P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigerian Football Teams http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Falcons’ll survive World Cup Tough Group – Pinnick http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/falconsll-survive-world-cup-tough-group-pinnick/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/falconsll-survive-world-cup-tough-group-pinnick/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:44:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222094 •Pinnick

•Pinnick

President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has once again assured the Super Falcons of high –level preparations ahead of the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada next year’s summer.

The NFF supremo spoke on Saturday night, hours after the African champions were drawn in the same group with United States of America, Australia and Sweden at the finals taking place 6 June – 5 July, 2015 across six Canadian cities.

“It is a tough group. You can see that even the Americans are calling it the most difficult group in the competition.

“However, our pledge to give the Super Falcons the best high –performance preparation possible is intact. They will go to a very good environment for their final camping programme and be engaged in quality friendly matches before the finals,” Pinnick reassured.

Nigeria’s senior women’s team won a seventh African title in Namibia in October and will be expected to fly Africa’s flag high in North America.

“It is important that we exceed our previous best performance of a quarter –final berth. Having dominated Africa ceaselessly, it is time that we begin to dominate the world.

“We certainly have the players who can stand up to the best in the universe, as shown by the U-20 girls in the same Canadian nation in August this year. What the team needs now are matches against some of the best teams in the world and exposure to the best tactical and training programmes available.”

Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Edwin Okon, Team Administrator Ruth David and Team Media Officer Gracious Akujobi were at the ceremony held in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Referees Committee of the NFF, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh on Sunday praised the general attitude and commitment of Nigeria’s elite referees who are presently on a two –week capacity enhancing programme in the United Kingdom.

Fresh, also a member of the NFF Executive Committee, is also the leader of delegation at the programme. “I am enamoured by the spirit that the referees have brought to this programme. They have shown total dedication and I am very proud to be leading this group of worthy ambassadors,” Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Assistant Director (Communication) quoted Fresh to have said on telephone from London.

The contingent, also including the President of Nigeria Referees Association, Alhaji Ahmed Maude, arrived in London on Wednesday evening after flying from Lagos.

On Thursday, the 11 referees had their first training session at Wembley Stadium, where Mr. Ian Blanchard, head of refereeing at The Football Association, lectured them for three hours on structure of refereeing, laws of the game and players/coaches/referees’ relationship.

On Friday, the referees were at Southampton’s St. Mary’s ground to watch a match between the U-18 teams of Southampton and West Brom, after which they were engaged in a two-hour question-and-answer session with Mr. Albert, head of refereeing at Southampton.

On Saturday, Nigeria’s leading arbiters were at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to watch the English Premiership match between Manchester City and Everton, which City won 1-0. They wrote a report of the refereeing aspect immediately after the match.

The referees will this week embark on a tour of Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium, be involved in analyzing weekend Premier League matches, visit The FA’s High Performance training facility at St. George’s Park and be at a referees’ training organisation’s ground to give talk on fitness and conditioning.

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Group Of Death: Falcons drawn against, USA, Sweden, Australia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/06/group-of-death-falcons-drawn-against-usa-sweden-australia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/06/group-of-death-falcons-drawn-against-usa-sweden-australia/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 22:34:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221970 A daunting task awaits the Super Falcons in Canada

A daunting task awaits the Super Falcons in Canada

African champions, the Falcons of Nigeria face a difficult task to qualify for the knockout phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada next year.

Nigeria, drawn in Group D found herself in company of the USA team, a two time world champion, Australia seeded 10th in the world and Sweden, a European powerhouse, ranked fifth in the world.

The group will not be easy for other teams as well, as only two of them will qualify for the next stage.

But US forward Sydney Leroux took to Twitter to indicate the Americans are up for the challenge.

“Bring it on,” Leroux tweeted.

Adding intrigue to the match-up between the United States and Sweden, current Sweden manager Pia Sundhage guided the Americans to back-to-back Olympic titles before taking the helm in her native country in September of 2012.

The former Sweden international admitted before the draw she thought it was “weird” that sixth-ranked Brazil, rather than fifth-ranked Sweden, got the nod as a seeded team.

“But I’m not the person who can do anything about it,” she said, adding the best policy was to “just accept it and go with it.”

The seventh edition of Women’s World Cup will feature 24 teams for the first time — up from 16.

The first- and second-place finishers in each group automatically advance to the round of 16.

Canadian National women’s team captain Christine Sinclair stands next to the official match ball and the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 tournament final draw, Gatineau, Canada, on 6 December

Canadian National women’s team captain Christine Sinclair stands next to the official match ball and the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 tournament final draw, Gatineau, Canada, on 6 December

Hosts Canada will open the tournament in Edmonton on June 6 against China, with New Zealand and the Netherlands rounding out Group A.

Two-time champions Germany could also breathe a sigh of relief at their draw in Group B, which includes dangerous 1995 champions Norway but also inexperienced Ivory Coast and Thailand.

Brazil, led by five-time women’s world player of the year Marta, will face South Korea, improving Spain and Costa Rica in Group E and France, ranked fourth in the world, will face England, Colombia and Mexico in Group F.

Defending champions Japan gained a dream draw: seeded atop Group C, they will face Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador, all first-time qualifiers for the tournament.

First-round matches will be played in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton, with the final in Vancouver on July 5.

Japan lifted the trophy with a dramatic win over the United States in Germany four years ago, delivering a boost to their country months after a deadly earthquake and tsunami.

