P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Nigerian Football Teams http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:27:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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Danagogo Orders Pinnick, Giwa To End NFF Crisis Now http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/danagogo-orders-pinnick-giwa-to-end-nff-crisis-now/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/danagogo-orders-pinnick-giwa-to-end-nff-crisis-now/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:09:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217759 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

The Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr Tammy Danagogo has ordered quick and unambiguous resolution of the crisis threatening to tear the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, apart, and has directed feuding parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace.

Danagogo, at a meeting with top officials of the federation and the faction led by Ambassador Chris Giwa, specifically charged that the court case by the Giwa’s faction be withdrawn to save Nigeria from impending FIFA hammer. He also confirmed holding a meeting with President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Alhaji (Dr) Issa Hayatou in Windhoek on Saturday, where the CAF supremo told him in no uncertain terms that FIFA and CAF have had it up to their necks with Nigeria.

“Dr. Hayatou told me Nigeria could actually have been stopped from playing the final of the African Women Championship in Namibia on Saturday, but he had to plead with FIFA to stop its Emergency Committee from taking immediate action. He also explained that such an occurrence would have handed the trophy automatically to Cameroon, and people would have thought that being a Cameroonian, he instigated such to favour his country.

“The CAF President was really unhappy with us. He brought out documents which constitute the protocols that every country wishing to be in the international football family had to sign, and which Nigeria signed. Part of these is the fact that disputes in football have to be taken to arbitration, and not civil courts.”

Restating that national interest and the interest of football should be paramount in the minds of those battling for the soul of the Nigeria game, Danagogo directed that the court case should be withdrawn and that both NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Ambassador Giwa should sit down like brothers and discuss firmly on ways to bring to an end the imbroglio.

“I am not interested in who is the NFF President. I am concerned with the interest of our country and the fact that football is such a serious matter for us and a ban from international football would be a disaster.
“I can assure you all that the Federal Government will not take kindly to any individual or group that contribute to an unfortunate situation of Nigeria getting banned from international football.”

Among those present at the meeting were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Ambassador Giwa, NSC directors Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu, NFF Executive Committee member, High Chief Emeka Inyama, General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, Mr. Adama Yahaya, Mr. Sani Fema and Chief Rumson Baribote.

The Sports Minister has ordered the parties involved to reconvene at his office on Wednesday afternoon to report back on their resolutions.

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Keshi returns as coach of Super Eagles, resumes work http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/28/keshi-returns-as-coach-of-super-eagles-resumes-work/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/28/keshi-returns-as-coach-of-super-eagles-resumes-work/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:48:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217668 Stephen Keshi: reinstated as Super Eagles head coach

Stephen Keshi: reinstated as Super Eagles head coach

Chris Giwa, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Chairman who was restored to office on Thursday by a Jos court ruling, said on Monday that sacked coach of the national team, Stephen Keshi will resume work with the team today.

Giwa who spoke to newsmen before the inauguration of interim committees at the NFA secretariat in Abuja urged all Nigerians to remain calm while the issues surrounding the NFA family crisis and the much-touted looming FIFA ban were resolved.

Giwa reiterated that his board had reviewed and decided to sustain the out-of-contract assignment given to the technical crew of the Super Eagles led by Stephen Keshi.

“It was agreed at our board meeting held Thursday that the technical crew headed by Keshi should remain in charge.

“The issue of qualification to AFCON 2015 is not about Keshi. Therefore, all he needs now is support from all of us.

“We have two more games left in the qualifiers and if you are telling someone who has started a process to go now when he has just two more games left to play, I don’t think it is right.

“I don’t think whoever is coming in will have anything meaningful to contribute more than what is already on ground.

“So, all we need now is to rally round our brother Keshi and pray that God will bless the team with victory in their two remaining matches.

“I have spoken to Keshi and, by the grace of God, by Tuesday or Wednesday he should resume his normal duties as the coach of our national team,” he said.

