P.M. NEWS Nigeria » CAF competitions http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:01:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Toure wins 4th African award, Oshoala is best female footballer http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/toure-wins-4th-african-award-oshoala-is-best-female-footballer/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/toure-wins-4th-african-award-oshoala-is-best-female-footballer/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:34:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225592
Yya Toure and Asisat Oshoala with their awards. AFP

Yya Toure and Asisat Oshoala with their awards. AFP


Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfield star Yaya Toure on Thursday became the first player to win four successive African Footballer of the Year awards.

The 31-year-old beat off the challenge of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who plays for Lille in France.

Toure equalled Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o as a four-time winner, but he is the first to claim four awards in a row.

Toure, who first won the prestigious African award in 2011, led Manchester City to the English Premier League title last season as well as helping his country to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Toure with his 4th award

Toure with his 4th award

Coaches and technical directors of the 54 member countries of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took part in the vote.

Ndombe Mubele, who scored six goals as AS Vita of DR Congo reached the final of the Champions League, was picked as Africa’s best player based in Africa.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala beat compatriot Desire Oparanozie and Cameroon goalkeeper Annette Ngom Ndom to be crowned Africa’s best female star of 2014. She also won the Youth Player of the Year Award.

Asisat Oshoala with her trophy

Asisat Oshoala with her trophy

The 20-year-old Oshoala, who was voted the MVP and top scorer of the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, joins former Nigeria stars as Mercy Akide and Perpetua Nkwocha who also won the accolade.

Algeria were picked as Africa’s best national team of last year after they reached the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

However, their coach Vahid Halilhodzic was pipped to the CAF Coach of the Year Award by Kheireddine Madoui who took ES Setif to the African Champions League title.

The Algerian club also upstaged Egypt’s Al Ahly to be named Club of the Year.

Award winners

African Player of the Year: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast and Manchester City)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa: Ndombe Mubele (DR Congo and AS Vita)

Women’s Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Rivers Angels)

Youth Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Rivers Angels)

Most Promising Talent: Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and FC Porto)

Coach of the Year: Kheireddine Madoui (ES Setif)

National Team of the Year: Algeria

Women’s National Team of the Year: Nigeria

Club of the Year: ES Setif (Algeria)

Referee of the Year: Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

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Glo-CAF Awards Tonight: Toure Eyes Record 4th Title http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/glo-caf-awards-tonight-toure-eyes-record-4th-title/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/glo-caf-awards-tonight-toure-eyes-record-4th-title/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:37:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225517 A new chapter will be written in the history of African football irrespective of the winner of the 2014 African Player of the Year.

There is a historical background surrounding each of the contenders; Gabonese forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nigeria goalie Vincent Enyeama and Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure.

The trio has had a stellar year at both national and club level making the contest one too close to call. Each stands an equal chance of being crowned the African Player of the Year.

•Yaya Toure

•Yaya Toure

Toure, winner for the past three editions, faces a tough test from Aubameyang and Enyeama, in his quest for an unprecedented fourth successive crown.

Ex-Cameroon star, Samuel Eto’o remains the only person to have won the prize four times – 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. The Ivorian is not only seeking to equal the feat of the England-based forward, but also become the first player to win the topmost individual honour in African football four times in a row.

Aubameyang and Enyeama also have their pieces of record to make. For the former, he will be the first Gabonese to have laid his hands on the prestigious crown since its inception in 1992.

With the record of the first goalkeeper to win the award hovering around his head, Enyeama will also be the first Nigerian since 1999 to claim the most sought after individual prize in African football. Legendary forward Nwankwo Kanu was last Nigerian to be decorated in 1999, three years after his initial coronation. Other Nigerian winners are Rashidi Yekini (1993), Emmanuel Amunike (1994) and Victor Ikpeba (1997).

•Nigeria's Enyeama

•Nigeria’s Enyeama

Toure, however, looks good to win the award back to back for the fourth time. He was pivotal as Manchester City won the English Premier League, featured at the World Cup even if Ivory Coast disappointed, and helped his country reach this month‘s Africa Cup of Nations finals. Toure has made himself the heartbeat of the Manchester City team challenging for the English title and the Champions League.

He is also the main inspiration for Ivory Coast following the retirement from international football of Didier Drogba.

The votes of the 54 national coaches in Africa and their technical directors will decide the winner.

The 180-minutes show to honour Africa’s finest football personalities will be fused with music to blend the celebration of football excellence with the best of entertainment in Lagos tonight.

•Aubameyang

•Aubameyang

Set to thrill on the night is Africa’s sensational pop twins, P-Square. The identical twin brothers will entertain the crowd with their numerous hits and highly captivating dance moves.

The masked one and Afro-Calypso originator, Lagbaja, will also perform on the night.

“Shake,” and “Ada Ada” crooner, Flavour, the prolific Nigerian recording artiste, dancer, songwriter, and performer will also add his signature splendour to the night just as ASEM from Ghana.

Other top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are DR Congo’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim.

The rest billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru; pan African group, Cirque D’Afrique and Tanzania’s prominent multiple award-winning singer, Diamond.

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24 Hrs To Glo-CAF Awards: Toure Set To Make African History http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/07/24-hrs-to-glo-caf-awards-toure-set-to-make-african-history/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/07/24-hrs-to-glo-caf-awards-toure-set-to-make-african-history/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:31:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225405 Manchester City star Yaya Toure will clinch a fourth straight CAF African Player of the Year Award on Thursday with Nigeria women’s star Asisat Oshoala tipped to emerge as the biggest discovery on the continent.

Cote d’Ivoire skipper Yaya will battles Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the biggest individual accolade on offer in Africa.

The annual Glo-CAF Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos and will be graced by many bigwigs in African football and beyond.

Cote d’Ivoire star Yaya has been on superb form for the past four years and without taking anything away from Enyeama and Aubameyang, he will again be the king of Africa after he first won it in 2011.

The Ivorian was pivotal as Manchester city won the English Premier League, featured at the 2014 FIFA World Cup even if Cote d’Ivoire bombed at Brazil and helped them qualify for AFCON 2015.

Yaya will thus equal the record of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, who has also won the award four times, but the City midfielder will go a step further by setting a new record of winning it for four straight years as Eto’o only won three of his four awards in a row.

Yaya Toure has made himself the heartbeat of Manchester City to the extent that if he is not on the pitch or is off form, the team have also been known to struggle.

He is also the main source of inspiration for the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire following the retirement from international football of Didier Drogba.

The energetic midfielder provides assists as well as scores crucial goals for both club and country.

Enyeama has been a consistent performer for Lille and Nigeria, but the best goalkeeper in France for year 2014 may have to wait for another year to end the drought for Nigeria player not winning the award since Nwankwo Kanu achieved this milestone in 1999.

The votes of the 56 national coaches in Africa and their technical directors will decide the winner.

In the female African footballer of the year category, the golden girl of Nigeria football, Asisat Oshoala look good to be crown as Africa’s best female star for 2014.

The youngster is far and away rival nominees Cameroon’s Annette Ndom and fellow Nigerian Desire Oparanozie.

She will also scoop the Youth Player Award ahead of Sunday Uchechi and Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, who features for the Barcelona reserves but has now installed himself as his country’s No. 1 shot stopper.

The Rivers Angels striker has done enough to clinch the award as she was the Most Valuable Player at FIFA U20 World Cup as well as the African Women’s Championship in Namibia late last year.

She also won a league and cup double with Rivers Angels in the year under review.

This 20-year-old is the new deal complete with great technique, has an eye for goal and her versatility means she can play both in attack and midfield.

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Hayatou, other guests arrive for Glo-CAF Awards http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/06/hayatou-other-guests-arrive-for-glo-caf-awards/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/06/hayatou-other-guests-arrive-for-glo-caf-awards/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 22:44:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225303 FILE PHOTO: •L-R: Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, winner of 2013 Glo CAF Player of the Year, Yaya Toure, CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Group Executive Director, Miss Abimbola Adenuga at the gala night of 2013 Glo CAF Awards in Lagos yesterday. PHOTO: Emmanuel Osodi.

FILE PHOTO: •L-R: Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, winner of 2013 Glo CAF Player of the Year, Yaya Toure, CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Group Executive Director, Miss Abimbola Adenuga at the gala night of 2013 Glo CAF Awards in Lagos yesterday. PHOTO: Emmanuel Osodi.

All is now set for the 2014 Glo-CAF awards gala night scheduled to hold Thursday at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.

Illustrious sons and daughters of Africa who have distinguished themselves across the world playing or administering the game of football in the last one year will be honoured at the event, rated as Oscars of African Football.