But the United States gained revenge by winning the Olympic gold ahead of Japan in London, with Canada taking bronze and France finishing fourth.

Despite controversy over the plastic pitches for the event Japanese head coach Norio Sasaki insisted they can adapt after beating Canada in a friendly on the surface in Edmonton in October.

Football: Women’s World Cup draw

Matches be played in Canada from June 6 to July 5:

Group A (Edmonton)

Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group B (Ottawa)

Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway, Thailand

Group C (Vancouver)

Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador

Group D (Winnipeg)

USA, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria

Group E (Montreal)

Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Costa Rica

Group F (Moncton)

France, England, Colombia, Mexico

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NFF mourns Yomi Peters http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/27/nff-mourns-yomi-peters/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/27/nff-mourns-yomi-peters/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:11:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220940 The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has mourned the passing of former Stationery Stores FC and Green Eagles’ ace Yomi Peters, who died in Lagos on Wednesday at the age of 71.

NFF’s General Secretary, Barr Musa Amadu on Thursday described the departed Peters, nicknamed Kwango by his team-mates and fans of Stationery Stores FC of Lagos, as “one of the most passionate footballers of his generation.”

Incidentally, Peters was one of the ‘Legends of the Federation Cup’ paraded at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Sunday by the Lagos State Government, as part of the Grand Finale of the 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions. He was represented by his wife, as he was on hospital bed.

Yomi Peters

Yomi Peters

“We all remember Yomi Peters as a very committed player of Stationery Stores FC in those days; he was a lion of sorts whenever he was wearing the jersey. Football fans who are old enough can also testify to his utmost sense of dedication anytime he wore the national team jersey.

“Only on Sunday, he was remembered and honoured by the Lagos State Government for his contribution to making the Federation Cup what it had become. We earnestly pray to God to grant him eternal rest and also grant the family he has left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” Amadu said in Abuja.

After a career spanning stints with Mandilas, Metal Construction and Cadbury Football Clubs, Yomi Peters pitched his tent with the famous Stationery Stores FC and won the Federation Cup with the darling team of Lagos in 1968 and 1982. He also played his part when the Lagos club reached the final of the now-defunct African Cup Winners Cup competition in 1981.

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Siasia Begins Screening Of Players For U-23 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/siasia-begins-screening-of-players-for-u-23/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/siasia-begins-screening-of-players-for-u-23/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:38:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220460 Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

The man who won Nigeria an Olympic silver medal in football six years ago is on the march again, as preparations for building a new strong squad has already commenced.

Former Super Eagles’ captain and coach, Samson Siasia has called up 39 players to open a screening camp for the U-23 Eagles in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Sunday, with another set of 39 and a final set of 38 to follow in batches.

Siasia has the assignment to raise a squad that will qualify Nigeria for the Men’s Football Tournament of the 11th All –Africa Games (taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in July 2015) as well as qualify for the CAF U-23 Championship (taking place in DR Congo, also next year), and also qualify for the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2016 Olympic Games through the CAF U-23 Championship.

The first hurdle is an All Africa Games qualifying fixture against Gabon, with the first leg away in Libreville towards the end of February, and the return leg in Nigeria early March. The winner of that fixture squares up against the winner of the fixture between Zambia and Madagascar in late March.

The Dream Team, as Nigeria’s Olympic squad are known, will then take on the winner among Ghana, Liberia and Congo in the qualifying race for the CAF U-23 Championship in July.

Olympic gold medallists in Atlanta, USA in 1996, the Dream Team faltered at the 2000 Games in Australia, failed to qualify for the Athens 2004 Games, won silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and failed to qualify for the London Games in 2012.

Siasia has explained that each batch will spend only three days in camp before the other, with the selected ones among the lot to convene a proper camp late December.

All the players are to report at FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja.

FIRST BATCH (23 – 25 November)

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Kasim Yekini (Bayelsa United)

Defenders: Semiu Liadi (Enyimba FC); Stanley Okorom (36 Lions); Erhun Obanor (Insurance FC); Mohammed Gidado (Wikki Tourists); Etim Mathew (Enugu Rangers); Wasiu Kadiri (Akwa Starlets); Chinedy Okuotu (Insurance FC); Chris Madaki (Giwa FC)

Midfielders: Harrison Madu (Wikki Tourists); Abbas Hussein (Wikki Tourists); Samuel Adegbenro (Kwara United); Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Nafiu Ibrahim (Kano Pillars); Tiongli Tonbara (Bayelsa United); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); Itchu (Warri Wolves); Emmanuel Obinna (Stationery Stores)

Forwards: Samson Adeleye (Niger Tornadoes); Samuel Agba (Enugu Rangers); Idris Mohammed (Wikki Tourists); Junior Ajayi (3SC); Nuru Adebayor (Stationery Stores); Godwin Obaje (Mighty Jets); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Idris Ahmed (Mighty Jets); Uche Ihearulam (Lobi Stars)

Others: Chigozie obi (Calabar Rovers); Ahmed Sani (Unattached); Victor Yakubu (Wikki Tourists); Tunde Afolabi (Spotlight FC); Chukweh Samuel (Bayelsa United); Chinedu Obino (COD FC); Umunna Emmanuel (Zamfara United); Friday Enejoh Jacob (Supreme Court); Ajibola Otegbeye (3SC); Wasiu Alalade (First Bank); Mohammed Wekasiu (El-Kanemi Warriors); Nura Abubakar (Kaduna United); Israel Daniel (Prime FC)