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Giwa resumes at NFA secretariat, inaugurates interim committees http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/28/giwa-resumes-at-nfa-secretariat-inaugurates-interim-committees/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/28/giwa-resumes-at-nfa-secretariat-inaugurates-interim-committees/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:39:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217667 NFF-logo

Chris Giwa, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Chairman who was restored to office on Thursday by a Jos court ruling, on Monday resumed duties at the association’s secretariat in Abuja.

NAN reports that Giwa, alongside some members of his board who were elected on Aug. 26, arrived at the Glass House secretariat around 3:00 p.m.

The Giwa-led board, which had vacated the NFA premises earlier in September following a FIFA order, had been restored to office by a Federal High Court in Jos.

The court presided over by Justice Ambrose Alagoa had ordered a return to the status quo before the 30 September election which brought in the Amaju Pinnick-led board in Warri.

Giwa and his board members, who had been expected at the Glass House since Friday, however arrived the NFA secretariat to meet loads of security men.

The security men were stationed there to maintain law and order as they did not hinder any one from entering or leaving the premises.

The Giwa-led board later proceeded to a meeting in the association’s boardroom, before inaugurating the four interim committees it set up on Thursday at its meeting in Jos.

It had said the committees were to oversee the activities of the remaining part of the 2013/ 2014 football season.

The four interim committees inaugurated were Match Commissioners’ Appointments, Referees, Disciplinary and Appeals.

•Chris Giwa

•Chris Giwa

Giwa who spoke to newsmen before the inauguration urged all Nigerians to remain calm while the issues surrounding the NFA family crisis and the much-touted looming FIFA ban were resolved.

“I will not like to make comments concerning this issue because you are aware that the matter is before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), and for me to say anything about it will be wrong for now.

“However, one thing I will like to repeat here is that Nigerians should remain calm as there is no cause for alarm by the grace of God.

“I believe that things are working out very well and I am not expecting anything to tamper with the interest of Nigerians,” he said.

On the issue of negotiations with the Pinnick-led board, Giwa said he had no problems with Pinnick, adding that it was a football family issue.

“One thing I want people to understand is that in a family, there is always an elder and a younger brother and as far as this issue is concerned, Giwa remains the elder brother.

“It’s absurd for a younger brother to be asking the elder for a concession. However, I don’t have any problems with Pinnick as we are all members of the football family.

“So, if there are issues to be settled, they are not between me and Pinnick but for us the football family to come together and sort out.

“Like I said earlier on the first day I resumed office, my first assignment is to carry everybody along. We will go to whoever is aggrieved and make peace. So, reconciliation is a continuous process,” he said.

Giwa also reiterated that his board had reviewed and decided to sustain the out-of-contract assignment given to the technical crew of the Super Eagles led by Stephen Keshi.

“It was agreed at our board meeting held Thursday that the technical crew headed by Keshi should remain in charge.

“The issue of qualification to AFCON 2015 is not about Keshi. Therefore, all he needs now is support from all of us.

“We have two more games left in the qualifiers and if you are telling someone who has started a process to go now when he has just two more games left to play, I don’t think it is right.

“I don’t think whoever is coming in will have anything meaningful to contribute more than what is already on ground.

“So, all we need now is to rally round our brother Keshi and pray that God will bless the team with victory in their two remaining matches.

“I have spoken to Keshi and, by the grace of God, by Tuesday or Wednesday he should resume his normal duties as the coach of our national team,” he said.

The NFA chairman further explained the rationale behind his going to court, adding that it had to do with the issue of unfairness and not the rules of the game.

“Article 1.1 in the NFA Statutes says that NFA is a registered institution in this country and it must abide by the rules of the land.

“So, where you have tampered with my right, it is my right to seek redress in a court of law and that is why we are in court.

“And the ruling we got from the Federal High Court in Jos has nothing to do with the substantive matter that is in court,” he said.

NAN reports that the Federal High Court in Jos is expected to hear the plea for a “Stay of Execution” and the appeal by the Pinnick-led board on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a handful of NFA staff who resumed work at the secretariat in the morning were nowhere to be seen some minutes after Giwa arrived the premises.

