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Mikel: Eagles blessed with talented youngsters

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Former Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said the current players in the team can withstand any challenges, tipping them to rank among the best in a foreseeable future.

The former Chelsea player quits international football after helping the side win a bronze medal at the 2019 African Cup of Nations  in Egypt.

The former Tianji Teda skipper said he had to call it quit with the Eagles so as to allow younger generation of players to thrive.

He expressed confidence when he spoke with Trabzonspor’s official magazine, that the current Super Eagles were hungry and determined to make the nation proud.

“We currently have very talented young players. They’re all bright. I think these players can handle the challenges. I had to make room for them, besides; I don’t have many years for football in front of me. I want to focus on my team in the remaining period,” he said.

”I served the national team for 13 years, most of them as captain. In this period, we achieved significant successes as a team,” he added.

In all, the former Chelsea star made 89 appearances, scoring six goals for the senior national team.

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Shorunmu: Eagles will get better

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ormer Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu has backed Nigeria’s senior national team that the team will with  time get its balance right as the team continue to concede goals in match situation following consecutive games where the team have conceded goals.

 

 

Shorunmu speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said the team has shown how good they can be with the ability to score goals and win games despite conceding and believes the team will get it balance right with time to reduce the rate at which the team concede goals.

 

 

“In as much you’re trying to cover your net, there is tendencies a little bit of mistake can come around for you to concede a goal. But the most important thing is that the team is winning which is very important. And when you’re winning it comes with confidence to the whole team that it won’t come against the team.”

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I clashed with Messi, Cavani confirms

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aris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has confirmed there was a heated exchange with Lionel Messi during Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina on Monday amid claims he offered to fight his opponent.

 

With Uruguay leading at the time thanks to a Cavani goal, Messi reacted angrily to a foul from combative midfielder Matias Vecino.

 

After a confrontation, Ole claims that Cavani asked Messi: “Do you want to fight?” to which the Barcelona star reportedly replied: “Whenever you want, whenever you want.”

 

The pair were eventually separated by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, a team-mate of Messi at Barcelona, while defender Diego Godin also offered a conciliatory arm around the shoulder.

 

When asked about the flashpoint incident after the game, Cavani confirmed that there was a confrontation between the pair but he downplayed the severity of it.

 

“Yes, that’s football,” he told reporters. “That’s what the Clasico matches [between Argentina and Uruguay] are like. That’s football.”

 

Argentina went on to equalise through a Sergio Aguero header, but were pegged back minutes later by Suarez’s free-kick.

 

It was Messi who had the last laugh, however, converting a stoppage-time penalty to ensure the spoils were shared.

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FIFA names Eaglets for MVP awards

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets had a dismal outing at the U-17 World Cup but a member of the side  Ibrahim Said will have something to remember after he was nominated for tournament award.

 

 

Said has been nominated for the goal of the tournament award. 

 

 

Said found the net three times for the five-time U-17 world champions during the recently concluded tournament in Brazil but the pick of his goals was his second strike in the 85th minute against Ecuador on October 29.

 

 

With the Manu Garba led side trailing 2-1, the attacking midfielder restored parity with a fabulous curling shot from the edge of the area.

 

Challenging the Nigeria U-17 international for the individual accolade are MVP of the 2019 U-17 World Cup Gabriel Veron (Brazil), Golden Boot winner Sontje Hansen (Netherlands), Silver Boot winner Nathanael Mbuku (France), Diego (Brazil), Diego Duarte (Paraguay), Matias Godoy (Argentina), Degnand Gnonto, Gaetano Oristanio (both Italy) and Santiago Munoz (Mexico).

 

Voting closes next Monday 25 November at 15:00 CET and FIFA will reveal the winner of the best goal scored during the tournament in Brazil on that same Monday.

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Unity, team spirit gave us victory over Lesotho – Chukwueze

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uper Eagles’ winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has said unity and team spirit gave the team victory over their Lesotho counterparts in the first leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier decided in Maseru last Sunday.

 

 

The Nigerians were 0-1 down in the 11th minute after Masoabi Nkoto’s goal but came back to run away with a awesome 4-2 victory against the Crocodiles.

