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Ighalo Double Powers United Past Rooney’s Derby Into FA Cup Quarters

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Odion Ighalo ruined Wayne Rooney’s hopes of leading Derby to an FA Cup upset against Manchester United as the Nigeria striker’s double sealed a 3-0 win in the fifth round on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were always in control at Pride Park and Luke Shaw opened the scoring before Ighalo took over to dash Rooney’s bid to knock out his former club.

United will travel to Premier League strugglers Norwich in their sixth successive quarter-final appearance in a competition they have won 12 times.

Ighalo has only been at United for a few weeks after arriving from China, but his second and third goals for the club stole the spotlight from Old Trafford icon Rooney.

Rooney left United in 2017 after 13 glittering years including five Premier League titles, Champions League glory and a club record 253 goals.

The 34-year-old had spells at Everton and DC United before joining second-tier Derby in a player-coach role alongside boss Phillip Cocu in January.

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It was the first time Rooney had faced United since playing for Everton in January 2018 and he remains without a goal in seven appearances against them.

Eighteen years after he burst onto the scene as a teenager with a brilliant goal for Everton against Arsenal, Rooney remains one of English football’s most fascinating figures and he was the centre of attention as fans from both teams chanted his name before kick-off.

But, no longer the effervescent menace who terrorised defenders with his power and poise, Rooney is playing in a deep-lying role these days and he couldn’t quite roll back the years in the face of a composed United display.

It was a Derby player 16 years younger than Rooney who almost gave the hosts a shock lead when Louis Sibley fired just wide from long-range.

Rooney went even closer with a curling free-kick that forced Sergio Romeo to make a sprawling save at his near post.

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There are six changes for United as Romero started in goal for David De Gea after his howler in the draw at Everton last weekend, while Harry Maguire was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Bruno Fernandes, the new idol for United fans, was in the team and the Portugal midfielder was starting to pull the strings.

United looked more dangerous once Fernandes heated up and Derby keeper Kelle Roos made a superb save to repel Ighalo’s shot from just six yards.

United’s pressure paid off with a fortunate opener in the 33rd minute.

Fernandes’ shot was deflected high into the air and Shaw met it with a half-volley from the edge of the area, the ball taking a wicked bounce off Jesse Lingard and looping over Roos into the net.

Shaw turned provider as United doubled their lead eight minutes later.

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Advancing with intent towards the Derby area, the left-back squeezed a pass into Ighalo, who turned away from two defenders before poking his shot past Roos from six yards.

Rooney was unable to stem the tide and his response was a frustrated foul on Scott McTominay that earned him a booking.

Choosing a more palatable approach to leading the Derby fightback early in the second half, Rooney unfurled a sumptuous pass to Jayden Bogle, whose cross was headed just wide by Martyn Waghorn.

Ighalo ended any hopes of a Rooney-inspired revival in the 70th minute.

Juan Mata picked out Ighalo in the area and when the 30-year-old’s initial shot was blocked, he kept his composure to guide the rebound into the net.

In what would have been an emotional finale for Rooney, his free-kick almost crept in until Romero made a brilliant tip-over.

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Everything Will Fall Back In Place – Mazi Okoronkwo Assures NBF

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Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo Nigeria Ex International boxers have assure Nigeria Boxing family that the Minister of youth and Sports Development Abuja Mr Sunday Dare had assured Him and other ex international boxers with coaches and referees and Judges that the Ministry will set up neutral Committee to investigate what happened with Senegal Olympics qualifiers of Nigeria Boxers and Cameroon trips of coaches and referees and Judges.

That effected National interest in view of Olympic qualifications for Nigeria boxers.

CHRYSORA MEDIA learnt from the Ex Int’l boxer himself, Mazi Okoronkwo after he received a message from Abuja in reply of the request for neutral investigation of all those issues mentioned above concerning Senegal and Cameroon trips.

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“It seems to me that there is cogent reason for proper finding of what actually happened.
Please those that are concerned when asked from Abuja”.
“Please kindly say the truth, never lie against anybody or never allow someone to sponsor you against anybody”.