SECOND BATCH (26 – 28 November)

Goalkeepers: Ernest Ejiofor (Giwa FC); Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars); Abiodun Akande (3SC)

Defenders: Abu Daniel (First Bank); Harrison Ibukun (Akwa Starlets); Tobore Jessa (Dynamite Force); Ferin Yaro (Kwara United); Isuku Prince (Insurance FC); Hossiah Haruna (Kaduna United); Zikiye Jonathan (Dolphins FC); Timothy (Gombe United)

Midfielders: Aniefiok Godspower (Akwa United); Monday Mather (Supreme Court); Nzube Anaziemba (Enyimba FC); Ekene Nwabuchi (FPF Academy); Yakubu Alfa (Niger Tornadoes); Buhari Musa (Kano Pillars); Bura Jafar (Bayelsa United)

Forwards: Emem Eduok (Dolphins FC); Ibrahim Shuaibu (Giwa FC); Akpoh Ughe (Nembe City); Leonard Ugochukwu (Nasarawa United); Kufre Ebong (Akwa United); Deenee Usman (Giwa FC); Batoure Yaro (Nasarawa United)

Others: Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Ifeanyi Enemime (Giwa FC); Azubuike Okechukwu (Bayelsa United); Musa Isa (Gombe United); Ezekiel Mbah (Kano Pillars); Jiya Mohammed (El-Kanemi Warriors); Ismail Ahmed Musa (Enyimba FC); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC); Sunday Adetunji (El-Kanemi Warriors); Azeez Mohammed (Kwara United); Isaac Giwa (Gombe United); Godwin Efiok (Akwa Starlets); Ezekiel Bassey (Akwa United); Yelebe Fanvie (Bayelsa United); Ahmed Yacob (Crown FC); Hakeem Olalere (Prime FC); George Ifeanyi (Enyimba FC)

THIRD BATCH (29 November – 1 December)

Goalkeepers: David Obiozor (El-Kanemi Warriors); Itodo (Enugu Rangers); Anthony Okoro (Stationery Stores)

Defenders: Francis Edem (3SC); Seun Shogesan (Nasarawa United); Nura Mohammed (Kano Pillars); Babatunde Solomon (Nasarawa United); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Namso Edoh (Akwa United); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Waziri Christopher (Wikki Tourists); Isah Bala (Niger Tornadoes)

Midfielders: Osamudiamwen Adun (Insurance FC); Mohammed Wakeso (El-Kanemi Warriors); Victor Alegbe (Dolphins FC); Alaba Adeniyi (Sunshine Stars); Salau Ibrahim (Sharks FC); Philip Asuquo (Gombe United); Emma Egbese (Nembe City); Okiki Afolabi (3SC); Fuad Ekelojuoti (Stationery Stores)

Forwards: Ajunwa Felix (Akwa Starlets); Omofomwan Freedom (Warri Wolves); John Chukwudi (Kwara United); Arinze Obioma (El-Kanemi Warriors); Chinedu Mathew (Bussdor United); Aliyu Abubakar Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Adamu Hassan (Kano Pillars); Peter Onyekachi (Abia Warriors); Ibrahim Sulaiman (Shuttle Sport)

Others: Chinedu Chukwurah (Plateau United); Saidu Isah (Plateau United); Saviour Godwin (Plateau United); Azeez Shobowale (Kano Pillars); Idris Aloona (ABS FC); Olumakinde Talabi (3SC); Francis Olanrewaju (Gateway FC): Owolabi Oluwafemi (Giwa FC); Sanni Okeowo (Prime FC); Ibrahim Adewale (3SC); Abdullahi Fatai (Prime FC).

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Keshi snubs media as Shakes praises Bafana Bafana http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/keshi-snubs-media-as-shakes-praises-bafana-bafana/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/keshi-snubs-media-as-shakes-praises-bafana-bafana/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:54:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220210 Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi on Wednesday in Uyo shunned the mandatory post-match briefing after his team drew 2-2 with visiting South Africa at the Ibom International Stadium.

No reason was given for his attitude by Nigeria Football Association (NFA) officials, following the Final Qualifying Group A Matchday Six tie for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

However, his South African counterpart, Ephraim Mashaba, spoke to newsmen, saying his boys played very well.

“We only lost the game in the last five minutes played. We would have scored a third goal, but we were disorganised by the red card.

“We did well because we fielded young players five of whom play in the Under-17 and Under-20 national teams,’’ he said.

The coach said his team would be hoping to go beyond the first round at the finals in Equatorial Guinea next January.

“We hope to reach the finals in Equatorial Guinea. After all, we have played with strong teams — Sudan, Congo and Nigeria — in the qualifiers,’’ he said.

Mashaba however refused to talk about the Eagles, saying “I do not want to talk about Nigeria. Their coach can do that’’.

Also, Fanny Amun, a former national under-17 team coach, told NAN that what happened called for a stakeholders meeting.

He said the NFA should go back to the drawing board.

“I do not want to lay blames on anybody, but we should sit down and analyse what has gone wrong and what should be put right,’’ Amun said.

