Emenike To Miss World Cup Qualifiers After Successful Surgery

Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike will now be out for between four and six weeks, after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

The Nigerian international will be missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Kenya and Namibia in June after undergoing surgery on Thursday as he will be out for between four and six weeks, according to the official website of his club, Spartak Moscow.

“Emenike underwent a successful operation on his meniscus and will miss four to six weeks,” Spartak Moscow announced on their website.

Emenike has also been ruled out of his club’s last four matches of the Russian Premier League season.

It was earlier reported that Emenike will be missing just the World Cup match in Kenya until the surgery was done on Thursday and it was confirmed that he will be out for longer than anticipated.

Nigeria will face Kenya and Namibia in crucial World Cup games on the road next month.

Emenike finished as joint leading scorer at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where Nigeria emerged champions after defeating Burkina Faso.

 

Emeneike will now be available at the earliest in mid-June when the African champions would start their quest at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The striker will be available at the earliest in mid-June when the African champions would start their quest at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

NFF Asks FIFA To Reschedule W.C. Qualifying Matches

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested for a reschedule of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifiers coming up in June.

Forwarding this request to the World Football Governing Body FIFA, the NFF stated that it wants the game in Nigeria’s group to be staged the same day for the sake of fairness.

According to the NFF General Secretary; Musa Adamu Malawi will have a better advantage over Nigeria if the request was not made by the NFF as Nigeria would have been engaged in crucial engagement as well as that of Malawi, so requesting for a reschedule is a right path.

“We make this request in the interest of fairness, as at the moment, Nigeria and Malawi have same number of points (five) and for Nigeria to play two days before Malawi in each of the two important qualifying games in June will give undue advantage to the Malawians,”.

“We see the FIFA Confederations Cup as a key tournament, but we also know we have to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals as priority.

“It is important to us to go to the FIFA Confederations Cup and then return to Brazil a year later for the FIFA World Cup finals.”

Come June the 5th, Nigeria will be taking on Kenya for the return leg in Nairobi after which they will engage Namibia in Windhoek on June the 12th before heading to Brazil for the FIFA Confederation Cup; they will now take on Malawi.

This schedule is what has prompted NFF’s action of lodging a formal complaint to the World football Governing Body, proposing that their Group F matches as well as those involving closest rivals Malawi is played on the same day. This would either be on June 5 and 12 or the original dates of June 8 and 15.

Nigeria To Play Mexico, Jamaica Ahead Of Kenya Return Leg Clash

The Super Eagles will train in Germany ahead of a return leg World Cup clash against Kenya with warm-up games against Mexico and Jamaica confirmed.

The Super Eagles will be hosted by Kenya in Nairobi on June 5 in a crunch World Cup qualifier return leg after the Harambee Stars snatched a draw in Calabar at the weekend. They will also face hosts Namibia a week later in continuation of the qualifying series.

The Nigeria Football Federation have now concluded plans for the African champions to set up a training camp in Germany ahead of a hectic month of June, when they are also to feature at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya, says the team will regroup at the Adidas camp site in Germany in the middle of May to prepare for  the two crucial World Cup qualifiers and the friendlies against Mexico and Jamaica.

The Eagles must win their next two World Cup qualifiers away to Kenya and Namibia to stay in contention for a place in the final round of the qualifying tournament for Brazil 2014 after they laboured to a 1 all draw with Kenya at home.

Harambee Stars Have Proven To Be A Hard Nut — Mururi

A former Harambee Stars of Kenya player, Mike Mururi, says he is very impressed with the display of the Harambee Stars over the weekend in the World Cup 2014 qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Mururi says they have proven to the African continent and the Super Eagles of Nigeria who are the current African champions that they didn’t just threaten to perform well against the Super Eagles but they actually meant every word.

Kenya was a goal ahead of Nigeria up until the late stage of the game with a superb goal by Kenya’s Francis Kahata from a free kick, just as their fans soaked themselves in a jubilant mood.

