Baptist, X-Planter In Quarter-Finals As Yobo Makes Surprise Visit

Baptist, X-Planter In Quarter-Finals As Yobo Makes Surprise Visit

 

Baptist Primary School from Osun State have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Channels International Kids Cup.

The young lads joined LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara in the next round of the tournament after both sides played out a 2-2 draw in their final Group A game on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

PHOTOS: Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit

In the other Group A match, Sheikh Gumi Model School from Kaduna beat Arinze Primary School of Edo 1-0 for their first win of the competition, but it was not enough to book a last-eight spot as they finished third with four points.

In Group B, Obukohwo Demonstration Primary School managed to beat Ecole Urbiane Centre from Benin Republic 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Anglican and Premier Primary schools have also progressed to the next round following their respective 2-1 and 1-1 scorelines in their last Group C games.

X-Planter Primary School of Lagos and New Tunga Primary School from Niger completed the quarter-finals line up after playing a goalless draw and 1-0 respectively in Group D.

Meanwhile, former captain of the Super Eagles Joseph Yobo paid a surprise visit to the boys to encourage those who qualified for the next round and cheer up other teams who crashed out.

Yobo, who assured the young lads of his support, stressed the need for them not to be carried away with their football talents but to take their education seriously.

He noted that he rose to stardom just like some of them, adding that he never took his studies for granted.

The former Eagles captain further thanked Channels Television for organising the competition, saying it would go a long way in developing sports at the grassroots.

See the Channels International Kids Cup table below:

GROUP A               P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Kwara                   3              2              1              0              +4           7

Osun                     3              1              2              0              +1           5

Kaduna                3              1              1              1              -1            4

Edo                        3              0              0              3              -4            0

 

GROUP B              P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Oke-Ifako            2              1              1              0              +1           4

Delta                    2              1              1              0              +1           4

Benin Rep.          2              0              0              2              -2            0

Ogun                    –              –              –              –              –              –

 

Group C                P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Ekiti                     3              2              0              1              +2           6

Anambra            3              1              2              0              +1           5

Katsina                3              0              2              1              -1            2

Borno                   3              0              2              1              -2            2

 

Group D               P             W            D             L              GD          Pts

X-Planter            3              1              2              0              +1           5

Niger                   3              1              1              1              0              4

Ghana                 3              0              3              0              0              3

Oyo                       3              0              2              1              -1            2

Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit

Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit
Joseph Yobo with the Borno team

 

The Channels International Kids Cup continued for the third day on Wednesday with an unexpected visit by former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo.

Yobo’s visit to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, the venue of the tournament was a boost to the players and their coaches who received him warmly.

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Despite crashing out of the competition, some of the young lads whose schools could not qualify for the quarter-finals put their worries behind to welcome Yobo who asked them not to take their education with levity.

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Calabar Tragedy: Kanu To Organize All-Star Football Match For Victims

Nwankwo Kanu

Nigeria and Arsenal football legend Nwankwo Kanu, has indicated interest in organizing an All-Star Football Match to raise money for victims of the unfortunate Calabar viewing centre incident, that claimed lives last week Thursday in Nyaghassang Community and also develop the community.

The former Presidential Adviser and Bakassi leader, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa said, Yobo and other football stars have also indicated interest on coming to the state to work together and achieve a set goal for the community.

Ita-Giwa disclosed this to reporters in Calabar, the Cross River state capital after leading a candle light procession and prayer session on Thursday night, to commemorate one week of the incident, said the soccer stars would be working with other colleagues to organize the match.

Over a thousand members of the Nyaghassang Community wearing black T-shirts inscribed with “Rest In Peace Dear Football Enthusiasts” gathered to pay their last respect to the deceased.

Ita-Giwa, who led the procession exercise with other women on behalf of Concerned Mothers of the Efik Kingdom, had earlier promised to build a standard football-viewing centre for the community.

Ita-Giwa said, “I had reached out to someone like Kanu Nwankwo, who is so sympathetic. In fact, he is talking about an All-Stars Football Match to raise money to come and develop this community, and he is serious about it. Kanu has promised.

“I have spoken to Joseph Yobo, and he is ready to also collaborate with Kanu so that they can bring their colleagues.

