The Sun News » Sports http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 We’ll reclaim points from Dolphins –Wikki http://sunnewsonline.com/new/well-reclaim-points-from-dolphins-wikki/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/well-reclaim-points-from-dolphins-wikki/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:13:45 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125947 Wikki Tourists have vowed to reclaim the points they dropped from Wednesday’s 1-1draw with Giwa FC tomorrow when they visit Dolphins at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt. Media Officer of the Bauchi Tourists, Abbas Shehu Gangura, who stated this in a telephone chat, rued the plethora of chances missed by his team in the [...]]]>

Wikki Tourists have vowed to reclaim the points they dropped from Wednesday’s 1-1draw with Giwa FC tomorrow when they visit Dolphins at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Media Officer of the Bauchi Tourists, Abbas Shehu Gangura, who stated this in a telephone chat, rued the plethora of chances missed by his team in the game against Giwa FC.

“We were simply unlucky in the game against Giwa FC. We missed uncountable scoring chances. In fact, we ought to have rapped-up the game in the first half with as many as five goals but the goals refused to come,” he regretted.

“Ironically, Giwa utilized the only chance that came their way in the match to score and escape with a draw. They were very lucky and I believe it was not our day,” Gangura rued.

“But I can assure you that we shall reclaim the points we dropped to Giwa from Dolphins in Port Harcourt on Sunday (tomorrow). We’re going for victory in Port Harcourt because we want remain in contention for the league title this season,” he emphasized.

Wikki shot to the top spot after last Sunday’s stunning away win at Ifeanyi Uba but Wednesday’s draw with Giwa FC saw the Bauchi Tourists drop to the third position with 28 points from 15 matches. Sunshine Stars returned to the summit following the 3-1 thrashing of Akwa United on Wednesday while Enyimba moved to the second spot.

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Fix Lagos National Stadium for Eagles-Egbe tells NSC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fix-lagos-national-stadium-for-eagles-egbe-tells-nsc/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fix-lagos-national-stadium-for-eagles-egbe-tells-nsc/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:12:28 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125943 BY GEORGE ALUO FIFA match agent and stadium facility expert, Ebi Egbe has decried the home-less face of the Super Eagles even as he urged the National Sports Com­mission (NSC) to end the trend by renovating the National Stadium, Lagos for the team. Egbe said the present situation where the Eagles move from one city [...]]]>

BY GEORGE ALUO

FIFA match agent and stadium facility expert, Ebi Egbe has decried the home-less face of the Super Eagles even as he urged the National Sports Com­mission (NSC) to end the trend by renovating the National Stadium, Lagos for the team.

Egbe said the present situation where the Eagles move from one city to the other playing on sub-stan­dard turfs is affecting the team’s performance.

Throwing his weight, behind the call by former Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh for the Eagles to return to Lagos which is the traditional base of the team, Egbe said such a move would see the Eagles bounce back in full force when they play at home.

“I perfectly agree with Oliseh,s position that the NFF should bring the Eagles back to Lagos. But for that to happen, the authorities must fix the Na­tional Stadium in Lagos. That arena remains the number one home of the Super Eagles..,” Egbe said. The Bayelsa born soccer buff whose outfit Monimi­chelle has handled some of the best stadium projects in the country said he would be ready to partner the NSC in the task of getting the Lagos national stadium back to life. “I am ready to partner the NSC in the task of bringing that stadium back to life. As a company with the latest technology when it comes to playing turf, Monimichelle would do a job that Nigerians would be proud of if we are given the opportunity.”

Egbe pointed out that the Eagles must play at home on a turf that is as good as what they are used to in Eu­rope to win matches.

“We must create the enabling environment for Keshi and his boys to deliver. We need to take them to a good turf and a city like Lagos where they would be motivated and fired up by the fans. This is what it used to be in the 70s and 80s. And come to look at it, as a nation, we can’t continue to allow a magnificent and gigantic edifice such as the Surulere arena to keep rotting away.”

It would be noted that Monimichelle constructed the Karkanda stadium turf in Katsina, a pitch which the Eagles rated as one of the best when they played there. The company also constructed the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi and it is currently handling the Ifeanyi Ubah FC Stadium project in Nnewi and the Re-grassing of the Samson Siasia stadium 100% natural coconut fibre and cork technology pitch in Yenegoa Bayelsa State.

