Sunday, March 9, 2014

Super Eagles beg Dangote and Tony Elumelu to redeem $1milion and $500000 pledge respectively

African champions Nigeria have urged business magnate Aliko Dangote to redeem the $1million he promised them for winning the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

“We understand the busy schedule of Alhaji Dangote, we are just reminding him and his aides to help remind him,” skipper Vincent Enyeama said on the team’s behalf.

Also yet to redeem his pledge to the team is Tony Elumelu, who promised the team $500,000, after their AFCON 2013 conquest.

“It’s just a reminder to patriots who are very busy and may not have been prompted after they made their pledges, because the players are determined to bring more honours to fatherland at the forthcoming World Cup,” the Lille goalkeeper added.

Enyeama was full of praise for Cross River State government, particularly Governor Liyel Imoke, for redeeming his promise to give members of the victorious Super Eagles team at the last Nations Cup in South Africa, one plot of land each in the state capital, Calabar.

Last week, NFF president Aminu Maigari, delivered the land papers fresh from Government House in Calabar, to team administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, who has since commenced their distribution to all the players and officials.

“We want to thank Governor Imoke and the good people of Cross River state for redeeming his pledge to us as a team, we promise that we will not disappoint him anytime we return to Calabar to play any game,”Enyeama said.

The plots of land are in the choice area of Calabar and State Sports Commissioner Patrick Ugbe has assured that most of the players and officials have already said they will build in the city and live in their properties

The Cross River state capital is generally regarded as one of the cleanest cities in Africa and Nigeria’s number one tourism destination.

Nigerian Premier League: Fans, Officials welcome presence of Civil Defense 

The League Management Company's (LMC) pact with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) got off to a good start in Umuahia where Abia Warriors hosted Kaduna United in one of the opening games of the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season. The 'Red side of Abia' as Abia Warriors are now known won 2-0 with goals from Uluocha Chima and Bishop Onyeudo. And fans, club officials, players and football administrators in separate comments commended the added security measures introduced by the LMC in conjunction with the NSCDC.

Abia Warriors were having their initiation game in the Glo Premier League but left no one in doubt of their intentions to retain a place in top flight league with the recruitment of seasoned campaigners such as Ogbonna Okemiri, Wasiu Sowemimo, Emmanuel Fabiyi, Chidozie Johnson and Onyekachi Okoye amonst others.
"The presence of the Civil Defense Corps is a good development", remarked Hon. Emeka Nwosu, a former Political desk Editor at the defunct Daily Times newspaper. "We have always been worried about the security at match venues but with the presence of these chaps, I will keep coming to cheer Abia Warriors", he added

Garba Lawal, the General Manager of the visiting Kaduna United described the presence of the Civil Defense Corps members as "very reassuring because we simply had to focus on the game and not worry about our safety"

Abia Warriors center back, Wasiu Sowemimo also commended the enhanced security situation at the stadium, saying, "everyone is at risk when security us not adequate because as a home team, you may be attacked by the home fan when you disappoint them. But seeing these officers is very good even though we didn't wish to disappoint the fans and thank God we also won well in our first game".

Vice Chairman of  the Imo State Football Association, Sir Emmanuel Ochiagha who was in Umuahia to see the game promised to personally liaise with the officers at the Imo State command to ensure that the partnership continued. "We are all too happy to work with the LMC to improve security at games and make it convenient for fans to turn out and in the process raise the FA share of the gate takings".

Towards ensuring safety at Glo Premier League venues, the League Management Company (LMC) had made overtures to the command headquarters of NSCDC to compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police as Security Stewards.

This move was easily embraced by the Commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin who received a delegation of the LMC led by the Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, and promised to deploy his officers to venues of the Match Day One games as a test run operation.
Abolurin had told the delegation, "We are very happy to support the LMC and our clubs to provide security for Match officials, players and more importantly, fans, declared Abolurin and added, “I have followed the league keenly and believe that the civil defense will be part of the innovations the LMC is bringing to the game".

No more surgery for Leon Balogun

No Surgery For Injured Leon Balogun

…Player Excited At Medics Verdict

Fortuna Dusseldorf and new Super Eagles right back, Leon Balogun, will afterall not undergo surgery on his injured right foot, German medics ruled at the weekend.

An excited Balogun said from his German base on Sunday that when he went for a second check on his injury he was told by doctors that the injury he sustained in the friendly against Mexico last Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia, United States is not as serious as previously envisaged hence there will be no need for surgery.

“They told me that the two bones broken are in the base of my foot, which will heal on their own and will not require me to undergo any surgical operation. I was also told that within six weeks I should be in good condition and another two or four weeks for rehabilitation. Overall I should be back kicking the ball by the time the national team returns to camp”, he declared.