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Angry Nigerians Slam Super Eagles, Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/angry-nigerians-slam-super-eagles-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/angry-nigerians-slam-super-eagles-keshi/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:30:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220204 Taiwo Adelu

Super Eagles

Some Nigerians football who could not comprehend the fact that the Super Eagles won’t be at the Africa Cup of Nations in January to defend their title, have taken to the social media to express their anger.

Nigeria will not defend their crown in Equatorial Guinea next year after they drew 2-2 at home to South Africa on Wednesday at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.

Stephen Keshi and his Eagles finished a disappointing third in Group A with eight points, while Congo advanced on 10 points after they won 1-0 in Sudan with a second-half goal by Francis Nganga.

The backlash on Twitter was endless. Fans blamed the players, Stephen Keshi and the Nigeria Football Federation. “Since the ’94 loss to Italy, just take everything as it comes from the Super Eagles. Team need serious revamping, new coach, hungrier players,” sports analyst @temiokomi tweeted.

@promiseetim25 wants the Eagles to be disbanded. “They really need to be thrashed and flushed out,” he tweeted. @chaplinez70 said that despite the presence of some former internationals in Uyo, the Eagles failed to live up to expectation. He tweeted “Kanu, Jay Jay, Celestine, Rufai, Ikpeba, all came to support the Eagles to no avail. SAD!!”

Nigerians did not spare Coach Keshi in their reactions to the failure of his team to qualify for the AFCON. @ELEGBETE1 said that Keshi should have stayed away from the team. “We would have qualified if only #Keshi stayed away from the team after his contract expired but he wanted to use expired Westerhof template.”

According to @arlomah, Keshi and the players’ failure to attend post match briefing in Uyo was understandable because they have nothing to tell Nigerians. “What have they got to say? Keshi, players snub media.” I was expecting Keshi to announce his retirement from football.”

“Honestly, I feel Keshi should discontinue interest in the Super Eagles job…#mythoughts,” @olywal tweeted.

A furious @guysly2much wants Keshi to thrown in the towel and leave the scene immediately.
“Why was Siasia sacked? He failed to qualify for AFCON 2012, so what will be the excuse for Keshi to stay? Or he won AFCON 2013 abi? Nonsense”.

@Jololade foresees Keshi’s resignation when he tweeted that “Keshi himself will resign before this week runs out. Let’s wait and see”

To @kayodetijani200, “Kenneth Omeruo just went from hero to zero with his appalling, terrible, mediocre performance tonight. “Feel too sorry for him, unfit, match rusty.”

@PoojaBlog wants the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to take a drastic action to save Nigerian football now as he tweeted, “Dear Amaju Pinnick, as a Nation we should FOCUS more on Development and NOT Competition. Sentiment apart – Super Eagles are so POOR.”

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African champions, Nigeria fails to reach AFCON 2015 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/african-champions-nigeria-fails-to-reach-afcon-2015/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/african-champions-nigeria-fails-to-reach-afcon-2015/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:13:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220191 Super Eagles

Defending African champions Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations following a dramatic 2-2 draw against South Africa on Wednesday in Uyo.

Having returned to contention for qualification with a hard-fought win at Congo last weekend, Nigeria came from two goals down to earn a last gasp 2-2 draw against Bafana Bafana.

But with Congo winning 1-0 in the other Group A qualifying match played on Wednesday, the Super Eagles have finished third with eight points while Congo, with 10 points, have qualified for next year’s competition in Equatotial Guinea.

Tokelo Rantie scored a goal either side of half-time to put South Africa 2-0 up but substitute Sone Aluko pulled one back for Nigeria in the 68th minute before equalising deep in stoppage time.

DR Congo meanwhile look set to pick the last qualifying spot to AFCON 2015 as best third placed nation in qualifying with nine points courtesy of a 3-1 win at home to Sierra Leone in a Group D encounter also on Wednesday.

The Congolese must however hope Egypt fail to win by more than a goal in a Group G qualifying match at Tunisia later on Wednesday, with the Egyptians currently in third place with six points, behind already qualified Senegal (11 points) and Tunisia (10 points).

Elsewhere, Mali claimed a 2-0 win at home to already qualified Algeria to finish second in Group B with nine points and reach AFCON 2015 ahead of Malawi that started the day in second place but was held to a goalless draw by Ethiopia in Addis-Ababa.

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Discovery Air, Globacom Charge Eagles To Beat Bafana Bafana http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/18/discovery-air-globacom-charge-eagles-to-beat-bafana-bafana/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/18/discovery-air-globacom-charge-eagles-to-beat-bafana-bafana/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:17:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220100 •Nigeria's Super Eagles in training

•Nigeria’s Super Eagles in training

As the Super Eagles of Nigeria play their last group match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series in Uyo Wednesday evening, management of two Nigerian owned companies, Discovery Air and Globacom, have told the team to beat their opponents, Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Discovery Air airlifted the delegation of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to Pointe Noire when the Super Eagles played the Red Devils of Congo, a match that ended in 2-0 victory for the Nigerian team last weekend, while telecommunication outfit, Globacom has been the major partner of the NFF and official sponsor of Nigerian national teams since 2003.

Managing Director of Discovery Air, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed, said in Lagos Tuesday that the company believes the Eagles have what it takes to pick the three points at stake at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, adding that Discovery Air is proud to be part of Eagles’ success in Congo.

“It will be the delight of all Nigerians to see the Eagles crushing the South Africans, a victory that will pave way for Nigeria’s qualification for the Nations Cup, which holds in Equatorial Guinea in January.

