The Director General of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON), Alhaji Abubakar Jijiwa, explains why Nigerian broadcasters have refused to pay the 8million Euro media rights charged by a French company for Nigerian media to air the matches of the forth coming African Nations Cup matches on terrestrial TV stations.
According to the BON boss, the rights for AFCON 2013 is over precised despite the fact that the tournament is already sponsored by a telecoms company; Orange.
Alhaji Jijiwa and a host of other panelists explained the reasons behind the media rights crisis that will deny millions of Nigerians the privilege of watching the matches in their homes on Channels TV weekend breakfast show Sunrise.
Ahead of the crucial Nations Cup qualifiers against the Lone Stars of Liberia on Saturday at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, so much excitement has been recorded as players kept trooping into the Metropolitan Hotel where the Super Eagles camp has been slated to serve their fatherland.
Foreign -based players that were invited started arriving in bits not to watch the local players but to pick up first team jerseys, not on preference but to go headlong with other players equally vying for same positions as a lot of them and all 19players in camp right now are bent on picking first team shirts which are just 11 in number and the training will be taking place at tourist attracting south south city.
The 10 foreign-based players who joined the seven home-based for Tuesday’s evening training are Austin Ejide, Vincent Enyeama, Nosa Igiebor, Ikechukwu Uche.
Others are Elderson Echejile, Ahmed Musa, Obiora Nwankwo, Efe Ambrose, Brown Ideye, and the three exciting youngsters, Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio of Italy, Inter Milan’s Joel Obi and Chelsea’s new acquisition Victor Moses.
The task at hand which entails for all hands to be on deck was crystal clear to everyone as the players responded well, who expressed their delight over the full compliance of the players.
With a late call-up by the Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, Sharks midfielder; Stanley Okoronkwo has promised to shine for the Super Eagles of Nigeria saying even though it was an unexpected invitation, he is going to take his chances with the National Team also.
The Sharks Midfielder said he was surprised by the call which came across Monday as he was in Enugu when he was called that he has been selected to join National Team (Super Eagles) and he was very elated with the news as he joined his teammates at the national team today towards the preparation to face Liberia in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on October 13.
Okoronkwo said his hard work has paid off because it I what he has long been praying for as he commented on the all-important match where by present standing Nigeria’s chances on claiming the ticket can go as low as playing a draw with Liberia.
The midfielder said the lone stars of Liberia are a good team judging by the score line of their last meet which is the first leg but he believes that Nigeria will claim the much desired ticket to proceed to the AFCON finals.
Nigeria will clash with the Lone Stars of Liberia on October 13 at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar with a victory guaranteeing the Super Eagles a place at the 2013 African Cup of Nations as Okoronkwo concluded that the mission of the Super Eagles is to get a desired result which will make Nigerians happy and the Super Eagles will do their best to make that happen come October 13th in Calabar.
Following the daily occurrence in the African Cup OF Nations’ 2012 which started on Saturday,Senegal was shown the way home after losing 2-1 to Equitorial Guinea yesterday.
A stoppage time goal from Spanish fourth division fullback David Alvarez scored took Equatorial Guinea’s team of unknown foreign-born players into the African Nations Cup quarter-finals.
Equatorial Guinea failed to muster a shot in the first half as Senegal, surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Zambia in their opener, made it look embarrassingly easy yet failed to score.
The second half was a complete turnaround as Spanish second division player Iban Iyanga, better known by his footballing name Randy, headed home the first goal of the game just after the hour.
Senegal finally equalised in the 89th minute through Lille’s Moussa Sow and had two clear chances to win the game in a dramatic finale.
Instead Alvarez, known as Kily and who plays with Spain’s Langreo, hit a spectacular swerving drive from outside the penalty box to ensure one of Africa’s smallest countries will play in next week’s quarter-finals.
Fans at home watched in dismay as their much-vaunted team, mostly made up of players from clubs in the major European leagues, missed more than a dozen clear-cut openings as they became the first side to be knocked out.
Fans at home in Dakar voiced their fury in deiffrenet parts of Senegal as their team lost and the team shouls likely expect a hostile reception on their return to Dakar.
According to Reuters,Fan at home said they were fed up with the Senegal team and they also expressed their dissappointment too.
Senegal are Ranked 151st in the world and playing in the tournament for the first time, Equatorial Guinea’s players received one million dollars between them from the government for winning their Group A opener against Libya.
The team included five players born in Spain, two from Ivory Coast and one each from Cameroon, Brazil and Cape Verde.