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    Gernot Rohr

    1. Nigerians Begin Quest For Glory In Dayak ITF Futures
     
    Nigerians will begin their chase for a memorable outing at the 2nd Dayak Championship Nigeria F2 Futures as four of the country’s players in the main draw file out for action on Tuesday.
    The home players failed to match their foreign counterparts last week, with two out of the countries seven player managing a second round outing at the Tombim Open.
    Eight singles matches are scheduled for Tuesday with the Centre Court match between Clifford Enosoregbe and Pole Mateusz Smolicki expected to be fireworks.
    Enosoregbe made the second round at last week’s Tombim Open and he is keen to match his outing while Smolicki is also eyeing an improve performance from last week where he was knocked out in the first round. The match that follows will see Thomas Otu and Christian Paul battling it out for a second round ticket in an all-Nigeria tie while Sylvester Emmanuel faces American Aron Pierce in the next match on Centre Court.
    There will also be lots of attention on top seed Calvin Hemery as he opens his quest for glory with an encounter with Christopher Diaz-Figueroa of Guatemala.
    The French-Nigerian is expected to be among the star performers in the Nigeria F2 Futures tournament which is coming on the heels of his triumph at the USA F15 barely a week ago in Florida.
    Monday’s matches saw Tunisian Moez Echargui bagged the only upset of day with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over sixth seed, Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe as all the four other seeded players in action for the day navigated their way to the second round.
     
     
     
    2.Kyrgios, Dimitrov win; Monfils exits
     There were comfortable wins for Thomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios at the Madrid Open on Monday.
    However, 15th seed Gael Monfils bowed out in a wild match against French compatriot Gilles Simon 0-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7/0).
    Dimitrov beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6, 6-4 while Nick Kyrgios won 7-6, 6-4 against Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus.
    Czech Republican Berdych defeated Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan 6-4 6-4.
    Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also progressed with a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 7-5 victory over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.
    There were also victories for David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas and Nicolas Mahut, who beat American Jack Sock 6-4 0-6 7-6.
    Andy Murray begins his quest for a third title in Madrid on Wednesday when he faces Romanian Marius Copil.
     
     
    3.Rohr invites Aina, Odey, drops Onazi
     Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr on Monday invited 25 players for the  friendly match against  Corsica on May 26 ahead of  their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo on June 10.
    The Eagles  are expected to  begin their camping for the Uyo cracker in  Paris after playing Corsica.
    Rohr named Portugal-based Dele Alampsu and England-based  Ola Aina on the list,  omitting  Ogenyi Onazi and  goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is currently injured.
    In a statement, spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, said   Aina and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi  had  been granted permission to feature for their respective clubs in the English FA Cup final on  May  27 before joining the squad in Paris.
    Full list
    Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa  (IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense)
    Defenders: Leon Balogun (Mainz 05); William Ekong (Gent); Uche Agbo  (Granada); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag); Elderson Echiejile (Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (Porto); Aina
    Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester); Oghenekaro Etebo (Feirense); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa)
    Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester); Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City); Moses Simon  (Gent);  Iwobi; Stephen Odey (MFM); Olanrewaju Kayode ( Austria Wien); Isaac Success (Watford); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg); Sikiru Olatubosun)
     
     
    4. Pinnick takes over Hayatou role
    President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been appointed the President of the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, a position previously occupied by ex-Confederation of African Football president, Issa Hayatou.
    The appointment was announced on Monday at the inaugural meeting of the new CAF Executive Committee in Manama, Bahrain, where the 67th FIFA Congress begins on Tuesday.
    It is the first time in CAF’s 60-year history that a Nigerian would head AFCON’s LOC.
    Pinnick was also named the president of CAF’s Media Committee, which was vacated by Benin Republic FA boss, Anjorin Moucharafou, who the Nigerian floored at the CAF elections in Ethiopia in March to become a CAF Executive Committee member.
    President of the Zimbabwe Football Federation, Philip Chiyangwa, is the deputy president of the AFCON committee.
    Also on Monday, Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was named CAF Executive Committee’s 1st vice-president, with Omani Constant Selemani (DR Congo) the 2nd vice-president.
     President, South Africa Football Association, Danny Jordaan, was appointed chairman of the Marketing and TV Committee, while 1988 African Player of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, heads the Technical and Development Committee.
     
     
     
    5. Efe Ambrose considers permanent Hibernian move
     Nigeria international Efe Ambrose has confirmed that Hibernian coach Neil Lennon wants him to stay at the Easter Road Stadium when his contract with Celtic expires in June.
    The Super Eagles defender has proven himself in the heart of the Hibs defence with outstanding displays that fetched him one Championship player of the month award.
    Hibernian lifted the Scottish Championship title on Sunday after ending the season with 71 points from 36 games and will play in the Premier division next season.
     
