Siasia Bars Three Players From Eagles’ Camp

SiasiaCoach Samson Siasia has barred defender Segun Oduduwa and midfielders Stanley Dimgba and Usman Mohammed from showing up at the Bolton White Apartments camp of the Super Eagles.

This is coming after the players reported late to the camp of the U-23 team without an earlier permission from the Coach.

“We cannot have those three in camp anymore. This is very serious business, and only serious-minded persons can be involved. They reported late to the camp of the Under-23 team, so they cannot be tolerated in the camp of the senior team.

“I have said it over the past few days that the right mentality would count big among the traits we are looking for in the players to feature against Egypt,” he said.

Oduduwa and Mohammed were in the Under-23 squad that won the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal in December 2015, while Dimgba has trained with the team and the Eagles B previously.

The Super Eagles’ new boss, who is known to be a disciplinarian, threw out star midfielder Kingsley Sokari, and talented forward Daniel Etor from his squad to the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations, after the duo opted to play for their club, Enyimba FC, in a final NPFL season game in Lagos in November 2015, against his instructions.

The exclusion of the trio means only 40 players are now in contention for shirts in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations double date against Egypt, with 19 home boys to train for two weeks before the arrival of 21 overseas-based players on the week of the first game in Kaduna.

Angola Hold Eagles To 1-1 Draw In Pretoria

EaglesAngola’s Palancas Negras held Nigeria’s Super Eagles B to a 1-1 draw in a pre-African Nations Championship friendly in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Midfield Marshal Paul Onobi was an early substitute as he sustained a knock in the 35th minute and was replaced by Usman Mohammed.

The Negras, who were silver medallists at the second African Nations Championship in Sudan five years ago, tried to pile pressure on the Eagles in the second half, but five substitutions made by Coach Sunday Oliseh kept them checked as the Eagles made remarkable progress.

Nigeria took the lead in the 84th minute when Ibrahim Attah Salau was brought down in the Angolan box, with midfielder Bartholomew Ibenegbu making no mistake from the spot.

Angola equalised from a corner kick with only two minutes left in the game.

The Super Eagles will play another friendly against Cote d’Ivoire in Pretoria on Monday.

The Nigeria delegation is expected to arrive in Kigali on January 15, three days to the Eagles’ first match of the 4th African Nations Championship against Niger Republic.

Gbolahan To Lead Home Based Eagles Training Camp

Home-based-eagles, gbolahanWarri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami, will lead an 18-man squad to a training camp for home-based players in Port Harcourt, ahead of a CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in October.

Reports say Coach Sunday Oliseh will stick with the players he worked with prior to the AFCON qualifier in Tanzania in August.

This means that the six players from the league who have been picked for the friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon in Belgium, will join up with the rest of the players.

Others invited to camp include Ifeanyi Matthew, Tunde Adetunji, Usman Mohammed, Godwin Obaje, Ezekiel Bassey, Kingsley Sokari and Idris Aloma.

Nigeria will host Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt on October 18, with the return leg in Ouagadougou, a week later.

Oliseh Retains 6 Home-Based For Tanzania Qualifier

Sunday-OlisehSuper Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh has retained six players from the Nigeria Professional Football League for September 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania.

The players are Sunshine Stars duo of goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Prince Aggreh and Solomon Kwambe of Warri Wolves.

Others include Chima Akas of Sharks Football Club, Abia Warriors defender, Austin Obaroakpo and FC Taraba midfielder, Usman Mohammed.

They will be joined by 18 foreign-based professionals for the final phase of preparations ahead of the encounter billed to hold at the 60,000 capacity national stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday September 5.

The former African champions are expected to leave Abuja for Tanzania on Thursday September 3.

Siasia Invites 31 Players To U-23 Training Camp

siasiaHead Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.

The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.

The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.

The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.

Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.




Siasia Picks 20 Players For Congo Return Leg Clash

siasiaNigeria’s Under-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, has picked 20 players for Sunday’s crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.

While addressing the players after their last practice match at the FIFA/NFF Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, Coach Siasia said that all the players are good enough to make the trip, but it was impossible for everyone to be in Congo for the battle.

He assured the players left out to continue to work on their game as they could form part of the team for the All Africa Games.

“For those of you selected, this is a golden opportunity for you to show to Nigerians and the world that your first leg victory was not a flash in the pan, and as such you must fight hard when we get to Pointe Noire and beat the Congolese.”

The team takes a slim 2-1 win to Pointe Noire and must avoid defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the eight nation CAF Under-23 Championship in Senegal.

The selected players for the task ahead are: Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour, Etebo Oghenekaro, Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.

PDP Wins L.G Polls In Kwara State

Following the election which held in Kwara state on Saturday, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner in all 15 local government areas of the state.

In a statement released by the Kwara Independent Electoral Commission, the Chairman, Uthman Ajidagba, announced that all PDP candidates emerged winners in the 15 chairman seats and 181 councillorship seats which were contested for.

According to the results released by the electoral body, the party’s chairmanship candidates in Asa local government council, Mallam Saka Obalana polled 43,748, while his counterpart in Baruten local government, Mohammed Bio scored 76,478.

Abubakar Tshonga of Rdu local government scored 61,291 while his counterpart for Ekiti local government council, Akintoba Fatigun got 23,888.

The party’s candidate for Ifelodun local government, Babatunde Salami scored 74,299 and his counterpart for Ilorin east local council, Abdullateef Okandeji polled 89,416.

Usman Ebedi, the party’s candidate for the Ilorin south scored 63,267 while his counterpart for Ilorin west, Tajudeen Zulu-Oloje polled 129,885.

The party’s candidates for Irepodun local government, Lukman Owolewa scored 41,187 and the candidate for Isin local government, Moruf Thanni got 21,144 votes.

In Kaima local government, Alhassan Bagudu scored 43,747, while Abdulganiyu Ajibola of Moro local government polled 46,493.

Aminat Yusuf scored 23,957 in Oke-Ero local government council, while Jimoh Alao scored 34,783 in Oyun local government.

Usman Mohammed of Patigi local government polled 36,294.

Ajidagba did not however disclose the scores of the 181 councillorship candidates of the party in the election and also did not disclose the scores of the two other political parties, Labour Party and Social Democratic Movement, which contested in the election.