There was a lot of happenings in football and tennis this past week. So many of the events we are highlighting will be about these two sports with the dawn and end of eras.
CHAN ouster raises many questions
Sunday Oliseh shockingly came out to say that he had to spend his own money to keep Super Eagles players in camp after the team was knocked out of the CHAN tournament in the group stage.
Oliseh further revealed that he is afraid that some players may decide to stop honouring national team call-ups because of the prevailing situation of the Nigeria Football Federation. Another can of worms opened on Amaju Pinnick and his board! But the NFF has denied Oliseh’s claims, saying it provided entirely for the Eagles’ camping.
John Terry leaving Chelsea
Captain, leader and Chelsea legend, John Terry, will bid farewell to the Blues at the end of the season but he will not stop playing. Terry, who has been with the Stamford Bridge side since 1998, revealed that Roman Abramovich has decided not to renew his contract, which ends at the end of the 2015/16 season.
After the 5-1 win over MK Dons on Sunday, Terry revealed that his dream of ending his career at Chelsea has been dashed. “Unfortunately it’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere.
The spine of Chelsea that won almost all available trophies – Petr Cech, Terry, Lampard and Didier Drogba, would by the end of the season be totally dismembered.
Djokovic masters Murray in Australia once again
It was a record-tying sixth win for world No.1, Novak Djokovic at the 2016 Australian Open as he beat world No.2, Andy Murray, 6-1 7-5 7-6 to retain the title and bracket the titles won by Rod Laver, who also won six title in the 60s. The Serb was in dominating fashion throughout the championship except for his quarter final clash with Giles Simon. He also drew level with his coach, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on 11 Grand Slam titles and he has every chance to surpass the 17 won by Roger Federer.
Hazard scores first goal of the season
Finally, Eden Hazard scored his first goal of the season in his 29th match of the season and it had to be a penalty. Hazard, who was voted the best player in England last season has had a horrible season and many fans hold him and some other players responsible for the sack of fan-favourite, Jose Mourinho. He is also believed to be angling for a summer move to Real Madrid but the fans will hope that this goal finally kick-starts the Belgian’s season.
Juventus win 12th consecutive League matches
There is no stopping Juventus in Serie A as they won a 12th consecutive Serie A match – a run that has seen the team score 31 goals and concede just five goals. And it is just Napoli’s great form that the defending champions are not top of the league table but they are seriously breathing down the necks of the current table toppers.
Icho beaten for the first time in 13 years
Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho suffered a first defeat on the wrestling mat against 21-year old Orkhon Purevdorj. It was a first loss in 189 matches – a run that spanned 13 years.
The three-time Olympic champion at 63kg in 2004, 2008 and 2012 suffered the loss in a 58kg category at the Golden Grand Prix event against Mongolian student Purevdorj.
But her team manager, Kazuhito Sakae, said he was happy that the loss happened before the Rio Olympics. “There’s enough time to put things right,” Sakae said. “I’m relieved it wasn’t the Olympics. I believe she can win her fourth straight Olympic title,” he added.
Football can have a conscience
Football is the most watched sport in the world but sometimes it seems the footballers and administrators are completely divorced from the realities of life.
But there was a show of solidarity in a second division match in Greece between AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos in Larissa. The 22 outfield players as well as the coaches, officials and substitutes – sat down for two minutes in respect of the hundreds of refugees who died trying to escape conflict or persecution in countries like Syria and Iraq.
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This week, let us all try to empathise with our neighbours.
Have a wonderful week.