P.M. NEWS Nigeria » CAF competitions http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Eagles won’t underrate any team, says Oliseh after World Cup draw http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/26/eagles-wont-underrate-any-team-says-oliseh-after-world-cup-draw/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/26/eagles-wont-underrate-any-team-says-oliseh-after-world-cup-draw/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:35:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247320 Sunday Oliseh, newly appointed Super Eagles coach

Sunday Oliseh, newly appointed Super Eagles coach

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

Nigeria begins her campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November 2015, away to the winner of the Djibouti vs Swaziland first round playoff.

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

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

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

The coach also warned against complacency, revealing that there are a lot of dangerous teams around that could hurt if taken for granted. “Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated. We respect every team and we will battle anyone that emerges with our full strength.

“With the draw now concluded,we can safely say that the race to Russia has officially started. I am optimistic we will run this race very well. We will give it our very best and pray it will be good enough to get us one of the five slots available for Africa,” Oliseh concluded.

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Nigeria’s friendly against Rwanda’s postponed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/24/nigerias-friendly-against-rwandas-postponed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/24/nigerias-friendly-against-rwandas-postponed/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:29:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247183 Samson Siasia: coach of Dream Team VI

Samson Siasia: coach of Dream Team VI

A friendly game between Nigeria and National Rwandan U-23 teams that was scheduled for Saturday in Kigali has been postponed.

According to a senior official of Rwanda Football Federation, Bonnie Mugabe, the postponement is due to challenges faced by some Nigerian players to travel to Rwanda.

The official spoke with reporters on Thursday in Kigali.

Without further explanation, Mugabe said he was hopeful that another date would be fixed for the game.

Rwanda’s national team, Amavubi, was keen to play the match in preparation for the upcoming 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled for Jan. 16 to February 7, 2016 in Kigali.

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Messi lacks respect for standards, principles – Gabon Opposition Party http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/22/messi-lacks-respect-for-standards-principles-gabon-opposition-party/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/22/messi-lacks-respect-for-standards-principles-gabon-opposition-party/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:35:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246977 Lionel Messi and Ali Bongo in Port-Gentil, Gabon Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Lionel Messi and Ali Bongo in Port-Gentil, Gabon
Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Gabon’s opposition party have accused Argentine star, Lionel Messi of showing a “lack of respect for standards and principles” after he turned up wearing denim shorts and a T-shirt.

A statement from the Union du Peuple Gabonais (UPG) party read: “The messiah of football arrived in Gabon like he were going to a zoo: dirty, unshaven and his hands in his pockets, looking for peanuts to throw to them!

“When you’re called Lionel Messi and you’re a multi-billionaire, you don’t have the right to present yourself to officials of a republic, even a banana one, with your hands in the pockets of a ripped, tattered pair of shorts.

“Gabon isn’t a zoo. We don’t know what the Argentine came to Gabon for, but we at least have the right to denounce his negligence and his lack of respect for standards and principles. We are uneasy with Messi’s attitude and his attire. Only for these reasons, linked to respect for the host country, do we condemn the footballer’s indelicateness, to say the least!”

Meanwhile, The Gabonese government have denied claims that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was paid €3.5m (£2.5m) to visit the country to take part in a ceremony at one of the venues for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Messi, who has yet to link up with his Barcelona team-mates on their US tour, was pictured at the weekend in the country’s second largest city, Port-Gentil, where he helped to lay one of the first stones for the planned 40,000-capacity venue.

France Football had claimed that he and his former Barça team-mate Deco received €3.5m for the trip but a statement from the Gabon embassy has denied that was the case.

“The Republic of Gabon strongly denies having transferred or having promised to transfer any sum of money to the Argentine international football player Lionel Messi, who was in Gabon from 17 to 18 July 2015 on the invitation of Ali Bongo,” it read.

The four-times Ballon d’Or winner was also criticised for showing his support for Bongo, the controversial Gabonese leader, who has been accused of committing electoral fraud to remain in power and various human rights abuses. Messi later appeared at one of the president’s restaurants in the city, with Bongo explaining how the meeting had come about.

“When I was in Barcelona a few years ago, I met Messi who had told me that he would come to visit me in Libreville,” he said. “It’s a promise he made me. He is a man of honour who just kept his word.”

