The Sun News » Sports http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:33:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.7 New dawn for sports journalism as Sporting Sun makes debut today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/new-dawn-for-sports-journalism-as-sporting-sun-makes-debut-today-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/new-dawn-for-sports-journalism-as-sporting-sun-makes-debut-today-2/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:47:32 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133404 The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun and Sunday Sun newspapers, today unveils Sporting Sun, the most innovative, exciting and general interest sports newspapers to hit the]]>

By Neta Nwosu and Ikenna Okafor

The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun and Sunday Sun newspapers, today unveils Sporting Sun, the most innovative, exciting and general interest sports newspapers to hit the newsstands in recent times.

Speaking about the latest sports publication, Publisher, The Sun Publishing Limited, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, a sports enthusiast par excellence, who changed the fortunes of the once comatose Enyimba Football Club of Aba to win the Nigerian League back-to-back as well as broke the more than 38 years jinx by winning the African CAF champions League Cup for Nigeria, said the newspaper company is determined to change the face of sports journalism with the birth of Sporting Sun. On his part, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said Sporting Sun is determined to ensure that readers are part of a new dawn in sports journalism, with an incisive coverage of local and international football events and reportage of other sports.

Said he: “Sporting Sun is a two in one sports newspaper, as it incorporates football and other sports. It comes with an eight-page SoccerStar pull out, which is devoted to football stories and another eight pages on other variety of sports.

“Sporting Sun also comes with special weekly pages on athletics, tennis, golf, boxing, and basketball, which would be anchored by well-informed sports writers.

“This is the broadest and most comprehensive sports reporting we have ever had in the nation’s sports journalism, coupled with the fact that we have the best quality production facility as well as top-of-the-range distribution infrastructure and systems in the country.”

John Joshua Akanji, a versatile journalist with an experience spanning more than two decades in sports reporting, is the pioneer editor of  Sporting Sun.

      

 
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AFCON 2017qualifier: Eagles’ camp bubbles with full house http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afcon-2017qualifier-eagles-camp-bubbles-with-full-house/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afcon-2017qualifier-eagles-camp-bubbles-with-full-house/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:42:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133401 Early arrival! That was what the foreign based players called up by Sunday Oliseh for this weekend’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania made to the team’s Abuja camp last night.]]>

By George Aluo

Early arrival! That was what the foreign based players called up by Sunday Oliseh for this weekend’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania made to the team’s Abuja camp last night.

The team which is expected to jet out aboard a charter flight to Dar es Salaam on the eve of the game was billed to resume training this morning. Before the arrival of the foreign legion, Oliseh who was in Ibadan at the weekend to watch 3SC versus Abia Warriors Glo Premier League game had six home lads in camp.

Al Ain of Dubai striker Emmanuel Emenike was one of the five early birds to hit camp.

Also in by the early hours of yesterday were former Dolphins attacker Emem Eduok, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon and Rabiu Ibrahim.

Other players that were in camp before dinner include Anthony Ujah, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa and Obiora Nwankwo.

All players announced their arrival at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany enroute Abuja through the Instagram page of Werder Bremen striker, Anthony Ujah.

The Tanzania game would be the first for Oliseh. Nigeria goes into the game with three points garnered from the home win over Chad in June. Egypt, which is the team’s biggest threat in the group also had three points having beaten Tanzania in Cairo.


Owolabi warns…

Tanzania can frustrate Nigeria

BY EMMA NJOKU

Ex-international, Felix Owolabi (MON); has warned the Super Eagles not to expect to run over the Taifas of Tanzania when both teams clash on Saturday in Dar es Salaam in Round 2 of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

Nigeria won four in six previous meetings with Tanzania in international football with two of the matches ending in draws. But Owolabi, fondly called Owoblow after his heroics in his heyday, cautioned the Sunday Oliseh-tutored Eagles not to be carried away by the past results, stressing that the current Tanzanian squad could frustrate Nigeria’s campaign for a ticket to the continental soccer fiesta billed for Gabon in 2017, after the Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.

“We played against Tanzania in my days in the national team and I recall the last time we met them in Dar es Salaam was in 1980, and we won 2-0. From experience, the Tanzanian team may not be fantastic, but if taken for granted, they can frustrate the Super Eagles,” Owolabi warned.

Saturday’s match would be Sunday Oliseh’s first in charge as the Super Eagles’ head coach since taking over from Stephen Keshi. Asked what he expects from the new Eagles’ gaffer, Owoblow responded thus:

“It’s really about Sunday Oliseh; however, as Super Eagles’ coach, he represents 170million Nigerians and it’s our desire for him to succeed. My advice to him is to concentrate on how to succeed. He should talk less and do more.

“Keshi made a mark as Super Eagles’ coach; whether anybody likes it or not, he remains the most successful indigenous coach with Super Eagles team. Keshi’s achievement should serve as a benchmark for Oliseh, if he cannot improve on Keshi’s record, he must not fall short of it.

“Keshi built his team around players in the domestic league and succeeded. I expect Oliseh to follow the same template if he hopes to succeed. In any case, I have no issues with the players he invited for the game against Tanzania provided they fit into his philosophy of the game and would give him the results we all want.”

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Buhari congratulates D’Tigers http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-congratulates-dtigers/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-congratulates-dtigers/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:37:50 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133399 President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, on their victory over Angola in Sunday’s final of the AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia.]]>

•Saraki celebrates

From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja and SOLAPE LAWAL-SOLARIN

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, on their victory over Angola in Sunday’s final of  the AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia.

He had therefore assured the team, its managers and the Nigerian Basketball Federation that his administration will give them and Nigeria’s other representatives at the next Olympic Games, the fullest possible support to ensure they are well prepared to excel  at the world’s biggest sports fiesta.

The ‎Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said President Buhari applauded D’Tigers’ exhilarating 74-65 victory over Angola which also secured Nigeria’s qualification for the men’s basketball event at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

He commended the players for displaying exemplary strength, courage, determination and patriotism as well as great skills and creativity to  dethrone Angola, the perennial African basketball champions.

