Super Eagles legend excited over Osimhen, Chukwueze’s progress

first_imgEmmanuel Amuneke has voiced his gladness seeing Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and Lille’s Victor Osimhen become ‘household names’ for Nigeria and their respective European clubs. Both players contributed a great deal as Nigeria U17 won the 2015 Fifa World Cup staged in Chile. While Osimhen won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, Chukwueze walked away with the Bronze Boot. Since then, the youngsters have been key figures for their European teams as well as the country’s senior national team – helping them place third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. For the 1994 African Player of the Year, who was their coach at national U17 and U20 levels, credit for their meteoric rise should be given to the coaches who discovered them, while hoping Nigeria builds on this to groom more superstars in future. “Football is like a school where you progress from the primary school down to the tertiary institution. Even after that, you continue to educate yourself,” Amuneke told Goal. “Playing in the youth team is an opportunity for a young player who is dreaming big to become a professional. Helping your team win the World Cup at youth level means you have something special as a player “It depends on capacity, abilities and mentality to continue to progress as a footballer, so seeing (Samuel) Chukwueze and (Victor) Osimhen progressing gives me joy. “These are players we all picked without anybody knowing anything about them. We saw the qualities they possessed and try to guide them to develop.” “They have answered some of the questions asked during the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile, on why African players after doing well in a cadet tournament fail to progress,” he continued. “Seeing them becoming household names for their clubs and the Super Eagles in their early 20s is a very good thing and it means that those people who have worked hard in the U17 category since 2013 have done a good job and have set a pace. “It’s up to us to be able to build on that and see how our players can transform from the youth level to the senior level towards becoming better players in future.” Before European football leagues went on a hiatus owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, Osimhen contributed 13 goals in 27 French top-flight appearances this term. read also:Amuneke charges Nwakali to revive his career For Chukwueze, in 26 Spanish elite division outings, he has found the net thrice as the Yellow Submarine stay eighth on the La Liga log. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Crash on I-65 leaves one man dead, passenger in stable condition

first_imgEdinburgh, IN— Early Sunday, emergency crews were dispatched to I-65 northbound near the 82-mile marker in Shelby County for reports of a single vehicle crash. Around 2:45 a.m. 911 calls began coming in about a vehicle off the roadway and both occupants were severely injured. Shelby County Sheriff Deputies along with medics were first on the scene, they immediately summoned a medical helicopter.Despite life-saving efforts, 41-year-old Kenneth Cubbage Jr. of Freetown Indiana was pronounced deceased at the scene. His mother, 62-year-old Connie Cubbage was a passenger in the vehicle, she was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance in stable condition.The investigating officer, Trooper Aaron Smith, is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. The driver, Mr. Cubbage Jr. was wearing a seat belt, however, the passenger was unrestrained. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and recovered the remains of the deceased. Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time, the northbound lanes were affected for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.last_img read more