Culled from The Guardian UK

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Super Falcons play 1-1 against Equatorial Guinea in Abuja http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/18/super-falcons-play-1-1-against-equatorial-guinea-in-abuja/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/18/super-falcons-play-1-1-against-equatorial-guinea-in-abuja/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:20:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246592 Super Falcons

The Super falcons on Saturday in Abuja struggled to a 1-1 home draw with Equatorial Guinea in the first leg match of their 2016 Olympic Games Qualifying Fixture.

In the match played at the National Stadium’s mainbowl, the Falcons really struggled to stamp their authority and put the match under control.

With the visitors always threatening through the flanks, the Falcons who were already missing the pace of Asisat Oshoala upfront were always cautious going forward.

But, after 25 minutes, Halimat Ayinde put her team in the driving seat with good shot from a good turn on the right side of the opposing penalty box.

They however failed to build on this lead, with Desire Oparanozie lacking support upfront as the Falcons looked bereft of goal scoring ideas.

When the teams returned for the second half, it was the Equatorial Guinea side that were holding the initiative as they kept the Nigerian side on the backfoot.

They soon translated their dominance to advantage, with Nigerian-born Chinasa Okoro drawing the visitors level in the 62nd minute after a defensive mix-up.

The Falcons poured forward thereafter, but they were always coming up short with the forwardline failing to break down the Equatorial Guinea defence.

Speaking after the game, stand-in Falcons coach Christopher Danjuma apologized to their fans and other Nigerians for the result.

He added however that his team was not going to be making excuses, even though they were encumbered by emotional problems and the absence of some players.

“We apologise for the result and the way the match went. But the team, even though we are not people who will want to be making excuses, had a number of problems.

“We were affected emotionally by what happened in our camp on Thursday, and we missed some of our best players,” Danjuma said.

On his part, coach Miguel Pozanco said his team were able to get the draw because they were a strong side and were well aware of the Falcons capabilities.

“We knew the falcons very well, and really prepared ourselves, even though we also have a good team.

“And this is why we will not take the second leg game lightly. We will not take the Falcons for granted,” he said.

NAN reports that the second leg match will come up in Malabo in two weeks’ time.

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Nigeria vs Congo: LOC assures fans of security in PH http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/nigeria-vs-congo-loc-assures-fans-of-security-in-ph/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/nigeria-vs-congo-loc-assures-fans-of-security-in-ph/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:52:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246397 Samson Siasia: coach of Dream Team VI

Samson Siasia: coach of Dream Team VI

The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying match, Hon. Boma Iyaye has assured fans of the Under 23 Team (Dream Team 6) and its counterpart from Congo of maximum security.

Iyaye gave the assurance in Part Harcourt during a press briefing. He assured that Rivers State Government is determined to give their best to ensure a memorable match with all the associated drama, passion and wonderful atmosphere that could be obtainable anywhere in the world.

He explained that adequate security and logistic have been put in place for a hitch-free match while calling on all football fans to come out en masse to cheer the dream team to victory.

The Chairman reiterated determination of the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike towards sports, adding that, the governor is determined to re-launch Rivers State on the map of sports development in Nigeria.

The match which is billed to be played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium on Sunday, 19 July will not attract any fees from spectators as the gate will be thrown open from 11:00 am on match day.

Iyaye explained that there will be free transportation at designated points in the city to convey fans on Sunday.

He thanked the Governor for the support given to the local organizing committee to ensure that there is adequate arrangement.

The members of the local organizing committee comprises seasoned sports administrator including Chief Adokiye Amesimaka, Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, Mercy Akide Udoh, Eddy Mark, Chrisyopher Green, Honour Sirawoo and Albert Chinwo.

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Kaduna to host Nigeria/Egypt AFCON qualifier http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/kaduna-to-host-nigeriaegypt-afcon-qualifier/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/kaduna-to-host-nigeriaegypt-afcon-qualifier/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:40:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243923 Super Eagles

Super Eagles

The Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna state will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Pharaohs of Egypt.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday on its website said the match is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

It however said officials have also confirmed that work would be undertaken on the stadium’s pitch, and a couple of other areas which need to be improved before the match.

Nigeria and Egypt share top spot on the Group G table of the qualifiers, with the Pharaohs ahead on a one-goal advantage.

They had whipped Tanzania’s Taifa Stars 3-0 in Cairo in penultimate weekend’s opening matches, a day after the Super Eagles beat Chad 2-0 in Kaduna.