Meanwhile, The exploit of Nigeria’s male basketball team in far- away Tunisia, in the just concluded AfroBasket 2015 had not only created excitement among ordinary Nigerians, but had also won over the Senate President of the country, Senator Bukola Saraki.

The elated Senate President praised the new African champions, for making history by breaking the jinx and lifting the coveted trophy for the first time in the finals, against renowned African powerhouse, Angola in Tunis.

In a press release delivered by his chief press secretary, Sanni Onogu in Abuja yesterday, he said, “D’Tigers victory has rekindled the nation’s hope and confidence in the team having beaten Angola in the finals by 74-65; a performance that is indeed superb.

“We are very proud of this feat and we hope they can redouble their efforts as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil,” he concluded.

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Team Nigeria arrives Congo http://sunnewsonline.com/new/team-nigeria-arrives-congo/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/team-nigeria-arrives-congo/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:35:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133397 Team Nigeria delegation made up of 573 –man contingent to the 11th All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo that departed Nigeria from the ]]>

By JOE APU

Team Nigeria delegation made up of 573 –man contingent to the 11th All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo that departed Nigeria from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday have arrived the Aeroport Internationale Maya Maya.

Director General of the National Sports Commission, Al Hassan Yakmut, had at the airport yesterday directed the athletes to be of good conduct and compete fairly while reminding them of President Muhammadu Buhari’s charge to give their best and finish tops of the medals chart.

In line with the challenge of the President, the U-23 national team led by Coach Samson Siasia had promised to deliver the gold medal by winning the football event.

The Dream Team, Olympic champions in 1996, will play their first match of the competition on September 9, against Ghana’s Black Meteors, who won Olympic bronze medal in 1992. Hosts Congo-Brazzaville, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Zambia made up the men’s Group A.

The Super Falcons on the other hand will play host team Congo-Brazzaville, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A of the Women’s Football Tournament, while the U-23 boys will take on Ghana and Senegal in the men’s Group B that had been depleted by the withdrawal of Egypt.

The women’s Group B has Cameroon, South Africa and Ghana, also depleted by the withdrawal of Egypt’s senior women team.

In the same vein, Nigeria’s men’s basketball team led by Coach Sani Ahmed and Lateef Erinfolami saidnothing short of gold is on their agenda for the Games.

“We’re all focused on retaining the gold medal that we won back in Mozambique and there’s no joking about the task before us,” Coach Sani Ahmed said.

The All-Africa Games contingent consisted of sportsmen and women in 21 sports, as well as technical and administrative officials, including football players of the Senior Women National team, Super Falcons, and the U-23 National Team.

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Awoniyi on cloud nine over Liverpool deal http://sunnewsonline.com/new/awoniyi-on-cloud-nine-over-liverpool-deal/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/awoniyi-on-cloud-nine-over-liverpool-deal/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:34:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133394 Flying Eagles hitman, Taiwo Awoniyi, landed it big yesterday, as he was signed on by English premier league side, Liverpool in a deal which he described as a dream come through.]]>

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By George Aluo

Flying Eagles hitman, Taiwo Awoniyi, landed it big yesterday, as he was signed on by English premier league side, Liverpool in a deal which he described as a dream come through.

Liverpool announced the signing just as another Nigeria international, Brown Ideye dumped EPL side, West Brom, for Olympiakos of Greece for an undisclosed fee.

Awoniyi, moments after signing the Liverpool deal told the club’s official website, Liverpoolfc.com that he saw the deal as a privilege, even as he vowed to add value to the team when he eventually kick start his career there.

“This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here. I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team. When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy,” he said.

Awoniyi would this term be on loan to Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt. The 18-year-old forward, who was part of the Flying Eagles squad to the FIFA U20 World Cup is at present with Samson Siasia’s Dream Team.

Sunderland on its part signed on 24-year old Liverpool forward Fabio Borini for a fee of £10m, while Bayer Leverkusen  completed the signing of Javier Hernandez from Manchester United.

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New dawn for sports journalism as Sporting Sun makes debut today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/new-dawn-for-sports-journalism-as-sporting-sun-makes-debut-today/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/new-dawn-for-sports-journalism-as-sporting-sun-makes-debut-today/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:12:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133330 The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun and Sunday Sun newspapers, today unveils Sporting Sun, the most innovative, exciting and general interest sports newspapers to hit the newsstands in recent times.]]>

By Neta Nwosu and Ikenna Okafor

The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun and Sunday Sun newspapers, today unveils Sporting Sun, the most innovative, exciting and general interest sports newspapers to hit the newsstands in recent times.

Speaking about the latest sports publication, Publisher, The Sun Publishing Limited, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, a sports enthusiast par excellence, who changed the fortunes of the once comatose Enyimba Football Club of Aba to win the Nigerian League back-to-back as well as broke the more than 38 years jinx by winning the African CAF champions League Cup for Nigeria, said the newspaper company is determined to change the face of sports journalism with the birth of Sporting Sun. On his part, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said Sporting Sun is determined to ensure that readers are part of a new dawn in sports journalism, with an incisive coverage of local and international football events and reportage of other sports.

Said he: “Sporting Sun is a two in one sports newspaper, as it incorporates football and other sports. It comes with an eight-page SoccerStar pull out, which is devoted to football stories and another eight pages on other variety of sports.

“Sporting Sun also comes with special weekly pages on athletics, tennis, golf, boxing, and basketball, which would be anchored by well-informed sports writers.

“This is the broadest and most comprehensive sports reporting we have ever had in the nation’s sports journalism, coupled with the fact that we have the best quality production facility as well as top-of-the-range distribution infrastructure and systems in the country.”

John Joshua Akanji, a versatile journalist with an experience spanning more than two decades in sports reporting, is the pioneer editor of  Sporting Sun.

