P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigerian Football Teams http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 No new contract: NFF sacks Coach Stephen Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/no-new-contract-nff-sacks-coach-stephen-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/no-new-contract-nff-sacks-coach-stephen-keshi/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216217 Keshi: sacked by NFF

Keshi: sacked by NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Stephen Keshi, coach of the country’s national team, the Super Eagles.

The Cable reports that the decision was made Wednesday night by the executive committee of the newly constituted Nigeria Football Federation, at a meeting at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Keshi, will now be replaced by Shaibu Amodu, a former coach of the team. He will be supported by Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. Garba Lawal, a former player will serve as the team ‘s coordinator.

Amodu as a caretaker coach, will take charge of the team for the last two matches in the qualifying round for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Keshi’s three-year contract with NFF actually expired at the end of the World Cup in Brazil, where he led the team to the second round of the competition, just after winning the African Cup of Nations.

The team have had a run of bad results since then, losing to Sudan and Congo in the Group A qualifiers and drawing with South Africa. The team rccorded a 3-1 victory over Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday.

But the NFF executives did not seem to be impressed to give Keshi a new contract, more so since Keshi had boasted that he has several African countries waiting to hire him.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nigeria beat Sudan 3-1 to keep AFCON hopes alive http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/nigeria-beat-sudan-3-1-to-keep-afcon-hopes-alive/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/15/nigeria-beat-sudan-3-1-to-keep-afcon-hopes-alive/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:26:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216173 By Taiwo Adelu

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring for Nigeria

African champions, Nigeria put life into their qualification race for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by defeating Sudan 3-1 in Abuja on Wednesday at the Abuja National Stadium.

CSKA Moscow winger, Ahmed Musa scored twice and China-based striker, Aaron Samuel got among the goals while Salah Ibrahim Jizoli netted for the Falcons of Jediane.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles began the contest like a house on fire with the Sudanese preferring to sit back and mop up the pressure while hoping to catch the African champions on the counter.

Samuel, Musa and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, had chances to score without success in the opening half while Emmanuel Emenike cut a frustrating look.

Babeker Bakri, who got the winner for Sudan in the reverse game in Khartoum, went close to scoring but both teams fired blanks in the opening 45 minutes.

The goal drought ended three minutes into the second half, when Musa got Nigeria in front. Mikel skipped past two Sudanese, and played the ball to Musa whose first touch put him through on goal to slip past El Hadi in Sudan’s goal.

The lead lasted eight minutes as Jizoli equalised by side-footing Bakri’s cross to leave score at 1-1.

A minute later, Emenike stung the palms of El Hadi with his free kick but Samuel conjured an acrobatic finish inside the box to make it 2-1 to Nigeria in the 66th minute after Sudan could not clear their lines.

At the death, Musa persevered and stole the ball at the edge of Sudan’s box, took his time to cut his marker inside-out before squeezing a shot underneath El Hadi for Nigeria’s third and his second of the match.

Nigeria now has four points from four matches but are still behind Group A leaders, South Africa and Congo in second in the 2015 Afcon qualification.

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

Super Falcons celebrate after scoring
Photo: footballiscominghome.info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AFCON: I’ll resign as NFA chairman for Eagles to qualify – Pinnick http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/afcon-ill-resign-as-nfa-chairman-for-eagles-to-qualify-pinnick/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/afcon-ill-resign-as-nfa-chairman-for-eagles-to-qualify-pinnick/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:58:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215892 Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said on Monday that he was ready to resign his position if that would guarantee Super Eagles qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Pinnick said this on Monday when he visited the Super Eagles training session at the National Stadium Abuja.

He said he was ready to sacrifice his position if that would make the Eagles win their remaining three games in the qualifying campaign.

“We are going to talk like brothers and friends and if there are things that are holding the back success please voice it out.

“If you say you want me to resign so that you people can win, I want you people to say it. We are ready to win this AFCON 2015.

“Nigerians are so passionate about this game; everywhere I enter now, they tell me that Nigerians will not want to hear excuses.

“So, please we don’t want to hear any story; go ahead and prove us right,” Pinnick said.

The NFA boss further said that the NFA board would meet on October 14 in Abuja to deliberate on the way forward for the Eagles before the Wednesday’s crucial encounter.

“Any decision we are going to take at the level of the federation will be at the best interest of Nigeria.

“We are not going to look at any decision based on hearsay or media bliss; we are going to take decision based on statistics and records.

“Once we are able to get through this match on Wednesday, we will beat Congo in Congo by God’s grace and then beat South Africa in Uyo, which gives us 10 points.

