ZENITH /DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUPThe venue of the kick off match of the 4th edition of Zenith Bank/ Delta Principals’ Cup football competition has been changed.Zenith Bank in partnership with the Delta State Government revived the competition only three years ago after several years in limbo. However, the opening match originally slated for the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba is now billed to take place at the St. Patrick’s College also in Asaba on Monday September 30.Isioma Onyeobi College Asaba is scheduled to clash with Niger Mixed Secondary School also of Asaba in the opening encounter to be witnessed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his executive council.The organisers of the developmental football tourney, Hideaplus Limited, explained that the change was necessary to enable the schools to have enough time to train on the pitch.CEO of Hideaplus, Tony Pemu, said the issues of having huge fans watch the opening match was also considered.Pemu Said: “We looked at all areas and wanted the young players enjoy the game. Turn out at the St Patrick is expected to be huge because it is centrally placed and the size will also be an advantage for an opening match.“The Stephen Keshi Stadium will still host the final match. We are making all the arrangements to ensure we start well.”The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, said that all aspects of the competition will be very well organized because the Local Organising Committee was ready for a great tournament.“The participants will have huge fun because we have the best of everything and the governor is very passionate about this project,” Ukah said.Meanwhile, in some of the ongoing preliminary games, Ekpan Secondary School defeated Ebrumede Secondary School 3-0 while from Ugheli North, Ekredjebo Secondary School whipped Ofouma Secondary School 4-0 in another one sided encounter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
On a silent makeshift pitch at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida, MLS and a number of its players made a lengthy statement Wednesday night about where they stand on racial injustice in the U.S.Players from Orlando City SC and Inter Miami CF took at knee along the midfield circle, while all around them the MLS group Black Players for Change raised gloved fists in a Black Power salute reminiscent of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ gesture in the 1968 Summer Olympics, wore T-shirts with phrases such as “Black and Proud,” “Black All the Time” and “Silence is Violence,” and were covered in “Black Lives Matter” facemasks. Orlando and Miami players and a game official take a knee. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/53/aa/mls-orlando-miami-knee-070820-getty-ftrjpg_1upynol6whhnq1mpnxy6scbg83.jpg?t=823010043&w=500&quality=80The Orlando and Miami players again took a knee just before the opening kickoff.MORE: MLS is Back schedule, TV channelsMLS and the Black Players for Change are following in the footsteps of the English Premier League and German Bundesliga, where players have taken a knee just prior to kickoff. NWSL players have also been staging pregame protests as that league has returned to play.”What you just saw was a moment of solidarity standing up with out brothers and sisters fighting the fight for racial equality and human rights,” Toronto FC’s Justin Morrow, executive director of Black Players for Change, told ESPN at halftime. “We as professional athletes, we see what’s happening across the sports landscape in North America and the world and how us Black players have been galvanized by the death of George Floyd.” (Getty Images) “Tonight was our responsibility to carry on this conversation to make sure that this cycle of violence stops,” Morrow added. “We’ve seen time and time again in North America, a Black person dies at the hands of a white person and something else happens and that energy fades away.”So tonight was about bringing that energy making sure the conversation continues. And what I need to see, what we need to see from Major League Soccer is that long-term commitment (MLS has pledged) moving forward.”Orlando City won the match 2-1 on a goal by Nani in second-half stoppage time. The MLS is Back tournament — a World Cup-style competition that includes games that will count in the regular-season standings — is scheduled to last through Aug. 11. Standing in solidarity with @BPCMLS. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿#BlackLivesMatter | #MLSisBlack pic.twitter.com/MCooMu9aER— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 9, 2020A video board along one sideline displayed the hashtag #MLSisBlack, a tweak of MLS is Back, the name of the in-season tournament to mark the league’s return from its COVID-19 pause.The demonstration lasted eight minutes, 46 seconds — the length of time initially reported of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin keeping his knee on the late George Floyd — as ESPN cameras recorded the scene.