P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigerian Football Teams http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:19:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Federation Cup: Abuja, Minna, Oshogbo, Oleh On Fire http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/21/federation-cup-abuja-minna-oshogbo-oleh-on-fire/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/21/federation-cup-abuja-minna-oshogbo-oleh-on-fire/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:17:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246803 The Round of 16 matches of this year’s men’s Federation Cup competition will take place across the country on Wednesday, with only one match on Thursday.

On Wednesday, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, victors over fellow Glo Premier League side, Bayelsa United in the Round of 32, will be up against FC Taraba, winners against Papilo FC, at the Area 3 Playground in Abuja.

The same venue will 24 hours later, welcome two other Glo Premier League clubs, Kwara United and Enugu Rangers, in what is perhaps the most anticipated game of the Round of 16.

The other all –top division clash, between Nasarawa United and Abia Warriors, is scheduled for the Oshogbo Township Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Rojenny Stadium, Oba will play host to the clash between Remo Stars of Ogun State, who eliminated champions Enyimba FC and Glo NPFL side, Lobi Stars. In Makurdi, Heartland FC will battle BJ Foundation from Edo State, which eliminated Sportlight FC of Kaduna in the Round of 32.

Akwa United will see themselves as favourites against Prime FC at Oleh Township Stadium, and El-Kanemi Warriors take the battle to giant –killing Plateau United, which claimed the scalps of both Shooting Stars and Kano Pillars. Their match comes up at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna.

MEN’S FEDERATION CUP (ROUND OF 16)

Remo Stars Vs Lobi Stars – (Rojenny) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Heartland FC Vs BJ Foundation – (Makurdi) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Plateau United Vs El-Kanemi Warriors – (Minna) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Nasarawa United Vs Abia Warriors – (Oshogbo) -22/07/2015 (3pm)

FC IfeanyiUbah Vs FC Taraba – (Abuja) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Prime FC Vs Akwa United – (Oleh) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Tornadoes Feeders Vs Dolphins FC- (Ado Ekiti) – 22/07/2015 (3pm)

Kwara United Vs Enugu Rangers – (Abuja) – 23/07/2015 (3pm)

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NFF dreams FIFA World Cup for Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/20/nff-dreams-fifa-world-cup-for-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/20/nff-dreams-fifa-world-cup-for-nigeria/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:44:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246721 Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi

Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi

The 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi has reiterated that the plan of the present NFF Board and Management is to win the FIFA World Cup for Nigeria.

Akinwunmi said in Port Harcourt while addressing players and officials of the U-23 National Team, Dream Team, after its 2-1 victory over Congo in an African U-23 Championship qualifying game.

He said the NFF is proud with the display put up by the boys against Congo as this is what many Nigerians have been yearning for, and from what the boys have shown, they are at the verge of playing for the Super Eagles.

“Even though we should have beaten the Congolese by a wider margin, the NFF is happy with your display. I am sure that you players and the coaches also feel that you should have won by a wider margin. Nonetheless, you have made us proud, you have made us proud not with the scoreline but with the football
you played.

“A lot of Nigerians have been calling on television and the radio thanking us that we have shown Nigerians that we have footballers who are committed to winning a football match‎, and that is commendable because we believe that one day very soon, Nigeria can win the FIFA World Cup. In fact the plan of the present NFF is to win the FIFA World Cup. What has been lacking much of the time has been the passion for the badge on your chest.”

Akinwunmi said the players should at all times remember that there are millions of Nigerians who pray and fast for the team to win a match and as such they must realise that they carry the passion of millions of Nigerians. Challenging the boys to go to Congo and outscore the Devils so as to make sure of a place at the 2nd African U-23 Championship, the 1st Vice President commended the players for the high level of discipline.

Also speaking at the same reception, the NFF’s 2nd Vice President, Mr. Shehu Dikko said the boys have shown that they are the future of Nigeria football, adding that its not always all about winning, but about the future‎.

Assuring the boys that the Federation will do give every support to make the team soar in Congo and all the way to the All-Africa Games, the African U-23 Championship and next year’s Olympics, Dikko then urged the players to take advantage of the elite player program, that will help the players to keep fit and stay in shape.