        

 
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Super Stud Mikel! http://sunnewsonline.com/new/super-stud-mikel/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/super-stud-mikel/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:55:17 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133277 By MONICA IHEAKAM  with agency report . Fathers two kids from two women . Buys N153m property for mother of son Nigeria international and Chelsea of England midfielder, Mikel Obi, not known for scoring goals on the pitch, certainly knows how to fire the right shots in bed. The out of favour Chlesea player, reported [...]]]>

By MONICA IHEAKAM  with agency report

. Fathers two kids from two women
. Buys N153m property for mother of son

Nigeria international and Chelsea of England midfielder, Mikel Obi, not known for scoring goals on the pitch, certainly knows how to fire the right shots in bed.
The out of favour Chlesea player, reported to be in a strong relationship with a Russian Lady, Olga Diyachenko,  according to The Sun on Sunday of London, reported that the Nigerian midfielder has a secret son and daughter  from  two different women living in the UK The London based publication alleged that Mikel was said to have a four year-old son and a one year-old daughter after short relationships with the two women.
It was reported that the Super Eagles player, who lives in Oxshott, Surrey, bought a £500, 000 (about N153m) detached property in the Home Counties for his son and the boy’s mother, while his daughter and her 23- year -old mother lives in the South of England.
The Sun on Sunday quoted a source as saying Mikel met his son’s mother at a party in London. After she gave birth, the source said, Mikel ‘agreed to give her tens of thousands a year in upkeep’ and ‘agreed to give her a new car every three to five years.’
‘He said he wanted to play a role in the boy’s life. He and the mum are on friendly terms and she didn’t harbour any bad feelings towards him, perhaps because he’s looked after her so well.’ A spokesman for the footballer was quoted by the Sun on Sunday as saying: ‘This is an entirely private matter. John provides for and cares for his children and will continue to do so. He asks that their privacy be respected.’
The newspaper quoted a friend of the girl’s mother as saying that Mikel had ‘provided’ for the woman and their child.
The friend said: ‘She is not from a well-off family and does not earn much, but she drives around in a new car. She seems to have come into money since having the baby and is keeping a low profile.’
Mikel, who has made 64 appearances for his Nigeria, was said to have met his daughter’s mother at a nightclub in 2013.
She reportedly gave birth last year. Mikel is one of Chelsea’s longest-serving players behind John Terry after joining the club from Norwegian side, Lyn Oslo in 2006 but the Nigerian has found first-team opportunities limited this season.
It would be recalled that Mikel Obi is not in good terms with the new Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh who dropped him from the AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Tanzania this weekend.

Oliseh, at a media parley in Abuja had disclosed that he was forced to shut the door against the Chelsea player because he refused to answer both calls and text messages sent to him.

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AFCON 2017 Qualifier : Leone Stars host Elephants in Lagos http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afcon-2017-qualifier-leone-stars-host-elephants-in-lagos/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afcon-2017-qualifier-leone-stars-host-elephants-in-lagos/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:52:51 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133275 By  EMMA NJOKU The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos as the venue for this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire. According to thenff.com, the official website of the NFF, a 32-man delegation of [...]]]>

By  EMMA NJOKU

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos as the venue for this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
According to thenff.com, the official website of the NFF, a 32-man delegation of the Leone Stars led by President of the Sierra Leone Football Association, Isha Johansen, is expected to arrive in Lagos today aboard an Air Ivoire flight. The team will lodge at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
Africa’s reigning champions, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire are expected to arrive on Wednesday for the Match-day 2 clash billed for Sunday at the 23,000-capacity stadium in Lagos.It will be the first time a competitive football game involving two other countries would be hosted in Nigerian soil.
The ban on Sierra Leone from hosting international football matches as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014 compelled the country’s football federation to opt for Nigeria as alternative venue for its home fixture of the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire. The NFF began the necessary moves to get Government approval for the hosting after a request by the Sierra Leone Football Association, which was supported by CAF.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama, yesterday assured that all necessary plans have been put in place for a successful organization of the match on Sunday.
“There are no problems at all and we do not expect any. We are on ground in Lagos to organize a hitch –free game and we have taken into consideration even the minutest details related to the organization,” Inyama assured.
However, Midfielder Yaya Toure has been left out of the Cote d’Ivoire squad for the Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 qualifier against Sierra Leone on 6 September 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Elephants coach Michel Dussuyer did not include the 32-year old midfielder in his 23-man squad for the Group I clash as the Manchester City enforcer ponders over his international future.
There was also no place for left-back Siaka Tiene in the squad that includes three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and seven forwards.

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AAG: Team Nigeria departs for Congo today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aag-team-nigeria-departs-for-congo-today/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aag-team-nigeria-departs-for-congo-today/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:51:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133272 By JOE APU . NBBF drops 4 players Team Nigeria 573-man contingent departs today for Congo Brazzaville, venue for the 11th All Africa Games. The athletes comprising of 201 male and 178 female athletes, 29 coaches, 19 team secretaries, 25 helpers and loaders, 12 secretariat staff, 40 medical staff, one chef de mission, 18 federation [...]]]>

By JOE APU

. NBBF drops 4 players

Team Nigeria 573-man contingent departs today for Congo Brazzaville, venue for the 11th All Africa Games.
The athletes comprising of 201 male and 178 female athletes, 29 coaches, 19 team secretaries, 25 helpers and loaders, 12 secretariat staff, 40 medical staff, one chef de mission, 18 federation presidents and accredited journalists will represent Nigeria in 20 events at the games.
Nigeria will participate in athletics, boxing, badminton, wrestling, weightlifting, table tennis, tennis, para-athletics and para-powerlifting, handball, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball (male and female), football (women and men), judo, teakwando, swimming and karate. Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directed Team Nigeria to finish the game at the top of the medals’ log.
Only yesterday, the technical crew of the men’s basketball team led by Coach Sani Ahmed announced his 12-man squad comprising of Moses Daudu, Azuoma Dike, Abubakar Usman, Stanley Gumut, Abdul Yahaya, Ibrahim Adamu Yusuf, Matthew Omonya, Victor Koko, Cyril Awele, Ajayi Olalekan, Jason Obasuaye and Olumide Oyedeji.
Those that did not make the final cut include Priwitt Gagara, Yomi Oyeniyi, Sadiq Adedeji and Yakubu Abdulwahab.

