There have been hits and misses. While Nigerian football can see no light at the end of the tunnel, table tennis is gaining a resurgence and the equal-pay row between men and women Could yet become a spanner in the works.
Eagles miss out on another AFCON tournament
Three coaches and lack of goals meant the Super Eagles will miss a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations Cup tournament after winning the 2013 edition under sacked Stephen Keshi, who began the qualification for the 2017 edition. Sunday Oliseh took over but left in acrimonious circumstances and then Samson Siasia also failed to qualify for the AFCON. Many people have been calling for the resignation of the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, but he seems determined to hold on.
Quadri climbs to 29th position in world table tennis
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has moved to 29th place in the latest ITTF ranking which enthrones him as the best player in Africa. The 27-year-old Oyo State indigene rose to No.30 in world table tennis in 2014 – a year in which he was named ITTF’ Star Player of the year.
Eboue sacked 22 days after signing Sunderland contract
Emmanuel Eboue was suspended by FIFA for not paying his agent and then Sunderland sacked the Cote d’Ivoire defender 22 days after he was given a one-year contract. The defender should have a tee shirt that has ‘why me?’ imprinted. He was made to cry in his Arsenal days after Arsenal fans booed him at the Emirates and was then substituted by Arsene Wenger.
Celtics snap Warriors’ 14-month unbeaten home sequence
Golden State Warriors set a record last Wednesday as they improved their season record to 68-7, setting a franchise record for the most wins in a single season, but they were quickly brought down to earth as Boston Celtics beat the NBA defending champions 109-106 last Friday.
Stephen Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics on Friday night to snap an NBA-record 54-game winning streak in the regular season at Oracle Arena.
Equal pay brouhaha in the USA
After the hoopla in equal pay in tennis with Serena Williams up in arms against anybody, including Novak Djokovic, the same storm is engulfing football in the USA. Five members of the U.S. women’s national football team filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The filing, citing figures from the USSF’s 2015 financial report, says that despite the women’s team generating nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men’s team, the women are paid about a quarter of what the men earn.
Djokovic surpasses Federer in ATP earnings
World No. 1 male tennis player, Novak Djokovic has passed Roger Federer in men’s tennis ATP earnings as he passed the $98 million after beating Kei Nishikori in the Miami Open final.
Djokovic also set a record of 28 Masters 1,000 title, surpassing the former record of 27, held by Rafael Nadal. Djokovic’s total earnings now stands at $98.2 million with Federer having won $97.9 million.
Tiger’s time is running out
Time is running out for Tiger Woods to equal or beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 men’s major golf titles. Tiger, with 14, announced on Friday that for the second time in three years, he would not be at Augusta National after he could not totally recuperate from two back surgeries and no competition in seven months.
After a long time at the head of the golfing queue, it might just be the right time for Tiger to shed his spots and go into quiet retirement.
Have a splendid week and may we always know when to quit!
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