The Eagles’ next match in the series is away to Tanzania in the first week of September, before the visit to the Pharaohs two weeks later.

Egypt have missed all last three AFCON finals, including the 2013 finals which Nigeria won in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, has said the Federation would henceforth decide international match venues well in advance.

“This is in order to afford host cities enough time to work on the facilities to be used for such matches,” the website quoted him as saying.

In line with the new policy, the NFF has also announced the date for the first leg tie of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifying fixture between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

The match against the Equatorial Guinean senior women national team will come up on July 18 in Port Harcourt.

Following the withdrawal of Mali in the second round, the Super Falcons now have two rounds of qualifying fixtures to prosecute before qualification.

Qualification will see them in the Women’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Nigerian girls have played at three previous Olympics – 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Also, the African Under-23 Championship final round first leg match between the Nigerian under-23 male team and their Congolese counterparts will be played in Port Harcourt.

It will hold on July 19, a day after the Falcons/Equatorial Guinea clash.

The winner of the fixture qualifies for the African U-23 Championship coming up in Senegal in December.

The best three of the eight participating teams will be eligible to represent Africa at the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics.

The fourth–placed team in Senegal will play-off against a team from Asia.

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Hayatou denies selling vote for 2022 World Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/17/hayatou-denies-selling-vote-for-2022-world-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/17/hayatou-denies-selling-vote-for-2022-world-cup/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:52:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243112 Issa Hayatou, CAF President

Issa Hayatou, CAF President

LONDON (Reuters) – Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has denied selling his vote for the 2022 World Cup in an interview with French publication Jeune Afrique.

Hayatou, who is also vice president at world soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body FIFA, and CAF were accused of accepting bribes by a former Qatar bid employee, Phaedra Almajid.

According to documents seen by Reuters, FBI investigators interviewed Almajid, who said she was present when the Qatar bid organization paid $1.5 million to three African members of FIFA’s executive committee to secure their votes for Qatar, which was awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 tournament.

The former employee made a sworn statement recanting her allegations, but later still she told the FBI that representatives of the Qatar bid had pressured her to do so.

“I’ve never seen this woman in my life,” Cameroonian Hayatou was quoted as saying by Jeune Afrique.

“She claims that we met Qatar people in a hotel in Angola. When? Where? She said so first, then she admitted she had lied. A year later, she repeats her accusations. It’s complete nonsense. We have asked her to show evidence. She has not.”

Hayatou also said he was unaware of any wrong-doing in the bidding processes for the 1998 and 2010 tournaments, which both involved Morocco.

When asked whether the 2010 World Cup vote, which involved a run-off between Morocco and South Africa, had been rigged, as reported by Britain’s Sunday Times, he replied: “Rigged by whom? All I can say is that us, Africans, we drew lots in order not to give the impression that we were favouring one of the candidates.

“There were four of us (on the FIFA executive committee). We decided to give two votes to South Africa, two votes to Morocco. And we drew. Ismail Bhamjee and Amos Adamu got South Africa, Amadou Diakite and I got Morocco. This is our policy.”

Hayatou, who says he has a “clear conscience”, also denied having any knowledge of any attempts by Morocco to buy votes for the 1998 and 2010 tournaments.

“How come I would have known? No one has come to me to tell me,” he said.

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CAF bans Onazi for 2 matches http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/17/caf-bans-onazi-for-2-matches/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/17/caf-bans-onazi-for-2-matches/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:14:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243092 Ogenyi Onazi

Ogenyi Onazi

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slammed a two-match ban on Super Eagles’ midfielder Ogenyi Onazi over his sending-off in Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Chad.

The SS Lazio playmaker, who has been a regular in the team’s midfield in the past few years, was shown a straight red card for retaliation.

He committed the act after Nigerien referee Ibrahim Mamane awarded Nigeria a penalty kick for a foul on striker Odion Ighalo.

A report on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) website on Wednesday said news of the ban was conveyed to the Federation in a circular sent to it from the CAF Secretariat.

It had stated that the ban was for the “violent conduct” for which Onazi was expelled.

The development means the Italy-based player is automatically suspended for his next two official matches.

These are: Tanzania versus Nigeria, and Nigeria versus Egypt.

Nigeria will visit Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Sept. 5 on Match Day 2 of the qualifiers, and will then host Egypt on March 25, 2016.

NAN reports that Onazi was a silver medal winner when Nigeria hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009.

He also won gold medal with the Super Eagles at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.

