The Rundown

1.Table tennis/ African Junior & Cadet Championship
3. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could meet later this year
4.FIFA writes NFF on Jos ruling, threatens to sanction Nigeria
5.Super Falcons set to fly over Lionesses
6.Siasia invites 30 as Dream Team resumes camp
7.Today’s Champions league fixtures
8. Wayne Rooney/Manchester United

 

1.Table tennis
 As the ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championship enters day six, African giant, Egypt continues its dominance at the tournament holding in Algiers.
 In the U-21 women’s singles, four Egyptian players made it to the semifinal stage while all the medals in the category will be won by the North Africans.
 In the U-21 men’s singles, three of the semifinalists are Egyptians with Tunisia’s BEN YAHIA Kerem being the only outsider in the contest.
 In the junior girls’ singles, three Egyptians except Algeria’s Sannah Lagsir made it to the semifinal stage of the competition.
 
2.Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on course for Monte Carlo showdown
 Roger Federer will hope to complete his return from injury at the Monte Carlo Masters this week having been placed in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic.
The Swiss superstar was scheduled to return at the Miami Masters but illness forced him to pull out of his second round encounter with Juan Martin Del Potro.
Federer has been seeded third and will face either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Tomaz Bellucci in the second round as he chases a first ever Monte Carlo crown having lost in four finals in the principality.
SOME OF THE TENNIS STARS ARE OPTIMISTIC OF A GOOD OUTING. 
 
3. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could meet later this year
 Anthony Joshua could face rival world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a huge domestic showdown later this year, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua knocked out Charles Martin in two rounds to claim the IBF crown with his 16th straight knockout win on Saturday at The O2.
WBO and WBA champion Fury, who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in November, and former title holder David Haye were immediately touted as Joshua's possible opponents for his first title defence.
However, Hearn says Fury is the priority and Haye, who will return to the ring for the second fight of his comeback at The O2 on May 21, can wait.
Hearn revealed he has already spoken to Fury's trainer and uncle about the pair meeting.
 
4.FIFA writes NFF on Jos ruling, threatens to sanction Nigeria
 World football ruling body, FIFA, yesterday threatened to sanction Nigeria if she breaches its statutes relating to dispute resolution.
In a letter entitled, “Verdict of the Jos High Court,” and addressed to Nigeria Football Federation  President, Amaju Pinnick, FIFA warned that the Jos Federal High Court decision, “if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.”
The body asked the NFF to keep it informed of any new development on the matter.

5.Falcons set to fly over Lionesses
Officials for Tuesday’s 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Senegal have arrived in Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja.
The Confederation of African Football appointed Zalikatou Traore Diallo from Guinea as the match commissioner, with Veronique Ike Ngomba from Congo as referee. Another Congolese, Julie Kyabuta Kanyembo will be the first assistant while Sacle Marthe Sakobo is the second assistant referee.
CAF has replaced Gabonese official Patricia Obiang Obone, who was slated to be the reserve referee, but could not make it. CAF has replaced her with Nigerian official Foluso Ajayi.

6.Siasia invites 30 as Dream Team resumes camp
Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Dream Team, Samson Siasia has invited 30 players to camp in preparation for the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olympic Games, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Coach Siasia said the list of invited players led by goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, also includes old reliables like defender Erhun Obanor, Stanley Dimgba, Kufre Ebong, Ndifreke Effiong, Ubong Ekpai and Daniel Etor.
Invitation has also been extended to new players like Godwin Obaje, Julius Emiloju, Ifeanyi Mathew, Kabiru Moshood and Harrison Ibukun. The invited players are expected to arrive the Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday, 12th April, 2016, with their international passports, while training commences on Wednesday, 13th April. 

THE INVITED PLAYERS
1. Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers)
2. Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars)
3. Daniel Emmanson (Akwa United)
4. Omasteye Alex (First Bank)
5. Sincere Seth (Rhapsody FC)
6. Oduduwa Segun (Nath FC)
7. Obanor Erhun (MFM FC)
8. Ahamefule Chizoba (Abia Warriors)
9. Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors)
10. Chima Akas (Enyimba FC)
11. Timothy Danladi (Katsina United)
12. Stanley Okorom (MFM FC)
13. Harrison Ibukun (Akwa United)
14. Ubong Ekpai (Akwa United)
15. David Itoho (Nath FC)
16. Kabiru Moshood (Ikorodu United)
17. Bright Onyedikachi (FC IfeanyiUbah)
18. Ifeanyi Mathew (Kano Pillars)
19. Tiongoli Tonbara (Bayelsa United)
20. Olisah Ndah (Rivers FC)
21. Julius Emiloju (MFM FC)
22. Joseph Osadiaye (Enyimba FC)
23. Daniel Etor (Enyimba FC)
24. Austine Dimgba (Sunshine Stars)
25. Ezekiel Mbah (Kano Pillars)
26. Abdulrahman Taiwo (Kwara United)
27. Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists)
28. Kufre Ebong (Akwa United)
29. Uchenna Agha (Freestans FC)
30. Godwin Aguda (Rangers FC) 
 
7.Champions league
Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a rallying call to Real Madrid supporters ahead of Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash with Wolfsburg, urging them to play their part on what could be a 'magical, perfect night' at the Bernabeu.
Madrid must overturn a 2-0 deficit from last week's first leg in Germany if they are to reach the semi-finals of the competition for a sixth successive season.
WHILE Manchester City host PSG as Manuel Pellegrini believes it will be a tough clash.
 
8. Wayne Rooney plays 61 minutes on return for Manchester United with U21 side
Wayne Rooney played 61 minutes on his return from injury for Manchester United's U21 side on Monday night against Middlesbrough.
It was the England striker's first run out since February following a knee problem, and he appeared to come through the game unscathed as United won 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Rooney has missed the last 12 games for the club, and could have at least seven league games remaining this season to prove his fitness for Euro 2016.
United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-place Manchester City, and have an FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham to come on Wednesday.
Rooney is looking to captain England at the Euros in France, with Russia first up in Marseille on June 12, followed by group games against Wales and Slovakia.
 
This Day in Sports History April 12
1980 – US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympic games
1986 – 16-year-old Steffi Graf wins her first professional tennis tournament. (Hilton Head).
 
Births of Sports figures on April 12
1961 – Birth of Julius Kariuki in Kenya; 3000m steeplechaser (Olympics-gold-1988).
 
Deaths of Sports figures on April 12
1989 – Sugar Ray Robinson [Walker Smith Junior], world welterweight champion (1946-51), five-time middleweight champion, dies of Alzheimers at age 67.
 
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