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first_imgIrish star Billy Twomey won a thrilling Vinopolis Speed Horse of the Year class with Ardcolum Duke at Birmingham’s LG Arena to be crowned champion for a second time in nine years. “He has had results at grand prix level, and he is dead competitive and really careful. He was super today,” said Twomey, whose previous speed horse of the year win had been with Intermission in 2005. “But there was no room for error. “There wasn’t much difference between our times – maybe one less stride from fences six to seven, which maybe shaved a few hundredths off – but at this level against riders like that you never win by two-second margins, it would always be by hundredths.” Emma Jo Slater, meanwhile, produced a dominant performance with Lizziemary to claim her debut Horse of the Year Show win in the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship. Slater, from Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, delivered a blistering jump-off display aboard the eight-year-old chestnut mare, clocking 35.82 seconds to take a prestigious class that lists riders like Twomey, Tim Stockdale, Tina Fletcher and Will Funnell among its previous winners. And the Charles family had more cause to celebrate as 15-year-old Harry Charles was crowned Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year with Scoubidou IV. A jump-off of spectacular proportions saw the top six riders separated by just 1.52 seconds, but it was Hampshire-based Charles – son of London 2012 Great Britain team gold medallist Peter Charles – who was quickest, clocking 33.35 seconds. It has been a good week at the Horse of the Year Show for Nottinghamshire-based Twomey, who also landed the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge aboard Royale Du Rouet on Friday. But the speed title and its £3,300 prize was only collected following a thrilling battle with in-form British star John Whitaker, whose time on Lord of Arabia was just 89 hundredths of a second slower than Twomey’s time of 44.70 seconds. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgThe fact that it took a 25-run partnership for the ninth wicket, the highest in the match for India between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, spoke about how abject the collapse was. Todd Astle accounted for Kuldeep (15) and James Neesham cleaned up Khaleel Ahmed (5) as India were bundled out for under a 100 for the second time against the Kiwis.In response, Martin Guptill started off with a bang by blasting two fours and a six in the first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar but the bowler had the last laugh as he got a leading edge to point. Williamson looked good with a couple of boundaries but he played a lazy shot to gift Bhuvneshwar his second wicket.Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor ensured there were no more scares and both batsmen scored at a decent rate. Taylor blasted two consecutive sixes off Chahal and finished off the match with a six and a four to third man as New Zealand won with 212 balls to spare, their best-ever against India.New Zealand have earned a consolation win to get back their low confidence while for India, they must already be missing Kohli and Dhoni. New Delhi: The Indian cricket team was without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the Hamilton ODI. However, they were leading 3-0 and the entire squad was in top form. No one told that to Trent Boult who produced a sensational spell of bowling to decimate Rohit Sharma’s side. Boult’s 5/21, his fifth five-wicket haul helped New Zealand bowl India out for 92, their lowest score in ODIs in New Zealand the hosts coasted home by eight wickets to secure a consolation win in the fourth ODI at Seddon Park on Thursday. Boult’s haul provided plenty of smiles to a New Zealand outfit that were outplayed in all departments in the first three ODIs at Napier and Bay Oval.Kane Williamson chose to bowl and they made three changes, resting Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner while India also made a couple of changes, handing a debut to Under-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill and getting Khaleel Ahmed in place of Mohammed Shami. The start looked promising with Shikhar Dhawan slamming a boundary and an upper-cut six off Matt Henry but in the sixth over, lightning ‘Boult’ struck.The left-hander trapped Shikhar Dhawan LBW for 13 with a full ball that nipped back in to trap the batsman in front of middle and leg. Boult got a delivery to dart back in off the seam and Rohit Sharma (7) could manage to only push it back to the bowler who took a smart return catch. At the other end, Colin de Grandhomme gave Boult good support as he picked up Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in one over. Shubman Gill (9), the debutant got going with a boundary but he was also undone by a sharp inswinger from Boult as the batsman chipped a drive back to the bowler. Kedar