“As for the league we have the program that’s called the elite player program, so any player who is not playing in the league and who wants to play in the league at least to keep in shape, you can come to us in the LMC, we can get you a club, we will pay you to play for a club‎ and you don’t have to be contracted to the club.”

He added that it is the best way to go for the players to keep playing day in, day out before they secure contracts abroad.

Responding, the captain of the side, Azubuike Okechukwu thanked the NFF for their support and on behalf of the players promised Nigerians that they will take the battle to the Congolese in Pointe Noire and do the country proud.

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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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Wike to splash dollars on U-23 team http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/18/wike-to-splash-dollars-on-u-23-team/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/18/wike-to-splash-dollars-on-u-23-team/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:11:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246568 Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Governor Wike addressing members of the technical crew of U-23 Dream Team 6 at their training ground in Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt

Governor Wike addressing members of the technical crew of U-23 Dream Team 6 at their training ground in Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has splashed dollars on the U-23 team (Dream Team VI) ahead of Sunday’s Olympic qualifier against Congo in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria.

Shortly after watching the team’s training session at the 40,000 capacity Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Friday in Port Harcourt said they needed to win convincingly.

According to the governor, “We need to win this match and win convincingly. If you score any goal you will go with $30,000 and if you win with three goals you will go home with $100,000.”

Wike added that, “Mr President will be happy that you win this match.”

Governor Nyesom Wike taking a look at the master plan of Greater Port Harcourt during a visit to the site in Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike taking a look at the master plan of Greater Port Harcourt during a visit to the site in Port Harcourt

Wike, while assuring the team of maximum support, said the hosting of the Olympic qualifier was important for Rivers state because it will be the first time an international match will be played at the new stadium, and therefore charged them to play as a team.

He thanked the technical crew for the hard work and commitment in making sure the team is fully prepared to defeat their opponents.

Governor Wike also challenged the Captain of the team, Azubuike Okechukwu, to ensure they play as a team

Governor Wike (centre) in a group photograph with U-23 Team (Dream Team 6) after their training session in Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt

Governor Wike (centre) in a group photograph with U-23 Team (Dream Team 6) after their training session in Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt

“If for anything Rivers State will want you to win, it is this match,” he stressed, as he wished them good luck ahead of the match.

On his part, the Chief Coach of the Under-23 team and former Super Eagles striker, Sampson Siasia thanked the governor and people of Rivers State for the support and hospitality given to them since they arrived.

While assuring the governor of winning the match, he said “the boys are ready. If they calm down and play, we will score more goals. Come Sunday these boys will make Nigeria proud.”

Coach Siasia lauded the Local Organizing Committee for making sure facilities are ready, noting that already they are in good spirits ahead of the cracker on Sunday.

Earlier, Governor Wike had inspected facilities at the stadium, saying he was satisfied with the level of preparation so far.

He stated that the state cannot afford to miss this opportunity to show to the world that it can host an international match and that Rivers State is the home of hospitality in the country.

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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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Adenuga praises Oliseh, says he’s right choice for Eagles Job http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/adenuga-praises-oliseh-says-hes-right-choice-for-eagles-job/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/adenuga-praises-oliseh-says-hes-right-choice-for-eagles-job/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:51:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246385 L-R: Ike Oraekwuotu, Sunday Oliseh and Amaju Pinnick

L-R: Ike Oraekwuotu, Sunday Oliseh and Amaju Pinnick

The Chairman of Globacom, the official sponsor of Nigerian national teams, Dr. Mike Adenuga jr. (GCON) has praised the selection of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles Coach.

In his Speech at the presentation ceremony in Lagos on Thursday when the Board of the Nigeria Football Federation led by its President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, formally presented Oliseh to Globacom, Coordinator Business Solutions of the company, Mr. Ike Oraekwuotu, stated that Dr. Adenuga heavily supported the choice of Sunday Oliseh, adding that he is the right choice.

