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Musa, Etebo, Aina to return for Benin

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Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, Oghenekharo Etebo and Ola Aina will return for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Squirrels of Benin in November. Musa, Etebo, and Aina missed out from Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against the five-time World Cup champions, the Samba Boys of Brazil, in an international friendly game at the weekend, due to various injuries. The team coach Gernot Rohr who seems to be worried about the injuries to some of his key players, told Brila Fm that he hoped they would be fit for the big task ahead of the team.

“Now what will happen with all these injured players back? “If Musa can come back, if Aina can come back and if Etebo too can come back, so we will see what can happen with the top players for these impactful games,” Rohr added. The three-time AFCON champions will host Benin on November 11 before facing Lesotho on November 19.

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Contract impasse: Rohr gives NFF December deadline

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Contract impasse: Rohr gives NFF December deadline

…blames jet lag for slow start against Lesotho

…salutes Eagles’ doggedness

 

Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, wants contract talks with his employer the Nigeria Football Federation sorted out before the end of the year.

Sources close to the German disclosed that the 66 year old wants the issue trashed out before December.

Rohr has been in charge of the Eagles since 2016, during which time he has won 21 matches, lost 10 and drawn seven, but he declared after Sunday’s 4-2 win away to Lesotho in the second match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that he could now discuss the contract after the victories against Benin Republic and Lesotho last weekend

The former handler of Niger Republic wants it discussed before the next AFCON match in August 2020, according to a source close to him.

“He wants his future sorted out as soon as possible so that he will concentrate on the job of building a new team. He has spoken to them (the NFF)  about his desire to continue on the job and encouraged his employers to sort everything out before the end of the year,” the source said.

Rohr has admitted he would love to continue with the Eagles, especially as he is happy to see his band of youngsters doing well, but he hinted further that the choice on whether he stays or not depends on what the NFF’s hierarchy have in mind and what they would ultimately put on the table for him to peruse.

”I enjoy coaching this team of course. We have a project also, we have young players, we are progressing and we started very well the qualifiers and the qualifiers will continue after the end of my contract. The ball is in the camp of the officials now,” Rohr submitted.

The Eagles came from a goal down to record an emphatic 4-2 win over Lesotho on Wednesday and the German blamed his team’s slow start on jet fatigue after they arrived Maseru, the venue of the match, only few hours to the start of the game.

“We know that it’s difficult to win in Lesotho especially when you concede the first goal. They played very well in the beginning, but we had to take the game in our hands.

“We had a long travel at night and you can see that at the beginning, my players were not fully concentrated, he said.

He praised his players for their doggedness after they came from behind to claim victories in their last two games.

“Some matches, you score the first goal and in some matches you concede first,” Rohr told reporters after the game.

“We scored first against Brazil and Ukraine but we didn’t win, so I prefer to concede first and win the match.

“This has proven that my players have a good spirit because they never give up.

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Quadre, Mohammed win J5 Abuja ITF titles

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Oyinlomo Quadre claimed her 3rd ITF Junior title of the season, with a sublime display to beat 2nd seed, Marylove Edwards 6-1 6-0, in the second leg of the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja.

The boy’s final which was also an all-Nigerian affair, saw Musa Mohammed edged top seed Abayomi Philips in a thrilling contest with scores at 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2.

NTF president Ifedayo Akindoju expressed delight at the performance of Nigerians at the two week tourney pledging support for development of junior players in the country.

Quadre, Nigeria’s No. 1 junior player, outclassed her compatriot adding the J5 Abuja title to the Megrine and Cotonou titles, she won in April and September, respectively.

US-based Edwards, who claimed the first leg title last week, came into Sunday’s final on a 7-match winning streak, but was overwhelmed by her Morocco-based compatriot, who dictated proceedings all through

While Quadre’s victory over Edwards was quick and efficient, Mohammed who was the vanquished in the final of the first week losing to Canice Abua, had to dig deep to beat the tournament’s top seed, Abayomi Philips, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 and claim the boys singles title – his first title-triumph on the ITF Junior Circuit.

He thus denied Philips a second iTF title of the season following the youngster’s success in Benin in September.

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Lesotho tough for Eagles despite easy win – Musa

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Lesotho tough for Eagles despite easy win – Musa

…drops retirement hint

Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has played down their 4-2 win over Lesotho in a 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, saying the Southern Africans gave them a tough tie.