The awards are the most prestigious in Africa, conferred on outstanding players, coaches, supporters and administrators by the continents’ highest football authority and bankrolled by one of Africa’s biggest brands, Globacom.

Many of the award recipients, sports dignitaries, government officials and football administrators led by the President of CAF, Issa Hayatou and executive members of the continental body, CAF have started arriving in Lagos for the ceremony.

Globacom, in a press statement in Lagos Tuesday, said that “the Glo-CAF Awards 2014 will parade the greatest African football legends, including the new African Footballer of the Year and winners in 12 other categories.”

The categories include African Player of The Year (Based in Africa), National Team of The Year, Club of The Year, and Coach of The Year.

Other categories are Women’s National Team of The Year, Women’s Footballer of The Year, Most Promising Talent, Referee of The Year, Legend of The year, Fair Play Award, Platinum Award and Africa Finest XI.

CAF recently released the final list of three shortlisted players competing for the prized African Footballer of the Year awards.

They are Nigerian Vincent Enyeama who currently plays for Lille in France, three times African Player of the Year, Manchester City and Cote d’ Ivoire Midfielder, Yaya Toure, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

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Glo-CAF Awards: Night Of Fun Awaits Africa —Artistes http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/06/glo-caf-awards-night-of-fun-awaits-africa-artistes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/06/glo-caf-awards-night-of-fun-awaits-africa-artistes/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:35:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225232 It would be a night of fun when the Glo-CAF Awards gala holds this Thursday in Lagos.

This was the promise of the array of stars who have been lined up to light up the prestigious event which will be witnessed by who is who in African football.

A cross section of artistes promised to make it a night of fun, glamour and endless entertainment.

Diamond from Tanzania said that he is  eager to perform at Glo-CAF Awards for the first time, adding that  “Africa should expect to see the best performance of all time at Glo-CAF Awards, if am not mistaken, because I have put all my life in music.”

•Diamond, Tanzania

•Diamond, Tanzania

On the part of Soweto Gospel Choir, “Africa will see pure energy during our performance at the Glo-CAF awards. They will hear beautiful harmonies and see exciting dancing. Soweto gospel choir are not just singers, we are performers, and our audience will feel totally uplifted as they experience the joy of music and our love for life.

Hakim, the folk singer from Egypt promised to present to Africa the Egyptian shaabi music which according to him, is a small branch of all the rich music of Africa.

P-Square will be performing back to back having held the crowd spell-bound at the last event in Lagos.

King of Afro-jazz, Lagbaja, is set to entertain the guests with his scintillating tunes. The masked one whose music continues to fascinate with its unique focus on a core of African drums promises an engaging outing at the Glo-CAF awards.

Flavour, the Nabania crooner says he can’t wait to perform at the event. The celebrated Glo ambassador who has performed at several events will bring his musical skills to bear.

•Egypt's Hakim

•Egypt’s Hakim

Afro hip-hop sensation, Wande Coal is on the list of performing artistes at the event. He is excited to be one of the performing artistes.

For Omawumi, she expects to thrill the guests with her sonorous voice which has won her several awards. ‘Oma wonder’ as she is fondly called will perform her favourite hits.

Other top acts performing at the continental event include Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; and global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa, pan African group, Cirque D’Afrique, Zeynab from Benin Republic and sensational singing group, Uhuru also from South Africa.

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Football: Equatorial Guinea coachless 13 days to Nations Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/football-equatorial-guinea-coachless-13-days-to-nations-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/football-equatorial-guinea-coachless-13-days-to-nations-cup/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 07:12:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224958 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea do not have a coach 13 days before facing Congo Brazzaville in the tournament opener.

New football federation president Andres Jorge Mbomio fired Spanish coach Andoni Goikoetxea on December 31 for not accompanying the national squad to a camp in Portugal.

However, poor recent results also played a role in the shock move with the Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder) disappointing at home and abroad.

Stephen Keshi: linked with E-Guinea move

Stephen Keshi: linked with E-Guinea move

Hosts Equatorial Guinea finished only fourth in a six-team regional championship and slumped 2-0 to Portuguese fourth-tier club Vilafranquense in a Cup of Nations warm-up.

There has been media speculation that Stephen Keshi who guided his native Nigeria to the 2013 African title, will take over amid unconfirmed reports that he visited the Guinean capital Malabo last weekend.

Milovan Rajevac, the Serb mastermind behind Ghana reaching the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa, has also been mentioned as a possible replacement.

Argentine Esteban Becker Churukian, who coached Equatorial Guinea to 2012 African women’s championship glory, is another name linked to the post.

But as the January 17 kick-off draws near, unknown former Goikoetxea assistant Aniceto Ebiaca Mohete is holding the reins in Portugal.

Equatorial Guinea are alone among the 16 contenders in not naming a provisional or final squad with the January 7 deadline for final 23-player lists looming.

This will be the second appearance of the tiny, oil-rich central African state at the African football showpiece and they also made a late coaching change in 2012 when co-hosts with Gabon.

Veteran Frenchman Henri Michel quit over alleged interference by officials in squad selection and Brazilian Gilson Paulo was given 20 days to prepare the squad.

The South American exceeded expectations by plotting victories over Libya and Senegal that secured a place in the quarter-finals, where they fell 3-0 to eventual runners-up Ivory Coast.

Goikoetxea, branded the ‘Butcher of Bilbao’ because of his ultra-aggressive style of defending for Spain, took over a year later with limited success.

Just days before being sacked, he got the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ from the then head of Equatoguinean football.

“We cannot replace a coach within one month of the Cup of Nations,” Domingo Mituy Edjang told the African Football Confederation (CAF) website.

Equatorial Guinea were disqualified from this Cup of Nations at the qualifying stage for fielding ineligible Cameroon-born striker Thierry Fidjeu.

But when 2015 hosts Morocco were dumped for refusing to host the tournament between January 17 and February 8 because of Ebola fears, Equatorial Guinea came to the rescue.

The Ebola epidemic last year claimed 7,890 lives — almost all in west African countries Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — according to the World Health Organization.

Guinea have qualified for the biennial tournament and play former champions Cameroon and Ivory Coast and Mali in Malabo-based Group D.

Gabon coach Jorge Costa has replaced unavailable Marseille midfielder Mario Lemina with Bonaventure Sokambi ahead of Group A fixtures against Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea.

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Are you a big sports fan? Here’s the sporting calendar for 2015 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/are-you-a-big-sports-fan-heres-the-sporting-calendar-for-2015/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/are-you-a-big-sports-fan-heres-the-sporting-calendar-for-2015/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 16:38:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224721 •Bafana Bafana of South Africa players celebrate scoring a goal

•Bafana Bafana of South Africa players celebrate scoring a goal

PARIS, Dec 27, 2013 (AFP) – The AFP sports calendar of events we will be covering in 2015:

JANUARY

01: Ski-Jumping – Four Hills second leg at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

02-06: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, 3rd Test

03-07: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, 2nd Test

04: Ski-Jumping – Four Hills third leg at Innsbruck

04: Skiing – Women’s World Cup slalom at Zagreb

04-17: Rallying – Dakar Rally

05-11: Tennis – ATP at Brisbane, Doha, Chennai; WTA at Brisbane, Auckland, Shenzhen

06: Ski-Jumping – Four Hills fourth leg at Bischofshofen

06-10: Cricket – Australia v India at Sydney, 4th Test

08: Cricket – Afghanistan v Scotland at Dubai, ODI

08-11: Golf – EPGA at South African Open, Johannesburg; USPGA at Tournament of Champions, Kapalua

09: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, 1st T20I

09-31: Football – Asia Cup in Australia

10: Cricket – Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai,ODI

10: Skiing – Women’s World Cup downhill at Bad Kleinkirchheim

10: Skiing – Men’s World Cup giant slalom at Adelboden

10-11: Ski-jumping – World Cup at Tauplitz

11: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, 1st ODI

11: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, 2nd T20I

11: Skiing – Men’s World Cup slalom at Adelboden

11: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-G at Bad Kleinkirchheim

11-18: Snooker – The Masters in London

12: Football – Ballon d’Or award in Zurich

12: Cricket – Ireland v Scotland at Dubai, ODI

12-18: Tennis – ATP at Auckland, Sydney; WTA at Sydney, Hobart

13: Skiing – Women’s World Cup slalom at Flachau

14: Cricket – Afghanistan v Scotland at Abu Dhabi, ODI

14: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Durban, 3rd T20I

15: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, 2nd ODI

15: Ski-jumping – World Cup in Wisla

15-17: Swimming – US Grand Prix at Austin

15-18: Golf – EPGA at Abu Dhabi Championship; USPGA at Sony Open (Honolulu)