“We are proud of his pedigree and we wish Oliseh and the NFF the very best in their effort to re-position Nigerian football and restore its honour and glory,” said Dr. Adenuga in a statement delivered on his behalf at the presentation.

Dr. Adenuga commended the Board of Nigeria Football Federation under the leadership of Mr. Pinnick for the choice of Oliseh which has been widely celebrated across the country as a round peg in a round hole.

He assured the Nigerian Football community, particularly the Nigerian Football Federation and the League Management Company of Globacom’s total commitment to the development of Nigerian football.

“We also wish to assure you all of Globacom’s irrevocable commitment to the continued support of Nigerian football,” Mr. Oraekwuotu concluded.

In his Speech at the event, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Pinnick, described Globacom as an African brand that has made Nigeria proud, adding that the Chairman of the company, Dr. Adenuga is the pride of Africa.

He stated that NFF appreciates what Glo has done for Nigerian football, noting that the primary objective of the NFF Board is to build sustainable football development in Nigeria.

He re-assured Globacom that the company’s investment in Nigerian football will not be in vain, stressing that, “We will get result in the coming years and our football we be back on track.”

On his part, Sunday Oliseh said Globacom as a global brand, has done a lot to improve Nigerian football.

He promised to build the capacity of the coaches, referees and club owners through intensive trainings which will help to produce football stars for the country.

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NFF gives Oliseh 3 months salary in advance worth N15m http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/15/nff-gives-oliseh-3-months-salary-in-advance-worth-n15m/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/15/nff-gives-oliseh-3-months-salary-in-advance-worth-n15m/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:38:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246272 Taiwo Adelu

L-R: President, Nigeria Football Federation, Mr.  Amaju Pinnick; new Coach Super Eagles of Nigeria Mr. Sunday Oliseh and General Secretary NFF, Mr. Mohammed Sanusi, during the inauguration of Oliseh as Super Eagles new coach in Abuja on Wednesday

L-R: President, Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick; new Coach Super Eagles of Nigeria Mr. Sunday Oliseh and General Secretary NFF, Mr. Mohammed Sanusi, during the inauguration of Oliseh as Super Eagles new coach in Abuja on Wednesday

In what appears to be a kind gesture to help the new chief coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh to succeed, President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick announced a three-month advance payment of salary to the new coach during the unveiling ceremony in Abuja today.

Apart from Oliseh, Pinnick also announced that all his assistants, Alloy Agu, Belgian Jean Francois Losciuto and Salisu Yusuf would also get three months salary in advance. This, according to the president is to show how serious the NFF wants Oliseh and his coaching crew to succeed and as a source of motivation.

This shows that without doing any work, Oliseh will be smiling to the bank with a whopping sum of N15 million as the NFF has signed a monthly package of N5m salary deal with him today.

Meanwhile, former Super Eagles’ captain, resumed life as head coach of the team on Wednesday, with a clear message to the generality of Nigerians: “I come to serve my country, not to wage a war.”

There were several questions at Wednesday’s colourful official presentation ceremony bothering on Oliseh’s perceived ‘stubbornness’, but the former captain swiftly differentiated between being principled and being stubborn.

“I have come to serve, and the NFF has promised to give me all the support I need to succeed. They are the employers and I am the employee. That distinction has to be appreciated at all times.

“I have had meetings with members of the Technical and Development Committee, led by Chief Anyansi-Agwu, very knowledgeable people all. I have met members of the Executive Committee and the General Secretary. I believe we will all work together excellently. It is a huge honour to be Head Coach of Nigeria.

“One thing I will say, dear compatriots, is that I am not a Messiah. I have come to do my very best, give 150%, to take Nigeria football to the next level, with the support of my assistants, the NFF and relevant stakeholders. I am optimistic that we will lift the Nigeria game to a new height.

“My assistants and myself will not invite to the camp of the National Team of Nigeria, any player who is not playing in the top division in the recognized Leagues of the world, including Nigeria. The only exception would be those players from any of the age-grade National Teams that we find exceptional and deserving of an opportunity to try and win shirts in the senior team,” he said.

