Eagles, Cranes Battle to Scoreless Draw in Asaba

first_imgThe draw in the Asaba Friendly was the second time in eight matches by three-time African champions against the Uganda Cranes.It was also the Super Eagles’ second draw in five games since losing 2-1 to Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.For the two nations, the international friendly served as preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as both teams booked their spots with good result in their respective Match-day 5 qualifying games over the weekend even with a game in hand.The Ugandans had the game’s first real chance, but Derrick Nsimambi, after beating John Ogu from a long ball, went for the spectacular overhead kick, playing the ball wideoff the goal area.The visitors were quick off the mark, as the tricky Derick Nsibambi came close from a good move in the 10th minute, but three minutes later, Nigeria also knocked on the door though Captain Ahmed Musa’s pull –out was well read by the Cranes’ defence.In the 15th minute, Victor Osimhen should have put the Eagles in front when he wrestled the ball from Timothy Awany, only to overplay his showboating and lose the ball.Oghenekaro Etebo’s free kick came quite close, Osimhen headed wide and another Etebo free kick rose a bit too high, as the Eagles piled on the pressure with youngster Samuel Chukwueze full of creativity on the right wing. The Villarreal of Spain star danced past Awany and Godfrey Walusimbi in the 33rd minute, but Musa couldn’t get to the the pass to finish up.In the second half, Samuel Kalu, Mikel Agu, Isaac Success and Moses Simon worked hard at getting a goal, as the crowd demanded for one with their song. But the final touch was lacking.At the other end, the brilliant Emmanuel Okwi, alongside Denis Iguma, Khalid Aucho and Waiswa Ndhondi threatened the Nigeria goal severally, without any success in breaching it.A final opportunity presented itself in added time, but Agu headed Kalu’s corner kick narrowly over the bar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Omon-Julius Onabu in AsabaFierce rivals Nigeria and Uganda settled for a goalless draw in an entertaining friendly played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba yesterday.There was a full house at the arena for what was the first –ever international football match in the capital of Delta State, and though the spectators rooted for a win for the three-time African champions, they went home satiated by the endeavour of the Super Eagles and the spirit of competition between both teams.last_img read more

Badgers ready for Big Ten foes

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAs the weather begins to turn cool, the No. 15 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team readies itself for the start of Big Ten play.”The Big Ten is almost like restarting the season again,” UW assistant coach Carrie Barker said. “Once the Big Ten starts, it’s like starting from scratch. The Big Ten is like a different life.””Anyone can beat anyone on any given day in the Big Ten,” Baker added. “It’s very competitive and the most important thing right now.”With two losses already credited to their record, the Badgers are slightly off the pace they established last year.”Last year, we went 10-0 non-conference,” sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray said. “It was huge because we did not have the same strength of schedule that we have this year. Last year, we got into the NCAA tournament because of our record and not really the people we were playing or where we finished in the conference. As a team goal, we are trying to get to the same place we were last year.”Though the Badgers’ record currently stands at 5-2-1, the road to the NCAA tournament won’t be easy with a tough conference season ahead. Several Big Ten schools have found success early in the year.No. 2 Penn State leads the Big Ten with eight victories, as the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents 24-6. Senior forward Tiffany Weimer has managed to score in all eight games — racking up 11 goals.Penn State is the only Big Ten school besides Wisconsin with a national ranking. En route to their unblemished record, the Nittany Lions have already defeated four ranked teams. The Badgers will have home-field advantage against the Lions Sunday, Oct. 2, and will be out for revenge after last season’s 4-0 loss in Madison.”Last year we lost pretty badly to them,” Barker said. “I think we need to have a recap and let them know that we are going to remember last year’s game and not be afraid to play them again. It’s important for us to evaluate ourselves.””We are a year older, more experienced and more driven to prove to them that last year’s game was an embarrassment and we will not let that happen again.”Northwestern is also off to a booming start. The Wildcats have won six contests, losing one road game to No. 23 Marquette, but have a history of losing away games. Last season they fell in seven of their nine road contests and were outscored 28-9.”The biggest lesson we learned last year was that we need to be as prepared to compete on the road as well as at home,” Northwestern head coach Jenny Haigh said. “We have a lot of pride playing on our home field, but we need to carry that same pride as competitors at any facility against any opponent.”Wisconsin will travel to Northwestern Oct. 28.The Badgers will open Big Ten play this weekend when they travel to Iowa and Illinois.The Hawkeyes have not had the same early season success, recording only one win, which came in overtime against Air Force. Over the last two years, Iowa has failed to win a conference game. Its last conference win occurred Oct. 25, 2002, against Illinois. Wisconsin has won three out the last four meetings between the two teams.”Iowa’s record does not mean anything,” Barker said. “You could have a horrible non-conference season and get that one win that will change the whole season around. We are concerned about playing them and after we are through with them, we will concentrate on Illinois.”Inconsistency has plagued Illinois this season. After advancing to the quarterfinal round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Illini began the season with a No. 13 national ranking but have since fallen out of the rankings. Sunday, Illinois lost 2-1 to Indiana State. The win was the first for the Sycamores against a Big Ten or nationally ranked opponent. However, the Badgers lost to the Illini last year, 1-0.”Illinois haven’t had the season they’ve wanted,” Barker said. “We can’t think they’ve had some bad losses and they are done. Anything can happen in the Big Ten.”last_img read more