Dutch PM says his attitude to ‘Black Pete’ winter tradition has undergone ‘great changes’

first_img Topics : Rutte observed that the tradition is already changing. Some local celebrations feature Black Petes with dabs of paint on their cheeks, representing soot from the chimneys he is said to climb down to deliver presents. Others include multicolored Petes, dropping the word “Black” from the name.Anti-racism protests honoring George Floyd were held in Amsterdam and Rotterdam this week, with more scheduled. . Rutte acknowledged at a press conference on Wednesday that discrimination is a “systematic problem” in the Netherlands.”Here too, people are judged by their heritage,” he said.The protests were triggered by death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in the custody of white police officers in Minneapolis. Rutte said that since 2013 he had met many people, including “small children, who said ‘I feel terribly discriminated [against] because Pete is black’.””And I thought, that’s the last thing that we want” in a holiday intended for children.”I expect in a few years there will be no more Black Petes,” Rutte said.While critics including UN cultural experts have said Black Pete is offensive, a shrinking majority of white Dutch people argue Pete is either a magical fantasy figure not portraying any race or a lively figure of fun.center_img Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his attitude towards “Black Pete”, a figure from the country’s winter holiday celebrations that has been criticized as a racist caricature, had undergone “great changes” in recent years.In a debate in parliament over anti-racism protests in the Netherlands prompted by solidarity with US demonstrations, Rutte said late on Thursday his view had changed since 2013, when he said “Black Pete is just black and I can’t do much about that” and dismissed the discussion.In the Dutch tradition, St. Nicholas brings gifts to kids accompanied by numerous “Petes”, clownish servants usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and red lipstick.last_img read more

EC tenders studies to advance sustainable finance action plan

first_imgThe European Commission has launched tenders for studies on sustainability-related products and services and on the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks by EU banks.The studies were provided for in the Commission’s sustainable finance action plan from March last year. Implementation of that has so far mainly focused on the legislation that the Commission proposed and the related work of the technical expert group.According to the tender documentation, the study on “sustainability ratings and research” is supposed to:Describe the state of play of the sustainability-related products and services market;Establish an inventory and classification of actors and sustainability products and services available on the market;Explore the use and quality of sustainability-related products and services; andProvide the Commission with recommendations and best practices to stimulate demand and improve the quality of supply. Sustainability-related products and services included ratings, scores, scenario analysis, raw data, ESG benchmarks, and second opinions on green bonds, and were offered by a number of specialist and traditional providers, according to the Commission.One of the aims of the study, it said, was to “design a coherent legal and economic classification” of the products and their providers.The general objective of the other study was to “explore the integration of ESG risk considerations into the EU banking prudential framework and into banks’ business strategies and investment policies”.The findings would feed into the work to implement the Commission’s sustainable finance action plan and could be taken into account by the European Banking Authority.The EBA has been tasked to assess the potential inclusion of ESG risks in the reviews and evaluations carried out by supervisors. It is supposed to deliver a report on its findings to the Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council by 28 June 2021.last_img read more

Egypt Holds Final Round of Parliamentary Elections

first_imgEgypt is holding the final round of runoffs in the parliamentary elections today.The balloting is to elect Egypt’s first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.Tens of thousands of troops and policemen have reportedly been deployed around the country to safeguard the two-day vote which started on Tuesday.These security measures reflect the growing security concerns in the country amid an Islamic insurgency and after a suspected explosive device downed a Russian airliner over the country’s Sinai Peninsula in late October, killing all 224 people on board.An Islamic state affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.The results of the vote will be announced later in the week and parliament is to hold its inaugural session in December.last_img read more

