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A service to mark 25 years since an air crash in Algeria in which five persons, including two Heartland FC players were killed held Thursday in Owerri, Imo State.The crash in stormy weather at the Aéroport de Tamanrasset, Aguenar in southern Algeria, on September 18, 1994, happened as Heartland (formerly known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale) players and officials were returning from an African Champions Cup (now Champions League) tie in Tunisia.Midfielder Eghomwanre Aimiemwosa, goalkeeper Uche Ikeogu, two pilots and a crew member were killed while another 21 people were badly injured. heartland fc Crash survivors, former and current players attended the memorial service in OwerriFormer Nigerian captain Christian Chukwu was one of the 30 people who survived the crash.Chukwu was the club’s technical director working alongside coach Alphonsus Dike, who also survived and went on to coach Enyimba and Nigeria’s under-17 team.Other survivors included former National Sports Commission Director Steve Olarinoye, Bola Oyeyode of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Amanze Uchegbulam a former NFF first vice president. Two sports journalists, Banji Ola and Olumide Akande were also amongst those who escaped with minor injuries.“I think it was a divine intervention because I sat in the middle of the plane when we took off,” Oyeyode recalled in an interview with BBC Sport.“Later I switched seats and moved forward where I slept off. I think that’s what saved me because the plane divided right in the middle after the crash.”The five-time Nigerian champions recounted the event that led up to the on social media.“Then Nigerian champions, Iwuanyanwu Nationale were returning from Tunisia where they had lost 3-0 to Esperance in the first leg of the quarter finals of the continental club showpiece,” the club wrote,“Defeated and deflated, the 35 players, officials and journalists were obviously in low spirit. Beyond the defeat and the thought of the herculean task ahead, the contingent had to contend with a three-hour delay at the Tunis Airport.“When the chartered BAC 1-11 of the Oriental Airlines, owned by the club proprietor, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, eventually took off, it had to contend with early morning fog of the Sahara desert region.“So bad was the situation that the plane had to make an emergency landing at Agenat Airport, Tamanrasset in Algerian Southern border with Niger Republic.“In doing so, it crashed into a pole, then a lorry and finally into a fire station building. The aircraft had circled in the airspace for almost three hours. After a mighty explosion, the aircraft came to a halt.“From the base of the badly mangled aircraft came 30 passengers alive. A Miracle!”Regarded as one of the most successful clubs in the West African nation, Heartland have five Nigerian league titles including four straight victories from 1987 to 1990 and three FA Cup titles.They were losing finalists of the African Champions League in 1988 and 2009.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
StumbleUpon Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles Andrew Lyman – Brexit is no ‘doom & gloom scenario’ for Gibraltar gambling February 24, 2020 Share Smarkets tips Keir Starmer as new Labour leader January 8, 2020 Mike Smithson – Political BettingIt’s been quite a year for political betting junkies. From Brexit to Trump, and via some tasty markets on who, variously, would be the next leader of the Tory party, the Labour Party and UKIP, those with an eye on the front pages have been enjoying a year to remember.But it’ not over yet. Those hoping for one last fix will have their eyes on the UK Supreme Court decision next week which, uniquely, will be televised live and is the subject of the market on Betfair on what the outcome will be.“It’s like a televised sporting event,” says Mike Smithson from PoliticalBetting.com and a leading commentator on all things involving odds and global political events.“More people are betting on politics these days,” he adds. “Obviously, it’s not as big as sports. But people like Betfair are looking for opportunities to develop it. For instance, people are also already betting on the French Presidential election next May. That’s extraordinary.”Not to be outdone, William Hill is also offering a market on the outcome of the Supreme Court decision on Monday. For reference, it is offering odds of 12/5 that the justices will overall the High Court decision that Parliamentary approval is needed for the government to invoke the Article 50 EU exit process and 3/10 odds on that it will uphold the High Court’s opinion.Much has been made in the press this year of ‘the bookies getting it wrong’ on first the UK referendum vote on membership of the EU and then with the election of Donald Trump. But Smithson points out that betting markets shouldn’t be treated as prediction markets.“Nobody says the bookie shave got it wrong when a 100/1 shot wins the Grand National,” he says. “Besides, all political markets are determined by the weight of cash not by the actual amount of bets. With both Brexit and Trump there were lots of small bets being made on both outcomes, but the big money was on the reverse.”Smithson says he sees every reason for the interest in political betting to increase on the part of the bookmakers. “The reason the bookies love it is that they get to move from the back pages to the front,” he says “It gives them exposure.”After the Supreme Court decision there will be a lull until the French Presidential election and the German parliamentary elections which will take place at some point next year. Then Smithson says it will be eyes down for the potential blockbuster year of 2020. “We will then have a UK general Election and the next US Presidential election.”For some, the latter cannot come soon enough. read more
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