• AGN CRISIS: Emeka Ike Vs Segun Arinze

    11/Oct/2015 // 368 Viewers

    Former AGN president Segun Arinze was a guest on Rubbin Mind TV show a while back where he talked at length about Emeka Ike and Ibinabo Fiberesima’s power tussle.

    This is what Segun Arinze said about Emeka Ike in the interview:

    “He should grow up. As far as I am concerned, Ibinabo Fiberesima is the bonafide president. Even in the recent judgement that came out recently telling us to return to the status quo, what does it mean? We were told to go back to the way we were. There was no time Emeka Ike was pronounced the president of AGN. Let him bring out the copy of the judgement and show us if he is man enough. He should wake up and stop embarrassing the guild.”

    These words did not go down well with Ike who believes Segun Arinze “is an illiterate who should have been in jail.”

    In his words:

    “I heard Segun Arinze was interviewed and he said so many things about me and nobody asked me for my own side. I don’t think it was a balanced report. Segun Arinze did not say anything meaningful, he was just cursing himself. That is not how to handle legal matters. In legal matters, we take things from the law’s point of view. Segun that is talking to the journalist is supposed to be behind bars because he committed a crime that should have sent him to jail. There was an order that he violated by bringing in Ibinabo as the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. I have been saying this since. That is why Ibinabo’s tenure was called ‘contentious.’

    “Why should we the educated people allow market people to talk? I am a very cerebral person and I don’t deal with men who cannot read and do not understand the legalities of the paper they have in their hand. I cannot be trading words with a common street boy because if you did not go to school, you cannot understand some legal issues. So, he cannot assess the judgement of the court of law.”

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  • Enyeama, Musa For African Player Of The Year

    12/Oct/2015 // 196 Viewers

    Lille of France goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, and CSKA Moscow of Russia striker, Ahmed Musa have been included in the preliminary list for the 2015 African Player of the Year, the Con­federation of Af­rican Foot ball (CAF) an­nounced yesterday.

    The CAF released a 37-player list for the African Player of the Year award that included Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, who won the title for the last three seasons, Porto’s Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi and Dortmund’s Gabo­nese striker Pierre-Emerick Au­bameyang.

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    Also are the likes of DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba, An­dre Ayew of Ghana.

    Sadio Mane of Senegal, Mehdi Benatia (Moroc­co), Al Tayeb Moda­ther ‘Karika’(Sudan), Mohammed Salah (Egypt), Nicolas N’Koulou (Cam­eroon) and Pierre Emerick Aubamey­ang (Gabon) are some of the players who made the cut.

    Nigeria’s failure to make any meaningful impact on the con­tinent’s club football scene meant no Nigerian made the list for the Africa-based Player of the Year nomination.


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  • Nigeria's Victorious U-23 team back home on Monday

    13/Dec/2015 // 572 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER, 13, 2015: Nigeria's Under-23 who emerged victorious by beating their Algerian counterpart U-23 AFCON finals on Saturday in Senegal to lift the prestigious U-23 African Nations Cup returns home on Monday, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal

    This was confirmed to reporters by officials of the Nigerian Football Federation in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city but three of the team foreign-based professional namely Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu and Junior Ajayi have reportedly returned to their bases in Germany Turkey and Tunisia respectively


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  • World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria's Super Eagles held to goalless draw

    13/Nov/2015 // 122 Viewers

    The world cup qualifiers between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Swaziland national team this evening  in Lombamba  finished goalless. 

    The Nigerians played close to scoring goals, but hitches and frantic interceptions from their opponents robbed them of many scoring chances. Both teams will meet again for the game in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt on November 17.

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                      Oliseh & his boys


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  • Ireland forwards set for 'ding-dong battle' with Argentina

    14/Oct/2015 // 152 Viewers

     AFP/File / by Luke Phillips | Ireland's players take part in a training session at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff on October 10, 2015

     

    CARDIFF (UNITED KINGDOM) (AFP) - 

    Ireland's forwards are gearing up for a "ding-dong battle" against a combative and proven Argentinian pack in the quarter-final clash on Sunday, according to assistant coach Greg Feek.

    Argentina have shone in this World Cup, rebounding from pushing New Zealand all the way before going down 26-16 to hammering the rest of pool opposition, racking up 22 tries along the way.