 

The Villarreal winger who was in action at Setsoto Stadium said their best was yet to come after the resounding victory on Sunday evening.

 

Gernot Rohr’s men were ruthlessly dominant as they cruised to a comfortable victory in another tough encounter of AFCON 2021 qualifier.

 

The scoreline was brought to balance through Alex Iwobi’s 26th-minute equaliser before Samuel Chukwueze’s 39th minute handed Nigeria the first-half lead.

 

Speaking after the encounter, winger said the Super Eagles never panicked when Lesotho scored because the victory in Maseru was assured.

 

“We never panicked. We knew we had what it takes to overturn the early goal, we just stayed calm and played our normal game,” the 20-year-old winger said.

 

“It was a little difficult at first because of the pitch but once we got our rhythm, we got better as the games progressed.”

 

 

Chukwueze also attributed unity and team-spirit as the secret of Super Eagles’ mental strength over their counterparts.

 

 

“I think we see each other as brothers. We are always looking after each other on and off the pitch. This helps us also on the pitch especially in matches. We never give up.

 

 

“We are also very talented and I think the best is yet to come from us. We will keep improving. Hopefully it will also pay off on the pitch,” The Villarreal striker said.

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Troost-Ekong: Eagles can win 2022 World Cup

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uper Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has disclosed that the dream  of the current team is to win the World Cup and surpass the record of the much talked about 1994  squad.

 

 

Troost-Ekong told journalists that winning the World Cup was the only target and also surpassing the achievements of the 1994 squad.

 

 

“Everyone talks about the 1994 squad but I think football has changed a lot since then, when you watch the game, now, it’s different from what it used to be,”

 

“We have quite a young team, and we can do even more than the older generation have done”, he said.

 

 

“That’s our next target, we are focusing on the African Cup of Nations until March next year when we are going to play the World Cup qualifiers, and of course, everyone will want to do better than what we did in Russia. ”

 

 

Troost-Ekong was a member of the Super Eagles squad that won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Republic of Benin 2-1 and Lesotho 4-2 in Maseru last weekend.

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Zenith Bank/Delta Principal’s Cup: Ugbade, Udeze, Agali to grace final

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Three prominent former national football stars have been primed to be at the final of the 2019 edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank.

 

 

The former internationals are Nduka Ugbade,  Ifeanyi Udeze and Victor Agali.

 

According to the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education, Partrick Ukah, the former football stars will be at the final as special guests.

 

Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba is the venue of the final billed for November 28 between College of Commerce, Warri and Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba.

 

Ukah explained that the presence of Ugbade, Udeze and Agali would be a boost to the final ceremony.

 

Ukah said:’We want the young footballers to see some of their heroes live and we will create opportunity for the former stars to speak to the kids.

 

“It is a tradition to bring former stars for the final which will also be attended by various top dignitaries across all spheres of life.

 

 

“We are indeed happy the final is here after such an interesting journey so far. We are going to make it glorious.”

 

Already, the state government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank are planning exciting time for the finalists and fans of the game.

 

 

The bank has concluded arrangements to shower the best three teams with gift items on final day.

 

To qualify for final, Zappa Mixed Secondary School defeated Destiny International School, Ughelli, 1-0 while College of Commerce Warri defeated Okotie -Eboh Grammar School Sapele 5-0.

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Don’t blame coaches for country’s football woes – Sani Kaita

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ormer international, Sani Kaita, has said that Nigerian coaches should not be blamed for the country’s football woes in recent times.

 

This year alone the Golden Eaglets failed to go past the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, the U-20s also crashed out of their own World Cup in Poland prematurely while both the men and women’s teams also failed to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

 

“We cannot always blame coaches every time our national teams fail at any competition or games, it is not always their fault.”

 

“Other factors like lack of motivation for the players, poor preparation for major competitions have also contributed to disappointing results recorded by Nigeria lately,” said Kaita who is doing his coaching course in England said.

 

Kaita, who won silver medals at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and 2008 Olympic Nigeria, said the NFF must move quickly to halt the downward slide of Nigerian football.

 

“I am very disappointed that Nigeria football is going down drastically,” he said.