Doubt surrounds Pacquiao-Mayweather date

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img NewsSports Doubt surrounds Pacquiao-Mayweather date by: – January 12, 2012 33 Views   no discussions The fight between Mannny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. could finally take place in 2012.(CNN) — An eagerly-anticipated clash between two of the greatest boxers of the modern era looks likely to happen this year if the two camps can compromise on a date.U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr took to his Twitter account this week to throw down the gauntlet to Manny Pacquiao, calling on his arch-rival from the Philippines to “step up punk” for a May 5 fight.But Pacquiao’s official website said that the 33-year-old wanted a date at the end of that month.And Filipino broadcaster ABS-CBN reported that Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said late May was preferable so that a temporary outdoor stadium could be constructed in Las Vegas to maximize revenue from the showdown.However, Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda told CNN that the fight might not take place until November.“It’s not going to be in May,” Pineda said on Thursday. “As far we know, he (Mayweather) has a jail term to serve. With a November date, he can still do a lot of training in jail.”Mayweather was sentenced to a 90-day prison term after being found of domestic violence, however a judge in Nevada ruled last week that the Mayweather could postpone reporting to jail until June because he had already lined up a fight date in May.Mayweather faces jail for domestic violenceMayweather chose Twitter to issue his challenge to Pacquiao.“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” he wrote on Tuesday. “My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up punk.”The two fighters have had a famously rancorous relationship.Last year, Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Las Vegas for defamation against Mayweather and others for allegedly claiming he had used performance-enhancing drugs.Pacquiao had been infuriated by the insistence of Mayweather and his team at Golden Boy Promotions that both fighters submit to Olympic-style blood testing in the buildup to a previous “super fight.”The talks between the two parties broke down. “Floyd Mayweather is a coward. He will never fight anyone that will remotely give him a tough fight,” Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said at the time.The 34-year-old American boxer has won all 42 of his professional fights (26 by knockout) but Pacquiao, 33, also has an impressive record with, with 54 wins from 59 bouts — 38 by knockout — plus three losses and two draws.He is the first boxer in the sport’s history to have won world titles in eight weight divisions and recently launched a successful political career after being elected to the Philippine House of Representatives in June 2010.Pineda said the details of the much-vaunted fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao were still being studied.“We haven’t seen a contract yet. It’s all still on the drawing board,” he said.By Peter Shadbolt, CNNlast_img read more

Celtic’s Christie handed two-match ban for grabbing Morelos testicles

first_img The Scotland international is recovering from groin surgery and was rated ‘touch and go’ by assistant manager John Kennedy for the trip to Maryhill. Celtic had vowed to defend their player ‘vigorously’ and stated they were “astonished” by the SFA charge when it was announced on December 31. Morelos could still be hit with retrospective action over the cut-throat gesture he made towards Celtic fans after he was sent off in the closing seconds of the game. Christie’s offence fell under fast-track procedures but gestures fall outside of those time limitations. read also:Celtic star  faces two-game ban for grabbing Morelos testicles Rangers later claimed Morelos had been subjected to racial abuse and claimed his gesture was “used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something – in this case, the match – is finished”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Christie escaped with only a free-kick against him after grabbing the Colombian in the groin area with his hand during Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park on December 29. But he was subsequently charged with violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association and a fast-track tribunal found him guilty. The 24-year-old had already been booked by referee Kevin Clancy for a foul on Morelos when he appeared to grab the striker after he had been nutmegged by the Colombian. Christie will miss Celtic’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Partick Thistle on January 18 along with their Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Kilmarnock four days later. The ban triggers an extra one-match suspension because it is his second red-card offence of the season – he was sent off against Livingston – so he will also sit out the visit of Ross County on January 25.Advertisement Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has been slapped with a two-match ban after being found guilty of grabbing Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos by the genitals.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Bale talks with Real still ongoing

