SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR BILLZ BOX MEDIA:
Again, fans of great football legend Lionel Messi were disappointed, as Messi missed out on the final shortlist of Fifa’s best Award, Didn’t He deserve it?
Is LMC’s Decision to crown Lobi stars league winners Right? Moreover, How the English top flight league, EPL still have lots of surprises in stock! These and other big stories that happened over the weekend in the World of sports will form this week’s Round-Up! with Billzbox Media Sports.
The LMC Announce Lobi Stars As Champions Of The 2017/2018 NPFL Season
Like an adage that reads ‘When Elephants fight, the grass suffers,’ this was what played out during the power tussle between Amaju Pinnick and Ambassador Chris Giwa. While court injunctions and FIFA threats were being doled, the respective leagues were put on hold. After the fight, The League Management Company, The regulator of the 2 tier leagues; The Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL and the Nigeria National League NNL were instructed to end just after 24 games were played in the top flight league and about 6 in the 2nd division. How did we get here?
Is Lobi stars a fair representation of the Nigerian league since they will now represent the country In the CAF Champions league?
After Much deliberation, These were the resolutions reached
1. Lobi stars are the winners of the NPFL and will represent Nigeria in CAFCL
2. No team will relegate
3. Teams will be promoted to the NPFL making it 24 teams in an abridged format with the 24 teams divided with a featured match of 22 games each.
CAF Confederation and Champions League:
Lionel Messi Snubbed By FIFA In Final 3 Man Shortlist:
On Monday Fifa released the final three-man shortlist for the Men’s Best player 2018 alongside Goalkeeper and Coach of the year. The three players shortlisted include Luka Modric, Christiano Ronaldo, and Mo Salah.
Apparently,Luka Modric, had a spectacular year for both club and country, winning the champions league and finishing the 2018 world cup as runners-up. However, He scored just one goal in the champions league and won the best player of the tournament In the world Cup.
His teammate, Ronaldo, finished the champions league on a high scoring 15 goals in 13 appearances and got some goals at the World cup before exiting in the round of 16.
Fifa Disappoint Lionel Messi & Fans Once Again:
Salah had a great season with Liverpool and ended the EPL campaign as the top scorer with 32 goals in 36 appearances. He also led the Reds to the champions league final and his injury exit played a massive role to their loss.
However, Why is Messi not on the list? For a man who ended his season with 45 goals in 54 appearances across all competition. Barcelona failed to do the invincible because of the only game against Levante.
The Murrays- Andy and Jammie have been both knocked out of the U.S Open. Andy was knocked out by John Millman. The Heat, however, has been an issue, outside of that the only casualty has been Dominic Thiem.
The female competition, Osaka thrashed Tsurenko to reach the semi-finals.
AITEO CUP ROUND OF 64 FIXTURES:
All 32 matches will be played on Sunday, 9th September 2018.
Smart City (of Lagos) Vs. Abia Warriors
Rivers Utd Vs. Gusau Eleven (Zamfara)
Wasiu Alabelewe (Osun) Vs. Enyimba FC
Sokoto Utd Vs. MFM FC
Yobe stars Vs. DMD FC (Born)
Akwa Utd Vs. Hope Of Glory (Calabar)
Kano Pillars feeders Vs. Crown FC
Ngwa FC (Abakaliki) Vs. Kano Pillars
Nyasagwana FC (Taraba) Vs FC Ifeanyi Uba
Doma Utd (Gombe) Vs. J. Atete (Delta)
Zabgai FC (Bauchi) vs Plateau utd
Gombe Utd Vs. Dynamite FC (Edo)
Dan Masari (Kebbi) Vs. Go Round FC
Cofine FC (Akwa Ibom) Vs. Heartland
Wikki Tourists Vs. Crime Busters (Enugu)
George Turnah (of Yenagoa) vs Nasarawa utd
Katsina Feeders Vs. Jigawa Golden Stars
Aklosendi (of Nasarawa) Vs. FRSC FC (of Abuja)
Delta Stars Vs. Kogi United FC
Samba FC (of Jigawa) Vs. Elkanemi Fc
Bayelsa United Vs. Fasbir FC (of Sokoto)
Bendel Insurance Vs. Remo Stars Junior
Ekiti United Vs. Mighty Jets (of Jos)
FC Minda (of Gboko) Vs. Osun United
Chief of Staff (of Yola) Vs. Niger Tornadoes
Gombe United Vs. Dynamite FC (Edo).
Official 3SC Vs. Supreme Court (Abuja).
Lobi Stars Vs. Standard FC ( of Kaduna)
ABS Ilorin FC Vs. Kebbi United
Kwara Utd Vs. All Stars FC (of Abeokuta)
Rangers Int Vs. Niger Tornadoes Feeders