The Sun News » Sports http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 All Africa Games: Yakmut reads riot act to coaches http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-africa-games-yakmut-reads-riot-act-to-coaches-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-africa-games-yakmut-reads-riot-act-to-coaches-2/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:57 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129241 Says they must deliver or face sack By George Aluo Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Alhassan Yakmut has declared that the nation can not afford to fail at the Congo 2015 All Africa Games given the massive financial support it has got from President Muhammadu Buhari, even as he has tasked Team Nigeria coaches [...]]]>

Says they must deliver or face sack

By George Aluo
Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Alhassan Yakmut has declared that the nation can not afford to fail at the Congo 2015 All Africa Games given the massive financial support it has got from President Muhammadu Buhari, even as he has tasked Team Nigeria coaches to the games to deliver or face sack.
Yakmut, who spoke at a parley with presidents of the respective sports federations featuring at the Congo games did not mince words in what he expected from the coaches.
In his words: “Any coach which cannot carry the flag of Nigeria properly in Brazzaville will face sanctions”.
The NSC boss admonished the Federations’ presidents to ensure that coaches are selected purely on merit.
Responding to a question on Nigeria’s chances of winning medals at the Game, the Director General disclosed that his projections would be in two folds: “ Nigeria may garner about 50 medals on a good day or 45 medals on a day of tough and stiff competition.”
Mrs. Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, Director, Federations of Elite Athletes Department, while giving updates on preparations for the Games, stated that out of 23 sports to be competed in Brazzaville, Nigeria will feature in 20 sports, adding that the Commission envisaged that President Muhammad Buhari will send forth the contingents to Brazzaville.
She further disclosed that arrangements were in place to ensure flawless passage of contingents who are to depart Nigeria on 29th of August, 2015 for Congo Brazzaville.
Speaking on behalf of Federations Presidents, Tijjani Umar, expressed appreciation on the openness of the Director General, stating:“There is better interaction and interface between the Sports Commission and the Federations now than in the past years.”

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NSC to intervene in Keshi, NFF legal feud http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nsc-to-intervene-in-keshi-nff-legal-feud/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nsc-to-intervene-in-keshi-nff-legal-feud/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:59:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129239 From  Romanus Ugwu, Abuja There may soon be light at the end of the tunnel in the legal face-off between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the erstwhile Super Eagles head coach, Stephen, as the National Sports Commission (NSC) has indicated interest in wadding in into the rift, warning that it will no longer watch [...]]]>

From  Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

There may soon be light at the end of the tunnel in the legal face-off between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the erstwhile Super Eagles head coach, Stephen, as the National Sports Commission (NSC) has indicated interest in wadding in into the rift, warning that it will no longer watch while stakeholders settle dispute in regular courts.
Commenting on the way forward for the litigation, Keshi was praying the court for a N1 billion compensation from the football federation in a chat with journalists in Abuja recently, the Director General of the Sports Commission, Mallam Al-Hassan Yakmut, admitted that NSC had got the letter for the suit.
While urging both parties to embrace a more effective way of resolving the dispute, the NSC DG said: “Let me admit that I have personally got the letter of the suit, but instead of replying, I rather opted to inform the NFF asking them if they are aware that Keshi has gone to court, which they admitted knowledge of.
“It is left for them, the architects of the contract that engaged and disengaged Keshi, to ensure that there is no provision of that engagement violated. As for us, we will advice that both parties should use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to settle their disagreement because it is now the most reliable and dependable way of resolving family crisis.”

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Rio 2016 tickets : Dream Team, Falcons depart for crucial games today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/rio-2016-tickets-dream-team-falcons-depart-for-crucial-games-today/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/rio-2016-tickets-dream-team-falcons-depart-for-crucial-games-today/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:55 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129177 By Monica Iheakam Players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons, and the U-23 national team will fly out of Nigeria today for their crucial second legs in pursuit of 2016 Olympic Games tickets. Siasia’s wards won 2-1 against Congo’s Red Devils in Port Harcourt and have no illusions as to the [...]]]>

