A Medical Consultant with Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State, Dr Canice Ebirim S has lost his life while watching the Tuesday tension soaked match between Nigeria and Argentina
Penpushing learnt that, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Emeka Ogah, confirmed the death of the consultant on Wednesday adding that reports reaching him suggested that Ebirim died within the period of the match.
He said that he received the news of his death at about 9 p.m. while the match was ongoing, adding further that a friend of the deceased informed him that the deceased started behaving funny within that period.
The Super Eagles on Tuesday gallantly lost out from the ongoing 2018 World Cup having conceded 2-1 defeat to Argentina, the score line which took the Argentina into the second round of the championship.
Penpushing reports that, Lionel Messi gave Argentina the lead on 14 minutes, while Victor Moses equalized with a penalty kick six minutes into the second half, and about four minutes to the end of the encounter, Rojo scored the most important goal for his team, dashing the hope of the Nigerian team.
However, with Croatia beating Iceland, Argentina snagged second place and will meet France in the round of 16, while Croatia will face Denmark.
Penpushing further reports that, in the first five minutes, the Argentines had more than 70% of the ball possession
The Nigeria Super Eagles on Friday defeated Iceland national team with 2-0 win, a deserved victory which earned the team three points to go second in Group D in the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
Penpushing reports that, the goals which gave Super Eagles a lifeline in Russia 2018 were scored in the second half of the match by Ahmed Musa following a team work by his mates, while their next encounter will be against Argentina next Tuesday
However, Iceland lost the chance to get half the deficit when Gylfi Sigurdsson blasted a penalty over the bar, while more energy and direct running from the Eagles at the start of the second half gave the Eagles a needed goal.
Penpushing also reports that, there was a lull in the action by the 10th minute as both teams settled into their match patterns and Iceland supporters started their ‘Thunderclap’. Nigeria had 66% of the possession by the 25th minute, but did not get any shot on or off target while Iceland with 39% possession had two shots on target, four corner kicks and had covered 51Km to Nigeria’s 47.
The Super Eagles on Saturday lost its maiden match by 2-0 to Croatia in the ongoing World Cup Championship at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
Penpushing reports that, the Nigerian team lost the match, as the Croatia recorded a goal each in the first and second half of the match which attracted thousands of football fans across the globe
An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo in the first half was protected by the Croatia team throughout the first half, while the second goal was added to by a penalty by Luka Modric. The pressure mounted by the Super Eagles throughout the encounter to equalize did not yield results at the end of the full time.
Penpushing further reports that with the victory of Croatia have now taken the early lead in Group D with Nigeria now having to struggle hard as they take on Iceland on Friday.
However, many soccer fans admitted the good fight displayed by the Super Eagles, admitting that luck was not on the side of the players, but expressed optimism that, the team would improve in subsequent matches, with a call that, the team should learn from mistakes which led to the defeat
The desire of Moses Simon to be part of Nigeria Soccer Squad at World Cup Championship in Russia has been disrupted following an injury, such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup
Penpushing gathered that only 29 players are left in the race to represent Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia, while in addition Simon who plays for Belgian Jupiler League side, Gent, will not be making the trip to London for the friendly against England, as well as the World Cup in Russia.
The Super Eagles Coach, Rohr who confirmed this in Port Harcourt disclosed that Simon’s World Cup dreams is over, explaining that the enormous of the injury would not allow the player to participate in the tournament
“It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team on Tuesday because he is down with an injury. The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup,” he added.
Penpushing further reports that, the German tacticician is expected to drop four more players after Monday’s friendly game against DR Congo.
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun State Chapter on Thursday appointed Deputy Governor, Otunba Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, as a Patroness of the Association at an event held at her office in Osogbo, the State Capital.
Penpushing reports that, a statement issued by the Secretary of the Association, Timothy Agbor said the appointment of Laoye-Tomori was in recognition of her passion for Sports Development in the State.
The investiture ceremony held at the Deputy Governor's Office, Government Secretariat, Osogbo, was attended by the State Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Hon.Biyi Odunlade, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in the State, Prince Adewale Adedoyin, Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Motunrayo Ayegbayo, executives and other members of Osun SWAN.
The SWAN Chairman Adeyemi Aboderin, in his speech said that the Deputy Governor was being honoured and inducted, following her numerous contributions to the development of sports and healthy living in the state.
Aboderin described Tomori as the best sports loving Deputy Governor in the country stressing that she would be the first Deputy Governor in the State to inducted as "Matron" as being provided for by the constitution of the association.
The SWAN boss added that the investiture would better strengthen the relationship between the Sports Journalists in the state and Government ,thus providing possible means of moving Sports forward in the State.