Messi’s Free Kicks Won’t Beat Me, Boasts Ezenwa

first_imgAHEAD WORLD CUP 2018By Femi SolajaOne of the three likely goalkeepers to make Nigeria’s World Cup 2018 squad to Russia, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has assured football fans in the country to worry less about the threat that Argentina’s mercurial forward and Captain, Lionel Messi, may pose to the Super Eagles with his free-kicks. On record, Messi has a total of 39 direct free kick goals in his professional career, with 33 for his club FC Barcelona and 24 of them coming in La Liga. The Argentine super star has scored five free kicks with three coming from his last three games including his decisive lone goal winner against Atletico penultimate Sunday.But Ezenwa who led Nigeria’s Home-based Eagles to runners-up finish at the last African Nations Championship insisted he has antidote to Messi’s dead balls.“If I were to be between the sticks in the final group match against Argentina, I want to assure our teeming fans that I have the antidote to stop Messi in dead ball situations and to some extent other contending goal keepers can stop him as well,” the former FC Ifeanyiubah safe hands now Enyimba player noted.Without any doubt, Messi is in incredible form this season and is angling to add the World Cup title-the missing link- to his profile. He has scored six for Argentina including the free kick he scored against Vincent Enyeama in the final group match at the last World Cup in Brazil where the South American nation defeated Super Eagles 3-2 to top the group.“Forget about his intimidating record as a dead ball specialist. We all know that Messi is a great player but as for me, I can tell you categorically that I have been working on him with the help from Eagles technical crew and the defence set up.“I will make sure I stop him and don’t also forget that I’m yet to concede any goal via free kick and Messi, whom the whole world knows that he is a specialist in that area will never get me napping.“If I am between the sticks and with God on my side, Messi’s magic will not work against me even during open play. Football speaks with one voice which is determination and it is a collective responsibility of us all of us to remain focus to banish the ghost of always losing to Argentina every time.“Forget about the 4-2 win at the last international friendly, the real opportunity to beat them will come up in Russia and with good coverage from my colleagues I don’t see myself picking the ball(s) in the net if I happen to get the chance to be between the sticks for Super Eagles,” Ezenwa insisted.The goalkeeper also recalled his first time on a big match day against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the last African World Cup qualifying series at the Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo where Super Eagles won 4-0 and drew 1-1 in Yaounde and go clear of other contenders for the group ticket.“I am a guy for a big match day and this was what happened in Uyo where I kept a clean slate while my colleagues scored four goals against the current African champions, Cameroon. It was a game I will never forget,” Ezenwa recalled with relish.On the opening Group D match against Croatia, Ezenwa believes it will not be a tea party“Football pundit will not give us (Nigeria) any chance but we will remain focused knowing fully well that we carry the burden of over 180 million Nigerians. It is a task we cannot afford to fail.“We know they have great stars like Ivan Rakitic, Lucas Modric and many more. But you have to realise that football speaks with one voice which is determination. With God on our side, we are ready to shock them in our first game in the group phase.Super Eagle will square up against Croatia and later face Iceland before playing Argentina in the last group match with the first two team going to the knock-out phase.Eagles reached the second round at the last edition in Brazil before they were eliminated but France with two late goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse’s 82-81 last-second win over Clemson

