P.M. NEWS Nigeria » CAF competitions http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Federation Cup Finals To Hold 23 Nov http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/federation-cup-finals-to-hold-23-nov/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/federation-cup-finals-to-hold-23-nov/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:04:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216401 The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has approved Sunday, 23  November as the date for the grand finale of this year’s Men and Women Federation Cup competitions.

At its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night, the NFF Executive Committee endorsed the date and observed that holding the finale on this date would still leave enough time for Nigeria’s flagbearers in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup to register for the competition.

The grand finale of the 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions had suffered a couple of postponements due to the crisis that rocked the Nigeria Football Federation for three months.

Cup holders Enyimba FC of Aba will confront Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt in the men’s final while Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt and Sunshine Queens of Akure face off in the women’s final, to be played same day at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Already, the Lagos State Government, through the Commissioner for Sports, Wahid Enitan Oshodi has pledged to ensure even greater glamour for the grand finale, which the Centre of Excellence has consistently and creditably hosted for a number of years now.

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Social Media Awash With Eagles’ Praises After Sudan’s Fall http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/social-media-awash-with-eagles-praises-after-sudans-fall/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/social-media-awash-with-eagles-praises-after-sudans-fall/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:22:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216191 Taiwo Adelu

Nigerians showed Wednesday’s evening that though they might be angry, they always want their team to produce good results as at and when due.

The feeling of most Nigerians on social media during and after the Super Eagles’ 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan that ended 3-1 was that their darling team did a good job to put the country’s hope of defending the AFCON title back on track.

A brace from Ahmed Musa and a goal from debutant from Chinese league, Aaron Samuel ensured that Stephen Keshi’s Eagles earned three points and first victory since the qualifying series started.

It also ensured that Nigeria move into third spot in Group A on four points. Salah Ibrahim Jizoli scored Sudan’s only goal of the grudge encounter at the Abuja Stadium.

On Twitter, @ogujohnugo hailed the Eagles for a job well done. “Congrats to the Boys for a Job well done…Congrats to Nigeria..Let us Keep praying for the country football instead of the evil talks. I am just urging us to learn how to believe and support our nation in any major tournament,” he tweeted.

Super Eagles out-of-favour midfielder Sunday Mba commended the team on his @mba_sunday account: “Hard times are not forever happy day is here again. Up SuperEagles.”

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

SuperSport journalist, @samywejinya wrote: “These are the Super Eagles we know and love. The Abuja fans cheering the Eagles…I can’t believe I am almost shedding tears of joy”. @KayodeAkintemi was rather impressed with diminutive Ahmed Musa’s finishing: “Musa’s brace makes it Nigeria 3-1 Sudan. Musa’s second goal is a personal effort that showed tenacity and determination. Beautiful goal,” he tweeted.

Complete Sports’ @NurudeenObalola was however cautious about the victory. “Good Eagles win, but there’s still a whole lot of work to be done. Happy with the result but with not the performance. Long way to go.”

For @oluwashina, the race to Morocco 2015 is alive. “The Super Eagles have clawed three points in Abuja to get their #AFCON2015Q back on ‘track’.”

SuperSport’s @ColinUdoh tweeted: “It was edgy sometimes, but the #SuperEagles showed grit to keep their hopes alive.”, adding that “Keshi was pilloried for inviting a player from China. That player (Aaron) has been among the most impressive, with a goal to his boot.”

@tunde3510 hailed Musa for keeping to his pre-match boast that he would score goals to celebrate his birthday. “Man of his words Ahmed Musa…he said he will score today as birthday gift and It happened….hmmmm.”

When Musa scored the first goal, an elated Abuja-based sports journalist, Aniete Iyoho responded with a tweet @AnnyIyoho: “GOAL: Ahmed Musa sends the crowd into ecstasy but it’s Mikel who did all the work for this opener. Nigeria 1-0 Sudan. #SoarSuperEagles.”