Student-athletes need more class time

first_imgIn the argument of student-athlete compensation, one side generally defends the current system saying that these athletes are getting their tuition paid for and that is a huge sum of money. Of course, not all college athletes are on a full-ride scholarship, but for those that are; their scholarship doesn’t achieve its full value.Photo courtesy USC Sports InformationBusy schedule · The men’s golf team has a busy November, playing on Monday and Tuesday before hitting the links again next week for three days. It’s just one instance of an athletic team tied down by a rough schedule.Student-athletes continually choose their sport over school because the Pac-12 and their school force them to. How can anyone expect student-athletes to put their academics first when their governing bodies refuse to do the same?This debate is especially relevant given all the attention that Thursday night football games have been given and their impact on the minutes football players spend in the classroom, but it isn’t just about football players. Once again the massive entity that is collegiate football has overshadowed the non-revenue sports that suffer from this problem just as much if not more.The men’s golf team has two consecutive weeks in November in which they have a tournament during the week. This week, the team played on Monday and Tuesday and next week they will be on the links Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.That means they are missing the equivalent of a full week of school from just two tournaments.The women’s volleyball team also plays a significant number of times during the week. This week they played in Tucson on Wednesday night and again in Tempe on Friday, meaning they will miss Tuesday through Friday this week.“On Tuesday we travel, Wednesday we play and Thursday we travel to Tempe,” women’s volleyball head coach Mick Haley said to the Daily Trojan before the team left. “Then we play early Friday at 6 p.m., but we can’t get out that night, which is terrible because we have to get up early to get them back by 9 the next morning on Saturday.”This atrocious schedule leaves very little room to achieve academic excellence. In the same interview, Haley said he thought the team would only be in school for eight days in November.It doesn’t matter how many administrators and coaches come out and say academics are the priority for their teams if their actions speak differently.This isn’t a new problem either and the NCAA in all its resplendent glory is aware of the problem.The organization has conducted a study in order to gain insight into the experiences and well being of student athletes. This survey, “Growth, Opportunity, Aspirations and Learning of Students in College,” was conducted in 2006, 2010 and most recently in 2015.The findings are disheartening, considering the word student comes first in student-athlete. In Division I schools, athletes reported dedicating a median of 34 hours a week to their sport in-season, a two-hour increase since 2010. Not surprisingly, football players spent the most time, averaging 42 hours a week. The other sport that struck the 40-hour mark — that of a full-time job — was baseball at 40 hours per week.The silver lining is that athletes also said they are spending more time on academics than they were in 2010 with the number of hours per week rising from 35.5 hours to 38.5 hours while they are in season. Across the board, female student-athletes said they spent more time studying than their male counterparts.Fifty-nine percent of male and 66 percent of female Division I athletes said they want to spend more time on academics during the season. The three sports who consistently reported they spent significantly more time on athletics than academics were football, baseball and men’s golf.Student-athletes are missing class at very high rates as well. Ten percent of football players reported missing three or more classes a week during their season, and this was the lowest number among of the categories the NCAA provided for Division I athletes. Nineteen percent of baseball players, 21 percent of men’s basketball players and 22 percent of women’s basketball players — all limited to Division I athletes — reported missing three or more classes a week during their season.Between the time spent traveling or working out and the time spent pursuing a degree, the life of a college athlete is far busier than most average students. Unfortunately, most of the student-athletes surveyed were not dissatisfied with these time commitments during the season.By promoting a culture of athletics taking precedent over academics, these athletes are being done a disservice by their universities.According to the NCAA, just 1.6 percent of NCAA football players go on to compete in the NFL. 1.1 percent of men’s basketball players make it to the NBA and for baseball players, 9.7 will be drafted by a Major League team.By taking athletes out of the classroom for such a significant time, the University is taking away valuable preparation for a world beyond athletics. This isn’t to say that college sports should be done away with, there just needs to be some reform in the amount of time that these athletes are expected to contribute to their schools when what they are receiving in return — their education — is being taken away from them.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather to face Andre Berto on 12 September

first_imgThe boxing world have now found out Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent’s identity, Andre Berto after the undefeated boxing superstarconfirmed when the fight will take place.   Mayweather announced on his official Twitter on Tuesday that Sept. 12 will be when he steps back into the ring:Mayweather insisted on the post-fight broadcast immediately after his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao that his next fight would be the last of his career: “My last fight is in September, then it’s time for me to hang it up. You know, I’m almost 40 years old now, I’ve been in the sport 19 years, I’ve been world champion for 18 years, and I’m truly, truly thankful and I’m blessed.”As far as whom Mayweather will fight, it’s also been confirmed to be Andre Berto as TMZ Sports reported in July. There’s also the mystery of how fans will be able to watch the fight. Mayweather’s bout on Sept. 12 will be his last under the terms of a six-fight contract with Showtime Sports—a subsidiary of CBS.Regardless of how Mayweather’s fight is broadcast and whom he is challenging, it’s always a huge event when he steps into the ring. The possibility that Sept. 12 could be his final match adds to the intrigue. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more