15-01: Handball – Men’s World Cup at Doha

16: Skiing – Men’s World Cup super-combined at Wengen

16: Cricket – Australia v England at Sydney, ODI

16: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Durban, 1st ODI

16-18: Rugby – European Cup fifth round

17: Skiing – Men’s World Cup downhill at Wengen

17: Skiing – Women’s World Cup downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo

17: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Auckland, 3rd ODI

17: Cricket – Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai, ODI

17-18: Ski-Jumping – World Cup at Zakopane

17-19: Rugby – European Cup Round 5 games

17-08: Football – Africa Cup of Nations in Equitorial Guinea

18: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-G at Cortina d’Ampezzo

18: Cricket – Australia v India at Melbourne, ODI

18: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, 2nd ODI

19: Cricket – Ireland v Scotland at Dubai, ODI

19-01: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Australian Open

20: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nelson, 4th ODI

20: Cricket – England v India at Brisbane, ODI

21: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at East London, 3rd ODI

21-24: Golf – EPGA at Qatar Masters; USPGA at Humana Challenge (La Quinta)

22-25: Auto – Monte Carlo Rally

23: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Dunedin, 5th ODI

23: Cricket – Australia v England at Hobart, ODI

23-25: Rugby – European Cup sixth round23: Skiing – Men’s World Cup super-combined at Kitzbuhel

24: Skiing – Men’s World Cup downhill at Kitzbuhel

24: Skiing – Women’s World Cup downhill at St. Moritz

24-26: Rugby – European Cup – Round 6 games

25: Skiing – Men’s World Cup slalom at Kitzbuhel

25: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-G at St. Moritz

25: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Dunedin, 6th ODI

25: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, 4th ODI

26: Cricket – Australia v India at Sydney, ODI

27: Skiing – Men’s World Cup slalom at Schladming

28: Cricket – South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, 5th ODI

29: Cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, 7th ODI

29-01: Golf – EPGA at Dubai Desert Classic, USPA at Phoenix Open

30: Cricket – England v India at Perth, ODI

31: Cricket – New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, 1st ODI

31: Skiing – World Cup at Willingen

FEBRUARY

01: Amfoot – Super Bowl in Glendale

01: Ski-jumping – World Cup at Hinzenbach

01: Cricket – TBD v TBD at Perth, ODI Tri-Nations (Australia, England, Indua) Final

02: Cricket – New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, 2nd ODI

02-08: Tennis – ATP at Montpellier, Quito, Zagreb

02-15: Skiing – World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek

05-08: Golf – EPGA Malaysian Open; USPGA at Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines); LPGA at Pure-Silk Bahamas

06: Rugby – Six Nations – Wales v England

06-07: Rugby – Sevens World Series in Wellington

07: Rugby – Six Nations – Italy v Ireland and France v Scotland

07-08: Ski-jumping – World Cup at Liberec

07-08: Tennis – Fed Cup first round

09-15: Tennis – ATP at Rotterdam,, Memphis, Sao Paulo; WTA at Antwerp, Pattaya

09-15: Ski-Jumping – Four Continents Championship at Seoul

12-15: Golf – EPGA at Thailand Classic; USPGA at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

12-15: Auto – Rally of Sweden

13-15: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 1

13-15: Rugby – Sevens World Series in Las Vegas

Feb 14-March 29: Cricket – World Cup in Australia and New Zealand

14-15: Ski-Jumping at Vikersund

14: Rugby – Six Nations – Englad v Italy and Ireland v France

15: Rugby – Six Nations – Scotland v Wales

16-22: Tennis – ATP at Rio, Delray Beach, Marseille; WTA at Dubai, Rio

17-18: Football – Champions League last 16 first leg

18-22: Cycling – World Track Cycling championships at St Quentin en Yvelines

19: Football – Europa League last 32, first leg

19-22: Golf – EPGA at Indian Open; USPGA at Northern Trust Open (Pacific Palisades); LPGA at Australia Open (Melbourne)

20-21: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 2

21: Skiing – Men’s World Cup downhill at Saalbach

21: Skiing – Women’s World Cup giant slalom at Maribor

22: Skiing – Men’s World Cup super-G at Saalbach

22: Skiing – Women’s World Cup slalom at Maribor

23-01: Tennis – ATP at Acapulco, Dubai, Buenos Aires; WTA at Acapulco, Doha

24-25: Football – Champions League last 16, first leg

26: Football – Europa League last 32, second leg

26-01: Golf – EPGA at Joburg Open; USPGA at The Honda Classic (Palm Beach Gardens); LPGA at Honda LPGA Thailand

27-28: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 3

28: Rugby – Six Nations – Scotland v Italy and France v Wales

28: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-G at Bansko

28: Skiing – Men’s World Cup downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

MARCH

01: Skiing – Men’s World Cup giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

01: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-combined at Bansko

01: Rugby – Six Nations – Ireland v England

05-08: Golf – EPGA WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral and at Africa Open, East London; USPGA at WGC-Cadillac Championship and Puerto Rica Open; LPGA at HSBC Women’s Championship (Singapore)

05-08: Auto – Rally of Mexico

06-07: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 4

06-08: Tennis – Davis Cup first round; WTA at Monterrey, Kuala Lumpur

07: Skiing – Men’s World Cup downhill at Kvitfjell

07: Skiing – Women’s World Cup downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

07-08: Ski-Jumping – World Cup in Lahti

07-08: Tennis – Fed Cup first round

08: Skiing – Men’s World Cup super-G at Kvitfjell

08: Cycling – Paris-Nice

08: Skiing – Women’s World Cup super-G at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

09-22: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Indian Wells Masters Series

10: Ski-Jumping – World Cup at Kuopio

10-11: Football – Champions League last 16, second leg

10-13: Racing – Cheltenham Festival

12: Football – Europa League last 16, first leg

12: Ski-jumping – World Cup at Trondheim

12-15: Golf – EPGA at Tshwane Open, Pretoria; USPGA at Valspar Championship (Palm Harbour)

13: Skiing – Women’s World Cup giant slalom at Are

13-14: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 5

14: Skiing – Women’s World Cup slalom at Are

14: Skiing – Men’s World Cup giant slalom at Kranjska Gora

14: Rugby – Six Nations – Wales v Ireland and England v Scotland

14-15: Ski-Jumping – World Cup at Oslo

15: Skiing – Men’s World Cup slalom at Kranjska Gora

15: Rugby – Six Nations – Italy v France

15: Auto – Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne

17-18: Football – Champions League last 16, second leg

18: Football – Europa League last 16, second leg

18: Skiing – Men’s and Women’s World Cup downhill at Meribel

19: Skiing – Men’s and Women’s World Cup super-G at Meribel

19-22: Golf – EPGA at Madeira Islands Open; USPGA at Arnold Palmer Invitational (Bay Hill); LPGA at Founders Cup (Phoenix)

20: Skiing – Men’s and Women’s World Cup team event at Meribel

20-22: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 6

20-22: Ski-Jumping – World Cup at Planica

21: Skiing – Men’s and Women’s World Cup giant slalom at Meribel

21: Rugby – Six Nations – Italy v Wales, Scotland v Ireland and England v France

22: Skiing – Men’s and Women’s World Cup slalom at Meribel

22: Cycling – Milan-SanRemo

23-29: Cycling – Tour of Catalonia

23-29: Figure-skating: World Championships in Shanghai

23-05: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Miami Masters Series

24: Football – Election of UEFA president

26-29: Golf – EPGA at Trophee Hassan II, Agadir; USPGA at Texas Open (San Antonio); LPGA at Kia Classic (Carlsbad)

27-28: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 7

27-29: football – Euro 2016 qualifiers

27-29: Rugby – Sevens World Series in Hong Kong

28: Athletics – World Cross-country Championships in Guiyang

28: Racing – Dubai World Cup

29: Auto – Malaysian Grand at Sepang

29: Cycling – Gand-Wevelgem

29: Moto – Qatar Grand Prix at Losail

29: Cricket – World Cup final, Melbourne

APRIL

02-05: Golf – USPGA at Houston Open; LPGA at ANA Inspiration (Rancho Mirage)

03-04: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 8

03-05: Rugby – European Cup quarter-finals

04-05: Sevens World Series in Tokyo

05: Cycling – Tour of Flanders

06-11: Cycling – Tour of Basque country

06-12: Tennis – ATP at Casablanca, Houston; WTA at Charleston, Katowice

09-11: Racing – Aintree Grand National meeting

09-12: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at The Masters, Augusta

