Moses, Ideye Out Of Eagles’ Squad For South Africa Clash

Moses, Ideye Out Of Eagles' Squad For South Africa ClashChelsea winger Victor Moses has been left out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against South Africa.

The 26-year-old was left out of the Super Eagles’ squad along with Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo.

Topping the list of invited players are Manchester City and Arsenal forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi.

Others include Henry Onyekuru, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Akwa United midfielder, Al-Hasan Ibrahim.

The invited players are expected to arrive in Abuja on Friday, June 2 before departing for Uyo on Tuesday, June 6.

The match takes place on Saturday, June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

World Cup Qualifier: 20 Super Eagles Players In Camp

Super Eagles, World cup qualifierLeicester City forward Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye and Godwin Obaje are the only players that are being expected at the Abuja training camp of the Super Eagles.

The team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye told Channels Television that the players will join the rest of the team by Tuesday.

A total of 20 players were involved in the team’s training session on Tuesday morning at the Abuja national stadium.

Meanwhile, the team will now leave for Zambia on Saturday morning instead of Friday that was scheduled for their departure.

The World Cup qualifier against Zambia will be played on Sunday from 1.30pm Nigerian time.

Super Eagles Squad For Zambia Clash Released

Gernot Rohr,Super Eagles On FIFA RankingSuper eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has released final squad for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Ndola.

The goalkeepers are Carl Ikeme, Emmanuel Daniel and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The defenders are Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Jamiu Alimi, Abdullahi Shehu.

Others are Musa Muhammed, Elderson Echiejile and Kingsley Madu.

Chelsea star, Mikel Obi leads a midfield that include Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Nosa Igiebor, and Anderson Esiti.

Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Saac Success, Brown Ideye and Alex Iwobi will lead the attack.

Invited players are expected to start arriving in Abuja as from October 2, 2016.

Super Eagles To Open Camp Ahead Of Tanzania Clash On Monday

Super eaglesNigeria’s national team, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo on Monday, for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, made the announcement in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.

Dr. Ikpeme had arrived in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, as a one-man advance party ahead of the team’s assistant coaches and backroom staff who are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.

Home-boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in Uyo, alongside a number of overseas-based professionals, including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.

Team captain, Mikel John Obi, who had led the National U-23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday.

Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.

However, the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, would use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series match-day one clash with Zambia in Ndola on October 8.

Although the result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium would not count, the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola would set the tone for the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

The invited players are:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France) and Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium) and Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece) and Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).

Super Eagles Defeat Luxembourg 3-1 In Friendly

Salisu Yusuf, Super Eagles
Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles rounded off their two-game international friendlies with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Red Lions of Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Goals from Brown Ideye, Kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo ensured Nigeria won their second straight game in four days.

A sparse crowd at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City watched the Super Eagles take on the Luxembourg side for the first time at full senior level with Nigeria doing the early running.

Luxembourg did have a sight at goal early in the game but did not make hay as Nigeria dominated for majority of the first half.

Aminu Umar was a live-wire down the right for Nigeria as they pressed forward to get a goal. Kelechi Iheanacho had a chance to get Nigeria ahead but was denied by a well-timed tackle as Luxembourg goalkeeper Moris Anthony was kept busy.

Nigeria eventually got the first goal in the 35th minute of the game. A mazy run by Aminu Umar created a chance for Ogenyi Onazi whose shot was parried by Anthony but Brown Ideye was on hand to tap home his first international goal in three years.

The Super Eagles continued their dominance in the second half and were rewarded when Moses Simon capitalised on a poor clearance by the Luxembourg goalkeeper to square the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho to score his second goal in two matches to put Nigeria 2-0 up in the 68th minute.

Luxembourg thought they had clawed their way back into the game when Kenneth Omeruo’s mistake in defence gifted youngster Vincent Thill the opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 89th minute.

Odion Ighalo though sealed the game for Nigeria in added time to make it 3-1 and earn the Super Eagles a comfortable win.

Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).

Super Eagles Will Not Have The Competitive Edge Over S/Africa Forever, Obanya Warns

NFFA sports journalist, Mr Nnamdi Obanya on Thursday warned that the Super Eagles will not have the competitive edge over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa forever.

Nigeria maintained their record of never losing nor conceding a goal against South Africa in a competitive match by forcing a 0-0 Cape Town stalemate.

Mr Obanya noted that “no matter how good South Africa’s form has been, they always find it difficult when they have to face Nigeria in a competitive game. But the truth is that this issue wont last forever”, adding that “we have managed to somehow keep escaping it”.

He however argued that Nigeria’s goalless draw with the South Africans in the 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifier is a testament that those days may be coming to an end.

He said “last night was one of those days and I think in all honesty South Africa were just not as better as they thought they were” warning that “if they were any better they would have picked something off Nigeria”.

He noted that the Nigerian players were not cohesive during the match but agreed that “Igiebor started brightly in the middle and it allowed Onazi and Mikel to sit deep” but their South African counterparts were blocking most of their efforts.