Deji Tinubu, former board member of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF in the administration of erstwhile President Aminu Maigari found words to described Musa’s first goal as he tweeted @dejitinubu: “Well taken goal. Mikel drove and slipped it to Musa who took the pass in between his markers and tucked it away from the keeper in one swoop !”

@iykeharris, however, wants embattled Coach Stephen Keshi, who must be relieved having bagged all three points to thank Musa. “Keshi must follow Musa home to thank him for stopping the stones from being hurled.”

@MrHARRY10 tweeted by asking Nigerians the pertinent question, saying, “Are We Still Sacking Keshi???”

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Super Falcons coach applauds team for semifinal qualification http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/super-falcons-coach-applauds-team-for-semifinal-qualification/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/super-falcons-coach-applauds-team-for-semifinal-qualification/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:59:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216013 Super Falcons celebrate after scoring Photo: footballiscominghome.info

Super Falcons celebrate after scoring
Photo: footballiscominghome.info

Super Falcons Head Coach, Edwin Okon, on Tuesday commended his team for securing a semifinal place at the ongoing Africa Women Championship (AWC) in Namibia.

The Super Falcons whitewashed Zambia’s She-Polopolo 6-0 to cruise into the semi-finals.

Desire Oparanozie, scored a brace while Ngozi Okobi, Osinachi Ohale, Asisat Oshoala and veteran goal poacher, Perpetua Nkwocha, also registered their names on the scorers sheet.

A statement issued after the match by Gracious Akujiobi, the team’s Media Officer, quoted Okon as saying that the aim was to win the trophy.

“I am excited with the semifinal berth but it is not yet over. Our eyes are on the ball and we are looking to get to the final and win the cup for a record seven times.

“Like I said earlier before the game, we are going to take it one match at a time,” Okon said.

Super Falcons Ngozi Ebere, emerged as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the match.

“I feel excited for winning the MVP and I dedicate it to almighty God for making it possible for me to win it,’’ she said.

The Super Falcons will next play hosts, Namibia in their last Group A match on 17 October.

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I’m yet to recover from Eagles loss in Sudan – Minister http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/im-yet-to-recover-from-eagles-loss-in-sudan-minister/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/im-yet-to-recover-from-eagles-loss-in-sudan-minister/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:40:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215878 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, said on Monday that he had yet to recover from the defeat of Nigeria by Sudan in a qualifier for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

NAN recalls that the Falcons of Sudan defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 in Khartoum on Saturday in AFCON 2015 qualifying match.

The result of the match placed the Eagles at the bottom of its group, with South Africa leading the group with seven points, Congo; six points, while Sudan; three points.

Danagogo told newsmen that he was pained that Nigeria lost to Sudan for the first time since 1967.

“I am trying to overcome that loss; it was a shocking defeat and indeed I was really pained, Nigeria was pained too.

“But as sportsmen, we know that when you go into the field it’s either you win or you lose, so it has happened.

“We are trying to see how we can move forward from there,” Danagogo said.

The minister, however, expressed optimism that the Eagles would turn the table around, going by the criticisms the team faced after the loss.

He wondered why the country which is AFCON defending champions, should be struggling to qualify from a group which had teams that were made up of local players.

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AWC: Glo Urges Falcons To Beat Zambia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/awc-glo-urges-falcons-to-beat-zambia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/awc-glo-urges-falcons-to-beat-zambia/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:07:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215862 In the file - Super Falcons

In the file – Super Falcons

Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons, have been called upon to go for outright victory against Zambia when both sides clash in the crucial second Group A match of the on-going African Women’s Championship, AWC, in Namibia on Tuesday.

The Falcons, who defeated Cote d’Ivoire 4-2 in the first match on Saturday, are currently placed first in the group ahead of hosts, Namibia, who defeated Zambia by 2-0 and will advance to the seim finals of the competition if they secure victory over Zambia.

