German Bundesliga Club signs Aruna Quadri

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has teamed with a top club in the German Bundesliga Table Tennis league after the world number 18 was unveiled on Monday by the management of the club led by its President, Stefan Frauenholz. The deal was brokered by WEOAllSports and Quadri is expected to join the club – TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda – based in the Central part of Germany, from next season (September 2020) in the elite division of the Bundesliga. According to Frauenholz, the decision to sign Quadri was based on the team’s conviction that the Nigerian has a lot to offer based on his global exploits. “We are so lucky to sign Aruna Quadri because he is such a good player with excellent results. This is a family club and we believe his passion and interest tally with the ideals of the club. We are so happy to unveil him today and we hope he can bring his wealth of experience to help the team next season,”  Frauenholz said. An excited Quadri said he was happy fulfilling his dream of playing in the German Bundesliga having spent over 10 years playing in the Portuguese league with several laurels to show for his efforts. “I am happy joining this team and I see that it is a family club with good ideal and for me I am going to give my 100 percent to the team. I look forward to having a good experience playing against the best in the Bundesliga to continue to improve my career,” the Rio 2016 Olympic quarterfinalist said. For the Chairman of WEOAllSports, Wahid Oshodi, the signing of Quadri by the German club is a confirmation of his hardwork and commitment to his trade. Oshodi said: “We are so excited that teams across Europe appreciate the progress Quadri has made over the years. He is now one of the best players in the world and we hope this move will give him the opportunity to improve his skills and continue to improve his global rating. The Bundesliga has the best players in the world and Quadri will feel at home there. Aruna Quadri is such an amazing player who is very popular among the Germans and we are not surprised that some of the best teams in the world wanted him. We hope this will serve as an inspiration for the younger Nigerian players.” Quadri started his sojourn to Europe in 2010 and he has played for several clubs in Portugal, while his present team is Sporting, where he had won several medals, including making it to the semifinal stage of the ETTU Champions League. At Sporting, he has remained unbeaten in the last five years, while he has won back-to-back league titles with the Lisbon-based team.Tags: aruna quadriGerman Bundesliga Table Tennis LeagueWEOAllsportslast_img read more

Another Trabzonspor player tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The novel coronavirus hit Trabzonspor anew on August 15 as the Turkish football club reported another player had contracted the virus.“After one of our first team players tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, another player tested positive for the virus via the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] test. He was taken to home isolation and his treatment has begun,” Trabzonspor said in a statement. Like August 14’s announcement, the Black Sea club did not give the player’s name.August 14 saw a Trabzonspor player test positive for the novel coronavirus and go into home confinement for isolation and treatment.Trabzonspor’s first team players are set to gather at the club premises on Monday to prepare for the new season and to be tested in groups.Tags: COVID-19Positive TestTrabzonsporTurkeyTurkish Leaguelast_img read more

Pochettino points the way

first_img Last time out Southampton embarrassed reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 and before that drew at Wigan and lost narrowly at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson said Pochettino’s men were the best team to play at Old Trafford this season and the manager is hoping for a similar performance on Sunday. “I think it is very important for the players that played those two away games to know they played really well,” he said. “I am not in it for me, I am in it for the team. The fact that the team got those two good results playing well is great. The victories are always down to the team and what is clear is that we will got to Newcastle looking for the three points.” Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to turn impressive away performances into three points at Newcastle. Only goal difference separates Southampton and the Magpies, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in the corresponding fixture. “We have the same expectations and ambitions,” Pochettino said. “For example we want to go to Newcastle and get the three points. “We know that whatever has happened in football in the past doesn’t count for anything in the future, so we will keep moving forwards. “We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. “But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. “They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stoke’s Huth accepts FA punishment