first_img “100million euros (£86million) seems to me like a lot of money, all things considered,” Perez said in an interview with ESPN. Some construed Perez’s comments as evidence that Real were going cold on the deal, but sources close to Bale have insisted that talks are still ongoing over a transfer. With over three weeks left until the window closes, the transfer saga still has plenty of potential to rumble on. Tottenham reportedly want at least one Real player plus cash in return for Bale, with Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao the most prominent name mentioned of late. Bale is expected to sit out Tottenham’s friendly against Espanyol on Saturday. The 24-year-old has been taking part in one-to-one sessions as he bids to recover from a foot injury. But even though he has been selected for Wales’ game against the Republic of Ireland next week, Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to play the forward at White Hart Lane. Bale’s income is set to increase next season regardless of which club he plays for after it was confirmed that the forward’s application to trademark his ‘Eleven of Hearts’ celebration logo has been successful. Real have maintained a constant public campaign to try to woo Bale this summer, with a number of senior players admitting they would love the Tottenham forward to join them at the Bernabeu. Real president Florentino Perez appeared to question whether the nine-time European champions would be willing to stump up the world-record fee required to persuade Spurs to sell their prize asset. The Intellectual Property Office have confirmed that the logo, which includes a number 11 inside a heart shape made of two hands, has been trademarked. Bale’s advisers have plans to introduce the symbol on to a number of products which will be revealed to the public at a later date. That could stand to make him up to £3million a year, according to Nigel Currie, director of sports marketing agency brand-rapport. He said: “The possibilities are huge for Gareth Bale. Once he has that right he can cash in on it and become a more well-known player. “A third of his overall income could be made from his image rights, potentially up to £3million a year.” Bale first incorporated the heart sign in to his goal celebration in 2010. He revealed afterwards that he did it as a gesture to his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones, with whom he had a daughter last year. Gareth Bale is still hopeful of securing a move to Real Madrid despite Florentino Perez appearing to cast doubt on the deal on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucksport football’s David Gross claims awards at LTC banquet

first_imgBREWER — Bucksport senior David Gross took home an impressive haul of awards and honors Sunday evening at the Little Ten Conference football banquet at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.Gross became the rare lineman to take home the conference’s biggest individual honor as he was named Little Ten Conference Player of the Year. He was also named Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named a first-team All-LTC selection on both sides of the ball.Gross anchored the offensive and defensive lines this season for a Bucksport team that won the LTC crown for the first time in six years. The Golden Bucks finished the season with a 9-1 record after falling to Lisbon in the Class D championship game.Other Bucksport players to make both the offensive and defensive first teams were Josh Miller (running back and linebacker), Cam Soper (tight end and defensive end) and Logan Stanley (wide receiver and cornerback). Brady Findlay (quarterback), Jaxon Gross (running back) and Gavin Billings, Dawson Eaton and Owen Gaudreau (line) were offensive first-teamers, and linebacker Skylar MacNair was a defensive-first teamer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport head coach Joel Sankey was named LTC Coach of the Year. He shared the award with Dexter’s Andrew Shorey.last_img read more

Football News Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas stable after heart attack: FC Porto

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lisbon: Former Real Madrid goalkeeper and Spain sensation Iker Casillas was stable in hospital after suffering a heart attack in training, his club Porto said on Wednesday. The 37-year-old, who has 167 Spain caps and played more than 500 games for Real Madrid, suffered what the Portuguese club called an “acute myocardial infarction” in training on Wednesday.The club’s statement on Wednesday afternoon said, “The session was interrupted to provide assistance. It went on that Casillas was in a Porto hospital “well, stable and his heart problem solved.”In addition to domestic honours with Real and Porto, Casillas has won one World Cup, two Euros and three Champions Leagues.  The veteran goalkeeper, who is now plying trade for Portuguese side FC Porto, has been rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack during training. The World Cup winner is, however, ‘out of danger’ and is ‘doing well’ as per the Portuguese club according to TVI24.The legendary goalkeeper is now likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering the heart attack. According to reports, the iconic goalkeeper had collapsed during a training drill on Wednesday.Casillas underwent emergency surgery and is now in a stable condition and is recovering at Hospital CUF in Porto. Iker’s former Real Madrid and Spain teammate Sergio Ramos took to social media platform Twitter to send his best wishes for the former Los Blancos and Spain captain. last_img read more