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Obienu raps Nigerians on Oliseh http://sunnewsonline.com/new/obienu-raps-nigerians-on-oliseh/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/obienu-raps-nigerians-on-oliseh/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:50:17 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133269 By JOE APU A clarion call for a total support for the new Super Eagles Manager, Sunday Oliseh was made at the weekend and it came from a former Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Bar. Richard Obienu. Speaking during a visit to the NFF secretariat in Abuja, Obienu who was Team Manager of [...]]]>

By JOE APU

A clarion call for a total support for the new Super Eagles Manager, Sunday Oliseh was made at the weekend and it came from a former Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Bar. Richard Obienu.
Speaking during a visit to the NFF secretariat in Abuja, Obienu who was Team Manager of the Super Eagles to Mali 2002 Nations Cup when Oliseh captained the Eagles noted that he was also delighted with the focus of the Amaju Pinick led NFF board.
“I am delighted at the way things are going: the commitment to transparency, accountability, integrity. The reforms are excellent, and I believe the choice of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles’ Head Coach is genuinely inspired,” the former vice chairman noted, recalling the events of 2002 Africa Cup of Nations where he stood by Oliseh despite the team captain’s castigation by top officials.
According to thenff.com, the fiery administrator, not known to waste his encomiums, showered praises on the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF for the on-going reforms that have restored the credibility of the domestic League, improved Nigeria’s reckoning in the international football community and registered a rebirth in the various National Teams, among other groundbreaking feats.
“I must say that I am truly impressed by the moves being made by the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF. I have been in the United States of America for some months but I have been following developments back home with keen interest.
“I was here as vice chairman when the body was Nigeria Football Association, and I can tell you that it takes a courageous and focused team to initiate the reforms that we are witnessing.
“Everyone knows that Obienu says it as it is, without minding whose ox is gored. But when I see good moves, I recognize them,” Obienu said on a visit to the NFF Secretariat on Thursday, where he met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and a number of members of Management.
He called on Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to support the efforts of the NFF Board and Management.  “I appreciate that Nigerians are very passionate about sports, particularly football, and everyone has an opinion. But we must give a team that has shown focus and genuine intention the benefit of doubt.
“They are not there yet, but with our support and prayers, they will take our football to a great level.”

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MOURINHO MOURNS http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mourinho-mourns/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mourinho-mourns/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:38:21 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133138 .Blames self as Chelsea fumbles again By George Aluo IT was mourning time for loquacious Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, yesterday after his side fumbled again in the four-week old English Premier league losing 1-2 at home to Crystal Palace. Mourinho who was for once not his boastful self, blamed himself for the home defeat, even [...]]]>

.Blames self as Chelsea fumbles again

By George Aluo

IT was mourning time for loquacious Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, yesterday after his side fumbled again in the four-week old English Premier league losing 1-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

Mourinho who was for once not his boastful self, blamed himself for the home defeat, even as he praised the fighting spirit of the Alan Pardew tu­tored Crystal Palace.

“I blame myself for not making the needed changes…I kept fumbling players on the pitch for 90 minutes,” Mourinho said after the match.

On Palace, he stated: “The first thought is for Palace. They come with everything. Team ready, players ready, fans ready, fantastic spirit.”

Yesterday’s defeat is the second the Blues will be suffering this term and the result leaves Chelsea eight points behind Man­chester City after just four games.

Just like Chelsea, an­other EPL giant, Liver­pool fell at home by a scandalous 0-3 margin to West Ham. Liver­pool who in week three showed class at the Emir­ates against Arsenal was simply a shadow of itself yesterday.

While Chelsea and Liv­erpool fumbled at home, Man City continued its fine run with a 2-0 home win over Watford and in the process set a new club record of 10 consecutive wins.

City are now one vic­tory away from equaling Chelsea and Liverpool’s record winning streaks of 11games, but on this kind of form they look well ca­pable of breaking the Pre­mier League record of 14, set by Arsenal in 2002.

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IAAF World Championships: Bolt wins 11th World Championships gold http://sunnewsonline.com/new/iaaf-world-championships-bolt-wins-11th-world-championships-gold/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/iaaf-world-championships-bolt-wins-11th-world-championships-gold/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:35:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133126 By George Aluo USAIN Bolt collected his 11th World Champi­onships gold medal as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay in Beijing, while Great Britain failed to finish. Bolt anchored his quar­tet to a world leading time of 37.36 seconds. GB were third going into the final changeover but James Ellington did not get the baton to anchor [...]]]>

By George Aluo

USAIN Bolt collected his 11th World Champi­onships gold medal as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay in Beijing, while Great Britain failed to finish.

Bolt anchored his quar­tet to a world leading time of 37.36 seconds. GB were third going into the final changeover but James Ellington did not get the baton to anchor Chijindu Ujah.

The USA finished sec­ond but were disquali­fied after a faulty final changeover, meaning China were promoted to silver and Canada bronze.

It was Bolt’s third gold of the championships af­ter victories in the 100m and 200m.

The Jamaicans com­pleted a sweep of the sprint relays with the women, anchored by 100m champion Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce, also winning.

 

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Afrobasket 2015: D’ Tigers through to final http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afrobasket-2015-d-tigers-through-to-final/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/afrobasket-2015-d-tigers-through-to-final/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:35:08 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133125 BY JOE APU THE Lions of Senegal failed in their attempt last night to have a repeat of their AfroBasket 2013 record as they fell to the superior power play of Nigeria’s D’ Tigers in a game that went into over­time with Nigeria emerg­ing the winner by 88-79 points and a chance to play for [...]]]>

BY JOE APU

THE Lions of Senegal failed in their attempt last night to have a repeat of their AfroBasket 2013 record as they fell to the superior power play of Nigeria’s D’ Tigers in a game that went into over­time with Nigeria emerg­ing the winner by 88-79 points and a chance to play for the sole ticket for Rio 2016 Olympics.