“Discovery Air, like all Nigerians, pray for Eagles’ victory in the crucial match, and we are looking forward to celebrating with the team at the end of the day,” said Captain Mohammed.

“I want to say again that it is a great pleasure that we were given the opportunity to fly our ambassadors to Congo last weekend and it gladden my heart that the feedback we have been receiving testified to the excellent service we give our customers whenever they travel with us. The feedback we got was that members of the Super Eagles would like to enjoy the ‘Discovery’ experience again and our hope is that we will be given the chance to carry them to Equatorial Guinea for the Nations Cup,” he said.

Chairman of Discovery Air, Engr Babatunde Babalola said the company has been holding fruitful talks with the government of the 2015 AFCON host country for the airline to be one of the airlines that will be cleared to airlift people to Equatorial Guinea.

“We are spreading our routes gradually. Our in-flight experience is the best in the industry today in Nigeria. We have a high standard service which made the NFF to contact us after they have done their due diligent and I want to say that we won’t compromise on the good service. Discovery Air thanks the management of NFF for the rare opportunity given to us and we are looking forward to partnering with the NFF in the future especially as the Nations Cup is at hand.

“We are more than ready to be of service to the NFF in future engagement of our national teams. We are not new to Nigerian football. We had a supporting campaign for the Eagles during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil last June,”

Babalola, who is the proprietor of Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos, a female basketball team in the league.

Meanwhile, Globacom, has advised the Super Eagles to go for outright victory in their match against Bafana Bafana
Globacom, in a press statement released in Lagos on Tuesday stated that the Eagles need maximum support from over 170 million Nigerians in their quest to win the match and pick the second Group A ticket to 2015 African Cup of Nations’ in Equatorial Guinea.

Globacom therefore tasked the Super Eagles not to spare Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, adding that only total victory will make Nigerians happy, especially after the team returned to reckoning in the group with their heart-warming victory over the Red Devils of Congo in Pointe Noire on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana lead Group D with 11 points going into this game, while Eagles are second with 7 points, although they tie with Red Devils of Congo who will play Sudan in Khartoum, same day but with superior goals advantage.

“Like we expressed belief in the Super Eagles to beat Congo last weekend, we are also backing the team to pick the three points against South Africa in this game. We equally believe that the Eagles have rediscovered their rhythm and are on course towards featuring in Equatorial Guinea where they will defend their title in January next year,” the statement added.

According to Globacom: “We cannot fail to appreciate the collective effort of the team in surmounting the challenge in Congo as we believe the players will not take their feet off the pedal at this point in time until the AFCON ticket is secured,” the statement further said.

Globacom also commended the NFF for its steadfastness in supporting the national team, as well as the supporters club and the fans for their prayers.

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Fans praise Keshi, Super Eagles for victory against Congo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/16/fans-praise-keshi-super-eagles-for-victory-against-congo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/16/fans-praise-keshi-super-eagles-for-victory-against-congo/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:19:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219825 File Photo: SUper Eagles players jubilate

File Photo: SUper Eagles players jubilate

Football enthusiasts in Kwara on Saturday applauded the excellent performance of the Super Eagles of Nigeria against their Congolese counterparts in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

They called for a repeat of the good outing in their last qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South African at home in Uyo on Wednesday.

The Eagles came back from their poor performance in the first half to defeat their hosts 2-0 in a make-or-mar match amidst tension in Brazaville, the Congolese capital.

NAN reports that the away victory reawakens the chance of the African Champions’ qualification for the most prestigious continental soccer fiesta in Equatorial Guinean.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had on Friday awarded the hosting right to Equatorial Guinean after Morocco shelved its earlier bid to host over fear of Ebola Virus Disease.

Alfa Ibrahim Yusuf, an operator of a soccer show centre in Kaiama, the headquarters of Kaiama Local Government Area of the state, said the entire Nigerian fans were delighted with the outcome of the match.

“The match is good and I am delighted with the result. I pray to God to see us through the remaining match.

“Nigeria should put up a similar excellent performance against South Africa because it is not yet over until it is finally over,” he told NAN.

He also commended Stephen Keshi, the Eagles’ Head Coach, for coming on top of the game in the second stanza after the Congolese dominance in the first 45 minutes.

Also, Mr Abdulrasak Rafiu, a soccer fan, noted that if Eagles could defeat South Africa on Wednesday, Nigeria could qualify and defend the trophy they won in South Africa in 2013.

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Jonathan lauds Super Eagles win over Congo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/16/jonathan-lauds-super-eagles-win-over-congo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/16/jonathan-lauds-super-eagles-win-over-congo/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:09:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219816 File Photo: Presidential handshake: Jonathan meets a member of the Super Eagles team

File Photo: Presidential handshake: Jonathan meets a member of the Super Eagles team

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory over the Red Devils of Congo in Pointe Noire on Saturday, describing it as “dogged and hard-fought”.

NAN reports that the Eagles defeated their Congolese rivals 2-0 to revive the country’s hope of qualifying for 2015 African Nations Cup Finals.

Jonathan, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, applauded the Super Eagles’ “patriotic, determined and courageous display in front of a vociferous and partisan home crowd”.

The victory, he said, had placed Nigeria in good stead for qualification to defend the African Nations Cup, which it currently holds, at next year’s finals, to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.