 

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3SC banks on Ogunbote to shock Ifeanyi Uba http://sunnewsonline.com/new/3sc-banks-on-ogunbote-to-shock-ifeanyi-uba/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/3sc-banks-on-ogunbote-to-shock-ifeanyi-uba/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:11:18 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125942 Resurgent Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, banks on the magic of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote to shock FC Ifeanyi Ubah at the Ro­jenny Stadium in Oba, near Onitsha tomorrow. “Coach Gbenga Ogunbote has, no doubt, brought posi­tive changes since he took over as the Technical Adviser of the club (3SC). He has played five matches out [...]]]>

Resurgent Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, banks on the magic of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote to shock FC Ifeanyi Ubah at the Ro­jenny Stadium in Oba, near Onitsha tomorrow.

“Coach Gbenga Ogunbote has, no doubt, brought posi­tive changes since he took over as the Technical Adviser of the club (3SC). He has played five matches out of which he won two, drew two and lost one. Most importantly, he has changed the mentality of the players and built confidence in the team,” Media Officer of 3SC, Jubril Arowolo stated ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Ifeanyi Ubah.

“We’re going to FC Ifeanyi Ubah with a positive mentality. We know them because both of us gained promotion from the National League at the end of last season. We met at the NNL pre-season play off, so we know what to expect from them,” Arowolo added.

“We take the matches as they come. We hope to maintain our healthy record on the road and the game against FC Ifeanyi Ubah won’t be an exception. Like I said, we’re going there with a positive mind,” he maintained.

 

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Aba bubbles for Enyimba, Abia Warriors’ derby http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aba-bubbles-for-enyimba-abia-warriors-derby/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/aba-bubbles-for-enyimba-abia-warriors-derby/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:00:35 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125885 BY EMMA NJOKU Tension and suspense will engulf the at­mosphere inside the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba tomorrow when sister clubs, Enyimba and Abia Warriors extend their rivalry in God’s Own state (slogan of Abia State) in, arguably, the most exciting fixture of Week 16 of the Glo Premier League. Still smarting in the eupho­ria [...]]]>

BY EMMA NJOKU

Tension and suspense will engulf the at­mosphere inside the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba tomorrow when sister clubs, Enyimba and Abia Warriors extend their rivalry in God’s Own state (slogan of Abia State) in, arguably, the most exciting fixture of Week 16 of the Glo Premier League.

Still smarting in the eupho­ria of Wednesday’s 3-2 away win at Kwara United; host, Enyimba, will aim to extend its unbeaten run in the current league to nine games, knowing that victory over next-door-neighbour tomorrow, could take it to the top on the log if Sunshine Stars drop points at Lobi Stars.

Although the Umuahia-based Warriors have not been consistent in the current sea­son, tomorrow’s derby is still expected to produce the thrills and frills that characterized previous meetings of both sides in recent times.

The Ladan Bosso tutored Warriors are expected to draw inspiration from Wednesday’s 3-1 bashing of Bayelsa United at the same venue for tomor­row’s derby with Bolaji Sakin, Peter Onyeali and Ndifreke Ef­fiong, all scorers against Bay­elsa United, expected to lead the assault against Enyimba.

Enyimba and Sunshine Stars of Akure are tied on 29 points after 15 matches but Sunshine leads on the log courtesy of its superior goals difference of +11 as against Enyimba’s +8.

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Stoke grants Osaze one-year extension http://sunnewsonline.com/new/stoke-grants-osaze-one-year-extension/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/stoke-grants-osaze-one-year-extension/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:41:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125789 Nigeria’s Stoke City striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie can heave a sigh of relief , following the Club’s reward with a new one- year contract extension.]]>

BY JOE APU

Nigeria’s Stoke City striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie can heave a sigh of relief , following the Club’s reward with a new one- year contract extension.

With this extension the Nigeria international will remain at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2015-16 campaign but happily there is the option of a further 12 months.

Odemwingie, who joined the Potters in January 2014, recovered from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for eight months to return to action in April.

“We’re delighted to that Peter has extended his stay with us at the club until the summer of 2016,’’ said chief execu- tive Tony Scholes.

“He suffered an unfortunate injury last season after making a big impression immediately after joining the club.

“Peter has worked incredibly hard to battle back from this to regain full fitness.

“He’s a popular figure not just in the dressing room but with club staff and supporters so we are thrilled to keep him on board this season.’’

Stoke have also ap- pointed John Coates, son of chairman Peter, as vice-chairman because Keith Humphreys is step- ping down from his role on the board of directors.

“John and I have run the club together since bet365 purchased the club in 2006 and his ap- pointment as vice-chair- man serves to formalise his involvement,’’ said Peter Coates.