Jadhav (1) was trapped plumb in front by a full ball that curved back in and even the review could not save him. Hardik Pandya slammed three boundaries in one over but he was also sent back with a short ball on leg stump that stuck on the pitch and the batsman could only glove it to the keeper Tom Latham. highlights India’s total of 92 is their lowest total in New Zealand.This was India’s seventh-lowest total in ODIs.Trent Boult picked up his 5th five-wicket haul in ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_imgMEN’S singles defending champion Anthony Downes began his campaign for a seventh consecutive title by dealing a double bagel to junior player Joshua Kalekyezi, while Andre Erskine delivered the same fate to Ronald Murray, when matches in the GBTI Open tennis tournament continued at the GBTI Recreational Centre in Bel Air.Downes also collected another double bagel on Sunday night, in his first match in the Mixed doubles category. A confident Downes is hoping to charge to another three-title tournament, after he walked away with the Men’s singles, Men’s doubles and Mixed doubles titles last year.He’s expected to begin his Men’s doubles battle later this week, where he’s partnering up with Jason Andrews. Last year Downes won the match with Harry Panday.His match against Kalekyezi moved him into the quarter-finals where he is next set to come up against Nicholas Glasgow.In other matches in the Men’s singles round of sixteen, Benjettan Osborne was all business as he delivered a double breadstick against Oswin Coggins. Osborne was calm but relentless in his attack on Coggins’ game, with Coggins unable to answer Osborne’s laser focus.Osborne will next face Leyland Leacock, after the latter made it into the quarter-finals by ousting Viraj Sharma 6-4, 6-1. As Leacock put on the pressure, Sharma handled it well, having to play decisive shots to accumulate his 5 games.Benjattan Osborne (left) is into the Men’s quarter-finals after he defeated Oswin Coggins.Downes’ men’s doubles partner, Andrews booked his first GBTI singles quarterfinals after overcoming his nerves against Khawn Rodney. Rodney opposed Andrew’s big serves, breaking serve early and maintaining a steady lead. However, a shaky 8th game allowed Andrews to up his game, and close off Rodney at 6-4, 6-2.Glasgow entered the quarter-finals bouncing off a win against Jamal Goodluck, who got in only two games in the entire match, played in the final set. The level of Glasgow’s game should afford him the ability to poke some holes in the seemingly impervious game of Downes.Over in the Men’s doubles Erskine was also to have another double bagel. Teaming up with Mark McDonald the pair defeated the team of Shimron Lewis and Ravin Rampersaud.The Ladies’ open is being played in the round-robin format, and as matches took off, defending champion Afruica Gentle ploughed her way through three consecutive wins.The budding rivalry between Cristy Campbell and Gentle was put to the test once more. Despite putting up a stronger defence, Campbell was unable to deny Gentle a 6-1, 6-3 victory.Gentle took down Kalyca Fraser, winning 6-1, 6-3. It was Fraser who had given Gentle a close fight in the Sheltez Home Safe Security Tournament. However she was once again out-matched by Gentle’s aggression and placement. Gentle was able to play to 6-0, 6-0 against Grace McCalman, immobilising her at the baseline.In other categories, matches were as follows:Men’s 45s Single QuarterfinalsRudy Grant claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win against Brazilian Ambassador Lineu Pupo DePaula.Harry Panday closed 6-1, 6-2 against new player Colin France.Mixed Doubles QuarterfinalsJoshua Kalekyezi and Alana Chung fought their way to a 6-3,, 6-4 victory against Ariel Khan/Nathalie Ramdyhan.Daniel Lopes/Sarah Klautky had a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win against Tyrese Trim/Charlese Adams.last_img read more

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first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Thirty-eight overs was all it took for Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ already slim chances of winning the Regional Four-Day Championship to vanish completely.Starting their rescheduled fourth round match against Barbados Pride 23 points behind leaders Guyana Jaguars in second and needing every available batting and bowling point in order to top the standings, the hosts were bundled out for 90 in their first innings.Their batting demise confirmed Jaguars as champions for a fifth straight season, with Leon Johnson’s side now holding an unassailable lead with 154.2 points, following the completion of their complement of matches last weekend.For Hurricanes, opener Montcin Hodge was the only batsman to pass 20 with 24 as fast bowler Keon Harding ripped through the innings with five for 29, to record his second five-wicket haul in his 10th first class outing.Test seamer Miguel Cummins supported with three for 24 while Jamaican