first_img Press Association The German was charged on Tuesday following a clash with Fulham defender Philippe Senderos in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage that was missed by match officials at the time. Huth will miss this weekend’s Barclays Premier League meeting with West Ham as well as matches against Newcastle and West Brom. Stoke defender Robert Huth will serve a three-match suspension after deciding not to contest a Football Association charge of violent conduct.center_img Stoke said in a statement on their website: “Stoke City have confirmed that Robert Huth has accepted the charge of violent conduct following an incident in last weekend’s game at Craven Cottage.” Video footage from the match showed Huth catching Senderos with his forearm, and Stoke would have been mindful that an appeal deemed frivolous could have resulted in an extra match being added to the ban. Huth’s absence will break up his centre-back partnership with captain Ryan Shawcross, and boss Tony Pulis must now decide who to move into the centre. Stoke loaned Matthew Upson to Brighton last month, which has left them without another specialist centre-half. Versatile United States international Geoff Cameron would appear to be the obvious candidate while full-backs Ryan Shotton and Marc Wilson could also come into contention. Wilson made his comeback at Fulham following a broken leg and he would be happy to fill in for Huth if required. The Republic of Ireland international told the Sentinel: “I will play anywhere for the team and do a job. There was a time at Portsmouth when all the centre-halves were out and I played about 20 games there.” last_img read more

Saints battle for point

first_img Southampton created the first decent opening when a low centre from Schneiderlin was beaten away by Norwich keeper Mark Bunn, who then tipped over Lallana’s rising 20-yard drive. Norwich were struggling to get hold of the ball in midfield and when right-back Russell Martin did get forward and float in a teasing ball through the penalty area, goalkeeper Boruc got there ahead of Kei Kamara, making his first start since a loan move from Kansas City. Southampton broke quickly on 28 minutes through Rickie Lambert and his onward pass found Gaston Ramirez in space at the edge of the Norwich penalty area, but his attempted chip was palmed out by Bunn as Javier Garrido mopped up the loose ball. Jay Rodriguez burst down the left early in the second half and cut into the penalty area and his cross was cleared by Sebastien Bassong, but the ball fell to Lallana some 12 yards out. However, with the goal at his mercy, the Southampton skipper could only blaze the ball high into the Barclay End. The pace of the match intensified as Japan defender Yoshida produced a superb block to prevent Holt getting on the end of Snodgrass’ cross after a great knockdown by Kamara. At the other end, Snodgrass was played in by Hoolahan, but the ball ran away from the Scotland international as he went around the goalkeeper, which allowed Yoshida to hack clear. There was late drama as Shaw’s nudge on Holt saw Clattenburg give a penalty but Boruc guessed right and earned Southampton a draw. Norwich captain Grant Holt saw his stoppage-time penalty saved as Southampton battled to a goalless draw in atrocious conditions at Carrow Road. Press Associationcenter_img With heavy rain before kick-off being followed by sleet, chances were few and far between. Saints skipper Adam Lallana blasted over when in front of an open goal, while Japan defender Maya Yoshida made vital blocks to prevent Holt and Robert Snodgrass scoring. There was late drama, though, as Luke Shaw was ruled to have pushed over Holt just inside the penalty area, as referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot after consulting with his assistant. Southampton, though, felt justice was served as Artur Boruc produced a decent stop down to his left to secure a point for the visitors. last_img read more