 

 

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Sunshine slams Super Eagles defender http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sunshine-slams-super-eagles-defender/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sunshine-slams-super-eagles-defender/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:38:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125787 The management of Sunshine stars International of Akure has suspended home-based Super Eagles defender, Ebenezer Kunle Odunlami in- definitely for absconding from the team.]]>

The management of Sunshine stars International of Akure has suspended home-based Super Eagles defender, Ebenezer Kunle Odunlami in- definitely for absconding from the team.

A statement signed by the Media Officer of Sunshine Stars, Wahab Bankole said

Odunlami absconded and abandoned the team at Asaba, Delta State, on the way to honour a Week 14 match of the Glo Premier League against Rangers of Enugu on Sunday, June 28, 2015 without any official permission from the club.

“We later learnt that he traveled to Morocco to engage in talks with Raja Casablanca on a possible transfer,” he added.

“We have reported the involvement and activities of one Oluwasegun Jewel, the purported agent of Odunlami to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for his lack of professionalism in handling the situation.

“We have also communicated the case and suspension of Odunlami
to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the League Management Company (LMC),
Players Status Arbitration Committee, as well as the TMS Manager of the NFF,” the media officer disclosed.

Also, the management of Sunshine Stars complained against the illegal approach of the player by Raja Casablanca of Morocco to the appropriate authorities. The club said Raja Casablanca’s action was a breach of Article 18, paragraph 3 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players:

“A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiation with him. A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six (6) months.

Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanction.”

 

 

 

 

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FIFA Women’s World Cup: Japan edges brave England apan is into her second successive FIFA http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fifa-womens-world-cup-japan-edges-brave-england-apan-is-into-her-second-successive-fifa/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fifa-womens-world-cup-japan-edges-brave-england-apan-is-into-her-second-successive-fifa/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:27:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125785 Women’s World Cup Final but it took a cruel and unlucky injury-time own goal from Laura Bassett for the pair to be separated.]]>

Women’s World Cup Final but it took a cruel and unlucky injury-time own goal from Laura Bassett for the pair to be separated.

England gave as good as they got throughout the entire match with the two teams sharing first-half penalties via the boost of Aya Miyama and Fara Williams. The match seemed destined for 30 extra minutes only for England’s goal to be breached in the penultimate minute of injury time.

Barely 30 seconds into the contest Jodie Taylor left fly with an impressive effort which narrowly went the wrong side of the post from a position similar to her crucial quarter-final opener against Canada.

There was plenty of early endeavour from both teams but little in the way of gilt-edged goalscoring opportuni- ties. England’s Toni Duggan fired a snapshot over while the same player failed to make good contact on the volley from a Jill Scott cross a few minutes later.

Then from nothing Japan were in front. A perfectly flighted ball from central defender Azusa Iwashimizu re- leased a flying Saori Ariyoshi behind a flat-footed defence only for the No19 to be brought down by Claire Rafferty, allowing Nadeshiko captain Miyama to coolly slot home from the penalty spot.

Yet within seven minutes England were level from the penalty spot, in a sequence similar to that in Tuesday’s first semi-final between USA and Germany. This time Steph Houghton was deemed to have been brought down by Yuki Ogimi and Williams crashed home a near unstop- pable effort from the penalty spot.

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IBB hooks Flying Eagles Skipper http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ibb-hooks-flying-eagles-skipper/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ibb-hooks-flying-eagles-skipper/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:25:38 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125783 After putting up a brilliant performance for Nigeria at the recently concluded FIFA U20 World Cup, Flying Eagles skipper, Musa Moham- med has signed the dotted lines for top Turkish club, Istanbul Basaksehir FK, a club that is fondly called IBB by its teaming fans.]]>

By George Aluo

After putting up a brilliant performance for Nigeria at the recently concluded FIFA U20 World Cup, Flying Eagles skipper, Musa Moham- med has signed the dotted lines for top Turkish club, Istanbul Basaksehir FK, a club that is fondly called IBB by its teaming fans.

Musa interestingly opted to play for the club despite getting offers from two
top Bundesliga sides. His preference for the Turkish club may however not be unconnected with the fact that the club would be tast- ing European football action this term. IBB would be featuring in the Europa Cup having finished fourth last term in the Turkish league.

Africafootball.com reports that Mohammed’s new club would be playing this season in a brand new magnificent arena it recently constructed courtesy of the massive support it enjoys from the government of Turkey.It is recalled that Musa was to have joined another Turkish club Besiktas after training for several months with them last year, but the top Istanbul club failed to meet their obligations.Musa has already arrived Istanbul after taking permission from Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia not to be part of his team’s train- ing camp in Abuja so that he could sort out his future.The 18-year-old all-action right back from FC Hearts of Abuja led Nigeria to the knockout rounds of the recent FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand. He led the Flying Eagles to win this year’s African Youth Championship in Senegal and was also skipper when Nigeria won a record fourth FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE two years ago.

