German Players Banned From Having Sex During World Cup Tournament

German players have been banned from having sex and using social media but are allowed to have a glass of wine or a beer before bed during the 2018 World Cup tournament which is to be held in Russia.

The ban was made by head coach of German team , Joachim Low. 

According to La Gazetta dello Sport players will, on approval, be able to see their wives, children and girlfriends in the build-up to Russia 2018. Not during the competition itself, though.

But while nights of passion are almost out of the question it is not forbidden to take alcohol before going to sleep. So long as drinking is kept within reasonable bounds, of course.

Low has laid out his dos and don’ts quite clearly, insisting: “The team is more important than the ego.”

“The guys know our behaviour guidelines well, they know what our ambitions are and what our tasks are: no one can become a world champion, we are all pieces of a puzzle.”

Low added: “Everyone must be aware of their role within the team. The personal ego must be appeased.”

The Germany national team who are in Group F, will face Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.

Osun Female Weightlifter to Represent Nigeria in Uganda

 By Tajudeen Ahmad

One of the revelations of the recently concluded National Youth Games in Ilorin, Islamia Yusuf will jet out to Uganda next week to represent Nigeria at the African Junior Weightlifting Championship holding this month.

Islamia, one of the representatives of the State of Osun at the 3rd edition of the annual youth games won three gold medals at the event where thirty three states participated.

Islamia, who has since  been called to the National camp in Abuja is one of the few weightlifters selected to represent the country at the championship as she remains outstanding among her colleagues at the training.

Speaking on the development, State of Osun weightlifting coach  Adeyemi Rufus described the invitation and selection of Islamia Yusuf as a right decision by the Nigeria Weightlifting Federeration, saying she merited being chosen as a result of her performance in Ilorin which amazed all officials.

Coach Adeyemi promised that Islamia will not only go to Uganda to participate but will do the state of  Osun and Nigeria proud by winning medals.

Osun Commissioner Condemn Ondo On Soccer Fracas At Ijebu-Ode

The State of Osun Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade has condemned in strong term the spurious and blatant lies concocted by the Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Saka Yussuff Ogunleye, on the fracas that occurred between players and supporters of Sunshine FC Akure and Osun United FC in Ijebu-Ode.

Comrade Odunlade made the condemnation on Wednesday at a Press Conference organised by the Ministry to brief the Press and the Public on the Events that led to the imbroglio.

The Commissioner explained that poor officiating, the unruly behaviour of sunshine FC Coach, Duke Udi and the support of Sunshine FC by Ijebu-Ode based Remo FC and Gateway FC also of Ijebu-Ode, paved the way for the violence which led to the destruction of properties, while some Osun players and supporters were seriously injured.

He went further that the Ondo state Commissioner for youths and Sports ought to have gathered information from reliable sources instead of relying on false information given by the officials and players of Sunshine FC before addressing the Press, and giving false information to the public.

Comrade Odunlade stated that the State Football Association has already written a formal letter of complaint to the Nigerian Football Federation for necessary action.

While speaking at the Press Briefing, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa said that the attack on Osun players and supporters by Sunshine FC and he allies has nothing to do with an earlier attack on the State of Osun Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori in Akure by some political hoodlums as being insinuated by some people.

Mr. Baderinwa particularly frowned at the unprofessional attitude of some journalists who reported the incidents, and he advised them to be objective and allow balance in their stories.

It will be recalled that the second leg quarter final match in this years’ AITEO Cup between Sunshine FC Akure, and Osun United Osogbo, which took place on the twenty third of September 2017 at Dipo-Dina stadium, Ijebu-Ode ended in a fiasco in which six Osun supporters and players were seriously injured while Five buses belonging to the State of Osun were vandalised by Sunshine FC players and Supporters, including their allies in Remo Stars and Gateway FC, Ijebu-Ode.

Hoodlums Attack Osun United Fans, Vandalise 8 Buses In Ogun

By Toba Ajisafe

 

Terror was unleashed on fans of Osun United Football at Dipo Dina Stadium Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state when suspected supporters of Ogun and Ondo football teams damaged the government buses that conveyed the team and wounded some fans.

 

According to a source, identified as Ambassador, who posted the pictures of the damaged buses on a Whatsapp platform ‘Osun Media and Allies Forum’ said “Thousands of our teaming fans are presently under siege of this hoodlums and held hostage.