     
     
     
     
    6. Chelsea one 'little step' from title - Conte
     Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side were "another little step" from the Premier League title after they crushed Middlesbrough 3-0 to move to within touching distance of glory.
    Tottenham Hotspur's surprise defeat at West Ham United last week handed Chelsea the initiative and they can now seal a second title triumph in three years if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
    While victory at West Brom will deliver the title, Chelsea also have home games against Watford and Sunderland in which to snare the three points they need to make it across the finish line.
     
     
     
    7. Monaco not retreating yet on Champions League final qualification
    Juventus are in a commanding position as they look to reach their second Champions League semi-final in the space of three years, but Monaco have not yet given up hope.
    Massimiliano Allegri’s side hold a two-goal lead going into today’s home second leg in Turin after Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first leg.Higuain’s double improved what had been a miserable record in the Champions League knockout stages, while Juve’s defence continue to set records.
    Monaco, meanwhile, remain in with a chance of Ligue 1 glory domestically and a dramatic turnaround against Juve would take their sensational campaign to another level, with Kylian Mbappe looking to make more of an impact than he did in the first leg.
     
     
     
    8. England list Lookman, Ojo for World Cup
     
    Everton  forward Ademola Lookman  has been  included in the England final squad for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
    Lookman, who is also eligible to represent Nigeria, has yet to indicate his interest in playing for the country where his father was born.
    Other players with Nigerian roots in the squad are  Liverpool duo of Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo, Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Chelsea’s  Dominic Solanke and Fikayo Tomori.
    Lookman signed for Everton on January 5 2017 for a fee of £7.5m rising to £11m on a four-and-a-half year contract. He made his debut for the Toffees 10 days later.
    England’s  first World Cup clash comes against Argentina on May 20, before they take on Guinea on May 23. They round off their Group A fixtures against the Korea Republic on May 26
     
     
     
     This Day in Sports History            May 09
     
    2001- Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
    2013- Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 months)
     
    Birthdays in Sport
    1837 Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
    1980 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
    1983 Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
     
     
     
    A BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT DAMILOLA TAIWO FROM TUNDE KAZEEM OF OUR ENTERTAINMENT DESK
     
    SPORTS CAFÉ           MAY 09
     
    1.Nigerians begin quest for glory in Dayak ITF Futures
    2.Kyrgios, Dimitrov win; Monfils exits
    3.Rohr invites Aina, Odey, drops Onazi
    4.Pinnick takes over Hayatou role
    5.Efe Ambrose considers permanent Hibernian move
    6.Chelsea one 'little step' from title - Conte
    7.Monaco not retreating yet on Champions League final qualification
    8.England list Lookman, Ojo for World Cup
    This Day in Sports History            May 09
    1. Nigerians Begin Quest For Glory In Dayak ITF Futures
     
    Nigerians will begin their chase for a memorable outing at the 2nd Dayak Championship Nigeria F2 Futures as four of the country’s players in the main draw file out for action on Tuesday.
    The home players failed to match their foreign counterparts last week, with two out of the countries seven player managing a second round outing at the Tombim Open.
    Eight singles matches are scheduled for Tuesday with the Centre Court match between Clifford Enosoregbe and Pole Mateusz Smolicki expected to be fireworks.
    Enosoregbe made the second round at last week’s Tombim Open and he is keen to match his outing while Smolicki is also eyeing an improve performance from last week where he was knocked out in the first round. The match that follows will see Thomas Otu and Christian Paul battling it out for a second round ticket in an all-Nigeria tie while Sylvester Emmanuel faces American Aron Pierce in the next match on Centre Court.
    There will also be lots of attention on top seed Calvin Hemery as he opens his quest for glory with an encounter with Christopher Diaz-Figueroa of Guatemala.
    The French-Nigerian is expected to be among the star performers in the Nigeria F2 Futures tournament which is coming on the heels of his triumph at the USA F15 barely a week ago in Florida.
    Monday’s matches saw Tunisian Moez Echargui bagged the only upset of day with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over sixth seed, Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe as all the four other seeded players in action for the day navigated their way to the second round.
     
     
     
    2.Kyrgios, Dimitrov win; Monfils exits
     There were comfortable wins for Thomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios at the Madrid Open on Monday.
    However, 15th seed Gael Monfils bowed out in a wild match against French compatriot Gilles Simon 0-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7/0).
    Dimitrov beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6, 6-4 while Nick Kyrgios won 7-6, 6-4 against Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus.
    Czech Republican Berdych defeated Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan 6-4 6-4.
    Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also progressed with a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 7-5 victory over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.
    There were also victories for David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas and Nicolas Mahut, who beat American Jack Sock 6-4 0-6 7-6.
    Andy Murray begins his quest for a third title in Madrid on Wednesday when he faces Romanian Marius Copil.
     
