Super Eagles Set For Tanzania Cracker

EaglesNigeria’s Super Eagles are set for Friday’s clash against Swaziland in the qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The team was received by officials of Nigeria High Commission and the Swazi Football Association.

The match is scheduled for the 20,000 capacity Somhlolo National Stadium in Lombamba at 6pm Nigerian time.

Meanwhile Germain Koole of Benin Republic has been picked as the centre referee for the match.

Koole will be assisted by compatriots Bienvenu Dina, Sena Houedin and Gustave Eugene.

Mohamed Bahou from Morocco will be the referee assessor with Zambian, Joseph Nkole as Match Commissioner.

Pinnick Expects Super Eagles To Qualify For CHAN

PinnickPresident of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has expressed satisfaction with Super Eagles B performance in the first leg qualifier against Burkina Faso for the 2016 African Nations Championship.

Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in Port Harcourt with Bature Yaro and Gbolahan Salami ensuring that the home side got the desired victory having dominated the game.

Pinnick is expecting the Eagles to go all out for victory in the return leg on Saturday, October 24 in Ouagadougou.

The NFF President said: “I am impressed with the Eagles’ display, though they really should have scored more goals. But I have faith in this squad and I believe they will go for victory in Burkina Faso next weekend.”

The African Nations Championship is scheduled to hold from January 16 to February 7, 2016 in Rwanda.

 

Nigeria Beat Burkina Faso 2-0 In 2016 CHAN Qualifiers

super eagles- oliseh-nigeriaNigeria have defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in the first leg of a 2016 CHAN qualifier played in Port Harcourt.

Bature Yaro put Nigeria in front with a clean strike from an acute ankle after 24 minutes.

The Super Eagles doubled their lead in the 76th minute through a penalty taken by Gbolahan Salami after Ezekiel Bassey was fouled inside the box.

The return leg will be played in Ouagadougou on October 25 with the overall winners advancing to the final tournament in Rwanda in 2016.

Home Based Eagles Prepare For Burkina Faso Clash

Home-based-eaglesThe home-based Super Eagles on Tuesday began preparations for a CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt, with 17 players in camp.

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, led the team’s first training session which was held in morning. Another training will also hold in the evening.

The players already in camp include Gbolahan Salami, Solomon Kwambe, Osas Okoro, Stephen Eze, Bature Yaro, Tunde Adeniji and Abdulrazaq Aliyu.

Abia Warriors forward, Chisom Chikatara, has replaced Godwin Obaje of Wikki Tourists.

The team faces South Africa U-23 team in a test game on Tuesday, October 13 in Port Harcourt, ahead of the qualifier on October 18.

Gbolahan To Lead Home Based Eagles Training Camp

Home-based-eagles, gbolahanWarri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami, will lead an 18-man squad to a training camp for home-based players in Port Harcourt, ahead of a CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in October.

Reports say Coach Sunday Oliseh will stick with the players he worked with prior to the AFCON qualifier in Tanzania in August.

This means that the six players from the league who have been picked for the friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon in Belgium, will join up with the rest of the players.

Others invited to camp include Ifeanyi Matthew, Tunde Adetunji, Usman Mohammed, Godwin Obaje, Ezekiel Bassey, Kingsley Sokari and Idris Aloma.

Nigeria will host Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt on October 18, with the return leg in Ouagadougou, a week later.

Keshi Invites Five New Players, 19 Others For Sudan

Stephen KeshiSuper Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has invited five new players and 19 others for next October’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations two legged qualifying game against Sudan.

The players include former junior international, Raheem Lawal, China–based striker, Aaron Samuel, Reading of England’s Hope Akpan, Austria–based forward, Sunday Emmanuel and a relatively unknown Anyora Ugonna, who plays in Norway.

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who missed the games against Congo and South Africa due to family issues, is also back in the team and Babatunde Michael, who impressed at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil also made the list.

African Champions, Nigeria is under pressure and must win both matches against Sudan next month to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco next year.

Both teams will clash in Khartoum on Saturday, October 11 and play the second leg four days later at the National Stadium, Abuja.

THE FULL LIST:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’erSheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Anyora Ugonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Aaron Samuel (SV ScholzGrodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine)

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.