Mikel Delighted To Lead Team Nigeria To Olympics

olympics, mikel, nigeria, team nigeriaChelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, has described his appointment as the Captain of Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympic Games as overwhelming.

29-year old Mikel said this is highest accolade a sportsman‎ can get.

“First and foremost, I will say I am overwhelmed with this opportunity to be the captain of Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympics.

“I am much pleased and very happy with myself for what I have been able to achieve, and grateful to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the entire country for this opportunity,” he said on the Nigeria Football Federation website.

The Africa Cup of Nations gold medalist promised to carry everyone along and ensure that Team Nigeria’s performance is better than previous Olympic outings.

He also called on Nigerians to support the team and wish the players and officials well.

“My objective is definitely going to be to carry everyone along.

“I think it’s important that we all work together, it’s important that we all set one goal, and that goal is to be successful, to win medals, to make sure we get gold medals.

“Our country has not done very well in recent times at the Olympics, so hopefully we can go to Rio and do well,” he said.

Liverpool Escape Defeat By Chelsea At Home

Benteke of Liverpool, ChelseaLiverpool on Wednesday escaped a home defeat by Chelsea in a Premiership League game, forcing the visiting team to a 1-1 draw.

An early goal from Chelsea Midfielder, Eden Hazard, had set the Blues on the spotlight in the 32nd minute.

This goal boosted the visiting team’s morale, as they maintained the lead till the end of the first half.

Liverpool Forward, Christian Benteke, brought in in the second half, however, rescinded the rugged spirit of Guus Hiddink’s boys with an equaliser in the 90th minute.

With the draw, Chelsea still maintain their 9th position with 10 points behind Liverpool on the English Premier League table which is currently at the eight position.

CAF Fines Nigeria For Overcrowded Stadium

CAFThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.

On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.

Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.

The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.

Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.

The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.

The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Super Eagles To Miss AFCON 2017 After Egypt Loss

Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.

Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.

The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.

The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.

Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.

The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.

The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.

Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.

The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.

Siasia Starts Moses, Umar In Super Eagles Game

SiasiaSuper Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has made three changes to his starting line-up against Egypt in Alexandra.

Victor moss and Aminu Umar start for the Super Eagles while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the bench.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal after Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was ruled out due to illness.

Siasia will also stick with Stanley Amuzie at left back and Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not start despite serving out his suspension.

The coach had said ahead of the battle of supremacy against Egypt in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier that there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players were aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Ready For Egypt – Siasia

Super eaglesSuper Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.

The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.

The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.

Eagles Keeper Carl Ikeme Out Of Egypt Match

carl ikemeSuper Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is out of Tuesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Alexandria.

Super Eagles medical crew confirmed that the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.

Reacting, Head Coach Samson Siasia allayed fears that the absence of the goalkeeper would hamper the team’s chances of victory on Tuesday.

Coach Siasia said that one of his reserves goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa could get the job done in Alexandria.

Nigeria go into the Alexandria game two points behind Egypt and are in dire need of a win to give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match.

Mikel called on his teammates to give more than 100% to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Mikel Says Super Eagles Must Fight

Super EaglesSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

With the first leg ending in a draw in Kaduna, Mikel called on his team mates to give more than 100 percent to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

Nigeria are two points behind Egypt and a win will give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Chad Pull Out Of AFCON Qualifier

ChadSuper Eagles’ group opponent, Chad has withdrawn from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers citing financial constraints.

The team were scheduled to take on Tanzania in the return leg of the qualifier on March 28 in Dar Es Salaam.

Chad were sitting at the bottom of group G with no point from three losses to Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania.

These results will therefore be nullified according to CAF rules and regulations.

That leaves table leaders Egypt with four points, ahead of Nigeria in second with two and Tanzania with one.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to react to the recent development.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles, Pharaohs Draw 1-1 In Kaduna

Super Eagles2The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

With the draw, the Eagles failed to boost their chances of featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Gabon.

The first half of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, had ended goalless with Nigeria taking a while to settle in the game.

Samson Siasia’s men eventually became dominant, but lost key battles in the midfield, giving the Egyptians some confidence.

The second half started with the Super Eagles maintaining the pressure as they needed an outright win to overtake Egypt who led the qualifying group by two points.super Eagles 3

Minutes after goalkeeper Carl Ikeme rescued Captain Mikel Obi from scoring an own goal, Nigeria got the lead.

Oghenekaro Etebo gave Nigeria the hard-fought lead in the 59th minute, tucking in a rebound from Kelechi Iheanacho that rattled the cross bar.

Egypt’s El-Shenawy produced the masterclass defending in the 81st minute with a touchline clearance from second half substitute, Victor Moses’ well taken attempt at goal off a layoff from another substitute, Alex Iwobi.

The introduction of Moses and Iwobi seemed a perfect one sure to secure the match for the Eagles but it was heartbreak for Nigerians as Mohammed Salah leveled for Egypt after a moment of poor defending by Nigeria in the 90th minute.

The Eagles travel to Egypt in few days for the return leg.

Mikel Obi Named New Super Eagles Captain

Mikel ObiSuper Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia, has picked midfielder, Mikel Obi as the new captain of the team ahead of Friday’s qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Mikel, who is one of the longest serving players in the Eagles’ squad replaces Ahmed Musa who was named captain of the team under former Eagles handler, Sunday Oliseh.

Mikel made his debut for the national senior team on August 17, 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.

The Chelsea midfielder, has thanked the former captain, Musa and the entire team, and promised that he would lead the new Super Eagles with a new approach.

Mikel, Ayew And Kouyate Battle For Player Of The Month

mikelSuper Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, will slug it out with Ghana and Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew and Senegal/West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate, in the January shortlist for the African player of the month in the English Premier League.

Mikel has been impressive in the starting line-up for Chelsea under interim manager, Guus Hiddink, and his club have been unbeaten in 8 games since the departure of former manager, Jose Mourinho.

According to the organisers, the focus is on African players who are making contribution in their own way, in their clubs’ trying times’.

Apart from Kouyate whose West Ham is certainly riding high, getting impressive results, the other two nominees are having a season to forget in their respective clubs.