The multi-lingual coach, who played professional football in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and won Olympic football gold, Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze and played in two FIFA World Cup final competitions, signed a three-year contract with an option for an additional another year.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick presided over the event, supported by Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Anyansi-Agwu, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Babagana Kalli and Ahmad Kawu, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and other members of NFF management, including Technical Director Shaibu Amodu.

The NFF leadership later presented Oliseh and his assistants to the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Al-hassan Saleh Yakmut.

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Siasia’s Eagles won’t disappoint Nigeria – Freestan Boss http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/siasias-eagles-wont-disappoint-nigeria-freestan-boss/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/siasias-eagles-wont-disappoint-nigeria-freestan-boss/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:15:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246197 Efemena Elutade, President of Freenan Sports Club, Lagos

Efemena Elutade, President of Freenan Sports Club, Lagos

Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles have been tipped to do the country proud in their future engagements beginning with the African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier against Congo, this Sunday in Port Harcourt.

This assurance was given by Prince Efemena Elutabe, the President of Lagos based non-league side, Freestan Sports Club.

Freestan recently played against Samson Siasia’s Dream Team in a friendly tie in Port Harcourt which the U-23 Eagles won 3-1.

Elutabe opined that the quality of the players in the national team and buoyed by the experience and astuteness of Siasia-led technical crew would certainly make the team too hot to handle for any opposition.

“Without doubt, the U-23 team are very good. I want to assure Nigerians that this team will do us proud at the All Africa Games and also qualify for the
Olympic Games,” Prince Elutabe assured.

“I have watched this team played severally, and the quality and potentials in this team are awesome,” he said.

He went ahead to enjoin every soccer fan to turn out enmasse to support the U-23 team against Congo, on Sunday.

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Pinnick: Why NFF decided to employ Oliseh http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/pinnick-why-nff-decided-to-employ-oliseh/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/pinnick-why-nff-decided-to-employ-oliseh/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:25:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246174 Taiwo Adelu

Sunday Oliseh arrives Abuja, Nigeria's capital on Tuesday

Sunday Oliseh arrives Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Tuesday

President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has revealed the real reason his board wants Sunday Oliseh to take up the coaching job of the Super Eagles.

Pinnick said he and other members of the board were impressed with Oliseh’s plans for Nigerian football if he gets the job. According to the president, Oliseh has passion and focus on the problem of the game in the country and the solution. He added that the former Nigerian international told him that he is going to restructure the playing pattern of the Eagles as soon as he gets the job.

“When he told me about his plan to restructure the playing pattern of our football, I was so much impressed because I could remember how German football, which was then known of its ruggedness and its popular German machine status was changed to tip-tap pattern. We all saw how German football’s tip tap pattern changed the structure of that country’s football.

“I believe Oliseh’s job will go beyond handling Eagles, but he is coming to redefine our football. I can see that he is extremely passionate about what he has been telling us. He has slept over it and dreamt of it. The way he has been calling some of my technical committee members telling them of his vision for our football, I know he meant business,” Pinnick explained.

Meanwhile, Director General of National Sports Commission, NSC, Alhassan Yakmut has said that the Sports Ministry would not react officially to the planned hiring of Oliseh as Eagles’ coach as he was briefed by the leadership of NFF that talks with Oliseh are still ongoing.

“We cannot conclude and react on something which is yet to be concluded. The NFF board members met me on Monday to inform that their talks with Oliseh still ongoing and they assured that due process would be strictly followed in the process of getting a new coach for the Eagles. I believe the NSC would not act prematurely on this matter for now,” Yakmut said.

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NFF right to appoint Oliseh as Super Eagles coach, says Siasia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/11/nff-right-to-appoint-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach-says-siasia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/11/nff-right-to-appoint-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach-says-siasia/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:44:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245800 Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

The National under-23 Team Coach, Samson Siasia, has commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for hiring ex-internationals to coach the Super Eagles.

The NFF is in talks with former Super Eagles’ captain, Sunday Oliseh to coach the senior national team.