“Be neutral because Truth is sacred”

“Let us be United and seek positive ways to develop boxing in Nigeria” he said.

Yours Sincerely Humanitarian worker and Ex international boxer Mazi comrade Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

God is great and to him is all the glory

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Ex Int’l Boxer Expresses Bitterness On The Crisis In The Nigerian Boxing System

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The Nigerian Ex International and ambassador for sports in boxing, Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo has expressed bitterness on the way Nigerian boxing system is going. Mazi Okoronkwo who expressed this through a letter to his personal media aide Mr Obiagwu chrys, directed to the Nigerian Boxing federation showed how painful and concerned he has been on the way boxing system is managed in Nigeria.

The letter reads

When we represented Nigeria at World under 19 Boxing championship at Montreal Canada. (Youth Olympics)
I remembered my seconds (coach) advised me when I won Algeria to meet boxer from Germany.

The coach said,
“what we needed is victory”

THEREFORE FOR NIGERIA BOXING DEVELOPMENT. ALL WHAT OUR BOXERS NEEDED NOW IS POSITIVE WAY TO VICTORY (PLEASE TELL ANY ONE YOU ARE SUPPORTING TO WORK HARDER)

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IN NIGERIA SYSTEM WE ARE NOT USED TO REMEMBERING GOOD WORK ONLY THE BAD

SORRY I DID NOT KNOW THE GOOD THINGS DONE BY MINIMAL. HOWEVER GOD BLESS HIM FOR THOSE GOOD WORK

But he has to wake up and stand firm for boxing because when his house is not in order ,it is the man of the house that people blame. eg. GCFR Buhari. Because NBF problem is exactly like Nigeria problem.

The minister told me that NBF is divided into 3 groups but In my investigation I find out,that there are even four groups fighting for the control of the game namely Minimal,Ayeni,Oldschool and omogege but it is our boxers, coaches and R&J that is suffering as the result of the fight

Now it is the duty of those interested group to use the case of inefficient and embezzlement of fund to fight their opponent to victory for the benefit of justice and accountability.

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I understood that there are reservation now for many of us.

My Voicing out only expose two groups supporters.

I have respect for my team mate both ex National and ex International and would not take any action that would effect our unity.

GOD IS GREAT AND TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY.

ACTIONS: IN VIEW OF ME AND SOME OTHERS WHOM TOOK A SOLID STAND THAT WE WILL NOT CONTEST ANY POLITICAL OFFICE OR BOARD MEMBERSHIP POSITION DUE TO OUR TIGHT SCHEDULE AMONG OTHER COGENT REASONS. ARE.

WE WILL HELP OUR YOUTH TO BUILD THEIR. CAPACITY THROUGH BOXING THAT MADE US WHO WE ARE TODAY.

(1) We want peace and unity as NBF matters are in the hands of God

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(2) Everyone of us will go to his Community, State and zone to develop boxing at the grassroot or support any coache that wishes to help the young children.

Our work will only be to support the LG, State and National coaches effort.

(3) That we will continue to monitor NBF program and to directly sponsor State, National tournament and International Boxing championship to help Nigeria boxers without waiting for Government funds.

We will be natural in the board election.

Whomever God and the people put as the President, we will help to achieve good results.

WE ARE ONE FAMILY, ONE LOVE

God bless you from Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo aka Jargarazar.

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Grassroot Boxing Talent: Former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Applauds Ex Int’l Boxer

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Grassroot Boxing Talent: Former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Applauds Ex Int’l Boxer

Former Heavy weight Boxing Champion Samuel Peter applaud Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo effort in grassroot boxing talent hunt exercise in South Eastern State.

During online conference call the former WBC heavy weight boxing champion Samuel Peter Commended the effort of one of Nigeria Ex International Boxer Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo for striving harder to promote and discovered grass root Boxers at the grass Root in the region where he is residing.

The Former WBC Heavy weight Boxing Champion said they are witnessing what is happening in Nigeria.

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