The acting Chairman of BON, Godfrey Ohuabunwa, over the weekend, described the partnership with FIFA as welcoming, cheaper and one to run over a long term.The agreement will enable BON partner stations broadcast all FIFA events for this year starting with the on-going U-20 World Cup in Poland, where incidentally the country’s Flying Eagles have been eliminated.The broadcast of the Super Falcons’ participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France would be delayed following the issue of getting down link of the signal and other challenges.Ohuabunwa, however, revealed that BON partners will bring all the matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil and the Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay to the estimated 60 million Nigerian viewers later in the year.“The rights cost is one-tenth of what it would have cost us if individual stations went to FIFA. So, we can say we’ve got the rights very, very reasonably; a reasonable price that will not only be reasonable to us, but enable us to make profit. The good thing is that we have broken the ice and I think it is a welcome development that today we are dealing directly with FIFA,” Ohuabunwa observed with joy.He added that the national team structure will offer BON partners opportunity to celebrate Nigeria and use sports as a vehicle to communicate some of the development programmes on the table, especially those that are sustainable.BON also lamented that while it is getting encouraging feedback from FIFA, same cannot be said regarding CAF for the coverage of the African Cup of Nations that holds in Egypt later this month.Veteran journalist and President of African sports journalist body (AIPS Africa), Mitchell Obi, said the pricing for the AFCON rights was beyond reach and already mopped up by the satellite television stations.“The chairman will tell you that it is really rough especially for Nigeria. The property has already been sold to the satellite stations. So anybody attempting to go there is just a gambler. Two weeks to AFCON, the pricing is not reasonable,” Obi lamented.However, the Executive Director of Marketing and State Operations, NTA, Hammam B. Hassan assured football stakeholders that Nigerians will watch the matches as NTA has acquired the free to air rights.“The pay TV has the head start, but Nigerians will have to watch these matches and NTA has to bend backwards, in spite of very difficult marketing terrain, to make sure that the AFCON comes live on our stations. But again in future, to avoid such very ridiculous high fees, BON may also come and work in partnership with NTA,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Decries costs of AFCON 2019 rightsOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has brokered a free-to-air licensee agreement with the international football governing body, (FIFA) to televise all FIFA competitions on Nigeria’s terrestrial broadcast stations.
Facebook Twitter Google+ DURHAM, N.C. – Stick over head, Tim Desko walked slowly onto the field for the final time in his Syracuse career. Down by four goals to Duke with 25 seconds left, the Orange’s season was all but over.When the clock finally ran out, Desko and his teammates tried to cope with the bitter end as they came together on the field. Tommy Palasek threw his arm around Kevin Drew as they walked into the huddle while the Blue Devils celebrated their NCAA tournament victory.Then the SU players took one final walk together to the locker room, frustrated by the loss but content they had challenged Duke in the first-round matchup.‘We never quit,’ Palasek said. ‘We may not have come out on top but the guys showed great hustle the whole game.’Syracuse fought to erase an early deficit, but Duke (14-4) responded with a crippling four-goal scoring run that ultimately spelled the end of the Orange’s (9-8) season in a 12-9 loss in front of 3,672 at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday. After enduring an up-and-down regular season, Syracuse’s biggest deficiency all year haunted the team in the first round of the NCAA tournament. SU finished the game only 7-of-24 at the faceoff X, and went just 2-of-10 in the third period, setting the stage for a dominant five-minute run by the Blue Devils that put the game out of reach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe quarter led to the end of a season in which SU fell to its lowest national ranking since 2007, lost its first Big East contests and struggled to compete with the nation’s elite. On Saturday, head coach John Desko found himself talking about the same shortcoming that doomed his team in many of its seven of its previous defeats this season.‘I don’t know what else to say,’ Desko said. ‘They won faceoffs and they were able to keep the ball on their offense and make us play a lot of defense in the second half.’The Orange appeared ready to battle Duke in the second half after SU midfielder Kevin Drew evened the score at 5-5 just 25 seconds into the third period.Drew’s hard drive down the right alley ignited a roar from the SU sideline and energized the Orange players on the field.But the excitement was short-lived as Duke ripped off four unanswered goals to take a commanding 9-5 lead in the next five-plus minutes.