The midfielder was also in the Nigeria squad which reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil last year.

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Salami, Ighalo strike as Nigeria downs Chad http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/salami-ighalo-strike-as-nigeria-downs-chad/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/salami-ighalo-strike-as-nigeria-downs-chad/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:09:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=242616 Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles on Saturday in Kaduna overcame a below par first half performance to beat Chad 2-0 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier.

A commanding second half performance resulted in two goals to ensure the game’s full points were in the kitty at the Ahmadu Belo Stadium which was filled to capacity.

The Eagles started the match with a lethargic performance which saw the Chadians taking control and troubling the Nigerian defence through Casimir Ninga and team captain Ezechiel Ndouassel.

But they only had two corner kicks to show for their efforts, in the ninth and 17th minutes, with Kenneth Omeruo and William Ekong looking strong in the middle.

With Kingsley Madu and Leon Balogun looking brilliant on the flanks, the Nigerian defence pushed back to prop the midfield trio of Ogenyi Onazi, Babatunde Michael and Anderson Esiti.

However, it still needed the aggression of Ahmed Musa, Aaron Samuel and Gbolahan Salami to get the Eagles into their stride.

Musa saw his free kick from about 30 metres out tipped over by goalkeeper Dillah Mbairamadji in the 22nd minute.

Balogun’s header to Musa’s corner kick 10 minutes later was also wide by inches, while Salami’s effort was cleared off the line in the 34th minute.

This was after Balogun’s upfield pass, after he repulsed a left wing offensive, met a running Madu who flicked onto Salami’s path an inviting pass.

The Chadians had the best of the first half scoring chances in the 38th minute, when Ndouassel went close with a low shot to goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s right.

But the Nigerian captain was quick to push it away for a respite which gave for much of their second half confidence.

Onazi gave the Chadians an inkling of what to expect nine minutes into the second half with his free kick from about 20 metres out on the right.

While it hit the base of the far upright, Salami was more clinical in the 61st minute when he charged into the Chadians’ penalty area on the right.

He lifted a rising shot past goalkeeper Mbairamadji, who had no chance of stopping it anyway, for Nigeria’s first goal.

Rabiu Ibrahim, who substituted Michael in the 60th minute, and Odion Ighalo who came on for injured Samuel in the 62nd minute, brought more fluidity into the Nigerian game.

From there on, the eagles dictated the pace, with the Chadians’ introduction of Labbo Mahadat for Mbaian Darius in the 61st minute looking to having no telling effect.

Even with the Chadians continuing on with very robust challenges, which indeed earned them four yellow cards, the Super Eagles went on to enjoy their game with better passes.

It was however the Eagles who were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute after a rash challenge by Onazi in retaliation, even after a penalty kick was awarded his team.

Ighalo, who was brought down by Asselmo Kilioutou some seconds earlier, rose to score the penalty kick with a hard low shot under the goalkeeper for the second goal.

The Chadians threw more men into the game thereafter, with Dany Karl-Max and Beadoum Nonde coming on for Casimir and Morgan Betorangal in the 83rd and 85th minutes respectively.

But the Eagles held on tight for victory, something to hold on to before they visit Tanzania in their second game of the qualifiers.

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Adebayor set to play for Togo despite late arrival http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/adebayor-set-to-play-for-togo-despite-late-arrival/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/adebayor-set-to-play-for-togo-despite-late-arrival/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:35:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=242590 Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

LOME (Reuters) – Emmanuel Adebayor appeared set to play for Togo in Sunday’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia despite turning up late for pre-match preparations, officials said.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was accused of a lack of discipline by new coach Tom Saintfiet when he failed to pitch at the start of pre-match preparations almost a fortnight ago.

Saintfiet said he would not tolerate players who did not adhere to the rules but on Wednesday, some 10 days after the squad first got together to begin preparations, Adebayor finally pitched for practice and was allowed to join up with the rest of the squad.

Adebayor has been the subject of much off-field intrigue over the last months, twice being given compassionate leave by his London club to attend to a family feud, which he has played out publicly on social media. Adebayor claimed it had left him suicidal.

His role as Togo’s only major international star has long given Adebayor license to set his own agenda with the national team. He has often skipped preparations and matches but always been welcomed back.

