FIFA Set to ‘Compensate’ Injured S’Eagles Keeper, Uzoho, with €20,548

first_imgFemi SolajaSuper Eagles’ goal keeper, Francis Uzoho, is set to be the first Nigerian beneficiary of FIFA’s compensatory sum to players injured while on duty with their respective country during official window.The FC Anorthosis of Cyprus Loanee keeper in an attempt to save a cross in the international friendly match against Brazil landed awkwardly and thus raptured his anterior crucial ligament (ACL) and was subsequently replaced by Germany-based Fortuna Düsseldorf goakeeper, Maduka Okoye who thus made his debut for Nigeria. The unfortunate incident would confine the towering goalkeeper to the bench for at least six months thus almost out for the rest of the season.However THISDAY gathered yesterday that FIFA’s Club Protection Programme will compensate the former Elche of Spain keeper with the sum of €20,548 which is an amount set aside for players who get injured for their country as maximum daily compensation.The fixed amount is meant for players who would be ruled out for minimum of 28 days and same applies to Brazilian super star, Neymar Jnr who limped out of the match after just 10 minutes and would be out of action for four weeks.The money is a fixed salary that the club was to pay to the player for that period and the player must be sidelined for more than 28 days before a claim can be processed.Uzoho will not be part of the Super Eagles’ opening qualifying matches for AFCON 2021 finals against Republic of Benin at the newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin and away to Lesotho next month.Since the international retirement of Vincent Enyeama and the illness of his replacement, Carl Ikeme who also had to retire, Super Eagles have had to contend with goalkeeping headaches.Ezenwa who stepped l in a World Cup qualifying match with Cameroon two years ago turned to be a mere flash.While Daniel Akpeyi who was in action at AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt last summer has not also fared better as a substitute to either Enyeama or Ikeme.Unfortunately, Uzoho was warming himself back to regain the top man between the sticks suffered a major injury in a match he saved several goal opportunities by the Brazilian side.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Francis Uzoholast_img read more

Lakers become one of NBA favorites after landing LeBron James

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are some of the before and after odds …. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Houston Rockets were next at 7-1 with the Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1. Cleveland, which advanced to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season before getting swept by the Warriors, fell to the bottom at 500-1 after losing James to the Lakers.The increased wagering on the Lakers is not just because of James, but also because of the possibility that it can still add stars such as Kawhi Leonard, who the Lakers are trying to pry away from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade, or New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins, who is a free agent.“Within a matter of minutes, we took money on (the Lakers) and went down to 7-2,” Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It doesn’t mean they’re the second- or third-best power-rated team. But we anticipate futures bets on them. We’re trying to be proactive.“The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it’s Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else.”Even after posting a 35-win season and missing the playoffs, most sportsbooks, including Westgate, listed the Lakers at 20-1 immediately after the Lakers’ season ended because of its cap space and possibility that it could land stars such as James in free agency. By the middle of June and with the anticipation building that the Lakers would likely add stars, their odds of winning a title dropped as low as 10-1.According to ESPN, as NBA free agency approached, Westgate took more bets on the Lakers to win next year’s title than anyone else, which included a $4,500 bet at 12-1.CG Technology, another Las Vegas sportsbook, said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1.With the Lakers’ roster still far from complete, the odds will likely continue to change heading to the fall. LeBron James has the betting world spinning its head.While NBA analysts discuss the impact of James announcing Sunday that he intends to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal to join the Lakers, Las Vegas oddsmakers quickly anointed the Lakers as one off the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.Las Vegas SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman of Westgate listed the Lakers at 7-2 along with the the Boston Celtics and behind everyone’s overwhelming favorite, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at 10-11, which translates to -110 to three-peat.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Initially the Lakers were listed at 9-2 after news broke late Sunday afternoon that James has agreed to the Lakers, but a flurry of betting made them the second-overall favorite along with rival Boston.last_img read more