pacer Marquino Mindley picked up two for 19.In reply, captain Shamarh Brooks stroked an unbeaten 79 as Pride finished on 154 for four to finish the day with a 64-run lead.Their highly-regarded top order failed to leave Barbados on 92 for four but Brooks and Test wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, on 28 not out, have so far posted 62 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand.Brooks, without a century this season, has faced 144 balls and struck 11 fours.Hurricanes had earlier lost Keacy Carty to the first ball of the encounter at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, caught at slip by Jonathan Carter off Cummins, and never really recovered.There was no sign of the pending collapse when Hodge and Devon Thomas (11) put on 36 for the second wicket – the highest stand of the innings – but once Harding had Thomas caught at backward square, Hurricanes slipped into terminal decline.last_img read more

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first_imgFor some people, getting away from home is what it’s all about. Leaving behind familiar surroundings, friends and family and embarking on a new exciting journey on their own and never looking back is what they want in life. But Wisconsin’s new co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is not one of those people.For almost seven years, Chryst and his family called the West Coast home, save a one-year stint with the Badgers in 2002. But when the opportunity presented itself, and Chyrst was given the chance to return to Madison, the veteran offensive coordinator seized the opportunity.“It is home, it’s a good opportunity; this place is special and we’ve got family here and so I think just kind of ‘big picture,’ there was a lot of pluses to it,” Chryst said.But the transition was not all roses for Chryst. After accepting the job, he was forced to depart for Wisconsin leaving his wife and three children behind — his family only recently joined him in Madison after closing on their home in Corvallis. Chryst was also forced to inform his fellow coaches and players of his decision; something he admits was difficult to do.“It was hard leaving Oregon State; I worked closely with a lot of those guys and there’s great people there,” Chryst said. “You invest a lot with them, and yet you’ve got to take care of your family.”It’s easy to understand why the change of scenery was difficult for Chryst, especially from an offensive coordinator’s point of view.Two seasons ago, Chryst’s attack at Corvallis was even more potent. With junior quarterback Derek Anderson and senior running back Steven Jackson, now of the St. Louis Rams, both ranking in the top 10 nationally in yards gained, the Beavers finished the year 10th nationally in total offense with a gaudy average of 463 yards per game. The Anderson-led Beavers were also sixth nationally in the passing game, averaging 302.5 yards per game.In comparison, the Badgers posted 394.9 yards per game, despite possessing the services of 2004 draftees Jim Sorgi and Lee Evans.Last season the Madison native led another potent passing attack. With the veteran Anderson leading the charge, the Beavers’ passing attack finished seventh in the nation, amassing 308.8 yards per game. A far cry from Wisconsin’s 103rd-ranked passing offense, which posted a paltry 167.2 yards-per-game average last season.That offense often led to jeers from the crowd, most poignantly aimed at returning quarterback John Stocco.“I know that’s what they are going to do,” Stocco said after the annual spring game. “When we were 9-0 I was still taking heat from people and so that’s something now that I just forget about. That’s just the way it goes around here, that’s part of playing quarterback and that’s part of being in the spotlight. If I couldn’t handle it, I wouldn’t be doing this.”So in an attempt to revive a stagnant offense, Chryst brought in components of his touted passing attack from Oregon State. In place of the Badgers’ old passing game is a new-look quick-action attack formulated on timing.While the new system has only been in place for a limited time, Wisconsin showed glimpses of a potent passing game over the spring. It remains too early to tell if the new strategy will contribute to a more effective offense next season, but the players are already buying into the philosophy.“I’m excited about it, I think it will complement the running game well. It just gives guys more opportunities to do what they do best,” senior wide receiver Jonathan Orr said about the new attack.Opportunity has become a common theme on — and off — the field since Chryst’s return to Madison. For players, it’s been the opportunity to showcase their talents in a new way. For fans, it’s an opportunity to watch one of UW’s rising young coaches. And for Chryst, it’s the opportunity to come home.“I think you take advantages of the opportunities you have and we’re real excited to be here,” Chryst said. “This is a top-notch program and Coach Alvarez is great to work for. I feel fortunate to be here.”The Badgers just feel fortunate they had the opportunity to bring him home.last_img read more