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CAF,SPORTFIVE sign $1bn agreement http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/cafsportfive-sign-1bn-agreement/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/13/cafsportfive-sign-1bn-agreement/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:11:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=242562 CAF President, Issa Hayatou (second right) seals deal with SPORTFIVE

CAF President, Issa Hayatou (second right) seals deal with SPORTFIVE

The Confédération Africaine de Football and SPORTFIVE have renewed the landmark agreement for the marketing of media and marketing rights of major competitions organised by CAF for a 12-year term (2017-2028).

While renewing its confidence in SPORTFIVE for the marketing of media rights and marketing rights of its major competitions until 2028, for a guaranteed minimum of one billion US dollars (USD 1.000.000.000), the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) is enabling African football to face the future with a minimum of serenity.
Compared to the previous agreement, the guaranteed minimum of one billion US dollars represents a very substantial increase.

The competitions covered by this agreement are:
– The African Cup of Nations and its preliminary phase
– The African Nations Championship and its preliminary phase
– CAF Champions’ League
– The CAF Confederation Cup,
– The CAF Super Cup
– The African U-20 Championship
– The African U-23 Championship.

This new partnership will enable CAF to pursue its objectives in developing, promoting an increase broadcast of African football. It equally guarantees an efficient organisation of competitions on the continent, a more effective protection of the integrity of players, the game, competitions, and the taking of significant actions to the benefit of the African youth within the context of football.

“We have appreciated and are very satisfied with SPORTFIVE performance over the years. We are excited to expand this agreement for 12 additional years and to jointly continue to cooperate in the future to promote our sport”, CAF President, Issa Hayatou, said.

Moreover, the partnership falls in line with CAF’s willingness to meet the needs of member associations and their national teams, as well as clubs, an exposure of the highest level, especially in terms of audio-visual coverage and digital activation.

The partnership also aims at enabling CAF competitions and African football in general to spread as widely as possible, while substantially increasing the revenues of its member associations. Less privileged nations will have the opportunity to get onto the international scene, which will grant their national teams and clubs the best possible exposure.

“This historic agreement will consolidate the professionalization of African football and will accelerate the establishment of key development programmes for African teams and technical staff, in order to have the best performance of African teams at the global level”, the Secretary General of CAF, Hicham El Amrani, clarified.

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CAF suspends Warri Wolves goalkeeper for one year for spitting at match official http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/27/caf-suspends-warri-wolves-goalkeeper-for-one-year-for-spitting-at-match-official/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/27/caf-suspends-warri-wolves-goalkeeper-for-one-year-for-spitting-at-match-official/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:52:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240578 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended for 12 months goalkeeper Tejiri Rhiogbere of Warri Wolves for spitting at a match official, with the possibility of a worldwide ban.

NAN reports that the suspension was one of many decisions taken at the meeting of the Disciplinary Board of the continental football body.

The meeting was held on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper was reported to have spat at the First Assistant Referee during their second round second leg match in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup competition.

Warri Wolves FC had won the match against FC MK of DR Congo in Kinshasa 1-0 on May 1 to advance to the third round on a 3-1 aggregate.

Rhiogbere who was listed as a substitute during the match now faces a worldwide ban as CAF has now forwarded his case to world governing body FIFA.

FIFA may then decide to extend the suspension on the international level, depending on the way it sees the offence and how it affects its rules on players’ conduct.

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Keshi calls up Enyeama, dumps Mikel for Chad clash http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/25/keshi-calls-up-enyeama-dumps-mikel-for-chad-clash/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/25/keshi-calls-up-enyeama-dumps-mikel-for-chad-clash/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 07:31:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240390 Coach Stephen Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi on Sunday called up goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama and 14 other overseas–based players for next month’s match against Chad in Kaduna but Chelsea’s Mikel Obi was conspicuously missing from the team.

NAN reports that the match is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match, on June 13 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

The list of 15 players also has defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Kenneth Omeruo, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Babatunde Michael and forward Ahmed Musa.

The five players were all, alongside Enyeama, at last year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

Right back Leon Balogun, Israel-based John Ogu, former Switzerland junior international Steven Ukoh, China-based Aaron Samuel and Odion Ighalo have also been called alongside former junior international Rabiu Ibrahim.

New faces William Troost-Ekong, a defender based in The Netherlands, Kingsley Madu of AS Trencin in Slovakia and Portugal-based Anderson Esiti complete the list.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France)

Defenders: Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Leon Balogun (Darmstadt 98, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (FC Dordrecht, The Netherlands); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Anderson Esiti (Estoril FC, Portugal); Steven Ukoh (Biel-Bienne FC, Switzerland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England).