Draw edges United closer to title

first_imgManchester United moved to within four points of claiming their 20th league title after Robin van Persie scored a controversial equaliser to claim a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with a battling West Ham. The nature of the result was befitting given United’s penchant for having to fight back from losing positions this season. They fell behind to a Ricardo Vaz Te header before Antonio Valencia’s first goal of the season levelled the scores. A great strike from Mohamed Diame saw the Hammers re-establish their lead in the second half. But United again showed their spirit as Van Persie equalised with 13 minutes remaining, although there will be questions asked as to whether the Dutchman was offside. The draw means United have now claimed 28 points from losing positions in the Barclays Premier League this season and leaves West Ham without a league victory over them since 2007. The hosts started the game brightly and, with the visitors toiling, it was Vaz Te who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, but the goal owed much to the driving force of Diame. The Senegal international picked the ball up in his own half after another United attack broke down and charged over the halfway line before picking out Matt Jarvis on the left flank. Jarvis skipped past Rio Ferdinand with ease before crossing to the back post, with Carroll knocking the ball down to the onrushing Vaz Te, who headed past David De Gea. The visitors’ equaliser came just after the half-hour mark after some fine work by Shinji Kagawa. The move started with Van Persie drifting out to the left wing and collecting the ball before playing in the Japan international. Kagawa then showed great composure to time his pass across goal to Valencia, who was left with the simple task of tapping home. Neither side could take the lead before the interval but there were a series of incidents inside the United penalty area before a West Ham corner. Wayne Rooney appeared to kick out at Carroll, with referee Lee Probert talking to the England pair, before Carroll incensed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by crashing into De Gea from the delayed set-piece. The battle between Carroll and De Gea continued as the Spanish goalkeeper collected a cross despite close attention from the forward, which ultimately saw the Liverpool loanee cautioned. He almost responded with a goal but his scintillating long-range strike hit the side netting of De Gea’s goal. West Ham’s second goal came soon after as Vaz Te’s clever flick and Guy Demel’s pass into Diame found the midfielder in possession just outside United’s area. Diame turned past Rooney, who offered little resistance, and arrowed a low effort past De Gea. Ryan Giggs was introduced by Ferguson as Rooney made way. And Van Persie had Kagawa, and the assistant referee, to thank for drawing the sides level. Kagawa cut inside before curling an effort that came back off the post and Van Persie’s path, with the striker finishing clinically – although he was in an offside position when Kagawa’s original shot was taken. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Borini hints at training return

first_img The 22-year-old Italian, whose first year at Anfield has been marred by injuries, was ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating the joint and undergoing surgery in February. Borini, a £10.5million signing from Roma last summer, missed three months earlier in the campaign with a broken foot. Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is poised to return to full training as he steps up his recovery from a shoulder injury. Borini wrote on Twitter: “Who i should be and who I feel to be” today first full training after injury!!! #be #firstraining #back #happy.” Borini has scored just one goal in 16 appearances since joining the Reds. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Martinez: Safety like winning title

first_imgWigan boss Roberto Martinez believes avoiding relegation for the third year in a row would be the equivalent of winning the Barclays Premier League. The Latics have engineered remarkable escapes in each of the last two seasons and gave themselves a big chance of adding another this term by coming from behind twice to beat West Brom 3-2 at The Hawthorns. “We don’t just escape. As a football club we win the title every time we stay in the league,” he said. “It’s a different approach. Any other club fights to avoid something or fears to lose something; we don’t. We don’t fight to avoid relegation. It’s not a negative – it’s the opposite.” Callum McManaman was the match-winner, sealing the points 10 minutes from time after superb play by the electric Shaun Maloney. Prior to that, Arouna Kone and James McArthur had twice drawn Wigan level following goals from Shane Long and Gareth McAuley. The win left Martinez’s side still two points from safety with three games to go, but he only had eyes for the positives. Wigan could, of course, end the season with a trophy if they can upset Manchester City in the FA Cup final, but Martinez thinks survival is as good as any silverware. He added: “We are still involved in two major competitions – the league and the cup – and we are ready to win both trophies. We showed we have a big club mentality in these players.” For West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, there was a frustratingly familiar issue to confront at the end of the match. Peter Odemwingie has caused his manager several headaches since his extravagant attempts to force through a move to QPR in January and he was greeted angrily by fans after being sent to warm up. Clarke could not confirm whether Odemwingie exchanged words with the crowd, but admitted the incident prevented him sending the forward on. “There was a bad reaction, the crowd let their feelings be known,” said the Scot. “I don’t know (the details) because I was watching the game. I asked him, Jerome Thomas and James Morrison to get prepared and I wanted to put on two from three. “When he went out the warm-up there was a negative reaction and if I’m honest the crowd reaction made me go with James and Jerome. I still think Peter’s got a part to play in some matches but we’ll deal with it from game to game.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vidic a shock absence from tour