10-11: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 9

12: Auto – China Grand Prix at Shanghai

12: Cycling – Paris-Roubaix

12: Moto – USA Grand Prix at Austin

13-17: Cricket – West Indies v England at North Sound, 1st Test

13-19: Tennis – ATP at Monte Carlo Masters Series; WTA at Bogota

14-15: Football – Champions League quarter-finals, first leg

15: Football – Europa League quarter-finals, first leg

15-18: Golf – LPGA at LOTTE Championship (Oahu)

16-19: Golf – EPGA at Shenzhen International; USPGA at The Heritage (Hilton Head)

17-18: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 10

17-19: Rugby – European Cup semi-finals

18: Basketball – Start of NBA playoffs

18-19: Rugby – European Cup semi-finals

18-19: Tennis – Fed Cup semi-finals

18-04: Snooker – World Championships in Sheffield

19: Cycling – Amstel Gold Race

19: Auto – Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir

19: Moto – Grand Prix of Argentina

20-26: Tennis – ATP at Barcelona, Bucharest; WTA at Stuttgart

21-22: Football – Champions League quarter-finals, second leg

21-25: Cricket – West Indies v England at St George’s, 2nd Test

23: Football – Europa League quarter-finals, second leg

23-26: Golf – EPGA at Volvo China Open, Shanghai; USPGA at Zurich Classic (New Orleans); LPGA at Swinging Skirts Classic (San Francisco)

24-26: Rugby – Super Rugby 11

24-26: Auto – Rally of Argentina

26: Cycling – Liege-Bastogne-Liege

27-03: Tennis – ATP at Istanbul, Munich; WTA at Marrakech

29-03: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at WGC-Cadillac Matchplay, San Francisco; LPGA at Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout (Irving)

MAY

01-02: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 12

01-05: Cricket – West Indies v England at Bridgetown, 3rd Test

01-17: Ice-hockey – World Championships in Prague

02: Racing – English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket

02: Racing – Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

02: Rugby – European Cup final at Twickenham

02-05: Athletics – World Relays Cup in Bahamas

May 3: Racing – English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket

03: Auto – South Korea Grand Prix

03: Moto – Grand Prix of Spain at Jerez

04-10: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Madrid

05-06: Football – Champions League semi-finals, first leg

07: Football – Europa League semi-finals, first leg

07-10: Golf – EPGA at Mauritius Open; USPGA at The Players Championship (Ponte Verde Beach)

08: Cricket – Ireland v England at Dublin, Only ODI

08-09: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 13

09-10: Rugby – Sevens World Series in Glasgow

09-31: Cycling – Tour of Italy

10: Auto – Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

11: Racing – French 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Longchamp

11-17: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Rome

12-13: Football – Champions League semi-finals, second leg

14: Football – Europa League semi-finals, second leg

14-17: Golf – EPGA at Spanish Open, Barcelona; USPGA at Wells Fargo Championship (Charlotte); LPGA at Kingsmill Championship (Williamsburg)

15: Athletics – Doha Diamond League

15-16: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 14

16: Racing – Preakness Stakes at Pimlico

16-17: Rugby – Sevens World Series at Twickenham

17: Athletics – Shanghai Diamond League

17: Moto – Grand Prix of France at Le Mans

18-24: Tennis – ATP at Geneva, Nice: WTA at Strasbourg

21-24: Golf – EPGA at BMW-PGA Championship, Wentworth; USPGA at Crowne Plaza Invitational (Fort Worth); LPGA at Airbus LPGA Classic (Mobile)

21-24: Auto – Rally of Portugal

21-25: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Lord’s, 1st Test

22-23: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 15

23: Racing – Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh

24: Auto – Monaco Grand Prix

24: Racing – Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh

24-07: Tennis – ATP and WTA at French Open

27: Football – Europa League final at Warsaw

28-31: Golf – EPGA at Irish Open, Royal County Down, USPGA at AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (Irving); LPGA at ShopRite LPGA Classic (Galloway)

29: Football – Election of FIFA president at Zurich

29-30: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 16

29-30: Rugby – Top-14 Playoffs

29-02: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Leeds, 2nd Test

30: Athletics – Eugene Diamond League

30: Rugby – Final of the English Premiership

31: Moto – Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello

31: Racing – French Derby at Chantilly

JUNE

04: Athletics – Rome Diamond League

04: Basketball – NBA final starts

04-07: Golf – EPGA at Nordea Masters, Malmo; USPGA at The Memorial (Dublin); LPGA at Manulife LPGA Classic (Cambridge)

05: Racing – Epsom Oaks

05-06: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 17

05-06: Rugby – Top-14 semi-finals in Bordeaux

05-09: Cricket – West Indies v Australia at Roseau, 1st Test

06: Racing – Epsom Derby

06: Racing – Belmont Stakes

06: Football – Champions League final in Berlin

06-06: Football – Women’s World Cup in Canada

07: Auto – Canada Grand Prix in Montreal

07: Athletics – Birmingham Diamond League

07-14: Cycling – Criterium du Dauphine

08-14: Tennis – ATP at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart, WTA at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nottingham

09: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Birmingham, 1st ODI

11: Athletics – Oslo Diamond League

11-14: Golf – EPGA at Lyoness Open, Vienna: USPGA at FedEx St Jude Classic (Memphis); LPGA at Women’s PGA Championship (Westchester)

11-14: Auto – Rally of Italy

11-04: Football – Copa America in Chile

12: Cricket – England v New Zealand at The Oval, 2nd ODI

12-13: Rugby – Super Rugby Round 18

12-14: Football – Euro 2016 qualifiers

12-28: European Games in Baku

13: Rugby – Top-14 final in Paris

13: Athletics – New York Diamond League

13-17: Cricket – West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 2nd Test

14: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Southampton, 3rd ODI

14: Moto – Grand Prix of Catalonia in Montmelo

14: Racing – French Oaks at Chantilly

15-21: Tennis – ATP at Halle, Queens; WTA at Birmingham

16-20: Racing – Royal Ascot

17: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Nottingham, 4th ODI

17-30: Football – European under-20 championships in Czech Republic

18-21: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at US Open, Chambers Bay

19-20: Rugby – Super Rugby qualifiers

20: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Chester-le-Street, 5th ODI

21: Auto – Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg

22-28: Tennis – ATP at Nottingham; WTA at Eastbourne

23: Cricket – England v New Zealand at Manchester, Only T20I

25-28: Golf – EPGA BMW International Open, Munich; UUSPGA at Travelers Championship (Cromwell); LPGA at Arkansas Championship

26-27: Rugby – Super Rugby semi-finals

27: Moto – Grand Prix of Netherlands at Assen

28-01: Racing – Glorious Goodwood

29-12: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Wimbledon

JULY

02-05: Golf – EPGA at French Open, Versailles; USPGA at The Greenbrier Classic (White Sulphur Springs)

02-05: Auto – Rally of Poland

04: Rugby – Super Rugby final

04: Athletics – Paris Diamond League

04-26: Cycling – Tour de France

05: Auto – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

08-12: Cricket – England v Australia at Cardiff, 1st Test

09: Athletics – Lausanne Diamond League

09-12: Golf – EPGA at Scottish Open, Gullane; USPGA at John Deere Classic (Silvis); LPGA at US Open (Lancaster)

12: Moto – Grand Prix of Germany

13-19: Tennis – ATP at Newport; WTA at Bastad, Bucharest

16-19: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at British Open, St Andrews; USPGA also at Barbasol Championship (Auburn); LPGA at Marathon Classic (Sylvania)

16-20: Cricket – England v Australia at Lord’s, 2nd Test

17: Rugby – Rugby Championship – New Zealand v Argentina

17: Athletics – Monaco Diamond League

17-19: Tennis – Davis Cup quarter-finals

18: Rugby – Rugby Championship – Australia v South Africa

19: Auto – German Grand Prix at Nurburgring

20-26: Tennis – ATP at Bastad, Bogota, Umag; WTA at Bad Gastein, Istanbul

23-26: Golf – EPGA at European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre; USPGA at Canadian Open (Oakville); LPGA at Meijer LPGA Classic (Belmont)

24-25: Athletics – London Diamond League

24-09: Swimming – World Championships in Kazan

25: Rugby – Rugby Championship – South Africa v New Zealand and Argentina v Australia

25: Football – 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg

26: Auto Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest

27-02: Tennis – ATP at Hamburg, Atlanta and Gstaad; WTA at Baku, Florianapolis

29-02: Cricket – England v Australia at Birmingham, 3rd Test

30: Athletics – Stockholm Diamond League

30-02: Golf – EPGA at Paul Lawrie Matchplay, Aberdeen; USPGA at Quicken Loan National (Gainesville); LPGA at British Open (Turnberry)

30-02: Auto – Rally of Finland

AUGUST

01: Cycling – San Sebastian Classic

03-09: Tennis – ATP at Washington, Kitzbuhel; WTA at Washington, Stanford

06-09: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; USPGA also at Barracuda Championship (Reno)