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first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoASHWAUBENON, Wis. — On the 100th shot in the 111th minute of the Midwest Regional Final Sunday, freshman Jack Skille put home the game-winning goal to advance Wisconsin past Cornell to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1992.”I saw my teammates clearing the bench and coming toward me,” Skille said. “It was a bittersweet feeling. The whole season has been up and down, but we really worked hard and earned it in the end.”The goal ended the game 11:13 into the third overtime, ending a 0-0 deadlock rife with incredible saves and missed opportunities. The Badgers finished the night with 60 shots on Cornell’s David McKee, who managed to stop all but the most important shot of the night.Wisconsin’s Brian Elliott saved 40 shots himself, earning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in the process.Skille’s goal was made possible by an intelligent play by UW defenseman Josh Engel. With only four skaters on the ice for both teams due to incidental minors, the puck moved into the Badger offensive zone.As McKee played it behind the net, swinging a pass into the right corner that wrapped around halfway to the blue line, Engel moved into the zone to make a play. He immediately fired a centering pass to Skille, who shot a one-timer past McKee’s left shoulder.”I just heard him, and looked last second and just saw him,” Engel said of the play. “I wasn’t really thinking. I just backhanded it to him.”All 8,086 in attendance — other than the small Cornell cheering section — erupted upon seeing Skille’s goal planted in the back of the net. Badger players hugged as they showed various combinations of exuberance and relief over the game’s climactic result.Both the fans and players in the game endured the second-longest game in NCAA tournament history and the fifth longest in the history of college hockey, made possible mainly by brilliant goaltending for more than five-and-a-half periods of play.”It’s the best game I’ve ever played in,” Nick Licari said. “I’ve never played in an overtime game that went so long.”Throughout the contest, the Badgers found energy from their fourth line of Licari, A.J. Degenhardt and Andy Brandt, which got more scoring chances in one night than it seemed to have had all season.”They were without a question our best line,” captain Adam Burish said. “They brought energy when we needed it. They are the biggest reason — besides the two guys (Elliott and Skille) — that we were so successful.”While Sunday’s game took until the last second to decide, Wisconsin’s win over Bemidji State Saturday afternoon was all but over before the third period began.After Ryan MacMurchy earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind at 11:13 into regulation, Wisconsin killed the major and carried that momentum through the rest of the game, flying on the wings of a Joe Pavelski hat trick and an Elliott shutout to a 4-0 win.”It was probably the biggest momentum swing of the game,” senior Tom Gilbert said of the five-minute penalty kill. “It was the first period, the score was tied, and we knew that we had to get these five minutes.”The Badgers got on the board shortly after killing the major with Pavelski’s first goal of the afternoon, just over 17 minutes into the game. Andrew Joudrey’s shot on goal was deflected up in the air, and upon descending to the ice, was planted through Beaver goaltender Layne Sedevie’s five-hole by Pavelski, who was camped out at the left circle.”It just came down flutter, and I was just waiting for it to hit the ice,” Pavelski said. “It just kind of stuck on my stick once it did.”After that goal, Bemidji State had almost no chance.That reality became even clearer 26 seconds into the second frame, when Pavelski notched his second score of the night, an unassisted effort off the faceoff in the Beaver zone.With a 2-0 lead, Wisconsin settled in and dominated the second period. After a Jake Dowell goal at 17:30 in the second, the situation looked dire for Bemidji State.Things didn’t get much better for the Beavers. Pavelski scored his third goal of the afternoon, earning him the first hat trick of his collegiate career.”[Good scorers] have to have the ability to make something out of nothing, and Joe has that ability,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said of his standout forward. “He has the ability to take what’s given [him] and become an effective offensive player.”On the defensive side, Elliott had to save only 15 shots to get his second shutout in as many games.”Brian, in those moments when we weren’t as good as we wanted to be, he kept his focus,” Eaves said. “That’s a tough game for a young goaltender, to only have 15 shots and keep his focus.”With the wins, the Badgers advance to the Frozen Four in Milwaukee April 6 to face the Maine Black Bears.last_img read more

