RelatedPosts 2018 AYG bronze medal proof of Nigeria’s shooting sport capability – Official Shooting federation gets FG’s support for grassroots development NSSF urges states to shun cheating Lonsdale Adeoye, President of Nigeria Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), on Friday in Abuja said the federation was considering the possibility of hosting a continental event in Nigeria. He told the News Agency of Nigeria that Nigeria possesses numerous talents that could be tapped but were not encouraged because of the huge cost of logistics for events outside the country. Adeoye said that the idea of hosting of events became necessary to reduce the cost of travelling to events for Nigerian shooters. “We have very good shooters in this country, but sometimes they are not given the possibility of participating in continental tournament due to funds. “If the situation remains the same, it will in the long run affect the development of the sport in the country and we have decided to look into it. “So, we are considering bidding to host a tournament in Nigeria and give athletes the opportunity to better their skills,’’ he said. The NSSF president said the International Shooting Sports Federation whose officials would embark on a tour of West African countries would also visit Nigeria very soon. He added that one of the aims of the visit by the international body was to inspect facilities and provide more support for the country.Tags: Lonsdale AdeoyeNSSF
He added: “We should have won at the weekend and made it easier for ourselves, but we didn’t. So what! “There are still eight games to go. We beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1-0 on January 2) and showed against Southampton and Sunderland that we are capable of putting wins together. “And we have scored seven goals in our last three fixtures, so anything can happen. We fight and we fight. I am not despondent at all. QPR has come a long, long way from where we were, and the plan continues. “We inherited a club that lacked so many things, and we are rebuilding every aspect. That’s a huge challenge. In any business there will be hiccups. But this is not a one-year or two-year project. This is a lifelong commitment. “The shareholders have that commitment. The journey ahead is so exciting. We need a new training ground, a new stadium, a more successful academy. That’s so exciting. How can anyone feel down for too long? “Forget Aston Villa. Focus on the future. The path in front of us is exciting. “So come on, let’s show the world NOW what type of club we are. We’re a club that believes, a club that has passion, and a club that never gives up.” QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has stressed he is still looking forward with optimism after the disappointment of Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Aston Villa, speaking of a “lifelong commitment” to the London outfit. The R’s remain rock-bottom, seven points from safety with eight games to play. In a message to the club’s fans and staff published on Monday on its official website, Fernandes – the Malaysian businessman who took over QPR in 2011 – admits he is “feeling miserable” about the Villa loss, which followed back-to-back wins against Southampton and Sunderland. But he has also emphasised the fight to avoid relegation will continue, that belief in the camp is strong and the project he is part of at Loftus Road is a long-term one, with “exciting” times ahead. Fernandes said: “I sit here in Malaysia feeling miserable. I am down. The fact that I and my other shareholders are feeling so miserable just means we care.” Press Association
If their display at Goodison Park is anything to go by then QPR’s return to the npower Championship appears a mere formality as a performance lacking in attitude, endeavour and invention got its just desserts as Everton won 2-0. A deflected strike from Darron Gibson – Everton’s 50th goal in the Premier League this season – and a smart finish from Victor Anichebe five minutes either side of half-time secured a victory the hosts were just not made to work hard enough for. With five matches remaining the west Londoners are seven points from safety and they simply have to win their next two games against Stoke and Reading to even stand a chance of surviving. Press Association Junior Hoilett’s curling effort in the fourth minute after Andros Townsend’s 40-yard run at the centre of the defence was bettered in the first half only by Loic Remy’s powerful effort which Tim Howard parried for a corner. Everton were also not their usual busy selves, although the tempo of the match may have changed had referee Lee Mason felt Clint Hill’s challenge on Seamus Coleman warranted a penalty. He did not and it was to the hosts’ detriment as they toiled for 40 minutes without really opening up a side second-bottom in the table. Anichebe was inches away from connecting with Leighton Baines’ cross while Phil Jagielka failed to get his head onto the England left-back’s inswinging corner. Baines again provided an opportunity when he cut back a right-sided free-kick to Gibson outside the box. The Republic of Ireland international rolled a pass intended for Marouane Fellaini, Everton’s top scorer returning after suspension, only for Sylvain Distin to get there first but bundle his shot hopelessly wide from eight yards out. When the home side eventually took the lead it was through a stroke of luck as Gibson’s long-range strike took a significant deflection off Hill to leave goalkeeper Julio Cesar helpless. If Hoops boss Harry Redknapp expected a response from his players after the break he would have been disappointed as it was Everton who came out more determined, but with not the slightest attacking intent or invention visible it was no surprise when QPR conceded again. Distin headed goalwards and Anichebe neatly hooked home a close-range shot in the 56th minute. The introduction of the mercurial Adel Taarabt injected some life into the visitors lacklustre approach but even then they tested Howard just once in the final half-hour when full-back Nedum Onuoha forced the American into a save.