06-10: Cricket England v Australia at Nottingham, 4th Test

08: Rugby – Rugby Championship – Australia v New Zealand and South Africa v Argentina

09: Moto – Grand Prix of Indianapolis

10-16: Tennis – ATP at Montreal Masters Series; WTA at Toronto

13-16: Golf – EPGA and USPGA at USPGA Championship, Whistling Straits; LPGA at Cambia Portland Classic (Portland)

16: Moto – Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Brno

17-23: Tennis – ATP and WTA at Cincinnati Masters Series

20-23: Golf – EPGA at Made in Denmark: USPGA at Wyndham Championship (Greensboro); LPGA at Candadian Open (Vancouver)

20-23: Auto – Rally of Germany

20-24: Cricket – England v Australia at The Oval, 5th Test

22: Rugby – Top-14 season starts in France

22-30: Athletics – World Championships in Beijing

22-13: Cycling – Tour of Spain

23: Auto – Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps

24-30: Tennis – ATP at Winston-Salem; WTA at New Haven

25-30: Judo – World Championships a Astana

27: Cricket – Ireland v Australia at Belfast, Only ODI

27-30: Golf – EPGA at Czech Masters, Prague; USPGA at The Barclays (Edison); LPGA at Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (Prattville)

30: Moto – Grand Prix of Great Britain

31: Cricket – England v Australia at Cardiff, Only T20I

31-13: Tennis – ATP and WTA at US Open

SEPTEMBER

03: Athletics – Zurich Diamond League final

03: Cricket – England v Australia at Southampton, 1st ODI

03-06: Golf – EPGA at Russian Open

03-08: Football – Euro 2016 qualifiers

04-07: Golf – USPGA at Deutsche Bank Championship (Boston)

05: Cricket – England v Australia at Lord’s, 2nd ODI

06: Auto – Italian Grand Prix at Monza

08: Cricket – England v Australia at Manchester, 3rd ODI

10-13: Golf – EPGA at KLM Open; LPGA at The Evian Championship (France)

10-13: Auto – Rally of Australia

11: Athletics – Brussels Diamond League

11: Cricket – England v Australia at Leeds, 4th ODI

12: Racing – English St Leger at Doncaster

13: Cricket – England v Australia at Manchester, 5th ODI

13: Moto – Grand Prix of San Marino

13: Racing – Irish St Leger at The Curragh

14-20: Tennis – WTA at Osaka, Quebec City

17-20: Golf – EPGA at Italian Open, Milan; USPGA at BMW Championship (Lake Forest)

18-20: Golf – LPGA at The Solheim Cup (Sankt Leon Rot, Germany)

18-20: Tennis – Davis Cup semi-finals

18-31Oct: Rugby – World Cup in England

19-27: Cycling – World Road-Racing Championships in Richmond

20: Auto – Singapore Grand Prix

21-27: Tennis – ATP at Metz; WTA at Tokyo, Seoul, Guangzhou

24-27: Golf – EPGA at European Open, Bad Griesbach; USPGA at Tour Championship (Atlanta)

27: Auto – Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

27: Moto – Grand Prix of Aragon at Alcaniz

28-04: Tennis – ATP at Kuala Lumpur Shenzhen; WTA at Wuhan, Tashkent

OCTOBER

01-04: Golf – EPGA at Alfred Dunhill Championship, Fife; LPGA at Reignwood Pinbe Vally Classic (Beijing)

01-04: Auto – Rally of France

04: Cycling – Tour of Lombardy

04: Racing – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

04-05: Swimming – World Cup in Moscow

05-11: Tennis – ATP at Beijing, Tokyo; WTA at Beijing

08: Ice-Hockey – Start of NHL season

08-11: Golf – EPGA at World Matchplay Championship: USPGA at Presidents Cup (Incheon); LPGA at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

08-13: Football – Euro 2016 qualifiers

11: Auto – Russian Grand Prix at Sochi

11: Moto – Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi

12-18: Tennis – ATP at Shanghai Masters Series; WTA at Tianjin, Hong Kong, Linz

15-18: Golf – EPGA at Portugal Masters, Vilamoura; LPGA at KEB-Hana Bank Championship (Incheon)

17: Racing – British Champions Day at Ascot

18: Moto – Grand Prix of Australia at Phillip Island

19-25: Tennis – ATP at Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna; WTA at Moscow, Luxembourg

22-25: Golf – EPGA at Hong Kong Open; LPGA at Blue Bay LPGA (Hainan Island)

22-25: Auto – Rally of Catalonia

24-25: Swimming – World Cup at Beijing

25: Auto – United States Grand Prix at Austin

25: Moto – Grand Prix of Malaysia at Sepang

26-01: Tennis – ATP at Basel and Valencia; WTA Finals in Singapore

28-29: Swimming – World Cup at Tokyo

29-01: Golf – EPGA at BMW Masters, Shanghai; LPGA at Taiwan Championship (Taipei)

30-31: Racing – Breeders Cup meeting at Keeneland

NOVEMBER

01: Auto – Mexican Grand Prix at Mexico City

01-02: Moto – World Cup in Singapore

02-08: Tennis – ATP at Paris Masters Series; WTA at Zhuhai

03: Racing – Melbourne Cup at Flemington Park

05-08: Golf – EPGA at WGC-HSBC Champions, Shanghai; LPGA at Mizuno Classic (Mie, Japan)

08: Moto – Grand Prix of Valencia

12-15: Golf – EPGA at Turkish Airlines Open, Antalya; LPGA at Lorena Ochoa Invitational (Mexico City)

12-15: Auto – Rally of Great Britain

14-15: Tennis – Fed Cup final

15: Auto – Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paulo

15-22: Tennis – ATP at World Tour Finals in London

19-22: Golf – EPGA at World Tour Championship, Dubai; LPGA at CME Group Tour Championship (Naples, Florida)

27-29: Tennis – Davis Cup final

29: Auto – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

DECEMBER

05-20: Handball – Women’s World Championships in Denmark

12: Football – Euro 2016 finals draw in Paris

26: Racing – King George VI Chase at Kempton

26-30: Cricket – South Africa v England at Durban, 1st Test

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2014 Glo African Awards: CAF Calls For Media Accreditation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/2014-glo-african-awards-caf-calls-for-media-accreditation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/31/2014-glo-african-awards-caf-calls-for-media-accreditation/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:16:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224640 The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has commenced the accreditation of journalists that will cover the 2014 Glo-CAF Awards.

Local and International journalists are expected from different parts of the world to cover the Awards, an annual soccer event that celebrates the best of African football including footballers, coaches and administrators who have distinguished themselves in playing or managing the game during the year under review.

Sources close to Globacom said that the accreditation exercise which is coordinated from CAF headquarters in Cairo opened on Monday, December 21 and will close on January 2nd, 2014.

The GLO-CAF Awards is a media event. As it was in the past editions, top journalists and media houses worldwide have indicated interest in gracing and covering the award ceremony which comes up at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria on January 8th, 2015

CAF recently released the list of 3 short-listed players for the African Player of the year Award.

The winner will be announced at Gala night in Lagos.

The award categories include African Player of The Year (Based in Africa); National Team of The Year; Club of The Year; and Coach of The Year.

Other categories are Women’s National Team of The Year; Women’s Footballer of The Year; Most Promising Talent; Referee of The Year; Legend of The year; Fair Play Award; Platinum Award (which has only one nominee); and Africa Finest XI.

According to CAF “Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information on the collection of their tags.”

Globacom has been the title sponsor of the GLO-CAF Awards since 2005.

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Glo-CAF Award: Ex-Eagles Divided Over Enyeama http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/29/glo-caf-award-ex-eagles-divided-over-enyeama/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/29/glo-caf-award-ex-eagles-divided-over-enyeama/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:19:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224389 Former Nigerian internationals are divided over the chances of compatriot and current goalkeeper of the senior national team. the Super Eagles, Vincent Enyeama of winning the 2014 Glo-CAF African Football Award which will be given out in Lagos on 8 January, 2015.

While some of them believe Enyeama, the Lille Metropole of France shot stopper has a good chance of winning the award, others are of the opinion that Yaya Toure, the Ivorian star would beat him to the award.

•Enyeama

•Enyeama

Alloy Agu, one time Nigerian goalkeeper, the Eagles’ number one choice in the early nineties, said that Enyeama has done well for both club and the country in the year under review, hence the chance of him winning the coveted African award.

