Kanu, Cambiasso Honoured with Invites to FIFA U-17 World Cup Draw

first_imgSpeaking on his invitation to the Under-17 World Cup Draw in India, Kanu admitted that Nigeria’s victory at the cadet World Cup really spurred his career to the lofty heights he attained before calling it quits.“The FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993 really spurred my career – within years of winning the title, I won the Olympic gold and from there, as I would like to believe, there wasn’t any looking back,” stressed Kanu to FIFA.com yesterday.The former Inter Milan and Arsenal great stressed that the competition provides young players the opportunity to express themselves and develop.“This tournament provides youngsters the necessary stage for development and I believe this year’s edition (India 2017) will provide us all with exceptional talent – much like the previous tournaments,” concludes the two-time winner of African Footballer of the Year award.Africa is to be represented in India by the quartet of Mali, Ghana, Guinea and Niger Republic.Mali was the runners-up at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015. The junior Eagles retained the CAF Under-17 Africa Cup in Gabon to be at the top of African representatives in India in October when hostilities begin.Interestingly, another past star of the competition, Esteban Cambiasso who played for Argentina at the 1995 edition was also invited to join Kanu at the Draw in New Delhi.Cambiasso who won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997 and was part of Argentina’s team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be joined by Indian local legends Sunil Chhetri and PV Sindhu, who will take part as draw assistants tomorrow.Chhetri is India’s national football team captain and all-time top goalscorer. Twenty-one-year-old badminton player PV Sindhu is one of India’s finest athletes at the moment and made waves after winning the Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics.A total of 52 games will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeEven with the absence of Golden Eaglets from the defence of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the game’s governing body and Local Organising Committee (LOC) of India 2017 yesterday invited Nwankwo Kanu to attend the Official Draw ceremony scheduled for tomorrow, July 7, 2017.Nigeria is the back-to-back champion of the 2013 and 2015 editions held in UAE and Chile respectively.Kanu won the 1993 edition in Japan with the Golden Eaglets to set off a career that has made him a legend of the game today. Three years later, Kanu led Nigeria’s Dream Team to the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games to claim the men’s football gold for Africa for the first time.He played for the Super Eagles at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions of the FIFA World Cups before bowing out of the round leather game.last_img read more

Syracuse’s 11-2 second-set run keys straight-set victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Comments The ball struck SU’s Mariia Levanova and sailed out of bounds. It looked like Friday’s match would soon be even at one set apiece.Late in the second set, that deflection gave Georgia Tech (11-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) a 23-16 lead as GT looked to even the match after Syracuse (5-4, 1-0) had taken the first set, 25-14. But the Orange would not be undone. SU ended on an 11-2 run to take the set 27-25 and went on to win the match 3-0 in straight sets.The play following the ball out of bounds was a Georgia Tech service error. Then came an ace by SU’s Santita Ebangwese. Then a save by freshman Polina Shemanova to keep the play alive, ending with a crushing cross-court kill by Yuliia Yastrub. Soon the game was tied 24-24 and the Orange from there took a 26-25 lead. Some of the crowd in the Women’s Building got to their feet.Amber Witherspoon went up for a block, hitting two Georgia Tech players, and an attempted dig made the ball sail behind them. The crowd went wild as the Orange celebrated.“The crowd was beautiful,” Ebangwese said. “The crowd never hurts, especially at home. I know personally I’m a person with a lot of energy and being able to feed off the crowd just made it a lot easier to be energetic.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgia Tech was not able to recover. Although the Yellow Jackets tied it at 10 in the third set, they never got a hold of the lead from there. Shemanova, who led the game with 15 kills, fired the ball into the hands of a Georgia Tech player and the dig flew backward into the wall, ending the third set 25-21 and putting the match to rest.Despite the chaotic second set sequence, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said his timeout speeches never took a different tone.“We’re always talking about what we have to do,” Yelin said. “Regardless, if we are ahead or we’re behind, we’re just talking about what we have to do.”A key to the Orange’s success throughout the match, including the second set, was being the better blocking team, something that has become a trend for Yelin’s teams. Syracuse out-blocked Georgia Tech, 15-4. Witherspoon was the biggest contributor in this area registering 10 herself.Syracuse also minimized attack errors, committing 10 to Georgia Tech’s 25. The Orange also registered a .248 hitting percentage on the game, and hit at .400 after the first set. All the while Georgia Tech struggled, finishing at .120.“I think it is important but we don’t stand on the court thinking, ‘don’t mess up,’” senior Jalissa Trotter said. “We’re on the court thinking, ‘make this a point, get this point’ or ‘be ready for this ball.’”Following a weekend of three five-set games, SU was happy to have a game end in under an hour and forty-five minutes. Back in the conference room, as Ebangwese waited for her teammates and media interviews to start, she smiled when the final game runtime was mentioned, crediting it all to the second set win.“When we notched it up at 24-25, I was like ‘Bro, come on, come on,” she said. “We made it this way. We made it all this way from 16-22, we might as well take it.” Published on September 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more