Akwa United Can Win The League Title, Says Obuh

 

Newly unveiled head coach of Akwa United John Obuh says winning the Nigeria Professional League Title with Akwa United is a realistic goal.

In an interview on Channels TV’s Sports Tonight, Coach Obuh confirmed that with the philosophy and administration of the club, winning the league title this season is possible.

He said, ”It is very realistic. If a team has won the Aiteo Cup twice, finished top in their group in the abridged league, competed at the Super 6 and were only unfortunate not win, their major goal will always be to win the league title.

“They have always been a good contender for the title, so they can’t be ruled out of it this season. It is not a tall order, I believe we can do it. It is a project for everyone at the club, the old and new players, the coaches. Everyone is working so hard, we think we can do it.”

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The former Flying Eagles Coach who recently signed a 1-year contract with Akwa United, has former Eagles player, Duke Udi as assistant coach. He revealed it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.

“That has been my ambition for sometime. I started nursing the ambition of coaching Akwa United ten years ago. It was always rumoured that I will join the club even when I was engaged somewhere else. So when the opportunity came, I didn’t hesitate to take it because it is an organised club.”

Asides his personal ambition, coach Obuh had other reasons that made him join Akwa United.

“The time they were asking for CVs of coaches, I submitted mine and was called for an interview in Uyo. The interview was nice, the questions were technical and intelligent. I considered the fact that they have a good playing pitch, they have a good administrator and have been in the league for sometime now. The governor is also willing to sponsor the team, the only charge is that the team should impress and the sponsorship will always be good. That’s what every coach wants. That’s why it was easy for me to join Akwa United.”

Akwa United have registered a total of 35 players for the 2019/2020 NPFL season, 15 of them are new to the club but coach Obuh says it won’t be a problem to their league ambition.

Obuh explained that massive recruitment was done because the club players are always moving and they must be replaced.

He said the recruited players have quality and experience, making it easy for them to blend with the older players at the club.

Akwa United will open their 2019/2020 campaign with an away fixture against Warri Wolves on Sunday, 3rd November.

Akwa Utd Unveil Coaches, Players For 2019/2020 NPFL Season

 

Akwa United Football Club have officially unveiled new head coach John Obuh and his assistant Duke Udi for the upcoming 2019/2020 NPFL season scheduled to kick-off on 3rd November.

Obuh who signed a 1-year contract with Akwa United has set a target of winning the NPFL title with the Uyo based side.

The experienced John Obuh featured for many top clubs including Abiola Babes, Udoji United, Julius Berger, Sharks FC, Enugu Rangers, and Enyimba as a player. The Abia State-born coach started his coaching career in 1994/1995 season as a coach-player with Enyimba of Aba. He has also worked with the National Under-17 team- the Golden Eaglets and the National Under-20 team- the Flying Eagles between 2008-2013.

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John Obuh, new head coach of Akwa United Football Club

Obuh has a CAF B coaching license, English FA International coaching license and German Football A license. His last assignment in the NPFL was with  Kwara United in 2018 where he led the team to gain promotion from the Nigeria National League to the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Also joining Akwa United’s technical crew for the new season is former Super Eagles, Grasshopper of Switzerland and Akwa United defender Duke Udi as the Deputy Head Coach.

Udi has previously worked as a coach with Giwa FC, Enugu Rangers, Sunshine stars amongst others. He has agreed a one year deal with the Promise Keepers.

The two-time Federation Cup champions have registered a total of 35 players for the new league season. To execute the season’s business effectively, the club has also acquired 15 new experienced players comprising three goalkeepers, four defenders, four midfielders and four forwards players.

The new players unveiled include;

Goalkeepers:

Itodo Akor (El-Kanemi)

Bassey Akpan (Sunshine Stars)

Adewale Adeyinka (Gombe Utd)

 

Defenders:

Ekemini Ukoebe (Lori FC)

Sampson Gbadebo (Rivers Utd)

Ali Chiwendu (Yobe Stars)

David Philip (Go Round)

 

Midfielders:

Samuel Mathias (Lobi Stars)

Dare Ojo (Lobi Stars)

Morice Chukwu (Go Round)

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (ES Setif)

 

Forwards:

Christian Ekong (Delta Force)

Michael Ohanu (MFM)

Ubong Friday (Lori FC)

Akarandut Orok

Flying Eagles Release Nwobodo, Others For Federation Cup

nwobodoMidfielder, Obinna Nwobodo, has being released by the Nigeria Under–20 national team, Flying Eagles, to feature for Enugu Rangers in a Federation Cup round of 32 clash against Insurance of Benin in Abuja on Thursday.

Nwobodo, is one of several players from the domestic league taken in by the Flying Eagles recently and Rangers Coach, John Obuh, requested for the mercurial midfielder, who has been one of the most exceptional players in the national team camp.

Other players who were released for the Federation Cup by Flying Eagles Coach, Manu Garba, are Seun Olulayo and Tunde Adeniji from Sunshine Stars, Segun Alebiosu from Kwara United and midfielder, Ifeanyi Matthew for another cup tie involving El Kanemi.

The Flying Eagles will play against Lesotho in the African Youth Championship final qualifying tie in August.