Siasia told sports journalists on Saturday in Port Harcourt, that it was a good development for the growth of the game in the country and for ex-internationals with interest and experience in coaching.

According to Siasia, Oliseh is good, I just wish him the best of luck and hopefully he would succeed.

“He should know how this terrain is, we have been there for awhile, he has been in Europe, I pray for him to cope, and you know it is not easy,” he said.

Siasia said the U-23 team was well prepared to take on Congo on July 19 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.

He call on Port Harcourt fans to “come out in their numbers to support the team.”

NAN

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NFF to unveil Oliseh as Super Eagles coach next week http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/10/nff-to-unveil-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach-next-week/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/10/nff-to-unveil-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach-next-week/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:55:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245761 Sunday Oliseh and NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

Sunday Oliseh and NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will between Wednesday and Thursday next week unveil Sunday Oliseh as the new Super Eagles Chief Coach, an official said on Friday in Abuja.

Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Assistant Director of Communications, told NAN the federation had almost concluded talks with the former Super Eagles captain.

Olajire said an offer had been made to the player by the NFF and all the final details of the agreement had also been concluded.

“The only thing that is left is for the Federation to officially unveil Oliseh as Nigeria’s national team chief coach and that will be done either on Wednesday or on Thursday.

NAN recalls that the Federation had earlier in the week confirmed it was holding talks with Oliseh with regards to the vacant position at the Super Eagles.

The NFF had last weekend terminated the appointment of another former captain, Stephen Keshi, over “breaches of core terms of his contract’’.

Following the encouragement of a team of the NFF Technical and Development Committee working on filling the vacant position, Oliseh met with NFF President Amaju Pinnick in London.

NAN also recalls that the Federation said Oliseh would come with a Foreign Technical Assistant, whose job description would centre on development programmes.

It said the Foreign Technical Assistant would work with league clubs’ youth teams and certified academies towards developing the game from the grassroots.

The NFF had said coach Salisu Yusuf, who had earlier been named as the assistant coach in the interim technical crew, would be in the new team.

It however pointed out that his role would be with greater devotion to the home-based team, known as Super Eagles B.

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NFF set to name Oliseh as Super Eagles coach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/nff-set-to-name-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/nff-set-to-name-oliseh-as-super-eagles-coach/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:46:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245546 Sunday Oliseh and NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

Sunday Oliseh and NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed it is in talks with former Super Eagles’ captain Sunday Oliseh with regards to the vacant position of the team’s Head Coach.

At the weekend, the NFF terminated the appointment of another former captain, Stephen Keshi, over breaches of core terms of his contract.

Following the encouragement of a team of the NFF Technical and Development Committee that is working on filling the vacant position, Sunday Oliseh met with NFF President Amaju Pinnick in London on Tuesday.

“An offer has been made, and there is understanding, but we have to work out the final details of the agreement in a few days. Of course, the Executive Board has to give approval for his appointment based on the final terms to be agreed,” said Felix Anyansi-Agwu, chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee.

Thenff.com understands that Oliseh will come with a Foreign Technical Assistant, whose job description will centre around development programmes, and who will work with Clubs’ Youth Teams and certified Academies towards developing the game from the grassroots.

Current stand-in Coach Salisu Yusuf will also be in the new team, but with greater devotion to the home-based team, otherwise known as Super Eagles B, and will be the interface between the technical crew and the home boys.

Oliseh is expected to come up with a five –year developmental plan to fashion a unique playing and coaching philosophy for all the National Teams, and will for this purpose, interface regularly with coaches of those teams.

“We are also looking at how he will periodically organize clinics and seminars for coaches of Clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, probably once in a month, so as to strengthen the playing philosophy across board. A robust youth development programme, elite player development strategy and performance programmes to drive higher standards, among other core sustainable development programmes, are also part of the proposal,” Anyansi-Agwu added.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick said: “Sunday Oliseh has vast experience and immense knowledge of the game, and will certainly add value to what we are doing. He has bought into our vision and objectives towards the development of Nigeria football. He will command the respect of the players and we trust he has the temperament to work harmoniously with the Technical and Development Committee, the Technical Directorate and the Technical Study Group.