By Monica Iheakam

Players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons, and the U-23 national team will fly out of Nigeria today for their crucial second legs in pursuit of 2016 Olympic Games tickets.
Siasia’s wards won 2-1 against Congo’s Red Devils in Port Harcourt and have no illusions as to the fact that plenty odds would be put in their strides by the hosts in notorious Pointe Noire.
Danjuma’s ladies played a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea in Abuja and are also equally braced up for expected fierce reception by the hosts in Bata.
The Falcons will fly into Malabo at about 3am on Friday aboard CEIBA airline, and then proceed to mainland Bata by 7am. The team was scheduled to have the official training at the Stadium Nkoatoma de Bata on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s clash between the two strongest women’s football –playing nations in Africa.
The Dream Team, gold medallists at the men’s football tournament of the Olympics at the Centennial Games in Atlanta 19 years ago, would be led by the man, who took the team to silver at the Olympics in Beijing seven years ago.
They will fly aboard Ethiopia Airline to Pointe Noire, to arrive just after noon.
Already, leaders of the Nigerian community in Congo-Brazzaville, who mobilized Nigerians in that country and provided useful tips for the Super Eagles before a 2-0 win against the Red Devils in the same city in November last year, had swung into action to back the Dream Team all the way.
FIFA had appointed Marximina Luzia Bernardo from Angola as referee for the Equatorial Guinea-Nigeria match in Bata, with fellow Angolans Luisa Massanga Luhaco, Andalia Bimbi Francisco Jeremias and Tania Marisa Duarte as first assistant, second assistant and fourth official respectively. Agathe Athacou of Cote d’Ivoire is the referee assessor and Nomsa Mahlangu from South Africa as Commissioner.
In Pointe Noire, Mohamed Marouf from Egypt is the referee, alongside compatriots Mahmoud Ahmed Abo El Regal, Samir Gamal Saad and Mahmoud Zakria El Banna, who will serve as first assistant, second assistant and reserve referee respectively. Bernard Mfubusa from Burundi is the match commissioner.

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All Africa Games: Yakmut reads riot act to coaches http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-africa-games-yakmut-reads-riot-act-to-coaches/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-africa-games-yakmut-reads-riot-act-to-coaches/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:53 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129179 Says they must deliver or face sack By George Aluo Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Alhassan Yakmut has declared that the nation can not afford to fail at the Congo 2015 All Africa Games given the massive financial support it has got from President Muhammadu Buhari, even as he has tasked Team Nigeria coaches [...]]]>

Says they must deliver or face sack

By George Aluo
Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Alhassan Yakmut has declared that the nation can not afford to fail at the Congo 2015 All Africa Games given the massive financial support it has got from President Muhammadu Buhari, even as he has tasked Team Nigeria coaches to the games to deliver or face sack.
Yakmut, who spoke at a parley with presidents of the respective sports federations featuring at the Congo games did not mince words in what he expected from the coaches.
In his words: “Any coach which cannot carry the flag of Nigeria properly in Brazzaville will face sanctions”.
The NSC boss admonished the Federations’ presidents to ensure that coaches are selected purely on merit.
Responding to a question on Nigeria’s chances of winning medals at the Game, the Director General disclosed that his projections would be in two folds: “ Nigeria may garner about 50 medals on a good day or 45 medals on a day of tough and stiff competition.”
Mrs. Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, Director, Federations of Elite Athletes Department, while giving updates on preparations for the Games, stated that out of 23 sports to be competed in Brazzaville, Nigeria will feature in 20 sports, adding that the Commission envisaged that President Muhammad Buhari will send forth the contingents to Brazzaville.
She further disclosed that arrangements were in place to ensure flawless passage of contingents who are to depart Nigeria on 29th of August, 2015 for Congo Brazzaville.
Speaking on behalf of Federations Presidents, Tijjani Umar, expressed appreciation on the openness of the Director General, stating:“There is better interaction and interface between the Sports Commission and the Federations now than in the past years.”

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National Sports Festival to enjoy TV, title sponsorship – Yakmut http://sunnewsonline.com/new/national-sports-festival-to-enjoy-tv-title-sponsorship-yakmut/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/national-sports-festival-to-enjoy-tv-title-sponsorship-yakmut/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129175 By Joe APU and Solape Lawal-Solarin The National Sports Festival, Nigeria’s own Olympic Games is to enjoy Television and title sponsorship if the plans of the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut are anything to go by. Speaking at the Lagos SWAN Week Seminar 2015 with the theme as, “The future [...]]]>