 

 

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Elephants’ job latest: Ivorien FA exposes Keshi http://sunnewsonline.com/new/elephants-job-latest-ivorien-fa-exposes-keshi/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/elephants-job-latest-ivorien-fa-exposes-keshi/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:40:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125680 BY GEORGE ALUO Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi may still have fresh hurdles to cross over his link with the Elephants of Coted’Ivoire job saga if the latest information coming out of the Glass House is anything to go by. A reliable NFF source revealed exclusively to Daily Sunsports last night that the man sent [...]]]>

BY GEORGE ALUO

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi may still have fresh hurdles to cross over his link with the Elephants of Coted’Ivoire job saga if the latest information coming out of the Glass House is anything to go by.

A reliable NFF source revealed exclusively to Daily Sunsports last night that the man sent to Abdi­jan to investigate Keshi’s link with the job by the NFF had returned home with vital documents.

According to our source, the Ivorien FA gave the NFF all the info needed, even as they con­firmed that an agent made an application for the El­ephant job on behalf of Keshi. The same agent, we further gathered, later applied in writing with­drawing the Keshi appli­cation.

“The NFF now have all the details of how Keshi got linked to the Ivorien job. The man sent to Ab­dijan had returned with all the details. From his findings, Keshi was al­leged to have applied for the job through an agent and the same agent wrote the Ivorien FF withdraw­ing the application. The NFF “envoy” will in the next couple of days pres­ent his report to the exec­utive board of NFF who will now decide on what to do based on the facts before them,” our source said.

It would be noted that the NFF Disciplinary Committee summoned Keshi last week over the job saga. Keshi was re­ported to have told the Barrister Chris Green committee that he didn’t apply for the job. The Ivorien FA early this week released a short list of five coaches now to be interviewed, with Keshi not making the list.

Keshi had on his part said he was happy with the Eagles job and was ready to see out  his two year contract.

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… As NSC warns NFF over distraction http://sunnewsonline.com/new/as-nsc-warns-nff-over-distraction/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/as-nsc-warns-nff-over-distraction/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:39:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125678 FROM ROMANUS UGWU, ABUJA Angered by the per­sistent disturbance between the Nige­ria Football Federation (NFF) and the Head Coach of the Super Ea­gles, Stephen Keshi, the National Sports Commis­sion (NSC), has issued an appeal to the federation to stop distracting the coach and allow him con­centrate on the task of qualifying Nigeria to the 2017 [...]]]>

FROM ROMANUS UGWU, ABUJA

Angered by the per­sistent disturbance between the Nige­ria Football Federation (NFF) and the Head Coach of the Super Ea­gles, Stephen Keshi, the National Sports Commis­sion (NSC), has issued an appeal to the federation to stop distracting the coach and allow him con­centrate on the task of qualifying Nigeria to the 2017 Africa Nations Cup.

The Director General of the commission, Alhaji Al-Hassan Yakmut, who issued the warning while answering questions from journalists in Abuja re­cently, frowned at the con­tinued media war between the federation and its em­ployee, warning that Ni­gerians cannot afford any other failure to participate in the next AFCON.

While lamenting the continued crisis, the NSC DG said: “I have told peo­ple that I would not want to address the issue of techni­calities in the NFF on the streets or through the me­dia. I need a forum to sit down with them and guide them. I have given them a bit of what I wanted.

“I know that there are still issues of status that needs to be addressed about LMC and even the federation. NFF has con­sistently made its status so flexible to any sitting re­gime and it is supposed to be a status that will stand the test of time and can only be reviewed under the flour of an AGM.

“That status should be able to create a conducive environment for succes­sion and change of gov­ernment. It must not be the one to favour a sitting government. I told Samson Siasia recently whether it is proper for the NFF’s president, the general secretary or the technical committee to be talking about the performances of the coaches on the pages of the newspapers when they just signed a contract?

“What is certain is that if Keshi fails, he has thou­sand and one excuses to give to exonerate himself from the failure.”

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Glo Premier League: Obuh starts on losing note http://sunnewsonline.com/new/glo-premier-league-obuh-starts-on-losing-note/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/glo-premier-league-obuh-starts-on-losing-note/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:38:21 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125676 BY GEORGE ALUO New coach of mil­lionaire club, If­eanyi Ubah FC, John Obuh started his life with the club on a losing note yesterday in Port harcourt as his side was beaten by Heartland in one of Glo premier league week 15 games. Obuh took charged just two days back after the club management fired [...]]]>

BY GEORGE ALUO

New coach of mil­lionaire club, If­eanyi Ubah FC, John Obuh started his life with the club on a losing note yesterday in Port harcourt as his side was beaten by Heartland in one of Glo premier league week 15 games.