Nigeria began the game on a very fast pace dominating the first quar­ter 18-15 but Senegal came back strong in the second quarter winning 22-17 in their favor and also took the third quar­ter scoring 26-22 points but were overwhelmed by Nigeria’s comeback in the last and final quarter amassing a total of 19-13 points and tying the game at 76-76 at full time.

The overtime proved the moment of grit for Nigeria as they went all out scoring 12-3 points to wrap up the game at 88-79 points. Credit must go to Chamberlin Ogu­chi who scored a total of 28 points, 4 assists. Olaseni Lawal scored 17 points and 11 rebounds. Al Farouk Aminu poured in 9 points with 4 assists while Ben Uzoh gave a good account of himself with 12 points.

Senegal’s fight was led by Gorgui Dieng who led the floor for his side with 20 points, 16 rebounds and Xane Dalmeida who scored 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The winner of the championship qualifies for the Rio 2016 Olym­pics, while the second and third position finish­ers will continue their quest for Olympic ticket in an Olympic qualify­ing tournament that will attract countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and America, at a venue to be decided by world bas­ketball governing body, FIBA.

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Good officiating alone won’t make our league better-Amokachi http://sunnewsonline.com/new/good-officiating-alone-wont-make-our-league-better-amokachi/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/good-officiating-alone-wont-make-our-league-better-amokachi/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:33:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133119 By GEORGE ALUO FORMER Super Eagles assistant coach, Dan Amokachi was a fort­night ago unveiled as technical adviser of millionaire side, FC IfeanyiUbah at a brief but color­ful ceremony that took place at the Rojenny Stadium, Oba near Onitsha. The ex-international who dazzled in his heyday with the Eagles had to take up the Ifeany­iUbah [...]]]>

By GEORGE ALUO

FORMER Super Eagles assistant coach, Dan Amokachi was a fort­night ago unveiled as technical adviser of millionaire side, FC IfeanyiUbah at a brief but color­ful ceremony that took place at the Rojenny Stadium, Oba near Onitsha.

The ex-international who dazzled in his heyday with the Eagles had to take up the Ifeany­iUbah job after being dropped by his erstwhile boss Stapen Keshi who has since also lost out of the Eagles job.

“The Bull” as he is fondly called by admirers is now work­ing alongside former Flying Eagles head coach, John Obuh who is IfeanyiUbah’s technical director and Ike Shorunmu who was also with him (Amokachi) in the Eagles as goalkeepers’ trainer.

Amokachi in this exclusive interview he granted Sunday Sunsports at the Beverly Hills hotel, Nnewi bares his mind on what he feels must be done to take the nation’s domestic league to the next level.

Enjoy it.

What is the feeling like join­ing IfeanyiUbah?

Well, its fine, we are here, myself and Ike Shorunmu to see how we can contribute our quota to this young side whose propri­etor Dr Ifeanyi Ubah is passion­ate about football. You can see that the man (Ubah) is doing all he can to change the face our football. He is trying to run the club in a very professional way and you can see his stadium project. So, we will do our best to get result.

Do you envisage any clash with Obuh who was hired before you?

No, not at all. Obuh is a friend and beyond that all of us have a role to play. I don’t think there will be any clash at all. We are all focused on one thing and that is how to build a solid side and get result. It is not an easy task. It is not a job only one man can do. It is team work and we will work as a team here.

Shorunmu’s role?

It is a very vital one. The goal­keeping area is a very important department in any team. In fact, it is the most important depart­ment. Ike has a big role to play as we try to build a very solid FC IfeanyiUbah. Any team that does not get it right in the area of goal­keeping cant win games. And as far as I m concerned, there are only two qualified goalkeepers trainers in the country and that is Aloy Agu and Shorunmu that is sitting here with me. The third would have been Peter Rufai, but Rufai is one step into coaching and one step into administration. I m still watching him to see where he will concentrate on.

Officiating has improved in the league, what is your take on this?

Yes, officiating has improved a great deal. The referees deserve a pat on the back. But I m not one of those celebrating over it because that is not all that we need to take the league to the next level. What we need to take the league to the next level is money, good money. The League Management Committee (LMC) must ensure that the face of the league is changed. Our league must have a business face like the European leagues and that of South Africa. Our clubs are not well funded, the players and coaches are feeding from hand to mouth. That is not what profes­sional football should be. Gov­ernment has no business owning or running a football club. Apart from Nigeria, mention any other country where governments fund football club. No where. The LMC must find a way of encouraging more Ifeanyi Ubah’s to invest in our football.

What is your advise to the LMC on this?

They must get more corporate bodies to be part of the league. Glo is doing well, the LMC should get more sponsors. They must increase the prize money for the league winners. If the winner of our league this season is to smile home with say N1bn and every club is to pocket at least N200m even if such a club is going on relegation, you will see more businessmen getting involved. What that means is that what is coming into a club cof­fers will be enough to run it.

No businessman will want to pump his money into a project that is not profitable and the gov­ernment that is funding most of the clubs now may not continue to do so because the states are no longer swimming in cash. Even Ifeanyi Ubah himself may be forced to pull out after sometime if he starts to feel the pinch of his funding a club. In South Africa, the clubs don’t take African club tournaments serious because there is more to play for at home. Orlando Pirates, Sundown and others are

more interested in the PSL that will fetch them money and not in Africa where they spend so much travelling and getting peanut.

This is why most of them send their second eleven to play in Africa just to fulfill all righteous­ness and avoid CAF sanction. So, the LMC must do something about the league. They must make it truly professional by raising the financial stakes. Once that is done, the league will be a lot better. The players will have more money, the coaches will earn better and that way, our players wont be in a hurry to go and play in obscure countries like Cambodia. Once we raise the fi­nancial stake, you will see Aliko Dangote and other business moguls investing in the league.

Dangote is interested in Arse­nal because he knows whatever he puts there wont go down the drain. But if he puts his money in Kano Pillars now, there will be no return on investment. But if Kano Pillars is to pocket N1bn naira as Nigeria’s league champi­ons, then the story will change.

So, money is key. Money is what we need to change the face of the league and not celebrating an improvement in officiating.

What is your take on the new Super Eagles under Sunday Oliseh?