“It is important for Falcons to go for victory in this encounter to help the team qualify for the semi finals ahead of their last group match against hosts Namibia,” Globacom, a major sponsor of Nigerian national teams, said in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

According to Globacom, the Falcons should approach the next match with total determination to win. They cannot afford to take their legs off the pedal at this moment, especially as the Group A remains competitive.

“We wish to congratulate the team on their victory over Cote d’Ivoire. We advise them to remain focused and bring back the Cup to Nigeria,” the telco further said.

Nigeria, with three points, jointly lead Group A with the hosts, Namibia, who are also on 3 points but with more superior goals aggregate, while Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia without any points yet, are third and fourth on the table.

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

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AWC: Pinnick charges Falcons to seal semi final ticket http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/awc-pinnick-charges-falcons-to-seal-semi-final-ticket/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/awc-pinnick-charges-falcons-to-seal-semi-final-ticket/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:56:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215856 Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

As the high–flying Super Falcons prepare for their second match of the 9th African Women Championship, AWC, in Namibia, after picking three maximum points in their first match against Cote d’Ivoire, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has charged the players to go for a comfortable win that will seal their place in the semi finals of the competition.

The Confederation of African Football is using the tournament in southern Africa to pick the continent’s representatives to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada, with the top three teams at the end of the championship due to fly Africa’s flag at the global event.

“Our ever–brilliant and courageous ladies have started on a good note by whipping the Les Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire. Now, the three points against the Zambians are important in order to take us to the semi finals and closer to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“The girls have the maximum support of the NFF and the ever–present support of the government and other Nigerians and I believe they will not fail the nation”.

The Falcons, coached by Edwin Okon, lashed the Les Elephantes 4-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday night and sit atop Group A on goal difference from the Brave Gladiators of Namibia.

The Gladiators turned back the Chipopolo Queens 2-0 in the tournament opening match and take on the nifty Ivorians also on Tuesday.

Victory against the Chipolopolo Queens will take the Falcons to the semi finals and with a ticket to their seventh consecutive World Cup finals almost guaranteed.

“The Falcons are good to go. Losing the crown in 2012 was a mistake that the players themselves want to correct. The mission of the girls in Namibia is to reclaim their African title,” assured Pinnick.

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Eagles’ loss: Pinnick begs Nigerians to be patience http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/12/eagles-loss-pinnick-begs-nigerians-to-be-patience/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/12/eagles-loss-pinnick-begs-nigerians-to-be-patience/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:09:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215659 Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick has reflected over the Super Eagles’ unimpressive outing against the Falcons of Sudan in Khartoum on Saturday and called on Nigerians to be patient as the new NFF Executive Committee is determined to do things differently and ensure excellence for the Nigeria game, all-round.

Having never lost to Sudan in the past 47 years, the Eagles played poorly and lost 1-0 in a match they needed to win, thereby endangering qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. It was also Sudan’s first goal in the qualifying campaign, having been humbled at home 3-0 by South Africa and pipped 1-0 in Congo Brazzaville.

“We understand that Nigerians are furious over the fact that the Eagles are last in their pool and are in danger of not qualifying for the finals in Morocco. Everyone feels bad about this, including the members of NFF Executive Committee.

“I just want to call on Nigerians to have patience. This new board is determined to do things differently. We are passionate about the Nigeria game and what we want to achieve is build a sustainable football culture for our dear country.

“Our target is to ensure that Nigeria finish in pole position at major football competitions in Africa and the world, and we believe this is achievable through hard work, diligence, strategic planning and the support of everyone”.

The NFF supremo agrees that there is no reason a country of about 170 million cannot raise a quality squad of two dozen footballers who can dominate the continental, even global game, and make the nation proud at all times.

“It is embarrassing that as reigning champions, we are struggling in the qualifying series, with only one point out of a possible nine. It is an awful output.

“However, we want our people to be patient and not stampede the federation to take knee-jerk decisions that will backfire in the end. We are on top of the situation and will take decisions that are in the best interest of Nigeria football”.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Falcons of Sudan will start at 5pm at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja, the NFF has declared.