“I think Enyeama merits the award. he has done well for the club and the country especially the last World Cup in Brazil. He has been outstanding for his Ligue 1 club as well. These are criteria which to me should give Enyeama the edge over the other shortlisted players, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast and Manchester City and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“There is also a first time for everything in life and I don’t see any reason Enyeama cannot be the first goalkeeper to win the award,” said Agu who retired at the age of 30 after he played 28 international matches for the Nigeria and was brought to the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 African Nations Cup as a cover for Peter Rufai.

To another ex-Eagles goalie, Abiodun Baruwa, Enyeama winning the award will not just be an individual award but for goalkeepers generally across the African continent.

“When you look at history not too many goalkeepers have been selected as nominees in the final three. But with Vincent Enyeama’s selection I believe it’s a good sign for the trade, especially when you consider what Vincent has done for his club and the country in the year under review,” he said.

But Ifeanyi Udeze who last featured for Nigeria in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Angola in 2005, “the award should go to Toure because he has performed better than other shortlisted players. I pray and wish that my friend and countryman Enyeama should win the award but to be realistic, we can’t compare Enyeama and Toure’s achievements, they are poles apart.

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Demba Ba dropped from Senegal Nations Cup squad http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/demba-ba-dropped-from-senegal-nations-cup-squad/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/demba-ba-dropped-from-senegal-nations-cup-squad/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:56:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224057 Demba Ba

Demba Ba

There was no place for former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba when Senegal coach Alain Giresse made public a preliminary squad of 28 players for the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

The French-born 29-year-old has been on great form for his club side Besiktas in both the Turkish league and the Europa League and took part in the 2012 Nations Cup, playing all three games as Lions of Teranga fell at the first round.

Ba’s former teammate, Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, is the side’s star player with 16 goals from 31 international starts.

Giresse, at the helm of the Lions since January 2013, named just one home-based player, the Diambars ‘keeper Ousmane Mane.

Senegal have been drawn in Group C with South Africa, Ghana and Algeria for the January 17-February 8 tournament in Equatorial Guinea

Senegal made it to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002, the year they also made it to the final of the Nations Cup in Mali, where they lost on penalties to Cameroon.

Preliminary squad:

Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul (Ethnikos Achnas FC/CYP), Lys Gomis (Trappani/ITA), Pape Demba Camara (Sochaux/FRA), Ousmane Mane (Diambars)

Defenders: Zargo Toure (Le Havre/FRA), Lamine Gassama (Lorient/FRA), Lamine Sane (Bordeaux/FRA), Kara Mbodj (Genk/BEL), Pape Ndiaye Souare (Lille/FRA), Papy Djilobodji (Nantes/FRA), Boukary Drame (Atalanta/ITA), Ibrahima Mbaye (Inter Milan/ITA), Cheikh Mbengue (Rennes/FRA)

Midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham Utd/ENG), Pape Kouli Diop (Levante/ESP), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Lille/FRA), Stephane Badji (Brann/Nor), Salif Sane (Hanover/GER), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Bodo Glimt/NOR), Alfred Ndiaye (Real Betis/ESP).

Strikers: Moussa Konate (SC Sion/SUI), Diafra Sakho (West Ham Utd/ENG), Mame Birame Diouf (Stoke City/ENG), Sadio Mane (Southampton/ENG), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce/TUR), Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle Utd/ENG), Henri Saivet (Bordeaux/FRA), Dame Ndoye (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS).

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Ghanaian Actress, SuperSport Presenter To Compere Glo-CAF Awards http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/ghanaian-actress-supersport-presenter-to-compere-glo-caf-awards/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/ghanaian-actress-supersport-presenter-to-compere-glo-caf-awards/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:49:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223945 Robert Marawa

Robert Marawa

Ghanaian actress and television host Joselyn Canfor-Dumas and SuperSport of South Africa presenter, Robert Marawa have been confirmed as the official comperes of the 2014 Glo-CAF Awards.

Joselyn Dumas was born in Accra on 31 August 1980. After attending Archbishop Porter Girls Senior High School she travelled for further studies and graduated with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from University of Phoenix, US.

She made her debut on television as the host of Charter House’s Rhythmz, an entertainment show which saw her interview many celebrities.

She was head hunted by one of Ghana’s biggest Television Networks, Viasat 1, to host the networks first own produced flagship Talk show, The One Show which was aired from 2010 – 2014. She is currently the host of a new TV talk show @ Home with Joselyn Dumas which is aired across Africa and parts of Europe.

Joselyn Canfor-Dumas

Robert Marawa on the other hand, is a South African sports journalist and television/radio personality. He attended Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg and the University of the Witwatersrand where he studied Law.

He was born on 1 March, 1973 and currently works as a presenter for Super Sport in addition to hosting i083 Sports@6 on Metro FM‎ in Johannesburg popularly known as “Madluphuthu”.

Marawa is currently hosting the Discovery Sports Centre 6-7pm and weekdays on Metro FM. He also hosts soccer shows, particularly European Champions League review and update on SuperSport.

It will be recalled that Marawa co-compered the 2011 edition of Glo-CAF Awards in Accra, Ghana alongside ex-Ghana international Tony Bafoe.

Also expected to add colour to the night are artistes from different parts of Africa including Global jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa, Congo DR’s multiple award-winning singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa, Nigeria’s sensations Flavour and Lagbaja, pan African group, Cirque D’Afrique, Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, Tanzania’s prominent multiple award winning singer, Diamond and sensational singing group from South Africa, Uhuru amongst others.

A fun-filled night awaits guests at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on 8 January, 2015

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Glo-CAF Awards: Enyeama, Aubameyang, Toure make top 3 list http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/glo-caf-awards-enyeama-aubameyang-toure-make-top-3-list/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/glo-caf-awards-enyeama-aubameyang-toure-make-top-3-list/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:40:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223943 •Vincent Enyeama

•Vincent Enyeama

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Lille of France goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, three-time African Player of the year, Yaya Toure of English Club, Manchester City and Cote d’Ivoire and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently playing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany have made the top three of the 2014 African Player of the Year Award.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday in Cairo unveiled the top three nominees for the 2014 Glo-CAF African Footballer of the year Award which will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 8 January, 2015.

The release of the top three players competing for the prized crown of African footballer of the year award heightened expectation across the continent on who would be the next King of African Football.

The king will be crowned at the Awards Night holding at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on 8 January, 2015.

CAF also released the names of top three finalists for the Africa-based ‘Player of the Year’ Award. They include the duo of Akram Djahnit and El Hedi Belamieri of Algeria and ES Setif FC and Firmin Mubel Ndombe of Congo and AS Vita.

In the Women Player of the year category, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie were shortlisted long with Annette Ngo Ndom of Cameroon while Asisat Oshoala also made the top three of Youth Player of the Year alongside her Nigerian team mate Uchechi Sunday and Fabrice Ondoa of Cameroun.

The trio of Clinton Nj’jie and Vincent Abubakar from Cameroun and Yacine Brahimi from Algeria made the top three of the Most Promising Talent Award while Algeria, Libya and Nigeria were listed for National Team of the Year Award.

The list is prepared through a vigorous selection process by the Technical, Football and Media Committees of CAF, taking into account the performance of the players for their national teams and clubs from January to November of each year. The ultimate winner of the award will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches or the Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.

The Glo-CAF Awards gala is the continent’s most prestigious sports event, providing Africa with a reputable forum for recognising and rewarding achievement in the various departments of football.

Globacom Limited has partnered with CAF in the past nine years, working together and stimulating the growth of African football through the Glo-CAF Awards.

According to Globacom, “the partnership between Globacom and CAF was inspired by the telecom company’s strong belief in football as a vehicle for communication and social integration.

“As the Glo-CAF partnership hits the ninth-year mark, we at Glo take pride in the significant strides our alliance with CAF has achieved in raising the quality and popularity of football in Africa. We will continue to use our clout in sports sponsorships to develop the round leather game in and around the continent of Africa.”

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Hugh Masekela, Flavour, Lagbaja to entertain at 2014 Glo CAF Awards http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/hugh-masekela-flavour-lagbaja-to-entertain-at-2014-glo-caf-awards/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/hugh-masekela-flavour-lagbaja-to-entertain-at-2014-glo-caf-awards/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:24:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222761 Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

Global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela, Nigeria’s sensations Flavour and Lagbaja, have been listed among other leading artistes that will thrill guests at the 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled for Lagos on January 8, 2015.

The annual award event, sponsored by national operator, Globacom, is held to celebrate the continent’s finest footballers and administrators and is attended by world sports icons, businessmen and entertainment heavyweights.

Other artistes scheduled to perform at the high profile continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim.

Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru, pan African group, Cirque D’Afrique; and Tanzania’s prominent multiple award winning singer, Diamond, are some of the other acts billed to perform at the event.