Obuh took charged just two days back after the club management fired its Bulgarian coach, Mitko Dobrev who took the club to a flying start in the league.

Dobrev was fired after the club lost at home to Wikki Tourists last weekend. Dobrev’s sack did not come to many as a surprise since the management had ear­lier warned that it would wield the big stick should the club slip even away.

In fact, Dobrev and his assistants were told in clear terms that they will be shown the exit door should the club lose away in Katsina to Elkanemi. The coaches survived the away battle recording the heaviest away victory of the season by 4-1.

Despite that historic away feat and the club’s fine run,( being second on the league log) Dobrev was fired after the club suffered its first home defeat of the season.

It was recalled that 3SC, Rangers, Heartland and Bayelsa had also fired their coaches. But while the new tacticians in Shooting (Ogunbote), Rangers (Amakak­pabo), and Heartland (Orji) made immediate impact winning games on assumption of duty, Obuh was not that lucky yesterday.

In the other mid week games decided yester­day, Enyimba recorded a 3-2 away win in Ilorin, while Giwa held Wikki to a 1-1 draw. Sunshine and Abia Warriors were on fire at home beating Akwa United and Bayelsa United respectively by 3-1. Elkanemi managed 1-0 victory over Dol­phins. 3SC also won 1-0 at home against Sharks, while Warri Wolves snatched maximum points against Lobi winning 1-0. Nasarawa on their part defeated FC Taraba 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

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Siasia, Amoo task Dream Team VI http://sunnewsonline.com/new/siasia-amoo-task-dream-team-vi/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/siasia-amoo-task-dream-team-vi/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:36:57 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125669 BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA Team handler of the Nigeria U-23 side, Samson Siasia has tasked his players to de­feat Congo in their Rio 2016 Olympics qualifier. The Nigeria U-23 side popularly known as Dream Team VI according to Siasia is well prepared for the task ahead. The first leg of the battle against Congo is billed [...]]]>

BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA

Team handler of the Nigeria U-23 side, Samson Siasia has tasked his players to de­feat Congo in their Rio 2016 Olympics qualifier.

The Nigeria U-23 side popularly known as Dream Team VI according to Siasia is well prepared for the task ahead. The first leg of the battle against Congo is billed for Abuja on July 19.

Coach Siasia said the players have been given the necessary techinical know how to stop their opponent, and believes his side will take the maxi­mum points.

“My boys know what is at stake. We are known to be the engine room of any underage competition in Africa and I can tell you authoritatively that the Eagles will defeat Congo. I love the way the players responded to training and the technical crew will not let them down in terms of physical fitness and the psychological input towards the match.

“We are to play one of the most physical team in Africa and I think we will beat them silly based on the fact that we have settled well,” he said.

Meanwhile Assistant coach of the team, Fatai Amoo has stated that the team won’t take their op­ponent for granted.

“We know the situa­tion on ground. Defeating Congo down here is up to us. We want to analyze everything and take all opportunities. There is no cause to worry at all, everything is going on sys­tematically and I urge the boys to grab their chances as we hope for the best,” he said.

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Sinclair drums support for Keshi http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sinclair-drums-support-for-keshi/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sinclair-drums-support-for-keshi/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:34:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125538 Veteran football coach, Monday Sinclair says he sees the Super Eagles not only qualifying for the AFCON 2017 Nations Cup but conquering the continent again as they did in South Africa 2013.]]>

By George Aluo

Veteran football coach, Monday Sinclair says he sees the Super Eagles not only qualifying for the AFCON 2017 Nations Cup but conquering the continent again as they did in South Africa 2013.

Sinclair in an exclusive chat with Daily Sunsports said all Super Eagles manager, Stephen Keshi needs to re enact his South Africa 2013 feat with the team is the support of his employers, the NFF and Nigerians.

His words: “I believe all Keshi needs to get the job done is the support of his employers, the NFF. Nigerians should also understand that Keshi needs time to build a new team that can take on Africa. If we support him (Keshi) , I m sure we will not only qualify for AFCON 2017 but go there to win the cup again as we did in 2013. The NFF should stop distracting the coach and the players. We may not have played well again Chad, but the truth is that it takes time to build a solid team. It doesn’t happen over night and Nigerians must learn to be patient. If Keshi was to be a foreign coach, we will all rally round him, so let’s give that same level of support to our own man.”

Sinclair said the country is blessed with an avalanche of talented players insisting that Keshi should be able to assemble a team that can rule Africa again if he remains on the same page with the NFF.

