NFF Names Paul Le Guen As New Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser

Paul Le Guen, NFF, Super Eagles, Technical AdviserThe Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday named Frenchman Paul Le Guen, as the new Technical Adviser of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles.

He will be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach.

The appointments are subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee.

Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, told thenff.com after the meeting at the NFF secretariat on Monday that Enugu Rangers gaffer Imama Amapakabo and former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retain their places in the technical crew.

The new crew’s immediate challenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in the first week of September – a dead rubber, but which would serve as ample preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Zambia on October 3.

The 52-year-old new Eagles’ boss steered the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

He played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He also coached Oman.

Yusuf, capped at U20 level by Nigeria, called the shots in interim capacity for two international friendly matches in Europe at the end of May, which the Eagles won.

The Committee has also recommended to the NFF Board, the appointment of one–time Super Eagles’ assistant coach Bitrus Bewarang as the new NFF Technical Director. Bewarang, who is president of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, will replace the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.

There is also a recommendation that former Super Eagles’ defender Nduka Ugbade be restored to the U17 National Team as assistant to Coach Manu Garba.

Flying Eagles Coach, NFF Boss React To World Cup Exit

Flying EaglesThe elimination of the Flying Eagles from the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand with a 1-0 loss to German opponent has attracted different reactions from disappointed Nigerians.

Levin Oztunali’s first half goal at the Christchurch Stadium took Germany through to the last eight of the competition at the expense of the Nigerians.

Ultimately, the European side were deserved winners against the Group E runners-up, as the Africans were unable to create meaningful chances in the Thursday morning match.

Different Nigerians in some parts of the country expressed displeasure in an interview with Channels Television over the Flying Eagles’ performances.

Flying Eagles Head Coach, Manu Garba, attributed the loss to loss of concentration, which he said gave the Germans a chance to score.

The disappointed Coach further stressed that he believed his players had learnt a lot from the game and a big lesson in general from the tournament.

Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has applauded the Flying Eagles despite the defeat, noting that the positives should be considered in such cases.

The exit of the Flying Eagles has left Africa’s hope of winning the FIFA U20 World Cup on Mali and Senegal who have both qualified for the quarter finals.

Garba Invites Ihenacho, Muhammed, 33 Others To FIFA U-20 World Cup Camp

02071113DI_NIG_GARBANigeria’s U-20 men’s football team’s coach, Manu Garba, has released a list of 35 players from which a final 21 would be drawn to represent Nigeria at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

As expected, the list includes the new champions of Africa, players who impressed to win a seventh African Youth Championship in Senegal last month.

A half-dozen of the players feature for Nigeria Premier League clubs – the rest are either with youth teams of top clubs in Europe or with lower league or academy outfits.

Highly rated defender and Captain Musa Muhammed tops the list that has four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and 11 strikers.

In the team are also goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, defenders Zaharaddeen Bello, Mustapha Abdullahi and Prince Omego, midfielders Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Bernard Bulbwa and Ifeanyi Mathew, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh and Alhassan Abdullahi.

Top performers in Nigeria’s glorious run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates in 2013, Kelechi Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidiebere Nwakali and Musa Yahaya, who did not feature in Senegal. Super Eagles’ new boys Kingsley Sokari and Moses Simon also made the list.

All 35 players are expected to report to camp in Abuja on Sunday, April 12 for the first phase of the preparations.

Full List

Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Flash FC); Dele Alampasu (Football College Academy); Joshua Enaholo (MFM FC); Olorunleke Ojo (Giwa FC)

Defenders: Musa Muhammed (FC Heart Academy); Saheed Abdul-Ganiyu (Ace Academy); Adebayo Ademilua (Nath Boys); Monsuru Bashiru (MFM FC); Zaharaddeen Bello (Dabo Babes Academy); Abdullahi Mustapaha (Spotlight FC); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Samuel Okon (Greater Tomorrow Academy); Prince Omego (Apapa Golden Stars); Rowland Silas (Airforce FC)

Midfielders: Abdullahi Alfa (Football College Academy); Bernard Bulbwa (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Akinjide Idowu (Nigeria Young Academy); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Water FC); Wasiu Jimoh (Kwara Academy); Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Chidebere Nwakali (Manchester City, England); Obinna Nwobodo (Enugu Rangers); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Musa Yahaya (Tottenham Hotspurs, England)

Forwards: Alhassan Abdullahi (FC Heart); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy); Chidera Ezeh (FC Porto, Portugal); Okechukwu Gabriel (Water FC); Saviour Godwin (FC Sports); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Success Isaac (Granada FC, Spain); Billy Michael (El-Cruzeiro FC); Christian Pyagbara (Dolphins FC); Usman Sani Sale (Wikki Tourists); Moses Simon (Kaa Gent, Belgium)

NFF Task Flying Eagles To Win AYC Trophy

Sunday_Alampasu_Of_Flying_Eagles_TrainingThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have asked the Flying Eagles to win the 2015 U-20 African Youth Championship in Senegal.