I wish him the very best, I pray he succeeds and I urge Nigerians to give him all the sup­port he needs to get results.

You mentioned that the goal­keeping area is vital. Can you comment on this and the fact that Vincent Enyeama is still holding fort in that area?

Vincent is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He is very organized. He controls his defence line very well and his reflexes are superb. One thing going for him is his discipline. Vincent takes time to go for extra training. He is always in the gym ensuring that he is fit and perfecting what he did during the normal training. Shorunmu can attest to all that I m telling you. I don’t see any immediate replace­ment for him at the moment and it is good the NFF has resolved whatever problems they had with him.

 

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2015 Afro-Basket: Nigeria beats Senegal 88-79 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/2015-afro-basket-nigeria-beats-senegal-88-79/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/2015-afro-basket-nigeria-beats-senegal-88-79/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:28:08 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133071 Nigeria became the first team to reach the AfroBasket 2015 after an 88—79 overtime win over Senegal on Saturday in Rades, Tunisia. The win ends Senegal’s five-game winning streak in the tournament. Nigeria’s sharpshooter Chamberlain Oguchi made 8 of his 13 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 28 points, while Gorgui Dieng, who spent the [...]]]>

Nigeria became the first team to reach the AfroBasket 2015 after an 88—79 overtime win over Senegal on Saturday in Rades, Tunisia.

The win ends Senegal’s five-game winning streak in the tournament.

Nigeria’s sharpshooter Chamberlain Oguchi made 8 of his 13 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 28 points, while Gorgui Dieng, who spent the entire 45 minutes and was in foul limit, propelled Senegal with 20 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

It was a balanced game with seven lead changes.

Nigeria’s nine-point lead in the second was short-lived as Ibrahima Thomas hit a three-pointer with three seconds to give Senegal a 37-35 half-time lead.

But when Nigeria entered the final minute of the regulation leading 76-73, Dieng thought they needed extra five minutes, making a three-pointer to tie the contest at 76-76.

Nigeria’s team rotation proved crucial as their bench came with a pivotal 21-point contribution.

With the result, Nigeria will reach the AfroBasket final for the first time since 2003.

Turning Point: Oguchi hit a three-pointer with 1:07 minute to give Nigeria a 82-76 to decide the contest.

Stats Don’t Lie: Oguchi’s three-pointers were detrimental for Senegal who attempted to reach the final of the tournament for the second time since 1997.

Game Hero: Nigeria’s Olaseni Lawal stepped on floor to do whatever it was needed to spark his country. By the end of the firs quarter Lawal led Nigeria with 11 points.

The Bottom Line: It was a balanced contest with Nigeria capitalising from Oguchi three-pointer’s accuracy, while Senegal struggled at both ends of the floor.

(FIBA)

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Arsenal seeks to extend dominance over Newcastle http://sunnewsonline.com/new/arsenal-seeks-to-extend-dominance-over-newcastle/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/arsenal-seeks-to-extend-dominance-over-newcastle/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:03:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132988 As Man City targets four straight wins versus Watford BY EMMA NJOKU After a disappointing barren draw against Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday, Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad will be gunning for the full points when they visit Newcastle at St. James’ Park in the English Premier League fixture billed to kick off [...]]]>
  • As Man City targets four straight wins versus Watford

BY EMMA NJOKU

After a disappointing barren draw against Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday, Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad will be gunning for the full points when they visit Newcastle at St. James’ Park in the English Premier League fixture billed to kick off at 12.45 this afternoon.

The Gunners have goalkeeper Peter Cech to thank for escaping another defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, as the former Chelsea’s shot-stopper came up with several breath-taking saves against Liverpool in a game that Arsenal struggled for most of the first half against the Christian Benteke-led attack of the Reds.

With four points after three matches, Arsenal needs victory to close the gap between it and Manchester City that has taken early lead with nine points from its 100 per cent result so far.

Arsenal fans hold the bragging rights going into today’s clash with the Gunners winning in all six of the last meetings in­volving both sides in the EPL. And while Arsenal has won six out of its last seven away fixtures, Newcastle has failed to win 13 out of 14 of its last EPL fixtures.

Arsenal must, however, be wary of Newcastle’s counter attacks and defending set pieces, two aspects where the Magpies draw their strengths. But the inability to keep possession, weakness in aerial duels and poor reaction to attacks down the wings could spell doom for the Steve McClaren’s side considering that the Gun­ners are reputed for their excellent ball possession and control of the game in the opponent’s half.

The Arsene Wenger’s side is also very strong in aerial duels and has a penchant for attacking with ease down the left wing and through the middle.

The players that would determine the rhythm of the game today are France in­ternational forward, Papiss Cissé, Moussa Sissoko, Aleksandar Mitrović, Massadio Haïdara, Daryl Janmaat, Gabriel Obertan, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tioté while Arsenal will be boosted by the return of the duo of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the defence to give goal­keeper Petr Cech cover, while Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Oliver Giroud are expected to lead the attack for the Gunners.

Arsenal is ninth on the EPL log with four points after three matches while Newcastle is placed a distant 17th with just two points from three games.

Later this afternoon, leader, Manchester City would aim at a fourth straight win when it visits EPL newcomer, Watford, at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens (nickname for Manchester City) are the only side yet to test defeat after only Round 3 fixtures in the new EPL season with the maximum nine points on offer all in their kitty to place them above other teams on the log.

Watford is still looking for its first win in the Premier League and do not look convincing enough to post any upset at the Etihad this afternoon against a star-studded City side that is playing at its full potential.

With four-time African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure’s current form and his partnership with Samir Nasri and Sergio Kun Aguero in City’s attack, Watford would struggle for most of the game against the Manuel Pellegrini’s side that looks certain to extend its early lead in the EPL.