Also, tickets for the big match will be on sale as from the morning of Monday at the NFF Secretariat, the Old Parade Ground and Wuse Market, all in Abuja. Ticket for the VIP section will cost N3,000 while ticket for popular side will go for N200 only.

The delegation of the Falcons, which won Saturday’s encounter in Khartoum 1-0, arrived in Abuja on Sunday afternoon aboard an Ethiopian Airline aircraft.

The NFF has called on spectators coming for the very crucial encounter to dorn the national colours of green and white, in order to endow the arena with glamour and inspire the African champions.

NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said: “This is the first match the Super Eagles are playing in Abuja after a very long time. We are pleading with our people, residents of Abuja and environs and indeed football lovers from across the length and breadth of the country, to turn out in large numbers to cheer the Super Eagles, and also to turn up in the national colours of green and white.”

The full–strength senior national team have not played at the National Stadium, Abuja since 8 October 2011, when they played a 2-2 draw with the Syli Nationale of Guinea condemned Nigeria to non–qualification for the 28th Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 2012.

Since then, the team have made Calabar principally its home, with the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna also hosting a couple of games. Nigeria’s home matches in the qualifying campaigns for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals were played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.

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AFCON: Nigeria needs miracle to qualify – Former Sports Minister http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/afcon-nigeria-needs-miracle-to-qualify-former-sports-minister/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/afcon-nigeria-needs-miracle-to-qualify-former-sports-minister/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:20:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215591 Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi

Bala Ka’oje, former Minister of Sports, said on Saturday that Nigeria’s qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) now depends on miracle.

Ka’oje said this in an interview with NAN following the 1-0 defeat of the Super Eagles by the Falcons of Sudan in a qualifying match played in Khartoum.

NAN reports that Sudanese striker Bakri Abdelgadir scored the only goal of the match in the 42nd minute to put Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for the AFCON 2015 scheduled for Morocco in tatters.

The result saw Nigeria slip to the bottom of Group A in the qualifying campaign after South Africa beat Congo 2-0 in Pointe-Noire in an earlier kick-off.

It was Sudan’s first win of the group and their first victory over the Super Eagles since 1967.

Ka’oje expressed regrets that Nigeria’s football was taking a nosedive rather than taking a leap from the last edition which it won.

“If we had won this match, we will have rekindled our hope but now that we lost it, our survival will be miraculous.

“I am very sad the way our football is moving; we are not consistent at all, and anything done without consistency can never move forward.

“We are facing a serious problem in terms of football development in this country, and I don’t see us recovering quickly because the problems are still hanging around.

“Those people who don’t want to see our football move forward are still around in the sector; everybody is struggling to take up the mantle of leadership,” Ka’oje said.

The former minister blamed the current leadership crisis in the NFA for the current challenges the national team faced in the qualifying campaigns.

He noted that Nigeria, as the defending champions, was supposed to be thinking of defending the title, but the reverse is now the case.

“Definitely lack of leadership will affect our performance in one way or the other because if there is leadership there will be encouragement.

“There is usually an added hope coming from the leadership unto the team but because there is no leadership, that element of support is lost.

“We will keep hoping that our team qualifies but if they fail to qualify, then, we will have to go back to the drawing board and government must face the situation squarely and put things in order,” he added.

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Ebola: CAF rejects AFCON 2015 postponement from Morocco http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/ebola-caf-rejects-afcon-2015-postponement-from-morocco/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/ebola-caf-rejects-afcon-2015-postponement-from-morocco/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:56:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215552 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has told the Moroccan government that it won’t postpone the already scheduled 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) between January 17 and February 8 because of the worldwide outbreak of the dreaded Ebola virus disease.

CAF said in a statement on its official website Saturday that though the body received a request from Morocco asking for the postponement of its flagship championship due to Ebola disease, it will be difficult to yield to this request because the tournament’s dates have never been shifted in the past since the first edition.

