first_imgLondon: Centre-back Joel Matip has signed a new contract with Liverpool. Although the club did not reveal the length of Matip’s new contract, however media reports said Matip would now be tied to Anfield until 2024. Matip joined Liverpool on a free transfer from FC Schalke 04 in the summer of 2016 after graduating through the German club’s youth ranks and making more than 250 senior appearances for the — 194 of which were in the Bundesliga. The 28-year-old has since gone on to represent the Reds 107 times, scoring on five occasions.Joel Matip already has two goals to his name so far this term — his best tally during a campaign for Liverpool — and is due to return to action on Sunday against Manchester United having missed the clashes with FC Salzburg and Leicester City due to a minor knock.“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling,” Matip said on the club’s official website. “We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we’ve seen how it is to win something, and we want to have that feeling again,” he added. Matip missed the previous two games of Liverpool due to injury but is expected to return to action on Sunday against Manchester United. IANSAlso Read: Jimtum Tato Memorial Football, Volleyball Tournament from November 1Also Watch: BJP organized Gandhi Sankalpa Zatra in Dhemaji’s Silapatharlast_img read more

first_imgLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday identified the right investment in sports as the necessary impetus that can bring about good performance of Nigerian athletes in sporting competitions, saying that it was time for the country to focus in such direction.Governor Ambode, who made the remarks while speaking to journalists at the end of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open held at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, tagged Lagos 2017, said government and all the necessary stakeholders must now invest more in sports to take the country to its rightful place in the world of sports.He expressed excitement at the successful hosting of the tournament which attracted table tennis stars from 22 countries, saying that the development was gratifying and in line with his vision to use sports as a catalyst for growth and development of the economy. He said: “We are very happy to have hosted this competition. This is the fourth edition and you can see that this year’s competition has actually attracted more people and then more countries. The idea is to use sports as a catalyst for the growth and development of the economy.“It is also a catalyst for tourism and it is my strong believe that we must continue to support sports as a means of allowing us to develop the mental capabilities of younger ones and Lagos State is ready to do that.”When asked whether he was disappointed that no Nigerian qualified for the finals of the competition, Governor Ambode said on the contrary, he was not disappointed but that the development called for greater investment in sports in the country.“I am not disappointed at all about that. It’s called Nigerian open and so it’s open to everybody and again we had Nigerians in the semifinal. So, we need to do more work and then more coaching and also develop sports. Government has to support sports thoroughly if you want to see Nigerians in the finals.“I mean you can see the level of skill-set that the Egyptians displayed here and if we say we are giant of Africa, we have to prove it in all ramifications. So, my believe is that government has to spend more time and money in developing sports in this country,” Governor Ambode said.Speaking on plans for the competition next year, the Governor promised to increase the price money and also the number of participating countries, saying that as the destination for sports in Africa, Lagos must lead the way in promoting sporting tournaments.“For me, I am going to scale up the price money to attract more people to come for this competition. So next year, you will see more price money and then more countries participating in the competition. Lagos is the destination for sports in Africa and that is the only way we have to go,” the Governor said.The overall winner of the competition, Assar Omar from Egypt, went home with $5,000, while the first runner up, Gandhi Sarthak from India went home with $2,300.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea have not given up hope of N’Golo Kanté playing a part in the Europa League final, despite the midfielder missing training on Monday to have treatment on a knee injury.Kanté was due to travel to Baku the squad on Monday afternoon and his fitness will be closely monitored before a decision is made as to whether he plays against Arsenal on Wednesday, with Ross Barkley standing by to step in.Kanté, who had only just recovered from a hamstring complaint that ruled him out of Chelsea’s previous two matches, twisted a knee while making a challenge in a training session on Saturday.Although initial impressions of his prospects had been far from positive, the injury appeared to have settled by the time the player reported back on Sunday afternoon to be assessed by the medical department.He drove himself into the Cobham complex again on Monday and was apparently moving freely enough, though he sat out the team’s final session before their departure for Azerbaijan and remains a doubt for the final.Chelsea’s options for the game have already been limited after Antonio Rüdiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were ruled out with long-term injuries over the run-in. Source: Guardian Footballlast_img read more