Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow with a 2-0 upset at home to Burnley in the English Premier League (EPL) on Wednesday. The Old Trafford fans immediately vented their anger at the club’s U.S. owners, the Glazers family.
Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez ensured victory for Sean Dyche’s Burnley on a night when Manchester United looked nothing like a “big six’’ team.
Manchester United fans chanted protest songs aimed at the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, while their team fell to a second straight loss.
After Sunday’s defeat by leaders Liverpool amidst criticism of the club for failing to secure any new additions so far in the January transfer window, there is an air of crisis around Manchester United.
The club’s decline since the departure of manager Alex Ferguson after their last English Premier League title in 2013 shows no signs of being reversed.
The fans clearly put the blame on the Glazers and their chief executive Ed Woodward, more than manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Thousands of fans flooded out of Old Trafford well before the end of the game.
But the hardcore supporters in the Stretford End chose to stay and continue to make their feelings known.
“(In the) 84th minute I saw people get up and go. That is unheard of at this stadium.
“Seeing people leave with disdain on their face. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years has been remarkable,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said in his role as a match pundit for BT Sport.
The defeat leaves Manchester United fifth in the standings, six points adrift of Chelsea who currently occupy the fourth UEFA Champions League qualification spot.
Wood fired Burnley ahead in the 39th minute with a half-volley on the turn after a simple free-kick routine.
Ben Mee headed the ball down into the path of the New Zealand international.
The Clarets, who move up to 13th place, doubled their lead, seven minutes after the break, through striker Rodriguez who blasted into the top corner after a smart exchange with Wood.
Manchester United had a last minute header from Luke Shaw ruled out for pushing.
But they created few clear-cut chances as Burnley held on for their first victory at Old Trafford since 1962.
“It’s mad. It’s a great feeling. The lads have come in the dressing room buzzing,” said Burnley-born Rodriguez.
“These are the moments you work hard for. We stopped them playing. We showed our qualities to keep the ball and hurt them.
“That two-goal cushion was good for the team. This result means everything,” he added.
The Clarets, deserved winners, had drifted towards the relegation zone after four straight losses but this victory, following Sunday’s win over third-place Leicester City has steadied the ship.
Nigeria Para-lifters federation president, Uboh, resigns
Mrs. Queen Uboh-Idris has resigned from her position as the President of the Nigerian Para-Powerlifting Federation.
Uboh-Idris resigned after successfully hosting the Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World championship.
Uboh-Idris announced her resignation to a bewildered audience at the closing ceremony/dinner held in honour of athletes and officials of the just concluded Para Powerlifting World Cup at the International Conference Center in Abuja on Friday night.
Efforts by journalists to speak to the President on the reasons behind her resignation were unsuccessful as officials of the body and overzealous friends denied access to her.
Uboh-Idris has been embroiled in controversies prior to the World Championship, with one of them being when she was quoted to have raised alarm over Team Nigeria missing out of attending a tournament that is being hosted in Nigeria.
She was rumored to be at loggerheads with the decision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development who approved thirty athletes against the sixty athletes she favored to participate at the just concluded Para Powerlifting event.
However, She promised to issue a statement at a later date, to explain the reasons for action.
The seven-day Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Championship, which ended on Friday in Abuja, featured athletes from Georgia, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon.
BREAKING: Again, Kenyans David Tumo, Sharon Cherop win 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon
Kenyans David Barmasai Tumo and Sharon Jemutai Cherop are the winners of the 42 km Lagos City Marathon. Both smashed the records.
Tumo set a course record time of 2:10:22, erasing the time of last year’s winner.
Tumo, has broken the marathon’s four-year record in 42km race to win the first prize of $50,000.
He finishing the race in two hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds, a time lesser than what previous winners had recorded.
In 2016, Abraham Kiptum of Kenya won in 2:16:21 seconds; 2017: Abraham Kiptum, Kenya 2:15:20secs;
2018: Abraham Kiprotich Kenyan-French 2:13:04secs; and in 2019, Sintayehu Legese of Ethiopia breast the finishing tape in 2:17:28secs.
Another Kenyan Sharon Jemutai Cherop won in the women’s category by also setting a new record of 2:31:38, two minutes later than she made a similar race in Eldoret Kenya in 2018.
The 35 year-old is a veteran marathoner. She won a bronze medal at the age of sixteen in the 5000 metres at the World Junior Championships.
She was the bronze medal winner in the marathon at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won the Boston Marathon in 2012.
She also won the Eldoret City marathon in 2018 with a time of 2:29:57
Both male and female 42km runners competed for the grand prize of $50,000 while the second and third place winners $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Fidelity Bank emerges champions of 2019 Nigerian Bankers’ Games
How best can one describe the Nigerian Bankers’ Games (NBG) Finals between Fidelity and UBA yesterday? Nerve wracking, enthralling, grueling, entertaining, mesmerizing, ecstatic? You just can’t be wrong on any of these fronts! Simply put: The match lived up to its billing as it had everybody sitting on the edge of their seats.
The Okonkwo tutored boys drew the first blood, converting from a well taken throw –in. The lead was however short lived as the Tony Elumelu boys benefited from a defensive mix-up to score the equalizer. From then on, it became a ding-dong affair with neither of the teams giving anything away. That was the situation till the end of regulation time.
Then the dreaded penalty shoot – out! This is where you can thump your chest and say yes, “I am a Fidelity Man”. Fidelity players kept their nerves and true to the Fidelity Spirit, scored all the five kicks to come away with the cup for the fourth time. Fidelity Bank also emerged best in the overall medal tables of the 2019 NBG.
Congratulations Team Fidelity.
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