Ebola has killed thousands of people in recent weeks as it continues to spread in the west of the continent. “The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) on Friday, 10 October 2014 received a request from the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Morocco, the statement reads.

“The letter was seeking a deferral of the schedule of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 fixed for 17 January to 8 February, due to the Ebola outbreak.

“CAF has registered the request and wishes to state that there are no changes of the schedules of its competitions and events. It must be noted that since the first edition in 1957, the Africa Cup of Nations has never witnessed a deferral or a change in schedule.

“CAF has also been cautions since the commencement of the final round qualifiers of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 on the health risks posed by the Ebola virus and has consistently applied precautionary principles, taking into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization and various medical experts.

“The request of the Moroccan party will be discussed at the next meeting of the CAF Executive Committee scheduled for 2 November 2014 in Algiers, Algeria, on the sidelines of the second leg of the 2014 Orange CAF Champions League final.

“Subsequently, a meeting will be organized between CAF and the Moroccans in Rabat on 3 November 2014 and the CAF delegation will be led by its President, Issa Hayatou,” CAF said.

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Ebola: Morocco wants AFCON 2015 postponed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/ebola-morocco-wants-afcon-2015-postponed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/ebola-morocco-wants-afcon-2015-postponed/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:42:46 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215479 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

The Moroccan government on Friday called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be postponed due to the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The biennial competition is scheduled to be held in the North African country from January 17 to February 8.

Morocco’s health ministry made the plea in the wake of their decision “to avoid events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus,” the MAP news agency quoted a government statement as saying.

The demand to delay the event has been lodged with the Africa Cup of Nations’ organisers, the Confederation of African Football.

More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

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Super Eagles will defeat Sudan – Siasia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/super-eagles-will-defeat-sudan-siasia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/super-eagles-will-defeat-sudan-siasia/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:48:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215323 Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

Samson Saisia, former Super Eagles coach says he is optimistic that the Super Eagles can win their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Sudan this weekend.

Saisia told NAN on Thursday in Abuja that with enough motivation and team work, the Eagles would win the match.

“I believe the players and officials know what is at stake. I am also happy that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has settled down after the election, so efforts will be geared toward winning the match,” he said.

The former Super Eagles coach noted that the squad had the potential to win and urged the team to work extra hard to get the three points at stake.

“I believe that there is nothing impossible as far as the Super Eagles are concerned because most times, we come in from a difficult terrain and then see ourselves through.

“We want to believe that such will also be our portion this time. But, all of us really have to work together.

“The NFA, the technical crew and the players really have to work together to achieve this feat,” the coach said.

NAN reports that Sudan will host Nigeria in Omdurman on Saturday in continuation of the qualifying series for the 2015 AFCON.

The return leg of the fixture will take place in Nigeria on 15 October.

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AFCON 2015: Eagles resume training ahead of Sudan tie http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/afcon-2015-eagles-resume-training-ahead-of-sudan-tie/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/07/afcon-2015-eagles-resume-training-ahead-of-sudan-tie/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:16:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214972 Super Eagles in training

Super Eagles in training

The Super Eagles will commence training in Abuja on Tuesday as no fewer than 10 players arrived at the team’s camp on Monday in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) 2015 qualifier against Sudan.

Nigeria will play Sudan in Omdurman on 11 October before a return-leg on 15 October in AFCON 2015 qualifier after a 2-3 loss to Congo in Calabar and a goalless draw in South Africa.

A statement issued in Abuja by Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles Media Officer, said the players were expected to begin training, while others would join before dinner on Tuesday.

It listed Omatsone Aluko of Hull City, Hope Akpan and Babatunde Michael, who shone at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, as the early arrivals.

Noskhare Igiebor, a midfield gem, who recently transferred to Israel, Aaron Samuel, Gbolahan Salami of Warri Wolves FC and his team captain Azubuike Egwuekwe, are among the first 10 players to arrive.

Emem Edward, goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim and leading Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) scorer, Ighodalo Osagunna complete the number in camp.