From the home front, some of the biggest stars in Nigeria are also expected to light up the evening. They include the wave-making highlife artiste and Globacom Ambassador, Flavour, Hip hop sensations and Globacom Ambassadors, P-Square and Wande Coal, Afrobeat icon, who is also a Globacom Ambassador, Lagbaja, and one of Nigeria’s most prominent female singers and Globacom Ambassador, Omawumi.

“It is a careful selection of music stars and highly decorated performers, whose songs are currently ruling the airwaves across the continent” said Mr. Ashok Israni, Globacom’s Regional Marketing Director, West Africa. According to him, the stars are expected to take turns performing at different stages of the awards.

One of the highest points of the night for many fun lovers, especially Jazz lovers, would be the live performance of the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer, Hugh Masekela.

Masekela has performed on some of the best stages across the world, and has picked a number of high profile awards along the way including Ghana Music Awards’ African Music Legend award in 2007, Lifetime Achievement Award by Channel O and BBC Radio Jazz Awards’ International Award of the Year in 2002.

The combination of Masekela and Nigeria’s Jazz and Afrobeat maestro, Lagbaja, on the same night, is expected to set the night aglow and give fun lovers fond memories to last them a lifetime.

Many of the guests would also look forward to the live performance of Flavour who has just launched a new album that is already enjoying air play across the continent.

It is expected to be a night of unending thrill, fun and excitement for the dignitaries expected at the continent’s most glamorous football event.

From 2005 to date, outstanding African players have won the Glo CAF Awards. Samuel Eto’o Fils of Cameroun emerged the winner of the inaugural edition in Abuja in 2005. Former captain of Cote d’Ivoire national team, Didier Drogba, clinched the 2006 edition in Ghana.

In 2007, it was the turn of Malian International, Freddy Kanoute. In 2008, Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo emerged the winner in Lagos, while Didier Drogba got the award in Accra in 2009.

Samuel Eto’o Fils yet again picked the Award in 2010 in Egypt while Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire emerged the winner (back to back) in 2011 and 2012. Before then, some top Nigerian players like Rashidi Yekini, Kanu Nwankwo and Victor Ikpeba had clinched the title.

Globacom will use the platform of this year’s awards to reward its loyal subscribers. Two hundred and fifty of the company’s subscribers who recharge with N5000 up till the end of December or buy a smart phone from any Gloworld shop within the period will stand a chance to reserve their seats at the prestigious event. In another promo on the event, Glo subscribers who successfully predict the African ‎Footballer of the Year, Woman Player of the Year and Coach of the Year stand a chance of winning eye-popping prizes including a 2014 Mercedes Benz G Wagon.

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Glo subscribers to win Benz G-Wagon in Glo-CAF Awards promo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/glo-subscribers-to-win-benz-g-wagon-in-glo-caf-awards-promo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/glo-subscribers-to-win-benz-g-wagon-in-glo-caf-awards-promo/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:02:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222096 FILE PHOTO: •L-R: Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, winner of 2013 Glo CAF Player of the Year, Yaya Toure, CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Group Executive Director, Miss Abimbola Adenuga at the gala night of 2013 Glo CAF Awards in Lagos yesterday. PHOTO: Emmanuel Osodi.

FILE PHOTO: •L-R: Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, winner of 2013 Glo CAF Player of the Year, Yaya Toure, CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Group Executive Director, Miss Abimbola Adenuga at the gala night of 2013 Glo CAF Awards in Lagos yesterday. PHOTO: Emmanuel Osodi.

Globacom, title sponsor of the annual Glo-CAF Awards, has launched two new promos ahead of the 2014 edition of the awards designed to celebrate Africa’s most successful football icons. The event will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 8 January, 2015.‎

The promos include the Reserve your seat at the Awards Event and Predict the Winners and Win Big.

Reserve your seat at the Awards Event will offer Glo subscribers who recharge up to a total of N5, 000 or more in December 2014 an opportunity to secure a seat as one of the company’s special guests at the event. Alternatively, any customer who buys a smart phone from any Gloworld Shop will stand the chance of enjoying a similar opportunity.

According to Globacom, the Glo-CAF Awards is the biggest night in African football, a gathering where the biggest names in the world of business, politics and showbiz meet with the stars and legends of the beautiful game in this all-important event.

Globacom said it has lined up series of world-class entertainment to delight guests at the Gala night where they meet and interact with the crème de la crème of African football at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. Whoever secures an invite to the event will enjoy every moment of the night.

The company, in a press release said, “our loyal subscribers have stood solidly behind the Glo brand over the years. This, therefore, is another golden opportunity to appreciate and reward them for their patronage.”

In addition to the Reserve your seat at the Awards Event, Globacom has developed another promo on the Glo-CAF Awards to empower Nigerians with mouth-watering prizes. This is called the Predict the Winners and Win Big. It is an SMS-based promotion that will run between now and 8th January, 2015.

According to Globacom’s Head of VAS, Nagasai Viswanath, customers who wish to participate are required to correctly predict any of the winners in three Glo-CAF Awards categories: African Footballer of the year, African Female Player of the year and African Coach of the Year. Globacom urged subscribers to send the names of their choice nominees to 55055 via SMS at the cost of N100 per SMS. Multiple entries will increase participants’ chances of winning, said Viswanath.

He explained that prizes to be won include Mercedes Benz G Wagon, 10 return tickets to Old Trafford, home ground of Manchester United, and over 1,000 prizes of free airtime of N10, 000 each.

He further said that the promotions are coming after a massive nationwide network enhancement and modernization project that has seen major components of the network swapped with state-of-the-art equipment. As a result of the expansion and modernization, he remarked that the capacity of the Glo network and quality of service have significantly been boosted, thereby guaranteeing Globacom subscribers pleasurable experience on the network during and after the promotions.

CAF recently released the names of top 5 players, including two Nigerians shortlisted for the 2014 African player of the year award category.

It will be recalled that the telecoms company, within the week, launched Glo Overload and Glo Allawee promos to empower its customers to enjoy pleasurable experiences on the network.

While Glo Overload enables its subscribers across Nigeria to instantly get 200 percent bonus airtime, 200% bonus data and an opportunity to be 100 times richer every time they recharge with N200 or more, Glo Allawee gives new subscribers a whopping N18,000 naira worth of free airtime.

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Africa’ll Miss Super Eagles At 2015 AFCON- Hayatou http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/07/africall-miss-super-eagles-at-2015-afcon-hayatou/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/07/africall-miss-super-eagles-at-2015-afcon-hayatou/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 17:42:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222031 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Alhaji (Dr) Issa Hayatou has affirmed that failure to qualify for the 30th Africa Cup of Nations has not diminished the importance of Nigeria to the entire structure of African football.

In a chat with President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick after the Draw Ceremony for the championship in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, Hayatou admitted that the entire African football family will miss the Super Eagles at next year’s finals.

“The whole of Africa will miss Nigeria in Equatorial Guinea. But the absence will not in any way diminish your stature as a very big and influential nation in the African game.

“It would have been good to have the defending champions here. Nigeria brings so much value to the Africa Cup of Nations. However, we know that you will come back much stronger, as you did in winning the Cup in South Africa last year after missing out of the 2012 championship.”

A statement made available to P.M.NEWS Sports by Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director (Communications) of the NFF says the Africa’s football supremo also celebrated the vitality and enterprise that the youthful Amaju Pinnick will bring to Nigeria’s football administration, while formally welcoming him to the African football family.

“I am happy to see someone like you take charge of Nigeria football. I have always known you right from Nigeria ’99 World Youth Championship to the African Women Championship finals in Delta State in 2002 and 2006. I know your dynamism and capacity and I believe you will deliver for Nigeria football. There is so much promise for the future.”

Pinnick was the youngest head of National Association at the Draw Ceremony held in Malabo on Wednesday.

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All eyes on Malabo for AFCON 2015 draws http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/all-eyes-on-malabo-for-afcon-2015-draws/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/all-eyes-on-malabo-for-afcon-2015-draws/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:37:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221529 AFCON 2015 draws: all eyes on Malabo. Photo: CAF

AFCON 2015 draws: all eyes on Malabo. Photo: CAF

MALABO (AFP) – All eyes in Africa will be focussed on Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday as the capital of Malabo plays host to the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations just weeks after Morocco were stripped of the right to host the event.

The traditional ceremony to determine the group matchups for the January 17 to February 8 continental showpiece, was initially set for Rabat before Morocco asked for the tournament to be postponed because of the devastating Ebola outbreak which has cost nearly 7,000 lives in west Africa.

Morocco were instead not only stripped of the right to host the tournament but disqualified from the event as Equatorial Guinea, the third highest producer of petrol in Sub-Saharan Africa, stepped in at the final hour to save the day.

