0:23 Despite the defeat, Enyimba remain 4th on the NPFL log with 54 points, same as 3rd placed Akwa United who have a superior goal difference.RelatedNPFL: Enyimba Defeat ‘Very Big Blow’ For Rivers United – Eguma (AUDIO)February 4, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Eguma Happy To Break Sunshine Stars’ Jinx (AUDIO)December 23, 2019In “NPFl”Enyimba Condemns Rivers United Supporters, Urge LMC To Investigate Violence Against Players & OfficialsAugust 19, 2017In “Nigeria” Enyimba midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu fondly called ‘Mosquito’, has blamed the centre referee, Salihu Tatabu for their 2-1 loss to Rivers United in a Match Day 35 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided in Port Harcourt on Sunday.First half goals by Bernard Ovoke (4) and Abdoulaye Kanoute (29) helped the ‘Pride of Rivers’ secure all three points, with Koffi Atchou (34) scoring the lone goal for the 7-time NPFL Champions.The defeat represents a setback for Enyimba who are chasing continental football next year while Rivers United, on the other hand, moved further clear of the relegation zone.Asked whether he was disappointed with the outcome of the game during the post-match press conference, the former Heartland and El Kanemi Warriors star said:“Honestly, we toiled day and night, preparations (were) very perfect to make sure that we get a good result here in Port Harcourt, unfortunately, the referee denied us just that.“I don’t know any other thing to say than to go back and prepare very well because we have about three games to play to make sure that we finish at least second; so that we can get a continental ticket.” “Ibenegbu August 21” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 1. “Ibenegbu August 21”
STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP On behalf of everyone at Santa Anita Park, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the support we have received during one of the most challenging times in our history.All of us have been beyond devastated by the tragedies that befell this meet, none more so than the several thousand Californians who work at Santa Anita Park, both in the stable area and in the grandstand, and many of whom call it their home. They are also the people who have been first in line to embrace the historic reforms we proposed – and our California regulators have enacted – that resulted in a seismic shift in how Thoroughbred racing is conducted in our state.California Thoroughbred racing is now consistent with or better than International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities’ medication standards which, over time, have shown to be much safer.Since the new rules took effect in the middle of March, Santa Anita Park has seen significant improvement, including a 58 percent decrease in the number of fatalities during racing. We have seen an even greater decrease – approximately 80 percent – during training. All told, since these reforms were enacted, Santa Anita has seen an incident rate of 1.86 per 1,000 starters during racing and approximately .019 per 1,000 training sessions including morning gallops and workouts. During the course of this meet, Santa Anita’s population of equine athletes raced or trained more than 270,000 times over the tracks.Even with these significant improvements, The Stronach Group and Santa Anita Park will continue, each and every day, to push for additional improvements and reforms to modernize our sport. We recognize that Thoroughbred horse racing is, above all else, a stakeholder sport, and we are grateful for the collaboration as we continuously strive to improve.We thank our industry partners – the Thoroughbred Owners of California, California Thoroughbred Trainers, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the jockeys at our track and the fans who support our races – for adapting with us and continuing to be committed to a sport where horse and rider safety comes first.We also thank our state regulators and elected officials who have shown an incredible commitment to making California Thoroughbred racing the safest and best in the world. The California Horse Racing Board, under the Chairmanship of Chuck Winner, pulled together with us to put in place much-needed medication reforms that now serve as a model for the nation. We would also like to express our utmost appreciation and thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom and to Secretary Alexis Podesta, both of whom have responded to this challenge by implementing significant reforms while recognizing the importance of horse racing throughout the state.Santa Anita is proud and excited to have the privilege of hosting this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November for a record 10th time. We would like to thank the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors for its progressive leadership and support.We look forward to welcoming you all back to “The Great Race Place” in September.