By Joe APU and Solape Lawal-Solarin

The National Sports Festival, Nigeria’s own Olympic Games is to enjoy Television and title sponsorship if the plans of the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut are anything to go by.
Speaking at the Lagos SWAN Week Seminar 2015 with the theme as, “The future of our sports,” Yakmut in his paper titled funding sports in Nigeria stated that it was unfortunate that since the National Sports Festival was instituted in 1973, it has not enjoyed title sponsorship nor TV broadcast rights.
“While we have started working on ways of advancing the funding of sports in Nigeria, it is pertinent to note that since 1973 when the National Sports Festival was instituted, it has not benefitted from title or TV sponsorship. It is for this reason that I will be in South Africa this weekend courtesy of the General Manager Supersport West Africa to discuss with the cable company on how best to pursue this. Television via broadcast right will go a long way in funding of the National Sports Festival.”
He noted that funding of sports rests on the integrity and good governance of the sports administrators but pointed out that court cases have often scared away prospective sponsors as they would not want to be dragged into controversies.
A situation where in a league of 20 teams, 17 are government owned in his analysis does not augur well for sports development. “Government did not have time to turn sports into business, it therefore behooves on those administering the sport to make a business out of it. Truth of the matter is that sports remain the only character building for our youths, human capital development and it also has the capacity of attracting tourism.”
But given the talent base, I can tell you that sports can create the right business environment that will see it surpass nollywood.”
He stressed that the moment sponsors can get return on investment, they are more amiable to remaining with the sport.
The DG opined that investment in sports was not only critical to the growth of the industry in the country but, taking a look at other areas; talent spotting, provision of facilities and recruiting the right hands for the job are as important as providing the funds.
“The major catalyst in funding sports is not only the marketing and sponsorship, it goes beyond the financial or monetary aspect.
“It is important to take into consideration other factors such as facilities, talent spotting and hiring the right people for the job.
“With these factors in place, it will be easier to achieve the desired results with the aid of funds,” he concluded.

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Why I want FIFA’s top job -Michel Platini http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-i-want-fifa-top-job-michel-platini/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-i-want-fifa-top-job-michel-platini/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:30 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129126 Michel Platini has been criticized by two potential Fifa presidential rivals, hours after confirming he will stand for world football’s top job. Platini announced on Wednesday that he wants to succeed Sepp Blatter when elections take place on 26 February. The Uefa president, 60, says Fifa needs to “turn over a new leaf” after being [...]]]>

Michel Platini has been criticized by two potential Fifa presidential rivals, hours after confirming he will stand for world football’s top job.

Platini announced on Wednesday that he wants to succeed Sepp Blatter when elections take place on 26 February.

The Uefa president, 60, says Fifa needs to “turn over a new leaf” after being dogged by corruption allegations.

However, Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein and Musa Bility claim Platini would be a bad choice as a successor.

Prince Ali, who stood against Blatter in the last presidential election, said that “football’s fans and players deserve better”.

A member of the Jordanian royal family, he added that Fifa needed a “new, independent leadership, untainted by the practices of the past”.

Bility, president of the Liberian Football Association, agreed, saying Platini would bring “chaos”, “more division” and “more problems”.

In an interview with the BBC’s World Football programme, he added that the Frenchman “doesn’t represent the change that we all want”.

Platini, a former three-time Ballon d’Or winner, has a good chance of becoming Fifa president after receiving indications of support from four continental confederations.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan is among his backers, insisting he had done a “fantastic job” at Uefa.

“He’s developed the financial revenue streams for football and has led the way, led from the top,” Regan told the BBC’s World Service.

“He’s allowed every national association to have a voice. He consults and engages with chief executives and presidents… that’s been a breath of fresh air. He listens and he’s very innovative and creative.”

Platini, a former France international, said he had decided to stand after weighing up “the future of football alongside my own future”.

Swiss Blatter, 79, has been in charge of Fifa since 1998. Candidates have until 26 October to be nominated.

 

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Onye tips Oliseh for Success http://sunnewsonline.com/new/onye-tips-oliseh-for-success/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/onye-tips-oliseh-for-success/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:11:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129051 Former Rangers international of Enugu and Eagles defender, Kingsley Onye would relish an opportunity to serve the country as a deputy to the newly appointed Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh.]]>

      . Wants Eagles’ assistant role

IKENNA OKAFOR

Former Rangers international of Enugu and Eagles defender, Kingsley Onye would relish an opportunity to serve the country as a deputy to the newly appointed Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Onye, who once featured for the defunct Leventis United of Ibadan and Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri stated that Oliseh is a capable individual, whose records in football speaks volume and holds a strong bragging right to return the senior national team to an enviable position.

“Nigeria’s football fortunes has fallen a bit but the appointment of Sunday Oliseh is a huge step in our desire to reclaim the glory days. I am happy about his appointment because Oliseh is undoubtedly the man Nigeria needs at the moment.

“I want him to be given the necessary support because every inch of negative interference could spell doom for the nationa team. He should be allowed to carry out his responsibilities effectively, then, the expected results would be achieved.”

Onye also expressed his views on the selection criteria for Super Eagles players, while noting that some of them needed to be replaced by the younger boys in the team.

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Special Olympics 2015: Nigeria wins gold http://sunnewsonline.com/new/special-olympics-2015-nigeria-wins-gold/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/special-olympics-2015-nigeria-wins-gold/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:50:44 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129049 Good fortune smiled on Nigerian athletes at the on-going Special Olympics holding in Los Angeles, USA as her swimmer, Damola Roberts won an Olympic Gold Medal in 100m swimming.]]>

By  Joe Apu

Good fortune smiled on Nigerian athletes at the on-going Special Olympics holding in Los Angeles, USA as her swimmer, Damola Roberts won an Olympic Gold Medal in 100m swimming.

