RelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Nasarawa United snaps midfield maestro Ossy Martins scored the decisive goal as Rivers United edged past Nasarawa United 1-0 in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Wednesday. Martins reacted quickest to prod home a header after Bakary Bamba had seen his spot kick in the 14th minute saved by the Nasarawa United goalkeeper, Folarin Abayomi. The Port Harcourt club were not at their free-flowing best on Wednesday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium and struggled to carve out chances against the plucky visitors who were unlucky not to score in the 22nd minute. Esosa Igbinoba curled a 25 yard volley sweetly and with the Rivers United goalkeeper, Darlington Ovunda, completely beaten, the shot crashed against the post. Rivers United never really controlled the game as Nasarawa United continued the probe and knock on the door in search of the equaliser. The hosts however came inches close to claiming the second goal when second half substitute, Christian Weli, fired just wide from inside the box after some impressive work by Martins on the flanks. “It was a good match. Both teams played well but we had some hard luck so I congratulate Rivers United for the match,” Nasarawa United midfielder Igbinoba said after the game. Technical Manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma, also offered his post-match comments after the game. “It was a very difficult match but I am pleased we won. We got our tactics right,” Eguma told the club’s website. Rivers United have now moved joint top of the NPFL standings with only goals difference separating them from the leaders, Plateau United, who have amassed 24 points from 13 games this season. The Pride Of Rivers will next face Dakkada FC on Sunday as the competition enters Match Day 14.Tags: Nasarawa UnitednpflOssy MartinsRivers United
In February Ashland University announced they would begin an esports initiative stating they would be vetting for teams in League of Legends and Overwatch, among other popular titles. Ashland University Esports (credit: Ashland University)Last week the private university in Ashland, Ohio added Fortnite to their arsenal of games for their esports program in the coming months offering $4,000 in scholarships per year. They will now become the first collegiate institution to recruit for a Fortnite team as well.While Ashland U’s esports program is still young, it’s already a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and is beginning construction of an esports arena in the school library later this month.Esports scholarships have become more and more common as esports becomes more accepted as “mainstream”. Universities and even High Schools are recognizing the trend and taking advantage in hopes of attracting more students. While most institutions have invested in long-standing and heavily popular titles like League of Legends, Ashland University has taken a risk adding Fortnite to their program. The risk comes from the fact that Fortnite esports technically doesn’t exist…yet. Currently creating custom games isn’t available to the public but developer Epic Games is obviously working out the kinks as they host regular Fortnite “Friendlies” with content creators along with a hosting an offline tournament at DreamHack: Winter and the most recent event at Esports Arena Las Vegas featuring popular streamer and ex-Halo competitor, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.Ashland isn’t the only organisation taking the risk, notable esports organisations such as Team SoloMid and FaZe Clan have all signed teams for the inevitable beginnings of Fortnite esports.Esports Insider says: Fortnite is growing in popularity day by day, especially to the younger, high school players. Offering scholarship opportunities like this is a smart move and a big step for collegiate esports as a whole. We’re sure to see other institutions following in their steps soon.