The Eagles came from a goal down to record an emphatic 4-2 victory in Maseru Sunday evening and the Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia forward insisted Lesotho proved a tough nut to crack for them.

”The  team played very good, as you can see we came back from a goal down to win, it’s not that easy. We played a very good team today,” the Super Eagles captain told reporters post-match.

One of the untouchables in the Super Eagles side that finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Musa, has not started a game for the national team since a 1-0 win vs Tunisia in July and the former Leicester City forward said it was necessary to give younger players more opportunities in the team.

With 13 games left to reach milestone 100 caps Musa hinted he could bow out of international football soon.

“it is about time we have a new crop of players for the national team,” Musa said.

“The young players are coming up and we have to give them a chance. Soon maybe Ahmed Musa may not want to continue playing anymore and we have to groom new set of players totake over from those that are retiring.”

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Ighalo, Lawal hail new goal king Osimhen

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Victor Osimhen’s incredible goal-scoring spree has attracted plaudits from all quarters and the latest coming from the man he took over from, Odion Ighalo, who has described the Lille star’s run as incredible.

Osimhen scored two goals and provided two assists to lead Eagles to a 4-2 win over Lesotho to take his tally to three in just two games of the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Ighalo who announced his retirement from international football after using his goals to propel Nigeria to a bronze medal feat at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt is happy that the Lille star took over from where he left off.

Osimhen took to social media to express his delight at the delightful individual and collective performances and his post was duly acknowledged by  Ighalo who responded by saying:

“Congrats bro, keep the fire burning.”

Similarly, another former Nigerian midfielder, Dimeji Lawal, has hailed the Eagles and showerd special praise on Osimhen.

“It was a great game; we got the three points that we were looking for and the boys fought very well from one – nil down to be victorious.

“I think Osimhen was excellent in the game and all the other guys put up a good show,” he added.

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Zenith Bank, Delta promise amazing Principals’ Cup final

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As the final match of the 2019 Delta State Principals’ Cup draws near, the state government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank are planning exciting time for the finalists and fans of the game.

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.

However, Zenith Bank has concluded arrangements to shower the best three teams with gift items on final day.

Group Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said there would be plenty to celebrate on final day.

Onyeagwu said: “We are going to celebrate the fact that the 2019 final is taking place, we will celebrate the best three team players and there will be gift items for all the players in the first to third categories.

“It is a yearly thing. We will give them items that will be useful to them in school, in the game and other things of interest to the average Nigerian youth. Our pledge from the beginning is to make the tournament bigger and better every year and that will again happen on November 28.”

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education in Delta, Chief Partrick Ukah, also told newsmen that the government has concluded plans to make the final match a big spectacle for the finalists.

“Delta is noted for excellence in sports and that is why are all set to make the final a big event. There will be side attractions at half time while we also have plans for some other pleasant surprises which I don’t want to talk about now,” Ukah said.

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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Akinyele’s demise, great loss, says Gumel

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The board of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), led by its President, Habu Gumel commiserates with the Akinyele family for the loss of their father who died last week.

Gumel said: “Chief Alex Akinyele was a jovial and hardworking man who loved to work with athletes, technical team and administrators during his days as the Chairman of National Sports Commission.

“He was very articulate and result-oriented in whichever assignment before him and the commission. The news of his demise coming during the visit of the President,  International Olympic Committee, Dr Thomas Bach, came with mixed feelings but a great loss to the sporting fraternity and the Olympic family not only in Nigeria but the world at large.

“On behalf of the the board of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, we send our sincere condolences and pray that the family we have the fortitude to bear this loss.”

Chief Alex Akinyele was born April 24, 1938 and until his death, he was the Lisa Jigan and Lobosin of Ondo Kingdom.

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StarTimes excites soccer fans with live European Qualifiers

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As the 2019 European Championship Qualifiers continue, StarTimes is gearing up to deliver a live broadcast of the matches today, Tuesday as Belgium tackles Cyprus and Germany take on Northern Ireland while Spain locks horn with Romania by 8:40 pm African Time.

