Flash: Senzo Meyiwa, South African Captain And Goalkeeper Shot Dead By Cell Phone Thieves


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Flash: Efe, Eneramo Ginger Eagles Against Elephants …Team Perfects Shooting Style …Keshi Says Its Last Chance For Home-Based


Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi

Since the Super Eagles entered into Kaduna City last Thursday high profile officials of both the Federation and the state have been visiting the team to offer words of advise and encouragement. Among them, NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Hon Shehu Adamu, who was in all the team’s training sessions, Director Competitions, NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed and even the Kaduna State Sports Commissioner.

Players were excited by the presence of these officials but their joy knew no bound when some of their own, Efe Ambrose of Scottish side, Celtics and Mike Eneramo, who plies his trade in the Turkish top flight visited to offer pump up the team’s morale ahead of Saturday’s game.

First to visit was Ambrose who was in the team’s camp for the better part of Wednesday. The Delta born, Kaduna boy drove into the team’s African Continental Hotel few minutes to noon, stayed with the team and technical crew till evening training time and even joined the team at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium for the evening session. Midway into the session, he told officials he was leaving because he had to attend the evening service of his church. “I have spoken to the players, some of whom were my teammates and they know what to do. I will be in the stadium on Saturday to cheer them to victory”, Efe declared as he drove out of the stadium complex.

On Friday by lunch time, Eneramo drove in to offer his support to his national teammates. Looking fit and trim, the Eagles striker waited patiently for the coaching crew led by Stephen Kweshi to come out of their rooms for obeisance, before he went straight to each players for felicitation and advise. “We can beat Cote D’Ivoire silly”, he quipped. Adding that with the caliber of players he has seen he was sure that Nigeria will triumph on Saturday.

Following general impression that the team has been creating plenty of chances and scoring few, the coaching crew in the Super Eagles have been working on all members of the team to perfect shooting and scoring strategies. Keshi said he expects the team to create plenty of chances hence the need to put them away and make the return leg in Abidjan a mere formality.

The Head Coach has also admonished players in the present Super Eagles setup to fight for their colleagues in the Glo Premier League so that more of them will be called up for national assignment. “In my days as a home based professional footballer, my colleagues from all over the country used to be proud of me because I represented them well. Do the same well and help restore the pride of the Nigerian based professional footballer.

– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk

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Flash: Eagles Drop Pius For Mba…Players To Report With International Passports

Super Eagles

Super Eagles in victory

The countdown for the July 6 crunch tie between home based Super Eagles and their Cote D’Ivoire counterparts continued on Thursday with the technical crew of the national team tinkering a bit with the squad for the encounter.

Team Secretary, Dayo Enebi Achor, was quoted by Media Officer Ben Alaiya, as saying that Akwa United star Ezekiel Mbah has been invited to replace Ranchers Bees Samson Pius by the Stephen Keshi led technical crew of the national team.

The decision was tagged strategic by the technical crew, as arrival date in camp remains this Sunday, June 30th at the Bolton White Apartment, Zone 7 in the Federal Capital City, Abuja.

All Players have been asked to come to camp with their international passports so as to facilitate the trip to Abidjan for the return leg of the encounter. The first leg encounter has already been scheduled for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the sprawling city of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria.

– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk

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Flash: Flying Eagles Coach, John Obuh Praises Olanrewaju Kayode; See Nigeria vs Korea Line-up

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles coach John Obuh has praised Olanrewaju Kayode, whose match winner propelled his team to the Round of 16 of the U20 World Cup on Thursday.
Kayode has been harshly criticised for throwing away several begging chances in previous games but he finally delivered against South Korea at the Ali Sami Arena in Istanbul with a ninth minute headed winner to book Nigeria an automatic ticket to the knockout of the tournament.
“Kayode has worked really hard for this team getting many of our assists here and he just needed to score a goal and I’m happy he did just that today,” said coach Obuh.
“He has justified the confidence the entire team have on him.”
Obuh said he was also satisfied with his team’s performance even though they could have long killed off this game as they dominated and created the better chances against the Asian champions.
“We made one or two mistakes but overall I’m okay with our performance,” he said.
“Korea are a good team even though we beat them. They have shown they can come back from defeat, like they did against Cuba and then Portugal. So, we had to be a little bit cautious against them.”
Korea coach Kwang Jong Lee conceded his team found it tough going against the individually talented and fast Nigerians.
“It was a tough match against individually gifted and fast Nigerian team,” he admitted.
“Our players found it difficult to penetrate the Nigerian defence and as a result we did not create any chances in the first half.
“But I was satisfied with what we showed in the second half.”
Nigeria became the first African team to qualify to the Round of 16 at Turkey 2013 after they finished second in Group B with six points behind seven-point Portugal, who defeated Cuba 5-0 in the other match of the group.
Kayode put Nigeria ahead when he headed home a free kick from the left by skipper Abduljaleel Ajagun after nine minutes.
Defender Wilfred Ndidi came close with header after 15 minutes off a corner and moments later Kayode’s shot missed narrowly after he was put through on goal by Michael Olaitan.
Shehu Abdullahi also missed with a header inside the box after 32 minutes and minutes later Kayode turned sharply inside the box, but his effort missed target.
In the 54th minute Nigeria goalkeeper Samuel Okani had to dive to stop Sunggyu Han right inside his goal area.
Nigeria continued to dominate the game, but failed to put away the chances they have created.
Kayode then forced goalkeeper Changgeun Lee to make a big save after 73 minutes and seven minutes later, substitute Samuel Eduok saw his effort from the left crash against the side netting.
Flying Eagles vs Korea
Samuel Okani – Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Madu, Wilfred Ndidi, Ikechukwu Okorie – Ovbokha Agboyi, Michael Olaitan, Abduljaleel Ajagun – Kayode Olanrewaju (Edafe Egbedi 90), Alhaji Gero, Umar Aminu (Samuel Eduok 59).
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk
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Flash: Chris Nwaehi, Falconets Coach For Burial Tomorrow