Equatorial Guinea, who co-hosted the 2012 event with Gabon, face a race against time to be ready with less than two months until kick-off, and the draw is set to unveil further indications of progress on preparations.

One aspect that hasn’t changed is the format with four groups of four teams drawn in a round-robin first round line-up shared between the cities of Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin.

– Ivory Coast, Algeria the teams to avoid –

Ironically, Equatorial Guinea will be in the top seeded hat as hosts, just six months after the former Spanish colony were disqualified from qualifying after fielding an ineligible player during a preliminary round fixture against Mauritania.

They will joined, as one of the top four seeds, by four-time champions Ghana, 2012 African winners Zambia and the Ivory Coast.

The ‘Elephants’ of the Ivory Coast, who lost finals in 2006 and 2012 and also reached the semi-finals in 2008, remain a formidable force as the seedings were determined by previous CAN results.

Their glory teams of the past have undergone several changes in recent years as they turn to life without retired legend Didier Drogba and now lean on the coaching leadership of dashing Frenchman Herve Renard who led Zambia to their first title three years ago.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Roma striker Gervinho are key players for the Ivory Coast with a strong cast of talent in place to support the 1992 champions.

Holders Nigeria and seven-time champions Egypt failed to qualify leaving Algeria the danger team from hat number two alongside 2013 finalists Burkina Faso, Mali and Tunisia.

The ‘Desert Foxes’ of Algeria reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time this year, and are chasing a second African title after their only success on home soil in 1990.

The country are enjoying a purple patch with top club ES Setif recently winning the African Champions League and the CAN providing a serious opportunity to increase their flourishing international reputation.

On paper, hat number four appears stronger than the third set of teams with former giants Senegal, Cameroon and Guinea joining the Congo while Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo complete the 16-nation line-up in pot three.

Cameroon, now without former captain Samuel Eto’o, failed to qualify in 2012 and 2013 which dropped their ranking while Senegal have failed to get past the first round since 2006.

The ‘Indomitable Lions’ of Cameroon, won the last of their four African titles in 2002, when they defeated a Senegal team making their lone appearance in the championship match.

2015 CAN draw:

Pot 1: Equatorial Guinea (hosts), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia

Pot 2: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia

Pot 3: Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon, DR Congo

Pot 4: Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea, Congo

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Knee injury rules Asamoah out of AFCON http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/knee-injury-rules-asamoah-out-of-afcon/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/knee-injury-rules-asamoah-out-of-afcon/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:25:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221202 Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah

Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah has been ruled out for three months with a knee injury meaning the Ghana international will also miss the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

“It will take about three months for Asamoah to recover,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri announced ahead of the Turin derby against Torino on Sunday.

“I regret that I cannot use him but there is still (Patrice) Evra, (Simone) Padoin and (Federico) Mattiello,” added the coach who has guided Juventus to a three-point lead at the top of Serie A.

The 25-year-old Asamoah has been a key player for Ghana but the four-time African champions will have do do without him for the tournament, which is set to take place in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8.

The Black Stars won the last of their continental titles in 1982 but came closest to adding a fifth in 2010 when they lost the final 1-0 against Egypt in Angola.

Asamoah will undergo surgery on a cartilage problem in his left knee in the upcoming days.

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Meet MARHABA: Official match ball for AFCON 2015 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/26/meet-marhaba-official-match-ball-for-afcon-2015/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/26/meet-marhaba-official-match-ball-for-afcon-2015/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:35:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220821 Marhaba

German sporting giant, Adidas and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday presented Marhaba, the Official Match Ball for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015.

Marhaba, will be officially revealed on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 during the draw of the final tournament at the Sipopo Convention Centre in Malabo.

Taking inspiration from the intricate history of the tournament and its famously passionate fans, the ball was designed in collaboration with CAF. The distinctive gold and blue colouring on the ball represents the contrasting landscapes of the continent, from the Sahara desert to the bright azure sky of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.

Like its counterparts in regional and international tournaments, Marhaba has gone through a thorough testing process to make sure that it is suited to the playing conditions during the tournament. The technology incorporated into the bladder and carcass of the ball is identical to the Brazuca (2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil) and the ever popular UEFA Champions League™ Official Match Ball.

The Official Match Ball for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015, is available to buy at selected adidas retail outlets and associated stockists from Monday, 1 December 2014.

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‘Why Eagles Failed At Nations Cup Qualifiers’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/why-eagles-failed-at-nations-cup-qualifiers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/why-eagles-failed-at-nations-cup-qualifiers/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:50:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220426 Taiwo Adelu & Friday Oriaifo

Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has said that he saw Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations coming.

Nigeria had a woeful campaign in the just concluded 2015 AFCON qualifying series with the country taking third position in a group that saw South Africa and Congo picking tickets to play at the Nations Cup taking place in Equatorial Guinea next year.

Governor Fashola, a former football star, who still finds the time to play alongside other ex players at the All Stars International of Lagos said on Sports Tonight on Channels Television Thursday that the majority of the Eagles stars Coach Stephen Keshi used in the qualifying campaign were average players who could not boast of full 90 minutes of action in their respective clubs abroad.

•Gov. Fashola of Lagos State

•Gov. Fashola of Lagos State

The Governor noted that it  was time coach of the senior national team looked for experienced players who were match fit when making call ups for national assignments.

“Except for Ahmed Musa who we see every week making first eleven for his club in Russia and in the Champions League, hardly can we see any other player in the Super Eagles who is regular for 90 minutes for his club abroad. The majority of them only played for 15 minutes as substitutes and we expect them to come for a national duty to play a full match? I saw Musa as the only versatile player in our team, which is not supposed to be,” Fashola said.

The Governor said the solution to the problem in the Eagles is for the country to go back and develop the local league from which the pool of the Eagles will always come in the future.

He said grassroots sports development is a policy of the government in Lagos State to discover and groom talents from the grassroots.

Fashola also frowned at the involvement of governments in the administration of football clubs in the country, adding that government at all levels should be regulators not operators of clubs.

“That’s why I refused to put government money into the running of football clubs in Lagos because we cannot be the sole owner of clubs, which have be private sector driven teams,” he said.

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AFCON 2015: I’ve Failed Nigeria —Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/20/afcon-2015-ive-failed-nigeria-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/20/afcon-2015-ive-failed-nigeria-keshi/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:25:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220289 Chief Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi said he would take responsibility for Nigeria’s failure to play in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea after his team were held to a 2-2 draw in a match they needed an outright victory at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo Wednesday night.

Keshi, who was reinstated to his post last month after he was first eased out by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said that a coach must take full responsibility for the result of his team, adding that he has to accept the fate that befell the Eagles under his watch.

According to him, the absence of the Eagles to defend their AFCON title in the African tournament next year means that he has failed the country.

He noted that if a team fail, sacking of the coach won’t solve the problem, rather the authority should look beyond the coach to find solutions to the problem.

•Embattled Coach Stephen Keshi

•Embattled Coach Stephen Keshi

Keshi, however, blamed his players for taking South Africa lightly in a match they needed to win to qualify for the tournament proper.

“May be we took South Africa for granted and we paid dearly for this,” said the coach.

Scorer of Nigeria’s two goals on Wednesday Sone Aluko said the whole team are devastated by the failure to defend the crown they won in South Africa last year.

“I am disappointed, everybody is disappointed,” said Hull City forward Aluko.

“We did not get the result we wanted, and we now have to pick ourselves up as a team.”

Former Nigeria skipper Segun Odegbami said he has yet to recover from the shock and that South Africa, who have had a poor head-to-head record against Nigeria, must now be taken a lot more seriously.

“I’m numbed with shock we are not going to the Nations Cup,” he said.

“We have always taken South Africa for granted, believing we can take them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they have now shown us that this is an end of era.”

•Bafana Bafana of South Africa celebrate scoring against the Super Eagles yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

•Bafana Bafana of South Africa celebrate scoring against the Super Eagles yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, released a statement early today, saying it has accepted full responsibility for the failure of the Eagles to reach next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

President Amaju Pinnick stated that it was a time for sober reflection rather than trading of blames or looking for scapegoats.

“The NFF takes full responsibility for what has happened. It is a tragedy for us to come so near and yet fail to reach the finals.

“We made so much effort and sacrifice in Congo to achieve the victory we needed there on Saturday and really had no business bungling it here.

“ However, our commitment is to build a sustainable football culture in the country and nothing has changed. This is a disappointment but for us, we gave it our best shot and supported the team fully,” he said

Pinnick said Wednesday’s failure could turn out to be blessing in disguise, citing a biblical verse; Roman 8:28 to buttress his point.

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