The CAF U-23 Nations Cup kicked off in Senegal last Saturday and Samson Siasia’s boys were given a fright and in Dusseldorf, Tyson Fury ended the long reign of Dr. Steel (Wladimir Klitschko) and here are the seven events that caught our attention.
Dream team almost given a nightmarish experience
The U-23 national team were cruising through the first half of the CAF U-23 Championship with a 3-0 lead but their opponents, Mali, showed that it just takes a positive tweak to get a team playing in the right direction. The Malians should have drawn the match if they had taken all their chances but in the end Samson Siasia’s team limped over the line with a 3-2 victory. But this is hoping that he and his boys have learnt their lesson.
Fury outpunches Klitschko in Dusseldorf
British boxer, Tyson Fury, is now the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight champion after he defeated Wladimir Klitschko, who reigned for nine consecutive years] at the 50,000-capacity Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. Fury, who was dismissed by many, won a unanimous points decision to claim the four titles. So Fury, born three months premature and weighed less than 1kg at birth, has grown into a hulking 6 8’ man who weighed in for his fight at 112kg.
Philadelphia 76ers set losing record in the NBA
NBA side, the Philadelphia 76ers, have entered the history books [a negatively] as the endured a 27th straight defeat on Friday after losing 116-114 to the Houston Rockets. The 27 defeats is made up of the 76ers amassing 17 consecutive defeats coupled with the 10 they suffered consecutively at the end of last season. They have also added to the defeat cycle record as they lost their 18th straight on Sundayagainst the Memphis Grizzlies. So what next for the 76ers?
It is Vardy time in the EPL
Jaime Vardy is a record maker after a record breaker – the 28-year-old’s story is a good lesson in perseverance. Sold by Fleetwood to Leicester City in 2012 for £1million, the forward is now spoken of with the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and he achieved what players like Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba could not achieve – score in 11 consecutive EPL matches. Take a bow Vardy, you deserve all the plaudits.
Murray leads Britain to Davis Cup win
It was a 79-year wait but finally just like he did with his 2013 Wimbledon triumph, Andy Murray led Great Britain to the pinnacle of world team tennis as he drove his country past an ebullient Belgium.
Murray thus joins a small list of tennis players – Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi — to become the are players to win Wimbledon, Olympic Games (singles) and Davis Cup titles. Well done lad!
Bryant to say bye at the end of the season
One of the greatest ever basketball players in the world, Kobe Bryant, has said this current NBA season will be his last. The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward has been seriously hampered by injuries in the last two seasons so it was not a total surprise.
“I’m ready to let go,” Bryant revealed at the weekend. The 20-year NBA veteran and five-time NBA winner added, “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give”.
“My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.” But it is always sad to say no more to a very good thing.
War can be transferred to football
In an action that stems from a Russian plane that was shot down in Turkey last week, Russian football clubs have been explicitly told that they will not be able to sign any player of Turkish extraction in the next transfer window.
Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s sports minister, told R-Sport news agency that, “If anyone wants [to sign a Turkish player] during the break, there will not be such a possibility,” he said.
Though he added, “Everyone who has an existing contract will carry on working”.
Here, we are wishing the two countries will reconcile their differences very soon so that football, a source of joy and livelihood for many will continue to exist in unfettered freedom. Do have an enjoyable week.