Aside his performance, Nigeria also won silver in Men and silver in Women swimming.

Given the performances of the Nigerian athletes at the Games thus far, a professor of sports based in America, Patrick Omo-Osagie was beginning to ask questions given the facts that the Special Olympics Nigeria athletes are in the States without support from the Nigerian government.

Reacting on his facebook page on the Nigerian athletes he posed a question challenging Nigerians if they know the likes of Solomon Jegede and Chidubem Emuwa.

“Jegede is a basketball player representing Nigeria at the LA 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Emuwa is a young 13-years old representing his country in cycling and yet he is unknown. Both of them are unknown except to the many volunteers and private sponsors that help run and fund Special Olympics of Nigeria.”

He wondered why Blessing Okagbare and Mikel Obi are known names in Nigerian sports whereas these Special Olympics athletes too represent Nigeria at world events but at no expense to the Nigerian government.

“Shortly Okagbare will be in China representing us at the world athletics competition, all sponsored with our taxed Naira and if she wins her event, she will be paid in the very strong US dollars and our government will not even tax her (please I am not after Okagbare or Mikel). If the government is to sponsor athletes or federations, they must sponsor Special Olympics too or completely hands off our sports.

“If Special Olympics can be independent of government funds, football, track & field, basketball, boxing can also become independent of government money,” he stated.

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Olympics tickets: Glo charges Dream Team, Falcons http://sunnewsonline.com/new/olympics-tickets-glo-charges-dream-team-falcons/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/olympics-tickets-glo-charges-dream-team-falcons/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:48:50 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129047 Africa’s biggest corporate supporter of football and total ICT solutions provider Globacom, has charged the national U-23 team and Super Falcons to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by defeating their opponents this weekend.]]>

Africa’s biggest corporate supporter of football and total ICT solutions provider Globacom, has charged the national U-23 team and Super Falcons to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by defeating their opponents this weekend.

The Dream Team would be in Pointe-Noire to face their Congolese counterparts in the second leg of the final round of the 2016 Olympics African Championship qualifier after defeating their hosts 2-1 in Port Harcourt on July 19.

The Falcons also have a Herculean task in Malabo, where they will meet Equatorial Guinea in an Olympics 2016 second round second leg game after the first leg in Abuja on July 18 ended 1-1.

“We believe that the national U-23 team will sustain the tempo and hold their nerves against the Congolese in Pointe-Noire to win the ticket to the African Championship, which will be held in Senegal in December,” Globacom said in a statement in Lagos yesterday.

“We also believe in the ability of the Super Falcons to turn the table against the Guineans in their true fashion as the reigning African champions,” the statement added.

“We appreciate the support given to both teams by Nigerians and the Nigeria Football Federation in particular.  We enjoin all not to waver at this time when more support is needed.

“Essentially, we all have to sustain the belief we have in both teams to excel,” Globacom added, while urging the technical crew of both teams to remain focused as they intensify efforts to qualify for the next Olympics.

“The tasks are surmountable; instances abound in the past and even as recent as last month, when the U-23 team overcame Zambia in Lusaka to win the All Africa Games 2015 ticket, the statement concluded.

Globacom is the major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation and official sponsor of the Nigerian national football teams.

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Jackpot! http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jackpot/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jackpot/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:47:28 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129045 Financial windfall! That is what the National Sports Commission (NSC) has got from President Mohammadu Buhari, who released N2.9bn to the sports body ahead of this year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.]]>

• Buhari splashes N2.9bn for AAG

•Apply medal economy-Anugweje

Financial windfall! That is what the National Sports Commission (NSC) has got from President Mohammadu Buhari, who released N2.9bn to the sports body ahead of this year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.

The good news came, just as renowned sports professor, Ken Anugweje of the University of Port Harcourt charged the commission to apply what he called “Medal Economy” in the nation’s build up to the games.

NSC Director General, Al-Hassan Yakmut, who confirmed President Buhari’s magnanimity yesterday in Abuja was quick in disclosing that the release came with strong warning clause from the president, who had demanded that the NSC must account for the funds to the last kobo.

His words: “The Federal Government through the endorsement of Mr. President has approved 100 per cent of the total amount we requested for the preparations and participation in the All Africa Games and preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“The amount approved by Mr. President was N2.971 billion. This approval is unprecedented. Mr. President has by this approval clearly demonstrated that he loves sports. His approval came with one clear clause and that is the fact that he expects us to account for our expenditure to the last kobo.”

Yakmut said the NSC would be transparent, even as he stressed that the commission had embarked on sponsorship drive that could see it getting corporate bodies to back Team Nigeria.

