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Super Eagles arrive in Egypt for AFCON

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The Super Eagles have arrived in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The three-time African champions arrived at their Ismaila base yesterday morning and conducted their first session in the Egyptian city.

Early hours of yesterday, the John Mikel Obi-led squad was received at the Cairo airport by Nigeria’s Foreign Mission in Egypt led by Emmanuel Oguntoyi (Minister at the Embassy of Nigeria, Cairo) and Muhammed Tukur Garba (Administrative Attaché) who represented the Nigerian Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Later in the evening, Eagles had their first training session at the pitch located within the premises of their Hotel Mercure.

According to Eagles program during the one-week stay before moving to Alexandria, a number of technical and tactical sessions are scheduled for the team before going up against Senegal’s Teranga Lions on Sunday evening.

At a friendly game at The Hive in London in March 2017 (the most recent of the 21 encounters between the two nations), both teams settled for a 1-1 draw, with Moussa Sow putting the Lions ahead nine minutes into the second half before Kelechi Iheanacho tied the game from the penalty spot with only nine minutes to go.

Incidentally, the Leicester City man was one of the two players dropped from Nigeria’s final AFCON 2019 squad.

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Super Falcons lose to France

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons suffered a 0-1 defeat to France in their last group game at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday night, June 17, at Roazhon Park.

The encounter saw the Falcons win the first corner of the contest after three minutes through Francisca Ordega, but nothing came out of it, with France clearing their lines. The hosts were beginning to get more possession of the ball after 12 minutes of action, but the 11-time African champions ensured they kept maximum concentration to stop France from scoring at Roazhon Park.

In the 25th minute, France came close to breaking the deadlock off a free-kick, but Nigeria managed to keep the French side at bay. Three minutes later, the Super Falcons escaped another attacking threat from Les Bleus as sores remained goalless.
At the end of the first 45 minutes, two additional minutes were played out, but none of the teams were able to scores as the scoreboard read Nigeria 0-0 France. In the second half, France continued pilling up the pressure on the Africans champions, but Super Falcons held on to keep the game barren.

Six minutes after the hour mark, Falcons goalkeeper Chaimaka Nnadozie executed a brilliant back-to-back saves to deny the French side from netting, before conceding a penalty after Ngozi Ebere was handed the marching order courtesy of a second yellow card for the poor challenge inside the box. The referee needed the VAR before confirming the spot kick. However, after Renard missed the penalty kick, the VAR ordered for a retake, with goalkeeper Nnadozie getting a yellow card for leaving the line before the kick.

Despite the other late chances, France could not increase the scores as Nigeria held on to suffer their second defeat, with the scoreboard reading Nigeria 0-1 France at the blast of the final whistle. The Falcons will now wait for the other group games to be completed to find out if they reached the last 16 round

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Tyson Fury vows to stop Wilder

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Britain’s Tyson Fury says he will beat Deontay Wilder in a world heavyweight title rematch that looks set to take place early next year.

Fury, 30, stopped German Tom Schwarz in round two on Saturday in his first fight since a draw with Wilder in December which Fury felt he won.

“I already beat him once so I’ll beat him again,” said Fury.

“He’s going to get a fully match-fit, sharp Tyson Fury. It’s the biggest fight in world boxing.”
Fury, wearing shirts bearing the American stars and stripes, produced a clinical display to beat the previously undefeated Schwarz, 25, in Las Vegas.
Fury’s British promoter Frank Warren said he is likely to fight again in September or October, possibly in New York, before a rematch against American Wilder.

“It’s highly probable that fight will happen early next year. All parties want to make that fight happen,” Warren told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

The rematch could eclipse the pay-per-view record of 4.8m buys set by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout in 2015, said Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum.

Wilder, 33, returned to action in May with a sensational first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to retain his WBC world heavyweight title in New York.

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Super Falcons battle France for knockout stage ticket

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The 28,000 capacity Roazhon Park in Rennes is the venue for tonight’s big FIFA Women’s World Cup clash between Nigeria and France, with group leaders Les Bleus already qualified for the knockout rounds and the Super Falcons looking for a ticket to that corridor.

Head Coach Thomas Dennerby took his charges through a pre-match final training session on Sunday at the Stade Edmund Blanchet and reiterated that a positive mindset, as well as a calm, collected and surefooted approach, could work wonders for the Falcons against the French.

“This is important for us and I believe you can rise to the occasion just as you did against the Koreans. The French have a good team but we are also a good squad and I think we can get a result if we have that mindset that it is eleven players against eleven and we stick to our tactics for the day.

“Victory against the Koreans was very good. But I can assure that beating France would be even sweeter. It will certainly take us to the knockout stage and also win us that confidence that we can prevail against any team.”
Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu, and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleus on Monday.