    The strength of Los Pumas is traditionally the pack and it is no different this time around, the quality of the ball they provide opening up options for some gifted footballers in the backs.

    "The combinations Argentina have have probably been together for a bit longer," Feek said when asked to compare the Pumas to France, beaten 24-9 by the Irish in their final pool game last weekend.

    "There seems to be more of a collective around that, they're a little bit more used to each other.

    "Argentina really know what they want to do, they stick to it and it's a really tough challenge."

    Feek, a former Crusaders prop capped 10 times by the All Blacks and charged with overseeing the Irish forwards since 2011, said the key men for the Argentinians were prop Marcos Ayerza and hooker and skipper Agustin Creevy.

    "Marcos Ayerza is their big rock, I suppose, and when it comes to the new laws, they've certainly come back to the fore again," Feek said.

    "Creevy's very competitive physically on defence, he loves getting his shoulder on, he loves getting on the ball and is hard to move, he loves his scrummaging. He's a former loose forward but has put on a lot more weight now."

    Feek added: "In the World Cup it's been shown that if one pack doesn't get it quite right, anyone can get you, it's a real mental thing now. Argentina look really good as a collective."

    Argentina's participation in the Rugby Championship has also paid dividends, Feek said.

    "It's understated really. Argentina have come into the World Cup under the radar a bit. They've got a well balanced side effectively playing against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa regularly."

    They had also benefited from the "influence of Ted (Graham Henry) and you can see that's coming through".

    "We're under no illusions that this week will be our biggest Test so far."

    Munster veteran Donnacha Ryan could only watch on in anguish as provincial locking partner Paul O'Connell saw his international career ended when he went off at half-time of the France game with an injured hamstring.

    But Ryan will be in the running for a starting spot against Argentina in the absence of skipper O'Connell.

    "We haven't played Argentina as much as we would have France," Ryan said.

    "They're going to be a very tough side, and they're probably the most physical side in the competition so we're going to have to really be on our game.

    "They were leading New Zealand for a large part of that game," he said of the Pumas' Pool C opener.

    "Up until 67 minutes they were three points ahead and it finished up pretty tight. I thought they were pretty unlucky.

    "If they're pushing the world champions that close they're not too far off it."

    Ryan said Argentina had "very aggressive forwards... and explosive backs, not afraid to tap and go and keep the pace quick".

    "It's a massive challenge for us and we'll have to be on our toes this weekend."

    Crashing out to Wales at the 2011 World Cup quarter-final was a lesson the Irish team had taken on board but not one on which it had dwelled, Ryan added.

    "You take those experiences with you. It's up to the guys that they learn from those experiences," he said.

    "It's important to be focused on the job but you realise that you take that bit of experience from back then to use it for the betterment of this weekend."

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  • It's gold or nothing - Siasia

    15/Aug/2016 // 291 Viewers

     

    AFTER defeating Denmark 2-0 in the quarter final match of the ongoing Olympics, National U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia has heaped praises on his players for their team spirit and the brazen display of a collective resolve to achieve their set goal – winning the gold medal.
     
    Siasia and his wards passed through hell to get to Brazil but have since put that behind them and progressed in the tournament with commanding performances. He has declared that having gone that far in the tournament, winning the gold medal is not negotiable.

    Nigeria's national football team head coach Samson Siasia during the African Cup of Nations qualification match between Egypt and Nigeria, on March 25, 2016, in Kaduna. 

    Nigeria’s national football team head coach Samson Siasia 
    “We all know it is not easy, nobody wants to be in the situation we were in a week ago when we were still in Atlanta. But your circumstances should not determine what goals you set for yourself and what you want to achieve.” the coach said, in the post match briefing in Salvador.

    “It was very difficult circumstances. We struggled to get here. But there is a oneness, a team spirit and a willingness to overcome.
    “The boys are together and they want to make sure that they can succeed in spite of all the troubles. I am very proud of what they have done together.”

    Siasia and his boys know what stands between them and their target; Germany. The Germans will, perhaps pose the biggest obstacle as they have scored 14 goals in their last two matches. But Siasia remains confident. “We are here to win. You cannot come this far, go through what we went though, then just give up. We will do everything we can to make sure we will get the gold medal.”