Last season’s Champions League winners are in an all-London fight for third and fourth place, with one of Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham poised to miss out on a place among Europe’s elite next season. “As soon as you can win some games in a row you have momentum and confidence and it is easier,” Benitez said on chelseafc.com. “We are not doing too many things in a different way but we are more convinced that we can beat anyone.” Rafael Benitez is confident his side are capable of victory in any match as Chelsea bid to beat Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United to improve their prospects of a return to the Champions League. Press Association He added: “We are creating chances and we are controlling the games. Overall it is a good period, the team has more confidence and that is the key.” The consequences of finishing fifth are unthinkable for the Blues and Benitez believes his side will qualify for the Champions League with wins over United and Spurs. “Every single game will be important for us,” added Benitez, whose side play Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam on May 15. “To get three points in every single game will be massive. We’re so close. “We know if we can get these three points [against United] and against Tottenham, we’ll be in the top four.”
Press Association The Gunners clinched fourth place in the Barclays Premier League and a qualifying tie for the European competition with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Newcastle to end derby rivals Tottenham’s hopes of overhauling them on the final day of the campaign. Wenger is confident that the growth which enabled them to do that will serve them well once again next season. He said: “Since February 1, we have taken more points than everybody else in the league, and I don’t believe that’s just down to coincidence, but just to the fact that the group has grown, this team has grown through the season.” Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will make a better fist of next season’s title race after securing a 16th consecutive crack at the Champions League. The Frenchman went on: “We lacked belief for long periods because we couldn’t win a big game, but the Bayern [Munich] game changed our season away from home. In the last three months, I believe we have been remarkably consistent. We have won every away game, so it is a good springboard for next season, to transfer that belief into the start of next season. “That means we need to have stability and strengthen our group if possible because there are many clubs out there with a lot of money, so the competition is very hard and there is not as much talent as money today in football.” However, Wenger warned his players that the job is not yet complete, with a potentially tricky qualifier to come before they can install themselves alongside the continent’s elite. He said: “It means to us to be able to play with the top teams in Europe – that’s what you want. “It means as well that it’s easier to bring in players when you have a chance to be in the Champions League – let’s not forget, we are not in yet, we have to qualify and that is always a very tricky round for us. But at least we have a chance.” Victory was secured seven minutes after the break when central defender Laurent Koscielny volleyed home from close range after striker Lukas Podolski had headed down Theo Walcott’s right-wing free-kick. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was able to comfort himself with a much-improved display after thumping home defeats by Sunderland and Liverpool in their last two games. But ultimately a 16th-placed finish with 41 points was a major disappointment, with the demands of a Europa League campaign taking their toll. Pardew said: “It was the depth, really, and quality we need to improve on. But next year, we haven’t got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League. But we are not going to be foolish enough to think that we don’t have a couple of issues to sort out in the team – not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look.”
Press Association Speculation linking Willian with City has arisen in Brazil after it emerged Anzhi intend to cut costs, ending their free-spending days of recent years. Star striker Samuel Eto’o is reportedly another top earner the club are willing to offload. City have already signed four new players this summer in Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined cost of nearly £90million. Manuel Pellegrini has also suggested there may be further new arrivals before the close of the transfer window but it is understood Willian will not be one of them. Meanwhile, captain Vincent Kompany is optimistic ahead of the new season and says nothing should be read into Saturday’s friendly loss to Arsenal in Helsinki. Kompany says the squad worked particularly hard in their last full week of training together before they begin their Barclays Premier League campaign. Kompany told City TV: “The result is not that important. “If it wasn’t good enough, I would say it, but we did an incredible amount of work, and the game was just to top up the physical work we have done. Manchester City have no interest in signing Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian midfielder Willian. “I know both teams had different kind of work in the lead-up to the game. “From the information I have got, their build-up was completely different, so we are happy with what we have got out of the game.” City’s squad has now dispersed for internationals but they begin their season against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium next Monday. Press Association Sport understands City have no intention of making a move for the highly-rated 25-year-old, who is reportedly available as Anzhi slash their budget. It is thought Willian, who only joined Anzhi in a £32million move from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in January, could be available at a bargain price but that has not aroused City’s interest.
“Of course it is unfair. Why should I resist (to spend)? I just defend the idea that you spend the money you have and not the money you don’t have. “For years I did that. Today we have more so we can spend more. It is as simple as that. “Of course I am excited by that prospect, but what I want to convince you of is that we are ready to spend the money if we feel that the players makes us a better team tomorrow morning. “Maybe it is difficult to balance that in a newspaper, but football is not only about that. It is bigger than that, it is about the team, the quality of the play, the spirit and togetherness and the quality of the players. Therefore we have to focus on all the rest as well.” Arsenal open the new Barclays Premier League campaign against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon without Mikel Arteta, the midfielder possibly set for up to six weeks sidelined by a thigh injury. A £50million deal for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez continues to be touted, but with the player back in training with the Reds on Friday it appeared a reconciliation had taken place with Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers. Wenger still has plenty of targets, which are said to include Lille winger Florian Thauvin and Romania forward Ciprian Marica, who would be available on a Bosman following his release by Schalke. The French coach will this season become the longest serving manager in the top flight, but has been criticised for what is perceived as a lack of willingness to part with what is understood to be around £70million ready to reinvest in his squad. The 63-year-old, however, insists he is ready to spend the money, but only on the right calibre of player. “If you bring me tomorrow players who are better than those we have, I promise you we will look at them, but you cannot say that (Jack) Wilshere is a super player and then ask ‘why you do not buy better player than him?’,” said Wenger. “If you want to absolutely describe me as a greedy (miserly) person and you would live with me, you would see that I am not, I am rather generous,” he said. “But we had to go through a period when we had to look at the money that we spent. Today we look for the quality and not necessarily the money that we spend. “What can I do about it (the public perception)? Sometimes the image you (media) give people is reality and sometimes not. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis may have talked up the Gunners’ new ”financial firepower” at the end of the last campaign, but so far the only confirmed signing has been France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo – and that on a free transfer from Auxerre. Arsenal, who earlier this summer failed to push through a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, saw another target get away this week as £15million-rated Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo joined Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich. Manager Arsene Wenger insists he is excited by the prospect of spending big before the end of the transfer window – but stressed he must be convinced any new arrivals will prove better players than the club already have. Press Association
Iain Dowie, Sean Dyche and Andrea Stramaccioni have also been mentioned for a job for which Thomas highlighted the importance of the need for a long-term view. “I think if you appoint a stop-gap option until the summer now you miss one of the two windows of opportunity where you’ve got a chance to do something with the side,” he said. “I know (caretaker manager) Keith Millen personally and he really is a top guy, but I think if he was given the job then he would be worried about damaging his reputation. I think that’s what a lot of people are worried about. “I know a guy who if the job came up last year he would have been in the frame, but now a year later he’s not flavour of the month. Football moves on very quickly.” Palace may be struggling to appoint a manager, but there was some good news on the player front on Tuesday with Jonny Williams’ return to action. The Wales international stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in September by playing the first half of Palace Under-21s’ 4-3 win against QPR. Press Association The diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukaemia shortly after retiring saw his focus switch away from the game, although he now admits he would love to succeed Ian Holloway at Palace. “I was seriously interested in staying in football until I was diagnosed with the illness and my priorities completely changed,” Thomas told the Croydon Advertiser. “I would love the opportunity to get back into football but it’s risky. There are a few people who have said they’d take them with me to Palace and I would jump at that but they haven’t ended up getting the job. “There are a few jobs that I would take no questions asked and if Palace came knocking that would be it, my bags would be packed immediately. “It seems like all my team-mates have had a go, so I think I could do it. Steve Parish has got my number.” The hunt for a new manager is now four weeks old after Palace co-chairman Parish saw hopes of having a new man at the helm appointed by the weekend scotched. Former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka was heavily linked with the post but joined Middlesbrough last week, while former Palace defender Chris Coleman committed his future to Wales. Dynamo Moscow boss Dan Petrescu has reportedly rejected the opportunity to manage Palace, while current bookmakers’ favourite Tony Pulis would not speak about the subject with Press Association Sport on Tuesday. Fans’ favourite Geoff Thomas has thrown his hat into the ring as Crystal Palace’s hunt for a manager continues. The former England international made 249 appearances for the Eagles and captained the side in the 1990 FA Cup final. Thomas went on to play for a number of other clubs after leaving Selhurst Park in 1993, including a spell as player-coach under Dave Bassett at Barnsley.
