Kevin Pietersen opts out of IPL 2017

first_imgKEVIN PIETERSEN will not play the 2017 season of the IPL, citing a busy winter as a reason for not entering the player auction scheduled for later this month.Pietersen, 36, was part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in 2016 but played only four games before missing the rest of the tournament with a calf injury. He was released by the franchise in December last year and would have had to be bought at the player auction in February to play this year.“I won’t be going into the IPL auction,” Pietersen said on Twitter. “My winter has been too busy with all my travel and I don’t want to spend April/May away too!”Pietersen spent the winter playing the domestic T20 tournament in South Africa – 198 runs in five innings for Dolphins – and the Big Bash League in Australia, where he scored 268 runs in eight innings in Melbourne Stars’ run to the semi-final.He had played for Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural season of the PSL in 2016 and is set to be part of the team once again for the upcoming tournament from February 9 to March 5.IPL is scheduled to begin in the first week of April and end in the third week of May. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Anyanwu’s Free-kick Goal Sends AS Racine into S’final

first_imgNATIONWIDE LEAGUE SUPER 8A free kick goal by Steven Anyanwu within two minutes of added time in the second half was all AS Racine needed to condemn Enyimba Feeders to a 1-0 defeat and to qualify for the semi- finals of the on-going Bet9ja Nationwide League Super 8 Tournament at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.Prior to the goal, both teams created several chances in front of goal, but could not find the back of the net. AS Racine were dominant through Olafimihan Gafar and Olawale Mutiu, who initiated attack after attack, but Andrew Azubuike and Chukwudi Nwagwu in the central defence of Enyimba Feeders, and goalkeeper Kelvin Ogunga, thwarted their efforts. Enyimba Feeders resulted to using quick counter attacks that rattled the defence of AS Racine, but Adeyemi Taiwo, the goalkeeper of the Agege-based team was equal to the task.As the clock continued to tick towards a barren draw, the referee awarded a free kick to AS Racine on the Feeders’ left side of the box and the resultant kick was beautifully curled into the net by substitute Anyanwu.The goal sent fans at the stadium into wild jubilation and great excitement filled the atmosphere as majority of the fans clamoured for AS Racine victory.A smiling Agali told thenff.com: “It was a good game of football. Enyimba Feeders are not a bad side but I am happy that we won.”On his part, Feeders’ tactician Lawrence Ukaegbu said: “Such is football. It was a game I believe we would have won. The players are very sad to have lost the game in added time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more