Anugweje in an exclusive chat with Daily Sunsports from Port Harcourt charged the NSC to adopt the medal economy option by concentrating on individual sports that could fetch the country medals.

“We need to adopt the medal economy option by concentrating on sports like Para Sports, weightlifting, wrestling and athletics. The individual sport is it as far as the All Africa Games is concerned. Agreed team sports like football, basketball are more glamorous, but our target should be how to finish ahead of Egypt and South Africa in Congo on the final medals table.”

Anugweje was quick in adding that the NSC had done well thus far insisting that the decision not to go on Overseas training tour would turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

“Our athletes are training well at home at the High Performance Centre here in UNIPORT and the level of concentration is fine. What we need do now is to give the coaches close monitoring, harmonize their programmes and ensure that they are all on the same page. I see us doing well in Congo,” Anugweje said.

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Oliseh defends stand on players http://sunnewsonline.com/new/oliseh-defends-stand-on-players/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/oliseh-defends-stand-on-players/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:14:01 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128933 In spite of the criticism that has trailed his decision not to invite players that are playing outside the first division to his team,]]>

Says Nigeria deserves only the best

By  George Aluo

In spite of the criticism that has trailed his decision not to invite players that are playing outside the first division to his team, new Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh has insisted that he wont change his mind on the matter.

Goal.com reported yesterday that Oliseh took to YouTube to defend his position. The new Eagles gaffer said he took the decision basically because of his belief that Nigeria deserves nothing but the very best.

Analysts who were not comfortable with the position of the coach believed the decision would block gifted players in lower divisions in Europe from featuring for the Super Eagles.

However, in a video blog on his website aptly called “Periodic update from the horse’s mouth on the Super Eagles’ evolution”, Oliseh explained that only the best players deserve to play for Nigeria and most of them ought to come from the top leagues where they face great competition and the best training.

“At the moment there has been a lot of talk as regards the fact that we have decided that first division players are the players that we found eligible to serve our country,” Oliseh said.

“We feel the best has to play for us and the best in any country play in the first division.

“Of course there could be some exceptions, we have players who are excellent in the second division but the basis of our decision is this: the best players in the first division are used to a certain level, tempo and competition standard because that is what the competition entails.

“And for that reason, we need the best that are used to playing at this tempo to serve and play for Nigeria.”

However, he gave exceptions to players who have excelled with the national youth teams as well as regular Super Eagles players whose teams may have been relegated and denied the opportunity to move to top division sides.

“A player who has excelled for Nigeria at top level, who has won titles for Nigeria and who we feel is at the top of his [career], if in the future due to no fault of his, his team falls down to the second level and his club refuses to sell him, keeping the player tied down, these are players that we have to look upon and decide the shape they are in and eventually may make exceptions to,” he continued.

“But at the moment, we stand firm because we feel that the best has to play for Nigeria.”

Oliseh expects that his team will soon take shape as Nigeria prepare to face Tanzania in their second game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September.

“At the moment we are assembling a team, in fact we are trying to start from scratch and getting players that we feel are the best for the style we want to play,” the 40-year-old said.

“We have split our search into two phases: the phase of the home-based and the phase of the foreign-based ones.

“At the moment we have visited some players in their clubs, even watched them play and we have made contact with several of the potential players that we hope to assemble as we play our first qualifier versus Tanzania.

“We hope to start training in mid-August and then round it up before traveling to play Tanzania,” he concluded.

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We’ll floor Keshi in court –NFF http://sunnewsonline.com/new/well-floor-keshi-in-court-nff/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/well-floor-keshi-in-court-nff/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:12:30 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128931 The Organisation and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned former Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi to quickly withdraw the legal action he instituted against the federation or be ready for monumental disgrace, stating that the federation has incriminating evidences to floor him in court.]]>

From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja

The Organisation and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned former Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi to quickly withdraw the legal action he instituted against the federation or be ready for monumental disgrace, stating that the federation has incriminating evidences to floor him in court.

Reacting to the next line of action for the NFF, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Iyke Igbokwe stressed that Keshi’s advisers only want to extort money from him, stressing that he would resign as a lawyer if Keshi wins the case in court.

While insisting that Keshi would have sued the Cote d’Ivoire football federation for shortlisting wrongly or rightly among the 29 applicants for the then vacant job, Igbokwe said they have overwhelming evidence to win Keshi in court, warning: “We will meet Keshi in court.”

His words: “The Disciplinary Committee was very meticulous in handling the case. I can conveniently tell you that Keshi breached almost five to six clauses in his contract.

“Don’t forget that we intercepted his proceedings because we want to give him the opportunity to tackle the Ivorien FA for including his name among the applicants for the job and for us to travel to Cote d’Ivoire to confirm first hand if he actually applied for the job.