first_imgEditor’s note: The Daily Orange was not at the Clemson game Tuesday night. Our reporters are providing coverage after watching the game on TV.Squaring off with another opponent on the NCAA Tournament bubble, it took Syracuse (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) until its final possession to edge Clemson (13-10, 3-8) on the road, 82-81. Tyus Battle hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to secure SU’s fifth straight win, the Orange’s second-longest winning streak of the season.Here are three things we learned from Tuesday’s game.Syracuse is a proven comeback threatSU demonstrated its mettle once again by coming back from a double-digit deficit for the third consecutive game. The first two wins — in overtime at North Carolina State and at home against then-No. 9 Virginia — didn’t have quite as exciting finishes, but Tuesday’s result was a substantial step forward for Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFacing a 12-point hole at one point in the first half, SU rebounded and cut the deficit to two by halftime. The Orange looked a lot like it did earlier this season, struggling to work the ball inside and lacking any rhythm on defense, but it transformed in the game’s final 20 minutes.When Andrew White couldn’t replicate his sharpshooting first half, Taurean Thompson emerged as a go-to threat in the paint. When Syracuse needed a big defensive play in the game’s final minutes, White picked off an inbounds play that resulted in a two-point possession. When SU needed to hold it together against a Tigers team that made 6-of-11 3-pointers in the second half, it did just enough.“We’ve just been making really good plays down the stretch,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in his postgame press conference. “We’ve been behind. We’re used to it.”Even when he’s not his best, Tyler Lydon is still a key cogIt’s no secret that Lydon can easily be Syracuse’s best player on both ends of the floor. He’s been just that for most of this season. Tuesday was a step down from the steady play Lydon has showcased all season, turning the ball over a team-high five times. But against Clemson, Lydon proved how vital he can be even when he doesn’t play as polished as he usually does.With SU losing by two and a minute remaining, Lydon had the ball stripped out of his hands near the baseline. Clemson’s Avery Holmes knocked it out of Lydon’s grasp and it ricocheted off his leg and out of bounds. If Clemson scored on the other end, making it a two-possession game, it would have been a game-ending turnover. But the Tigers didn’t.When White snagged a Clemson inbound and dished it to Lydon, he was fouled and hit both fouls shots to tie the game at 79. Then on the game’s final possession, Lydon barreled down the paint and looked like he was going to elevate for a contested layup. Instead, at the last moment he found Battle open in the corner, notching only his second assist of the game on the buzzer-beating 3-pointer. By any stretch, it wasn’t Lydon’s best game. It was just good enough.MORE COVERAGE Superlatives from Syracuse’s 82-81 victory over ClemsonTyus Battle hits buzzer-beating 3 to give Syracuse 82-81 win over ClemsonFan reactions from Syracuse’s win over Clemson “There’s not many centers that can make that last play: Get in the lane and find the guy wide open,” Boeheim said. “Usually a guy will take a bad shot in that situation. He played like a point guard.”Taurean Thompson is capable of taking the reins of the offenseThe 6-foot-11 freshman has shown all season how well he can command the post. But given how much SU relied on its outside shooters in the first half, Thompson’s strengths were only played up in the second stanza. He scored all 14 of his points in the final 20 minutes, including 12 of the Orange’s first 15 second-half points.“He can score,” Boeheim said of Thompson, “he’s just got realize he can get close to the basket.”Thompson was a force on the offensive glass. He converted all three of his offensive rebounds into baskets, and two into three-point plays. Syracuse relied on him in the second half like it relied on White in the first. Earlier this year, when White’s performance trickled off in the second half, no one else compensated. Tuesday it was Thompson, and that’s a large part of why the Orange has now won five straight. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 7, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

