Related Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers, are ‘in the process’ of naming former Super Eagles assistant coach Sylvanus as their new head coach according to Club sources.Baring any last minute development, Okpala is expected to replace title-winning coach, Imama Amapakabo, as the new permanent coach. Chukwuma Agbo has been in charge on an interim basis since the exit of Imama.It was also revealed that the appointment would be finalised potentially on Thursday with an official announcement scheduled for next week If everything goes according to plan.Speaking with busybuddiesng. com, a club source said: “We’re in the process of appointing Okpala as coach.”“Everything would be finalised on Thursday if there are no issues with an official announcement expected next week.” the source added.Sylvanus Okpala had a very successful career with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He was a member of the squad that won the country’s first African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in 1980 and he was an assistant coach to the late Stephen Keshi in 2013 when Nigeria won the title for the 3rd time in South Africa.League champions Rangers would be hoping he is the man to turn their fortunes around with the club currently occupying 17th position on the log with 39 points ahead of Sunday’s clash with fellow CAF Champions League (CAFCL) campaigner Rivers United.
George Groves will return to action against Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa in London on January 30.Groves (21-3-KO16) failed in a third bid to become world champion when he was outpointed by WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September.The Hammersmith fighter then parted company with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick and took some time away from the sport but his promoters, the Sauerland brothers, confirmed he will box Di Luisa (18-3-KO14) at Hackney’s Copperbox Arena.Di Luisa stopped Gabor Zsalek in the second round of his most recent fight but before that was halted in four by former world champion Lucian Bute, who recently lost his bid to regain the IBF crown from Groves’ old foe James DeGale.The 33-year-old Di Luisa has fought for the European title on two occasions – losing via final-round stoppage to Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in November 2011 and then to former Groves victim Christopher Rebrasse, who stopped him in seven a year later.Groves famously suffered back-to-back world title defeats to Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
“After the first inning, I was kind of all over the place,” Volquez (9-12) said. “Then I made an adjustment and the last couple of innings it started to get in line and I pitched better.“The other pitcher pitched pretty good, too.”Volquez went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts. He walked four.“I’m really happy with how he pitched,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Just keep playing because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next eight days.”The Dodgers, fresh from clinching the division title on Thursday at Arizona, let their backups get the playing time. No Dodgers regulars were in the starting lineup after they secured their 12th NL West championship since divisional play started in 1969. Erlin (3-3) matched his career-high with seven strikeouts as only three Dodgers reached second base against him.Gyorko homered in the fifth inning, becoming the fifth rookie second baseman ever to reach that milestone. Gyorko gave the Padres a 2-0 lead when he hit a fastball from Volquez 417 feet to center field.Even in the loss, Volquez could be making a case to be included on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.“You usually don’t use a fifth starter in the playoffs, unless you have him in the bullpen,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see. We’ll talk about that when we get to roster time.”Gyorko is the first second baseman to hit 20 homers in franchise history.Volquez impressed Bud Black, his former manager. “He pitched deep into the game and gave up two runs,” Black said. “Robbie was just a little bit better tonight.”Erlin is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in four starts since being recalled on Aug. 25, his fourth stint with the Padres. Huston Street worked the ninth to notch his 32nd save in 33 chances after Luke Gregerson recorded an out in the eighth.The Dodgers had runners on first and third in the ninth but Street struck out pinch-hitters Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.Mattingly said while catching the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals for home-field advantage in the playoffs would be beneficial, that didn’t trump resting his starters.“The biggest thing we wanted to do was to give guys that have been just grinding it out for months, and are pretty banged up, they just needed a day off,” Mattingly said.Skip Shumaker had three of the Dodgers’ six hits, including two doubles. SAN DIEGO >> The mound felt familiar to Edinson Volquez even if the visitor’s dugout didn’t.The Dodgers right-hander started his first game against the San Diego Padres since they released him on Aug. 25.Volquez pitched well, but the Padres’ Robbie Erlin pitched better.Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory over the NL West champion Dodgers on Friday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
FILE PHOTO: Nkurunziza playing footballNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Two Burundi officials have been arrested after their town’s football team allegedly “roughed up” President Pierre Nkurunziza who was playing during a match with his personal team, legal sources and witnesses said Friday.A legal source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the administrator of the northern town of Kiremba as well as his deputy, who is in charge of sport, had been charged with “conspiracy against the president” on Thursday.It all started when the Kiremba team played a match earlier this month against Nkurunziza’s Allelua FC team, which includes the president.Several town residents told AFP that the administrator Cyriaque Nkezabahizi and his deputy Michel Mutama had recruited players among Congolese refugees living in a camp in the town.“These Congolese obviously didn’t know President Nkurunziza because they roughed him up during the match, attacking each time he had the ball and making him fall several times while the Burundian players were careful not to get too close to him,” one witness said.Nkurunziza, who is a “born-again” evangelical, spends at least half of every week travelling with his team Allelua FC and his choir “Komeza gusenga” which means “pray non-stop” in the local kirundi language. He also participates in community development projects, in which he can be seen lugging around rocks or mixing cement.The 54-year-old president, a former sport professor at the University of Burundi, continues to practice swimming and cycling and plays up to three football matches a week.He built a 9,000-seat stadium in his home town and dozens others across the country.Critics say he is allowed to score several “bogus” goals during each match, with no player daring to seriously take him on.In power since 2005, Nkurunziza is leading a push for a referendum in May on changes to the constitution that would allow him to run in elections in 2020.Share on: WhatsApp
Today England Golf launches a new campaign, ‘Membership: Give it a Shot’, to maximise new membership opportunities from the increased participation levels that golf has enjoyed since play resumed in May.Focusing on four core values, equality, diversity, family and community, England Golf’s membership call to action of ‘Give it a Shot’ comes to life through three key messages:‘Play is Flexible’: As golf continues to evolve in line with modern lifestyle choices, there have never been more ways to enjoy the game – whether that is practicing at the driving range, playing a quick nine or a competitive round over 18 holes, the choice is yours.‘Clubs are Sociable’: A hugely popular aspect of any sport and club membership is the social benefits. The opportunity to meet in a safe environment, share stories, and build lifelong friendships through the game. Golf is a game for all generations and families to enjoy together.‘Golf is Affordable’: Golf club membership is a lot more affordable than people perceive with many membership options to suit age, lifestyle and budget.The membership campaign will be heavily promoted by England Golf on a national scale, and will provide an opportunity for every golf club in England to connect and promote their own membership benefits for new and existing members.Part of the membership recruitment and retention campaign is an incentive for new members and existing members who refer a friend to join their club.Members will be entered into a prize draw to win four Country Memberships at Woodhall Spa Golf Club for them and three friends, in addition to a four-ball on the Hotchkin (ranked the 54th best course in the world), a four-ball on the Bracken, a two-hour group clinic at the National Golf Centre and an overnight stay with bed and breakfast.There are also 10 pairs of tickets for the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club next year, six pairs of adidas Code Chaos Golf Shoes, and 24 dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls available to win.To enter, players can click the link below, with winners announced in November.Membership incentive prize drawJeremy Tomlinson, CEO, England Golf, said: “Despite the last few months being hugely challenging for everyone, it has been wonderful to witness a surge in people playing our beloved game.“With our ‘Membership: Give It A Shot’ campaign we want to provide golf clubs in England with national support and an opportunity to maximise golf’s current positivity.Focusing on recruitment and retention we will offer clubs physical and digital assets in customisable templates, designed to complement their current marketing strategies.In an exciting time for golf we look forward to welcoming many new players to our game and membership in the weeks, months and years ahead.” 27 Jul 2020 New membership campaign launched Tags: Membership