Peter Odemwingie celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Nigeria Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win over the tournament newcomers on Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage. Odemwingie sealed Nigeria’s first victory at a World Cup since 1998 – spanning 10 matches – by finishing from close range in the 29th minute after one of a string of powerful runs by fellow striker Emmanuel Emenike.MATCH COMMENTARY Bosnia faded after a bright start, during which star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and is still without a point in Group F following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in its opener.A draw would have given the Bosnians something to play for in its last group match, against Iran, but Dzeko had a shot tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the final few seconds, ending their hopes.Nigeria needs a point against Argentina on Wednesday to be guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16 – and a surprise win would secure top spot in the group.With Africa’s five teams starting the World Cup with just one win from their first eight matches, the continent was able to enjoy a rare success in Brazil.There had also been added motivation for Stephen Keshi’s team, which was seeking to boost the spirits of Nigerians back home in the wake of a suicide bombing attack at a World Cup viewing site in the northeast of their country. At least 14 people died in the blast.advertisementNigeria was too strong and experienced for the Bosnians, whose soft center in defense failed to deal with the power of Emenike in energy-sapping conditions in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba.And the recall of Odemwingie, who was impressive as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Iran, gave Nigeria an extra goal threat – demonstrated by his calm finish.Emenike powered past the tame challenge of Bosnia defender Emir Spahic and charged down the right flank before crossing for Odemwingie, who shot first-time through the legs of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic – his teammate at English club Stoke.By that stage, Bosnia-Herzegovina should have been ahead, with Dzeko finding the net in the 21st only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Replays appeared to show Dzeko was level with the last defender.Otherwise, Dzeko’s finishing was off-key and with their star striker struggling, the Bosnians looked disheartened in the early stages of the second half.Begovic kept his team in the game with saves from Michael Babatunde and Emenike before Bosnia-Herzegovina’s late rally created a good chance, Dzeko turning his marker in a crowded penalty area and side-footing a shot that was kept out by Enyeama.Team Lineups(from):Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Kenneth Omeruo; Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel; Ahmed Musa (Shola Ameobi, 65th), Peter Odemwingie, Michael Babatunde (Ejike Uzoenyi, 75th), Emmanuel EmenikeBosnia: Asmir Begovic; Toni Sunjic, Emir Spahic; Mensur Mujdza, Haris Medunjanin (Tino-Sven Susic, 64th), Miralem Pjanic, Muhamed Besic, Izet Hajrovic (Vedad Ibisevic, 57th), Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senad Lulic (Sejad Salihovic, 58th); Edin Dzeko
zoom The German Fair Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg by German shipbuilder Lürssen Maritime Beteiligungen.With the acquisition, Lürssen said it aims to strengthen its portfolio of services for repair and refit of yachts, naval and commercial ships as well as to enhance its naval new build activities.“With the decision from the German Fair Trade Commission, we are a major step closer to achieving our goal and we are now able to face future challenges of the difficult market environment together with Blohm+Voss. We now have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the existing shipyard structures and to instigate primary steps for our future cooperation,” Peter Lürssen, Managing Partner of Luerssen Maritime Beteiligungen, said.Following the official approval by the commission, Lürssen can now combine six shipyards with around 2,800 employees in Northern Germany.During the approval process, the new owner has not been able to see or review detailed information on the internal organizational structures and processes within Blohm+Voss.“Over the coming weeks we will concentrate on exchanging information with our new employees on site in Hamburg in order to get a concrete picture on the ground, and on this basis, step by step, we will develop and implement the initial processes to connect the Hamburg shipyard to our group,” Klaus Borgschulte, Technical Director at Lürssen Werft, said.Founded in 1875, Lürssen’s primary activity is the design and manufacturing of yachts over 60 meters in length and naval and coastguard ships.
Rock and roll icon and artist Ringo Starr joined today in the national #GivingTuesday movement by donating twenty-five autographed jackets to be sold on eBay in support of WaterAid beginning on Tuesday, December 3.Ringo Starr joined today in the national #GivingTuesday movement by donating twenty-five autographed jackets to be sold on eBay in support of WaterAid Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/WaterAidThe hand-signed Timberland cotton khaki jackets will be available on eBay beginning at 10am PST on December 3, with bidding continuing through Friday, December 13. Online shoppers also have the option of purchasing the jacket outright through eBay’s “Buy it now” feature.Video: Ringo Starr autographed jackets to benefit WaterAid on #GivingTuesdayAll proceeds will benefit WaterAid, the largest international nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through improved access to safe water, toilets and hygiene education.“I believe in my heart that everyone should have clean water,” Starr said. “Two thousand kids die every day from the lack of safe drinking water and it’s time to say ‘enough’! That’s why I am asking people to join me in showing the world we care this holiday season by supporting WaterAid’s work to help the world’s poorest communities gain access to clean water.”The customized Timberland jackets feature prominent prints designed and autographed by Starr, and are available in men’s sizes medium, large and extra-large. Shoppers who choose to purchase their jacket using the “Buy it now” option on Tuesday, December 3 will have their donation matched by a long-time supporter as part of the organization’s matched-giving #GivingTuesday campaign.“#GivingTuesday is all about inspiring people to take action and support the charities and causes they care about,” noted WaterAid Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships, Annie Bonner. “We are thrilled that Ringo Starr has once again chosen to support WaterAid and our work to empower poor communities in their efforts to achieve access to clean water and toilets. It’s about making a real difference in people’s lives, and this initiative lets everyone be a part of that.”Support from committed partners like Ringo Starr is critical to WaterAid’s work. In addition to helping WaterAid provide life-saving water and toilets, these partnerships allow WaterAid to reach even greater audiences with the important message that we all have a role to play in making clean water and toilets available to everyone, everywhere.Source:PR Newswire