Ighalo to dedicate goals to late sister

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has vowed to dedicate every Manchester United goal he scores during his loan spell to his sister, who tragically passed away in December. The Nigeria international moved to Old Trafford from Shanghai Shenhua on a short-term deal until the end of the season to ease the injury burden at the club. But despite securing his “dream” move to the club he supported as a boy, Ighalo is still reeling from the tragic loss of his sister, Mary Atole, who died two months ago. The 30-year-old has her name etched on his boots and will wear a white t-shirt underneath his United top with her name written when the club visits Stamford Bridge on Monday night to take on Chelsea. He spoke to The Sun about his pain, saying: “I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again. “Sometimes when I am alone and I just remember her, I have one sharp pain in my heart. “My twin sister, Akhere, will call me, crying, saying she misses her and, sometimes when I am alone, I cry too. “It is a very painful loss but I am trying to be strong as a man.” Mary Atole collapsed in her home in Canada on the morning of December 12, 2019 while getting her children ready for school. She was 43 when she died. Ighalo added: “It was a very painful moment. “She just collapsed and died before the kids could even call for an ambulance. “When the medics arrived, they tried to revive her but she was already gone.” His heartache is shared by Akhere, elder sister Beatrice, brothers Austin and Moses and mother Martina. Ighalo said: “Although she was my older sister, Mary was like a mother to all of us. “Even when I was young she would look after me. “She tried to make everybody happy, make sure everyone was okay.”Tags: Manchester UnitedMary AtoleOdion IghaloOld TraffordShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

NPFL: Pillars Crush IfeanyiUbah in Kano

first_imgAs Rangers earn valuable away point in SagamuKano Pillars dealt a heavy blow on FC IfeanyiUbah’s title ambition yesterday when the Sai Masu Gida scored three un replied goals against the Anambra Warriors in a rescheduled Match-day 12 clash in Kano.The Nnewi team however remains in the top bracket of Group B in third spot on the log while the winning Kano side step one place up to No 4 in place of Go Round FC.In Group A where Enugu Rangers got a valuable one away goal in Sagamu against Remo Stars there is no change in the standing. Rangers and Lobi Stars are third and fourth, while Remo Stars and Niger Tornadoes are second and last from the bottom of the table.In Sagamu, players of the Flying Antelopes had to dig deep into their reservoir of talent to ward off a rampaging, Remo Stars F.C to cart away that precious point from the three available after a nail biting goalless draw in a re-scheduled NPFL encounter at the bumpy Gateway International Stadium.Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote wards who had put five past the Kennedy Boboye tutored side at the weekend in Enugu struggled to get into their grove in this fixture as lone attacker, Ifeanyi George was starved of supplies from the middle of the pack.The Remo boys led by impressive Victor Mbaoma ably assisted by Solomon John and Dare Shokunbi from the flanks were a constant threat to Rangers back line anchored around Isiaka Oladuntoye and Akpos Adubi who worked extra hard to snuff out dangers.Bright Silas and the traveling team of Rangers supporters, coaches and management crew went up in wild celebration on 28 minute after the pint sized winger reacted the quickest to stab home an Ifeanyi George’ sublime free kick the rebounded off the upright but the assistant referee ruled his effort offside.Attempts at both ends of the field were few but the host enjoyed a large percentage of possession of the ball while the visitors who found the bumpy pitch hard to contend with, resorted to careful clearances.As the game approached its climax, it became nervy for the visitors as the host recorded three goal scoring opportunities in quick successions but it all went over the bar to hand Rangers a precious point on the road.Coach Ogunbote said at the post match” “It was a very difficult match for us but we thank God for the result we were able to achieve. For me, I believe that it was two points dropped on one hand and one point gained on the other. The pitch was very difficult for my players and we had to resort to the wisest option to get a result. We continue our challenge and push for a top three finish.”Emmanuel Fabiyi, goalkeeper of Remo Stars who shipped in five goals in the reverse fixture said, “I feel so happy with the result. This was a nice game we played today with a lot of determination to win but we met a quality side and they showed character to contain us. They had the grace of God on them in the first leg and punished us which could have been worse but for some of my saves. We go back and work harder to search for points on the road to steady our push for survival.Rangers will at the weekend take on Niger Tornadoes at the Bako Kotangora Stadium, Minna in a Match day 13 fixture.RESCHEDULED MATCHES(Results)Remo Stars 0-0 RangersLobi Stars 2-2 TornadoesKano Pillars 3-0 IfeanyiUbahShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Football match to commemorate renaming of Tamale Stadium

