England won their biggest international title since 1966 by beating Venezuela 1-0 in the Under-20 World Cup final yesterday.It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago.Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough for victory thanks to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman’s second-half penalty save.Woodman denied Adalberto Penaranda from the spot after the Malaga forward was fouled by Kyle Walker-Peters.With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot to signal a penalty before immediately referring to the video assistant referee.The decision stood – there was the slightest of contacts – but Newcastle keeper Woodman’s strong palm kept out Penaranda’s effort.In the first half Ronaldo Lucena hit the post with an audacious long-range free-kick that had Woodman well beaten, while Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah saw a powerful effort strike the underside of the Venezuela bar after the break.After the match, England forward Dominic Solanke, due to join Liverpool from Chelsea on 1 July, was awarded the Golden Ball given to the player of the tournament. Previous winners of the award include Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Figo, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero.Woodman was awarded the Golden Glove, given to best goalkeeper of the tournament.“Thankfully Freddie saved the penalty. I was watching through my fingers from the halfway line and it was an incredible moment. It was a big, big moment that helped turn the game,” said Calvert-Lewin, who joined Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters as the only Englishmen to score in a World Cup final.“To be one of only three Englishman to have scored in a World Cup final is amazing.”It is the biggest global tournament in youth football and has helped launch the career of a number of big names in football.Barcelona forward Messi was in the Argentina team that won the 2005 event (then called the FIFA World Youth Championship), while Portuguese great Figo inspired his country to victory in the 1989 and 1991 competitions.England’s team in 2013 – the last time they competed in the event – featured Ross Barkley, John Stones, Harry Kane and Eric Dier. They failed to win a game and finished bottom of their group.The last Under-20 World Cup in 2015 was won by Serbia, who beat a Brazil side containing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in the final. Six of Serbia’s 21-man squad have since made a full international debut, including Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In Premier League news, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says there’s been no decision made yet on the futures of Christian Benteke and Jordan Ibe.The two players are being linked with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.But Klopp isn’t giving much away. Martin O’Neill’s side are up 2 places to 31st in the latest FIFA rankings.Northern Ireland are down 3 places to 28th while Argentina remain top and Belgium are second.
The logo of the new continental tour was unveiled in Abuja on Tuesday, on the eve of the Tour Championship by former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia and the President of WAGT, Emeka Okatta.Omehia disclosed that the rebranding was a response to the yeaning of stakeholders that the platform should be renamed as it had gone beyond West African contest considering that since inception, the WAGT had staged 23 tournaments.He said African nations were excited with the transition as they believed the African Tour can compete with the best Tours in the whole world.“We are proud of our record and will continue to improve on the game of golf. I am proud and can confidently tell you that our champions can effectively compete and play in other parts of the world. We will continue with it with the African Tour,” Omehia said.In his response, Okatta, said that no one reckoned with the Tour when it started with six events two years ago, increased to seven tournaments last year and 10 this year.Okatta assured that sponsors and players would not be let down with the soaring expectations from the African Tour, saying the proposed 16 events is a mere scratch of the back.He disclosed that the African Tour 2019 will feature six events next year in the South West zone in Abeokuta, Sagamu and Ilara Mokin.The Tour Championship, which tees off Wednesday at IBB Club, is the last WAGT event preceding the African Tour over 72 holes with the players jostling for $50,000.The size of the field is for the top 30 players on the Order of Merit for the Tour with players also required to have played a minimum of six tournaments in the year to qualify.The Order of Merit winner wins $5,000 automatically while the rest of the field compete for $45,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaTwo years after it began, the West African Golf Tour (WAGT) has broken new grounds by evolving into the African Tour with an ambitious plan to organise 16 tournaments in 2019.The FCT Classic is scheduled to be the inaugural tournament on the African Tour and will take place from February 20 to February 23, 2019 at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
It said the decision was made following discussions on Wednesday with representatives of the National League, zonal affiliates and clubs, in light of government’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions on team activities, contact sports or any activity that encourages gatherings. As for the Under-17 Interzone tournament, the TTCB said that is likely not to materialize, but there has been no final word from Cricket West Indies (CWI) as yet. Additionally, the TTCB said, because of the incomplete status of all national cricket competitions, there will be no promotions or demotions for this season. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad– The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has cancelled the remainder of the local cricket season which had already been curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are waiting on CWI but I think that since we normally host the U-17 tournament and we cannot play cricket here, then they may call that off. The U-19 may be played because of the upcoming U-19 World Cup. If that is the case, then we may have to arrange an U-19 Interzone tournament or find some way to choose an U-19 national team to take part in that tournament,” it said. “We are going to just cancel the cricket and start afresh in January, next year,” it said. The TTCB noted that it had received the support of the Tobago Cricket Association, and the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association, which have also both decided to halt their cricket activities for the remainder of the year. There were still two rounds of matches to go in the main competition this season, but the TTCB has decided there will be no winners this year. “The TTCB was persuaded to make these decisions in the best interest of cricketers and the general public in the face of the pandemic. Also taken into account was the current state of grounds on which matches are played, as they are not prepared to host any cricket in the near future, even if the government eases its COVID-19 restrictions on team sports within the near future,” TTCB said in a statement. CMC It also called on all minor cricket leagues affiliated to the national organisation to immediately terminate their competitions in the best interest of public health and safety.