“Such a profound incident to happen to a community like this is not something we should be quiet and just let pass.

“In civilized communities, when people die for such a cause, you come out to remember that day. You come out to commiserate with the people. You come out to create activities that would commemorate that day that this thing happened.

“We thought that for innocent people to come and die like that for something they were passionate about, which is football, we should come out and remember that day that it happened and we are overwhelmed by the turnout today.

“We have to start showing love to each other. We have to show compassion for each other.”

Mikel, Musa Confirmed For Joseph Yobo Testimonial

Joseph Yobo, Ahmed Musa, Mikel ObiSuper Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa have been allowed to be part of the Joseph Yobo testimonial game planned for May 27 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ordered that the players should be excused from the two friendly matches in Europe so that they can honour Joseph Yobo, who is having his testimonial game on the same date as the friendlies.

Nigeria will play Mali in Rouen, France on May 27 and then take on Luxembourg in Luxembourg on June 1.

Meanwhile, Coach Salisu Yusuf has invited Morocco–based midfielder Babatunde Michael to join the squad for the two friendly matches.

African football stars like Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Alex Song and former Everton coach David Moyes have all reportedly agreed to be part of the testimonial game.

Joseph Yobo is a former Nigerian professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles until his international football retirement in June 2014, as Nigeria’s record appearance holder.

 

South Africa Friendly: 4 Dropped From Super Eagles Squad

Super EaglesInterim Super Eagles Coach, Daniel Amokachi, has named a 23-man roster for the upcoming international friendly against South Africa in Nelspruit on Sunday.

Four players plying their trade in the Nigerian league – Chidiebere Eze, Mfon Udoh, Ubong Ekpai and Onyekachi Okoye – would not be on the flight to South Africa.

An analysis of the roster revealed that 2 goalkeepers, 7 defenders, 8 midfielders and 6 strikers have a chance of earning further international caps in the tie against Bafana Bafana.

The former African champions are already in South Africa for the encounter.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria continued their abysmal performances by losing 1-0 at home to the Cranes of Uganda in the first of their two matches during the March international friendly window.

The East African side, considered the better in the match, scored in the 80th minute when Faruku Miya’s close range shot from the edge of the box, took a deflection off new boy, Akeem Latifu and sailed into the net.

The late goal turned out to be the party spoiler for Eagles’ Captain, Vincent Enyeama, who was celebrating his 100th cap for the Eagles. He later pulled out of the South Africa game due to injury sustained during the Uganda loss.

Cranes of Uganda Shock Super Eagles In Uyo

EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have continued their abysmal performances and this time losing 1-0 at home to the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly.

The East African side, considered the better in the match, scored in the 80th minute when Faruku Miya’s close range shot from the edge of the box, took a deflection off new boy, Akeem Latifu and sailed into the net.

The late goal turned out to be the party spoiler for Eagles’ Captain, Vincent Enyeama, who was celebrating his 100th cap for the Eagles with the game.

Efforts by the 32 year old Lille goalkeeper to prevent the goal was futile as he was only able to parry the ball into his own net.

Enyeama is the second Nigerian after retired former Everton defender, Joseph Yobo, to make 100 appearances for the Super Eagles.

Both teams agreed to the friendly as part of preparation for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers starting in June.

Although the Super Eagles team was largely made up of new invitees, the loss would have further dampened the spirit of soccer loving Nigerians as the loss puts Uganda ahead of Nigeria in a head-to-head.

The Ugandans were ranked 71 in the world.

The Eagles leave for Nel­spruit, South Africa on Thursday where they will face the Bafana Bafana in another friendly match on Sunday.

Jonathan Promises Special Funds For Sports If Re-elected

Jonathan sportsThe President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised that the fire brigade approach to sporting events by Nigerian sportsmen and women will be a thing of the past if re-elected for a second term as special funds will be set aside to cater for the sector.

President Jonathan, while addressing the sportsmen and women after a jogging exercise on Saturday, at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), promised them that a special fund would be set aside for preparations to sport events to create room for winning of more laurels.

The jogging exercise which was organised to emphasize the need for fitness also had in participation, the Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, Senate President of Nigeria, David Mark, Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, Director General of the Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye.