first_imgA football match between Northern and Southern sector of Ghana, has been put in place to precede the renaming of the Tamale Sports Stadium to Alhaji Aliu Mahama stadium.The commemoration match, which has been fixed for Sunday 10th December 2017 at the Tamale Stadium, would have the northern zone teams comprising Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Region, with Greater Accra, Eastern, Western, Central and Volta Regions making up for the southern zone team.According to Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide, the decision from Government to name the stadium after the late Vice President was due to his contribution to sports development in the country and more especially his contribution to the development of Northern Ghana and Real Tamale United (RTU).“In collaboration with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Aliu Mahama Foundation, Government has decided to immortalize Aliu Mahama for his immense contribution to youth development and sports in general.“He played a major role in the construction of the Tamale Sports Stadium and RTU, and on his 5th anniversary celebration, we have decided to honour him” he added.Coach of newly crowned Ghana Premier League Champions Aduana Stars, who would coach the Northern Zone team, hinted of his team’s preparedness to win the day in honour of the late statesman. “We are ready to exhibit a good game for Ghanaians to enjoy and also remember our former leader.“It took me few hours to select my players because the Northern sector abounds with great players. I have pencilled down few names like Saddick Adams, Awal Mohammed, Felix Annan, Joseph Addo, Elvis Opoku, Noah Mantey and Evans Coffie…just to mention a few.”In an interview Coach Charles Akonnor, who would be on the sidelines for the southern zone team with his assistant Laryea Kingston, he noted that players like Thomas Abbey, Kwame kizito, Vincent Atinga, Samuel Safo and Winful Cobbinah would make the cut for their side.The Executive Director for the Aliu Mahama Foundation Dr Samuel Kwadwo Frimpong extolled the love the late Mahama had for sports and his contribution to sports and youth development in Ghana.“The former Vice President was so much involved in football through his days as former RTU Chairman. “He played a role in getting the Tamale Stadium in place and he deserves it and am urging all Ghanaians to help us to celebrate a great man,” he added.The commemoration match, which would commence with a youth forum at the University of Development Studies Campus on Friday and a national health and fitness walk in collaboration with Agricultural Development Bank would have the winner of the match on Sunday taking home a trophy and a cash price of GH¢ 50,000.00.last_img read more


first_img:08 I am stealing a page from Brotha Ash here but I was hanging out with future Judge Leah Williams Duncan and her fabulous family “Ma Williams”, Magic Mike, and the crew. over at Young Bros. on North Side. Great time and really great chicken. Good luck Leah!:07 Had a chance to see some of the old ballers at the get-together. “Magic Mike” Williams, “Dr. J. Ely”,Gil Cummings and all the brothers that came off the bench for “Bump Yes” back in the day… Oh shut-up it ain’t my fault you had to come off the bench!!!:06 By now you know there’s nothing wrong with Kobe’s ankle. They may sweep the Mavs but I guess “Dirk” will get them at least one win. (By the way, hey Leah we can get you on the Lakers bus! C’mon girl.):05 This one is an easy fix up. So here goes. “Dr. J. Ely” one of the best small forwards to ever play around here by way of Virginia and Point Park College. He would dunk on ya! Why do you think they called him Dr. J.:04 Speaking of fix ups, this one is overdue and on point. Four of the best to ever, ever, ever play. Kevin “Murph” Murphy out of McKeesport and the late great Warnie Macklin. 5th Avenue’s finest. The man who led the nation’s #1 high school team and helped make Sam Clancy and Bill Clark the legends they became. Both could do it all, shoot, handle, pass, “D”-up and had huge hearts. And by the way of New York, the great George Allen who starred at Pitt and single handedly destroyed Georgetown and the Great Pat Ewing… not once but twice. Last but not least the late, great, great Larry “Byrd” Richardson. “Byrd” because he could fly on the court. I could write another ten pages and still not be able to tell how great he was. But I’ll tell ya this, he was “Magic Johnson” long before there ever was aMagic Johnson, only difference, he was only 5’9…. But he played like 6’9.:03 Boston still wins the East, take it to the bank.:02 Don’t forget if you’re looking for the perfect place to take your mom. Join Champion Enterprises at the 36th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show/ Celebrating Women Awards. Honoring twelve of Pittsburgh’s outstanding women. Saturday May 7, at Sabi Restaurant in the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville.The program will feature a show by The Fabulous Diamond Models. Tickets for the event are only $20. For information, call the Champions at 412-628-4856. Proceeds will benefit Champions Safe Summer Programs.:01 By now you know the Connie Hawkins Summer League ended its 35-year run for adults. Beginning this year, we will go “back to the future” where we started 35 years ago. We will now operate the Connie Hawkins Youth Developement Summer Basketball League for Middle School Boys and Girls only. To enter your team or individuals call the Champions right away. Slots are filling up fast (412-628-4856).Double Overtime:00 If you still think President Obama is soft… Just keep doing what you’re doing and see what happens to you! (The Pres will go all Don Corleone on your butt. That’s the mafia for you Mon Valley slow thinkers.)Ain’t that right bin Laden?(Aw shut-up I. am from Donora).Now Game Over•…Ain’t that right, bin Laden? :10 Hello… Hello…Wait hold on a minute. Phone call for “Laden”, phone call for “bin Laden”, phone call for bin Laden… “Bin” you here… Hey “Laden” you wanted on the phone man!! Hello, he ain’t here, who? Ok I’ll tell him. Hey Bobby, tell bin Laden some dude named “Barack” called!:09 If you had Memphis and the “Zack-Man” and the Atlanta Hawks still standing at this point of the NBA Finals…you-are-Lie-ing… and you know it. Shut up man! BILL NEAL last_img read more

