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.

Nigeria Will Improve In Subsequent Games – Oliseh

OlisehSuper Eagles Coach, Sunday OIiseh, has expressed optimism that the Nigerian National Team would improve in subsequent games, after playing a goalless draw against Tanzania in their Africa Cup of Nations Group G qualifier.

Although Oliseh was happy with one point, he was also convinced that the team would get better once they start to achieve team cohesion.

The former Ajax midfielder also praised goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for having a great game.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper made a string of saves to help Nigeria avoid defeat in Dar es Salaam.

The Nigeria vs Tanzania match is said to be the first major game for the new Super Eagles’ Coach and the Taifa Stars’ Coach, Boniface Mkwasa.

In the group, Nigeria now have four points while Tanzania have one point.

Enyeama Opts Out Of Tanzania Game

enyeamaSuper Eagles Captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has opted out of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

Enyeama has asked to be exempted from the trip to Dar es Salaam, owing to personal reasons.

The team will depart for Tanazia on Thursday with the two goalkeepers currently in camp.

They are Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and Sunshine Stars’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Both keepers have so far impressed the Nigerian National Team selectors, who are yet to make a decision on who gets the nod in the absence of Enyeama.

The former African Champions began their 2017 AFCON qualification campaign on a winning note with a 2-nil win against Chad in June.

AFCON 2013: We Wouldn’t Miss Ameobi – Babangida

Former Eagles Player and World Cup Star, Tijani Babangida have taken a swipe at Newcastle Player and Nigerian International Shola Ameobi after he chose to turn down National duty for club assignments.

Babangida blasted Ameobi saying he should have respected and honoured his home country before his club but nevertheless he won’t be missed on the line-up for the Afcon 2013 which will be kick started this January.

The National Team and Coach Stephen Keshi decided to throw out Ameobi after it was becoming a serious row between the country and club over the player and eventually the Coach  waited till Saturday midnight to finally take a decision on the Ameobi matter thereby resting what would have been taken to FIFA for a final decision.

Ameobi featured in the game against Venezuela in what passed as the player’s debut last November after he completed his international change from England.

Ameobi however decided to choose Newcastle over Nigeria after Newcastle manager; Alan Pardew appealed to the player to stick with the club not considering his chance of being on the roll-call of international glory.

And Alan Pardew’s claim of holding Ameobi was because Demba Ba was certain to ditch the club in the January transfer window.

Babangida could not hold back his feelings saying Ameobi should count himself very lucky for getting a national call-up but he ended up holding his loyalty to his club side ahead of Nigeria.

How many would have knocked back a major international competition the way Shola has?

Not many … I can promise you.

“Nigeria is too big for Ameobi or any player for that matter.  He should know that he is lucky to represent this country. I am sure he will later regret this.

“One other thing is clear – his absence won’t affect Eagles at the Nations Cup.”

Spain maintains top spot in Fifa rankings as Nigeria looses grip on Africa

Spain has maintained top position in the latest FIFA World Ranking as the champion in South Africa 2010 continues to be the team to beat.

Germany climbed one spot in the table up to number two, with 2011 Copa America winner Uruguay moving into third position.

Despite not playing any games in the past month, losing World Cup finalist the Netherlands has dropped two places in the ranking, and now sits fourth.

Portugal leapfrogged Brazil (sixth) and England (seventh) to move up to fifth, with Croatia (eighth), Denmark (ninth) and Argentina completing the top 10.

Italy slipped three places and now sits 12th in the ranking, behind Russia and ahead of Chile.

Cote d’Ivoire is the best-placed African team on the list at number 15 despite losing the 2012 African Nations Cup in February to Zambia (40th). Australia is Asia’s highest-ranked representative in 21st position.

Ghana is second in Africa and 22nd in the world going one place up, while Algeria, Mali and Zambia follow in third, fourth and fifth in Africa and 38th, 39th and 40th in the world.

Gabon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Nigeria close the top ten in Africa with distant positions on the world stage.

African Top 10

Country                       Africa             World

Ivory Coast                 1st                       15th

Ghana                         2nd                      22nd

Algeria                        3rd                       38th

Mali                               4th                     39th

Zambia                        5th                       40th

Gabon                         6th                        42nd

Libya                            7th                        46th

Egypt                          8th                          55th

Tunisia                       9th                          57th

Nigeria                    10th                            60th