1. Ebewele emerges AFN technical director

Brown Ebewele on Monday  emerged as  the Technical Director of Athletic Federation of Nigeria  at the election  conducted by the AFN  for technical delegates in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

According to an assistant director in the sports ministry,  Emmanuel Igbinosa, who supervised the election,  former national sprinter Ebewele won the popular vote during the poll.

Igbinosa said, “Out of 67 votes, Henry Amike had 19 votes, Emmanuel Femi nine votes, Ademolu Fatula eight votes and Ebewele 31 votes.”

 

2. Pro Boxing: Apochi, Ajagba join ranks

Former captain of the Nigerian boxing team and Commonwealth Bronze medalist Efetobore Apochi and Efe Ajagba, also a Commonwealth Bronze medalist have officially joined the professional ranks and will be traveling to the United States to sign for a undisclosed boxing promotion company in the coming weeks.

In a recent interview, Apochi, a four times National Champion and Silver Medalist in the African Games in 2015 disclosed that Him and Efe Ajagba had decided to pitch their tents with an experienced promoter after initial overtures from Canada by former Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Lennox Lewis.

“Ajagba and I are done with amateur boxing and we have signed a contract with Shelly Finkel, an experienced boxing promoter with more than 35 years promoting the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Manny Pacquiao among others in the past.” He announced

“This is the opportunity we have been waiting for and I believe we are in good hands as Mr Finkel currently manages Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion”

“Initially we were contacted by agents from Lennox lewis, the former world champion to turn professional in Canada but things did not work out as we were denied visas to Canada in the last minute.” he added

Ajagba, who represented Nigeria at the Olympics in Brazil last year insists while he regrets not reaching the podium at the games, the experience will spur him to become a better boxer professionally.

Ajagba, 23 was Nigeria’s sole representative at the Rio Olympics Games where he impressed with a first round knockout of Trinidad and Tobago’s Paul Nigel in the second round before losing on points to Kazakhstan’s world number two super heavyweight boxer, Ivan Dychko in the quarterfinals

 

3. Bafana coach plots Eagles downfall

South Africa coach Stuart Baxer says he has been working on how to beat Nigeria in their Group E  Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo on June 10.

Bafana Bafana and the   Super Eagles have met 12 times,  with Nigeria running out winners seven times and South Africa triumphant once. They settled for draws on four occasions, with 1996 African champions Bafana  pulling off a vital draw (2-2) against the Eagles  in their Group A  2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier  in Uyo  on November 19, 2014 to put a final nail in the coffin of  Nigeria’s     Equatorial Guinea   2015 dreams.

South Africa qualified for the tournament from the group along with Congo while the Eagles missed out on African football’s showpiece championship, which they won for the third time in Johannesburg in 2013.

The Eagles have won all their competitive games since Gernot Rohr replaced Sunday  Oliseh as Nigeria’s substantive manager last year.

But Baxer, who is champing at the bit to lead his troops to Uyo, says he is out to end Rohr’s 100 per cent record comprising victories against Zambia (2-1)  and Algeria (3-1)  in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well as a 1-0  defeat of Tanzania in a Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations  qualifier.

The 63-year-old  dumped Bafana in 2005   after failing to lead  the Southern Africans to the Germany  2006 World Cup.

Baxter remains SuperSport United  manager until the end of the season, and  the former Kaizer Chiefs coach admits it has not been easy for him.

 

 

4. You don’t win games on empty stomach, 3SC players tell management

Players and officials of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) sauntered out of the Adamasingba Stadium with heads bowed after their humiliating 3-0 home defeat by FC IfeanyiUbah on Sunday.

The boys looked subdued, but not because they lost the game. Rather, as one of the players said, they were thinking of the hardship they have been facing for the past three months that they have not been paid any salary.

Lamenting the sorry state of the first Nigerian club to win a continental title, the defender, who pleaded anonymity, said: “We cannot be expected to rub shoulders with FC IfeanyiUbah players when we have so many domestic issues dogging us. We have not been paid for three months and sincerely, you cannot win matches on empty stomach.”

The players and their officials are still being owed entitlements carried over from last season. “The management pretend as if everything is fine, but my brother it is a difficult situation,” he added.

3SC Coach, Fatai Amao is feeling the heat as the fans continually demand improvement from his team. Amao, who watched helplessly as FC IfeanyiUbah dismantled his wards on Sunday, said through the club’s twitter handle, “It’s painful, we are disappointed. We didn’t come to the party and we have to appeal to our fans, we will try harder in our games.”

 

5. Senegal brush aside Saudi Arabia in U20 World Cup

Goals from Ibrahima Niane and Ousseynou Diagne helped Senegal beat the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup, Group F tie at Incheon Stadium in South Korea on Monday.

The win takes Senegal to number one in the group with three points and two goals – they will now meet the United States on Thursday in their second group game.

On the other hand, the defeat for the Saudi Arabian side means they are placed at the bottom of the group with zero points – they will hope to beat Ecuador on Thursday.

In other World Cup U-20 Results

France U20 3 – 0 Honduras U20

Vietnam U20 0 – 0 New Zealand U20

Ecuador U20 3 – 3 USA U20

 

Today’s World Cup U-20 Fixtures

09:00 England U20? – ? Guinea U20

12:00 South Korea U20? – ? Argentina U20

09:00 Venezuela U20? – ? Vanuatu U20

12:00 Mexico U20? – ? Germany U20

 

6. Europa League final: Man Utd's Ander Herrera excited by chance to 'make history'/ Griezmann says six out of 10 chances of United move

Manchester United must focus on making history when they face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, says midfielder Ander Herrera.

The Spaniard, 27, is "really excited" by the chance to help United win the competition for the first time.

Victory in Stockholm would take United back into the Champions League, but Herrera said the players will simply focus on bringing a European trophy back to Old Trafford.

Herrera believes United are in the "right moment" to win Wednesday's final.

MEANWHILE, French international striker Antoine Griezmann said Monday he had a six out of 10 chance of moving to Manchester United from Atletico Madrid.

After saying a transfer to the English Premier League was “possible”, 26-year-old Griezmann was asked to rate the possibility out of 10.

Atletico are likely to be powerless over top-scorer Griezmann’s ability to leave with a number of clubs willing to meet his 100 million euro ($109 million) buyout clause.

Griezmann joined this season’s losing Champions League semi-finalists Atletico in 2014 for 30million euros after five seasons at Real Sociedad.

 

7.David Moyes will struggle to get another Premier League job – Chris Sutton

David Moyes will struggle to get another job in the Premier League and "might end up in China" after resigning as Sunderland boss, says former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton.

Moyes, 54, stepped down on Monday after just one season in charge.

The Black Cats' relegation to the Championship was confirmed in April, with Moyes' side finishing bottom, having won only six games.

Sutton said the Scot would be able to find a new role outside the top flight.

After 11 years in charge of Everton, Moyes left in 2013 to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but was sacked after 12 months into a six-year deal at Old Trafford.

He was also dismissed after a year in charge of his next club, Spanish side Real Sociedad, before taking over at the Stadium of Light when Sam Allardyce left to become England manager.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin said Scotland could "do a lot worse" than appoint Moyes if current manager Gordon Strachan decided to step down.

Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation last season and Moyes warned supporters just two games into this campaign that his squad would again struggle.

 

This Day in Sports History for May 23

2007: 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens

 

Birthdays in Sport

1952: "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)

1965: Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer

1972: Marco van Hoogdalem, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)

1972: Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver

1976: Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer

1980: Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer

1982: Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer

1985: Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer