S’Eagles Coach, Rohr Demands more from Players

first_imgGROUP B STANDING AFTER DAY TWOTeam           P   W   D   L   GF   GA   GD   PtsNigeria        2    2    0   0   0      0      0      6Cameroun   2    0    2   0   0      0      0      2Zambia        2    0    1   1   0      0      0      1Algeria        2    0    1   1   0      0      0       1Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER. Its a marathon race, says NFF bossBy Femi SolajaWhile many Nigerians are still celebrating the Super Eagles’ win over North African foe, Algeria last Saturday in Uyo in a crucial World Cup group B qualifying match, Nigeria’s Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has declared that the celebrations should be put on hold as there are still more matches to play in the qualifying race.The Franco-German spoke at the post match press conference, after his charges dismantled Algeria’s Fennecs 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.In the same pragmatic manner he reacted after the win over Zambia in Ndola last month, Rohr said: “We played a good match and got three points, but I want to say that there are more matches to play and we have to keep our focus.”Unlike in the previous qualifying round of matches, Nigeria look solid at the top of group B with six points, with second –placed Cameroun, which Nigeria next play in August 2017, four points behind.“We have a friendly against Egypt in Dubai in January, which will enable me to look at the home –based players, but I will continue to monitor the Europe –based players and we will see how we get matches for them on FIFA free dates.”The win earned Rohr, who was signed on by Nigeria August this year, three wins out of three matches.“I praise the players for their spirit, for their dedication and for their discipline. They all did very well and I am happy at their output.”Also yesterday the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick celebrated three precious points but insisted that the Eagles will continue to take the 2018 World Cup qualifying race one match at a time.“This victory is very, very sweet. But as I said after the match in Zambia, this is a marathon. We have now won two matches out of six, and as a result of the draw between Cameroun and Zambia, we are looking very good on top.“The best approach is to keep focus, to know that we are not there yet but that we surely will be there by putting more effort in each of our next four matches.”The Super Eagles next play Cameroun home and away within a week in the third quarter of next year, and Pinnick insists those two games will be tough.“Cameroun have drawn their first two matches of the series and will play us hard in both legs, but we have to play them even harder.”last_img read more

Real Madrid hang on for win after Benzema brilliance

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Karim Benzema scored twice on Saturday in an outstanding performance for Real Madrid against Levante, although his side were left hanging on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut.The French striker’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half on a wet afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up.However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.While the manner of their victory was not as convincing as coach Zinedine Zidane might have wished, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Real after they had drawn their previous two games.Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first appearance in La Liga after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start for Real when they go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.Gareth Bale will also be available for that match after suspension kept him out here, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play against PSG because of a European ban.Zidane was also without the injured Luka Modric here. However, as well as Hazard, fellow summer signing Eder Militao came off the bench in the second half and the former Porto defender could start in Paris in place of Ramos.– Barcelona host Valencia – Real would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half.However, the hosts went ahead shortly after that when Dani Carvajal held up a cross from the right for Benzema to bullet home a header from the edge of the six-yard area.The Frenchman struck again in the 31st minute, with James Rodriguez pouncing when Sergio Postigo headed the ball down into his path, and teeing up Benzema to score his fourth of the campaign.Benzema was also involved in the build-up to the third goal five minutes before the interval, which concluded with Vinicius Junior squaring for Casemiro to apply the finish.Levante pulled one back in the 49th minute as Carlos Clerc crossed from the left to the near post where Mayoral — on loan from Real — converted.Benzema then curled a shot against the post, while Vinicius had a goal disallowed for offside and Hazard tested Fernandez, but it was Levante who scored again.This time substitute Melero proved too strong for Carvajal at the far post as he headed in a marvellous cross by Jose Campana, yet Madrid held out.Leaders Atletico Madrid will seek their fourth win in as many La Liga games when they play later at Real Sociedad in the first game at the Basque club’s newly refurbished stadium.Barcelona are also in action at home to Valencia, who this week sacked coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, replacing him with the former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

India beats the nerves for another title win

first_img England international India Clyburn overcame a late attack of the nerves to seal a superb season by winning the girls’ title at the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal. The 17-year-old from Woodhall Spa has been on stunning form this summer and led from the front at Quinta do Lago’s redeveloped North Course to add the prestigious title to her season’s roll of honour. India has already won the English girls’ open amateur, the Scottish junior stroke play and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy – and helped England to win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. India, sister of Ladies’ European Tour player Holly, held a commanding five-stroke lead after the first day, when she returned a course record 69, and extended her advantage by a further stroke going into the final 18 holes. But on a rain-interrupted last day, North Yorkshire’s Lily Downs began to close the gap as India hit trouble as the event reached its climax. There was just one stroke in it when India overcooked a shot and found her ball lying by a tree root on the 15th hole, leading to her second double-bogey of the day. But India settled her nerves by securing a fine birdie at the par-three 16th hole before maintaining her composure over the final two holes to clinch a two-stroke victory from Lily Downs (Romanby), with Surrey’s Elizabeth Prior  (Burhill) five shots further back in third. “It was so tough out there, especially with two doubles in my last round,” said India.”I was getting angry with myself and in the end I lost count of my score and didn’t know what to do. I just tried to do something in the final three holes.   “It’s great to add my name on the trophy and all the things that come with winning this. My coach, Graham Walker, happened to be out here for the first round so I was happy to tell him that I shot a 69 in my opening 18!” Meanwhile, the boys’ event featured an impressive performance from Portugal’s number one teenager Vitor Lopes, who produced sub-par rounds of 70 and two 68s to win the title by four shots from Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) with Worcestershire star Oliver Farrell (Evesham) back in third.     India and Vitor Lopes, winner of the boys’ title, will now play in next year’s BMW Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth, an initiative first revealed by Paul McGinley at last year’s finals. Previous winners of the event, which was hosted by Quinta do Lago for the second year running and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, have included the likes of the 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and stars of the men’s and ladies’ tours in Europe, Oliver Fisher, Melissa Reid and Carly Booth. In addition to competing in one of the world’s biggest junior tournaments, the finalists enjoyed a trip to the Portugal Masters during their stay to watch some of the top Tour stars in action, while they also received an assortment of the latest top-of-the-range golf equipment from TaylorMade adidas Golf. India was one of 12 boys and nine girls to take part in the 54-hole competition and the 21 finalists became some of the first golfers to play Quinta do Lago’s totally revamped North Course. The North Course has been redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with Paul McGinley, and the European captain of the winning 2014 Ryder Cup team was on hand to officially open the new development just 24 hours before the tournament started. Caption: India Clyburn with John Dwyer, the chief executive of Quinta do Lago. Click here for more details and full scores. 15 Oct 2014 India beats the nerves for another title win last_img read more