Saayii Tolof Part 332 EPISODE 27 Difficult Marriages – Amanda Aminata

first_imgMbassy introduced her friend Pandy to her brother Dr. Mam Biram and became the match maker the two got connected and a relationship developed.Chief Kutubo    He does not yet know about the development and is becoming impatient with his son but he still control his temper but whenever Koto Baaba paid him a visit he agitates him to take action against his son.Koto Baaba “Are you afraid of your son of a doctor? Tell him the truth or better still find him a wife.”Chief Kutubo “Are you my friend or an enemy? I experienced it once but would never try it again; I found my brother a wife when he went abroad he came and refused the wife and went and found one for himself it brought rift between us and led to our malice for years until recently when my old mother threatened to curse us unless we make peace with each other. How can I practice the same with my own son? Let him find his own wife period I am a modern democratic chief. With the idol worshipping he also rejected it saying he is a practicing Muslim and not an idol worshipper.Uncle Frank Residence Mandy got adopted as she is no stranger of household chores she did laundry for her uncle, aunt and Pandy but Hoti Hor refused to exploit her and saw it as injustice.Hoti Hor “I can understand our parents but not to do laundry for Pandora to even give you her panties that is disgusting and as for me don’t you worry I can take care of myself.’Mandy “It is not a problem at all I can do it for my family are you not my family?”Hoti Hor “We are your family and should not hold you as a slave I am not happy with how they are treating you.” Hoti Hor always bring her laundry and join it with Mandy as she helped her. Aunty Sue does not want this she always called Hoti Hor and sent her on errands and before she comes back Mandy would finish washing later on Hoti Hor decided to keep her laundry for another time.Aunty Sue She came one day and scolded Mandy; “I was warned in my dream that you should no longer do laundry for my family you are a witch and you are cursed that’s why you killed your parents.”Mandy She is very surprised and defended herself; “It is God that took my parents away and Aunty Sue I am not a witch.” She gave him a nasty slap and pushed her away.Mandy She complained to Hoti Hor “A strange thing happened today as I was washing for aunty, uncle and Pandy’ clothes aunty came and took all the clothes away as she branded me a witch who have killed my parents and when I protested she hit me very hard until I tumbled down and hurt my ankle.”Hoti Hor    She is very angry with her mother and she confronted her; “Mama why did you torment Mandy who has just lost her parents? It was heartless to brand her as a witch.”Aunty Sue Sabelle “Isn’t she a witch? Where are her parents? I’ll be damned to let her harm us in any way.”Hoti Hor She counseled her cousin and gave her hope; “Don’t allow her dehumanize you, you are a good girl with a big heart and God would always be with you lean on me I’ll always be here for you.”At Chief’ House     Mbassy introduced Pandora to them and they were very happy; “She is a graduate in Public Health Nursing and we have done the same course she is a sophisticated girl fit to be Mam’s wife and I know her and as it is said the devil you know is better than the angel you know not.” They greeted her with open arms;Haja Oumu    “My daughter you are welcome into our family and hope Allah would join you together in holy matrimony.”Pandy    “Thank you Ma you are such a nice, noble family.” “You are welcome.” Haja Oumu posited.Chief Kutubo    “Welcome my daughter I have only one question, do you want to marry my son?”Pandy    “Yes sir, I feel honoured thank you.”At Uncle Frank Residence     Mandy is a prayer warrior which was offensive to Aunty Sue Sabelle as she was praying loudly Aunty Sue Sabelle came into her room and rebuked her; she threw ice water at her and she jerked from the floor where she knelt; “But mommy!”Aunty Sue Sabelle     “Don’t ever call me mommy again your mother is dead and I am not go to the kitchen and cook the meal.”Ayo Wole (Ken) “Koto Baaba is right you have to see the community ‘jaalang’ and pray before it prior to be a ruler why are you so stubborn?”Mam Biram “I’ll never pray before the ‘jaalang’ I am a practicing Muslim if that is their condition so let them give it to another family.” Doctor left and went away.Chief Kutubo He called Ayo Wole Ken and asked him to talk sense into his friend; “Your friend is stubborn please help me put sense into him.”Ayo Wole Ken “It is hard Chief but I’ll try my best.”At Uncle’s Frank As he asked Mandy to give him cold water she slipped and flashed the water on the ground and Uncle turned round and gave her a nasty slap.Mandy    “But what have I done to deserve this nasty slap? It was an accident.”Uncle Frank    “An accident? Stupid idiot! You are a witch who has come to torment us but we’ll be damned to allow you destroy our family as you have destroyed yours.”Mandy She cried bitterly and said when she was alone; “Both my uncle and aunt are into this conspiracy but I’ll not allow them to frustrate me just as Hoti Hor has advised.” To be Cont.last_img read more

User Experience If you are not improving fast you are going to

first_imgI picked up this tweet this morning from Scott Kirsner…Then I came to the Seattle Airport for my flight back to the east coast. I checked in with the Jet Blue kiosk and realized how slow it seemed as well. I realized that what used to seem like an amazing experience is now slow and frustrating.What happened?The problem didn’t used to be a problem, but now that many products and websites are dramatically improving their user experience (with really good interaction designers and a lot of user experience research), all of the companies that are not improving at the same pace are starting to seem old and archaic.It seems that a lot of companies start by focusing on product and development, get to the expansion stage and then focus their attention on sales and marketing to expand, get to the later growth stage and focus on the financial results. Somehow, the product management process gets left behind.What if?– What if I could just go to the airport kiosk, swipe my card, press a “quick ticket” button and my ticket printed off the machine?– What if I went to the ATM, swiped my card, punched in my PIN, pressed a “same as last time” button, and got my cash?– What if you figured out what you could do to dramatically improve your user experience and then did it?Scott is right that we are now expecting constant improvement. When we get it with some products and not with others, we notice. And it sucks!Your customers are using products that are improving constantly.If you are not improving your user experience at a rapid rate, you are going to suck!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more