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‘No Excuse Losing To 3SC In Glo League’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/07/no-excuse-losing-to-3sc-in-glo-league/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/07/no-excuse-losing-to-3sc-in-glo-league/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 12:29:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238685 Okey Emordi is the latest manager under pressure in the Globacom sponsored Nigeria Premier League leading his players to another slump which seemingly puts his defending champions toga on the line.

Pillars were knocked down 1-0 in Ibadan yesterday and Emordi; who won the CAF Champions League with Enyimba, says there are no excuses for his team’s failure.

•3SC in action during a recent Nigeria premier leagues match

•3SC in action during a recent Nigeria premier leagues match3sc

 

The champions have failed to pick points in three straight away games; a reflection of what the current season looks like for the Masu Gida side.

“I don’t think it’s an excuse for failing to score or win that our key players are absent. The others should take up the chance to play and prove themselves,” Emordi said after the match at Adamasingba Stadium in the ancient city of Ibadan, capital of Oyo State.

The game was a rescheduled fixture (week 3) and the home manager, Franklin Howard reiterated 3SC needed the non-negotiable three points.

Franklin Howard said: “We got the job done which is important, though towards the end of the game we were under pressure.

Next stop for the Oluyole Warriors is a short trip to Akure where their resurgence, Howard certainly hopes will continue.

“Now we have to focus on the next game in Ondo State against Sunshine Stars of Akure.”

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Warri Wolves pip MK Etanchetie FC in CAF Confed Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/warri-wolves-pip-mk-etanchetie-fc-in-caf-confed-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/18/warri-wolves-pip-mk-etanchetie-fc-in-caf-confed-cup/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:48:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236684
Eguweke of Warri Wolves

Eguweke of Warri Wolves

Warri Wolves Football Club on Saturday defeated MK Etanchetie FC of the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 at the Warri Township Stadium in a 2015 CAF Confederation Cup tie.

A brace from Super Eagles forward Gbolahan Salami gave the home team victory in the second round first leg match in the 12th edition of the continental club competition.

Salami scored first in the sixth minute of the game through a powerful header, and scored the second goal in the 71st minute after an assist from Etebo Oghenekaro.

The visitors got their lone goal in the 83rd minute through Mombo Lusala with a header to a corner kick.

Kabango Kadima had earlier in the 40th minute missed a penalty kick for the visiting side.

At the post-match interview, the coach of MK Etanchetie FC, Bruno Katupa, said they had a very good match.

“We only lost because we did not merit it. We have a very good attack, we dominated the match, had a penalty kick and we missed it.

“Warri Wolves attackers are very good and strong, but my players did not perform to my satisfaction. However, they tried. But we will try and make up in the return leg and qualify,’’ he said.

Also, the Technical Adviser of Warri Wolves, Paul Aigbogun, said he was hopeful of victory for his side in the return leg.

He said he was hopeful because two of his star players missed the match due to national engagement.

“In the first half, we created a lot of chances and we did not take them.

“ButI thank God that we won. It is better than a draw, and we can go there and score goals,” he said.

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Nigeria Seeks Revenge Against Senegal In CAF Beach Soccer http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/nigeria-seeks-revenge-against-senegal-in-caf-beach-soccer/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/17/nigeria-seeks-revenge-against-senegal-in-caf-beach-soccer/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:09:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=236590 The Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles will now face Senegal on Saturday in their semifinal tie at this year’s CAF Beach Soccer Championship going on in Seychelles.

Nigeria came out in flying colours in Group A of this competition as they picked up the maximum 9 points and qualified for the semifinal.

Senegal on the other hand lost their last Group game 3-5 to Ghana on Thursday night, but they came out as runners up behind Madagascar who top the second Group.

The Sand Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition of the Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti two years ago after Senegal dumped them in the semis of the CAF tournament in El Jadida, Morocco 9-8.

Nigeria’s skipper, Isiaka Olawale said to supersport.com that his side would go for revenge against the Senegalese on Saturday in their last 4 tie.

“Senegal prevented us from going to the last World Cup, and here is another chance for us to revenge. We must beat them on Saturday, and all my teammates are ready for the encounter,” Olawale said to supersport.com

This year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place in Portugal, and Nigeria would qualify for the showpiece only if they beat Senegal on Saturday.

