By Fisayo DairoThere is this compelling belief that the joy of claiming the bragging rights in a local derby is most felt by indigenous players of the victorious side. To such, appearance in the derby alone comes with the glowing pride of defending their team’s colours in front of friends and family members, usually on a stage they used to be as a spectator in the past, but now as one of the actors and how much more ending on the winning side on the day?For Plateau United utility star Benjamin Turba, the quest for more knowledge and education as well as careful planning towards a better future motivated him to join the newly promoted side from El-Kanemi Warriors before the start of the season. But a little much more is the temptation of going back to his beloved town of birth, Jos and also a likely participation in league derbies against privately-owned Giwa FC. His aspirations could not have been actualized more earlier than this. Turba could not have hoped for a better time to open his goalscoring account for Plateau United and establish himself as a Jos cult hero than the Match Day 11 clash with Giwa FC at the famous Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos. He broke the resistance of the Giwa Elephants after over an hour of tenacious hostilities with a fine goal right in front of thousands of spectators including his childhood playmates and family members.“Scoring in the derby means a lot to me,” the former Enyimba midfielder told www.npfl.ng“It’s like one defending his family because all my family members and some of my friends while growing up were all there at the stadium.” added TurbaAfter a two-year stint in Maiduguri with El-Kanemi despite the growing security concerns, Turba found a return home a perfect move for him as it well aligns with his ambitions.“I was planning to enroll on a diploma programme since I’m still playing in the country. And all thanks to God Almighty, my state team got promoted to the Premier League. I was so happy and so came home to play and school.” he enthusiastically explained.The easy-going star has since begun his Diploma programme in Psychology at the Plateau State Polytechnic in Jos, effectively combining schooling with playing in Nigeria’s elite league. Born in the heart of Jos principality, one experience that this soon-to-be husband will not forget his is experience in Maiduguri while playing for the Warriors between late 2014 and early 2016. It was however not as fearful as many have always thought.“It wasn’t easy (the stay in Maiduguri) but the state government was solidly behind the team so our safety was assured despite all the problems. We were based in the capital city while traveling for our home and away games.” he recalled.The widely travelled attacking midfielder who can also play in attack was an integral part of the star-studded Kaduna United side that won the FA Cup in 2010 and also Enyimba in 2012 and for one that has tasted success before, he retains the hope that Plateau United will be a success story.“Our fans are expecting a lot from th e team, not just to remain in the Premier League but to bring something to the state. So we are working hard to make sure we deliver nothing less than a continental ticket. This I also help the team to achieve as my personal ticket.” he loftily concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The positive vibes lasted all summer for Steve Nash, finally able to train and play basketball without nerve root irritation flare up in his back in unexpected moments. Unlike the past two years where he missed a combined 99 games because of root damage to his back and hamstrings, Nash practiced all summer unscathed.Yet, Nash sounded well aware that his positive spirits and health may sour as quickly as one of his nifty no-look passes.“It’s been such a bad run with that nerve that I don’t want to make any forecasts,” he said. “I felt great this summer, but it’s a lot different working out in a gym on your own than it is pounding up and down every day. So there’s no guarantees. I’m just trying to enjoy every day for what I have and what I can give.”The Lakers are cautiously optimistic about Nash after playing in five-on-five drills in recent weeks without any setbacks. Lakers coach Byron Scott does not plan to play Nash during the team’s four two-a-day sessions during training camp this week. Scott will also likely limit Nash’s minutes, including sitting out on the second night of back-to-backs, after averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 assists in 20.9 minutes through 15 games in the 2012-13 season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’ve always kind of overdone it or tried to do too much,” Nash said. “That’s going to be a different perspective for me. I’ve got to pick my spots and give myself the best opportunity to sustain.” Helping hand Even though the two will compete for the starting power forward spot, both Carlos Boozer and Julius Randle sound open toward having a positive partnership. Randle hardly sounded fazed that Scott currently favors Boozer to start because of his experience as 12-year NBA veteran.“That doesn’t bother me at all,” said Randle, whom the Lakers drafted seventh overall in June from the University of Kentucky. “He’s been at this level and he’s played at such a high, productive level, so whether he starts or not, he deserves what he gets because he’s put in the time and he’s been successful. But I have to prove myself, I have to prove myself through my work ethic and me producing because nothing’s going to be given to me.” Boozer sounded open toward giving Randle advice.“He’s got a lot of talent,” Boozer said of Randle. “I’m looking forward to teaching him a lot of the ropes here in the NBA, especially as a big man. He’s going to be a successful player for a long time.”
DES MOINES — Drivers in Iowa who linger too long in the left-hand lane of an interstate or four-lane highway could face a $100 fine under a proposal that has advanced to a House committee.Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake is a truck driver and he often sees motorists driving way below the speed limit in the left-hand lane. “I have followed two cars driving side-by-side for miles that I wanted to pass with a truck…You get close to that road rage type situation where you just want to strangle somebody,” Worthan said this morning, with a laugh.Many trucking companies now install a device on a semi to control the truck’s speed in an effort to save fuel costs and Worthan expects more trucking firms go that route.“One guy’s truck will go 65 and the other one will go 66. It takes about four miles for a truck to pass and that backs up traffic,” Worthan said during a subcommittee meeting, “so the problem’s going to get worse instead of better.”Susan Cameron Daeman, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, said the group backs establishing a new fine for loitering in the left lane.“Law enforcement isn’t interested in this so that they can write tickets,” Cameron Daeman said. “They’re interested in this so that the roadways can be safer and we’ve all been on interstates, especially Interstate 80, where you have truck traffic side-by-side and then you’ve got someone that is pushing them.”Representative Jon Thorup of Knoxville is a state trooper and he said a fine might help spread the message that the left lane is for brief use while passing.“It is astounding how many people will not move over out of the lane even if I’m driving and I have my lights and siren on,” Thorup said. “It is amazing how many people do not look in their rear view mirror or maybe they have their radio on so loud they can’t even hear the siren.”Legislators working on the bill may add language to make it clear driving in the left lane on an urban freeway during crowded, rush-hour traffic would be permissible for longer periods of time. The State of Illinois recently established a $120 fine for motorists who hang out in the left lane.