21 Sep
2020

Crunch time approaching for Pardew

first_img But he acknowledged that irrespective of Cabaye’s situation it is essential for the club to bring in new faces to add to their solitary summer signing Loic Remy before the transfer window shuts early next month. Pardew said: “We know we’ve got some business to do and the next nine days are very important to this football club. I’m still fighting and I’m determined to make a success of this season for our fans.” Pardew would not elaborate on Cabaye’s absence but did hint at his imminent departure when he said: “We need to get ourselves in a situation where if he stays, great, and if he doesn’t we need to get someone equally as good.” Pardew watched his side fail to muster a single shot on target on a dreary afternoon at St James’ Park, but almost saw them snatch victory when substitute Sammy Ameobi hit a cross against the inside of the post in injury time. With Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen stranded, the ball bounced down to a surprised Yoan Gouffran who somehow conspired to scoop the rebound over the bar when it would have been easier to score. Other than Ameobi’s late effort Newcastle’s best chances were a couple of off-target free-kicks by Hatem Ben Arfa, who has impressed Pardew in the way he has bounced back from last season’s nagging injury issues. “One thing Hatem showed today and against Manchester City is his hamstring is fine and he’s still got that burst of pace,” said Pardew. “I was pleased with his commitment, and that bodes well for us.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows he is heading into one of the most crucial periods of his three years in charge of the Magpies after enduring more frustration in Saturday’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw with West Ham. Yohan Cabaye was once again left out of Pardew’s matchday squad and his future on Tyneside looks increasingly bleak with Pardew indicating the club must step up their search for a replacement. Pardew did not comment on reports Cabaye had refused to play since Arsenal lodged an initial £10million bid last Monday, with both the Gunners and Paris St Germain expected to table improved offers next week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Team Civil Defence to Meet Team Muller in Finals

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam Civil Defence at the wee secured their second final of the NCC Tennis League in three years beating defending champions Team Offikwu of Kaduna 6-1 in the second semifinals decided in Abuja.Team Civil Defence, runners-up in the first edition and third place finishers last year will meet debutantes and hot favourites Team Muller of Lagos in the finals taking place at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club this weekend Saturday December 9 and Sunday December10. The Abuja-based paramilitary team took full advantage of a depleted and injury ravaged Team Offikwu whose lead player, Sylvester Emmanuel, did not look fully recovered from an appendicitis operation he had eight weeks ago. The defending champions also did not have the services of Shehu Lawal who had traveled to the Emirates to pursue a coaching career.Former national champion, Clifford Enosorogbe, started the rout by beating Emmanuel 6-3, 6-2 and Abdulmumuni Babalola followed with a decisive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Henry Atseye who was also said to be spotting an ankle sprain.Sarah Adegoke, the leading female player in Nigeria, halted the onslaught temporarily by defeating Christie Agugbom 6-2, 6-2 in the ladies’ singles but Team Civil Defence not ready to leave anything to chance, fielded their strongest combination of Babalola and Enosorogbe to win the men’s doubles against Atseye and Emmanuel 6-4, 6-3 to stretch their lead to 3-1.On the second match-day, Babalola beat Christopher Bulus 6-3, 6-0 to secure an unassailable 4-1 lead that earned his team a place in the finals.The last two matches became mere ‘formalities’ with reserve players of both teams getting a chance in the spotlight.Michael Chima beat Christopher Itodo in the second reverse singles 7-5, 6-3 while the pair of Bukola Olowu and Nonso Madueke finished off the defending champions by winning the mixed doubles match against Bulus and Adegoke 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.Team Offikwu will now take on Team Ndoma-Egba in the third place match taking place Thursday and Friday also at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.The champions of the league will get the top prize of N7 million, runners-up N5 million, third place N3 million and fourth place N2 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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