“Technically if we get 10 points we will be second in the group; we are working and praying towards that and I believe we will be able to achieve it,” he added.

He expressed the optimism that Nigeria would qualify for the competition, noting that nothing good had ever come easy.

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

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the file – Super Falcons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amaju Pinnick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amaju Pinnick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AFCON 2015: Sudan defeat lackluster Super Eagles http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/afcon-2015-sudan-defeat-lackluster-super-eagles/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/11/afcon-2015-sudan-defeat-lackluster-super-eagles/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:23:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215563 Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Sudan stunned Africa Cup of Nations title-holders Nigeria 1-0 Saturday in a 2015 qualifier while Algeria, Ivory Coast and South Africa achieved impressive away victories.

Algeria overcame Malawi 2-0, South Africa triumphed by the same score in Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast won 2-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sierra Leone exceeded expectations to hold Cameroon 0-0 in Yaounde after surrendering home advantage because of the Ebola epidemic and Togo upset Uganda 1-0 in Kampala.

The qualifiers took place amid a demand from 2015 hosts Morocco that the January 17-February 8 tournament be postponed over the Ebola crisis.

But the African Football Confederation (CAF) insisted Saturday that the three-week championship will go ahead as scheduled.

More than 4,000 people had died from the virus this year, according to the World Health Organisation, with virtually all the victims living in west African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A Bakry Almadina header on 41 minutes in Khartoum gave Sudan a first Group A win and Nigeria slumped to bottom place with a solitary point halfway through the qualifiers.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel netted three minutes from time but was clearly offside and he pulled another shot wide as the Super Eagles mounted a late offensive.

Sudan are 34 places below Nigeria in the African rankings and started the match as rank outsiders after being well beaten by South Africa and Congo Brazzaville last month.

South Africa made it three wins from five visits to Atlantic city Pointe-Noire by netting twice within four minutes soon after half-time.

Bongani Ndulula silenced a 15,000 crowd crammed into the Stade Municipal by scoring via a bicycle kick on 52 minutes.

Tokelo Rantie doubled the lead with a close-range shot after a superb pass from fellow England-based professional Dean Furman.

South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa then made a string of saves to keep Congo at bay and when the Red Devils did score during stoppage time, the effort was ruled offside.

Defenders scored both Algerian goals in Blantyre with Rafik Halliche putting the Desert Foxes ahead on 10 minutes and substitute Djamel Mesbah adding a second in stoppage time.

Halliche nodded a corner past goalkeeper McDonald Harawa and Mesbah scored with a deflected close-range shot for the top-ranked team in Africa.

Algeria did best of the five African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, taking eventual champions Germany to extra time before suffering a 2-1 loss.

Wilfried Bony from English Premier League outfit Swansea fluffed a penalty for Ivory Coast, then scored to give the Elephants a half-time lead in Kinshasa.

Cedric Mongongu levelled off a spot kick only for Max-Alain Gradel to earn the Ivorians maximum points with a goal seven minutes from time.

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

Samson Siasia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why I will not call Ike Uche – Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/why-i-will-not-call-ike-uche-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/why-i-will-not-call-ike-uche-keshi/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:12:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215198 FBL-WC-2014-NGR-PRESSER

The Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has explained his reasons for dropping Spanish based striker, Ike UChe from his squad to face Sudan this weekend.

Keshi said this in Abuja during an interactive session with the media ahead of the team’s qualifying match against Sudan for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

“I did the list and Ike Uche’s name was among the 24-man list and he didn’t know about it.

“Four days later, he (Uche) called me and I was surprised to hear his voice. We spoke like brothers.

“The next time, my secretary Dayo Enebi, asked the players if they have South African visa so that he can take their passports and get them visas.

Villarreal's Ikechukwu Uche

Villarreal’s Ikechukwu Uche

“He (Enebi) asked Uche about his own visa and he refused to submit his passport.

“He said that he needed somebody to explain something he heard about himself being a bad person,” Keshi said.

The coach said that Uche refused to submit his passport for visa processing until explanations were given to his questions.

Keshi noted that the player’s refusal to submit his passport led to his exclusion from the list of invited players.

“I said his name should be removed; I am not going to beg Uche and I am not going to ask Daniel Amokachi to beg him.

“We all played for this country for over 20 years and nobody begged us to play; we were begging to play for the country then.

“So, please let this be the end of the question about Uche, the players that are willing to play for the country should be encouraged to do so.

“Why must it be Ike Uche all the time? Obafemi Martins is also excluded but he is not saying anything.