“On our part at the NFF, we will give him all the support to succeed as we have been giving to all our coaches. Subject to the approval of the NFF Executive Committee, we will conclude negotiations by weekend and he will be unveiled next week.”

Oliseh, 40, is presently a FIFA instructor, and runs a consultancy that trains and assesses coaches worldwide. He is also member of FIFA Technical Study Group.

He was in the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia in 1994, and played in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup final competitions, with the Super Eagles reaching the Round of 16 in both. He was also in the Nigeria U-23 side that won Africa’s first Olympic football gold in Atlanta 19 years ago.

Oliseh played for Reggiana, FC Cologne, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, VFL Bochum and RC Genk in a magnificent professional career, during which he played under some of the best coaches in the universe.

He won 63 caps for Nigeria between 1993 and 2002, picking up Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze medals.

Oliseh holds a UEFA Pro License, and coached Belgian lower division club, Vervietois between 2008 and 2009.

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NFF never believed in Keshi, says Amiesimaka http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/05/nff-never-believed-in-keshi-says-amiesimaka/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/05/nff-never-believed-in-keshi-says-amiesimaka/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:53:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245093 Stephen Keshi: sacked by the NFF

Stephen Keshi: sacked by the NFF

A former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka said on Sunday that he was not surprised at the removal of Coach Stephen Keshi because the current Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board never believed in him.

Amiesimaka told NAN in Port Harcourt that the termination of Keshi’s two-year contract because he applied for the Ivorian job, would not come to many Nigerians as a surprise.

“It is clear that the moment he was employed and after winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, it was obvious they did not want him.

“Keshi was not wanted by the NFF. After winning the cup, Keshi ran into different problems with the federation.

“Some top NFF officials made it clear that they wanted a foreign coach; they were merely looking for excuse to throw him out,” he said.

Amiesimaka, a former Chairman of Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, said it could have dawned on Keshi that his employers did not want him.

“I saw it coming, Keshi should have seen it coming, I am sure other Nigerians too should have seen it coming, he was never their choice,” he said.

On Shaibu Amodu as replacement for Keshi, Amiesimaka said the same Amodu was removed in the past because he lacked technical depth.

“Amodu qualified the country twice for the World Cup in 2002 and 2010 and was sacked for a lack of technical expertise.

“I believe Amodu is not the real choice, I think they will prefer a foreign coach. Let’s wait and see how things will go,” he said.

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NFF sacks Stephen Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/04/nff-sacks-stephen-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/04/nff-sacks-stephen-keshi/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:38:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245002 Coach Stephen Keshi: sacked by NFF

Coach Stephen Keshi: sacked by NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the termination of the appointment of Stephen Keshi as the Head Coach of the Senior National soccer team, the Super Eagles.

A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday said this decision was made, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee.

It added that in taking the decision, the committee reviewed the actions and inactions of Keshi, in the performance of his duties as the Eagles’ Head Coach in which, “we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract’’.

The statement adds: “to this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.”

It said the termination was “without prejudice to the settlement of any existing and due financial obligations between the NFF and Keshi”.

The statement quoting its 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, on behalf of executive committee, assured Nigerians, “the decision was not taken lightly or with any prejudice, but in the ultimate interest of Nigerian football”.

It, then, thanked Keshi for his services to the country and wished him the very best in his future endeavours.

The statement said in the interim, the Eagles’ team affairs would be jointly managed by Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the federation, headed by Coach Shaibu Amodu, until it named in due course a new Head Coach.

Over the last two weeks the federation had through its technical commiittee, been investigating Keshi over allegations that he was one of the many coaches that applied to fill the vacant position of Chief Coach of the Ivorian Seneior National team, the Elephants of Coted’Ivoire.

Keshi was said to have denied applying for the job. Keshi’s name was conspicously missing in a short list of five being considered for the job that Ivorian FA released earlier in the week.