All the NFA management staff had failed to show up at their duty posts since the 23 October ruling.

On the other hand, it was only those staff in the junior and middle-level cadres who had been reporting for duties at the secretariat since then.

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Super Eagles To Train In Warri For Congo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/super-eagles-to-train-in-warri-for-congo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/super-eagles-to-train-in-warri-for-congo/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:17:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217590 Super Eagles

Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has announced that the Super Eagles will train in Warri, Delta State, ahead of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Point-noire.

General Secretary of the NFF, Musa Amadu dropped the hint while meeting with the Eagles’ technical crew and support staff at the NFF secretariat in Abuja on Monday.

Nigeria is billed to confront the Red Devils of Congo on 15 November in Point-Noire in a must win game that will be played on an artificial pitch.

“The pitch in Warri where the Eagles will train is an artificial pitch and should provide the required feel and match conditions as the pitch where the game will be played in Congo,” Amadu said in a statement made available to P.M.NEWS Sports by the Media Officer of the Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye.

“This is a very crucial game and we cannot afford to take anything for granted. After the game in Congo, the team will then proceed to Uyo to prepare for the last qualifying match South Africa.

“The Nigeria Football Federation is working round the clock to ensuring that all what the team need to make a success of the November assignments are provided so that the Eagles are able to defend their title in Morocco.

“For us, the real challenge is to go to Congo and get the desired result that will put our qualification aspirations back on the right track,”Amadu added.

The Eagles will need to beat Congo with a clear two goal margin or get a higher scoreline of victory than what the Congolese got in Calabar when they came to Nigeria for the country to be ahead of the Red Devils in Group A after the November 15 clash.

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Glo Hails Falcons’ Victory At AWC http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/glo-hails-falcons-victory-at-awc/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/27/glo-hails-falcons-victory-at-awc/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:55:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217489 Super Falcons

National telecoms operator, Globacom has congratulated the Super Falcons for defeating the Lionesses of Cameroun to lift the African Women Championship, AWC, trophy for the seventh time.

In a superlative performance, the Nigerian female national team trounced Cameroun 2-0 in the final match of African Women Championship in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday.

Globacom in a statement issued on Sunday commended the team for not only winning the championship but also qualifying for the next Women World Cup in Canada.

“It is a delight seeing the Falcons play with so much confidence and cohesion which made it possible for the team to dominate the match and outclass the Camerounians,” Globacom said in the statement.

Desire Oparanozie scored the first goal for the Falcons in the 13th minute through a free-kick while the second
goal was scored by Asisat Oshoala in th 44th Minute when she latched on a pass from Francesca Odega.

The telco said it was glad that the Falcons have regained the title they lost at the last African Women Championship, thereby re-confirming the team as the undisputed champions of women football in Africa.

Globacom congratulated the players for their focus and skills as well as the coaching crew led by Godwin Okon for their tactical superiority, adding that the team kept improving with every match they played during the competition.

“We look forward to seeing the team perform creditably well in the next World Cup. We urge them not to rest on their oars and be prepared to fight with all their skills in order to make Nigeria and the continent of Africa very proud,” the statement read.

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

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Pinnick hails Falcons, promises good preparation for World Cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/pinnick-hails-falcons-promises-good-preparation-for-world-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/pinnick-hails-falcons-promises-good-preparation-for-world-cup/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:40:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217417 Super Falcons

President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick Saturday night congratulated the senior women national team, Super Falcons, following the team’s triumph over Cameroon that returned the African Women Championship, AWC, trophy to Nigeria.

The Falcons defeated the Lionesses 2-0 in the final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek with goals from Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala – undisputedly the two best players of the competition.

“I am very happy at the performance of the Super Falcons. They have given this new Board of NFF its first trophy in under one month in office, and I am delighted.