 

“We crashed out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, we couldn’t make it at the U-20 World Cup, the U-23s and Falcons failed to qualify for next year Olympics.

 

 

“I believe something is wrong somewhere with Nigerian football.

 

 

“The NFF cannot continue to hide under some excuses, but rather ensure they find solutions to the factors that caused these failures,” he concluded.

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Enrique makes emotional return to Spain

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uis Enrique has returned to a role as manager of the Spain national side five months after deciding to step down from the post.

 

The former Barcelona boss walked away from a role with La Roja in June as his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, was seriously ill with bone cancer.

She sadly passed away in August, leaving the Enrique family distraught.

 

 

The 49-year-old has, however, taken the brave and emotional decision to head back into the dugout.

 

As he walks back in into the Spanish fold, Robert Moreno, who initially took charge of proceedings on the touchline when Enrique left the team camp in March, has been forced to make way.

 

 

A permanent agreement was put in place when it became clear that a new figurehead was required and Moreno was handed a contract through to the summer of 2020, when Spain will be in European Championship action.

 

Moreno, who had previously worked as assistant coach with Spain, has been left shocked by the sudden turn of events.

 

He had stated in September that he would happily stand aside if Enrique wished to take the reins again.

 

 

At that point, he was expecting to remain part of the coaching regime if another change was made.

 

 

That no longer appears to be the case, with Moreno having left the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in tears and without talking to the press following a 5-0 win over Romania on Monday.

No member of Spain’s playing squad addressed the media either.

 

The call to bring Enrique back and remove Moreno from the fold ultimately rested with Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish FA, who has made five managerial changes since June 2018.

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IKMF stages self-defence training seminar

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he international Krav Maga Federation (IKMF)-Nigeria is organizing its second international self defence and unarmed training seminar in Lagos on Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th November, 2019 at the National Institute of Sports Gymnasium, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

 

 

To declare the program Opened is former Nigeria POLICE SPORTS Administrative guru, DIG Sani Mohammed (RTD) who affirmed that Marcio Bainhas the  African  Regional Director of IKMF, who graduated in Israel and also an  expert in military/law enforcement and private security,  will be the lead instructor at the five-day seminar.

 

This seminar which was organized by Aumentar Security Limited and supported by Emzor Paracetamol will attract a participation fee of N20,000.

 

 

Among tactics to be imparted on participants are stay away sessions for women to wade off house invasion, office security, domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

 

There will also be lectures on anti-kidnapping, civilian self defence tactics and the sessions for law enforcement agents on crowd management, control tactics as well as handling of emergency situations.

 

 

One of the facilitators of the project, ACP Gideon Akinsola (rtd), told our correspondent that all was set for the programme.

 

 

“We have the resources and men to make it an exciting seminar, we will do just that,” Akinsola said.

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Nigeria’s Ukandu wins WorldRemit/Arsenal Future Stars coaching programme

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igeria youth coach, Chinasa Ukandu, at the weekend emerged the winner of the second edition of WorldRemit and Arsenal FC organized Future Stars coaching programme.

 

The Online money transfer company alongside the English Premier League side at the weekend announced Ukandu alongside Luis Alejandro Castañeda from Colombia as the two winners.

The youth football coaches will fly to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches with the sponsored by WorldRemit.

 

Ukandu and Castañeda were among eight finalists, four women and four men, who were selected by a panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal for their commitment to using football to empower young people and benefit their communities.

Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said: “At WorldRemit, we are inspired every day by our customers, who work hard to send money home to support their communities.

 

“Through our partnership with Arsenal and the Future Stars programme, we are delighted to celebrate the stories of inspiring individuals such as Chinasa and Luis, who use sport to make a difference to the lives of the young people they train. Congratulations to the winners and our team looks forward to welcoming you to London!”

 

Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development, said that through the club’s  programmes in London and across the globe, their Football Development coaches are dedicated to helping set young players up for success both on and off the pitch.

Speaking on her victory, Ukandu said she cannot wait to travel to London for her training while Castañeda, who is a volunteer coach for a blind boys’ football team from Bogotá and the surrounding area expressed his appreciations to the organizers of the programme.

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