Former United boss Ron Atkinson is however expects the team to continue the fine recent run of form with another top performance in a major fixture on the back of the derby win against Manchester City.

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Super Falcons thump Mali 8-0, secure AAG ticket http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/10/super-falcons-thump-mali-8-0-secure-aag-ticket/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/10/super-falcons-thump-mali-8-0-secure-aag-ticket/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:16:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=235828 Super Falcons celebrate after scoring

Super Falcons celebrate after scoring

Nigeria’s senior female football team, Super Falcons, on Friday in Abuja, thrashed their Malian counterparts 8 – 0 in the final round return leg of the All African Games (AAG), qualifiers.

The Falcons has, therefore, secured a place at the AAG 2015 scheduled for Congo Brazzaville in September.

NAN reports that fans were thrilled by the performance of their darling team at the Abuja National Stadium.

The match started on a fast note with the Nigerian side dictating the pace as Desire Oparanozie opened scoring three minutes into the game.

The visitors fired a shot through Binta Diarra in the 12th minute but Falcon’s goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte thwarted that effort.

In the 19th minute, Francisa Ordega gave the African Champions the second goal through a header from a corner-kick taken by Ngozi Okobi.

London-based Asisat Oshoala scored the third goal in the 39th minute after many unsuccessful attempts.

Oparanozie got a brace one minute before the end of first half through a smooth pass from Oshoala.

Few seconds into the second-half, a rampaging Oshoala netted another goal through a low shot that left Malian goalkeeper Samake Goundo frustrated.

In the 62nd minute, Ordega scored another goal after receiving a pass from Halimat Ayinde.

The seventh goal came from the boot of the Captain of the team, Evelyn Nwabuoku, after a well taken corner-kick by Esther Sunday.

Sunday was compensated in the 72nd minute when she scored the eighth goal for the Super Falcons.

NAN recalls that the first leg of the match ended in a 1-1 draw in Bamako a fortnight ago.

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Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations – CAF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/08/gabon-to-host-2017-africa-cup-of-nations-caf/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/08/gabon-to-host-2017-africa-cup-of-nations-caf/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:23:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=235566 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

Gabon won a three-country contest against Algeria and Ghana on Wednesday to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.

The result of a vote among 14 Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee members was announced mid-afternoon in a Cairo hotel after the three candidates made short presentations.

The Gabonese were co-hosts with neighbours Equatorial Guinea of the 2012 Cup of Nations.

A Gabonese Football Federation official said maches would be staged in capital city Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem.

Stadiums in Libreville and Franceville were used for the 2012 tournament and the other two venues are expected to be ready by mid-2016, the official added.

They will be the second successive central African country to host the championship after Equatorial Guinea this year.

Choosing Gabon ended a 1,529-day saga over who would host the next edition of the biennial African football showpiece.

South Africa were selected as 2017 hosts four years ago, but traded tournaments with 2013 hosts Libya because of post-Moamer Kadhafi-era violence in the north African state.

As deadly Libyan inter-militia fighting intensified, the oil-rich country were forced to withdraw as 2017 hosts as well.

Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe then applied to stage the 16-nation, three-week tournament.

But CAF dropped Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe from the bidding contest, saying they did not meet the criteria to host the tournament.

Kenya (1996) and Zimbabwe (2000) had previously been selected as Cup of Nations hosts only to pull out due to lack of finance.

Egypt later withdrew, saying they did not wish to compete against fellow Arab nation Algeria.

However, security was probably also a factor as the decision came just days after 20 football supporters where killed in a Cairo stampede following clashes with police.

Before the selection of Gabon, north and west African countries staged 10 tournaments each, east Africa five, central Africa four and southern Africa three.

There were two co-hostings — Ghana and Nigeria in 2000, as late replacements for Zimbabwe, and Equatorial Guinea and Gabon three years ago.

Equatorial Guinea became 2015 hosts just two months before the Cup of Nations kicked off last January after Morocco withdrew because they feared visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country.

CAF president Issa Hayatou, vice-presidents Suketu Patel and Almamy Kabele Camara, and 11 executive committee members chose the 2017 hosts.

Each of the 14 officials, including Algerian Mohamed Raouraoua and Ghanaian Kwesi Nyantakyi, had one vote and the winning nation required at least eight.

