O2 Arena in London.
‘Rocky’, as Edwards is popularly called, got his game-plan to perfection and even survived a point deduction to claim his victory with a 48-46, 48-46, 47-47 on the judges score cards.
This would be the first time since 2016 that a British UFC champion will be defending a world title on home soil.
While it wasn’t the outcome he wanted, Usman accepted the defeat and promised to comeback in the future to challenge for the title again.
“I think I did enough to win the fight but I knew it was a close fight,” Usman said.
“Great game plan. I’ve always said it from the start, I knew I would see Leon again. I’m not done. I’ll see him again. I’ve always gave him props for everything he’s been able to accomplish. Much respect.
“I’m going to get back with my coaches. I can’t sit for too long. Much respect to the fighters, we put it on the line for you guys each and every time.”
Crystal Palace sack Patrick Vieira after 12-game winless run
Patrick Vieira, former France international, has been sacked by Crystal Palace after failing to win any match in 2023.
The club announced the decision to part ways with its coach in a statement released on Friday.
Palace have been winless in the last 12 games in all competitions.
The team’s last win in a competitive game was a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in December 2022.
They are 12th in the English Premier League (EPL) and only three points above the relegation zone.
Speaking on the dismissal, Steve Parish, the club chairman, praised Vieira for his contribution to the club during his tenure, adding that the recent run of results necessitated a change.
“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made. Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position and we felt a change is necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status,” the chairman said.
“That said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in the highest regard by myself, and all of his colleagues. He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and respectable 12th placed finish last season playing some exciting football, which was a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.”
Vieira was appointed as Palace manager before the start of the 2021-22 season after spells at the helms of affairs in New York City FC and Nice.
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