Monmouth Politics: Freeholders Ask, What’s in a Name?

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Monmouth County Freeholders Say ‘No Thanks’ to Name ChangeCiting unnecessary costs and the value of history, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially announced their opposition to a state bill petitioning to change the “Board of Chosen Freeholders” moniker to the “Board of County Commissioners.”All five members signed off on a resolution Thursday afternoon opposing the change.“This is classic fixing what ain’t broken,” Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger said. “I’ve heard the lamest justifications for going down this road of needless expenditures.”Proponents for the name change believe the name is outdated and doesn’t wholly represent female politicians at the county level. The term “freeholder” is associated with men from the 17th century in America who owned land free of debts. In the colonies, only freeholders could hold office.The only female freeholder in Monmouth County – Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry – said a name change would just add confusion.“They didn’t even give one good, solid reason for even entertaining the idea,” said Burry. “That’s what I find so disturbing. Why do you have to change history?”he Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is formally opposing state legislation thatwould change its name to “Board of County Commissioners.” Photo by Jay CookMonmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said this name change is the wrong path. Legislators instead should be focusing on making the state more affordable.“I sit here with a Board of Freeholders that work on extremely productive, cost-saving measures to try and make this a better quality of life at an affordable price here in Monmouth County,” he said. “I’m really somewhat concerned with that being a priority, changing our name.”Also coming into play is the funding that will be needed to change every letterhead and signage for the county vehicles, buildings and parks.“Just imagine – everything that goes around in this county has to be changed,” said Arnone. “There’s a cost factor to all this.”Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Sending NWS Earle Students To Colts Neck DistrictA bill making students living on base at Naval Weapons Station Earle attend the Colts Neck School District instead of Tinton Falls public schools was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this month.Sponsored by local politicians state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-11), the bill effectively ends a years-long battle based around state funding and logistics, officials said.“Tinton Falls has been disparately impacted by educating the entire student population at Naval Weapons Station Earle without proper funding for far too long, placing an undue burden on not only the district but taxpayers as well,” said Gopal.Since 1988, students living on the U.S. Navy base had attended schools in the Tinton Falls School District, while the majority of the civilian housing on NWS Earle was actually located in Colts Neck. There were 68 students living on Earle property who attended Tinton Falls schools in 2016. Two additional students were homeschooled.The bill requires all students residing on Earle to attend the Colts Neck School District for grades K-8 beginning in the 2018-2019 school year – high school students already attend Colts Neck High School. Current students will have until July 1, 2021 to transition over to Colts Neck to not disrupt graduations.A senate version of the bill passed 28-1 and the assembly passed it 52-24. Other local Two River-area elected officials didn’t support the bill. State Sen. Declan O’Scalnon (R-13) abstained from the senate vote and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso (both R-13) both voted “no.”The bill was also sponsored by state Education chair Teresa M. Ruiz (D-29) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33).“I am extremely pleased that Governor Phil Murphy has seen the merit in the bill,” said Gopal. “By signing the Earle bill into law, Gov. Murphy has joined us in not only supporting the Tinton Falls School District, which was in dire need of support, but the taxpayers of Tinton Falls as well.”Handlin’s Internet Security Bill ProgressingWith a recent focus on federal regulations for social media sites like Facebook, Middletown’s state assemblywoman has forwarded state legislation to protect internet users.The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13), prohibits internet service providers from disclosing a subscriber’s personal identifiable information unless agreed to in writing. It would also prevent providers from withholding service, slowing internet speeds or lowering service quality if a user doesn’t waive their privacy rights.“The internet is a part of life,” said Handlin. “People are on- and offline all day long. They enjoy the convenience, but they have no privacy without effective legal protections.”The bill was also sponsored Assemblymen Ronald Dancer (R-12) and Erik Peterson (R-23). It’s cleared the Assembly science, innovation and technology committee and is now due for a second reading.This article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more