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RelatedPosts Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Oshoala unlucky as Wolfsburg beat Barca to reach Women’s Champions League final Oshoala nets brace in Barca win African champions, Super Falcons were eliminated from the race to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s football tournament on Monday after forcing the Les Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire to a 1-1 draw at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.Both teams had settled for a scoreless draw in Abidjan on Thursday, meaning the Les Elephantes progress to the penultimate round of the qualification series against Cameroon.Both teams started the return leg with huge fight in them. Nigeria’s Gift Monday rattled goalkeeper Cynthia Djohore as early as the 6th minute only to see her shot pushed away for a corner kick. But the Falcons failed to utilise the series of corner kicks that followed.The visitors took the lead in a most unexpected manner six minutes later, as Nina Kpaho, straight from a free kick on the right, flighted the ball above a poorly-positioned goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie for the opener.The Super Falcons did not lose steam, and in the 27th minute, skipper Asisat Oshoala should have equalized but watched her shot from a brilliant Gift Monday pass sail over the bar.Seven minutes later, Nigeria drew level. From a counter attack, midfielder Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene put Oshoala through with an intelligent pass, and the captain kept her cool to steer the ball past the big Djohore.In the 45th minute, Francisca Ordega should have done better than heave the ball over the bar from the left.Six minutes after the restart, Rasheedat Ajibade gifted with an opportunity just outside the box after Bernadette Amani and Joelle Kouassi missed the ball, could only blast the ball away past Djohore’s left side of goal.As time wore on, the Falcons became more desperate as the Ivorians craftily wasted time now and again, and the introduction of Chinaza Uchendu and Folasade Ijamilusi failed to produce the goal that would have taken Nigeria to the next round. Tags: Asisat OshoalaCynthia DjohoreKpaho
On Friday, long-time cartoon sitcom “The Simpsons” announced that non-white characters will no longer be voiced by white actors.“Moving forward, THE SIMPSONS will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the show said in a statement.While the main characters on the cartoon are white, there are several characters of color. Most notably, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who was voiced by Hank Azaria. In 2018, Azaria said that he would no longer voice the convenience store clerk after the show faced criticism that Nahasapeemapetilon’s character plays up Indian-American stereotypesSeveral other minor characters of color on “The Simpsons” include Officer Lou and Carl Carlson, both also voiced by Azaria.Earlier on Friday, Mike Henry, who voices Black character Cleveland Brown on Fox cartoon sitcom “Family Guy,” announced he will no longer voice Brown.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role,” Henry said.
0Shares0000Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel impressed against England © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel admits his side have to improve quickly if they are to make an impact at the World Cup.The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday. Nigeria were punished for a dismal first half display as goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane put England in control.Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors after the interval, but Nigeria couldn’t find an equaliser despite their improved second half performance.Mikel knows Nigeria have to sharpen up in Russia if they to get through a tough group featuring Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.“We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia,” Mikel said.“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side.“We can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.”Coach Gernot Rohr agreed with Mikel’s assessment that Nigeria have much to work on.But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a difficult journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.“The first lesson is we are not ready yet. We have to work much more in the two weeks before our first game,” the German said.“We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn’t good.“We couldn’t train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn’t good. We arrived after a 10 hour flight, with many stops.“In the first half our usual formation didn’t work. Some of our players weren’t fit and England put the pressure on us.“This bad beginning was an opportunity to change and play a bit more like England in the second half. It was much better.“Also we changed four players. Unfortunately we can’t change four players if there is a problem in the World Cup.”Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Mikel saw enough from England to feel he can back Gareth Southgate’s team as potential World Cup winners.“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
World number one Andy Murray has recovered from an elbow injury and is keen to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time, the Briton said ahead of his opening match against Gilles Muller in the second round on Wednesday. (Novak Djokovic survives scare to reach Monte Carlo third round)Murray has been out of action since March but has worked his way back to full fitness and reckons his serve was back to its best.”I wouldn’t start the tournament unless I felt comfortable (going full tilt), but I’ve only been really serving at my normal pace the last couple of days,” Murray said in an interview on the ATP Tour website (www.atpworldtour.com).”I’ve been trying to build it up slowly to time it right for the beginning of the tournament. The elbow has been feeling better every day, so I am positive about that.” (Former runner-up Tomas Berdych progresses in Monte Carlo Masters)Murray took his time to come to grips with the clay surface, winning his first clay title in Munich in 2015, 10 years into his professional career.He followed that up by winning the Madrid Open later that year, beating Spaniard Rafa Nadal, arguably the best clay court player of his generation.Since 2015, Murray has been to three finals on clay, losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2016 Madrid and French Open before beating the world number two in the 2016 Italian Open final.”I’ve always enjoyed playing on clay but I never quite figured out the movement,” Murray said.advertisement”The last couple of years I spent lots of time with my team in training and preparation, working on it. Timing my slides better. Once I did that, it’s such a big part of my game and how I play that it just felt much more comfortable.”That showed in my results and obviously winning matches and tournaments on the surface builds your confidence as well.”Murray lost to Nadal in the semi-finals at Monte Carlo last year and said he was focused on improving his record at the tournament.”This tournament has got a lot of history. I’ve come here many years and I do enjoy it,” Murray added.”It would be nice to reach the final here. It’s not going to be easy, the first tournament back after a while, but I’ve been feeling good and hopefully I can do it.”