Coach Rohr To Call New Faces For Int’l Friendlies

Gernot-RohrThe Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, hopes to use next month’s international friendlies to test some new players.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is lining up Grade A friendlies, as the former African champions begin preparations for the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) 2019 qualifier, at home against South Africa as well as World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August.

Nigeria has already agreed a friendly against Senegal on March 23 in London, while the country is discussing with Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Morocco for another test game.

There are strong indications that Tyronne Ebuehi, who plays for Dutch League side and Ado Den Haag will get another call up for the game.

In 2016, Ebuehi turned down the Super Eagles call-up, but Rohr has now received assurances that the player will honour the next invitation by Nigeria.

NFF Promises To Pay Super Eagles’ Tanzania Match Bonuses

NFF, Super Eagles, TanzaniaThe Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has promised to offset the Super Eagles win bonus for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania.

The Eagles defeated the Tanzanians 1- 0 in September during a final 2017 AFCON qualifier in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital in southeast Nigeria.

The players, however, were yet to receive their bonuses.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, promised that they would also get a refund of their flight tickets and camp allowances for the World Cup qualifier before they leave for Zambia.

He urged the players to get off to a winning start in Ndola on Sunday and reassured them of total support from the NFF.

Shuaibu Amodu’s Death Is Great Loss To Football Community – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Shuaibu Amodu, Amodu Shuaibu Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, as a great loss to the football community.

Governor Oshiomhole said this in Okpella Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State in southern Nigeria, where the remains of the four–time coach of the Super Eagles was being laid to rest.

He said that the demise of Shuaibu Amodu was indeed a big loss, especially when Nigeria was still mourning the demise of another former player and coach of the senior national team, Stephen Keshi.

At the burial rites in his hometown, officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and well-wishers joined members of his immediate family to pay the former tactician of BCC Loins of Gboko his last respect.

The NFF, in a statement by its Communication Department, described the late technical director as one of the best coaches Nigeria had produced.Amodu shaibu

The 58-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pain on Friday night.

Shuaibu Amodu had Coach Keshi who died three days prior to his death, as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

He was born on April 18, 1958 and played as a striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes before ending his career after a leg injury.

NFF To Appoint Super Eagles Coach In June

Super EaglesMeanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that a permanent head coach for the Super Eagles would be in place for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Eagles have been without a substantive coach since Sunday Oliseh resigned in February with the likes of Samson Siasia and Salisu Yusuf managing the team on temporary basis at different points.

According to the NFF Technical Committee, a technical crew led by either a local or foreign coach would be appointed after the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in June.

Meanwhile, Salisu Yusuf is the man to lead the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg.

The former Kano Pillars boss will be assisted by Enugu Rangers Coach, Imama Amapakabor, Kennedy Boboye of Abia Warriors while Alloy Agu would serve as goalkeeper trainer.

Nigeria plays Mali on May 27, before going on to face Luxembourg on June 1.

Both matches will serve as tune ups for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Super Eagles Beat Swaziland 2-0 In World Cup Qualifier

EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday kept their hope of a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup alive by defeating Swaziland 2-0 in Port Harcourt.

It was the second leg of the knock out duel between the two countries, after the first leg had ended in a goalless draw in Swaziland on Friday.

The Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 in Swaziland. Sunshine stars’ Paul Onobi replaced Mikel Obi; Sharks’ Chima Akas came in for Elderson Echiejile and Austin Oboroakpo from Abia Warriors replaced Godfrey Oboabona.

The first half ended goalless with pressure mounting among the fans at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium but Moses Simon’s well taken free-kick in the 51st minute gave Nigeria the lead and calmed the nerves.

In the 75th minute, Obafemi Martins came in for captain Ahmed Musa and Ogenyi Onazi took the captain’s band as Nigeria went in search of more goals.

The Eagles’s improved attacking play eventually paid off but not from the expected source. Defender Efe Ambrose made it 2-0 for Nigeria in the 87th minute to send the Port Harcourt fans into jubilation.

Asides throwing open the gates of the stadium to encourage fans to fill the venue and cheer the Nigeria team to victory, the Eagles were also boosted by the Rivers State Government’s $20,000 per goal promise.

