Ubong’s strike against ABS FC of Ilorin was adjudged the best goal of the match-day by online voters in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) poll and was presented the award on Wednesday by the Akwa Ibom and Cross River State FIRS Coordinator, Agu Bennet at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.Elated by the recognition, Ubong said he had never won such an award in his career and was delighted that he was beginning to hit the limelight.He said he will share the prize money of N150,000 with the Children Development Centre on IBB Boulevard in Uyo which his club and players have been channeling their charity gestures as part of their community relations.“It is a great thing for me to win this award. I have never received an award like this in my playing career and I am happy that I am the one who has brought it to my club. It is great for me, my family, my teammates, the club and our fans and I am dedicating it to all of them because we are a family.“I will share the proceeds with the Children Development Centre near our camp here in Uyo. That is the only charity I know and that is where we as a club and team mates have been visiting to give support from time to time.“I love children and each time we go there, I remember when I was a child and my younger ones too. I feel very happy that I can personally bring something to them and I thank God for the opportunity. Many of us may have come from homes where our parents have the means to cater for us but when you consider the children at the centre, you are reminded that there are so many children among us who need support from members of the society to go through life. “Ubong who has five goals so far on record this season believes he has just opened a floodgate for more recognition for Akwa United.“I hope to keep scoring this season and I believe my team mates too will score such beautiful goals that will be so celebrated. I believe that Christian’s (Pyagbara) goal today will also win the Wonder Goal Award because it was something you can’t believe. I stood in awe of the effort, the gut and the delivery of that goal and I believe it will count as the best.”Akwa United played Wikki Tourists in a rescheduled Match-day 23 NPFL game at their Nest of Champions ground in Uyo. United defeated the Bauchi team 2-0.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fred EdorehAkwa United winger, Ubong Friday and Match-day 21 VAT Wonder Goal Award winner has spoken of his love for children while revealing that he would be sharing the proceeds of his award with the Children Development Centre in Uyo.
HARDER GOAL “When I began this competition, my goal was 1,000 runs and five centuries. With six matches to go, I still believe that is possible, but the way we (Jaguars) are beating teams by an innings will make that goal harder,” Fudadin said with a chuckle during an interview with Kaieteur News. “But I can’t do it on my own; it has to be the will of God.” Starting the final day on 52 for two, requiring a further 213 to make the visitors bat again, Red Force battled to 136 for two before suffering a sensational collapse to be bowled out for 216. Jaguars have now vaulted clear at the top of the standings on 70 points after four straight victories. “It feels good to get a hundred after so long. Alhamdulillah …. without God nothing is possible,” said Fudadin, a devout Muslim who played Test cricket in 2012. “I have been working hard on my game. I was batting well for a long time but not spending enough time at the crease to build big scores. I never doubted my ability to bat. It was not a technical problem but more of a mental one.” The talented left-hander has struggled to get starts in this season’s tournament with scores of four and zero in the first round, five in the second round and nine in the first innings of the third round. However, he found some form and confidence in the second innings against Barbados when he made 42. “I did not spend much time at the crease in my previous innings in this tournament because I did not manage too many runs,” said Fudadin, whose 102 was his first century since scoring 103 for West Indies ‘A’ against Sri Lanka ‘A’ October last year in Sri Lanka. “In addition to perseverance, patience and self-belief, having a supporting family helps. My wife (Akeema) and friends are always there for me.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Opener Assad Fudadin says Guyana Jaguars’ rampage through the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) after four rounds may prevent him from achieving his goals in the regional tournament this season. Fudadin has set a goal of 1,000 runs, including five centuries for the season, but says the Jaguars’ lopsided victories in the tournament are making it impossible for him to attain such a feat. Fudadin scored 102, his fifth first-class century, to help Jaguars to a massive innings and 49-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park oval on Monday.