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CAF: Humiliation for Nigerian, South African clubs http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/06/caf-humiliation-for-nigerian-south-african-clubs/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/06/caf-humiliation-for-nigerian-south-african-clubs/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:26:54 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=235327 Kano Pillars

A disastrous weekend for Nigerian and South African clubs in the CAF Champions League ended with all four representatives eliminated at the last-32 stage.

Nigerians Kano Pillars fell to Moroccans Moghreb Tetouan despite a 2-1 second-leg victory through a late Rabiu Ali goal.

Tetouan took a four-goal advantage into the return match and Mouhcine Iajour was the star of the tie, scoring a hat-trick in Morocco and another goal in Nigeria.

Two-time champions Enyimba clung to a one-goal first-leg lead against Egyptians Smouha in Mediterranean port Alexandria until five minutes from time.

But relentless pressure on a Nigerian outfit reduced to 10 men by the red-carding of Kingsley Sokari eventually told and they conceded two late goals.

Hani Al-Egeizi converted a penalty and Hermann Kouao snatched the tie-clinching second goal in the final minute for the Champions League newcomers.

Early exits are becoming uncomfortably common for both clubs with Pillars making a preliminary-round departure last year and Enyimba joining them on the 2014 scrapheap after the last-32 stage.

South Africans Mamelodi Sundowns were also unable to defend a one-goal advantage on foreign soil, as they crumbled 3-1 at Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe.

Goals from Zambian Rainford Kalaba, Tanzanian Mbwana Samata and Ivorian Roger Assale gave Mazembe control just before the hour mark in Lubumbashi.

And the nationalities of the scorers illustrated the multi-country make-up of a Congolese side bankrolled by mining magnate Moise Katumbi.

Substitute Percy Tau scored six minutes from time for Sundowns, another club led by a mining billionaire.

Emerging Nigerian star Ighodaro Osaguona bagged a brace to earn Moroccans Raja Casablanca a 2-0 home win over Soweto outfit Kaizer Chiefs.

Tall, thin and sporting a mohican haircut, Osaguona punished the tiring South Africans with a goal after 87 minutes and added another four minutes into stoppage time.

A 50,000-plus flag-waving, singing crowd in the Stade Mohamed V created a wonderful atmosphere, but there was little goalmouth action during a cagey clash.

Osaguona also scored the only first-leg goal and is joint leading Champions League scorer this season with Iajour on five.

Ghanaians Asante Kotoko disappointed for the second successive season, losing 2-1 at home to Algerians El-Eulma after forcing a goalless first-leg draw.

Having struggled to fund the trip to Congo Brazzaville, Kenyans Gor Mahia bowed out after a second 1-0 loss to AC Leopards with Cesaire Gandze scoring in both legs.

Zambians Zesco United offered brave resistance against Guineans Kaloum in Bamako before losing a penalty shootout when Jackson Mwanza fired his spot-kick wide.

Both Cameroonian clubs fell with Cosmos Bafia and Coton Sport suffering two-goal defeats away to Tunisians Esperance and Congolese Sanga Balende respectively.

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Morocco can play 2017 Cup of Nations – CAF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/05/morocco-can-play-2017-cup-of-nations-caf/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/05/morocco-can-play-2017-cup-of-nations-caf/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:58:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=235259 CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

Confederation of African Football (CAF) executives agreed Sunday to allow Morocco to compete in the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifying competition.

Morocco were barred from the 2017 and 2019 tournaments after refusing to host the 2015 finals last January and February because they feared visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country.

Football officials from the north African kingdom appealed the decision at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won the case last Thursday.

CAS said the two-tournament ban should be lifted and a $1 million (920,000 euros) fine reduced to $50,000.

However, one day later a CAF spokesman refused to confirm whether Morocco would be included in the April 8 qualifying draw.

“There are many meetings to be held before the way forward is known,” he told the BBC.

But a statement issued after CAF executives led by president Issa Hayatou met in Cairo cleared 1976 African champions Morocco to compete.

“CAF has committed to implementing the decision and will comply with this ruling despite the contradictions observed in the CAS decision,” it read in part.

Equatorial Guinea replaced Morocco as 2015 hosts and Ivory Coast defeated Ghana on penalties after the final finished 0-0 to lift the trophy.

The 2017 qualifiers are likely to comprise 13 four-nation groups with the first matches scheduled for June.

Algeria, Gabon and Ghana have bid to host the 2017 Cup of Nations and the successful candidate will be announced Wednesday before the draw.

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