“As at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, at least 10 players have arrived the team’s camp with training expected to commence on Tuesday morning at the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

“All other players invited for the game are expected on Tuesday before dinner time,” the statement read.

It quoted Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, as saying that he was impressed by the response of the players, as there was a need for cohesion before the crucial match.

“The response so far has been wonderful and I am in touch with those who are yet to arrive and they will surely be here on time for proper preparation against Sudan,” the statement quoted Keshi as saying.

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Troussier quits as Sfaxien coach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/28/troussier-quits-as-sfaxien-coach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/28/troussier-quits-as-sfaxien-coach/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:47:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213790 Philippe Troussier

Philippe Troussier

Experienced French coach Philippe Troussier quit as CS Sfaxien coach on Sunday following the Tunisian club’s defeat in the African Champions League.

Troussier, 59, a former coach of the Japan and Ivory Coast national teams, will be succeeded by Ghazi Ghrairi who has coached the club in the past.

Sfaxien were defeated 2-1 by Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Saturday for a 4-2 loss on aggregate.

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Keshi calls up Enyeama, Moses, 22 others for Sudan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/26/keshi-calls-up-enyeama-moses-22-others-for-sudan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/26/keshi-calls-up-enyeama-moses-22-others-for-sudan/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:31:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213589 Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

Nigeria’s Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has named goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama and 23 others for next month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations must-win qualifying tango away and home to Sudan.

Both teams clash in Khartoum on Saturday 11 October before trading tackles at the National Stadium, Abuja four days later.

Keshi has also included Victor Moses who he did not call for the two matches against Congo and South Africa earlier this month.

He also called a handful of new faces, including former junior international Raheem Lawal, China–based striker Aaron Samuel and relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna, who plays in Norway.

There are also opportunities for World Cup star Babatunde Michael, who is back from injury and Reading of England’s Hope Akpan and Austria –based forward Sunday Emmanuel.

African champions Nigeria must win both matches against pointless Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of reaching the finals in Morocco early next year.

THE FULL LIST:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); RaheemLawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Anyora Ugonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Aaron Samuel (SV Scholz Grodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine)

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No Zambia bid for 2017 Africa Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/22/no-zambia-bid-for-2017-africa-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/22/no-zambia-bid-for-2017-africa-cup/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:41:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212860 Kalusha Bwalya

Kalusha Bwalya

Zambia will not bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, top official Kalusha Bwalya confirmed Monday.

The southern Africa country wanted to stage the 2019 tournament, but lost out to Cameroon at the weekend.

Strife-torn Libya recently withdrew as 2017 hosts and a September 30 deadline has been set for applications to replace the north African country.

But 1988 African Footballer of the Year Bwalya said Zambia would not be among the bidders.

“That is something we cannot do,” the national football association president told reporters.

Association secretary general George Kasengele said Zambia would stage the 2017 African youth championship.

“Hosting the Cup of Nations is something we cannot contemplate because our resources will be used to stage the youth championship.”

Zambia were awarded the 1988 Cup of Nations only to withdraw for financial reasons and be replaced by Morocco.

Media speculation has mentioned Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Zimbabwe as possible 2017 contenders.

CAF said they wanted bids only from countries who already had the necessary facilities to stage the biennial African football showpiece.

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ES Setif, TP Mazembe Tie To Be Played Behind Closed Doors http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/es-setif-tp-mazembe-tie-to-be-played-behind-closed-doors/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/es-setif-tp-mazembe-tie-to-be-played-behind-closed-doors/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:10:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212083 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

The 1st leg of the Orange CAF Champions League 2014 between ES Setif (Algeria) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) scheduled for Saturday, 20 September 2014 at 20H00 (local time) in Setif will be played behind closed doors.

The decision was taken by the CAF Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions at its meeting on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The decision follows financial sanctions and warnings by the CAF Disciplinary Committee over repeated incidents of unsporting behaviour by fans of ES Setif, as mentioned in various reports of match officials especially during the group phase of the Orange CAF Champions League 2014.