“My take is that we will succeed if they all work together. Our biggest problem is that there are some people within who don’t want to see the coach succeed. I wouldn’t want to mention names, but that is the truth,” Sinclair said.

The Eagles are billed to take on Tanzania in their next AFCON 2017 Nations Cup qualifier away in Dare Salam. They would after that game host Egypt early next year. Only one country will qualify from the group that also includes Chad.

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… As Amodu, Pinnick disagree on Eagles’ coach http://sunnewsonline.com/new/as-amodu-pinnick-disagree-on-eagles-coach/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/as-amodu-pinnick-disagree-on-eagles-coach/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:31:34 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125536 Following his official assumption as the National Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, former Nigeria coach Amodu Shuaibu has contradicted his employers by insisting he will not be interfering with the selection of players for the Super Eagles.]]>

Following his official assumption as the National Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, former Nigeria coach Amodu Shuaibu has contradicted his employers by insisting he will not be interfering with the selection of players for the Super Eagles.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick had a couple of weeks ago, stated that henceforth, Stephen Keshi would no longer be solely responsible for selecting players for the Super Eagles and would have to liaise with both the technical study group and the Technical Director, but Amodu, a former Super Eagles coach himself, disagrees with that, and insists only Keshi will be responsible for his team selections.

“It is not my purview to select players for national team coaches,” Amodu said, in disagreement with Pinnick, “It is their (coaches) responsibility.

“All I think I need to do is to ensure I work with them so that the best is always available to play for Nigeria,” Amodu added.

The 57-year old was on Monday, handed his letter of appointment which makes him the National Technical Director for the next four years and there were subtle suggestions he might be influencing team selections for national team coaches especially Stephen Keshi’s, but he says only the coaches can pick players for their respective teams.

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NFF threatens to review Glo sponsorship deal http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nff-threatens-to-review-glo-sponsorship-deal/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nff-threatens-to-review-glo-sponsorship-deal/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:30:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125534 The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sounded a note of warning that it will review the sponsorship deal between the League Management Company (LMC) and telecommunication giants, Globacom Telecoms.]]>

From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sounded a note of warning that it will review the sponsorship deal between the League Management Company (LMC) and telecommunication giants, Globacom Telecoms.

Speaking during a press conference held in Abuja yesterday concerning the exclusivity of the telecoms giants in sponsoring the leagues and national teams, the first Vice President of the football federation Seyi Akinwunmi noted that though Glo deserved commendations for the efforts so far, however plans are underway to review the sponsorship deal at the end of its expiration by the end of this year.

According to him; “You have to understand the constraint involved in the contract. It is very difficult for you if you don’t have the fund to start eyeballing your sponsor. So, we need to be careful and manage that relationship very well particularly because Glo has been doing a lot to promote Nigerian football.

“No matter what the flaws are, you cannot ignore that. One of the issues that has been of serious controversy is whether the lower leagues can get another sponsors. The sponsorship with Globacom ends this year and if they are going to continue with Glo, the contract needs to be reviewed so that everybody knows clearly what and what is involved.

“But we cannot push our luck too far at the moment in discussing the issue concerning the contract. We have to be sure that whatever it will be reviewed, there must be clarity on the status of the contract of the leagues,” he noted.


… Thumbs up LMC on league reforms

It was day of eulogy for the League Management Company (LMC) yesterday as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) showered encomium on the league management body over the steps taken so far to reposition the Nigerian Globacom premier League.

The First Vice President of the federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwumi, had while giving a progress report on the domestic league competitions described as unprecedented the successes LMC recorded within the last 14 weeks of the current league season, arguing that it had surpassed the previous records since the establishment of the premier league in 1990.

He maintained that records available showed that the 2015/2016 season of the league had witnessed record statistics of 14 away wins and 37 draws in the 24 weeks of the league

Akinwumi further said that new synergy existing between the LMC and the NFF which led to the reorganization of the referees appointment committee was responsible for the great improvement and achievement in the officiating of the league.

His words: “We decided at the NFF some time ago that part of the reasons the League has not grown to what it is supposed to be is because there has been no synergy between the league and the NFF the way it should be.”

“In the past, it used to be as if they were in parallel lines that could not meet, yet football in Nigeria belongs to the NFF. The league is been run specifically through a licence by the NFF, which means we are one family, that is why the chairman of the league sits at the executive board of the NFF. So, we decided that we will ensure that we bring back the league family so that we can together groom the league,” Akinwumi noted.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, noted that the LMC and NFF was moving in one direction as well as working hand in hand to develop the league, stressing that match assessors, delegates and secret monitors are sent every week to secretly monitor the league and the performance of referees at the various centers.

