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Golfers convene for 56th FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Championship

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited is hosting the 2017 Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship, scheduled to Tee-Off on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the beautiful greenery of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Course in Lagos. The event which is in its 56th year has been consistently sponsored by FirstBank.

The tourney will have over 260 elite golfers across the federation from Ikeja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Aba, Benin, Kano, Kaduna, Calabar and Ekiti, participating.  The three day golf tournament will also host the “Professional Coaching Clinic” to nurture the skills of young and upcoming talents, and “Beat the Pro Skills competition”.

According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank’s continued hosting of the golf course is in recognition of the need to strengthen sporting activities in Nigeria as another means of diversifying our economy, whilst creating a platform to have participants benefit from the career and fitness advantages inherent in the sport.

The event would present a golden opportunity for players to take advantage of numerous products offered by the Bank’s Private Banking. “We assure all golf enthusiasts that we will continue to seek and explore new ways of elevating golf and producing even better golfers”, she added.

The 36 hole event to be played over two days would be rounded off with a grand finale and awards dinner on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The last edition of the tournament played at the Ikoyi Golf Club 1938 hosted over 252 golfers from all parts of Nigeria participating in the coaching clinics and the tournament. The annual tournament is open to all amateur golfers who are members of a registered Golf Club with handicap of 14 or below. More information on the championship is available on – www.firstbanknigeria.com/golf

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Atletico Madrid defeats Super Eagles 3-2 In friendly

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Spanish LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid have beaten the Super Eagles of Nigeria 3-2 in a friendly played at the ‘Nest of Champions’ in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Former Golden Eaglets star, Kelechi Nwakali put Nigeria ahead but Andrea Correa levelled the score for Atletico Madrid.

However, the La Liga outfit drew level in southern Nigeria minutes later through Angel Correa after Turkey-based striker Emem Eduok was dispossessed in his own half of the pitch.

Substitute Destiny Ashadi ought to have restored the Eagles’ lead just before the interval, but he badly miscued from inside the box after he was set up by the bright and lively Samad Kadiri.

Substitute Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead for the first time on 64 minutes after the visitors had missed a sitter earlier in the second half.

Norway-based midfielder Usman Mohammed hauled the Nigerians level in the 79th minute with a great solo goal as he dribbled his way inside the box.

However, Borja Garces fired past goalkeeper Femi Thomas for the winner five minutes from time.

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Southampton sack manager less than a year

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Southampton has sacked Mauricio Pellegrino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Pellegrino was hired on a three-year deal in June of 2017 after Claude Puel was let go at the club. He had previously been at Alaves.

Saints were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday and lie just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Southampton has won just one of their last 17 league matches — against bottom club West Brom — with this weekend’s defeat proving to be the final straw.

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the south coast club.

A Southampton statement read: “We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.

“The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way.”

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino’s successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

They then face a crunch clash with relegation rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on March 31.

Former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva has been installed as the favourite for the vacancy with bookmakers.

Pellegrino, 46, played for Barcelona, Valencia and Liverpool as a player, while his coaching career has included stints in charge of Valencia, Estudiantes and Independiente.

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Breaking: Fiorentina captain, Davide Astori dies in his sleep

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• Astori was due to play in a match against Udinese on Sunday

• The defender won 14 caps for Italy during his career

 

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died aged 31, the Italian club have confirmed.

Astori was staying a hotel with his team-mates ahead of their game on Sunday away at Udinese when he passed away.

The defender won 14 caps for Italy in a career which started at AC Milan, although he never played a first team game for the club before being sold to Cagliari.

“Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” read the statement.

“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”

The match against Udinese has been postponed following the announcement of the player’s death. It was later confirmed that all Serie A games were to be postponed out of respect for Astori.

Former Cagliari team-mate Radja Nainggolan wrote on Instagram: “A great player, but even more than that, a great person. How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma I still can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his family and those close to him. RIP.”

During his career Astori played spent time on loan at Roma and Fiorentina before joining the latter club two years ago on a permanent basis after six years as a Cagliari player. Astori was a member of the Italy squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, scoring his only international goal in the third-place playoff against Uruguay, which Italy won on penalties.

Former Roma manager Rudi Garcia tweeted: “The news of the untimely death of my former player Davide Astori pains me. A professional and exemplary guy. I am close to the family and his loved ones. Rest in peace Davide.”

-The Guardian UK

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