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NSC DG passes vote of confidence on NFF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/02/nsc-dg-passes-vote-of-confidence-on-nff/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/02/nsc-dg-passes-vote-of-confidence-on-nff/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:18:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244709 Amaju Pinnick, NFF President

Amaju Pinnick, NFF President

Director General (DG) of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Malam Alhassan Saleh Yakmut has passed a vote of confidence on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with regards to living up to its responsibilities to the various national teams.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja, the NSC boss discountenanced the report by a national sports paper of Monday, 29 June which claimed that the NFF had abandoned the U-23 team preparing for a 2016 Olympics qualifying fixture against Congo and the men’s football tournament of the 11th All-Africa Games.

“It is mischievous for anyone to say that the NFF has abandoned the U-23 men’s football team. The National Sports Commission and the NFF have been taking good care of the team. My office has been in constant touch with the Nigeria Football Federation which has been doing its statutory duty in ensuring that the teams get all their needs in their pursuit of bringing honour to the nation.

“How can we abandon a team as important as the U-23 team, when they are right now on a double -pronged attack to win gold at the All-Africa Games and also pick one of the tickets for the Olympics? That report is outright falsehood. Mind you, this team have been in camp since November 2014, even though in phases, and have been given all the support to first pick the All-Africa Games football ticket which I am happy they have done, and now battling for the very important Olympic ticket.

“From my interaction with the Head Coach, Samson Siasia, I am happy with the programme he has outlined towards winning the All-Africa Games gold and qualifying for the Olympics.”

He disclosed that the closed camping for the All-Africa Games will commence effectively on Monday, 6 July, and assured Nigerians that all will be done to ensure that the country shines at the Games.

Meanwhile, the NFF and the League Management Company have commended the impact of new measures and the NFF’s capacity building programmes in turning around the fortunes of the various domestic league competitions, viz Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nation-Wide League.

At a joint briefing of the NFF Organizing Committee, the League Management Company and the NFF Referees Committee in Abuja on Tuesday, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi expressed confidence that the leagues can only get better, in the face of the commitment of the Amaju Pinnick–led NFF towards taking Nigerian football to new heights.

“These wonderful results, we have always expected because of the carefully-laid out training programme for the referees and the referee assessors vis-à-vis capacity building for referees in the United Kingdom and the series of seminars organised here in Nigeria for the referees and referee assessors.

“We feel delighted that FIFA acknowledged our efforts by approving a very special training course for our referees, referee assessors and physical fitness trainers which was organised in Abuja from 23 – 29 May, 2015,” Akinwunmi said.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, reiterated the readiness of the present NFF team to run a transparent, accountable administration for the good of Nigeria’s game, and charged the media to provide its support all the way, and also not to be shy to come forward with useful information that could help eradicate unhealthy practices.

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Wike inaugurates committee to host international matches http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/wike-inaugurates-committee-to-host-international-matches/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/wike-inaugurates-committee-to-host-international-matches/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:59:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244149 Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Friday in Port Harcourt inaugurated an organising committee for the city’s hosting of two international football matches in July.

Speaking while inaugurating the committee at Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike said hosting the matches would promote the state as a safe place for business and sports.

“The approval of the hosting of the matches in Port Harcourt by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is an indication of the confidence the football body has in the state.

“We must ensure that the matches are successful and played under a secured atmosphere,” he said.

The governor said the state would continue to play host to important national and international events to “dispel false information peddled by political opponents”.

He urged the committee to get to work immediately and determine the stadium to be used between the Liberation Stadium and the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

In his response, Chairman of the committee, Boma Iyaye, assured the governor that he and his colleagues would ensure that the matches were hosted successfully.

The matches are Super Falcons versus Equatorial Guinea on July 18, and the Dream Team VI versus Congo’s under-23 male national team on July 19.

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U-17 Thunder Balogun Tourney Enters Round of 16 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/u-17-thunder-balogun-tourney-enters-round-of-16/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/u-17-thunder-balogun-tourney-enters-round-of-16/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:48:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243968 The ongoing U-17 Tesilim Thunder Balogun Football Competition has reached the round of 16 stage.