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FIFA presidency: Igbo youths in Spain drum support for Kalu http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fifa-presidency-igbo-youths-in-spain-drum-support-for-kalu/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fifa-presidency-igbo-youths-in-spain-drum-support-for-kalu/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:04 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132985 …Say his FIFA’s bid is Africa’s dream FROM CHIDI NNADI, ENUGU The call for former Abia State governor and Africa’s Pillar of Sports, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, to contest the Federation of Inter­national Football Association (FIFA) presidency has received a boost from far away Spain as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) in that country has joined [...]]]>

…Say his FIFA’s bid is Africa’s dream

FROM CHIDI NNADI, ENUGU

The call for former Abia State governor and Africa’s Pillar of Sports, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, to contest the Federation of Inter­national Football Association (FIFA) presidency has received a boost from far away Spain as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) in that country has joined in the call.

The leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) in Spain, Hon. Uchendu Precious Onuoha made the call while ad­dressing Igbo youths during their recent congress in Madrid.

The leader of the group in a statement made available to Saturday Sun said: “Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu’s bid for the top most position, as president of the world’s highest football ruling body known as the Federation of International Football Associa­tion (FIFA) is not just a personal ambition rather a response to a yearning call by Africa for some­one to stand the gap.

“It is beyond ethnic divide, it cuts across national boundaries, it is the quest of Africa, it is the dream of Africa, and it is Africa versus the rest of the world.”

He, therefore, urged the youths to support Kalu’s bid, who he likened his decision to the bibli­cal saying: “I heard the Lord’s voice saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And I say, here am I, send me”.

Onuoha pointed out that Africa has been yearning for someone over the years that would step out and go for them.

He said: “And none was bold and courageous enough until Kalu recently volunteered to pay heed to the voice of Africa and decided to take the bull by the horn. Kalu’s laudable desire to take a shot at the world’s highest reigning football position is the best thing that c ould happen to Nigeria and Africa.”

The Ohanaeze youths leader advised Kalu to discard the voices of myopic and feeble minded ones who may raise dis­senting voices trying to distract and scuttle his ambition and vision.

“To a determined mind, no height is un-attainable. Kalu, as a pace-setter has all it takes to grab that position if given the necessary support,” Onuoha said.

He said that it was wrong for anyone to think that Kalu be­cause he is black man or African would go there as an underdog or play a second fiddle.

“Rather Kalu is a man, and no man irrespective of colour or race is foreign to him,” pointing out that inferiority complex has sometimes hindered many Af­ricans to go for greater heights on international scenes and competitions.

He noted that on one-to-one basis, Kalu has all it takes to tower above other contenders.

Onuoha, therefore, said that OYC would reach out to all Afri­can youths in Spain and Europe to draw support for Kalu, the Pillar of Sports in Africa even as he called on all well-meaning Nigerians and Africans both at home and in the Diaspora to rally round Kalu in his bid to pilot FIFA affairs, saying that it is Africa’s wish and dream.

Also speaking, the Secretary General, Uzoma Amaechi, noted that, “Kalu’s pedigree as a tested administrator and former governor, his achievements for making Nigeria proud through Enyimba Football club to win the elusive CAF competition, and his accomplishments as Africa’s Pillar of Sports are very good credentials for him to vie for the FIFA presidency.”

Also the enthusiastic OYC youths commended and pledged their unanimous support for Kalu.

 

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Emeka Amadi’s confession… Damman Miracle convinced me there’s God http://sunnewsonline.com/new/emeka-amadis-confession-damman-miracle-convinced-me-theres-god/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/emeka-amadis-confession-damman-miracle-convinced-me-theres-god/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:49:53 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132980 BY EMMA NJOKU Ex-junior international, Emeka Amadi, in this interview recounts how, as goalkeeper of the Flying Eagles, his team, with less than 15 minutes to regulation time, staged a dramatic comeback from 4-0 deficit and went ahead to beat Russia in the semi-final match at the Saudi ’89 FIFA U-20 World Cup, in what [...]]]>

BY EMMA NJOKU

Ex-junior international, Emeka Amadi, in this interview recounts how, as goalkeeper of the Flying Eagles, his team, with less than 15 minutes to regulation time, staged a dramatic comeback from 4-0 deficit and went ahead to beat Russia in the semi-final match at the Saudi ’89 FIFA U-20 World Cup, in what is today globally referred to as the Damman Miracle.

Amadi who is currently goalkeepers’ trainer with the U-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets; also spoke on his career fulfillment as the first black goalkeeper to play in Germany’s top League; his dream to raise quality goalkeepers for the national team among others. Excerpts!

How would you compare your experience as a goal­keeper with that of coaching? Which one comes with more tension?

Definitely, I experience more tension now as a coach than when I was playing as a goalkeeper. When I was keeping, I was like an actor, trying to do what my coach told me to do. But I’m now a coach, I cannot get on the pitch to do what I expect my goalkeepers to do, rather my quality or rating as a coach depends on how much my goalkeepers are able to demon­strate what I teach them. In other words, I would be judged as a coach based on the performance of the goalkeepers I train. So, I face more tension now as a coach than when I was playing.

Talking about experience, are there certain things you know now that you didn’t know or you were not taught as a goalkeeper?

Yes, as a goalkeeper, the older you are, the more experienced you get. I know more now about goalkeeping than when I was a player. I played under many coaches and at many competi­tions in different countries and acquired a lot of experiences. I’ve trained as a coach and undergone several courses in goalkeeping; so all these experi­ences that I’ve garnered over the years are what I try to impact to my goalkeepers at training to make them better goalkeepers and even future trainers because I expect them to transfer what­ever they learn from me now to the goalkeepers that would come after them.

Can you recall any particu­lar situation in your playing days as a goalkeeper that you made a mistake that could have been avoided if you knew what you know now as a coach?

Actually, the techniques I used when I was keeping for Enugu Rangers were different from the techniques I used when I playing in Germany. When I arrived in Germany, I started learning new techniques. The problem in Nigeria is that we don’t have goalkeeping departments where the goalkeepers are taught the basics in goalkeeping. In Africa, we have the talent but lack the basics. It was when I got to Ger­many that I started learning the basics in goalkeeping and that is what I’m trying to teach these young boys now so they can become better goalkeepers.

To what extent are the goalkeepers under your watch catching up with what you have been teaching them?