“We have other players that are not here, why do you people want to tear my team apart?” Keshi quizzed.

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Keshi begs Nigerians not to unsettle his squad http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/keshi-begs-nigerians-not-to-unsettle-his-squad/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/09/keshi-begs-nigerians-not-to-unsettle-his-squad/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:47:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215197 Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

The Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has appealed to Nigerians not to cause disaffection among the players in the national team.

Keshi made the plea on Wednesday in Abuja during an interactive session with the media ahead of the team’s qualifying match against Sudan for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigeria placed third in Group A behind South Africa and Congo and will play Sudan in Khartoum on 11 October, in one of this weekend’s qualifiers.

Keshi at the session urged Nigerians to encourage the invited players rather than make case for uninvited players. “Before the game against Congo I did the list, I never knew I will come back to prosecute the match because my contract has expired with the team.

“I did the list and Ike Uche’s name was among the 24-man list and he didn’t know about it. Four days later, he (Uche) called me and I was surprised to hear his voice. We spoke like brothers.

“The next time, my secretary Dayo Enebi, asked the players if they have South African visa so that he can take their passports and get them visas.

“He (Enebi) asked Uche about his own visa and he refused to submit his passport.

“He said that he needed somebody to explain something he heard about himself being a bad person,” Keshi said.

The coach said that Uche refused to submit his passport for visa processing until explanations were given to his questions.

Keshi noted that the player’s refusal to submit his passport led to his exclusion from the list of invited players.

“I said his name should be removed; I am not going to beg Uche and I am not going to ask Daniel Amokachi to beg him.

“We all played for this country for over 20 years and nobody begged us to play; we were begging to play for the country then.

“So, please let this be the end of the question about Uche, the players that are willing to play for the country should be encouraged to do so.

“Why must it be Ike Uche all the time? Obafemi is also excluded but he is not saying anything.

“We have other players that are not here, why do you people want to tear my team apart?” Keshi queried.

NAN reports that the team is expected to depart the country for Sudan on Friday for the encounter.

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

Super Eagles in training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I can’t go to jail over NFA election – Sports Minister http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/i-cant-go-to-jail-over-nfa-election-sports-minister/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/i-cant-go-to-jail-over-nfa-election-sports-minister/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:30:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214149 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, said he won’t go to jail following the commencement of contempt proceedings in court against Tuesday’s conduct of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board elections in Warri.

NAN reports that Danagogo’s comment comes on the heels of the court order which restrained the NFA and its agents from going ahead with the election.

He told NAN in Abuja that he was not served the “Form 48 contempt proceedings” to warrant him going to jail.

“I can’t speak for other persons whether they are heading for jail or not, but certainly I am not heading for jail.

“In law, documentary evidence excludes oral evidence, that’s what lawyers will tell you. If you come and tell me now that there is a court order against me I can say it’s a gossip or rumour.

“I should not be told about a court order, I should be served; you must read in between the lines to properly interpret and know what directives you have been given,” Danagogo said.

The minister, who justified his earlier intervention in the NFA leadership crisis, noted that the mandatory directive by the court led to an interim leadership in July.

“The last time I intervened, a mandatory directive was given by the court for the most senior civil servant in NFA to take over, so you must understand why I have to intervene then.

“I looked at the issues and said please let’s obey the court order while we seek further clarification from the office of the Attorney-General and possibly see how we can set it aside.

“At a certain point, one party said there was a court order that he should take over; the other man said no, you could not take over because FIFA did not recognise Nigerian court order.

“But at the end of the day, lawyers will interpret the order and we will get to a position where we will decide on what should be and what shouldn’t be,” he added.

Amaju Pinnick, Chairman, Delta Sports Commission, was on Tuesday elected NFA Chairman to replace Aminu Maigari, following the board election in Warri, Delta.

Pinnick emerged after a keenly contested election that also had former NFA Secretary-General, Taiwo Ogunjobi, and former NFA Vice-Chairman, Mike Umeh, in the race.

The election, which was held amidst tight security due to a restraining order from a Federal High Court in Jos, saw Pinnick win the contest with 32 votes.

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Amaju Pinnick is new NFA President http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/amaju-pinnick-is-new-nfa-president/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/amaju-pinnick-is-new-nfa-president/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:15:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214084 Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, has been elected as new Nigeria Football Association president. Pinnick replaces embattled Aminu Maigari’s after an election at the Golden Tulip hotel in Warri, Delta state.