“On behalf of all soccer loving Nigerians, the president heartily commends the Super Eagles for their winning performance in Pointe-Noire.

“The victory has wiped away the disappointment of their earlier outings in the qualifying series and rekindled the hope of Nigerians in the team’s ability to bring further glory to the country.

“Jonathan joins other Nigerians in looking forward to seeing the Super Eagles complete the task of qualifying to defend the title at the 2015 Nations Cup Finals with victory against South Africa in Uyo, next week.

“He assures the Super Eagles and their handlers of the fullest support of the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for that final qualification match,” the statement said.

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Super Eagles on course for AFCON 2015, Uche, Samuel score http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/super-eagles-on-course-for-afcon-2015-uche-samuel-score/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/super-eagles-on-course-for-afcon-2015-uche-samuel-score/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:40:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219798 File Photo: SUper Eagles players jubilate

File Photo: SUper Eagles players jubilate

Defending champions Nigeria beat Congo Brazzaville 2-0 on Saturday to revive their bid to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as South Africa and Cameroon ensured their presence in the finals.

South Africa beat Sudan 2-1 in their first outing since the slaying of captain Senzo Meyiwa to top Group A, while Cameroon edged past DR Congo 1-0 to claim Group D.

Zambia pipped hosts Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo to qualify in Group F with table toppers Cape Verde Islands.

Burkina Faso and Gabon qualified from Group C.

Burkina Faso beat Lesotho 1-0 in Maseru and Gabon held home team Angola to a goalless draw in Luanda.

On Friday, Tunisia held Botswana to a goalless draw to also advance to the finals.

Second-half goals by Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel against Congo in Pointe-Noire boosted Nigeria’s prospects of making it to Equatorial Guinea, who stepped in as hosts on Friday in place of barred Morocco.

Nigeria now have to beat group leaders South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday to ensure automatic qualification behind Bafana Bafana regardless of Congo’s result in Sudan also on Wednesday.

Villarreal striker Uche celebrated his long-awaited return to the Super Eagles in style when in the 59th minute he tucked away a penalty after Congo goalkeeper Massa fouled goal-bound Emmanuel Emenike.

Congo failed to draw level in the 65th minute, when Vincent Enyeama saved a penalty taken by Thievy Bifouma after Godfrey Oboabona handled a goal-bound shot inside his box.

Substitute Aaron Samuel then made the game safe for Nigeria a minute to full time when he struck from inside the box.

South Africa secured their ticket against Sudan in Durban to record 11 points from five matches, meaning they will now not be under pressure when they visit Nigeria on Wednesday.

Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero scored his first international goal for South Africa in the 38th minute, when he slotted home a cut-back from inside the box to give Bafana Bafana the lead.

Tokelo Rantie then doubled Bafana Bafana’s advantage in the 53rd minute, when he dribbled his way past his markers before stabbing home past the Sudan goalkeeper.

Sudan pulled a goal back through Al Hilal forward Salah Ibrahim in the 77th minute from close range.

Cameroon won Group D courtesy of a 71st match winner by Vincent Aboubakar against DR Congo in Yaounde.

In Kampala, Uganda pipped Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 after both teams played a 1-1 draw in Kumasi three months ago.

Uganda match winner was Savio Kabugo, who fired the Cranes ahead after just 10 minutes.

But Uganda face a daunting trip to Morocco in midweek when they battle bottom team Guinea in a final game and Ghana host Togo.

Malawi revived their hopes of qualifying for the Nations Cup after they beat Mali 2-0 at the Kamuzu Banda Stadium in Blantyre.

Second-half goals by Robert Ngambi and Kanyenda earned Malawi only their second win in the qualifying series.

The Flames now have six points from five matches, the same as Mali, with Algeria already qualified.

On Wednesday, Mali host Group winners Algeria and Malawi are away in Ethiopia.

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Senate amends, passes bill to make NFF autonomous http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/senate-amends-passes-bill-to-make-nff-autonomous/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/senate-amends-passes-bill-to-make-nff-autonomous/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:59:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219590 Senate President, David Mark

Senate President, David Mark

Nigerian lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill amending the way the country’s football association is run, which could reduce the number of times the African champions fall foul of world governing body FIFA.

The upper house of parliament, the Senate, voted to change the decree that governs the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) that effectively makes it an autonomous branch of the executive.

The bill now legalises the NFF as a statutory body in line with FIFA’s own statutes and disallows legal action on football matters in the civil courts.

Nigeria has repeatedly clashed with football’s world governing body since the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

In July, FIFA slapped a nine-day international ban on the country after a court in the central city of Jos sacked then-NFF president Aminu Maigari and his executive committee.

Nigeria’s sports minister then appointed a civil servant to run the football body, leading to charges of direct government interference.

The decisions were later reversed and the ban lifted but late last month, a judge overturned another case that voided the September 30 NFF elections that had again prompted a FIFA threat to ban Nigeria.

FIFA has also warned the NFF about the running of its internal elections, claiming they were in contravention of its rules and regulations.

The NFF is still largely reliant on government funding for its 1.5 billion naira ($8.8 million, 7.0 million euro) annual budget. Some 90 per cent comes from the state.