StarTimes Nigeria has assured subscribers of the live broadcast of this games on its 5 sports channels, as well as on StarTimes ON streaming application, live and in HD in all Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the Public Relations Manager StarTimes, Mr. Kunmi Balogun, “The live telecast of these matches reflects the firm’s commitment to providing the best sporting action to its subscribers at a very affordable rate. Football lovers can also enjoy the thrills and action of these games and other league games such as the Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Chinese Super League to ensure that our subscribers across the globe are satisfied”,

He maintained that “we have shown and we will continue to demonstrate that our focus is on satisfying our subscribers by bringing to their living rooms live matches.

from the biggest players and clubs in top European leagues. These upcoming games is another opportunity to excite our subscribers”, he said.

StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 20 million users through DTT, DTH and online streaming platforms with 480 authorized channels.

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Lesotho Coach: We lost to a very good team

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Lesotho head coach Thabo Senong hailed the quality of the Super Eagles after the Crocodiles went down to a 4-2 defeat against the visitors in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash at Setsoto Stadium, Maseru on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.

The hosts who failed to score a goal in their previous two outings against the Super Eagles, opened scoring through Nkoto Masoabi in the 11th minute.

Alex Iwobi restored parity for Nigeria in the 28th minute after he was teed up by Osimhen, while Samuel Chukuweze gave Nigeria the lead for the first time in the game in the 34th minute nodding home Victor Osimhen’s cross.

Osimhen then added two more goals in 75th and 84th minutes respectively. Chidozie Awaziem’s own goal a minute from time made the scoreline 4-2.

“For me, i don’t have much to say about our defeat to Nigeria, i think to come back from 1-0 down to win is not that easy,” Senong told reporters after the game.

“I will say we played against a very good team today.”

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Minister meets NFF Board, demands written explanation for dismal outings

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Minister meets NFF Board, demands written explanation for dismal outings
  • Asks secretariat to submit nominal role

 

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Monday met officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to demand a written explanation as to the exit of Nigerian teams from football tournaments.
In a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes, the minister directed that NFF should “provide the Federal Government with written explanation to the developments of our teams failing in four major tournaments.
“From stock taking it is now time to render account to Nigerians,” he said even as he warned that “We need to take very difficult decisions.”
The NFF secretariat particularly came under scrutiny for the technical failings of the board.
“We need to run a reality check. Nigerians are not happy with our state of football. We must start with the football administration. Nigerians want to see us working proactively to get things working again.
“I am not saying we should win at all cost, beyond identifying various issues what do we need to do to deal with these issues.  “The board has a responsibility. I am asking the board to do surgical examinations of what has gone wrong with our football,” he said.
The Minister also demanded for the nominal roll of the NFF as it was revealed that the federation has continued to pay some people with expired contracts.
He said the Ministry’s concern goes beyond the dismal performance but is also about the domestic league.
Responding NFF Chairman, Amaju Pinnick lamented that federation was faced with a toxic situation that affected its administration.
In recent time both of Nigeria’s Male and female U23 teams failed to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Incidentally, Nigeria’s male team won the bronze medal at the last Games in Rio, Brazil.
The nation’s Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles along with the Super Falcons all performed woefully at their various World Cups.

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Quadre, Mohammed win J5 Abuja ITF titles

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Oyinlomo Quadre claimed her 3rd ITF Junior title of the season, with a sublime display to beat 2nd seed, Marylove Edwards 6-1 6-0, in the second leg of the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja.
The boy’s final which was also an all-Nigerian affair, saw Musa Mohammed edged top seed Abayomi Philips in a thrilling contest with scores at 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2.
Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) President, Ifedayo Akindoju expressed delight at the performance of Nigerians at the two-week tournament pledging support for development of junior players in the country.
Quadre, Nigeria’s No. 1 junior player, outclassed her compatriot adding the J5 Abuja title to the Megrine and Cotonou titles, she won in April and September, respectively.
US-based Edwards, who claimed the first leg title last week, came into Sunday’s final on a seven-match winning streak, but was overwhelmed by her Morocco-based compatriot, who dictated proceedings all through
While Quadre’s victory over Edwards was quick and efficient, Mohammed, who was the vanquished in the final of the first week losing to Canice Abua, had to dig deep to beat the tournament’s top seed, Abayomi Philips, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 and claim the boys singles title – his first title-triumph on the ITF Junior Circuit.
He thus denied Philips a second ITF title of the season following the youngster’s success in Benin in September.

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