NFF Deputy Secretary General, Emmanuel Ikpeme, reminded the team that the entire country is looking up to them to win the continent’s championship in Senegal.

“On behalf of the president of the NFF, I wish to congratulate the players who made the final squad to the AYC in Senegal,” he said in a very passionate address to the team.

“The President is particularly delighted that the bulk of the squad to Senegal are from the team who won the U17 World Cup two years ago.

“The target to the team therefore is for the team to win the AYC and confirm that winning the U17 World Cup was not a fluke.

He added: “Your first match will be against the hosts country Senegal and do not expect it to be an easy match but we believe you are up to the task going by what you showed in your recent test matches in Ghana.

“We should not take any match or opponent for granted and so you should resolve as a team to make Nigeria happy and proud in Senegal.”

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, assured that the team are fired up for glory in Senegal.

“We as a team always want to win every game we play and that is the attitude we will take to the AYC,” Manu said.

“We will not underrate any team in Senegal, but we are confident we will do the nation proud.”

Man City Stops Iheanacho, Nwakali From Nigeria’s AYC Squad

IheanachoThe duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali might not be in the Flying Eagles squad for the 2015 African Youth Championship holding in Senegal in March.

The English Premier League champions, Manchester City made this known on Tuesday.

The Scouting and Recruitment Operations Manager at Manchester City FC, Fergal Harkin, in a mail to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, stated that the club would not be willing to release the players for different reasons.

Harkin stated that Iheanacho was injured while a loan move was being processed for Nwakali.

Part of the mail read, “With regards Kelechi Iheanacho, he is currently injured. We believe he will be fit around the middle of March but can keep in contract regarding his recovery.

“For Chidiebere Nwakali, we are currently in the process of agreeing his loan deal to Europe and he will not be available to meet up with the national team until further notice.

“At this moment in time, we feel it is best for his development that he cements his place in the club side.”

Kelechi Iheanacho won the Golden Ball at the 2013 U-17 World Cup and was one of the revelations of Manchester City’s summer pre-season after impressing and scoring against AC Milan.

The attacking midfielder has already been tipped as a future Super Eagles star despite his young age.

All overseas based players invited for the AYC tournament had been given till Thursday, January 15 to report at the U20s training camp in Kaduna.

Flying Eagles Spank Highlanders 10-0 In Friendly Match

Flying Eagles

Nigeria’s U-20 team, Flying Eagles, recorded yet another big win against Nigeria Nationwide Division 3 side, Highlanders of Kaduna, when they trounced them 10-0 in a final test game on Friday before embarking on their Christmas holidays.

Skipper Musa Muhammed and Samuel Mathias scored a brace each with six other players on the score sheet – Mustapha Abdullahi, Billy Auta, Nafiu Kabuga, Akinjide Idowu, Israel Emmanuel and Jacob Njoku

Both teams also missed a penalty each with a Highlanders player sent off after 59 minutes.

The rampant Flying Eagles also hit the cross bar thrice.

But it was Highlanders who first stunned their opponents after just five minutes of action when they struck the crossbar.

The Nigeria U20s then took over the attacking initiative thereafter, with Ifeanyi Matthew’s left-footed shot just missing the target narrowly, before Mathias opened scoring after eight minutes.

Musa Muhammed doubled the lead of the Flying Eagles in the 20th minute off a low cross by fellow fullback Mustapha Abdullahi.

Billy Auta made 3-0 in the 28th minute, before skipper Muhammed again hit target on 50 minutes via a superb free kick.

Mathias netted the Flying Eagles fifth goal after 63 minutes, when he toe-poked his effort home.

Giwa FC goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo saved a penalty awarded Highlanders in the 78th minute, before fullback Mustapha Abdullahi continued his rich vein of form in front of goal with a sixth goal for the Nigeria U20s when he capitalised on a defensive blunder.

In 85th minute, Abdullahi Alfa missed a penalty after the goalkeeper fouled a goal-bound Mathias.

There were also late goals by Kabuga, Israel Emmanuel, Akinjide Idowu and FC Porto midfielder Jacob Njoku.

The Flying Eagles will now regroup for a second phase of training camp on December 27.

The U-20 team resumed camping in Kaduna on November 30 with mainly home based players.

The Head Coach, Manu Garba, said that about 8 foreign players are expected to join the team when the players return from the Christmas holiday on December 28.

Garba has already reeled out a list of 30 players to begin a screening exercise for the fast approaching tournament billed for Senegal.

The 30 players called up are made up of the core of the squad that qualified the team for the 2015 AYC in Senegal from March and several players from the Nigeria Premier League.

Speaking to Channels Television shortly after the match, Coach Garba expressed satisfaction with the performance of the players, but added that a lot of work needed to be done in the defence and midfield.

2015 AYC Qualifier: Flying Eagles Name 25-man Squad For Lesotho Clash

flying eaglesNigeria’s Under-20 national football team coach, Manu Garba, has named a 25-man squad for a final 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Lesotho later this month.