He wrote “Osun United Fans saw hell today when Ondo and Ogun football supporters connived to unleashed terror with maximum beating to the supporters of Osun United, vandalized their vehicles at Dina Dipo Stadium, Ijebu Ode.”

 

When he was contacted on phone, he was not answering his call as at the time of filing this report.

 

The Spokesman of the Team, Mr, Tunde Shamsudeen confirmed the incident to OSUN DEFENDER on phone.

 

He said they were attacked immediately after the match and eight vehicles belonging to the team were vandalised.

 

He however noted that both the team and the fans did not sustain any injuries as claimed.

 

It would be recalled that Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori was attacked by suspected thugs in Ondo.

Aiteo Cup; 10 Man Osun Utd Defeat Sunshine Stars 

Osun United Football Club, on Wednesday evening at the Oshogbo Township Stadium defeated Sunshine Stars International Football Club, 1-0 in the first leg of Aiteo Cup quarter final contest. 

 

It was a impressive performance put up by the Omoluabi Giants after they were reduced to ten men after defender Emmanuel Osigwe, was sent off for receiving a second yellow card in the 35th minute of the keenly contested game.

 

It was a fight to finish in the Cup tie as both teams matched each other in all areas, but the Oshogbo based team looked sharper in front of goal after Chinedu Emmanuel, missed couple of glorious chances in the first half.

 

Tosin Omoyele’s 66th minute header from a scramble was all Osun United needed to seal victory over Sunshine Stars.

 

Osun United fought so hard and defended so well to ensure Sunshine Stars trio Sikiru Alimi, Dayo Ojo and Sasere Franklin from wrecking havoc.

 

Osun United Coach Bayo Adesina, says his wards gave it all and deserved to win the game.

 

“Sunshine Stars are a good side but Osun United looks better and deserves to win. We played against a more formidable side, more experienced but our halftime pep talk helped a lot.”

 

Adesina is confident with fair officiating like what Sunshine Stars enjoyed in the first leg, his charges as all it takes to win the second leg in Ijebu Ode on Saturday.

 

“We’ve a formidable team capable of defeating any team home or away. We have all it takes to win Sunshine Stars in Ijebu Ode. We won’t relent in our efforts, until we get to the desired destination in the Aiteo Cup,” Adesina told OSUN UNITED FC MEDIA.

 

Sunshine Stars gaffer, Duke Udi, did not show up for the post-match conference after his side loss as against the tradition of the tournament.

 

Osun United will battle Sunshine Stars on Saturday at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode in the return leg of Nigeria’s oldest competition.

 

Twitter – @OsunUnitedFC

National Youth Games: Osun Athletes Secure 7 Medals In Kwara

By Toba Adedeji

State of Osun contingent to the 3rd National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara state, began their quest to reclaim their rightful place in Nigerian sports by winning two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the opening day events on Saturday.

According to the statement issued by the Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade stated the progress the State is making at the ongoing game.

The medals won are in Rowing and Kayaking.

“Ayomide Emmanuel in 1000m and 500m won two Gold,Desmond Bello in 1000m and 500m won two Silver , Thank God in 1000m and 500m won two Bronze while Umoru Moses in 500m won a Bronze.

In part of the progress State of Osun is making in sport, Osun United made head way in yesterday Nigeria National League fixtures after beating Gateway FC 2 to nil at the Osogbo City Stadium.

Osun Govt Approves N18m For Contingent To National Youth Games

The State Government of Osun has approved the sum of N18 million for the preparation and participation of athletes and officials for the 2017 ‘3rd National Youth Games’ holding in Ilorin, Kwara.

The Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Mr Biyi Odunlade, while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on the preparations of the state team, said the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola had already released the money/fund for the event.

Odunlade said the governor approved and released the total sum of N18 million for the camping, preparation and participation of athletes and officials in the Games and that the athletes and officials are all in high spirit as they set out for the Games in two days time.

He said the governor, a sport loving governor, believes that sports enhances physical and mental development, and that his love for sports facilitated the quick release of funds for the state participation in the Games.

He said a total of 68 athletes would be representing the state in 17 events, which includes; Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Scrabble, Weight lifting, Karate, Judo, Table and Lawn Tennis and others.

He said the athletes going for the Games had been training within and outside the state for a long time and that the expectation of the state/government from the athletes are: ten Gold medals, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals.

According to the Commissioner, the officials and athletes were well prepared, motivated and ready to move and that by Thursday, they would all be in Ilorin for the Games.