first_img However, Vidic’s non-appearance was not expected and there was no immediate explanation from the club. There was no hint of any problem on Friday when Vidic attended the official unveiling of David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. And while his absence may be connected to the treatment received by the Serbian on the chronic knee injury that ruled him out for virtually 12 months, any fresh problem would be a concern. In addition to Van Persie and De Gea, Shinji Kagawa will also be a late arrival, linking up with his team-mates in Japan on July 21 after a rest following his country’s Confederations Cup campaign. As anticipated, Robin van Persie and David de Gea both miss Saturday’s opener in Bangkok after being given additional time off following their summer international commitments, although they are due to join up in Sydney. And, just as David Moyes predicted, injury victims Chris Smalling (foot), Ashley Young (ankle) and Nani (broken nose) were also missing due to injury. Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is a surprise absentee from the club’s pre-season touring squad.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Irwin takes Moyes’ word over Rooney

first_img It does appear Rooney’s position at Old Trafford is close to untenable. Yet United are adamant they will not sell and would be willing to wind down the contract which still has two years to run if necessary. And Irwin is happy to take Moyes at his word. “Wayne is a fantastic player,” said the former Republic of Ireland full-back. “He has been great in the years he has been at the club and has scored a stack of goals for us. David Moyes is the manager. He makes the decisions. He has said Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. That is good enough for me.” Whether United can hold that position remains to be seen, with neither player nor club showing any sign of buckling from their present position. Beyond that, the sudden departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on urgent transfer business has triggered fevered speculation about who it could concern. Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have all been mentioned. Yet, as those targets have been discussed for some time now, and Woodward was due to return to the UK on Sunday anyway, it would suggest something more significant. That would give credence to reports that a big-money move for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is imminent, although, as yet, United have refused to discuss the matter. Irwin concedes such speculation is normal at a club the size of United. And he does not believe the players, currently being pushed through one of the toughest parts of their pre-season training regime, will be affected. “There will always be loads of speculation at this time of the season, whether it is in your position or someone else’s,” said Irwin. “It is part and parcel of being a footballer at a top club. My thoughts were just to get my head down and work as hard as possible because you want to get a good pre-season under your belt. Denis Irwin is happy to be guided by David Moyes’ unequivocal statement that Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. “David Moyes has said Wayne Rooney is not going anywhere and there will always be talk about who United are bringing in. The players will just ignore it really.” If nothing else, it has provided Moyes with a baptism about what to expect from his new role after 11 years at Everton. With supporters outside United’s hotel at all hours of the day, Moyes admits himself it is a somewhat different situation to the one he had on Merseyside. “I have been overwhelmed already,” said Moyes. “We dropped into Thailand on the way to Sydney and everywhere you go with Manchester United, everyone wants to meet the players.” And that, clearly, is just the start. Even at an exclusive business lunch he attended in central Sydney, it was hammered home to Moyes just what a massive task he was given when Ferguson summoned him to his house and informed him he was to be the next United manager. For prior to answering admittedly less taxing questions about his job, Moyes watched a montage of United’s performances last season, which ended with them winning the Premier League title with four games to spare and by an eventual margin of 11 points. “It was the first time I had seen those clips myself and I thought ‘wow’,” said Moyes. “I was very fortunate to get a great grounding at Everton. But I have now come to the biggest club in the world. Sir Alex (Ferguson) has left me a winning team. I am taking over the champions of England. “The job now is to try and do what you saw in all those clips. The history of this football club is incredible. I have a great chance to build on that and try and get a little bit more over the coming seasons.” The subject of Rooney has dominated Moyes’ entire Manchester United reign so far. From rumblings of discontent about Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim he had handed in a transfer request, to the hamstring injury that forced Rooney out of United’s pre-season tour, beyond that the player’s negative reaction to Moyes’ statement about his place in the pecking order to the complete rejection of Chelsea’s bid, England’s talisman has been the centre of attention. Press Associationlast_img read more