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.

NPFL: Rangers Extend Lead, Ikorodu United’s Struggle Continues

NPFLMatchday nine of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) produced 21 goals (2.1 goals per game), six home wins, three draws and one away victory.

Enugu Rangers consolidated their lead on top of the league table to two points with a hard fought 2-1 win against oriental rivals Enyimba FC of Aba.

Joseph Osadiaye got the champions in front in the 14th minute, when he curled in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s lofty pass from the edge of the area. Godwin Aguda levelled terms for the Flying Antelopes in the 21st minute from a Bobby Clement assist. Clement again turned provider for Chisom Egubuchulam, who finished it with a fine goal eight minutes to the break.

In Owerri, Heartland FC saw off a difficult Giwa FC challenge with a 2-0 win, which saw Roland Koffi smashing home a cracker at the death.

Shagari Mohammed was the hero in Kano, providing assists for Prince Aggreh and Suleman Usman to slot in the goals in the 28th and 47th minutes respectively. Pillars move into second place on the log.

In Jos, MFM FC played 1-1 away to Plateau United. The result increases pressure on head coach, Zachary Baraje, who has been asked to spring results or face the music.

Federation Cup champions, Akwa United, held Wikki Tourists to a barren draw at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, despite being without their technical adviser, Maurice Cooreman, who failed to travel with the team due to illness. The home side will have Godwin Obaje to blame for failing to convert outright opportunities in the opening half.

In Akure, Tope Orelope’s equalizer in the 63rd minute, appeared to have secured a point for Shooting Stars, but that was not the outcome, as the Akure Gunners snatched a late winner through Okiki Afolabi. Dele Olorundare also had a goal to his name in the sixth minute.

Elsewhere, Abia Warriors grabbed a narrow 1-0 win at home to Niger Tornadoes, at the Umuahia Township Stadium through Chisom Chikatara’s late goal. Ladan Bosso’s El-Kanemi side thrashed Nasarawa United 3-0 in Katsina, while Warri Wolves drew goalless with visiting Lobi Stars at the Warrior Township Stadium.

Rivers United appear to have finally found their rhythm, edging newcomers Ikorodu United in a five-goal thriller at the Onikan Waterfront.

Guy Kuemian got the visitors in front, in the ninth minute before the home side levelled terms through Ifegwu Ojukwu just before the quarter of an hour mark. Nonso Okonkwo and Wilson Andoh put the game beyond the Lagos side before the break, with stunning goals.

Ikorodu United’s late chase only aided them to reduce the deficit through Ojukwu, before end of proceedings. But Ojukwu’s brace proved too little to help them avoid a fifth defeat on the bounce as they drop to second from bottom.

After the game, new technical adviser, Sam Okpodu described the team as young and inexperienced.

”This team has a lot of learning to do and with time they will understand themselves and start getting the desired results” he concluded.

Samson Siasia Criticises Eagles’ Defeat To National U-23

SiasiaCoach Samson Siasia is not pleased with the home-based Super Eagles’ defeat to the National Under-23 team in the second test game between both sides in Abuja.

The Nigeria U-23s avenged a 2-0 defeat they suffered on Tuesday by beating the senior team by same score line-width.

Siasia said that the players still need to work more ahead of the crucial two-leg qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

The home-based eagles are intensifying preparations for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt, while the Olympic team would face Brazil in a friendly, later this month.

Home-based Eagles Beat U-23 Team 2-0 In Test Match

EaglesHome-based Eagles have intensified preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

This is coming after the Eagles defeated the National Under-23 team 2-0 in a test game played on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Eagles are preparing for an AFCON double-header against Egypt on March 25 and 29, while the U-23 team are also getting set to battle Rio Olympics hosts, Brazil in a friendly on March 24.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah forward, Bright Onyedikachi, opened scoring for the Eagles, before Godwin Obaje doubled the tally.

The selected home-based players for the Egypt matches would move to the match venue of Kaduna on March 20, where they would be joined by the 21 foreign-based professionals invited for the qualifiers by caretaker coach, Samson Siasia.

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.