John Obuh Given A Second Chance By NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it would not take any hasty decision on the fate of flying eagles chief coach, John Obuh after the team failed to defend the African Youth Championship title in Algeria.

NFF’s spokesman Demola Olajire said the former Sharks of Port Harcourt handler would be giving another chance to tinker the team ahead of the FIFA U-20 world cup in turkey.

Olajire said the Flying Eagles which finished in third position at the biennial youth showpiece will be overhauled before the world cup in June.

Reports say standard liege striker Imoh Ezekiel will be invited to beef up the team’s attack.  The Flying Eagles are expected to participate at the Toulon football tournament at the end of May.

3rd Place Match Is A Must Win For Flying Eagles– John Obuh

Putting behind them the unexpected defeat by the Junior Pharaohs of Egypt, the coach of Nigeria’s U-20 team John Obuh has promised that he will put everything into machination in the third place match against Mali.

Obuh said the Flying Eagles cannot afford to concede defeat in to straight games in a tournament especially today’s match which will be deciding who takes home the Bronze medal on the African Youth Championship.

The Flying Eagles will be clashing with their first rival and the first team in the tournament to smear their title defence in the AYC, Mali for the third place match as pundits keep hoping that today’s game between the two teams will be in a different form with a possibility of the Flying Eagles to run away with a victory which is what coach Obuh is gunning for.

Obuh said he sees today’s clash with Mali as another opportunity for the players to show what they are made of and prove to the Malians that the initial clash was an error.

AYC Prep: Flying Eagles Play Draw In Final Warm-Up

In their last preparation match ahead of their African Youth Championship (AYC) quest in Algeria, Nigeria’s U-20 Flying Eagles drew 2-2 yesterday with Club Africain in Tunis.

Billed to leave for Algeria after the game against Club Africain, the injection of Olanrewaju Kayode gave the squad the first goal after 34 minutes from inside the six-yard box after a fantastic play and Club Africain replied with an equaliser a minute later.

Aliyu Goyi a left back player almost put the Flying Eagles ahead again in the 52nd minute with his stunning move, but his low shot was close to target.

Club Africain however took the lead after Goyi’s narrow miss with a penalty kick which the Flying Eagles conceded after a foul inside the box.

The first team side of the Club Africain as opposed to Nigeria’s U-20 side bowed to pressure from the junior boys in the 70th minute after Kayode’s superb chance could not be knocked off by Afrcain’s goalkeeper as he rounded him up and claimed the goal for Flying Eagles.

Flying Eagles proved a better side but couldn’t go further by showing it on the score sheet as they were denied several scintillating chances.

The Flying Eagles will fly out to Algiers on Wednesday afternoon, while their opening Group B match will be on Sunday, March 17 against Mali.

I Didn’t Abandon Flying Eagles – Obuh

Coach John Obuh; the Head Coach of the U-20 national team the Flying Eagles has finally opened to clear the air on the reports that made the rounds that he abandoned his team to send home his unhappiness over unpaid wages by the football federation; the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation).

Obuh explained that the reasons why he didn’t travel with the team to Egypt on Monday two friendly games against the junior Pharaohs was that he had pressing family issues to attend to as he couldn’t hide his disappointment over the reports that he abandoned the Flying Eagles at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja over unpaid salaries.

The Flying Eagles will engage the Junior Pharaohs on Wednesday and Friday at the Degla Stadium in Cairo ahead of the 2013 Africa Youth Championships.

Obuh described those who brought up such report as reckless and mischievous, stating that these kinds of motives are what is relegating Nigerian football.

Obuh Places ‘No Preferential Treatment’ Tag On Foreign Players

Ahead of the African Youth Championship taking place this year, Nigeria’s U-20 head coach; John Obuh has decided not to hang his hopes on foreign based players, thereby leaving open chances of invitation for all players in his programme for the AYC which will be taking place in Algeria.

Coach Obuh further said that his reliance on some of the professional players was cut short due to experience because they would mess your programme up by not showing up when the game plan rests solely on them (professional players).

Obuh admitted that he had to take caution, talking of national call-up for Nigerian Players abroad as their availability can sometimes be shaky, the former Golden Eaglets coach to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup said.

“I won’t depend on foreign-based players for my programme at this year’s AYC,”. “I won’t hand invitation to players who cannot guaranteed their availability for the championship. I will not want a repeat of Ahmed Musa’s saga where the player had to shuttle between his club’s engagement and playing for the country at the last AYC in South Africa,”.

“My plan is to invite professional players to my team especially those who can deny themselves and sponsor themselves to play for the country. These players must however guarantee their availability.

“I won’t like a situation where a player will be coming to the camp few days to the championship to pick shirt in my team. This cannot help the programme of a good coach. I prefer working with the home-based players for the AYC.”

Nigeria will be clashing with Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon in Group B of the AYC 2013.

AYC 2013: Obuh Says Group Stage Not An Issue

Coach John Obuh; the head coach of Nigeria’s African Youth Championship squad for the 2013 edition has opened up concerning how the team will fare saying is confident of qualifying for the World Cup by scaling the group stage of the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria which will kick-off holds from March 16-30 in Rabat and Casablanca.