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Mikel scores in warm-up game as Nigeria gets ready for Congo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/mikel-scores-in-warm-up-game-as-nigeria-gets-ready-for-congo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/mikel-scores-in-warm-up-game-as-nigeria-gets-ready-for-congo/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:40:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219369 Super Eagles in training

Super Eagles in training

Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi scored in Nigeria’s warm-up game ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier clash against the Red Devils of Congo in Pointe Noire.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles have begun full training in preparation for the match against Congo. It was a full house as all 23 invited players except Captain Vincent Enyeama and Ikechukwu Uche were present for the training which took place at the FIFA Goal Project pitch, National Stadium.

NAN also reports that Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike and Emem Uduok gave a good account of themselves as they all scored in a warm-up game.

Stephen Keshi, Super Eagles’ Head Coach, on Tuesday in Abuja said that the team was focused and ready for its crucial make-or-mar game against Congo Brazzaville in Pointe Noire.

Keshi, who spoke to journalists after the training, expressed confidence in the ability of the team, adding that he was positive about their fitness and readiness for the clash.

“What I saw this evening is encouraging and I just hope it continues that way. The boys are focused and of course they know why they are here; it’s the business and so we have to go and do what we need to do.

“We just have to be ready. This is African football. It is not European football and so I always tell my players that once they leave Europe they must switch from the European to African mentality,” he said.

On the absence of Enyeama and Uche, Coach Keshi said that they were expected to arrive in camp later in the day.

The Super Eagles are expected to leave for Pointe Noire on Thursday for Saturday’s game.

NAN recalls that Nigeria has sealed four points from four matches while Sudan is at the bottom of the Group A table with three points.

South Africa is leading the group with eight points followed by Congo with seven points.

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Jonathan Commissions Akwa Ibom Stadium Friday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/07/jonathan-commissions-akwa-ibom-stadium-friday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/07/jonathan-commissions-akwa-ibom-stadium-friday/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:22:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218783 President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

There is a big buzz in the South-South region of Nigeria as three Heads of Governments from across the West African sub-continent gather for the elaborate commissioning of one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure in Africa.

President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR will lead Ghanaian leader, Dr. John Dramani Mahama and Ivorian Head of State, Dr Alassane Ouattara to Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, with Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, as Chief Host.

Akpabio is showcasing the majestic facility, which has already been approved by the Confederation of African Football for the crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa on 19 November, as one of the key points of his uncommon transformation of the oil–rich state.

Akwa Ibom Stadium

Akwa Ibom Stadium

Apart from Presidents Jonathan, Mahama and Ouattara, a number of Governors from across Nigeria are expected, while President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and some Executive Committee members and management staff arrived in Uyo on Thursday evening.

The 30,000–capacity venue, with a bullet–proof State Box that has 70 seats, has been described by the Vice President of Ghana Football Association, Mr. Fred Crentsil (who was sent by CAF to inspect the venue) as being “among the best you can find anywhere in the world.”

The high point of the commissioning is an international friendly match between the Home –based senior national team of Nigeria, Super Eagles B, and the U-23 national team of Ghana, nicknamed Black Meteors.

Friday’s match, and the atmosphere, will provide the perfect tenor for the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana in less than a fortnight.

Facilities have been stretched thin in the dainty city of Uyo but the party must go on, and on Thursday, FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner, Etubom Paul Bassey, who is coordinating various aspects of the programme, assured that all arrangements have been concluded for a hitch–free event.

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Agbim To Lead Home Eagles For Uyo Stadium Opening Tie http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/agbim-to-lead-home-eagles-for-uyo-stadium-opening-tie/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/agbim-to-lead-home-eagles-for-uyo-stadium-opening-tie/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:18:54 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218096 Chigozie Agbim

Chigozie Agbim

Gombe United goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim will lead the Super Eagles Team B, otherwise known as the Home Based Super Eagles in an international friendly to commission the eye–popping Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 7 November.

Coach Stephen Keshi has also called up Emem Eduok and Mfon Udoh, the two men in the hot chase for the Top Scorer’s award in this year’s Premier League, as well as Gbolahan Salami, Rabiu Ali, Christian Pyagbara, Bright Esieme, Umar Zango, Solomon Kwambe and Azubuike Egwuekwe in a 24–man squad.

The players are to report at the Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo on Monday, 3 November.

The Squad
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United); Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves); Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars)

Defenders: Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Idris Aloma (El-Kanemi Warriors); Chimma Akas (Sharks FC); Nelson Ogbonna (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Erhun Obanor (Bendel Insurance); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars)

Midfielders: Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC); Charles Henlong (Giwa FC); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC); Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Chinedu Udeaga (Enugu Rangers); Kingley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Tony Edjomari (Nasarawa FC)

Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers); Emem Eduok (Dolphins FC)

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Technical Committee accepts Amodu’s plea for Keshi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/technical-committee-accepts-amodus-plea-for-keshi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/technical-committee-accepts-amodus-plea-for-keshi/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:41:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218091 Amodu Shuaibu

Amodu Shuaibu

The process for the return of Mr. Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Super Eagles appeared complete on Friday after the NFF Technical Committee accepted the plea for his reconsideration, made by Coach Shaibu Amodu on Monday.

Amodu was announced to take over the senior squad in the early hours of October 16, hours after the team’s 3-1 over Sudan in Abuja only took it to third place in the Group A table of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

However, in a letter dated 27 October 2014 and addressed to NFF President Amaju Pinnick through the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, the 56–year old tactician pleaded that Keshi be reconsidered for the two matches as the time–frame was too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a new one altogether.