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Olympic qualifier: Danjuma invites Ikidi, Oshoala, 33 others for E/Guinea http://sunnewsonline.com/new/olympic-qualifier-danjuma-invites-ikidi-oshoala-33-others-for-eguinea/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/olympic-qualifier-danjuma-invites-ikidi-oshoala-33-others-for-eguinea/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:27:23 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125531 Defence ace, Faith Ikidi has been recalled to the Super Falcons for next month’s 2016 Olympics qualifying fixture against Equatorial Guinea.]]>

BY EMMA NJOKU

Defence ace, Faith Ikidi has been recalled to the Super Falcons for next month’s 2016 Olympics qualifying fixture against Equatorial Guinea.

The Sweden-based rock-solid defender who was left out of the squad that went to the World Cup in Canada tops the list of 35 players invited by interim Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Chris Danjuma, to prepare for the July 18 first leg third round crucial Olympic qualifying billed for the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Also recalled to the senior female national team are goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi and Sandra Chiichii, impressive centre –back Joy Jegede, midfielders Amarachi Okoronkwo and Osarenoma Igbinovia and Sweden -based forward Sarah Michael.

Other familiar faces on the list include, goalkeepers Precious Dede and Ibubeleye Whyte, defenders Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Ebere, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Blessing Edoho and Josephine Chukwunonye, midfielders Halimat Ayinde, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Ngozi Okobi and Cecilia Nku, and forwards Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega, Esther Sunday, Desire Oparanozie and Loveth Ayila, who were in the team that lost out at group phase of the FIFA World Cup in Canada.

The players are expected to report to the CJ Planet Hotel, Area 1, Abuja today, ahead of the team’s departure to Port Harcourt.

Equatorial Guinea is the only other country, apart from Nigeria, to have triumphed at the biennial African Women Championship, launched in 1998. The Guineans won the trophy twice, against Nigeria’s seven times.


…As Evumena hails coach’s  appointment

BY MONICA IHEAKAM

Former national women’s team coach, Dan Evumena has thumbed up the appointment of Christopher Danjuma as the interim coach for the Super Falcons.

On Monday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Danjuma, as the head coach of the senior women national team on acting capacity.

Reacting to the development, Evumena said NFF has the right to hire and fire , insisting that he can’t fault the Glass house on their decision.

“The word here is ‘interim ‘ and I can’t fault the NFF on it because they are at liberty to hire and fire.” Evumena began.

“I believe that the decision was based on the fact  that the former Coach Edwin Okon did not meet the target set for him by his employers because Falcons as we all witnessed, did not perform to expectation at the World Cup in Canada.

“Let me also remind you here, that Okon came in as an interim coach before he was fully confirmed to handle the girls, so Danjuma taking up the saddle in the same way, is  acceptable.

“Danjuma , we all know, has the experience because he had coached Nasarawa Amazons, he had also served on acting capacity twice at the U-20 level, U-17 and lastly with the Super Falcons.

“I think we should respect the decision of the NFF , because I don’t see anything wrong in him holding forte as an interim coach to enable the team execute its outstanding Olympic qualifiers.”

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Wimbledon: Djokovic in solid start http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wimbledon-djokovic-in-solid-start/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wimbledon-djokovic-in-solid-start/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:29:39 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125399 Novak Djokovic has begun the defence of his Wimbledon crown with a no-nonsense victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber yesterday.]]>

Novak Djokovic has begun the defence of his Wimbledon crown with a no-nonsense victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber yesterday.

The world number one, who was still reeling from missing out on a career Grand Slam at the French Open last month, came out on top 6-4 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court.

Having made a solid start to the contest, earning a break of serve in the second game, Djokovic committed a couple of unforced errors to see his German opponent leveled things up early on.

The 31-year-old – who was the highest-ranked non-seed in the event – failed to push on, however, as the Serbian ace held for the remainder before seeing out the set with a second break.

Both players struggled to break each other down in the second, something which would have suited Kohlschreiber more than his opponent, but an impressive shot down the line in the final game allowed the two-time Wimbledon champ to race 2-0 ahead.

It was then a case of seeing the job through, and he remained on course to do just that by easily holding serve in the opening game before breaking a dejected Kohlschreiber in the fourth.

The German hit back instantly, however, earning a break of his own to put just a little pressure on the top seed, but with Kohlschreiber serving to stay in the match he was unable to force a tie-break as Djokovic went marching on.