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Ebola: NFF Protests Gabonese authorities treatment on Eaglets http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/ebola-nff-protests-gabonese-authorities-treatment-on-eaglets/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/ebola-nff-protests-gabonese-authorities-treatment-on-eaglets/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:18:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211436 The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has sent a strong letter of protest to the Confederation of African Football, CAF, over Friday’s unsavoury incident in Lome, which saw Gabonese authorities disembark members of the U-17 national team delegation from a Gabon –bound ASKY Airline flight.

Having flown from their base in Calabar to Lagos and travelled by road from Lagos to Cotonou as a result of the cancellation of all Gabon –bound flights from Lagos, the delegation members were issued boarding passes on the ASKY Airline flight from Cotonou to Libreville, via Lome, only to be subjected to the harsh treatment after landing in the Togolese capital.

A team of 18 players of the Golden Eaglets and six officials, led by NFF Chief Technical Officer, Siji Lagunju, an ex –international player, were dumbstruck when the airline informed them that Gabonese authorities had instructed that they be offloaded from the aircraft alongside their luggage.

The protest letter signed by NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, read inter alia: “On getting to Lome, our members of delegation were disembarked and their luggage brought out of the aircraft, and told that they would no longer be flown to Libreville, on the orders of Gabonese authorities.

“We strongly protest this harsh, unkind and unfair treatment of players below the age of 17, who have had to go through this arduous and tiring journey only to further their career in football. We are very much aware that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stated clearly that football matches should not take place in only three countries, namely Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease pandemic.

“Our players have taken serious precautions and even have Ebola –free Medical Certificates.

“The Nigeria Football Federation is sorely disappointed by this attitude of Gabonese authorities and we implore CAF to come into this matter and determine the issue of the qualifying fixture.”

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Nations Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Reports Congo FA To CAF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/03/nations-cup-qualifier-nigeria-reports-congo-fa-to-caf/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/03/nations-cup-qualifier-nigeria-reports-congo-fa-to-caf/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:33:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209965 The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has been compelled to report the Congolese Football Federation to the Confederation of African Football, following the latter’s refusal to afford Nigeria details of its travel plans for Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles in Calabar.

On Tuesday, NFF’s Head of International, Bola Oyeyode brought CAF up to speed with the strange silence of the Congolese, after which the Congolese Federation forwarded a terse message about its ‘advance party’ arriving in Nigeria on Wednesday and in need of visa-on-arrival.

“We are surprised at the attitude of the Congolese FA. They have kept silence all along, refusing to give us details of their travel plans, only for them to be requesting visa-on-arrival for their advance party which they stated would arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.

“They gave no details of which persons constitute the advance party and no passport details. In any event, we have written to CAF to say we cannot arrange visa-on-arrival for them as we have no details, and moreover, there is an Embassy of Nigeria in Brazzaville. They should secure their visas before coming to Nigeria,” Oyeyode said.

The camp of the African champions has been buoyant with 19 players in camp before dinner on Tuesday, and all arrangements in proper shape for Saturday’s showdown.

NFF’s Director, Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme has been in Calabar since Monday to ensure flawless organization  for both teams, match officials as well as other logistics.

“Everything is in great shape here, thanks to the administration of Governor Liyel Imoke. The only thing missing is information on the travel plans of the Congolese delegation. But everything has been arranged for them and things are moving according to plan,” Ikpeme said on Wednesday morning.

The Red Devils, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon 42 years ago, were restored to the campaign after losing on penalty shoot-out to Rwanda’s Amavubi, following CAF’s disqualification of Rwanda for using an ineligible player.

Saturday’s showdown at the U. J. Esuene Stadium is the first of six matches for each of the teams in seven groups of four teams in the qualifying series for the finals scheduled for Morocco early next year.

The match kicks off at 5pm.