Yet, the African champions refuse to be bothered by this and captain Desire Oparanozie told thenff.com they know the approach to adopt in Rennes.

“The win over the Korea Republic taught us that so much is possible if we put our minds to it and we work hard. There is nothing to fear. We will go in there against France and give our best, and we are confident that our best will be good enough to take us to the next round.”

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The astronomical rise of the English Premier League and Sports Betting

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Football is certainly the number one sports in the world and accounts for over a billion followership worldwide. Football is not just huge because of it’s amazing following all over the world but it is also a money spinner in many ways.

The FIFA world cup is football’s premier event world and according to a report from the New York Times, the 2018 world cup staged in Russia saw the World football governing body raking in over $6.1 billion. The revenue source for FIFA includes gate takings and sponsorship and partnerships with some of the biggest companies and franchise in the world. The thirty-two countries that participated shared over $400 million in prize money.

While FIFA’s stream of income is mainly dependent on its periodic tournaments, the European leagues are fast becoming cash cows for their countries. The German Bundesliga, French Ligue One, Italian Serie A, the Spanish La Liga, and the English Premier league are the elite leagues that have attracted cult followership all across the globe. The UEFA champions league which is an annual tourney to determine the numero uno amongst all the top European clubs is the icing on the cake that has made European football a mecca of sorts.

But over the last two decades, the meteoric rise of the English premier league has continued to astound followers of the round leather game. The Premier League is the biggest in terms of revenue generated, followership all around the world and TV viewership. English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool have a worldwide fan base that accounts for 600 million people in 200 countries watching via TV and the internet every weekend.

Premier League TV tights games for the 2019-2022 was sold for £4.464bn to Sky Sports and BT sports with the remaining batch of TV rights still to be contested for. Social media giants like Facebook and Amazon are locked in a hot contest to acquire the remaining tranche of the rights. This is a pointer to the fact that the premier league is going to be on top of league football for many years to come.

But what is the reason for the astronomical rise of England’s Premier League? It’s quite simple actually. It’s down to what I call democracy. In England, revenues are shared from top to bottom irrespective of your actual contribution or position at the end of the season. Every club gets a chunk of revenues from domestic and international TV rights. This sets England apart from all the other leagues. In the other leagues, a larger chunk of the revenue generated from TV rights is shared by just the top teams such as what is evident in the Spanish LA Liga, where the top teams Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid take a significant portion and just some few million Euros is shared among the lower cadre. What this means is that while all the clubs in England have enough money to develop their facilities and also court some of the best players anywhere in the world, only the top teams can afford to do that in other parts of Europe.

In England, the best of the best converge. This makes the league competitive. At the start of every season, the top six clubs- Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur have a chance of winning the league. In the last ten seasons, no one club has won the league back to back. This is not the case in other parts of Europe. Juventus has all but won the Scudetto for the seventh time in a row. In Spain, Barcelona is on course to win the domestic double for the second successive season. Bayern Munich looks likely to win it’s fifth Bundesliga title. The other leagues are not as competitive as the English premier league.

English clubs also boast of some of the best sporting facilities in the world. Tottenham Hotspur just moved into its £1billion stadium at White Hart Lane. Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United’s home ground sits a capacity of over 70, 000 and many other home grounds of these clubs serve as opportunities to hit multiple streams of income such as season tickets and stadium tours. English football fans can go any length to support their clubs including paying huge amounts to watch their team play live and also buy club memorabilia. This is why the English premier league is first among equals.

One industry which is profiting from the growth and spread of football is sports betting. The growth of sports betting has further been fuelled by an increasingly globalized world and rapid internet penetration. Countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania are seeing a huge expansion in sports betting and other forms of gambling. While there is an influx of sports betting company, just a few have been able to set the pace with best practices and nice betting experience. One of such online sports company is NetBet.

NetBet Sport is an online bookmaker specializing in sports betting.

NetBet which was established in 2001 is considered to be one of the largest and prestigious gaming enterprises in Europe because of its array of unique products ranging from sports, casino, live casino, games, poker and lottery. It’s consistently and attention to details has made it one of the go-to site for online gaming.

NetBet’s reputation is built on a fair and safe-playing experience which guards against scam and fraudulent transactions. NetBet has gambling licenses from the United Kingdom and Malta and this shows that there is no room for fraud or any other hand dealings.

NetBet has continued to set the pace in the online gaming industry by introducing eye-popping innovations and unique product offering. Its comprehensive sportsbook is very popular. There is also a unique innovative lottery section that sees live draws take place every few minutes, as well as the poker client – which offers cash games and tournaments

With over 450 games available to play on site, and with reputable firms such as Playtech, NetEntertainment, Amaya, iSoftBet, Aristocrat and High5Games providing software for NetBet, the world is getting better for online gamers.

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