    On his thoughts if they were to play Brazil in the final: “We saw what they did to the Danish team (Brazil won 4-0 in the group stage). They are a good side. They did not start well, but the most important thing is how you end.”


    This post was syndicated from Vanguard News


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  • Ex-Rangers star HENRY OBIEKWE slumps, dies in action (Photo)

    15/Feb/2017 // 891 Viewers

     

    Former Enugu Rangers FC star, Henry Obiekwu, on Monday slumped and died while playing a friendly in Enugu. Former Super Eagles defender, Kingsley Obiekwu, popularly known as Shagari, confirmed the passing of his younger brother, Henry.

    Eyewitnesses said right fullback Henry asked to be replaced during the friendly match with his youth team, Samba FC, at the UNEC Stadium in Enugu on Monday morning after he complained of severe chest pain.

    Henry Obiekwu

    He will later slump and was rushed to several hospitals before he was confirmed dead at the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre in Enugu.
    FC Taraba were Henry’s last club.


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  • Buoyant Bayern eye more goal records in Bremen

    15/Oct/2015 // 186 Viewers

     AFP/File / by Ryland James | Under new coach Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund won their first 11 games in all competitions, but are winless in their last four games

     

    BERLIN (AFP) - 

    Thomas Tuchel is looking to break Borussia Dortmund's winless streak at former club Mainz on Friday while runaway league leaders Bayern Munich aim to send more Bundesliga goal records tumbling in Bremen.

    Bayern's 5-1 drubbing of Dortmund in Munich a fortnight ago opened an ominous seven-point lead at the top of the table as Pep Guardiola's side look to win a fourth straight league title this season.

    Under new coach Tuchel, Dortmund won their first 11 games in all competitions, including five league victories to top the table, but consecutive draws to Hoffenheim and Darmstadt saw them throw away four points and drop to second before the Munich mauling.

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    Borussia are winless in their last four games and need to beat mid-table Mainz to maintain their second place, with arch rivals Schalke just a point behind.

    Dortmund have won nine of their 18 meetings against Mainz and enjoyed a 4-2 win at home in February as Tuchel takes his team to the Coface Arena for the first time since quitting at the end of the 2013/14 season.

    Gabon winger Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang will be out to extend his phenomenal league record run of having scored in all eight league games so far this season.

    Bayern head to Bremen's Weserstadion on Saturday looking for their 12th straight win this season having won 4-0 and 7-0 on their last two visits.

    The Bavarian giants have won all of the last nine games against Werder with 39 goals scored and just six conceded.

    Bremen have lost their last four games while Bayern are in goal-scoring form as Robert Lewandowski has netted 12 times in seven games and Thomas Mueller has scored eight goals in as many leagues games.

    The pair have scored 20 of Bayern's 28 goals so far and Mueller says the league record of 101 goals scored by Munich legends Gerd Mueller, Uli Hoeness and Co. back in the 1971/72 season could be under threat.

    "It is theoretically possible, that we could score over a 100 goals with this team," Mueller told Munich-based newspaper TZ.

    "We won't be defined by it and we're not going out just focused on scoring goals, but we have fun playing football and are keen on success."

    Bayern are set to be without winger Kingsley Coman after the France Under-21 winger returned from international duty with a thigh strain.

    Guardiola is set to welcome back defender Holger Badstuber and winger Arjen Robben, who have both returned to training after lengthy injury lay-offs.

    "This season is the best we have played since Pep Guardiola arrived," said midfielder Javi Martinez.

    "We're playing unbelievably well, we are solid in every aspect, but we have to continue like that.

    "We have to do exactly the same in the remaining matches.

    "It won't bring us anything if we're good now and then let it go late in the season."

    There will be an interesting battle to stay up near the top of the table on Saturday when Schalke, in third, host fourth-placed Hertha Berlin who are unbeaten in their last three games and just two points behind their rivals.

    Schalke won six games on the trot before crashing to a 3-0 defeat last time out while Hertha romped to a 3-0 win at home to Hamburg as striker Vedad Ibisevic netted twice to leave him with four goals in five games this season.

    Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)

    Friday

    Mainz 05 v Borussia Dortmund (1830)

    Saturday

    Schalke 04 v Hertha Berlin, VfL Wolfsburg v Hoffenheim, Hamburg v Bayer Leverkusen, Augsburg v Darmstadt, Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt v Bor. Moenchengladbach (1630)

    Sunday

    Cologne v Hanover 96, VfB Stuttgart v Ingolstadt 04 (1530)

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  • KEMI ADEOSUN, SOLOMON DALUNG 'on the run', protesting SUPER FALCONS say BUHARI's orders to pay them shunned

    16/Dec/2016 // 1009 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 16, 2016: (DGW) THE eight-time winner of African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), the Super Falcons of Nigeria have refused to vacate their hotel rooms protesting non-payment after President Muhammadu Buhari had through his Chief of Staff gave orders in that regard.

    DailyGlobeWatch exclusively gathered that the order to pay the protesting Super Falcons players have not been obeyed by Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance and the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.

    Earlier, Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari had assured the players of payment who accosted him at the Aso Rock Villa gate but a source disclosed exclusively to our reporter in Abuja that the order is yet to be carried out as the players confirmed that they had still not received notification from their banks.

    Said one of the players:

    “Nothing has happened yet and we’re hoping that by today (Friday) omething will happen. We want to believe what the Chief of Staff told us and we’re waiting patiently.”


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  • We did a lot to make Super Falcons comfortable, they should understand times are hard - NFF

    16/Dec/2016 // 483 Viewers

     

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it expects the Super Falcons to understand that it’s been difficult raising money to pay for their services.

    The federation on Friday said it did a lot to make the players comfortable despite the challenge of funding.

    Ademola Olajire, in a statement, said: “The NFF is at the receiving end of all these, but at the end of the day, fair is fair.

    “Before they left for Cameroon, the country’s vice president went to meet with them at a training session.”

    “Also, despite the difficulties, the federation was able to make the sum of $5,000 available to the team administrator for logistics.”

    “Before the team played South Africa in the semifinals, the NFF reached out to some sources and raised money to pay each player the sum of N500,000.

    “The NFF President was on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to receive the team and celebrated with them on arrival.”

    “He also impressed it on NFF partner Emzor to host the ladies to lunch and the company gave the team the sum of N1.6million.”

    “On arrival in Abuja, the team was received by the NFF general secretary, head of protocol, head of women’s football and the CEO of Jedo (a private organization), Dr. Aliyu Oroje Wammako.”

    “The NFF impressed it on the management of Agura Hotel to ensure the comfort of the players and officials while the Federation went about trying to raise money to pay their entitlements.”

    Olajire said Solomon Dalung, the minister of youth and sports, visited the team in company of Mohammed Sanusi, NFF general secretary, in their hotel.

    “Honourable minister of youth and sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung who personally visited the team at their hotel, NFF general secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi was at the hotel on two occasions.

    “Also, the head of women’s football, Miss Ruth David has been at the hotel on regular basis. After his visit, the Honourable Minister directed that the NFF should look for money to give to the players to take them home.”

    “The players appealed that the amount of N50,000 proposed by the federation should be doubled, and the NFF squeezed out N100,000 to each player and official.”

    “Surprisingly, the players said they would no longer leave the hotel even after that payment.”

    “While the monies paid to the team so far may not amount to much, these are challenging times and we expect the players to understand with the federation.”

    “They did not, but we thank God all these issues are almost behind us.” This unfortunate situation calls for calm and patience on the part of all. The NFF cannot praise the presidency enough.”

    Olajire also stated that there was no time the NFF directed that the players should be ejected from Agura hotel, Abuja, and refuted claims that no official went to see the players at the hotel.

    “The players cannot say that nobody came to see them in the hotel, or that the federation ordered that they be ejected; that is not correct.”

    “We passionately appeal to the players not to allow themselves to be used by some persons against the federation and the federal government, as such persons do not mean well for them.”

    The federation thanked president Muhammadu Buhari for directing that players and officials of African champions, Super Falcons, be paid within days.

    “We are grateful to the Presidency for the prompt action, and we believe this will put the minds of the players at rest.”

    “It has been a very difficult time for the NFF; no official of the federation was happy that the players and officials could not be paid their entitlements immediately after the tournament.”

    “It is not as if the federation did not plan to pay the players and officials their entitlements. The NFF expected some money from a number of sources but this did not work out.”

    “They are champions and deserve to be treated as such; there are no doubts about that.” (NAN)


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