Clashes between Nigeria and Congo at international level are few and far between, but the Devils famously held the Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Lagos in a group phase match at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, and last year, the Golden Eaglets mauled the Congo U-17 side 7-0 at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco.

The Super Eagles’ delegation is expected to fly into Cape Town on Tuesday morning for the clash with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Wednesday next week.

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Ivory Coast approves match amid Ebola fears http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/02/ivory-coast-approves-match-amid-ebola-fears/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/02/ivory-coast-approves-match-amid-ebola-fears/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:02:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209739 Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

The Ivory Coast government on Tuesday relented and agreed to let the national football team play an Africa Cup of Nations match against Sierra Leone that it had banned because of Ebola virus fears.

Ivory Coast had been warned they could be excluded from the Nations Cup finals if they refused to play Sierra Leone, one of the countries worst hit by the incurable disease which has killed more than 1,500 people this year.

The Ivory Coast Football Federation said that most of the players, including Yaya Toure of Manchester City, Salomon Kalou of Hertha Berlin and Gervinho of AS Roma had arrived in Abidjan on Monday to prepare for Sunday’s game.

The government had repeatedly refused to allow the qualifying game to be held in Abidjan. But a new statement said: “The National Security Council authorises the holding of the Ivory Coast against Sierra Leone match.”

It added that the decision was taken after the Sierra Leone federation had given a guarantee that no member of its delegation had been in a country affected by the Ebola virus for the 21 days before the match.

After the Ivory Coast game, Sierra Leone will play a home game against Democratic Republic of Congo in the DR Congo city of Lubumbashi.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the countries worst hit by the crisis.

Sierra Leone had already promised that all of its players for the Nations Cup qualifying game would be foreign based professionals so that they did not need medical clearance.

Ivory Coast banned the hosting of all international sport in the country last month in a bid to keep Ebola out.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had warned the country however that it risked being thrown out of the tournament if they refused to play. The finals are in Morocco in January.

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AFCON 2015: Rwanda disqualified for fielding ineligible player http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/17/afcon-2015-rwanda-disqualified-for-fielding-ineligible-player/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/17/afcon-2015-rwanda-disqualified-for-fielding-ineligible-player/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:37:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207466 Rwanda

The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), on Sunday disqualified Rwanda from the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

A statement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said the decision followed a protest lodged by the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT), after their match against Rwanda on July 20.

With this development, the Super Eagles will play Congo instead of Rwanda in their AFCON qualifiers on 6 September in Calabar.

“The protest followed the first leg match of the second round of qualifying played against Rwanda on 20 July 2014 in Pointe-Noire.

“It contested the eligibility of a player, Birori Dady aligned with Rwanda, who plays for AS Vita Club of Kinshasa with Congolese (DRC) passport as Etekiama Agiti Tady, and a different age.

“The disqualification decision followed investigations by CAF and on the basis of documents provided by the federations of Rwanda, Congo and DR Congo, and hearing the player’s testimony on 11 August.

“CAF established that the two identities only referred to a single person.

“The Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) maintained that to their knowledge the player had one identity.

“However, investigations revealed that he was summoned as Etekiama Agiti Tady by FERWAFA to join the national team of Rwanda,” it said.

The statement said the organising committee, in accordance with Article 41 of the regulations of AFCON, and Articles 82 and 83.1 of CAF Disciplinary Code, suspended the player until further notice.

“We immediately suspend the player, Etekiama Agiti Tady / Birori Dady until further notice and ban him from playing for club and the national team.

“Rwanda are declared losers of the match against Congo, and consequently been eliminated from the competition.

“Also, we consign Congo to the group phase of the 2015 AFCON in Group A, as replacement for Rwanda.

“We reserve the right to confirm the exact length of the player’s suspension and to impose additional sanctions if necessary at the next meeting of the organising committee scheduled for 1 September 2014

“So, we urge players and stakeholders to regulate the situation of dual identity,” the statement said.

NAN reports that the 2015 AFCON is scheduled to hold in Morocco from January 17 to February 8.

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