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first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img The ball ping-ponged around the 2-3 zone with pace. From a pump fake on the perimeter by Ashton Gibbs, it quickly zipped inside to Lamar Patterson along the right baseline.Then there was patience. The Pittsburgh offense reset, kicked the ball back out to Gibbs and tried the left side of the Syracuse defense.Next came the precision. Patterson, who had slipped along the baseline to the left corner, received a pass from Gibbs, pump faked and was fouled with one second on the shot clock.‘We got the ball inside and attacked it well,’ Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon said.But ultimately, no result. Patterson made just one of two free throws, reflecting the Panthers’ night offensively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite a well-designed offensive game plan that yielded countless shots in the paint, Pittsburgh’s inefficiency at the rim and from the free-throw line proved costly. A slew of missed layups and a 12-of-23 performance from the charity stripe yielded a 71-63 loss to Syracuse (20-0, 7-0 Big East), spoiling the valiant comeback.‘I thought we attacked the zone pretty well, but some missed layups I think really hurt us early,’ Dixon said. ‘And the free-throw line, we could have shot it better from the free-throw line and that would have put us in position.’From the game’s early possessions, the Panthers maneuvered easily through the Orange defense and got the ball to the rim. Nasir Robinson found space at the free-throw line to catch and drop the ball down low to Talib Zanna two minutes into the game, but the Pitt forward’s dunk attempt was blocked by Fab Melo.It was one of six blocks for Melo on the night, as SU’s interior defense frustrated the Panthers in the first half. Zanna and Robinson managed only one point between them in that half.‘I think our defense was really good early in the first half again,’ Boeheim said. ‘I don’t think we’re — we’re not able to sustain our defense as well as we can play in the first half the last two or three basketball games, which is a concern.’The second half, though, saw the Orange gamble a bit defensively. As Pitt continued to station Robinson at the free-throw line, the Syracuse defenders started to bite on pump fakes.Keita rushed forward toward Robinson in the middle of the paint with 13:36 left in the second half, and he calmly wrapped a pass around the SU center to Dante Taylor for the lay-in.And out of the 11:01 media timeout, Dixon drew up the same play with Patterson playing the role of distributor. From the center of the lane he dropped a pass down to Zanna for an easy dunk, closing the Syracuse lead from 14 to six.‘We stopped the high-low in the beginning,’ Syracuse forward C.J. Fair said. ‘Then in the second half, we got a little greedy because we knew the 3s were about to start coming. So we just tried to anticipate. We thought they were going to throw it to the shooters, but they were dumping it down low. They got us off-tilt a little bit.’Zanna and Robinson combined for 12 points in the second half, and all three of Patterson’s assists came in the second 20 minutes.The 3s blended in as well.John Johnson nailed a pair from long range — first to answer a jumper by Scoop Jardine, then a 3 by Dion Waiters.The surge in offensive productivity — only one turnover in the first 11:52 of the second half — was coupled with a stellar rebounding effort to limit the Orange to one shot offensively on many possessions in the second half.Pitt refused to go away.‘Most physical team that we’re going to play,’ Brandon Triche said. ‘Pittsburgh is physical every year. They outrebounded us by 12 on the backboard, so that kind of tells you how physical they are.’The lead was whittled to four with 8:36 to play before the inefficiencies from the first half returned for the Panthers.Gibbs, who is one of the best free-throw shooters in the Big East, bricked a front end of a 1-and-1 with 6:53 to go. Zanna missed a short jumper in the lane five seconds later. He split a pair of free throws a minute after that.Too many points left on the floor for the Panthers to pull an upset.‘You can’t miss layups and some free throws, too,’ Dixon said. ‘I felt like we had some three-point plays that we ended up getting maybe one or none out of the points that should have been on the play.