Actually they’re doing very well. They’re all talented young goalkeepers and from what I’ve seen, they‘re very willing to learn.

Which, among the young goalkeepers under your tutelage, do you think has the brightest prospect to keep for the senior national team?

We have a lot of young goalkeepers in the present U-20 and U-17 national teams that are doing well. The most important thing is that we have to keep training them. We need a goalkeeping training institu­tion where these goalkeepers should undergo periodic training whenever they’re on break from competitions. In Germany where I live, they have a lot of young talented goalkeepers who go for refresher courses during the holidays to acquire more train­ing. They receive training from a pool of goalkeeper trainers largely made up of ex-interna­tionals who impart the wealth of experiences they acquired in their active days to the younger goalkeepers. That’s why you always have good goalkeepers coming out from Germany and other European nations that have similar training programs. I’m part of the program in Germany and I have a similar dream to train young goalkeepers in Nigeria. It is something that is possible but I need sponsors to executive the program success­fully. I’ve been looking for spon­sorship for the program in the last three years and I’d be very glad if a company can volunteer to sponsor the program; so that the kids can come and enjoy free ac­commodation and feed­ing during the training period. We need money to bring some coaches from abroad that would work with some coaches in Nigeria to train the kids.

Vincent Enyeama has kept for Nige­ria for more than a decade. Does it bother you that there’s no particular young and upcoming goalkeeper being groomed to succeed him in the national team?

It’s also in line with what I’m saying. You can never know some­thing unless you give it a try. That Enyeama is still keeping for the national team means that he’s still and there’s nothing anybody can do about that. But we have to give other upcom­ing goalkeepers a chance to prove themselves. What I mean is that we have to invite a lot of goalkeepers to the camp of the national team and see which of them has the qualities to would step into Enyeama’s shoes. If at the end of the day, it is Ch­igozie Agbim that has the best qualities to succeed Enyeama, then he should be there, but if another goalkeeper proves to be better, then let him take over. We need to give other young and upcoming goalkeepers a chance to prove themselves. We need to encourage young talented goalkeepers to grow. We must not insist on winning all the time. That’s the essence of developmental competitions like U-17 and U-20 tournaments. You talked about Enyeama keep­ing for Nigeria for more than a decade; if one goalkeeper con­tinues to keep for a long time, the other goalkeepers would relax and you cannot get the best out of all of them. There’s a need to rotate the goalkeepers rather than stick to one person. If there’s keen competition among the goalkeepers, every­body would sit up. For instance, here in the U-17 national team, during the qualifiers we used to change the goalkeepers not because any one of them didn’t do well. We did it to encourage them to grow and get mature; for them to fight for the number one shirt. We have to encourage the upcoming goalkeepers to get the best among them.

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Home Eagles: Oliseh pencils down 70 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/home-eagles-oliseh-pencils-down-70/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/home-eagles-oliseh-pencils-down-70/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:50:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132885 Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh and his assistants, have penciled down 70 home based players as they continue the task of re building the Super Eagles. Hint to this effect was dropped yesterday in Abuja by the team’s assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, during the Eagles’ weekly interactive session with the media.]]>

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh and his assistants, have penciled down 70 home based players as they continue the task of re building the Super Eagles.
Hint to this effect was dropped yesterday in Abuja by the team’s assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, during the Eagles’ weekly interactive session with the media.
Yusuf stated that the coaches would be inviting players from that pool of 70 based on the players’ current form.
“We have about 70 players in our pool for different positions. What we have done for the game at hand against Tanzania was to pick based on current form. We monitor the performance of these players. You might have a good player but on current form he may not just be there, what that means is that he wont get a call up until when he finds his rhythm,” Yusuf said.
Yusuf stressed that the Eagles technical crew is working assiduously to build a formidable team that would bring back the glorious days of Nigerian football, even as he added that the Eagles is not a place for green horns.
“We will always strive to go for the best legs the country can boast of. Mind you, the Eagles is not a place for green horns. We are going to do our best to build a team Nigerians will be proud of. A team that will bring back the glorious days of our football.”
On the availability of Gbolahan Salami for the Tanzania game, Yusuf said the player had already travelled to Lagos to sort things out with the Norwegian Embassy.
“Salami as we speak, is in Lagos to see how he can get his passport back, so his making the cut will depend on the outcome of his visit to the Norwegian Embassy,’’ he said.

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UCL draw: It’s Arsenal, Bayern again http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ucl-draw-its-arsenal-bayern-again/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ucl-draw-its-arsenal-bayern-again/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:46:45 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132883 Arsenal has been handed yet another difficult task, as it battles Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage for the third time in four seasons . It would be noted that the German club side has beaten the Arsene Wenger team twice in the last three seasons of European football.]]>

By MONICA IHEAKAM

Arsenal has been handed yet another difficult task,  as it battles Bayern Munich  in the Champions League group stage for the third time in four seasons .
It would be noted that the German club side   has beaten the Arsene Wenger team  twice in the last three seasons of European football.
The Gunners  are also in the same Group F with Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia and  Olympiacos, of Greece for the fourth time in seven seasons.
Manchester City, will face Europa League winner , Sevilla , Borussia Monchengladbach and  last season’s runner -up Juventus in Group D.
It was cheering news for Champions League returnee, Manchester United, who had a relatively easy passage to the knock-out stages.
Unlike Arsenal that is in trouble, United, who came through the qualifying stage by beating Club Bruges, will face PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in a relatively easy Group B.
Reigning EPL Champion, Chelsea may also have an easy passage having been drawn into a group that includes Porto, whom manager Jose Mourinho led to an unlikely Champions League triumph in 2004,  Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine and Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Isreal.
Star studded defending champion, Barcelona would be in  Germany, Italy and Ukraine to face Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E, while its La Liga rival, Real Madrid will slug it out with  Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donestk and Malmo in Group A.

Champions  League Group  Stage draw in full
Group A – PSG, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo
Group B – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg
Group C – Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana
Group D – Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group E – Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov
Group F – Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb
Group G – Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Group H – Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent

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