Already, treatment for the 25 year defence ace has already began in German and the Nigerian medics are also keeping a close tab on his treatment. “Yes, I have been in touch with Dr Ibrahim Gyaran, team administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor and I must say I am totally overwhelmed by the show of love by Nigerians and fans across the world. I remain committed to overcome this initial setback and return quickly for the World Cup preparations”, he said.

He said he will keep fit while recuperating by visiting the gym regularly. “I just hope I don’t look to muscular when I resume training, but I will keep fit while I try to get myself ready for future challenges”, he said laughing.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flying Eagles: 12 uninvited players progress in screening

Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has picked 12 uninvited players for his next phase of training camp, while retaining 17 of the 35 players he called up.

How Belgium Pressured Me To Dump Eagles- Ezekiel Imoh

Newly capped Super Eagles and Standard Liege of Belgium striker, Ezekiel Imoh, has revealed that but for his father he would have been playing for Belgium instead of Nigeria at the international level.

Eagles Get Conduct Code Booklet

The Nigeria Football Federation is taken nothing to chance as it seeks a decent performance at this year’s World Cup in Brazil and better conduct by players and officials of all national team in the future.

Webb, FIFA VP, backs Eagles to fly high in Brazil

President of the Confederation of Central American and Caribbeans Football Associations (CONCACAF), Mr Jeffrey Webb, on Wednesday expressed belief that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will dazzle theworld at the 20th FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Loud in Atlanta as Nigeria played Mexico in a Pre-world cup friendly

Loud In Atlanta!

From Nigeria, Europe and from all over the United States of America,
they came. Football administrators of note, members of the National
Assembly, diplomats in high offices, former Nigerian international
players, football agents and managers, coaches, authors and fans.

Nigerian League: LMC Approves 18 Clubs, Drops Nembe City, Giwa FC

The League Management Company (LMC) has certified 18 Clubs as fit to participate in the 2013/14 Glo Premier League while all the fixtures involving Giwa FC and Nembe City FC have been dropped from the schedule as both teams failed to substantially comply with the minimum registration requirements.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Aderonke Ogunleye a dogged Award winning Investigative Journalist

Aderonke Ogunleye is a Nigerian based Sports journalist with biased in using Sports for development.

On the 9th of December Precisely in the year 2013 somewhere in Lagos state, she was honoured by the Wole Soyinka centre for investigative journalism (Sports category); Her story on how the sports ministry cheated paramypians won her the award amongst other submissions. the award winning story

Thursday, November 7, 2013

FIFA U17 World Cup: Awoniyi pays tribute to Eaglets Captain

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has identified teammate and captain, Musa
Muhammed as one of the factors behind Golden Eaglets' sterling

FIFA U17 WORLD CUP ‘Winning will be my greatest achievement' - Manu

He has already won the world Cup as an assistant coach in 2007 but
Golden Eaglets' Head Coach, Manu Garba (MFR), said here that winningthe trophy on Friday would be his greatest achievement ever."There is an extra motivation for me to win this trophy and it wouldbe my greatest honour yet because in 2007 I was an assistant whenNigeria won this trophy," Manu said at the lobby of Abu Dhabi Hotelbefore heading for his last pre-match press conference at this 2013UAE U-17 World Cup.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Aderonke Ogunleye is competent and responsible" - Oluwashina Okeleji

Mr Oluwashina Okeleji a sports journalist working as an African correspondent with BBC Sports has endorsed Aderonke Ogunleye also a sports journalist as competent and responsible.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Aderonke Ogunleye experience with the Editor of a Cyber Terrorist

Ifeanyi Abanum Cyber Terrorist

My name is Aderonke Ogunleye, I am a Professional Journalist working with Premium Times Nigeria, I am a Change Agent and also a student pursuing her third degree in Peace studies and Conflicts resolution at one of the universities in Nigeria.

I am going to be as explicit as possible in this article

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nigeria will beat Ethiopia again

After steering the Super Eagles to a moral-boosting 2-1 win over the Walya Antelopes in Addis Ababa on October 13, Coach Stephen Keshi has predicted that the Ethiopians will be beaten again in the second leg holding November 16 in Calabar.

The African champions have one foot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, courtesy of two strikes by Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike and speaking yesterday, Keshi said he was relieved that his team achieved their target in Addis Ababa."It was a good thing that we got the victory, which we so much wanted in Addis Ababa.

The boys played well and I thank God that their labour did not go in vain.It was a sweet victory for us and I thank the team for making this dream a reality", said Keshi, who added that efforts were now on to ensure that the Eagles complete the job of beating Ethiopia in the reverse fixture on November 16, and with it book their ticket to Brazil 2014.

"Now that we have beaten them in their backyard, we have to ensure that we make it a double victory by defeating them in Calabar. With the way we are progressing, I believe that Ethiopia will again and our qualification to the World Cup would be guaranteed", said the former Mali and Togo manager.

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