When it was looking certain that it’s a day of victory for the Harambee Stars, thanks to  substitute Nnamdi Oduamadi who became a life saver scoring three minutes to the end of the game for the Super Eagles, preventing what would have been an embarrassing home defeat for the African Champions.

The former Kenyan striker, however, warned the Kenya team to always stay focused for upcoming crucial matches as their loss of concentration actually cost them the three points in Calabar.

Mururi said they should also improve in their performance as their opponents in the remaining matches would definitely not hand them the points easily.

Kenya still have about three matches left to play in the World Cup qualifiers with one away-game in Malawi and two in Nairobi against the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Namibia.

Nigeria is currently topping Group F with 5 points with Malawi coming second with the same 5 points but on a goal for of 2 points while Nigeria has 3 points, Namibia occupying the third place with 3 points while Kenya is placed fourth with 2 points.

Mururi retired from the Kenya National Team and became player and coach at Chemelil in 2009, although he subsequently played during 2009-2010 season before he finally retired from club football too.

Super Eagles dedicate win to plane crash victims

The Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has dedicated their victory to the families of those who lost their lives in the Dana Airline crash in Lagos.

According to Keshi “ We honestly want to dedicate this victory to the family of the victims. We pray that the family members will have the strength to move on. We mourn with them. We ought to be enjoying this victory, but it is not important now with this kind of calamity. We pray their souls rest in peace.”

Super Eagles on Sunday defeated the Brave Warriors of Namibia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier by securing a 1-0 victory through Ike Uche in the 81st minute at the U.J. Esuene stadium, Calabar.

 

Big Brother Africa Star Game: Nigerian singer Goldie breaks down in tears

Unfolding events at the on-going BigBrother Africa StarSame show seems to never end.

Nigerian singer Goldie got all wet with tears, as she broke down when her Kenyan crush, Prezzo denied her.

She not only cried her hearts out, she also ended up gasping and throwing up.

Well we are left with questions? Is BigBrother full of drama or are people just acting? Because information has it that Goldie is married, and if she is then what’s the crush about.

Keshi says Super Eagles need prayer and patience

The Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience as the national team is undergoing a new reform.

“What we need from them is patience and of course prayers…Nigerians must understand that we are rebuilding and it’s not going to be perfect in a day or just one or two matches,” Keshi said.

The coach further said he is quite comfortable going into the match against Namibia on Sunday because of the way the team has prepared for the game. “We are doing much better by the day but this camping has been quite unique and very effective. This has been the most effective for us as a team. This is the very first time we have had the opportunity to train with the complete set of both Europe-based players and those from the league here for a fairly long period. In other matches they featured they arrived in the camps too close to match day. So against Zambia, Botswana and Rwanda we never got this kind of sessions. Since Monday we’ve been together and it has helped us a great deal.”

Enyeama to lead Eagles against Namibia

Super eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has named Vincent Enyeama as the skipper of the team for this weekend 2014 world qualifiers against Namibia.

The Lille of France shot stopper Enyeama is expected to continue in that role until substantive skipper, Joseph Yobo recovers from his injuries.

Keshi said he hopes to beat Namibia so as to restore confidence after two straight losses against Egypt and Peru.

Meanwhile, Montpellier of France winger, John Utaka and Israel-based Austin Ejide arrival has helped shore up the camp of the national team in Calabar.

The Super Eagles’ coach has also expressed his hopes to beat Namibia, so as to restore confidence after two straight losses.

The Super Eagles have lost to Egypt and Peru in friendly matches and Keshi has now insisted his team have to win in Calabar in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia.

In the training camp, Kano pillars defender Papa Idris today began fitness work in the eagles training camp after he was side-lined for a week by a knee injury.

Papa was left out of the Peru friendly in Lima owing to an injury he suffered while in action for pillars in a league game against Enugu rangers.