     
    3.Rohr invites Aina, Odey, drops Onazi
     Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr on Monday invited 25 players for the  friendly match against  Corsica on May 26 ahead of  their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against  South Africa in Uyo on June 10.
    The Eagles   are expected to  begin their camping for the Uyo cracker in  Paris after playing Corsica.
    Rohr named Portugal-based Dele Alampsu and England-based   Ola Aina on the list,  omitting  Ogenyi Onazi and  goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is currently injured.
    In a statement, spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, said   Aina and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi  had  been granted permission to feature for their respective clubs in the English FA Cup final on  May  27 before joining the squad in Paris.
    Full list
    Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa  (IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense)
    Defenders: Leon Balogun (Mainz 05); William Ekong (Gent); Uche Agbo  (Granada); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag); Elderson Echiejile (Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (Porto); Aina
    Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester); Oghenekaro Etebo (Feirense); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa)
    Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester); Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City); Moses Simon  (Gent);  Iwobi; Stephen Odey (MFM); Olanrewaju Kayode ( Austria Wien); Isaac Success (Watford); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg); Sikiru Olatubosun)
     
     
    4. Pinnick takes over Hayatou role
    President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been appointed the President of the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, a position previously occupied by ex-Confederation of African Football president, Issa Hayatou.
    The appointment was announced on Monday at the inaugural meeting of the new CAF Executive Committee in Manama, Bahrain, where the 67th FIFA Congress begins on Tuesday.
    It is the first time in CAF’s 60-year history that a Nigerian would head AFCON’s LOC.
    Pinnick was also named the president of CAF’s Media Committee, which was vacated by Benin Republic FA boss, Anjorin Moucharafou, who the Nigerian floored at the CAF elections in Ethiopia in March to become a CAF Executive Committee member.
    President of the Zimbabwe Football Federation, Philip Chiyangwa, is the deputy president of the AFCON committee.
    Also on Monday, Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was named CAF Executive Committee’s 1st vice-president, with Omani Constant Selemani (DR Congo) the 2nd vice-president.
     President, South Africa Football Association, Danny Jordaan, was appointed chairman of the Marketing and TV Committee, while 1988 African Player of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, heads the Technical and Development Committee.
     
     
     
    5. Efe Ambrose considers permanent Hibernian move
     Nigeria international Efe Ambrose has confirmed that Hibernian coach Neil Lennon wants him to stay at the Easter Road Stadium when his contract with Celtic expires in June.
    The Super Eagles defender has proven himself in the heart of the Hibs defence with outstanding displays that fetched him one Championship player of the month award.
    Hibernian lifted the Scottish Championship title on Sunday after ending the season with 71 points from 36 games and will play in the Premier division next season.
     
     
     
     
     
    6. Chelsea one 'little step' from title - Conte
     Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side were "another little step" from the Premier League title after they crushed Middlesbrough 3-0 to move to within touching distance of glory.
    Tottenham Hotspur's surprise defeat at West Ham United last week handed Chelsea the initiative and they can now seal a second title triumph in three years if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
    While victory at West Brom will deliver the title, Chelsea also have home games against Watford and Sunderland in which to snare the three points they need to make it across the finish line.
     
     
     
    7. Monaco not retreating yet on Champions League final qualification
    Juventus are in a commanding position as they look to reach their second Champions League semi-final in the space of three years, but Monaco have not yet given up hope.
    Massimiliano Allegri’s side hold a two-goal lead going into today’s home second leg in Turin after Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first leg.Higuain’s double improved what had been a miserable record in the Champions League knockout stages, while Juve’s defence continue to set records.
    Monaco, meanwhile, remain in with a chance of Ligue 1 glory domestically and a dramatic turnaround against Juve would take their sensational campaign to another level, with Kylian Mbappe looking to make more of an impact than he did in the first leg.
     
     
     
    8. England list Lookman, Ojo for World Cup
     
    Everton  forward Ademola Lookman  has been  included in the England final squad for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
    Lookman, who is also eligible to represent Nigeria, has yet to indicate his interest in playing for the country where his father was born.
    Other players with Nigerian roots in the squad are  Liverpool duo of Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo, Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Chelsea’s  Dominic Solanke and Fikayo Tomori.
    Lookman signed for Everton on January 5 2017 for a fee of £7.5m rising to £11m on a four-and-a-half year contract. He made his debut for the Toffees 10 days later.
    England’s  first World Cup clash comes against Argentina on May 20, before they take on Guinea on May 23. They round off their Group A fixtures against the Korea Republic on May 26
     
     
     
     This Day in Sports History            May 09
     
    2001- Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
    2013- Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 months)
     
    Birthdays in Sport
    1837 Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
    1980 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
    1983 Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
     
     
     
    A BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT DAMILOLA TAIWO FROM TUNDE KAZEEM OF OUR ENTERTAINMENT DESK
     
     

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