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_imgSyracuse offensive guard Ivan Foy was suspended from the team due to an academic issue. He will not participate in spring football.Free safety Durell Eskridge, linebacker Luke Arciniega, guard Nick Robinson and defensive ends John Raymon and Kennedy Kodua are sidelined to start spring ball due to injury while kicker Ross Krautman and quarterback Mitch Kimble will be limited due to injury.Eskridge will be held out of contact because of finger and hip injuries, while Raymon is still recovering from the season-ending knee injury he suffered in the Orange’s loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 19. SU head coach Scott Shafer said Tuesday that Raymon has kept his body weight down in the recovery process.Wide receiver Adrian Flemming and cornerback Julian Whigham, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries last season, will be full participants in spring practice. Defensive end Donnie Simmons and wide receiver Keenan Hale will participate fully as well. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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first_imgUniversity administration responded to a study showing a 305.8 percentage increase in administrative employees at USC, arguing that the data may not accurately reflect administrative staffing. The administration is currently looking into the data released by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in a 2014 study.Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration, commented on the staffing increase. Dickey said that the way the government classifies employees changed in 1990, so the data may not portray staffing levels accurately.“Regardless, USC has grown over the past 25 years,” Dickey said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Our healthcare enterprise expanded as USC acquired hospitals and clinical practices, increasing administrative and clinical staff who are not on faculty. The increase in university staffing also includes new researchers and their laboratories, centers and institutes, which require more staff to ensure the highest levels of academic research.”According to the U.S. Department of Education, a university administrator is someone whose work “is directly related to management policies or general business operations of the institution,” which includes employees working in a range of capacities such as marketing, food services, residence and health services.Dickey said the University also hired additional staff to support the $6 billion fundraising initiative.“This fundraising — achieved with an improved cost-to-dollar-raised efficiency — helps generate additional support for faculty, students and academic programs,” Dickey said. “However, the University is always looking for ways to streamline costs by reviewing appropriate staffing levels, with a careful eye towards maintaining or improving academic service levels.”last_img read more

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first_imgSuper Eagles The Nwankwo Kanu-led Nigeria Under-23 team spanked the Selecao in the semi finals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA.Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly match after that spectacular game came to nought for several years, until the organisers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0.There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable Under-23 match in Georgia, and next month’s session will test the character of the African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players.That new breed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2.“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not everyday that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team.“The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, stressed.The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November. After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on 14th November, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on 19th November.Meanwhile, barring no injury, Seleção Head Coach Tite is set to hand call-ups to Brazil’s poster boy Neymar who remained at Paris Saint-Germain when the transfer window closed for business, Champions League winner Roberto Firmino and Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho.Explaining why they chose to play Nigeria and Senegal, Coordinator of the Brazilian national team, Juninho Paulista said : ”We chose two of the best African teams because they are high level confrontations and against a school that the Brazilian National Team has had few encounters in recent years.”It was a wish of the Technical Commission, so we went after these opponents,” he admitted.Paulista further stressed that the choice of Nigeria meets the proposal established between the CBF summit and the Brazilian National Technical Commission to play against top 50 opponents in the FIFA ranking.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeTwenty-three years after Nigeria’s Dream Team defeated Brazil on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold at the Atlanta ’96, the three-time African champions will play the Selecao in a friendly in Singapore on Sunday, October 13.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Monday night that the Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated friendly encounter at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang, Singaporelast_img read more