Press Association “I think it is avoidable but also in a high-intensity game such as that, any little spark can lead to something else and I think that’s what happened. “From our point of view, it’s something that we regret and that we don’t want ever to happen again. “Let’s stay calm, we need to be calm about what happened today. These things can happen and we need to keep it indoors, not publicise it and make a big thing out of it.” Opposite number Alan Pardew insisted the incident should not be allowed to overshadow a hard-fought encounter which both teams had chances to win. Pardew said: “It was a bit of panto season. I’m not going to get carried away with that because it shouldn’t take the headlines. “The battle is on the pitch and that was a terrific battle. The one on the sideline was pretty pathetic, what I saw of it, and best forgotten. “I had my back to it most of the time. I just said to their manager, ‘Just get your staff in, I’ll get my staff in and let’s get on with it because we want to win the game’, and he was of the same opinion as me.” Newcastle took with lead with 28 minutes gone when Yoan Gouffran reacted first to Mike Williamson’s knock-down to round keeper Paulo Gazzaniga and slide the ball into the empty net for his fourth goal in as many games at St James’ Park. Magpies goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman and Saints counterpart Toni Jimenez were both sent to the stands after a pushing match between the two benches following substitute Morgan Schneiderlin’s rugged injury-time challenge on Massadio Haidara. Pochettino said: “What happened at the end of the game is not a good example, it’s not good for football. From our point of view, we are going to try our best not to let it happen again because it’s not good for anyone and not good for the sport. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino expressed his regret after an ugly touchline melee during his side’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle. But the Magpies failed to build upon their lead and with the Saints a much more dangerous proposition after the half-time introduction of Adam Lallana, they drew level with 25 minutes remaining. Jay Rodriguez exchanged passes with Steven Davis, who had hit the post seconds earlier, before coolly beating Tim Krul. Both sides went for a winner as time ran down but in a stormy conclusion, referee Mike Jones was left with a bloody nose after being caught accidentally by Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Pardew said: “The ref has got a bloody nose, he is trying to patch himself up for the Christmas party. “But he took it in good heart, really, I have to say. He realised it was a little bit of a flick out at the goalie, who had flicked out at him (Sissoko). “It was all a bit silly, but unfortunately he ended up with a bloody nose.” The Saints were indebted to the impetus provided by Lallana, who did not make the starting line-up because of a niggling injury. Pochettino said: “Adam had a slight injury and he wasn’t fully fit to be playing the full 90 minutes. “We are not going to take any risks with our players, so we thought he could come on in the second half as a sub, come off the bench and have an impact, and we are delighted at the way he did.” However, Pardew was left ruing two glaring misses by striker Loic Remy, who has now gone four games without a goal. He said: “We had two big chances today that fell to Loic. I felt he played well today but those two chances I expect him to take and that can be the difference in a game that is as tight as that. “It probably cost us today.”
“I have read Mehmet’s statement and I’ve been asked if I will meet Mehmet (and Tan) which is absolutely something that would be for the good of us and the club going forward,” said Mackay. “I think that should be sooner rather than later “I wanted that meeting to be today but that was declined. If not today, then tomorrow but that was also declined. “After that we are in Christmas Day and then it’s game day so unfortunately it is not gong to be until the end of the week. “In the meantime I will do my job. That will not change. Mehmet’s is a good man and I have found that since he arrived at football club.” Mackay also revealed he had been “deeply upset” by Tan’s email to him, in which the Malaysian was highly critical of the former Watford boss’ abilities as a manager. And Mackay has been in touch with League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan regarding the message. “What was is the email is a matter of privacy. I was disappointed that it appears to have been leaked. There are enough people talking about it,” he said. “I was disappointed in the content and that is something we will be addressing. “I have already started addressing that as I have got Richard Bevan of the LMA who is a fantastic man and is someone who helps out in situations like this as well.” Mackay remains in charge of the Bluebirds despite receiving an ultimatum from controversial owner Vincent Tan to resign or face the sack. The Scot admitted he expected to be relieved of his duties over the course of the weekend, but instead was given a reprieve of sorts by chairman Mehmet Dalman, who said Mackay would be in charge for the “foreseeable future”. That statement did include the caveat that there would need to be a thawing of relations between owner and manager, but Mackay remains in charge for now at least, with home games against Southampton and Sunderland looming. But when asked if the current situation could have an effect on whether Cardiff – who are 15th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone – stay up or not, Mackay said: “Absolutely. You cannot have your dirty linen washed in public every week of the year without it affecting the club. “I am not saying it immediately effects the players as that’s my job to protect them. “They are a great group of people that focus entirely on themselves, their profession and their want to stay in this league. “My main focus is a steely determination that I and my staff make sure that everything is done to protect them and make sure that we have got the best chance we have of staying in this league. “But, as I’ve said before, I feel sorry for our fans. They have been dragged through the front pages of newspapers instead of back pages and they should be really, really enjoying this league this year. “I would hope at some point soon common sense will prevail.” Mackay, Dalman and Tan have yet to meet for critical talks, with the manager claiming his request to hold discussions have twice been rejected and that there is unlikely to be any dialogue until the end of the week. Malky Mackay has warned the civil war at Cardiff could cost the club their Premier League status. Press Association