“The whole idea he (the acting chairman) is coming up with is to lay a solid foundation for sports in the region. He wants to do it by putting in place sports infrastructures in all the nooks and crannies of the region. “Communities and neighborhoods would have recreational sports centres where the youths can go and train.“That way, the youths can engage in sports rather than idle away. This is a new direction that would see NDDC using sports to combat youth restiveness,” the source hinted.He stressed that NDDC has over the years been doing a good job in the area of road construction, provision of water and electricity to communities without paying much attention to sports.“Sports is going to receive good attention moving forward given the new blueprint the NDDC leadership is working on and they intend to get an expert who understands the sports terrain, especially in the area of sports facilities to partner it,” the informed source concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is planning big for sports, if the vision of the commission’s acting Chairman Prof. Nelson Braimbraifa is anything to go by.A competent NDDC source disclosed early this week that Braimbraifa, a lover of sports has identified the need to use sports to woo Niger Delta youths and harness their sports potentials.According to sources within the commission, the NDDC boss is coming up with a blueprint for sports with special focus on putting in place state of the art sports facilities in most Niger Delta communities. Nelson Braimbraifa
“That feeling – it’s a self-belief, it’s a confidence, it’s an energy – call it what you want but goalscorers have to feel that. When you have a deluge of goals like that, it’s a good feeling. “Every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them. It’s a tournament where goal differential is a criteria.” USA face Chile on Sunday ahead of a much-anticipated Group F fixture against Sweden. Thailand proved exceptionally poor, though, and Ellis acknowledged USWNT still has work to do the side is to retain the title in France. “We’re going to sit and look at some film. There’s always things you can refine and polish,” Ellis said. “I’m not sure exactly what our next opponent [Chile] will do but teams sit low and it invites us on top of them a lot. “It [this win] is how you want to start a tournament. You want to have that [winning] feeling. “It’s having players feeling good about the game. It is about building momentum, getting that first game under your belt – that feeling – that’s going to be the biggest takeaway for us.” Ellis said she would have no problems keeping her players grounded, either, “because they are on a mission”. “This is one step in that. They understand that the mission matters most,” she said. 5 goals 2 assists @budweiserusa WOTM @alexmorgan13 pic.twitter.com/XerLPW79tl— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 11, 2019Ellis understandably reserved special praise for five-goal hero Morgan and said it was “respectful” for her team to keep attacking until the final whistle, something the USA certainly did, scoring six times from the 74th minute. “Alex tonight – I thought she was tight and tidy in the box. I thought she pulled the trigger well and again, [produced] some world class finishes,” she added. United States head coach Jill Ellis was not getting carried away despite her side’s record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand at the Women’s World Cup. Alex Morgan scored five goals as the world champions notched the biggest win in the tournament proper’s history and sent a message to their rivals in the process on Tuesday.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AjaxCesar Azpilicuetachelseadraw First Published: November 6, 2019, 8:55 AM IST London: Frank Lampard believes his Chelsea side are going places after summoning the spirit to fight back from 4-1 down to salvage a 4-4 draw against nine-man Ajax on what he described as a “mad” night at Stamford Bridge.The Blues seemed destined for a defeat as first half own goals from Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga added to Quincy Promes’ header and predatory finish from Donny Van der Beek handed the Dutch champions a 4-1 lead. However, after Cesar Azpilicueta brought Chelsea back into the game at 4-2, the visitors were reduced to nine men by second yellow cards for Daley Blind and Joel Veltman in the move that led to the hosts being awarded their second penalty of the night.Jorginho scored his second spot-kick before Reece James levelled and only VAR denied Chelsea a famous victory when Azpilicueta’s strike was ruled out for a handball by Abraham.”I had some mad nights over the years and some great nights, but it’s certainly right up there,” said Lampard, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in a glorious 13-year playing career.”The spirit we showed and the character is something that I loved and I think our fans loved. We need to tighten up for sure, but with that sprit we can go places.”Both sides are now locked on seven points at top of Group H with Valencia, who were 4-1 winners over Lille, and host Chelsea next on November 27.”I always felt this group could be quite tight. We are in it but we certainly have a lot of work to do,” added Lampard.The former England international hailed his side’s 1-0 victory in Amsterdam two weeks ago as the best of his Chelsea tenure to date for the way they added a defensive resolve to their attacking verve.CHELSEA DEFENSIVE LAPSESTwo weeks on, they were easily undone from crosses as Ajax went in front inside two minutes when Promes’ free-kick flicked off Abraham and into his own net.Chelsea responded immediately as Christian Pulisic’s promising form of recent weeks continued with a powerful run into the box before he was brought down by Veltman and Jorginho coolly slotted home the resulting spot-kick.Just as Chelsea were beginning to wrestle control, Ajax retook the lead with a wicked cross from Hakim Ziyech picking out Promes to head home.Ziyech was the creator once more 10 minutes before half-time when his sensational free-kick from near the right touchline came back off the post and rebounded in off goalkeeper Arrizabalaga’s face.Any hope of a comeback appeared to have gone 10 minutes into the second half when Van de Beek, who scored a number of vital goals on Ajax’s run to the last four last season, rifled home another Ziyech assist.But Azpilicueta sparked the fightback by prodding in at the back post after Abraham had flicked Pulisic’s low cross goalwards.Then a minute of madness turned the game on its as Ajax had Blind and Veltman sent-off and conceded a second penalty.Blind was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Abraham and, as the advantage was played, Veltman handled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot inside his own box and was also booked for the second time.”We are controlling the game then in one moment everything changed,” said Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who felt Blind had been fouled before diving in on Abraham.”From our performance we deserved to win tonight with 11 and also with 9.”We are still top of this pool and it is still in our hands. When we perform like this we can justify that I am positive.”Jorginho calmly sent Andre Onana the wrong way from the spot to make it 3-4.Three minutes later, Chelsea were level when James smashed home after Kurt Zouma’s header came off the bar.After VAR ruled out Azpilicueta’s second goal, Hudson-Odoi fired inches wide and Onana made a brilliant save to deny Michy Batshuayi a winner in a frantic finale, but Ajax held out for what in the end was a welcome point.