The exercise was also joined by a group of sportsmen and women in Nigeria including former Super Eagles captains Kanu Nwankwo and Joseph Yobo, other athletes and footballers including members of the Super Falcons.

The whole team joined the President to jog round the Eagle Square, acknowledging cheers from the supporters who gathered to witness the event.

The President also said a special fund would be set aside to cater for Nigerian sportsmen and women who want to further their education, extending the privilege to those who may sustain injuries while representing the country in any sporting event.

While describing sports especially football as a unifying factor in the country, he promised that any sportsman or woman who made the country proud will never be a beggar.

According to the President, such funds must be set aside while the private sector would be allowed to manage it for sports development in Nigeria.

Danagogo said the harvest of medals in Nigeria must be allowed to continue, David Mark put his own to question and Sambo said the return of the President can only be possible with the PVC in their hands.

President Jonathan To Lead Physical Training Exercise In Abuja

Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan will on Saturday lead government officials as well as sports men and women to an out-door physical training exercise in Abuja, which is aimed at promoting sports and fitness in Nigeria.

The programme, which includes jogging, physical stretches and light aerobics will start at 7.00am with a long walk from the Presidential Villa by the President in the company of government officials, presidential aides, political associates, sports personalities and enthusiasts.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, the training will culminate in a solidarity rally for President Jonathan at the Eagle Square, organized by the Nigerian sports community.

Sports personalities expected to participate in the physical training exercise and solidarity rally include Mary Onyali, Austin Eguavoen, Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo and Chika Chukwumerije, amongst others.

Joseph Yobo Endorses Jonathan For Second Term

Joseph YoboFormer Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has identified President Goodluck Jonathan as a president who has done well for the Nigerian youths and should be given a second chance to accomplish what he has in stock for the youths.

Yobo was in the Presidential Villa with an organisation he called “PDP Ward To Ward Initiative” to hold a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

After the meeting, he spoke to State House correspondents on what the initiative was all about.

According to Joseph Yobo, the transformation agenda of the Jonathan administration has given the Nigerian youths power and belief in oneself and this cannot be ignored.

He said that the future is for the Nigerian youths and that everyone of them should stand up and defend their votes during the February 2015 presidential elections.

Joseph Yobo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian senior national team until his international football retirement in June 2014. He is also Nigeria’s record appearance holder.

Keshi Is A Man Manager Not A Technical Coach – Akatugba

Oma Akatugba RMTwo Nigerian Sport Analysts, Jannie Anthony and Oma Akatugba have referred to the Nigerian Super Eagles as a team that still needs major improvements despite their hard fought win against Bosnia Herzegovina in the ongoing World Cup.

Both were guests of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday, less than 24hours after the team’s match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Oma Akatugba admitted that he had criticized the Eagles after their draw against Iran, which he thought was a shambolic performance but after seeing the Argentine game against the same Iranians, he had to apologise for being initially critical as it was obvious that the Iranians were never easy opponents.

He highlighted the mentality of the Iranian team as being one targeted at frustrating their opponents, as seen in the manner their fans celebrated after their game with Argentina, despite losing the game.

Nigeria came back from an opening draw to get a hard fought win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a lone goal scored by former Eagles’ outcast, Osaze Odemwingie. While Miss Anthony commended the team for doing well and lauding Keshi for “getting his tactics spot on”, Akatugba stated that although the result could be celebrated, Nigeria did not win because they played fantastic football.

He argued that he did not see any tactical direction from the Super Eagles Coach, as the difference in the team’s performance was down to the changes in personnel, especially with the inclusion of Odemwingie in the starting line-up.

He also admitted that the duo of Michael Babatunde and Juwon Oshaniwa whom he thought were Keshi’s “personal projects” also put in outstanding performances which seemed to have justified their inclusion in the squad.

On the non-inclusion of Victor Moses in the squad that faced Bosnia, Akatugba said that this had no effect on how the team played and the victory secured. He stated, “If Victor Moses had played we would still have won. We didn’t win because Moses didn’t play, we won because the referee disallowed Bosnia’s one goal. That goal was clean, with due respect to my fellow Nigerians.”

Anthony was less critical of the team but agreed with Akatugba that Stephen Keshi was indeed more of a man manager than a technical manager, with the pretty enthusiast emphasizing the need to accept this as a value that has worked positively for the team and has also been the reason they succeeded on the African continent.