With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the group stage of the African qualifiers along with 19 other countries, who will be drawn into five groups.

The five group winners will represent Africa in Russia 2018.




Super Eagles Begin Training In Port Harcourt

super eaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have kicked off preparations for their second leg World Cup qualifier against Swaziland.

The team had a light training session at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt after returning from Lobamba.

Super Eagles drew goalless with Swaziland on Friday and will be hoping to make their home advantage count when Swaziland come visiting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, believes the team will learn from their mistakes in the first leg, and backed them to record a convincing win in the return tie.

NFF Proposes Friendly With Cameroon

nffThe Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is seeking to get Grade A friendlies this year for the Super Eagles, as Coach Sunday Oliseh steps up rebuilding of the former African Champions.

Sources revealed that the federation was working on plans to secure a friendly against Cameroon in October.

The NFF plans to make good use of the two FIFA friendly windows left for this year.

October 5 till 13 and November 9 till 17 are the remaining FIFA friendly windows.

In their last match,the Super Eagles of Nigeria got a goalless draw with the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

The coach had, however, expressed optimism that the Nigerian National Team would improve in subsequent games.

Youths Should Dream Big, Start Small, Act Now – Segun Odegbami

SEGUN ODEGBAMIA Nigerian, who has indicated interest in the Presidency of  the world football governing body, FIFA, has admonished youths to dream big.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Mr Segun Odegbami said that “in 1985 some young Nigerian boys unknown to people, went to China and came back winning. Nobody knew them, nobody gave them a chance.

“If the only thing they can take away from me coming out to say I want to be the FIFA President is the fact that a Nigerian can actually become the President of FIFA, I think I am fulfilled”.

Mr Odegbami said the reason behind contesting for FIFA’s Presidency was because there was vacancy.

“As you know, election will hold on February 26, 2016 and we have seen the eligibility criteria among the contestants.

“When you look at the circumstances around football in the world today, particularly around FIFA, it calls for intervention of people who truly love the game, know about the game and have answers into the future.

“I think I belong to the category of persons that are eligible. I have experiences in this game and I think I can add value to whatever is there now,” he stressed.

About how he intends to reach out to people in the federation, Odegbami said that “we have a team that is consulting with a lot of people, agencies and putting in place a road map that we have to chat to get to February 26 and that will involve contacting friendly federations that will give me an endorsement.

“From what I have seen so far, it is truly exciting, so people should wait, watch and see,” he said.

Mr Odegbami, however, gave insight on the support he was getting from the FA.

“The process started with me making contact with the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), to tell them my interest and to get a feel of what the President felt and he gave the green light.

“However, if you look at the rules, we will find out that what is needed is not an approval by your football federation, you have to come through them because they provide the eligibility and integrity score mark for you because you need to have been active in football for two years out of five years, so they will tell FIFA that you are qualified in that regard.

“You need the letter to come from them because FIFA doesn’t deal with individuals or government but deals with federations.

“So I did what was necessary by speaking with the leadership and I have written an official letter to them.

“Except if there is something somewhere, I don’t see any reason why they won’t approve my application,” he maintained, optimistic of a favourable decision.

Mr Odegbami, however, stressed that it would be fantastic when there are two or three people vying for the post.

“If two people from one country could be interested in becoming the FIFA President, it just shows the quality of persons you have in that country,” he said.

Mr Odegbami, nonetheless, debunked a claim that he was embarrassing Nigeria.

“I thought Nigerians are celebrating that there is an ordinary Nigerian who thinks the country is good enough to be President of FIFA and people are celebrating everywhere,” he said.

Mr Odegbami admitted that he had a football administrations skills.

“For eight years, I served in a committee in Confederation of African Football (CAF), for eight years, I served as a member of the NFF, most of my life. Since I left football, I have been managing clubs; from Shooting Stars to Gateway Football Club , I am the Manager of First Bank Football Club, I own a club, I am the Chairman of the Local Government Football Council of my area and I am a member of the football family.

“I have done more things in football than most people alive today and as well, covered the entire spectrum of game, more than any Nigerian.