The remains of the Assistant Coach of the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, Mr. Chris Nwaehi, who died in Lagos on April 29, will be interred in his home town, Umuegbe, Osuh Achara in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo State on Friday, June 28.

Nwaehi died suddenly on Monday, April 29, hours after being turned back from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport for being too ill to travel. He was on his way to his base in Spain.

Nwaehi, alongside former Super Falcons’ captain Florence Omagbemi, assisted Coach Edwin Okon to steer the Falconets to fourth place and global adulation at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Japan last year.

In a condolence message to the family signed by NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, the NFF deeply mourned the passing of the young coach and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul.

“Even as we write this letter, we are still unable to come to terms with the departure of this lively and brilliant Coach, who carried
himself with absolute dignity and pursued excellence in his chosen career, with every sense of responsibility and uncommon professionalism.

“The death of Chris Nwaehi, Assistant Coach of the U-20 Women National Team of Nigeria, also known as Falconets, only few months after he helped the team win worldwide acclaim after reaching the semi finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, breaks the heart, and I convey to you and the entire Nwaehi family, the deep sadness of the entire Nigerian football family over his exit.”

Family members on Thursday acknowledged the Nigeria Football Federation’s support towards the burial programme.

-Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk

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Flash: Ivorian Elephants Storm Nigeria On Wednesday

A 26-man delegation of the home-based National Team of Cote d’Ivoire will fly into Lagos on the evening of Wednesday next week, for Saturday’s 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying match against their Nigerian counterparts.

The NFF on Thursday received correspondence from the office of the General Secretary of Federation Ivoirienne de Football, confirming that the delegation would arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport aboard an Asky Airline flight at about 6.40pm on July 3.

Cote d’Ivoire hosted the inaugural edition of the African Nations Championship in 2009, won by Democratic Republic of Congo. Nigeria was absent at the finals, having been eliminated by Ghana.

The 2011 finals in Sudan also held without Nigeria, eliminated by Niger Republic, and was won by Tunisia.

Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Enebi Achor, confirmed on Thursday that the 24 players invited by Coach Stephen Keshi are all expected to report at the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja on Sunday.

Saturday’s confrontation at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium will be the first meeting at senior level between both nations since Nigeria eliminated tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa earlier in the year. Match-winner Sunday Mba is in Nigeria’s 24-man squad.

The Ivorians will depart Nigeria through Lagos on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the encounter.

– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk

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Flash: Flying Eagles Reunite With France In Istanbul

In kayseri

Skipper Ajagun flanked by Gero, Orkuma at Hilton Hotel in Kayseri (Photo – MTNFootball)

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have reunited with their 2011 conquerors France at the Renaissance Polat Hotel in Istanbul.

France stopped Nigeria 3-2 after extra time in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Some of the players and officials of the Flying Eagles have already met with Juventus youngster and France star attraction Paul Pogba, who former France and Arsenal ace Patrick Vieira has said he is better than he was at that age.

France take on high-flying Spain to determine the winners of Group A immediately after the Nigeria match on Thursday.

The Flying Eagles flew into Istanbul Tuesday afternoon after Thursday’s foes South Korea had departed Kayseri earlier.

They will train at 6.30 pm local time on Tuesday at a training ground 20 minutes bus ride from their hotel.

Coach John Obuh and a player will also address a pre-match press conference at Adana Hall of the Renaissance Hotel.

The Flying Eagles play their final Group B match against Korea by 6pm on Thursday.
Portugal lead Group B with four points, same as second-placed South Korea.

Nigeria are third on three points, while Cuba are yet to record any points.

The Flying Eagles will hope to win on Thursday so as to gain automatic qualification to the Round of 16, but they could also sneak in via the ‘third best loser’ option.

– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk

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