Akatugba also identified the coach’s approach in training, commending him especially for coming to the level of the players as it was reported that he communicates with the players in Pidgin English. He also lauded him for being able to build the team into a stronger unit; a virtue which he said had indeed been one of the major secrets behind the team’s recent successes.

In analysing the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the analysts had tough words for midfielder, Mikel Obi, whom they both agreed had become lackadaisical in his approach to national team games. They wondered why other players who were not accepted by Nigerians would play out their hearts and Mikel who supposedly had been the biggest star takes his stardom as an excuse to be complacent

Akatugba said, “The biggest problem of the Nigerian midfield is the biggest player in the team”, adding that it was time for Keshi to do bring on his man management skills to make Obi understand the reason for him to play for the team, with more passion rather than with arrogance.

He noted that just as Nigerians want the Eagles to improve against Argentina in their final group game, so would the Argentine be determined to improve on their performances which have been seen as below par by many football followers.

He warned the Super Eagles not to be too adventurous and advised them to go against the Argentinians with a cautious defensive approach, knowing that a draw would be enough for the team to qualify. He said that an adventurous attacking approach might backfire into a massive loss and in that situation; a win for Iran against Bosnia would eliminate Nigeria.

He noted that if the Iranians could hold the Argentinians, Nigeria could do same. “Any team Messi plays for, if you frustrate them they find it difficult to score.”

On his expectation, however, he still believed that Argentina would beat Nigeria. Miss Anthony also said, “I think Argentina would edge it.”

They both, however, had generous commendation for the team’s captain, Joseph Yobo, whom they said put in a stellar performance. Akatugba said that Keshi must thank the NFF and the media who clamoured for the recall of Yobo into the team. “You cannot buy experience”, he said, adding that Yobo’s 98 caps for the country should never have been waved aside as his performance against Bosnia was a show of how much maturity could add to the Eagles’ defence.

 

Keshi: Yobo, Osaze, Lukman are not forgotten

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi has again declared that captain of the team, Joseph Yobo, Osaze Odemwengie, Haruna Lukman and Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and others who have not featured in his plans are still part of the team but warned against being sentimental in the judgment of the public. 

“We don’t want to play names but any player who can bring success to the team is what we are after and if these players we have mentioned have it then they can go with us to the World Cup. We have players as old as 39years old playing at top level for their countries and some have been very successful at that, I want to see that happen in Nigeria”.

Keshi who also spoke extensively on the forthcoming African Nations Championship in South Africa, says he will make no promises of winning the trophy but hopes the team puts up a good performance and make football fans happy. “It’s because we’ve got little or no time and we are working with new boys on this project but I hope we do the nation proud at the CHAN tournament but I cannot promise the trophy”.

Meanwhile, the big boss has revealed that the team might be camped in the United States ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Preferably in a city that has the same climatic condition as Sao Paulo, which the Eagles have picked as their permanent base during the Mundial.

Keshi mentioned two cities, Miami, Florida and Houston, Texas as possible destination but added that the final decision will be taken by the NFF.

The former Super Eagles captain commended the NFF for being very supportive of the national team and declared that contrary to widely held views, all teams in the Super Eagles World Cup group are very dangerous. “Why are we talking of only Argentina, we can defeat Argentina but Iran qualified long before us and Bosnia Herzegovina also did their qualification in style with plenty goals and we must not underrate any of these teams”, he concluded.

As part of preparations for the 2014 African Nations Championship, Keshi’s home based team beat Nigeria Premier League side Niger Tornadoes of Minna 2-0 and will play another game with Plateau United on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium.

Nigerians Hopeful Of Winning Confed Cup

Nigerians have are hopeful that despite initial challenges the Super Eagles can surprise the world by winning the FIFA Confederation Cup.

Three young Nigerians, who discussed the prospect of the Super Eagles in the ongoing Confed Cup Channels Television’s Rubbin’ Mind, said they have confidence that Coach Stephen Keshi would lead his team to victory.

The young sport analysts including Zuby Mgbehoma, Blessing Meteke and Osamudia Idehen recommended the best strategies to adopt in winning the competition and listed some key players that will help Nigeria grab the trophy.