Ferdinand Admits Placing Club Above Country

FILE PHOTO Former Manchester United English defender Rio Ferdinand  Photo: GLYN KIRK / AFP

 

Former England star Rio Ferdinand’s confession that he placed club above country when he played at two World Cup finals will be one present England Manager Gareth Southgate hopes to avoid in Russia.

The 39-year-old former central defender won 81 caps for England from 1997-2011, most of them while at Manchester United.

He told The Times that having competed against fellow members of England’s so-called “golden generation” such as Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard and Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard, during a league season he did not feel like opening up to them when they came together for a major finals.

Ferdinand played in two World Cups, both times reaching the quarterfinals. In 2002, England lost 2-1 to eventual champions Brazil and in 2006 on penalties to Portugal after Ferdinand’s club-mate Wayne Rooney was sent off.

“It overshadowed things. It killed that England team, that generation,” said Ferdinand.

“One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea.

“So I was never going to walk into the England dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool because of the fear they would take something back to their club and use it against us.”

Ferdinand, now a respected pundit who recently tried to take up professional boxing but was refused a licence, said that he regrets putting club before country.

“I didn’t realise that what I was doing was hurting England at the time,” said Ferdinand.

“I was so engrossed, so obsessed with winning with Man United — nothing else mattered.”

Ferdinand says he was most marked by cutting off almost all communication with childhood friend Lampard once they moved away From West Ham.

However, he added “the managers not being good enough” also played a role in England under-achieving at World Cups.

England qualified comfortably for the finals under Gareth Southgate and are hoping to do significantly better than their efforts in their last two major finals appearances.

Roy Hodgson lost his job after England’s embarrassing exit in the last 16 of Euro 2016 to Iceland after he had been give another chance when his team failed to get through the group stage at the 2014 World Cup.

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Buratai Tasks Officers To Be Professional And Result Oriented

Tukur Buratai Constitutes Committee To Probe Human Rights Abuse by ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has urged participants at the First Commanding Officers Workshop holding in Maiduguri, to be professionally responsive and result oriented, while addressing the current security challenges facing the country.

The five-day workshop convened by the 2 Division Ibadan for Commanding Officers to interface and brainstorm on topical issues of security concern, confronting the nation under the theme “Empowering Unit Commanders to be professionally responsive.”

Buratai spoke through a representative, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

He reminded participants of the five-day workshop at the Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, that the country is currently facing security challenges ranging from Boko Haram, kidnapping, communal clashes, cattle rustling and pipeline vandalism.

He noted there is a need for the military to reposition itself in order to face the challenges squarely.

“I expect that the first commanding officers workshop will provide a veritable avenue for unit commanders in the affected divisions, to contribute meaningful and workable inputs towards my desire to reposition the Nigerian Army to be professionally responsive in the discharge of its constitutional roles.” Buratai stated.

He advised that emphasis be placed on mission accomplishment in the outlined critical scenarios to equip unit commanders with a vast knowledge in confidence building, that would create a positive climate to foster trust and mutual understanding in arriving at solutions.
The General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Chukwunedum Abraham said the commanding officers must wake up to their responsibilities, as  there is no bad soldier but bad officer.

General Abraham said: “The choice of the Northeast for the workshop is deliberate and timely, because of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the region, we must continue to strive for excellence, so as to improve our operational effectiveness and productivity, which will invariably stimulate citizen’s support and appreciation”.

The GOC urged the participants to put into use the knowledge acquired during the workshop, as they are expected to acquire enough knowledge to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.

Reps Raise Concern On ATM Charges

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Nigerians at an ATM

The House of Representatives, on Thursday mandated its committee on banking and currency to investigate the illegal and indiscriminate automated teller machines charges by commercial banks in the country.

Speaking on the motion which was supported by most lawmakers, the House observed that the banks are not complying with the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria on ATM withdrawals.

The lawmakers also wondered why banks are not being penalised and sanctioned for these illegal practices.

The committee is expected to report back to House in four weeks.

Rio 2016: Buhari Commends Nigeria’s Paralympic Team

Paralympics-Team-NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Team Nigeria for an outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

President Buhari commended the athletes for doing the country proud by winning 12 medals and setting new records, which made them the top-performing African team at the 2016 Games.

The President acknowledged the resilient spirit of the Nigerian Paralympic athletes, who were able to excel in the face of adversity.

He applauded the athletes for their tenacity, focus and determination, which has brought glory to the country.

The President also expressed gratitude to all the officials and trainers of the Paralympic athletes, who made sacrifices and persevered to fly the country’s colours.

Hundreds of Nigerians turned out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the first batch of Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes who returned to Nigeria on Sunday.

Construction Of Second Niger Bridge To Commence – Minister

Work is expected to commence over the next few weeks on the construction of the second Niger Bridge which will link the eastern part of Nigeria to other parts of the country.

Minister of works, Mike Onolememen told journalists after a closed door meeting that German construction company, Julius Berger won the bid to execute the contract after 13 months rigorous procurement process.

He said the second phase of the project which includes detailed project survey and environmental impact assessment that will lead to preliminary site work will commence in the coming weeks.

Nigeria does not have what is called a Constitution – Idaye Opi

Today, discussing the constitution issue of the country, Nigerians of all walks of life will definitely hold different opinion on this one issue.

But whatever our views and opinions may be, a review of the constitution is in view after the recent Senate retreat which the oil state Delta state hosted.

Idaye Opi, a Legal Practitioner on this issue said the country; Nigeria does not have a constitution.

 

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