‘Again, our third quarter was our kryptonite,’ SU defender Brian Megill said. ‘We let them go on a run and we just couldn’t come back from it.’Duke midfielder Robert Rotanz seized the lead for his team 51 seconds after SU finally tied it for the first time.The Blue Devils would never relinquished that lead as their attack executed flawlessly against the Orange defense while Brendan Fowler and Greg DeLuca dominated the faceoff X.Rotanz pushed the lead to two goals a little over two minutes after his first and Josh Dionne and Christian Walsh burned the SU defense and freshman goaltender Bobby Wardwell for two more.Meanwhile, Palasek and the SU attack were reduced to spectators. During the decisive four-goal run, Syracuse had only one possession for 36 seconds.‘It’s tough to watch because you want the ball especially when you’re having success getting some shots that we liked,’ Palasek said. ‘But it’s even tougher to watch to have our defense sit there and play so much defense and not be able to help at all.’With the offense neutralized, the Orange never got closer than three goals the rest of the way. And for Desko, the loss was due in large part to his team’s futility at the faceoff X – ‘a common theme’ for his team’s struggles all year.Desko said there wasn’t much his team could have done differently. SU was stuck playing defense the majority of the half, making it too tough to overcome the deficit in the loss.It all led to that final walk to the locker room, when the players piled their sticks into a bin on the field, ready to be packed together following the close of a mediocre season in the program’s proud history.And it all came down to faceoffs once again.‘They’d score a goal, win the faceoff and go down and play offense and we just couldn’t get the ball to our offense,’ Desko said. ‘My hat’s off to them, I thought they played a very good game today.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com
Abdul Majeed Waris has described his first international goal as a ‘great feeling’ after starring in Ghana’s 4-0 win over Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.The Black Stars striker, who scored in the 79th minute to make it 3-0 and bring up his first international goal, expressed his delight at the result and his own personal performance.“It [first goal for country] is a great feeling and the victory is good success for the nation,” Waris said after the game at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.The win helped the Black Stars close the gap at the top in Group D, where they are now one point behind with three more matches to go in the second round stage of qualifying.“Everybody knows how important it is for Ghana to qualify for the World Cup. We will keep on working hard and do our best for the nation.”Waris played alongside Asamoah Gyan, who opened the scoring in the first half and the Spartak Moscow player has hailed his partnership with the Ghana captain. “He [Gyan] is a great partner and we talk to each other. Everybody will like to play with him and take part in that,” he said.
The stats tell the big story of Seton Hall’s 81-79 victory over Marquette in the Big East Tournament semifinals. They lay out a gory tale:Three ejections. Nine technical fouls.Fifty-seven total fouls.BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Schedule, TV times, resultsEighty-five free throws.Tensions were so high during and after the game (including in the handshake line) that both schools took the rare step of keeping their locker rooms closed to reporters after the contest. Only the coaches and Seton Hall leading scorer Myles Powell spoke to the media.Officials James Breeding, Tim Clark and Tim Clougherty doled out the fouls in a regulation game that took two hours and 50 minutes to play. They also had to deal with a second-half scuffle that resulted in Marquette players Sacar Anim and Theo John and Seton Hall player Sandro Mamukelashvili being tossed.The rationale for the ejections is laid out at the 3-minute mark of the video below:3 ejections on one play 😱Things are getting HEATED between Seton Hall and Marquette at the Big East Tournament. pic.twitter.com/kShqDzfa3r— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) March 16, 2019Powell thought he was ejected, too. He even ran into the tunnel at Madison Square Garden. He was summoned back after Breeding told the teams that Powell was still in the game. Confusion over the nature of a first-half foul caused the mixup.Breeding addressed the situation with a pool reporter postgame:THIS JUST IN: Lead official James Breeding’s statement to AP Reporter Mike Fitzpatrick after tonight’s Seton Hall – Marquette Big East Semifinal pic.twitter.com/0D7X8OHqSx— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 16, 2019Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski “bit his tongue” when he was asked about the referees’ work (per Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com). “I don’t judge officials. That’s for you guys to decide,” he said.Wojciechowski also said he had “never had anything like that happen in a basketball game before. It’s unexplainable. Unexplainable.”The conference had not released a statement as of early Saturday.