“It is not about the game itself. The game is what you play on the field and even at FIFA, there is nothing wrong with the game, the area that is problematic is very small which is about the leadership, integrity of the person and the integrity of their activities.

“People are focusing on the money and power in FIFA which are part of the problems.

“Meanwhile, there is a whole world out there, who are the true people in football, who should be enjoying it, who should be celebrating it and are left out completely,” he added.

Golden Eaglets Know Foes on Thursday

golden_eagletsWorld Champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, will know their group phase opponents on Thursday when the draw for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup holds in Santiago, Chile.

According to the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) website, the official draw is scheduled to take place at the massive Art Centre 660 at 20:00hrs local time (12:00 midnight in Nigeria).

There are 24 countries to participate where they would be drawn into six groups of four teams each.

The Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has also expressed optimism that the Nigerian youngsters would be ready to defend their title.

“We are waiting to see who and who we are going to meet after the draw on Thursday,” said the former African Footballer of the Year.

“Though we don’t have the luxury of choosing the teams we want. We are preparing well for the tournament and we would be ready to give a good account of ourselves.”

Nigeria, who won the title for a record four times and host Chile, will be the seeded teams in their groups.

The tournament will be held between October 17 and November 8 across eight Chilean cities, namely La Serena, Coquimbo, Vina Del Mar, Chillan, Talca, Santiago De Chile, Concepcion and Puerto Montt.

NFF Backs Super Falcons To Bounce Back

Super-FalconsThe Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has made provisions for the Super Falcons to bounce back before the 11th All-Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville early next month.

To bring the Falcons back on their feet after their dream of being at the 2016 Olympics failed, the Federation has lined up a number of friendly games for the senior female team.

The team have gone on a one-week break ahead of re-grouping for preparations for the women’s football tournaments .

The team have been eliminated from the 2016 Olympics Games by Equatorial Guinea, but faces another tough tasks in Group A, where they will square against hosts Congo, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Federation, Felix Ayansi-Akgwu, said a number of friendlies have been lined up for the team in preparations for the games.

Bolivia Cancels Friendly With Super Eagles, Cites Political Tension In Nigeria

BoliviaThe media in Bolivia is reporting the Bolivian FA have pulled out of its international friendly against Nigeria, slated for Thursday, March 26, 2015.

The Bolivian FA president is hinging his country’s withdrawal from the friendly versus Nigeria on reports of political tension in Nigeria.

Bolivian FA President, Carlos Chavez, is quoted to have said; “Armed conflict and the tense political situation in Nigeria forced our withdrawal from the game.”

A top source from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), however expressed disappointment at the Bolivian FA’s purported withdrawal.

“The reasons given by the Bolivians are strange and unacceptable to us. FIFA have been communicated about this development.

“FIFA and our match agent are going to work out a compensation for us if the Bolivians fail to honour our agreement,” he said.

The NFF source added that the NFF have immediately swung into action “to get a replacement and ensure we play a game on March 26 in Uyo”.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had announced that the senior national team, Super Eagles, would face Bolivia in an international friendly at the newly built Akwa Ibom Stadium on March 26.

This came after a friendly with the Brazilian national team, earlier scheduled for the same date, was cancelled.

The Confederation of Brasil Football (CBF) had said that they would prefer to continue with their European World Tour rather than truncate their calendar to play against the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its FIFA match agent, Jairo Pachon, then opted for Bolivia to ensure that the international friendly window is not wasted.

President Jonathan Did Not Influence Keshi’s Return – Pinnick

pinnick2President of Nigerian Football Federation, (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not influence Stephen Keshi’s return as the coach of the Super Eagles.

He explained that the president called members of the NFF and advised them to mend what the lapses are, adding that football has given the country a lot of prestige but insisted that President Jonathan did not have a hand in the return of Stephen Keshi.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television, Mr. Pinnick apologised to Nigerians on the performance of the Super Eagles at the just concluded 2015 AFCON qualifier between, Nigeria and South-Africa.

He noted that a lot of changes will be made, in terms of players attitude, selection of players, players fitness, psychology and welfare amongst others to enhance performance.

He commended the previous administration and noted that under his watch, the NFF will not only perform but will also engage uncelebrated Nigerians excelling abroad.