Welcome to the very first edition of Sport Diary, a column where I summarise some of the most interesting sporting events for Nigerian Diary.
For this very first edition, we start with football…
Silence in the Red side of Manchester
The noisy neighbours are in town and the least we expected was silence but that is what we got from Manchester United after their game against their city rivals Manchester City. The league champions humbled their more successful neighbours with a 3-1 defeat on a day I have concluded marked Pep Guardiola’s superiority over Jose Mourinho in terms of style and tactics. Both managers arrived at the Manchester clubs they oversee in 2016, both managers have had huge resources to buy players at their disposal and both managers have had time to work with their teams. But only one manager is reliant on Fellaini as option B. That sums the debate up for me, at least in the context of their times in Manchester.
Barcelona’s Camp Nou Witness Betis Reality
The Spanish champions have not lost a home game in two years until the Real Betis visited at the weekend. This actually reminds me of a certain Chelsea team that went unbeaten at home for four years. A recorded ended by Liverpool courtesy of Xabi Alonso’s first-half goal in 2008. Only that this time, Real Betis were more ruthless. The Spanish side went two goals ahead in no time to set the stage for what turned out a pulsating encounter. Who would have thought we would see a La Liga game where Barcelona does not outscore their opponents?
Lewis Hamilton Races up to Schumacher
Lewis Hamilton nears Schumacher’s records as his Mercedes Gang Silver Arrows clinch another title to mark a great 2018. A fifth world championship for the team in a year Toto Wolf has described as “the most challenging year of the last five years.” Even though Mercedes’ Silver Arrow team spearheaded by Hamilton has overseen some sort of dominance, Wolf believes 2019 will be “an even more challenging year for the team.”
Rooney’s England Return Split Opinion
Wayne Rooney’s return to the England national team for an international farewell in a friendly against United States of American on Thursday splits opinion among English fans. At this point I want to shout “It is just a farewell in a friendly game with the USA” but I am sure for the fans who think it is a waste of space to honor a player who scored 53 goals and gave his all for the shirt, understanding the importance is a herculean task. As a football fan, I wish Rooney the best and give kudos to the English team for honoring him as should have been done to others.
More Respect Needed for Falcons as they Fly Again!
The Super Falcons of Nigeria depart today to Abidjan for the 11th African Women’s Cup of Nation 2018, a competition our super ladies have women a record 8th time. Let me use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to respect these women more. They have done what our mail national team is unable to do, that is to dominate the continent. Yet, they are treated shabbily in 2018 when one expects things to be better. A picture of these ladies dressed in their personal wears at the Airport a few days ago went viral on social media and I was near tears. How difficult is it to kit our women’s national team? Why have we not done more to celebrate them?
I leave you with these questions for this week until next time.
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