The competition is being played in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Among the teams that qualified for the round of 16 are Victory FC, Nero FC, Teslim Balogun FC, Mighty Blaster, United FC and Flying Hawks.

Match coordinator, Omotayo Ashiru told P.M.NEWS Thursday that the other eight teams from Campos centre, Lagos Island will join teams that have already qualified in the round of 16.

“We have concluded all the matches at Ikorodu centre and the eight teams have emerged for the next round. We are waiting for other centres before we can kick off the round of 16,” he said.

Commenting on the competition so far, Omotayo said the organisers have discovered young talents that will be recommended to Lagos State Football Association, LSFA, for future programmes.

Action resumes Friday at Campos playground on Lagos Island when Songs FA face Samadeck FC, while Dream Teams FC tackle 36 Lion FA.

The championship is sponsored by the family of the late football icon, Tesilimi Thunder Balogun .

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16 Teams Battle For Golden Penny Nations Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/16-teams-battle-for-golden-penny-nations-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/25/16-teams-battle-for-golden-penny-nations-cup/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:40:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243964 Golden Penny Food Nations Cup will kick off Saturday at Government College playground, Osborne, Ikoyi, Lagos.

A total of 16 teams are expected to take part in the competition sponsored by Golden Penny Food.

In the fixtures released by the organisers, Group A consists of Ghana, Gabon, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

In Group B are Zambia, Kenya, Egypt and Nigeria, while Group C is made up of Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal and South Africa.

Group D comprises Angola, Morocco, Tunisia and Guinea.

The opening match will be played between Ghana and Gabon, while Zambia face Kenya, Ivory Coast take on Cameroon before Angola clash with Morocco in the last match of the day.

Chairman, Organising Committee, Cosmos Ubani told P.M.NEWS Sports that the tournament is put together to keep clubs within Obalende-Ikoyi Local Council Development Area, LCDA busy.

“Apart from keeping our clubs busy, we also want to select good players that we will like to recommend to professional clubs in Nigeria and possibly send them for trials abroad. The competition will be keenly contested because all the participating teams have prepared very well ahead of this competition,” he said.

A representative of Golden Penny Nigeria Plc, Osimetta Seidu Muhammed said the company is associating with the organisers because of it is committed to sports development in Lagos State.

He charged the participating teams to abide by the rules and regulations of the tournament.

He disclosed that Golden Penny will reward outstanding players and give prize money and trophy to the winners.

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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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Keshi to face NFF disciplinary committee for applying for Ivory Coast job http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/23/keshi-to-face-nff-disciplinary-committee-for-applying-for-ivory-coast-job/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/23/keshi-to-face-nff-disciplinary-committee-for-applying-for-ivory-coast-job/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:50:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243690 Coach Stephen Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles’ Head Coach, on Monday said his appearance before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Disciplinary Committee would not deter him from doing his job.

NAN recalls that NFF had summoned Keshi to appear before its disciplinary committee on June 23.

He was expected to explain circumstances surrounding his inclusion in a job shortlist in Cote d’ Ivoire.

The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) had announced on Friday it received 59 applications, including that of Keshi, in the move to get a replacement for Herve Renard.

NAN reports that the Frenchman is the Head Coach of the Ivorien senior national team.

However, Keshi who signed a fresh two-year deal with the NFF in April to handle the Eagles, told NAN in Abuja that he knew nothing about the application.

“I did not apply for anything. I don’t know how it managed to get there.

“I will appear before the committee to explain and there is no way it will deter me from serving my country or doing my job,” he said.

The coach said it was normal for anybody to appear before such a committee to clarify issues of such magnitude.

NAN reports that Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and teammate Ogenyi Onazi are also expected to appear before the committee.

Enyeama will appear to defend a statement credited to him concerning the safety and security of players following NFF’s choice of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna for their match against Chad.

His summon followed his inability to reply within 48 hours a query from the NFF regarding his comment.

Similarly, Onazi, the recipient of a red card in the June 13 AFCON qualifier, was mandated to produce a written apology to the NFF after paying a 5,000 dollars fine.

The apology letter is also expected on June 23 during the committee’s sitting.

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