“But after the two weeks period, Keshi did not query the Ivoriens and of course, our Chairman, Barrister Green that went to Cote d’Ivoire, brought evidences, where Keshi along with other applicants were published.”

It was so bad that Keshi applied for the job on June 11, when Nigeria played Chad in Kaduna.

“Let me tell you confidently that the court will throw away the N1 billion compensation Keshi demanded from the federation. It is obvious that the people advising him to institute this litigation want to extort money from him. I want to warn Keshi that the court is for everybody not Keshi alone. The federation will be going to equity with clean hands as far as this case is concerned.

“We are going to match Keshi in court with the overwhelming materials in our possession. Barrister Green, Barr Majeoku and myself are battle ready for Keshi. I assure you that Keshi’s case is not going to go the way of Sylvanus Okpala because Okpala’s case was very clear.

“We are going to meet Keshi in court and if Keshi wins that case in court, I will resign as a lawyer and I am serious about it. I am telling you with all sense of sincerity that Keshi will not win the case. If he wants my advice, I would tell him to sue the Ivoirien FA instead of the NFF.

“It is not the federation that included his name in the list of applicants as number 20. We are going to meet him in court. I repeat that the advisers want to extort money from him,” he said.

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Ikhana’s son set for pro career with Sunshine http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ikhanas-son-set-for-pro-career-with-sunshine/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ikhanas-son-set-for-pro-career-with-sunshine/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:11:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128929 Promising teenage shot-stopper, Azeez Ikhana is set to launch his professional football career with Sunshine Stars of Akure when the second stanza of the 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) gets underway. ]]>

By EMMA NJOKU

Promising teenage shot-stopper, Azeez Ikhana is set to launch his professional football career with Sunshine Stars of Akure when the second stanza of the 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) gets underway.

The 18-year-old is the son of Enyimba Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana and has been in superb form for Rising Stars in the Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) this term and his development has captured the fancy of coaches of the current league leaders.

Ikhana has been one of the impressive youngsters in the Rising Stars setup, and top officials of the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA), which is the parent body of NPFL table-topping Sunshine Stars as well as Rising Stars and Sunshine Queens, revealed to supersport.com that the goalkeeper is being penciled down to team up with the men’s senior team.

“Azeez Ikhana is one of the players that could be promoted to the senior team from Rising Stars barring any last minute change in plans. He has really impressed the coaches of Sunshine Stars and could even join the team in the second round,” said an official of the football agency.

But should Ikhana be promoted to Sunshine Stars, he would have his hands full in the battle for a starting shirt with first-choice, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, David Ariyo, John Shuaibu and Danladi Isah.

Sunshine Stars would be looking to promote Ikhana and, thereby, activate the law in the NPFL rule book which allows clubs to register youngsters in their team and allocate them with squad number from 36 and above.

Rising Stars, the feeder team of Sunshine Stars, has been of one of the top producing chains of footballers in Nigeria with the likes of Godfrey Oboabona, Dayo Ojo, Tunde Adeniji, Kehinde Adedipe, Sunday Abe and Nzube Anaezemba as products of the academy.

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Djokovic, Serena retain No.1 spots in latest rankings http://sunnewsonline.com/new/djokovic-serena-retain-no-1-spots-in-latest-rankings/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/djokovic-serena-retain-no-1-spots-in-latest-rankings/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:09:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128927 Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, held on to the World No.1 spot with 13,845 points in the latest rankings released yesterday.]]>

Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, held on to the World No.1 spot with 13,845 points in the latest rankings released yesterday.

Djokovic had thus matched the achievement of Spain’s Rafael Nadal of topping the rankings for 56 weeks in a row. The Serb’s next target will be John McEnroe’s record of topping the charts for 58 consecutive weeks, reports Efe.

The rankings remained unchanged this week as Swiss Roger Federer held on to second place, followed by Scotland’s Andy Murray. Nadal remained in 10th place.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released yesterday also showed that there were no changes with American tennis star, Serena Williams, retaining the top spot with 13,191 points, Maria Sharapova second followed by Simona Halep.

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Keshi demands N1b compensation from NFF http://sunnewsonline.com/new/keshi-demands-n1b-compensation-from-nff/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/keshi-demands-n1b-compensation-from-nff/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:25:55 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128743 ‘We’ve not received any letter’ –NFF By EMMA NJOKU SACKED Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, is said to be demanding a compensation of a billion Naira (more than $400 million), from the Nige­ria Football Federation (NFF) for allegedly de­faming him. Latest report monitored from AfricanFootball. com which, last week, broke the story that Keshi had [...]]]>
  • ‘We’ve not received any letter’ –NFF

By EMMA NJOKU

SACKED Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, is said to be demanding a compensation of a billion Naira (more than $400 million), from the Nige­ria Football Federation (NFF) for allegedly de­faming him.