“But because Mikel was sitting behind Onazi, he was able to receive deep balls and pick out passes”, he said.

He also praised the efforts of Ahmed Musa, Sone Aluko and Gbolahan Salami, who showed glimpses of what they do for their clubs on a weekly basis “into different channels whether very wide or narrow”.

He however noted that the South Africans later got a way around Mikel and closed in on him aggressively.

He clamoured for a change of combination by the national team handlers because we have seen changes win the Nations Cup before.

“I think we should start thinking of other combinations. We have other midfielders, whether we want to play a 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1. We really have to change it”, he insisted.

He added that “if we want to play a 4-2-3-1, we can bring in more attacking options then we can say we want just an Onazi and an Igiebor to sit; and Ogwu, he is tall, big and can sit deep without going anywhere.

“You have three players behind the lone striker, then you ca drop a Brown Ideye or an Emenike in a hole behind Salami” or vice versa, adding that “we have seen it work for us before; we won the Nations Cup with that format”, he maintained.

Super Eagles Zoom To AFCON 2013 Final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Wednesday evening thrashed the Eagles of Mali 4-1 to reach the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for their first time in 13 years.

The Super Eagles continued their impressive run in the tournament in South Africa by scoring three of the goals in the first half of the match.

Defender Elderson Echiejile opened the scoring, heading home Victor Moses’ cross, before Brown Ideye bundled past Mali keeper Mamadou Samassa.

The Super Eagles made it three with Emmanuel Emenike’s shot deflecting in off Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko.

Substitute Ahmed Musa stroked home Nigeria’s fourth, before Cheick Diarra grabbed a consolation for the Eagles.

The Eagles are expected to meet the winner of the second semi-final match between Burkina Faso and Ghana.

 

 

AFCON 2013: Burkina Faso claim late draw against Nigeria

Alain Traore stabbed in with the last kick of the game to give Burkina Faso a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a Nations Cup clash on Monday night.

The Super Eagles controlled the opening exchanges but did not go on to break the deadlock until the 22nd minute. Brown Ideye managed to flick the ball on for Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike, who in turn poked it into the net from close range.

While Nigeria continued to be the dominant force, they failed to add to their tally before the half-time whistle.

Ikechukwu Uche had a good chance to claim a second for the Eagles after the restart, but he shot wide from just two yards out with 65 minutes on the clock.

Then, eight minutes later the Greens found themselves a man light when Celtic’s Efe Ambrose was handed a second yellow card for a challenge on Paul Koulibaly.

Despite the fact that they were at a numerical disadvantage, Nigeria still looked the more likely to score the game’s second goal. However, poor finishing, particularly from John Obi Mikel, meant that they failed to find the net.

Their failure to do so was punished four minutes in stoppage time when Auxerre’s Traore found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal and he responded by rolling the ball into the net.

The result leaves Group C all square, after Zambia and Ethiopia also drew 1-1 earlier on in the day.

Keshi not disturbed with Yobo’s absence

Super Eagle’s Coach, Stephen Keshi, said there is no cause for alarm at the absence of skipper Joseph Yobo just as Chelsea’s midfielder John Mikel Obi joined the team earlier on Wednesday.

Keshi revealed that the medical team at Turkish side Fernabahce have ruled Yobo out of the match against Liberia with a torn cruciate ligament and have put him on medical examination to determine whether he could travel to Nigeria to cheer the team to victory.

Yobo’s knee is reported to have swollen after he played 70 minutes for his Turkish side over the weekend

According to the Eagles Coach, Yobo, spent over one hour on phone with him to confirm he will not be available for this weekend’s crucial tie against the lone star of Liberia.

Yobo played in last month’s 2 all draw in Liberia but was later replaced by Efe Ambrose in the second half.

In June, he missed all three of Nigeria’s Nation’s Cup and World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda, Malawi and Namibia also on account of injury.

Meanwhile Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi arrived the Metropolitan Hotel camp of the Eagles Wednesday afternoon, after his protracted battle to get a Ukrainian visa for his side’s UEFA Champion’s League game next week.

Mikel said he is fit for the encounter against Liberia to cool off speculations surrounding his availability.

The camp of the Super Eagles in Calabar is bubbling with activity as most of the invited Europe-based players have arrived ahead of the weekend’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Spokesman of the team, Ben Alaiya, confirmed to Channels Sports that Ambrose Efe, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa, Joel Obi, Victor Moses and Ikechukwu Uche have all arrived the training camp. Other are Elderson Echiejile, Obiorah Nwankwo and Onazi Ogenyi have showed up in camp

Alaiya confirmed that only 3 players are still being expected.

Earlier goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama as well as Nosa Igiebor joined up with the 7 players from the Nigeria Premier League in a training session

Strong jersey contention in Eagles camp as Liberia clash looms

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.