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Ezenwa is Last Eagle to Land in Wroclaw for Poland

first_imgSuper Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed the arrival of Ezenwa to the Radisson Blu Hotel camp of the team wednesday.Ibitoye also confirmed that Gernot Rohr and his assistants were no longer expecting any more player before taking on Robert Lewandowski and his Polish team mates on Friday night.Ezenwa who led Nigeria’s home-based Eagles to a runners up finish in the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco last month is expected to join the senior national team in having a feel of the Stadion Miejski turf at 8.30pm this evening.Missing from Friday friendly with Poland is team captain, John Mikel Obi (work permit); Oghenekaro Etebo (injury); while Junior Ajayi, Gabriel Okechukwu and Daniel Akpeyi all had visa issuance problems.Apart from Etebo, all the other four players that are going to miss tomorrow’s game in Wroclaw have been directed by Rohr to proceed to London for the friendly with Serbia on Tuesday.Interestingly, while Nigeria’s coaches are sad over the absence of their inspirational Captain Mikel, the Polish crew are also at a loss over the absence of Napoli striker, Arkadiusz Milik.He is second most important player after Lewandowski.Milik, 24, is the most expensive Poland star in history after he was bought by Napoli for 32 million Euros from Ajax Amsterdam. He injured his left knee late last year, but the whole of Poland are holding their breath hoping he will be fit in time for the World Cup in Russia in June. In September 2016, he injured his right knee.Top Polish journalist, Piotr Kozminski, confirmed yesterday the absence of the Napoli player.“He is Poland next star after Robert Lewandowski and he is so highly rated that if he is fit, he plays alongside the Bayern Munich star upfront in an old-fashioned 4-4-2 formation,” added Kozminski.“But in his absence, Lewandowski plays upfront alone with an attacking midfielder behind him in a 4-4-1-1 formation.”Meanwhile, Poland FA have called off a plan for fans to display a special get-well-soon message for Milik during Friday’s friendly against Nigeria in Wroclaw.“The fans message during the match against Nigeria has been cancelled by the FA.“It’s a shame because it was to have been a special event for the player,” concludes Kozminski.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Akpeyi, Okechukwu directed to join team in LondonDuro IkhazuagbeWith the arrival of Enyimba International safe hands, Ikechukwu Ezenwa to Super Eagles camp in Wroclaw wednesday, all is now set for Nigeria to take on Poland in the international friendly scheduled to take place at the Stadion Miejski in the Polish city tomorrow.The match kicks off at 8.45pm (Nigeria and Poland are on same time zone) on Friday.last_img read more

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Saturday’s perfect day came at the right time

first_imgLast week was crazy, to say the least. I covered the election and the ensuing protests for Annenberg Media. It was a great experience sitting in the control room of our studio, surrounded by some great friends while producing about seven hours of live television. It was a really unique working experience — nothing like I’ve had as a sports reporter. In all of the hubbub of political reporting that I was around, I needed a break. When I say I needed a break, I don’t mean turning away and ignoring the vast political divide that’s consuming our country on a nationwide level and the relationships of those around me. I just needed a detox. Something that would allow me to slow the onslaught of political news that I was consuming from work, social media, television and my friends and family. My brain was on overdrive and a crash was coming any second. I knew that I needed something to get away, something else that I could dedicate my thoughts to for a short period of time that was far away from the political realm. So, I thought, what better way than to turn to sports?The anticipation was palpable on Saturday morning, and I wasn’t even in Seattle. My day started with a USC sport, but it wasn’t football. The No. 2 USC Men’s Water Polo team hosted No. 1 undefeated UCLA to close out their MPSF regular season. The Trojans pulled off the upset to end UCLA’s 57-game win streak that dated back to last season. Any win over the Bruins is a great way to start one’s day. After the action in the pool, the No. 7 Women of Troy took to the soccer pitch to open their first round game of the NCAA Tournament against Eastern Washington University. USC roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first half courtesy of two goals from senior midfielder Morgan Andrews and one from junior midfielder Nicole Molen. While the Eagles scored a goal in the second half, it was USC’s victory all the way. As a Trojan fan, I was feeling pretty good. Then, USC women’s volleyball started off its match against Cal up in Berkeley. After a close first set against the Bears, USC quickly put them away to get the three-set sweep. All of this happened before the kickoff of the football game. After having gone through all these victories, I was beyond ready and excited for the kickoff. I fully believed in USC’s ability to pull off the upset. What transpired during the roughly three-and-a-half hours on the gridiron was amazing. While the Trojans made some mistakes and missed some coverages, their ability to fight back and hold the lead for nearly the entire game gave me flashbacks of the Trojan team I grew up loving. Every facet of the Trojans’ game was something to marvel at. They kept their penalty number low, held the Huskies to 17 rushing yards and the offense put up 400 yards behind a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week performance from Darnold. Jackson had a game himself with two huge interceptions on Browning. It was overall a beautiful USC football game. The feeling was euphoric when I was able to hear the “We Are ’SC” chants clearly through the TV. Saturday was the best USC sports day I could possibly ask for. Every team that played while representing cardinal and gold won. There was really no better way to finish off my week sportswise. It refreshed my brain and readied me for the swarm of news that came in on Sunday. By taking in the revelry of USC sports, I was in no way ignoring or trivializing the political distress many in our country are facing nor the political victory the other half is celebrating. Sports just allowed me to take a step back and remember that there are other things in the world than the U.S. presidential election and its outcome, to remember that life goes on. The sun rose on Wednesday morning — as it does every day — for every American, regardless of who they did or didn’t vote for. Our country has a deep fissure rooted beyond just the results of the election, but in a time of such discord, sports can provide a relief — a break from everything that’s going on in the world. Sports can be bigger than themselves, and in this current climate, sports can bring people together when everything else is tearing them apart. Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM

first_imgThe consortium bidding against Highland Radio for the upcoming radio license has scored a major blow by scooping one of its leading contributors.Professor Roy GreensladeProfessor of Journalism Roy Greenslade is a well-known voice over the local airwaves on the Shaun Doherty Show.But the former Daily Mirror editor, who has a house in Ballyare, has joined rival Charlie Collins’ Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Ltd as an independent director. The new signing will be seen as a huge feather in the cap of the rival group who, along with Highland, must submit their application to the Broadcasting Association of Ireland by Monday next.Greenslade, who divides his time between Brighton and Donegal, is an international media commentator and columnist with The Guardian.The Tirconail Tribune reports that he joins other big hitters on the board of the new consortium including businessmen Paddy Simpson and US-based Danny Doohan.They will have to put together an impressive package together if they are to oust Highland who are the most successful local radio station in the country. It is thought that the BAI will opt for an oral hearing from both groups which will be heard in Co Donegal before Christmas. BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Highland RadioProfessor Roy Greensladeradio consortiumlast_img read more

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