Latest report monitored from AfricanFootball. com which, last week, broke the story that Keshi had dragged the NFF to court for “wrongful dis­missal and defamation”, claimed that a Kaduna-based law firm, on Friday, wrote the NFF; demand­ing a billion Naira from the nation’s football rul­ing body, as compensa­tion for defaming their client, Keshi.

When Daily Sun Sports contacted the NFF for comment on the develop­ment, Assistant Director, Media and Communica­tions, Ademola Olajire, said the NFF had received no letter from any law firm, demanding a billion naira compensation to the sacked Super Eagles’ coach.

“We have not received any such letter,” the NFF Spokesman said.

Keshi was sacked as Super Eagles’ head coach by the NFF on July 5 after the NFF disciplin­ary committee investi­gated various allegations against him, primary of which was that he applied to coach the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

This was four months after the 53-year-old coach signed a new two-year contract after his ini­tial three-year deal with the NFF ran out at last year’s World Cup in Bra­zil.

 

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Walcott fires Arsenal to Emirates Cup http://sunnewsonline.com/new/walcott-fires-arsenal-to-emirates-cup/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/walcott-fires-arsenal-to-emirates-cup/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:24:37 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128739 THEO Walcott scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolfs­burg 1-0 to clinch the Emirates Cup in North London yesterday. The England international put contract negotiations to one side for the time being by poking home the winner on 50 minutes to seal the Gunners’ fourth title – and first since 2010. [...]]]>

THEO Walcott scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolfs­burg 1-0 to clinch the Emirates Cup in North London yesterday.

The England international put contract negotiations to one side for the time being by poking home the winner on 50 minutes to seal the Gunners’ fourth title – and first since 2010.

It was a familiar face in Nicklas Bendtner that almost saw the Ger­mans move ahead, but the Dane – who spent nine years with Arsenal – miscued his volley on 15 minutes.

Preferred to Olivier Giroud up front, Walcott spurned a couple of good opportunities midway through the half, before seeing his goal correctly ruled out for offside.

At the other end, Wolfsburg continued to look dangerous, with Bendtner and Timm Klose going close as the visitors finished the half on top.

Five minutes after the break, the hosts drew first blood through Wal­cott following good work from Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Described as “special” by Arsene Wenger on Saturday, the youngster vindicated his manager’s senti­ments by riding a couple of chal­lenges to play in Walcott, who poked past Diego Benaglio.

Unperturbed, Dieter Hecking’s side continued in the same vein and spurned a good chance to provide a swift riposte through Kevin de Bruyne.

The reported Manchester City picked Mikel Arteta’s pocket be­fore advancing toward goal and lashing well over from outside the box.

On 62 minutes, Cech was forced to beat away Josuha Guilavogui’s first-time effort, while at the other end Aaron Ramsey saw his auda­cious lob drop narrowly wide of the post.

Wenger’s side finished the clash on top as Chuba Akpom and Santi Cazorla both forced Benaglio into smart saves in the final quarter as Walcott’s goal proved enough.

The North Londoners finished second to Spanish outfit Valencia in the Emirates Cup last season, with Galatasaray and New York Red Bulls also winning it in recent years.

 

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Moses inspires Chelsea to win PSG http://sunnewsonline.com/new/moses-inspires-chelsea-to-win-psg/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/moses-inspires-chelsea-to-win-psg/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:20:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128731 NIGERIA international forward, Victor Moses, was the best player for Chelsea as the English champions stopped French kings, PSG, in a pre-season friendly on penalties. It was an individual per­formance expected to guar­antee his future at Stamford Bridge after manager, Jose Mourinho , hinted he could be part of the first-team squad for the coming [...]]]>

NIGERIA international forward, Victor Moses, was the best player for Chelsea as the English champions stopped French kings, PSG, in a pre-season friendly on penalties.

It was an individual per­formance expected to guar­antee his future at Stamford Bridge after manager, Jose Mourinho , hinted he could be part of the first-team squad for the coming season.

Moses got the equaliser for ‘The Blues’ in the 65th minute to end the game 1-1 in regulation time, canceling Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 25th minute goal.

Chelsea then won 6-5 on penalties.

The former Wigan Ath­letic player pounced on Cesc Fabregas’ pass to jab in the goal.

He was the best Chelsea player on the pitch; he was dangerous on the attack and supported the defence.

In the 10th minute, he dribbled past three PSG players before he found Iva­novic, who failed to score from six yards.

He lasted 70th minutes be­fore he was replaced by Loic Remy. Compatriot Mikel Obi played the first 45 min­utes for Chelsea.