As it stands Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be facing Mali, Gabon and DR Congo in the tournament and the coach sounded positive that Nigeria will have a wonderful outing due to his side’s quality because of the composition of his team.

“All the teams that will be coming for the tournament are good because all of us have to scale past some countries before reaching this stage.

“Every country has equal opportunity to win the competition but we have a quality team that should be able to hold their own against all other teams.

Some of my players are familiar with the tournament and I know this will give us some edge.

Prepare for final fight, South Africa coach tells John Obuh

Solly Luvhengo has begun mind games ahead of the final clash between Nigeria’s Flying Eagles and the Amajita of South Africa which will take place in Ilorin, Nigeria on October the 7th.

The South African coach told Coach John Obuh the Flying Eagles to roll out his war drums as the final showdown should be prepared for seriously in the second leg qualifier of the African Youth Championships.

Luvhengo conceded that the Flying Eagles squad has lots of good players which has made up for a good team but South Africa will still fight to get by in the return leg in Nigeria even though it will be very difficult.

We just need to score in Nigeria and the pressure will be back on Nigeria. That is our target,” he concluded.

Obuh admitted that the match will not be an easy one, but said that his team was equal to the task.

“It won’t be an easy game in Ilorin (Nigeria) against a good and fast South African team, but we will qualify.

“These days, there isn’t such a thing as home advantage because a good team can play anywhere and win. Football has changed and so we can’t relax to ensure we finish off the job in Ilorin,” he said.

Coach Obuh expressed his desire to defend the title he won 2011 in South Africa. A win for him will see him land in the eight-nation AYC in Algeria in March.

AYC U-20 Prep: Flying Eagles beaten 1-0 by Rwanda

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles suffered a 1-0 defeat against Rwanda in a friendly today at the State Regional in Kigali.

It was an 85th decider after France-based striker Bon-Fils Kabanda’s goal made the difference between the two African sides.

The Flying Eagles had so many scoring chances from the blow of the whistle in the first half could make it count for them before Kabanda had the opportunity to notch up Rwanda.

At the beginning of the match, Rwanda showed some flashes when Charles Tibingana coming close to getting the opening goal for the home team with a header from inside the box which narrowly missed its mark.

And immediately Nigeria retaliated with Chidi Osuchukwu’s shot which screamed wide and minutes later striker Alhaji Gero’s effort was deflected for a corner kick.

Osuchukwu then carved out one of the best chances of the day in the 42nd minute.

His left-footed shot from inside the box was scrambled by Rwanda goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera for a corner kick.

Both Gero and right-back Shehu Abdullahi also saw their efforts failing to hit target in the dying moments of the first half.

With the Second beginning, Aminu Umar’s shot from an acute angle crashed against the side netting as Nigeria dictated the pace.

They had introduced several of their top players like Aliyu Mohammed, Uche Agbo, Jonah Usman, Harrison Egbune, Hassan Abubakar and Yahaya Adamu.

In the 63rd minute of the match, Emmanuel Sebanani ought to have put Rwanda ahead but he wasted the chance from a very big opening.

Agbo also threatened the Rwanda goal at least twice and, in between, substitute goalkeeper Usman saved a goal-bound header by Rwanda.

The match was played at the same stadium the Super Eagles held the Rwandan senior national team to a goalless draw late in February in a 2013 African Nations Cup qualifier.

The Rwandan junior side, which recently defeated Tanzania twice away from home, are billed to host Mali in a 2013 AYC qualifier the same weekend Nigeria face the Ngorogoro Stars of Tanzania.

In a post-match interview, Coach John Obuh said he will not be bothered with the score line of the game although he admitted that it was a good game even though a draw would have made more sense.

He said the real purpose of the prep game is not to lose focus ahead of the real game which is the qualifiers against Tanzania come Sunday in Tanzania and good enough he has taken on some corrections ahead of the game in Dar Es Salam.

Coach Obuh names AYC 2013 squad

The 20-man AYC squad that will proceed to Tanzania on Sunday the 29th of this month for the qualifiers of the 2013 African Youth Championship has been named by the head coach of Nigeria’s U-20 squad John Sam Obuh.

The list of the squad is as follows:

Strikers: Cedric Omoigui, Sikiru Alimi, Harrison Egbune, Yahaya Adamu, Alhaji Gero, Aminu Umar.

Goalkeepers: Jonah Usman, Samuel Okani

Midfielders: Moses Orkuma, Kingsley Patrick, Agboyi Ovbokha,Shehu Abdullahi,Chidi Osuchukwu, Uche Agbo.

Defenders: Boniface Abonima, Aliyu Mohammed,Ikechukwu Okorie , Tope Aluko, Chizoba Amaefule, Abubakar Hassan

The surprise inclusion in the final squad is Real Mallorca youth team striker Cedric Omoigui.

And prior to the much awaited qualification game against Tanzania the Flying Eagles will lock horn with the Rwanda U-20 side in a warm up match ahead of a place in the final tournament which will be hosted Algeria starting March 2013 if everything goes well for our own dear Flying Eagles.