We Need More Prayer Warriors For Super Eagles – Senate President

The Senate President, David Mark has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final encounter with Mali.

Mr Mark who made this call on Tuesday during the Senate’s plenary, attributed the Eagles’ victory over the Elephant of Cote D’ Ivoire to the fasting and prayers of the senators and other Nigerians.

The Senate President, who said the national team should be commended for playing well, added that the nation was proud of them.

“We thank God that our prayers were answered for the Super Eagles to defeat their Ivorian counterparts on Sunday. We need more prayer warriors because the battle ahead is more serious. Please, let us intensify our prayers for the Eagles so that they can play better and also win tomorrow’s (today’s) match”, Mr Mark said.

AFCON 2013: Defence Is Super Eagles Biggest Challenge – Analyst

A sport analyst and roving sport editor of the Sun Newspaper, George Aluo on Monday said though the has been a significant improvement in the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s performance, the team still has to work on it defence.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said being a defender himself, the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi should know how to organise his defence.

“The biggest Challenge in that team at the moment is our defence. We’ve always known it that the Eagles defence is very, very vulnerable and I think the earlier Keshi does something about it the better for us,” he said.

Super Eagles victory, a sign of good things to come – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Super Eagles’ victory over the Elephants of Cote D’ Ivoire as a good omen and a sign that the nation will soon surmount all its challenges under the present dispensation.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Sunday said the party was overjoyed that the players did not let Nigerians down adding that the victory was an indication that Nigeria is already coming out of the woods in all spheres of life.

The party said the victory over the Elephants, who had in the past stopped the Eagles in the tournament, was an indication that nothing is impossible for Nigeria and that the doors have been opened for the nation to achieve other goals.

“The victory of the Super Eagles is a good omen. It is a sign of good things to come. The PDP sees it as a sign of a new beginning. It shows that we, as a nation can surmount all our problems. It is an indication that there is nothing impossible and that collectively we will overcome all the challenges we are facing as a nation. We will surmount all of them the way we surmounted the Elephants”, he said.

Stating that the victory did not come to it as a surprise, the party called on Nigerians to always believe in the potentials of the nation and urged pessimists to turn a new leaf especially as it has become clear that the country has already started experiencing a new dawn.

The PDP reminded that as a party that has the interest of the nation at heart, it had joined other well-meaning Nigerians in praying for the Eagles. It said the victory showed that God answers prayers.

It however charged the team not to relax at this moment but to increase their zeal as they meet their next opponent in the semi-final stage.

It told the players not to forget that millions of Nigerians are now counting on them to bring the cup home at the end of the tournament adding that they cannot afford to fail the nation at this critical time.

We Have Players That Can Win AFCON – Sport Editor

A Sport Editor with the Sun Newspaper, George Aluo on Monday said Nigeria has the right set of players that can win the ongoing African Cup of Nation (AFCON) competition.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Aluo said it is not true that the Coach of the Nigerian side, Stephen Keshi was rebuilding a new Super Eagles team.

“Those who are telling us that the team was hurriedly assembled and that we are rebuilding are telling not the truth,” he said.

Mr Aluo said whoever is saying that the Super Eagles Coach rebuilt a new team is ‘hiding under the canopy that we might not win’ the competition.

He said, “Nigerians should be looking at this team winning the Nations Cup for the third time, we got the players.”

AFCON 2013: Burkina Faso claim late draw against Nigeria

Alain Traore stabbed in with the last kick of the game to give Burkina Faso a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a Nations Cup clash on Monday night.

The Super Eagles controlled the opening exchanges but did not go on to break the deadlock until the 22nd minute. Brown Ideye managed to flick the ball on for Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike, who in turn poked it into the net from close range.

While Nigeria continued to be the dominant force, they failed to add to their tally before the half-time whistle.

Ikechukwu Uche had a good chance to claim a second for the Eagles after the restart, but he shot wide from just two yards out with 65 minutes on the clock.

Then, eight minutes later the Greens found themselves a man light when Celtic’s Efe Ambrose was handed a second yellow card for a challenge on Paul Koulibaly.

Despite the fact that they were at a numerical disadvantage, Nigeria still looked the more likely to score the game’s second goal. However, poor finishing, particularly from John Obi Mikel, meant that they failed to find the net.

Their failure to do so was punished four minutes in stoppage time when Auxerre’s Traore found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal and he responded by rolling the ball into the net.

The result leaves Group C all square, after Zambia and Ethiopia also drew 1-1 earlier on in the day.

Top Eagles Players May Have Chickened Out Of Friendly Against Catalunya

A sport journalist, Nnamdi Obanya on Thursday said some senior Super Eagles’ players may have deliberately absconded from the friendly match against Catalunya for fear of an embarrassing defeat.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Obanya said apart from John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses whose English club, Chelsea FC, held back from participating in the match, “top players chickened out.”

The Super Eagles on Wednesday held hosts Catalunya to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played at the Cornelia El-Prat Stadium in Barcelona.

AFCON 2013: Super Eagles got a fair group – Keshi

Super Eagles Coach; Stephen Keshi admitted that Nigeria; the Super Eagles had fair deal in the recent draw of the AFCON 2013 which was done on Wednesday in the city of Durban; South Africa.

Nigeria was grouped with defending champions, the Copper Bullets of Zambia, Stallion of Burkina Faso and the Brave Warriors of Ethiopia in Group C for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations holding in South Africa, and the Super Eagles manger Keshi said the group is not a group of death as most of the tournament before pitches Nigeria with A-list teams like the Super Eagles but this group is a fair one and the Super eagles will make an impressive impact in the group.

The Super Eagles will take on Burkina Faso in their opening group game at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on January 21, 2013.

Four days later at the same venue, Nigeria will take on the Zambians they defeated 2-1 to win their second AFCON trophy and then round off their group campaign against Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on January 29.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Coach, Herve Renard has said that the pairing in Group C was an opportunity for the Copper Bullets to revenge the quarter final defeat they suffered against the Super Eagles at the 2010 edition in Angola.

“We crashed out of the quarter-finals in 2010 to Nigeria,” Renard recalled Thursday. “So we have a good chance of revenge against a very good Nigerian team.”

Stephen couldn’t hide his joy as he had everything to be happy for as he scaled the hurdle of his first acid test when he qualified for the AFCON 2013 unlike his predecessor Samson Siasia whom he took over from after he was fired for failing to qualify Nigeria for the last edition of the African showpiece football tournament jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial, now his second hurdle is the AFCON 2013 himself which to him no start can be as fair what his team got in terms of groupings.

Keshi said the Super Eagles are already in a group so preparedness will be their watchword from now, this was after the draws in Durban South Africa while being questioned by our reporter.

He said every team in the AFCON 2013 is an outstanding team and no team should be relegated as underdogs will always emerged,

as he cited Burkina Faso as a very good team, looking at their performance in the  2012 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

 

He promised that Nigeria will be fully prepared for the AFCON 2013 as serious strategizing will start immediately.

“We will go home and strategize and see what we can come up with when we come up against these teams”.