RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Nigeria Football Federation says it has refrained from responding to the cacophony of falsehood and misrepresentation over its absence or otherwise at the final funeral rites of former Nigerian international, Isaac Promise, because it was most concerned with the safety and well-being of his immediate family. NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, reiterated on Friday that the Federation has always, is presently and will always show concern on issues that affect Nigerian players (active, retired or departed), and has without recourse to noise and grandstanding done its part for the immediate family of Promise. Olajire said: “The NFF has been in regular contact with, and has offered support to late Isaac Promise’s wife and children. When the player died in the United States of America, the NFF immediately contacted the club and we were assured of the responsibilities of the club, which included flying his remains to Nigeria. “However, some of his siblings outrightly expected the NFF to foot the entire bill of his burial, which we told them was not possible. The NFF offered to foot part of the bill for the burial but from that moment, they were not happy with the Federation.” Olajire disclosed that the NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, was also in contact with the Chairman of Imo State Sports Commission, Fan Ndubuoke, and the Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, to help make peace in the late player’s family as the siblings were at daggers drawn with his wife and children. He said: “We know what we have done and still ready to do for the immediate family without joining in the debate going on in sections of the media. “The NFF President has approved a sum of money to be paid to the immediate family and that money will be sent to his wife in the next few days.” On her part, Promise’s wife has commended the NFF for its efforts since the passing on of her husband, who captained the Nigeria U20 team to runner-up position at the FIFA U20 World Cup in The Netherlands in 2005, and was also a key member of the U23 team that won silver medal in the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2008 Olympics in China. Kate Promise expressed surprise at the negative stories in sections of the media, while confirming that the NFF President indeed mandated Ndubuoke and Uchegbulam to broker peace between her and her in-laws.Tags: Ademola OlajireCacophonyIsaac PromiseNFF
The baseball team hopes that its mid-week slip against Pepperdine will not derail the team from making an impact during the Pac-12 season. USC is set to travel to Eugene to meet a 14-12 Oregon team whose bats have recently come alive taking two of three games from No. 9 Cal.Though Oregon head coach George Horton is known across the country as the coach who plays “small ball” on offense — a term that typically refers to an emphasis of getting runners on base and sacrificing batters to move that runner into scoring position and across the plate. Oregon culminated the weekend series with 15 hits in a 11-5 win Sunday to improve to a 4-5 record during conference play.USC head coach Dan Hubbs says that Oregon will have to prove that they can hit the ball to score in order to defeat the Trojans, but he warns that this emergence of offense could be especially troubling when paired with Oregon’s trio of left-handed pitchers Cole Irvin, David Peterson and Matt Krook that he has been preparing his team for already in practice. Before Sunday’s game, the Ducks were batting .207 as a team, but they went 15-for-34 (.441,) Sunday against Cal, according to the Register Guard.“Eugene is notoriously a tough place to score, so we are going to have to be able to execute,” Hubbs said. “When we get a lead-off double, we are going to have to drive that guy home. We are not just going to be able to give them opportunities to score without them having to hit to score.”Despite noting that USC displayed an impressive hitting performance in their series win over Utah, Hubbs says that the offense seemed to be in a bit of “a lapse” against Pepperdine Tuesday. After winning the first two series games against Utah, the Trojans could not overcome a rocky performance from senior pitcher Kyle Davis who struggled immensely through two and one-third innings in the series finale, allowing five runs on six hits and eventually losing the game 14-8.Senior outfielder and first baseman AJ Ramirez earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for batting .538 (7-for-13) with five RBIs and two home runs in a week when USC went 3-1. Ramirez contributed one hit or more in each of those games.USC travels to Eugene after coming off of 3-2 loss at Pepperdine Tuesday in which Hubbs labeled his team’s performance as “vanilla,” because there was neither “nothing great” nor “nothing awful” about their execution. Due to their mediocre record (15-16), Hubbs acknowledges that every loss is now amplified for the Trojans.“Every game from now on is important, and we have got to win as many of them as we can,” Hubbs said. “Every loss gets magnified because you did not play well earlier in the season.”Hubbs credits his two freshmen, pitcher CJ Stubbs and first baseman Dillon Paulson, for their impact on the game Tuesday. He noted that Stubbs pitched significantly better than he had in the previous week, hurling seven strikeouts through four innings against the Waves.Hubbs was particularly impressed with Paulson who had two hits in his two at bats and was instrumental in the Trojans’ 2 runs. In the fifth inning, Paulson had been walked and utilized a wild throw from reliever Jonathan Pendergast to advance to second, a bunt from redshirt junior shortstop Reggie Southall to get to third and an infield hit from redshirt sophomore second baseman Frankie Rios who grounded into a double play, but did give the base runner the distraction he needed to eventually cross home plate for USC’s first run of the game.Paulson contributed a second time in the seventh inning when leading off with a double before being substituted out of the game for pinch runner redshirt junior Turner Clouse, who scored thanks to another timely bunt from Southall that allowed him to take third base before a sacrifice fly from Rios brought him home.Though batters continued to strand runners on base and in scoring position after giving up the game-winning run in the bottom-seventh inning and eventually losing 3-2, Hubbs expects the team to improve against Oregon because he anticipates them to play with a greater “sense of urgency” in their fourth inter-conference series.First pitch of USC’s three-day weekend series against Oregon is at 6 p.m. Friday in Eugene. Saturday and Sunday’s game start at 2 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.