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Iga Swiatek said media have ‘short memories’ on the Ukrainian war



Iga Swiatek said media have ‘short memories’ on the Ukrainian war(Provided by Tennis World USA).

Iga Swiatek won the tournament in Warsaw, Poland on July 30th. A win that gave her a lot of confidence ahead of the American hard-court season. She said about: “I’m feeling really good. I’ve had some very intense training these days.

Feelings are good after the tournament in Warsaw and I can’t wait to play my first match in Montreal.”The Pole will have to defend the title won at the US Open in 2022 and the top of the ranking. The number one threat is Aryna Sabalenka, who wasted her big chance at Wimbledon.It will be enough for Swiatek to improve on the result achieved in Toronto last year, when she stopped in the round of 16, to leave Montreal looking at all her rivals from top to bottom.

Swiatek and the war in Ukraine: “I respect Svitolina a lot”
Iga explained in the press conference: “Last year, at this time of the season, I had to think about some technical tricks to improve.This year things are different and I have much more confidence.

Playing in Warsaw changed my perspective, because last year it was not easy to switch from clay to hard courts. It’s easier for me now, there are no further obstacles.Looking at the results, I’m happy. But I still need to gain experience and learn to handle some situations better.

I played two games on the same day in Warsaw because of the rain. I knew that I had to finish my semi and that there would also be the final if I won both.It wasn’t easy, I also felt the pressure. The best lesson is to find yourself in these situations.

I’m still learning, but I have to be proud of what I’ve achieved so far.Wozniacki? Even though he doesn’t represent Poland, we know that his parents are Polish and he speaks our language very well. She was one of those people who was able to show me that I could do it.

She is a great source of inspiration.When we met in Toronto, I realized that I could win games against the best players. That game was very important. I remember losing the first set 0-6 and being able to turn the game around.”Swiatek always wears the Ukrainian flag on his cap during her matches; gesture much appreciated by Elina Svitolina: “It’s great what she’s doing.

It represents the right values, it’s not easy for Ukrainian athletes to compete at the moment. I really respect what she is doing after becoming a mother. I am happy that a person like her represents the right values. The war is still going on, it must be said, because many have short memories; the media too. You have to remind people what the really important things are.”


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Anniversary: PUNCHERS perfect winning strategies as Agali opens Media Amalgamated training



With just eight more days before the kick-off of the highly anticipated novelty match between The PUNCHERS and Media Amalgamated team as part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of The PUNCH, The PUNCHERS worked on their winning strategies on Friday at the Mountain Top University, Magboro, Ogun State.


The PUNCHERS go up against Media Amalgamated, a select group of journalists from Tribune, Nation, Vanguard, ThisDay, Leadership, Telegraph and The Guardian newspapers at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos February 24.


The highly anticipated and potentially explosive novelty match marks the commencement of an array of epoch-making activities for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s most-read newspaper.


In the second training session held at the team’s home ground, Mountain Top University, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the PUNCHERS, with 31 players from different departments of the company and coaches by AFCON 1992 bronze medallist, Friday Ekpo, intensified training ahead of the clash.

PUNCHERS’ veteran midfielder, Godspower Otor, said along with his teammates, they would concentrate on training and do their talking on the pitch.

“I read what one of our opponents said that they would flog us and I just laughed,” he said.


“We will allow them do their talkings in the media while we focus on training and allow the results to do justice. We are focused and training hard, our coach Friday Ekpo is not leaving any stone unturned as he ensures we get our movements and tactics right.

Friday’s training focused on our strategy, which we will perfect before the game day and I am sure we will be ready for the encounter.”


The PUNCHERS will have their third training on Saturday (today) as they intensify preparations for the novelty game against Media Amalgamated.


Former Super Eagles forward and bronze medallist at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, Victor Agali, has been handed the task of coaching the Media Amalgamated team, who have their first training session today at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.



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Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria: How to watch Africa Cup of Nations, TV channel and live stream



The Africa Cup of Nations will see a true heavyweight clash as hosts Ivory Coast take on Nigeria in Group A.

Back on Saturday, Les Éléphants started AFCON off well, notching a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the tournament’s opening match.

However, one day later the Super Eagles were stunned by Equatorial Guinea, and needed a Victor Osimhen goal to come back for a 1-1 draw.

That leaves Nigeria in need of a result — and possibly even a win — to avoid a must-win situation during the final round of group-stage matches. A loss would leave a star-studded side on the brink of elimination.

For Ivory Coast, meanwhile, a win would guarantee a place in the knockout stages, and a draw in Group A’s other match would secure the top spot in the section.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria (AFCON)
When: Thursday, Jan. 18
Where: Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé (Ivory Coast)
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Channel/streaming: beIN SPORTS, Fubo


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Elegbeleye: NPFL Broadcast Rights still Available, No Exclusivity



Companies seeking to acquire Broadcast rights of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) have been invited to approach the league body with offers for negotiation.

Chairman of the NPFL, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye on Wednesday clarified that the adopted marketing approach of the board is for non-exclusivity which has not foreclosed the signing up of more rights holders.

Elegbeleye described as shocking, claims by an individual alleging that there was an offer for $11m dollars to the NPFL for the rights before the StarTimes deal was executed.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for public records, the NPFL and StarTimes deal took months to conclude and all through the duration of our negotiations, nobody approached us with any offer”, explained the NPFL Chairman.

He further narrated efforts of the defunct Interim Management Committee (IMC) to attract a Broadcast partner including getting the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to broker a meeting with Supersport which at the end didn’t express interest in taking up the offer.

“The NPFL has an office in Abuja and the facilitator of the said $11m offer knows this place and has contacts of the NFF President. We are still very much open to negotiating as our deal with StarTimes provides for a third-party investor. 

“Let the person please come to our office or to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) because we are still open for more partnerships in the Broadcast space”.

The NPFL boss explained that the unbundling of the broadcast bouquet has made it possible to accommodate multiple partners

“It is obvious that we have unbundled the broadcast products and segmented the number of matches any rights owner can show every matchday. So there is still a window to accommodate genuine interests in our league broadcast partnership”, declared Elegbeleye, who also is the NFF’s Second Vice President.

Faulting claims that the League fail foul of the Public Procurement Act which governs sales of government assets in the country, the former member of the Federal House of Representatives, said, “The NPFL is incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and is not captured in government funding.

“We do not receive funding from the Government but run our programme from money generated through sponsorships and we operate a transparent system that accounts for sponsors/investors’ funds to maintain the integrity of the league.

“In any case, we have made sufficient noise right from the inception of the IMC and we were able to have the very successful Super 6 on television, so there’s no person in the industry who is not aware that the League hasn’t been on television for the past six years. Where were they”? he retorted.

So far, the NPFL has secured two Broadcast Partners in Propel Sports Africa (PSA) for the Over The Top (OTT) platform and StarTimes for the Direct To Home (DTH) cable platform.


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