The Latest: NASCAR sponsor banner causes sticky situation

first_imgJohn Holland might have traveled the farthest to not watch a NASCAR race.Holland flew in from Chicago to tailgate with friends from Darlington. The group was at a home directly across from the track. Holland said he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came up. He says he’ll be back to watch the Southern 500 here in September. ___3 p.m.Because only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. The Latest: NASCAR sponsor banner causes sticky situation Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___3:55 p.m.NASCAR is back! The Real Heroes 400 is underway at Darlington Raceway, without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates all around.The new protocols should matter little to the 40 guys who took the green flag for the first live NASCAR race in 10 weeks.Drivers, crews and officials wore face masks during pre-race ceremonies, which were performed remotely. The Fox Sports booth, featuring Mike Joy and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, also was being broadcast remotely from Charlotte, North Carolina. Driver Clint Bowyer wore a mask during a pre-race TV interview. — Roughly 900 people have been approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.— Teams are allowed 16 employees per car, including the driver and owner. Most owners gave up their spot because they are either over the age of 65 and at high risk for COVID-19 or their role at the track is not considered critical to competition. Several team members are helping remotely, offering a peek into how sophisticated NASCAR’s technology has become.— The first race back is called The Real Heroes 400 and is dedicated to health care workers. Names of health care workers across the country have been substituted for the drivers’ name above car doors.___3:30 p.m. Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months.“Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines. Here’s a quick primer of other things to know:— Ryan Newman is returning after a suffering a head injury in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.— Matt Kenseth is out of retirement and driving for Chip Ganassi. He replaces Kyle Larson, who was fired in April for using a racial slur. The 48-year-old Kenseth is racing in the Cup Series for the first time since the 2018 season finale. He is the oldest driver in the field.— NASCAR chose the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit as the safest place to restart its season after eight events were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR had been facing a financial collapse if races didn’t resume on national television.— This is the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Darlington is hosting three events in four days. ___2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on NASCAR.com, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart.McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans. May 17, 2020 Associated Press ___12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days. ___12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart.Ryan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500. ___5 p.m.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked while leading on the final lap of the first stage at Darlington Raceway.Johnson had passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the lead with 10 laps remaining in the opening stage of NASCAR first race in 10 weeks. Johnson was trying to earn his first stage victory of the season — and only his third ever under this system.“I felt like I was going to be able to exit the corner side by side with them and things just went horribly wrong there,” Johnson said. “I feel terrible for my team and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We’ve got great race cars and things are coming in the right direction, but things just really didn’t turn out there on Turn 2.”center_img Johnson arrived at Darlington with just 13 laps led in the first four events of the year. He is scheduled to retire from full-time competition at the end of the season. Johnson crashed as he was trying to put Chris Buescher a lap down. It ended his day.“I don’t want one single person to get down,” said Johnson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels. “We’ve got a great race car, so don’t you get down.”William Byron won the opening stage.Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott were called for speeding on pit road following Johnson’s accident.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):___5:50 p.m. ___2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13.His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season. A caution has been called to remove a sticky sponsorship sign that came loose when Kyle Busch scraped the wall while riding the high line at Darlington Raceway. After Busch rubbed the Blue-Emu sign, it started peeling off the outside wall. A portion of it stuck to Denny Hamlin’s grill and another attached to Tyler Reddick’s front fender.It was a weird scene, even for NASCAR, and arguably as odd as racing without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates. Blue-Emu, you might recall, is the sponsor that fired Bubba Wallace for rage-quitting during an iRacing event in which the topical pain reliever was sponsoring the driver.___ Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important. Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night.___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield.The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.” Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m.NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.” They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details.Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champ, also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.” 5:15 p.m.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. calls his opening-lap crash “pretty embarrassing.”Stenhouse crashed exiting the second turn on the first lap at Darlington Raceway. His crumpled car was spitting flames as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. “Not really sure a whole lot what to say there about our first lap, first corner,” he said. “Pretty embarrassing for myself, our team, our crew guys. I feel awful for them. They put a lot of hard work into getting our cars ready.”Stenhouse said he’s looking forward to trying again at Darlington on Wednesday night. “I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___1 p.m. 4:45 p.mRyan Newman is running in the top 10 in his first race back since a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500.Newman suffered a head injury as he skidded across the finish line in the season opener. His return comes exactly three months after the Feb. 17 accident.Newman started 21st in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed exiting the second turn on the very first lap of the race. His crumpled car was shooting flames from the back as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a single lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. last_img read more