Skipper, Musa Muhammed of Besiktas in Turkey, and Taiwo Awoniyi of Kalmar FF, Sweden, are the only overseas-based players, as the Flying Eagles would be without several of their foreign-based stars as a result of club commitments.

The Flying Eagles play Lesotho on August 16 in Kaduna for a place in the final of the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers
Joshua Enaholo, Adamu Abubakar, Olorunleke Ojo, Etua Ossai Kingdom
Defenders
Musa Muhammed, Ifeanyi Nweke, Mustapha Abdullahi, Zaharadden Bello, Prince Izu Omego, Adebayor Ademuluwa, Wilfred Ndidi, Sirajo Mazadu
Midfielders
Bernard Bulbwa, Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Chizom Eze, Akinjide Idowu, Clement Ogbobe, Abdullahi Alfa, Obinna Nwobodo
Strikers
Taiwo Awoniyi, Sulaiman Abdullahi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh.

Iheanacho Scores As Manchester City Defeats Sporting Kansas City

IheanachoFormer Under 17 World cup star, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a goal in Manchester City’s emphatic win over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.

Iheanacho played almost the full game as the English Premier League champions began their tour of the USA with a 4-1 victory over Sporting Kansas, scored a late goal with an accomplished finish.

The 17 year old, who scored six goals in seven matches for the Manu Garba tutored Golden Eaglets side at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, winning the Silver Boot as the second highest goalscorer and the Golden Ball as the best player, produced an eye-catching performance, earning praises from coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini also hinted that Iheanacho has a bright future at the club and will be important in future.

“Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future.

“It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent. He’s a very important player for the future for the club”, he said.

Iheanacho joined the squad on the trip to Scotland, alongside compatriot Chidiebere Nwakali, for games against Dundee and Hearts and was then invited into Manuel Pellegrini’s 23-man squad for the tour of the United States.

Other scorers for the EPL winners were Bruno Zuculini , Dedryck Boyata and Aleksandar Kolarov with CJ Sapong getting a consolation for Sporting Kansas City.

In the mean time, it is believed that he will be loaned out to a club outside England despite his impressive performance so far in the pre – season  as Manchester City are working really hard to secure a work permit for him which might take a while as he has not had a game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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.

Porto Lists Flying Eagles Star In Pre-Season Squad

eze_aycFlying Eagles striker, Chidera Eze, will play no part in Nigeria’s African Youth Champions (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho, as he was named in the pre-season squad of FC Porto.

The teenage striker has recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the previous qualifier against Tanzania, but has been allowed by the Manu Garba-led technical crew to fight for a place in the first team of FC Porto in the coming season.

“Eze is ruled out of the qualifiers against Lesotho as he will be involved with his club in pre-season training,” disclosed a team official.

Nigeria host Lesotho on August 16 in a first leg clash, while the return encounter will take place two weeks later in Maseru.

Awoniyi, Yahaya Leads Flying Eagles Team To Morocco

Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi was one of the outstanding players at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE, won by Nigeria.

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, has released a 20-man squad for the two tune-up matches in Morocco this weekend.

As part of preparations for the 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers next month, the U-20 team will play two friendlies against their Moroccan counterparts on Wednesday, April 9, and another game two days later.

Two influential players at last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE, Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Yahaya will lead the team to the East African country, as Nigeria consolidate plans towards qualifying for the African Youth Championship that will take place in Senegal next year.

Nigeria face the winners of the match between Kenya and Tanzania, while Morocco take on the winners of the clash between Togo and Equatorial Guinea.

The squad going to Morocco:

Goalkeepers: Emeka Nwabulu, Adamu Abubakar, Abdulazeez Abubakar

Defenders: Aliyu Abubakar, Ifeanyi Nweke, Mustapha Abdullahi, Wilfred Ndidi, Prince Izu Omego and Zaharaddeen Bello

Midfielders: Musa Yahaya, Ifeanyi Matthew, Abdullahi Alfa, Akinjide Idowu, Samuel Mathias, Anthony Omaka and Bernard Bulbwa

Strikers: Taiwo Awoniyi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Suleiman Abdullahi and Abubakar Lawal

Roundup On ‘Sports This Morning’ – April 4, 2014

Sports This MorningThis is the Friday edition of ‘Sports This Morning’ on your award winning Channels Television.

Yemi Adebayo takes us on a trip starting with top stories in the world of sports.

The countdown to FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014 continues with 69 days to the biggest football event on the planet; we look at the readiness of Brazil to host the world and also focus one of the teams that the world would be expecting to make clear statements at the tournament, the Azzurri.

Meanwhile, the question on everybody’s lips is who wins the Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup? Is it going to be Japan or Spain? You may have found out the winner but the analysis on this edition of the show would be a delight.

In the Nigerian Glo Premier League, the League Management Company has granted Nembe City FC provisional admission into the league after the club met conditions set by the body.

We also bring you some analysis of the great boxing match-up that promises to be a classic. Timothy Bradley says he is ready to prove doubters wrong by beating Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio in their scheduled rematch.

Let’s also take you to South America, Argentina to be precise, as Boca Juniors takes on River Plate.