Pinnick defeated won the election by 32 votes after it went into a re-run. In the first round of the election, Pinnick polled 25 votes 11 more than his closest rival, Taiwo Ogunjobi but could not be named winner because he did not get the mandatory two-third of the votes which is 29 votes.

Then the election went to re-run which he won by a large margin. Pinnick garnered 32 of the 44 votes is set to succeed Maigari. Dominic Iorfa polled eight votes, four better than Ogunjobi

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Amaju Pinnick set to be named new NFA President http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/amaju-pinnick-set-to-be-named-new-nfa-president/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/amaju-pinnick-set-to-be-named-new-nfa-president/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:06:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214078 Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, is set to be elected new Nigeria Football Association president. The election to land Aminu Maigari’s successor is ongoing at the Golden Tulip hotel in Warri, Delta state and results from the first round puts Pinnick ahead of close contender, Taiwo Ogunjobi.

Pinnick finished with 25 votes in the first round while Ogunjobi finished with 14 but Pinnick could not be named winner because he needs two-third, which is a total of 29 votes to win the election.

A re-run election is ongoing and Pinnick is expected to emerge victorious unless Ogunjobi can convince voters otherwise.

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NFF Election: Chief umpire missing, poll stalled http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/nff-election-chief-umpire-missing-poll-stalled/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/nff-election-chief-umpire-missing-poll-stalled/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:48:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214066 Embattled NFF President, Aminu Maigari

Embattled NFF President, Aminu Maigari

A vote to choose the new president and executive committee of Nigeria’s troubled football association was delayed on Tuesday after the apparent arrest of the election chief, witnesses said.

The uncertainty over Samson Ebomhe’s whereabouts is the latest in a series of scandals to hit the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), which could face an eight-month FIFA ban if the vote does not take place.

The 44-member NFF congress was scheduled to meet in the southern city of Warri with voting to elect a new leader set to begin at 10:00 am (0900 GMT).

But one delegate, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Ebomhe, the election chairman, “has not been seen since this morning and so the elections cannot begin”.

Multiple witnesses said Ebomhe had been seized in his hotel room by officers from Nigeria’s main intelligence agency, the Department of State Services (DSS).

The DSS and police could not immediately be reached for comment.

The NFF has been plagued by controversy since the end of the World Cup.

Outgoing NFF President Aminu Maigari was arrested by agents of the Directorate of State Security when he arrived back from Brazil in July and was later impeached by some of his executive committee members on corruption charges.

FIFA then imposed an international ban on the grounds of political interference after a court sacked the NFF high command and the sports minister imposed a civil servant to take temporary charge.

The ban was lifted after nine days and Maigari was reinstated because his dismissal did not follow laid-down procedures.

But in August, the DSS detained him again, preventing him from attending an executive committee meeting where the owner of Nigeria Premier League side Giwa FC, Chris Giwa, took charge.

That prompted Nigerian referees, clubs and players to boycott the domestic leagues and FIFA to threaten to again suspend the African champions if Maigari were not reinstated and fresh elections held.

Football’s world governing body has warned that any further breaches of election procedure will see Nigeria banned from international competition until its own annual congress next May.

Maigari has ruled himself out of the election, with businessman Shehu Dikko, who helped arrange a tour by Manchester United in 2008, tipped as the front-runner.

Former NFF general-secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi and Delta FC chairman Amaju Pinnick are seen as his main rivals.

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Maigari, FA chairmen threatened against holding election http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/maigari-fa-chairmen-threatened-against-holding-election/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/maigari-fa-chairmen-threatened-against-holding-election/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:33:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213954 NFF President, Aminu Maigari

NFF President, Aminu Maigari

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has been served with ‘Form 48′ notifying the association that the court will commence contempt proceedings if it conduct the Sept. 30 board election in Warri.

NAN reports that the notice of contempt was pasted at the entrance of the football secretariat.

Aminu Maigari, Chairman of NFA; Musa Amadu, NFA Secretary General; Tammy Danagogo, Minister of Sports; and the 36 State FA Chairmen, including FCT, were mentioned in the form.

The notice with an inscription, “notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court”, warned the defendants that they risked imprisonment if the disobeyed the court order.

“Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the notice read.

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau, had on Monday granted the request of plaintiffs in the ongoing NFA leadership crisis to serve the notice.

Yahaha Adama and Obinna Ogba, board members of the Chris Giwa-led board of the NFA had obtained an injunction on 19 September stopping the 30 September board election.

The plaintiffs had argued that the Maigari-led had fixed a fresh NFA election after an election that brought in the Giwa-led board.

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