Colon, who suffered some rotator cuff damage last season, is throwing from flat ground with his graduation to a mound two or three weeks away at best. “There are some hurdles he needs to clear but the time frame hasn’t changed that much from what we talked about,” Scioscia said. “I think it’s probably a stretch to see him ready by Opening Day.” The Angels announced multiple telecast teams for the upcoming season. The regular duo of play-by-play man Steve Physioc and color commentator Rex Hudler will be reduced to about 100 telecasts this season. The remaining 50 local broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play man Jose Mota and color commentator Mark Gubicza. Six come to terms The Angels agreed to contract terms with six players: right-handers Jose Arredondo and Steven Shell, infielder Matt Brown, outfielders Terry Evans and Nick Gorneault, and catcher Bobby Wilson. Another 16 players on the 40-man roster are expected to be signed in the upcoming days. All-purpose Figgins Juan Rivera’s broken leg in winter ball means Chone Figgins will continue to be on call for a number of positions, even though he is being aimed at the starting third base job. Scioscia said that Figgins is being looked at as the probable fourth outfielder to go along with his third-base duties. Tommy Murphy and Reggie Willits also are vying for the backup outfielder job. If Figgins is needed to give an outfielder a day off or for more permanent outfield duty in case of an injury, Robb Quinlan, Maicer Izturis and even Shea Hillenbrand will get a chance to play third base. Rivera update There still is no further timetable on Rivera’s return. Scioscia expects Rivera to be in Arizona for an examination by staff doctors possibly in two weeks. Rivera currently is being seen by a doctor in Florida. Kendry Morales, who had knee soreness in winter ball, was given clearance to begin camp on time. Position players report Monday with the first full-squad workout on Tuesday. No stragglers Frankie Rodriguez has experienced visa problems the past few seasons, which delayed his arrival in camp, but Scioscia does not foresee any late arrivals this year. Chemistry test With issues like Colon’s health, finding a fourth outfielder and sorting out the battle at first base, there is still another top priority in this year’s camp. “We have a very aggressive camp and we’re anxious to see the guys come together,” Scioscia said. “Put them on the field at the same time and get the pieces working the way we feel we can.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels are resigned to a best-case scenario of Colon pitching some time in the first half. While his return could happen by the start of May, it could be delayed into June if he can’t get rehabilitated and build stamina in short order. “You try to (think) for the long term too,” Scioscia said. “He has to be stepped up to a certain pace to make sure he holds up for this year. And in the future we want to be careful when moving forward.” Scioscia hinted that mound work could be two weeks away but quickly backed off that. “He’s got a good amount of work ahead of him before he gets on the mound,” he said. Telecast crews set TEMPE, Ariz. – While Bartolo Colon is aiming toward making the Opening Day roster, manager Mike Scioscia hardly painted as optimistic a picture. Speaking during a brief respite between staff meetings Wednesday, Scioscia said he does not expect Colon to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring and would be happy simply if the right-hander threw from a mound before camp ended.
Paul McAfee, NPSCU Vice President of Services says, “Increasing literacy rates among children leads to a better, more prosperous future for our entire community. North Peace Savings and Credit Union is proud to invest in our children today so that their options are open for the future.”Around 450 children took part in last year’s program, which is open to those ages 2-14. Children taking part record their reading hours and report them to the library to receive prizes and recognition.The donation is welcome one, and as Kerry France of the Fort St. John Public Library says, a bit of a relief.- Advertisement -“The donation came at a financial crunch for the library. Without the donation from North Peace Savings, we’d have to cut other programs, so this donation helps both this program and the quality of our programs as well.” This year, children taking part will be able to enter a draw for a helicopter ride from Bailey Helicopters.
9. Belgium ace Eden Hazard earns €17m (£13.3m) in salary and other sponsorship deals per year – click the arrow above, right, to see other top earners at Euro 2016 9 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden is leaving the competition early, but still earns around €28.5m (£22.3m) per year The likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the top earning footballers in the world, but who are the best paid of the superstars at Euro 2016?We are in the middle of the knockout stages now and here, talkSPORT looks at nine of the most highly-paid players who have taken part in the competition.This is based on sponsorship bonuses and salary per year, so click the arrow above, right, to see who brings home the most money.Figures courtesy of France Football magazine.Papa Johns are giving you the chance to win a million Euros. When one million people sign-up to Papa Johns’ ‘A Million Fans for a Million Euros’ promotion, everyone will be entered into a draw. One lucky person will be selected to play a Prize Game and could WIN up to €1,000,000! Click here for your chance to get involved: www.amillionfans.com 9 4. Germany’s Thomas Muller earns about €23.6m (£18.4m) per year 3. Wales’ main man Gareth Bale takes home about €25m (£19.5m) per year 9 9 9 9 7. Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ income is about €21m (£16.4m) per year 9 9 8. Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger takes home about €18.8m (£14.09m) per year 9 5. England captain Wayne Rooney pulls in about €22m (£17.2m) per year 6. Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta earns about €21.5m (£16.8m) per year 1. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is king of the Euro 2016 earners and brings in around €67.4m (£52.7m) per year