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Dolphins dethrones First Bank http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dolphins-dethrones-first-bank/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dolphins-dethrones-first-bank/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:19:45 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128729 Zenith Bank b’ball League By JOE APU DOLPHINS Basket­ball Club of Lagos at the weekend, out-dunked the defending champions, First Bank of Lagos 77-72 in the final of the 11th edi­tion of the annual Zenith Bank Women Basketball Championship held at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to lift the Zenith [...]]]>

Zenith Bank b’ball League

By JOE APU

DOLPHINS Basket­ball Club of Lagos at the weekend, out-dunked the defending champions, First Bank of Lagos 77-72 in the final of the 11th edi­tion of the annual Zenith Bank Women Basketball Championship held at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to lift the Zenith Bank giant tro­phy, as well as pocket the N1.2m star prize money at stake.

First Bank team, (The Elephant Girls’) that couldn’t withstand the fireworks of the Dolphins Queens got N1m for com­ing second, plus the silver trophy attached to it.

The third position went to the four times former champions, First Deepwa­ter that out dunked the In­spector General of Police Queens 53-43 in the losers final.

The Wale Aboderin Fi­nanced team that also re­mained as the only team that did not lose any match throughout the entire du­ration of the champion­ship starting from the first and second phases held in Abuja and Ilorin, kept no one in doubt on their read­iness to take their Bankers to the cleaners, when they took the fight straight to their opponent’s end of the court right from the blast of the referee’s whistle and made the first 3 points before First Bank realized that the game had started.

Besides winning the 2015 Zenith Bank Women Basketball championship, Dolphin’s play maker, Juliet Currency in Jersey No.10 also emerged as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the champion­ship thereby dethroning last year’s MVP award winner, Chioma Udeaja of First Bank. She also emerged as the high­est goals scorer. Bucky Damilola of Sunshine An­gels of Akure won the best rebounder of the tourna­ment, while Juliet Cur­rency and Okpe Pauline Dolphins, Chioma Udeaja and Nkechi Akashili both of First Bank and Bless­ing Samuel of the Nigeria Customs emerged as the Best five players of the 11th Zenith Bank Women Basketball Champion­ship.

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Easy start for Eagles http://sunnewsonline.com/new/easy-start-for-eagles/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/easy-start-for-eagles/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:03:04 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128665 To face winner of Djibouti/Swaziland BY GEORGE ALUO Easy start! That is what the Super Eagles will have in the race to the Russia 2018 World Cup as they were yesterday drawn to face the winner of the pre­liminary round tie involving Djibouti and Swaziland. The second round home and away duels are billed for [...]]]>
  • To face winner of Djibouti/Swaziland

BY GEORGE ALUO

Easy start! That is what the Super Eagles will have in the race to the Russia 2018 World Cup as they were yesterday drawn to face the winner of the pre­liminary round tie involving Djibouti and Swaziland. The second round home and away duels are billed for between November 9-17, 2015.

The Eagles got the favorable pairing in the FIFA World Cup draw made yesterday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There will be three rounds of qualifying for the African sides.

Round one features the low­est 26 ranked countries on the continent in FIFA’s July rank­ings. The winners of those ties advance to round two where they will join the remaining 27 highest-ranked teams.

In the final round, five groups of four teams will meet both home and away and the winner of each group will qualify for Russia 2018.

Former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was on stage in Russia to help with the African draw, and pulled out his own nation.

The Indomitable Lions will feature in round two and will take on the win­ners of the tie between Somalia and Niger.

In the pick of the other ties, 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa face a tough second round meeting against Angola; the African champions Ivory Coast will play either Liberia or Guinea Bissau, and the 2015 runners-up Ghana will face either Comoros or Lesotho.

Algeria – Africa’s highest ranked nation – will play the winners of Tanzania v Malawi.

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Oliseh: We won’t underrate any team http://sunnewsonline.com/new/oliseh-we-wont-underrate-any-team/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/oliseh-we-wont-underrate-any-team/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:01:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128663 Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh is happy with results of the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw held in St.Petersburg, Russia on Saturday. Drawn bye from the first round of the African qualifiers, Nigeria begins her campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November away to the winner of the Djibouti [...]]]>

Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh is happy with results of the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw held in St.Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.

Drawn bye from the first round of the African qualifiers, Nigeria begins her campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November away to the winner of the Djibouti vs Swazi­land first round playoff.

While appealing for cau­tion, the Super Eagles handler told thenff.com that there are a number of reasons for him to be happy.

“Of course,I am happy with the draw,”Oliseh stated.

“We are not playing the first round, which is a preliminary round and which we knew before the draw. We will also be playing the first leg of the second round away which means we have an advantage of playing the more crucial return leg at home, in front of our fans”.

The coach also warned against complacency, revealing that there are lots of dangerous teams around that could hurt if taken for granted.

“Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated.”

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