Seye Ogunlewe and Enoch Adegoke on Sunday qualified for the final of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games men’s 100m.
Ogunlewe, who is the national 100m champion, equalled his season’s best of 10.20secs to place third in the third semi-final to qualify as one of the fastest losers in his heat. Adegoke, who is making his debut for Nigeria, won the second semi-final in 10.24secs.
The Nigerians face Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who is favourite for gold, and South Africa’s Akani Simbine, who is expected to claim silver in the event, in the final on Monday.
In the men’s 400m, Chidi Okezie and Samson Nathaniel both qualified for Monday’s semi-finals after they finished in 45.84secs and 46.41secs respectively. But Orukpe Erayokan placed fourth in his heat in 47.19secs and didn’t progress into the semis.
In the men’s shot put, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Eke Kalu qualified for Monday’s final. Enekwechi threw a mark of 20.66m to place second behind New Zealand’s Tom Walsh who threw 22.45m to win in qualifying group A. Kalu threw 17.62m to qualify as one of the best losers from qualifying group B.
On Monday, Table Tennis Nigeria defeated England 3-2 in the semi-final of the men’s team event.
Goodness Duru competes in the F46 women’s javelin final.
Also, Oyeniyi Abejoye competes in the men’s 110m hurdles while in boxing; Millicent Agboegbulem defeated Elizabeth Andiego of Kenya in the quarterfinals of the women’s 75kg and Lukman Lawal lost to Uganda’s Regam Simbwa in the round of 16 of the men’s 81kg.
While D’Tigers also face Australia in the preliminaries of the basketball event in Cairns.
2. PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLY:- Super Eagles to play Congo DR in Port Harcourt
Super Eagles are likely to play the friendly against Congo DR in Port Harcourt on May 27.
The match is meant to be a send forth game for the Super Eagles making their fifth World Cup appearance at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Abuja and Uyo were previously considered.
It was gathered that the Sports Ministry is requesting N70m to fix the out of service Abuja National Stadium.
Interestingly, Port Harcourt first hosted the Eagles 2018 World Cup eliminator against Swaziland in 2015.
The Swazis held Nigeria to a goalless draw at home only to fall 2-0 to the Eagles in Port Harcourt.
Port Harcourt will also be remembered for staging the country’s qualifiers to the 2002 World Cup.
3. CONFEDERATION CUP:- Djoliba Mali shocks MFM, Plateau United walk tight rope
Unless miracles happen in the away legs of their CAF Confederation Cup, two of Nigeria’s representatives in the competition, MFM of Lagos and Plateau United, will fail to make the group stage of the championship.
The teams, which played their different matches at the Agege Stadium at the weekend, were unconvincing as they allowed the visiting teams to run away with the advantage.
For MFM, it is a near-impossible task as they lost 0-1 at home to Mali’s Djoliba FC. Plateau United fared a little better as they beat USM Algiers 2-1.
Both teams were knocked out of the Champions League in the first round, which meant they had to drop down to the second tier Confederation Cup and from the weekend’s results, they may completely drop from the continent.
On Saturday at the Agege Stadium, Plateau United defeated Algeria’s USM Algier 2-1 with King Osanga giving them the lead in the 23rd minute.
4. FOOTBALL:- Kanu Nwankwo distances self from presidential race
Former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo has dissociated himself from the campaign for the 2019 presidency, saying he does not know where and how his name has been linked to the race for Aso Rck Villa.
Speaking in Lagos on Friday, Kanu said he was surprised to see his poster on the Internet campaigning for the Presidency, adding, “I have not in any capacity announced such ambition. I do not know where such story emanated from.
5. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE:- Chelsea suffer fresh Champions League blow, as Welbeck doubles up for Arsenal
Chelsea’s slim chances of a top-four Premier League finish suffered another blow as Javier Hernandez salvaged a priceless point for West Ham in their battle to avoid the drop in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The reigning champions now trail Tottenham and Liverpool by 10 points with just six games left to salvage a place in the Champions League next season.
IN OTHER English Premier League Results:-
Everton 0 – 0 Liverpool
AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Crystal Palace
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Huddersfield Town
Leicester City 1 – 2 Newcastle United
Stoke City 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
FTWatford 1 – 2 Burnley
FTWest Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Swansea City
FTManchester City 2 – 3 Manchester United
FTArsenal 3 – 2 Southampton
FTChelsea 1 – 1 West Ham United
6. SPANISH LA LIGA:- Ronaldo continues goal spree but Real held by stubborn Atletico
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 24th goal in 15 games for Real Madrid this year was not enough to earn his side a derby victory on Sunday as an Antoine Griezmann equaliser secured Atletico a 1-1 draw.
Atletico retain their four-point cushion over Real while this was perhaps the perfect result for leaders Barcelona, who are now 11 points clear at the top.
Griezmann’s goal came on his 200th appearance for Atletico while Ronaldo’s was the 500th in the 161 league matches played between these two city rivals.
In Other Spainish LaLiga Results:-
Deportivo La Coruna 3 – 2 Malaga
Alaves 2 – 0 Getafe
Celta Vigo 4 – 0 Sevilla
Real Betis 2 – 0 Eibar
Barcelona 3 – 1 Leganes
Levante 2 – 1 Las Palmas
Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atletico Madrid
Real Sociedad 5 – 0 Girona
Valencia 1 – 0 Espanyol
12:00Villarreal ? – ? Athletic Bilbao
7. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:- Pep fears derby hangover v Liverpool
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola fears the dramatic collapse in the local derby could weigh on his players’ minds as they seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg.
Needing a win to lift the title, City had one hand on the Premier League trophy after cruising to a 2-0 lead against Manchester United on Saturday but conceded three goals in a remarkable 16-minute second half spell to lose 3-2.
City, who remain 13 points clear in the Premier League, have conceded six goals in their last two matches, with Liverpool scoring three in 19 minutes at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League tie last Wednesday.
Similar lapses in concentration have cost Guardiola when he was in charge of Bayern Munich, with Real Madrid scoring three in 18 minutes in the second leg of a Champions League semifinal in 2014.
The German side also lost to Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinal the following season, despite the game being goalless after 77 minutes.
This Day in Sports History April 09
1959 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot
1978 In separate NBA games Denver’s David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio’s George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)
1982 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
1989 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car
Birthdays in Sport
1956 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer
1957 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedrena, Spain (d. 2011)
1958 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
1962 Jeff Turner, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
1975 Robbie Fowler, English footballer
1980 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer
1982 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer