Ilorin, Nov. 5, The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked the Kwara Government to assist it in camping in Ilorin the Golden Eaglets in preparation for the WAFU Under-17 Male Regional Tournament.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NFF made the request through a letter signed by its General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
The letter addressed to the Kwara governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is asking him to consider and approve the camping of the national under-17 male football team in Ilorin for 30 days.
NAN reports that the camping is expected to be ahead of the competition scheduled for Dec. 5 to Dec. 20 in Benin Republic.
The NFF is requesting the Kwara government to support in camping the team of 50 players and 12 officials.
The Golden Eaglets are expected to depart for Benin Republic from Ilorin for the competition, after the squad would have been pruned down.
The Eaglets, champions of Africa in 2001 and 2007 and five-times world champions, will contend with the Black Starlets of Ghana and the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, in Group B.
Group A of the tournament has hosts Benin Republic, Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Winners of the tournament will represent the zone at the 2021 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in Morocco in March.
Hassan Abdallah (Assistant Coach/Scout) and Danlami Kwasau (Goalkeepers Coach) are the other members of the team’s technical crew.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Flying Eagles coach Ladan Bosso says the technical crew are working round the clock to present a formidable team for the WAFU B U-20 tournament in Togo, in spite of the short time for preparation.
Bosso told the News Agency of Nigeria that the team started intense training at the FIFA Goal project of the Moshood Abiola national stadium Abuja just last week in preparation for the tournament.
NAN reports that Nigeria are drawn in a tough Group B of the WAFU U-20 qualifying tournament alongside Ghana’s Black Satellites and the Junior Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire for the tournament taking place in Togo from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2.
Hosts Togo, Niger, Benin Republic, and Burkina Faso will battle it out in Group A, from which the top two teams will qualify to represent the zone at the 2021 U20 AFCON in Mauritania.
Bosso said the technical crew had strategicaly prunned down the 180 players in camp to 35 in just a week due to the time constrain, noting that the 25- man provisional squad would soon be released by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“For the first time within seven days, I was able to streamline the team from 180 to 35 players.
“You can see that the team is taking shape, we have had two friendly matches, so we are trying to build on the mistakes noticed in the matches before we move to the next phase,” he said.
The experienced gaffer said the players were selected from former U-17 national players and those within the age bracket from former U-20 team, the League and former LMC U-17 boys.
He said the technical crew was also scouting Europe for some players, just in case there might be need to draft them to the team.
The coach called for the support of Nigerians and football stakeholders while expressing confidence in the team’s ability to qualify for the tournament in Mauritania.
Bosso was recently appointed coach of the Flying Eagles for a second time.
In his first stint, he led Nigeria to the quarter-finals of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Nigeria’s Super Eagles team B on Saturday crashed out of the ongoing West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations in Senegal.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the team lost all their games so far in the tournament.
In Saturday’s encounter, the home-based Eagles lost 2-3 on penalties to Cape Verde, after the game ended 1-1 at regulation time in their classification match.
The Eagles failed to win a game in the competition having lost 2-1 to Togo in their opening game.
Sikiru Alimi opened scoring for Nigeria in the 64th minute, in what was a cagey match up, but the Island Nation responded, and leveled up in the 87th minute.
Both sides could not be separated at the end of regulation time as the match had to be decided through the lottery and penalty shootouts.
The Eagles failed to convert three of their kicks while their opponents converted three to eliminate Nigeria from the competition.
Cape Verde progressed to the semi-finals of the plate competition and would next face the winner between Liberia and Niger. (NAN)
Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Felix Ajide
Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Felix Ajide
The home-based Super Eagles failed to secure a place in the main West African Football Union (WAFU) Nations Cup following a 1-2 loss to the Hawks of Togo on Sunday in Senegal.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Togolese, who were the better side in the encounter, took the lead in the 16th minute through Moise Kossivi Adjah.
The Eagles rallied back and got a well-deserved equaliser in the 33rd minute, courtesy of Sikiru Alimi’s fine strike.
Kangnivi Tchoutchoui netted the winning goal for the Togolese two minutes before the break.
also reports that the Hawks had defeated Nigeria 4-1 in the first leg of their 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final qualifying round fixture on Sept. 22 in Lome.
Both teams will clash for a third time in recent weeks on Oct. 19 in Nigeria, to decide who will feature in next year’s CHAN in Cameroon.
(Edited by Dianabasi Effiong and Olawale Alabi)
Nigeria’s home-based senior players arrived in Dakar on Thursday for the second edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations which begins in the Senegalese city of Thies on Saturday.
Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed in a statement on Thursday that the team of 21 players and six officials left Abuja for Abidjan.
“The team then connected the Senegalese capital from there,’’ he said.
Olajire added that the competition’s updated fixtures show that Nigeria will face the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in their first match at the Stade Lat Dior Thies on Sunday.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Nigeria were silver medallists at the inaugural edition held at Cape Coast in Ghana in 2017.