“As Technical Director of the NFF, I am ready and willing to help build a better relationship among Keshi (with whom I have enjoyed good working relationship in the past and who is still very close to me), the players and the NFF Technical Committee,” Amodu wrote, inter alia.

Speaking on Friday morning, Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said his committee has accepted the plea and forwarded same to the NFF President.

“We have deliberated on Coach Amodu’s letter, and after speaking to my committee members, we decided to accept it and informed the NFF President of our approval.”

On his part, NFF President Amaju Pinnick simply said on Friday that he had no objection to the proposal.

“I have never had anything against Keshi as a person. Amodu is someone we all respect and since that is his opinion and the Technical Committee has approved, so be it.

“I have always said that the work of the committees will not be interfered with. We will give the committees the independence to do their work for optimum results. I am also assuring Nigerians at home and abroad that the NFF will give Keshi all the necessary support to successfully prosecute the two very crucial final matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.”

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Keshi invites Uche, 24 others for Congo, South Africa matches http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/keshi-invites-uche-24-others-for-congo-south-africa-matches/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/keshi-invites-uche-24-others-for-congo-south-africa-matches/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:30:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218090 Taiwo Adelu

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi has called up 25 players for the must-win 2015 Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Red Devils of Congo and Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Highly rated, Spain–based striker Ikechukwu Uche is called for the first time in nearly two years, and there is also a first senior team opportunity for Nasarawa United midfielder Tony Edjomari.

Home–based defender Solomon Kwambe also return, and Aaron Samuel (who got one of the goals against Sudan), Hope Akpan, Sunday Emmanuel and home–boy Emem Eduok have further chances after being called for the matches against the Falcons of Sudan.

Skipper and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Obi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Babatunde Michael are also invited.
All the players are expected to report at the Bolton White Apartments, Wuse, Abuja on Sunday, 9 November.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Tony Edjomari (Nasarawa United, Nigeria)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Ikechukwu Uche (Villareal FC, Spain); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R&F, China); Sunday Emmanuel (SV Scholz Grodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine): Emem Eduok (Dolphins FC, Nigeria)

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NFA crisis: Danagogo commends Jonathan’s intervention http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/nfa-crisis-danagogo-commends-jonathans-intervention/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/nfa-crisis-danagogo-commends-jonathans-intervention/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:30:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217988 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday in Abuja commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his timely intervention in the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).

Danagogo, who is also the Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), made the commendation at the commencement of a retreat for the President Cup Competition in Abuja.

He said he was sure the crisis would be resolved following President Jonathan’s intervention, before the Friday expiration of the latest deadline given by FIFA.

“The interest of President Jonathan in the sport which unifies the country led to the invitation of the warring factions in the NFA for a truce meeting which will lead to true reconciliation of the parties.

“I can assure that Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief as the President, who is a strong supporter of our national teams, met with the warring parties and everything to ensure that Nigeria is not banned by FIFA will be done,” Danagogo said.

On the President Cup which is aimed at scouting for young football talents in the country, the minister reaffirmed his charge to the committee.

He had urged it to do a painstaking job by combing all the nooks and crannies of the country to fish out the talents.

The minister commended all the ex-internationals who are part of the committee for being part of the programme.

Those present at the ceremony included former Super Eagles players such as Peter Rufai, Taribo West and Tijani Babangida.

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Court drops NFF case, saves Nigeria from FIFA ban http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/court-drops-nff-case-saves-nigeria-from-fifa-ban/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/court-drops-nff-case-saves-nigeria-from-fifa-ban/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:46:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217929 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

A court case against Nigeria’s football association that threatened to earn the country a lengthy ban from international competition has been dropped, lawyers said on Thursday.

The case had been brought by Chris Giwa, who was appointed to head the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in controversial circumstances in August but then later ousted.

A judge in Jos had last week ruled that the appointment of a new president, Amaju Pinnick, and executive committee should be set aside.

But a fresh hearing on Thursday was told that Giwa had now withdrawn his complaint.

“I have struck out the matter… The suit ceases to have life,” said judge Ambrose Allagoa.

Giwa’s lawyer Habila Ardzard said the decision had been made “as a result of pleas from so many well-meaning Nigerians and in the national interest”.

Joshua Onoja, representing the NFF, also confirmed that the case had been discontinued.

Football’s world governing body FIFA had given African champions Nigeria until midday on Friday to overturn the court ruling and reinstate Pinnick or face a ban from international competition.

The threat came because FIFA statutes prevent football issues from being heard in a civil court.

FIFA has in recent months repeatedly warned Nigeria that it faced sanctions over the running of the NFF and its handling of elections to appoint a new president and executive committee.

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NFA disbands Super Falcons http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/nfa-disbands-super-falcons/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/nfa-disbands-super-falcons/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:00:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217869 Super Falcons

African women football champions Super Falcons were formally decamped on Wednesday in Abuja following their success at the 9th African Women Championship (AWC) in Namibia.

This was contained in a statement by the team’s Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi.

It said Team Administrator Ruth David, who informed the players of the decamping, also said they were expected to return next week for a presidential reception at the Aso Rock Villa.

NAN reports that President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday received the AWC trophy at the Villa from team captain Evelyn Nwabuoku.

The player was in company of Amaju Pinnick, the Chairman of a faction of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board, and the team’s Chief Coach, Edwin Okon.

The statement said President Jonathan had promised to formally host the team on 5 November.

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