Nigeria on Monday won silver in the men’s table tennis team event and shot put at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The table tennis team led by Segun Toriola lost 3-0 to India while Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won his first medal for Nigeria after throwing a new personal best of 21.14m to win silver in shot put.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Eke Kalu, who is also competing in his first outing for Nigeria, placed 12th with his best throw of 17.86m.

In other athletics events, Seye Ogunlewe placed fourth in the men’s 100m final with a season’s best of 10.19secs. Enoch Adegoke finished seventh in the race won by South Africa’s Akani Simbine.

Also, Nigeria’s first participant in the para-sports events Goodness Duru finished fourth in the women’s F46 javelin final with a throw of 22.11m.

In boxing, Millicent Agboegbulem qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 75kg event with a 5-0 win over Kenya’s Elizabeth Andiego. In the men’s 81kg round of 16, Lukmon Lawal lost to Regarn Simbwa of Uganda 4-1 on decision.

Nigeria ended their group matches at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia with a 97-55 defeat to the hosts in their third match of the group.

D’Tigers face Scotland in the semi-final qualifier on Tuesday.

2. BOXING:- Anthony Joshua’s camp preparing ‘very good’ offer that will ‘stop Deontay Wilder moaning’

Anthony Joshua says his team are preparing to make an offer to Deontay Wilder that will set up a fight to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The IBF, WBA and WBO title holder added that if he was in Wilder’s position, he would be “over the moon” with the offer.

However, while Joshua is focused on agreeing a unification bout with Wilder, the WBA has installed Alexander Povetkin as the 28-year-old’s mandatory challenger.

MEANWHILE, Mike Tyson has revealed he has fresh doubts about the pedigree of Anthony Joshua after the British-born Nigerian became the WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) champion.

Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on points in his first 12-round fight as a pro on March 31, but the former knockout king failed to spark against the New Zealander.

The 28-year-old won virtually every round against Parker, but his display was criticised by the likes of Tyson Fury, who claimed the unification fight was abysmal.

And Tyson seems to think Joshua’s performance fell flat and admitted he was not so convinced by AJ’s credentials.

Joshua is now on the hunt to secure the final major world title, with WBC champion Deontay Wilder the only other remaining belt holder.

 

 

4. FOOTBALL:- League LaLiga proud to be in Nigeria – Javier Del Rio

Liga Nacional De Fútbol Profesional, more commonly known as “LaLiga” yesterday hosted its first official “LaLiga in Naija” media event in Lagos.

The event was aimed at officially unveiling the LaLiga Nigerian office and highlighting the various projects it has undertaken since its inception in the country.

The launch was designed to bring LaLiga closer to its Nigerian fans, and to generate more awareness around the other clubs in LaLiga.

Present at the event were former Nigerian LaLiga stars Finidi George, and Emmanuel Amunike.

====TRACK-UP======

FINIDI GEORGE

Ex-International

EMMANUEL AMUNIKE

Ex-International

MUTIU ADEPOJU

LaLiga ambassador

 

5. FRENCH LIGUE ONE:- Lille consider Enyeama’s recall

Former Super Eagles keeper, Vincent Enyeama’s career at Lille may receive a shot in the arm after manager, Christophe Galtie hinted that Enyeama still have a chance to prove himself with the French Ligue 1 side.

Galtier has expressed the same fears as Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr, who has doubts about including the former Super Eagles captain in his World Cup roster due to match-rustiness.

This season, the experienced netminder has played only two matches for the reserve team of Lille and his last appearance was on March 24 against Viry Châtillon.

In a bid to step up his fitness, the former Enyimba shot-stopper has requested that he should play matches for the reserve team, who compete in the National 2 or fourth-tier, only at home.

Due to loss of form, Lille first-choice goalkeeper Mike Maignan is now in the same boat as Enyeama and was left out of the squad that traveled to Bordeaux this past weekend.

 

6. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE:- Salah named PFA Player of the Month for March

Mohamed Salah has been named PFA Player of the Month for March.

The Egyptian claimed the accolade for a fourth time this season after tallying an incredible 80 per cent of the vote in an online poll.

