Pogba unsure on future, happy at Juventus Okagbare tests Rio credentials at IAAF Diamond League
Paul Pogba said he still does not know where his future lies or when Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho might contact him after he was questioned on the subject by ESPN broadcasters.
The Juventus midfielder, in Los Angeles for the 2016 ESPY award ceremony, was speaking in Spanish to ESPN Deportes broadcasters.
During the interview, three replica shirts were pulled out of a bag one after the other and shown to the player, and he was asked to give his views.
MWith the conclusion of National and Continental Championships around the world, attention has been shifted to the ninth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Monaco, where Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare is expected to test her Rio Olympics credentials. Several other African and European champions are set to ixed reactions have trailed the latest world football governing body, FIFA’s rating of countries announced yesterday.
The Assistant Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coach Shiju Lagunju who spoke with Daily Trust said though FIFA uses verifiable indices to rate countries, the rating is of no effect on the performance of the teams.
“I don’t believe in it [the ranking], it doesn’t show the quality of our game,” he said.
“Does it really matter that Belgium, ranked 2nd was beaten by Wales? Does it really matter that Spain, ranked 8th was defeated by Italy or Brazil who are in the top ten, unable to make the knock out stage of COPA America?”
He insisted that one can only ascertain the strength of a team when the chips are down, expressing optimism that Nigeria will bounce back as the rebuilding process will soon start yielding results.
On his part, Head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League side, Warri Wolves Mansur Abdullahi said Nigeria’s ranking was unfortunate, nothing that “It shows that Eagles are not improving.”
Also, the Chairman of the FCT chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kayode Adeniyi who expressed dismay over the ranking, said it was being anticipated since the team did not play any match in light up the Hercules Meeting which begins in the French municipality today.
Africa’s fastest woman, Okagbare and current national men’s 100m champion Seye Ogunlewe were recently named among the 35 athletes for next month’s Games in Brazil. She will compete in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and long jump at the Olympics, taking part in this event will afford her the chance to try herself against the world’s best ahead of Rio.
Top on the list of participants at the IAAF event is European 100m Champion Dafne Schippers, who clocked an impressive 10.90s on her way to retaining her title in her home city of Amsterdam. Also included in the exciting line-up is Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who will be aiming for a win after failing to finish in the Top 3 at the Jamaican Trials. USA’s Morolake Akinosun (10.95s) will also be hoping to make her first Diamond League berth a remarkable one.