“They played the Lionesses with lion hearts and there was no doubt which was the better team. They made the country proud and I want to assure the team that the NFF will do everything possible to prepare the team adequately for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada”.

Pinnick was scheduled to travel out of the country on Friday night alongside Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, to watch the final match in Windhoek. He was however, inexplicably, stopped from traveling by some security operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

In the event, Dr. Danagogo was joined at the State Box of the Sam Nujoma Stadium by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Ambassador Biodun Olorunfemi.

Pinnick added: “The domination of our women in African football is no longer in doubt. Seven titles out of nine editions aptly tell the story. What we must now work hard towards is making our mark at the global stage. That is going to start with Canada 2015″.

Star–girl Asisat Oshoala was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, replicating her feat at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada in the summer. But she was unable to repeat the double, pipped to the Top Scorer’s award by compatriot Desire Oparanozie, who got five goals to her own four. Nigeria’s Francesca Ordega was also named Player of the final match.

The Falcons, alongside the Lionesses of Cameroon and the Les Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire, who shocked South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the third place match, will represent Africa at the 7th FIFA World Cup finals in Canada, 6 June – 5 July, 2015.

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How Danagogo Saved Falcons From Expulsion At AWC http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/how-danagogo-saved-falcons-from-expulsion-at-awc/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/how-danagogo-saved-falcons-from-expulsion-at-awc/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:27:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217412 Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr Tammy Danagogo Saturday saved the Super Falcons from being stopped by CAF from playing the final match of the African Women’s Championship which took place in Windhoek, Namibia following the Jos court ruling which set aside the 30 September, 2014 election that brought in the Amaju Pinnick-led Board of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

Consequently the minister has called on all football stakeholders, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to understand that football matters should not be taken to the ordinary courts but the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) to avoid threats or outright ban of the country by FIFA.

Speaking from Windhoek, Namibia where he had gone to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan’s goodwill message and also cheer the Super Falcons in the final against Cameroon in the African Women Championship, Dr. Danagogo said he had to negotiate with CAF to allow the Falcons play the final as they were almost stopped from playing.

“We just succeeded in negotiating with CAF not to stop the Falcons from playing the final match. The decision to ban Nigeria has now been shifted to Monday,” he said, stressing that, “all football stakeholders, the judiciary and our law enforcement agencies should understand that each time they take football matters to the ordinary court instead of CAS, Nigeria stands the risk of being banned from all football activities.”

He added that “they should understand the reality of this if we want to continue to be part of playing football under FIFA. FIFA has shifted the decision to ban Nigeria to Monday and if nothing is done to resolve this court issues, we risk being banned”.

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2014 AWC: Super Falcons are champions of Africa, beat Cameroun 2-0 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/2014-awc-super-falcons-are-champions-of-africa-beat-cameroun-2-0/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/25/2014-awc-super-falcons-are-champions-of-africa-beat-cameroun-2-0/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:57:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217403 Super Falcons

The Super Falcons of Nigeria on Saturday defeated Cameroun 2-0 to win the ninth edition of the African Women Championship (AWC) in Windhoek, Namibia.

NAN reports that goals from Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala were all Nigeria needed to reclaim the AWC title.

After a dominant opening period, Oparanozie put the Super Falcons in front in the 12th minute with a superb free-kick.

Oshoala then doubled Nigeria’s lead two minutes from the end of an enthralling first half.

NAN recalls that only twice since the inaugural AWC in 1998 had Nigeria failed to win the trophy.

Equatorial Guinea are the only other winners, in 2008 and 2012, and they failed to qualify for this year’s tournament.

Nigeria and Cameroon had already qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada by reaching the final.

They will be joined there by Cote D’Ivoire who had earlier in the day beaten South Africa 1-0 in the third-place match.

In an even contest, also played in Windhoek, Rebecca Ida scored the winning goal six minutes from full time.

She pounced on a loose ball in the Banyana Banyana penalty area from a corner kick, and slotted the ball home.

The championship which kicked off on Oct. 11 came to an end on Saturday.

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