“It is an opportunity come quickly for the Eagles to avenge their 4-1 lashing by the Hawks in a 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match in Lome last Sunday,’’ the NFF spokesman said.
reports that victory over the Sparrows in the first elimination round will take the Eagles to the second phase, before the semi finals and the final on Oct. 13.
All 16 participating teams will partake in the first elimination round.
Host nation Senegal are up against Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso against Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire against Cape Verde and Guinea against Benin Republic.
Sierra Leone, drafted in to replace Morocco who made a late withdrawal, will be up against Liberia, while Mali take on Niger Republic and Gambia will tackle Ghana.
LIST OF PLAYERS
Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists); Galadima Mohammed (Nasarawa United); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC)
Defenders: Olisa Ndah (Remo Stars); Stephen Manyo (Enyimba FC); Udochukwu Anumudu (Lobi Stars); Okon Nya (Akwa United); Ebube Duru (Lobi Stars); Etboy Akpan (Akwa United); John Lazarus (Lobi Stars);
Midfielders: Sikiru Alimi (Lobi Stars); Fatai Gbadamosi (Shooting Stars); Williams Ukeme (Wikki Tourists); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United); Chisom Orji (Collin Edwin Academy); Olatunji Oluwadamilare (Enyimba FC); Samuel Matthias (Akwa United)
Forwards: Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Seth Mayi (Remo Stars); Tosin Omoyele (Plateau United); Mfon Udoh (Akwa United)
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
The Super Falcons won the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup on Saturday in Abidjan after defeating hosts Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Both sides went into a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the game played at the Stade Robert Champroux de Macory.
The Super Falcons had advanced into the final match following their triumph over 2018 winners Ghana via penalty kicks shoot-out on Thursday.
The Ivorians, who were last year’s finalists, had defeated Mali 2-1 in the competition’s second semi-final match to secure a back-to-back final spot.
The Ivorians dominated proceedings in the opening minutes of the encounter but failed to find the back of the net until the 42nd minute.
That was when Ange Koko Nguessan’s free-kick broke the deadlock.
Cote d’Ivoire held on to the lead in the second half with the hopes of lifting the regional title on home soil.
But Uchenna Kanu’s equaliser in the closing stages of the game put the hosts’ celebrations on hold.
The stalemate forced both teams into a penalty shoot-out where the Super Falcons converted all their kicks and a missed effort denied the hosts glory.
Aside her team’s success, Kanu ended the competition as the top scorer, after scoring 10 goals in five games for the Super Falcons.
Following the triumph in Abidjan, Nigeria will return to Abuja on Sunday as they shift focus to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, starting in France next month.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the eighth edition of the competition.
The competition is for the women’s national teams of the member-associations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and it will hold from June 7 to July 7 in France.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
The intention of Peter Okoye of Psquare to terminate contract with the Psquare brand dominated searches on Google Nigeria this week.
Google’s spokesman, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, made this known in a dispatch to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.
“Psquare’s Peter Okoye is reported to have indicated intentions to terminate his contract with the Psquare brand.
“The news was confirmed yesterday by his lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo, who said that the identical twin brothers had had several feuds in the past, and efforts are being made to reconcile them.
“Concerned fans searched Google for updates on the situation,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Peter and his twin brother, Paul, are hip-hop sensation with the popular stage name, Psquare, which dominated the Nigerian music industry for years.
According to Kola-Ogunlade, celebrity news dominated this week’s top trending search terms on Google Nigeria, as the news of the death of a Nollywood actor and producer, Friday Ugwu, also trended.
He noted that the actor, popularly known as Okaka De Don, was involved in a fatal road accident on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway last Friday.
Kola-Ogunlade said that the death, which was confirmed by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, made the deceased’s fans to log onto Google to confirm the sad report.
According to the manager, Google birthday surprise spinner also got people’s attention online.
“Google celebrated 19th birthday, and as part of the celebration, the company launched a Google Doodle inviting users to explore 19 of its most memorable doodles launched over the past 19 years.
“Google users in Nigeria raced to Google to give the doodle a spin,’’ he said.
He said that fans of American hip-hop artiste, Belcalis Almanzar, popularly referred to, by her stage name, Cardi B, also took to Google to watch the video of her record- breaking song, ‘Bodak Yellow.
The manager noted that the artiste had officially become the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 19 years.
He said that her hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ trended for months before finally climbing to the number one spot of the chat.
The Google manager also noted that American reality television star, Kylie Jenner, was rumoured to be pregnant for current boyfriend, Travis Scott.
“The couple sparked pregnancy rumours some weeks back when both shared insinuative messages on social media that got their fans suggesting that the reality star was pregnant.
“Kylie’s fans in Nigeria took to Google to search for more pictures of the couple,’’ he said.
Kola-Ogunlade said that Ghana’s 4-1 defeat to Nigeria on Sunday in the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup Final also dominated Google searches.
“Football fans raced to Google to search for more details about the match,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Google Trends launched in May, 2006, allows one to see how popular search terms and their demography have been overtime on Google.
(Edited by: Fela Fashoro/Ijeoma Popoola)