Salah found the net six times in four Premier League appearances during the month, including a four-goal haul against Watford at Anfield.

The Liverpool No.11 saw off competition from Tottenham Hotspur trio Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Jan Vertonghen, as well as Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and David Silva, to scoop the prize.

MEANWHILE, Mohamed Salah has been warned off leaving Liverpool by former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, with any switch to Real Madrid set to leave him in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Champions League holders continue to be heavily linked with a man who has netted 38 times across all competitions this season – a tally which leaves him just two adrift of a talismanic presence at Santiago Bernabeu.

Shehata appreciates why the 25-year-old has become a man in demand, but has used Brazilian superstar Neymar as an example of how operating alongside a multiple Ballon d’Or winner can actually do more harm than good.

 

7. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:- Guardiola seeks perfect game against Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits his side need to produce a perfect performance against Liverpool in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

City host Jurgen Klopp’s side at the Etihad on Tuesday having lost the first leg 3-0 at Anfield last week.

Guardiola accepts City will have to find a delicate balance between defence and attack against Liverpool and only a perfect performance will be enough to see them progress to the semi finals.

MEANWHILE, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday he expects a Roma backlash in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.

The Spanish league leaders have one foot in the semi-finals after romping to a 4-1 first leg victory in the Camp Nou last week as Roma proved partly the architects of their own downfall in scoring two own goals.

 

Champions League

Quarter-final Fixtures

Manchester City ? – ? Liverpool

Roma ? – ? Barcelona

8. WORLD CUP:- FIFA committee begins tour of North America 2026 bid

A FIFA evaluation committee launched a five-day inspection tour of the United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday as the bidding battle for the 2026 World Cup enters the home straight.

With just over two months to go before the vote that will decide the hosts for the finals in eight years time, the FIFA delegation kicked off its North American visit in Mexico City.

The delegation will inspect an array of proposed facilities for the 2026 World Cup, including stadiums, training facilities and potential team base camps.

FIFA officials will visit Atlanta, Toronto, New York and New Jersey during the trip, which wraps up on Friday.

The North American joint bid is widely seen as the front-runner for the 2026 race, with Morocco the only other candidate for the expanded 48-team tournament.

The US-Mexico-Canada bid has made an array of already-existing, modern stadiums the centre-piece of its bid, a key consideration for FIFA chiefs anxious to avoid expensive ‘white elephant’ venues that have plagued previous World Cup hosts.

North American bid officials have said 60 of the tournament’s matches will be staged in the United States, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each. The United States will host all knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards.

Although the North American bid is the favourite, Morocco’s has attracted support in Europe.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet told French newspaper L’Equipe last week he expected to register his vote in favour of Morocco when delegates cast their ballots in Moscow on June 13.

 

This Day in Sports History April 10

1916 1st professional golf tournament held

1916 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.

1971 US table tennis team arrives in People’s Republic of China

1976 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

2005 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

Birthdays in Sport

1942 Ian Callaghan, English footballer

1973 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer

1974 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer

1982 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer

1986 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer

1990 Lulinha, Brazilian footballer

SPORTS CAFÉ April 10, 2018

MONTAGE

INTRO

1. COMMONWEALTH GAMES:- Enekwechi, table tennis team hand Nigeria two silver

2. BOXING:- Anthony Joshua’s camp preparing ‘very good’ offer that will ‘stop Deontay Wilder moaning’

3. Nigeria Coach Rohr In England To Check On The Progress Of Iwobi, Moses & Ndidi

4. League LaLiga proud to be in Nigeria – Javier Del Rio …..SF+TRAC(S)

5. FRENCH LIGUE ONE:- Lille consider Enyeama’s recall

6. Salah named PFA Player of the Month for March

 

7. Champions League Quarter-final Fixtures

===BREAK===HILITE OF THE FIRST LEG CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CLASHES BETWEEN LIVERPOOL AND MAN CITY, BARCELONA VS ROMA

8. WORLD CUP:- FIFA committee begins tour of North America 2026 bid

This Day in Sports History April 10