He said his ministry is saddle with sports and youths development and that the youths games will provide an avenue for engaging the youths and channelling their energy positively.

“In the concern that we must develop the youths, we must develop sports. Besides laurels, sports is a positive attraction for all round development of the body.

“When you do sports, all negative distractions would go as your health will improve and your vision about life would equally improve as you become more righteous.” he said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Youth Games would kick-off on Sept. 7 and will run till Sept. 17 in Ilorin, Kwara

Zamalek Kicked Out Of Champions League

Egyptian giants Zamalek have been eliminated from the CAF Champions League after they could only draw 2-2 at home to Al Ahli Tripoli on Sunday night.

The result at the Borg El Arab Stadium saw the White Knights finish third on the Group B standing behind USM Alger and their Libyan opponents.

The Egyptians got off to a perfect start, with Basem Morsi opening the scoring in the 13th minute and putting them on course for the quarterfinals.

However, the Al Ahli gained a foothold in the game and fought their way back into the match to head into the break level at 1-1.

Tripoli’s equalising goal was a major flash point in the game, as defender Mahmoud Hamdi received his second yellow card in giving away a penalty in injury time before the interval.

The Zamalek man was sent off and Al Ahli’s Anis Mohamed Saltou scored from the spot to make it a double blow for the White Knights.

The hosts made two changes at the start of the second half – sending on Mostafa Fathi and Mohamed Magdy – and had used their third and final substitution to take off Shikabala and throw on Stanley Ohawuchi by the 66th minute.

Yet it was Tripoli, with a man’s advantage, who made the next major stride forward in the game as they went ahead 2-1 thanks to a 69th-minute goal from Central African Republic midfielder Vianney Mabide.

The White Knights fought back in the 75th minute, with Maarouf Yousef making it 2-2 to give his side a glimmer of hope despite their numerical disadvantage.

Yet there was to be no miracle finish for Zamalek, who couldn’t find a winning goal in what remained of the match.

The other Group C match in Algeria saw USMA defeat CAPS United to seal top spot. They will face Mozambique’s Ferroviario Beira in the quarterfinals, while Tripoli will battle Etoile du Sahel.

Plateau United Play Out Goalless Draw Against Rivers United

Elisha Golbe has expressed his happiness at Plateau United’s goalless draw against Rivers United which cut the gap between them and MFM to just a point in the race for the league title.

He said they came with focused minds and resolve to turn Port Harcourt to a hunting ground and that they were delighted that they achieved their objective even though it meant conceding the top of the league spot to the Olukoya Boys for the mean time.

Golbe hailed the fans at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt for their sportsmanship throughout the encounter while adding that they are going back home to start preparation ahead of their Sunday tie with Wikki Tourists.

Plateau United are now second on the log with 29 points from 16 games after the road draw with MFM defeating Abia Warriors 2-1 in Lagos yesterday to return to the top of the table.

 

Source: The Nations

Bayern Munich 5, Arsenal 1

The Gunners, who have been eliminated in the first knockout round of the competition in each of the last six seasons, twice by Bayern, not only conceded five goals but over 75% possession in Germany.

Their challenge lasted until the break thanks to Alexis Sanchez, who followed up his own missed penalty to equalise after Arjen Robben’s superbly-struck 25-yard opener.

But after Arsenal lost Laurent Koscielny to injury early in the second half, Bayern ran riot during a 10-minute period in which Robert Lewandowski headed home before Thiago Alcantara scored twice. Substitute Thomas Muller rubbed salt in the wounds with a late fifth.

It leaves Arsenal with a near impossible task in the second leg and heaps more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger, who now only has the FA Cup as a realistic source of silverware in what will go down as another failed season.

For the first time in five seasons, the Gunners claimed top spot in their group (ahead of PSG, who made this achievement even more impressive with their demolition of Barcelona on Tuesday) but nonetheless they were drawn against the Germans – their last-16 conquerors in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.

It is damning, really. These two clubs have similar resources, and are both notional “super clubs”, but Bayern so often prove themselves superior. There can’t be two such sides that have met so often in such a short space of time to see no deviation in terms of what happens. They have been drawn together four times in five years, and Bayern are now certain to finish on top four times.

The game was up and, after temporary respite due to the weekend win over Hull City, it will raise more questions over whether Wenger’s time should be up too. It is his dream to win the Champions League but that looks an utter fantasy. Arsenal have never been so far away.

Bayern had already raised the bar, though.