Ticket on Rohr’s Mind as Eagles Depart for Jo’burg

first_imgAFCON 2019 QUALIFIEROlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaAs Super Eagles players and officials depart Nigeria today for Johannesburg, South Africa, Technical Adviser of the team, Gernot Rohr, is thinking of no other thing but the ticket that will enable the three-time champions return to the big stage of African football after missing two editions back-to-back. The senior national team has been in camp in Asaba since Monday and is scheduled to depart Benin City airport by chartered flight to South Africa this evening.“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: Qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else. We want the ticket in our pocket before the final match-day,” Rohr said in Asaba on Tuesday evening shortly after the team was promised $25,000 for every goal scored against the South Africa by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.If Rohr succeeds, it will be the second time he is achieving the feat of ticket to a major tournament with a match to spare.He did it in Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup in Russia last summer.The former Germany defender equaled a 20-year old record when he led the three-time African champions to earn a slot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals after a 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on 10th October 2017 scripted Nigeria’s name on the roster for Russia ahead of final match-day against Algeria.Frenchman Philippe Troussier led Nigeria to qualify for the 1998 World Cup following defeat of Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Lagos, with the away match to Guinea at hand.But qualification for the 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup competitions were achieved on the final day of the respective series.Rohr savoured accolades from far and near for his accomplishment, and the Franco-German appears to love it and wants more, with the Super Eagles looking good to earn a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup finals ahead of the final day of the series. Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title but then failed to qualify for the last two championships.Victory over South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday will earn Rohr worthwhile space in Nigerian Football’s history, alongside a young, ambitious squad that has grown in confidence after featuring at the World Cup and winning all three competitive games after that, scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.The Eagles are indignant following South Africa’s audacity in flying to Uyo to earn a 2-0 win on Match-day 1, and apart from the unspoken crave for revenge, the quiet but fierce contention between Nigeria and South Africa in other spheres has lifted Saturday’s match to higher stakes.Ahmed Musa and teammates, as well as Nigerian ball fans, have not forgotten how the Bafana stopped the Eagles from qualifying for the 2015 AFCON, after a 2-2 draw in Uyo on 19th November 2014 on a day the Eagles needed the slimmest of wins.The Bafana Bafana have much to worry about. Victories over Seychelles away and Libya home-and-away has catapulted Nigeria to top place in a pool the Bafana led comfortably, and should Nigeria win in Soweto on Saturday, the heat would be on the 1996 champions as they could be torpedoed for second ticket by the ferocious Mediterranean Knights of Libya.NIGERIA & SOUTH AFRICA AT SENIOR LEVEL10 Oct 1992: Nigeria 4-0 South Africa – Lagos (World Cup Qualifier)16 Jan 1993: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria – Jo’burg (World Cup Qualifier10 Feb 2000: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa – Lagos (AFCON semi final)31 Jan 2004: South Africa 0-4 Nigeria – Monastir (AFCON group stage)17 Nov 2004: South Africa 2-1 Nigeria – Jo’burg (Mandela Challenge)1 June 2008: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa – Abuja (World Cup Qualifier)6 Sept 2008: South Africa 0-1 Nigeria – Port Elizabeth (World Cup Qual.)11 Aug 2013: South Africa 0-2 Nigeria – Durban (Mandela Challenge)19 Aug 2014: South Africa 1-3 Nigeria – Cape Town (CHAN group stage)10 Sept 2014: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria – Cape Town (AFCON Qualifier)19 Nov 2014: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa– Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)29 Mar 2015: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria– Nelspruit (Friendly)10 June 2017: Nigeria 0-2 South Africa – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles at training in Asaba yesterday. The team is scheduled to leave for Johannesburg this evening.last_img read more