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Danjuma named Falcons’ acting head coach http://sunnewsonline.com/new/danjuma-named-falcons-acting-head-coach/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/danjuma-named-falcons-acting-head-coach/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:28:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125397 The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Edwin Okon as head coach of the Super Falcons and appointed Christopher Danjuma in acting capacity.]]>

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Edwin Okon as head coach of the Super Falcons and appointed Christopher Danjuma in acting capacity.

Speaking in Abuja at the weekend, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, praised the efforts of the former technical crew headed by Edwin Okon, saying they did their best within the period they were in charge.

“We commend Okon and his crew for the services rendered to the country, and they did well to reclaim the African Women Championship title for the country in Namibia in October 2014, thus qualifying the team for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“The contract given to the crew has elapsed with the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Christopher Danjuma will now take over the team in acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive coaching crew, which process is ongoing.”

Anyansi-Agwu had also assured the NFF would give the new head coach and his crew all the support to qualify the Falcons for the Women’s Football Tournament of the 2016 Olympics, billed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The team will soon move to Port Harcourt to get used to the pitch on which it will play Equatorial Guinea in the third round of the Olympics qualifiers. The NFF will provide everything that they need to succeed.”

The hard-working Danjuma, respected by players and officials alike, was an assistant to Okon in the previous dispensation.

Danjuma’s first assignment would be to see the Falcons past Equatorial Guinea, with the first leg in Port Harcourt on Saturday July 18 and the return leg in Bata on August 2.

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Dream Team: No automatic shirt for foreign-based players –Siasia http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dream-team-no-automatic-shirt-for-foreign-based-players-siasia/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dream-team-no-automatic-shirt-for-foreign-based-players-siasia/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:27:21 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125395 Chief Coach of the U-23 team, the Dream Team, Samson Siasia, has sounded a note of warning to foreign-based Nigerian players dreaming of becoming part of his team to bear in mind that there is not going to be an automatic shirt for them.]]>

From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja

Chief Coach of the U-23 team, the Dream Team, Samson Siasia, has sounded a note of warning to foreign-based Nigerian players dreaming of becoming part of his team to bear in mind that there is not going to be an automatic shirt for them.

Answering questions from journalists in Abuja, the former Super Eagles head coach warned that he is not going to base his selection on the country he is coming from or the club he is playing for, stressing that they must convince him to make the team.

Asked the fate of the foreign-based players storming the camp on trial, Siasia quipped: “Let us forget the players and the team they play for in Europe and the name of the club they are playing for. What we have made clear to everybody invited is that they must go extra mile to prove themselves.

“They have to convince us that they know how to play. I am happy they are here on time so that we can pick the ones we want to play with. But what they should know is that it is not going to be automatic shirts for them because they are based in Europe or the club they play for.”

He also revealed that he was making frantic effort to secure the match clips of his opponents, the Congolese U-23.”

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Pro deal: Awoniyi to wait till 2016 – Olofinjana http://sunnewsonline.com/new/pro-deal-awoniyi-to-wait-till-2016-olofinjana/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/pro-deal-awoniyi-to-wait-till-2016-olofinjana/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:24:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125393 Rising star, Taiwo Awoniyi will have to wait till August next year before he can pen a professional deal in Europe according to his manager and former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, in a report by AfricanFootball.com.]]>

BY EMMA NJOKU

Rising star, Taiwo Awoniyi will have to wait till August next year before he can pen a professional deal in Europe according to his manager and former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, in a report by AfricanFootball.com.

Awoniyi has been a major transfer target of top European lately following his heroics at the last Africa Youth Championship in Senegal where he emerged as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament as well as his five-star showing at the just concluded FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Amidst continued speculations about his career destination, Olofinjana who owns Imperial Academy, Awoniyi’s current club, has disclosed that the young gangling forward could only sign a professional contract when he turns 18 in August next year.

He assured that that every care would be taken to ensure Awoniyi’s future is guaranteed when he finally makes the big move to Europe.

“We can understand the high expectations surrounding the player’s transfer and that is the more reason we are putting everything into consideration before we commit on his next move,” Olofinjana told AfricanFootball.com from his home in England.

“What is uppermost is the boy’s development, where he will get a decent chance to grow as a footballer.

“We get offers from almost everywhere in the world for him on a daily basis, but we also know that nothing can happen before he turns 18 in August when he can then sign a pro deal.

Olofinjana reckons that playing for Nigeria at next year’s Olympics would improve the market value of the young striker.

“His family is very much up to speed with what is going on. At the moment we expect him to focus on playing for the Nigeria Olympic team before his next birthday and I believe with the amount of work we have put in, he will be in very good hands very soon.”

French club Monaco, FC Porto from Portugal and Red Bull Salzburg of Austria are among the clubs that have tabled offers for the striker.

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