Ighalo reveals ‘difficult’ past at Man U

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United striker Odion has revealed things have been “difficult” extending his loan spell at Old Trafford, but insists he is delighted to be staying on with the Premier League side.Ighalo was due to return to parent side Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of May with the season due to be wrapped up. But with the coronavirus pandemic postponing Premier League action until June 17, United have managed to keep him on until the end of January 2021.Explaining some of the finer details of proceedings, Ighalo has given an insight into his thoughts about staying on with the Red Devils.“I’m really happy,” he said. “It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go.“I feel okay. The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me.“I decided I want to stay and I’m happy. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work. It was very difficult, there were some talks, but I’m happy they finally agreed and got everything done. Everything is official now. “I’m sending thanks to the Shanghai president and director for the support because they know this is what I want. So I’m thanking them and I’m happy that this has happened. They wish me all the best too.“Like I’ve said, since I was young, I’ve been supporting this club and playing for it is a dream. Now I’ve extended my loan, it makes it more even clear and I’m committed as I know, in my head, I’m here until January ending.“I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher.”Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Wisconsin backs national ‘You Can Play’ initiative supporting LGBT athletes

first_imgAlthough her time with Wisconsin athletics is coming to a close, Ilana Friedman, a member of the women’s hockey team, has done her part to leave her mark with hard work off the ice over the last year.With Friedman’s work and cooperation from the Athletic Department, UW joined the “You Can Play” movement that hundreds of other college athletic departments, high schools, professional sports teams and other sports organizations already supporting the project.“As an out member of the LGBT community, the ‘You Can Play’ project is the perfect fit for UW Athletics,” Friedman said at a press conference Monday. “The support and reception from my teammates, fellow Badger athletes, staff from inside the Athletic Department and the larger Madison community in response to YCP has been overwhelmingly positive and shows how progressive and outstanding the Wisconsin Badger community truly is.”The central goal for the ‘You Can Play’ project is to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation. The program is also focused on working to provide all athletes a fair chance to be judged by other athletes and fans based only on their contributions to the team.To demonstrate its support for the movement, the department produced a video for the Wisconsin YouTube channel focused on the message, “If you can play, you can play.”last_img read more

MTN FA Cup: Kotoko progress to quarterfinals with penalty triumph over Storm Academy

first_imgAsante Kotoko reached the quarter-finals of the MTN FA Cup competition after edging the Storm FC Academy 5-3 on penalties at Nkawkaw Park.Michael Osei’s men fought from a goal down to clinch victory on the penalty shootout.Storm showed early determination and bossed the midfield with eye catching soccer and got the breakthrough when Emmanuel TwumasiFrimpong scored the opener in the 15th a powerful pile river. The scoreline remained the same till halftime.Kotoko upped their game in the second half and were duly rewarded with attacker Bennett Ofori scoring in the 53rd minute to level the scoring.Kotoko were unable to find the winner in regulation time as they were denied by some excellent goalkeeping from Abdul Rauf. In the nerve wrecking penalty shootout, Academy youngster Isaac Mensah skied Storm’s third kick allowing Emmanuel Asante to score the decider as Kotoko triumphed 5-3 on penalties.OTHER RESULTS:WAFA 1-0 EMMANUEL FCLIBERTY 1-0 SAMARTEX– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more