Connect with us

SPORTS

Super Eagles Set For Tuesday’s Crucial Ukraine Tie

Published

on

Super Eagles pip Burundi 1 0 in Afcon Opener …Re-enacts Confidence in Fans
Share

The Super Eagles have arrived the city of Dnipro in Ukraine ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with the senior national team of Ukraine.

Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed on Sunday in a statement that 18 players participated in an early morning team walk earlier in the day.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total off 22 players were expected to assemble in Dnipro.

“Team Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has fixed 5.30 p.m on Sunday for the team’s first training session, when all 22 players would be fully assembled

“At Sunday morning’s team walk were goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye, defenders William Ekong, Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu.

“Others were midfielders Alex Iwobi, Joseph Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo and Anderson Esiti, and forwards Joshua Maja, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Emmanuel Dennis and Moses Simon,” Olajire said.

He added that Spain–based defender Chidozie Awaziem arrived the team’s hotel ahead of defenders Olaoluwa Aina and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi.

The federation spokesman said Kelechi Iheanacho was being expected at just after noon.

“The training session will hold at FC Dnipro’s training ground at Dnipropetrovsk, within the Pridniprovsk housing estate,” he said.

Tuesday’s clash will hold at the 31,000-capacity Dnipro Arena, home ground of top club FC Dnipro, and will kick off at 9.30 p.m. Ukraine time (7.30 p. m. Nigeria time).

NAN reports that it is the first assemblage of the three-times African champions since finishing third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt in July.

The game also serves as part of the Super Eagles’ preparations for November’s 2021 AFCON qualifying duels with the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho.(NAN)

SPORTS

NFF Seeks Increased Corporate Organisations  Funding of Nigerian Football

Published

on

Share

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has called on corporate organisations to increase support to the federation to help develop football in the country.

The NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau made the call when MTN Nigeria hosted the Super Eagles on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that Super Eagles finished as runner up to the host country, Ivory Coast at the just concluded 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d`Ivoire.

Gusau said without finance the team would not have achieved what it achieved in the tournament.

“All of us today would have loved to be celebrating here with the trophy but unfortunately God knows why.

“We thank God at least as we heard from the captain this is the beginning of the new dawn as far as Nigerian football is concerned.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank MTN for their support and I hope that other corporate organisations will come up to see how they can support us the most.

“Without finances we cannot achieve what we have been able to achieve, so we need more corporate organisations to support us to build on what we have so far built,” he said.

The Chairman MTN Board of Directors, Prof. Ernest Ndukwe, said that  MTN’s support for  the Eagles was  its own way of giving back to the society.

“This is because MTN is a sport loving organisation. Over the years, we have always wanted to support the Super Eagles in various ways. MTN is fully committed to continuing the Super Eagles.

“We are building a nation where sports have a great role to play as a unifying force. So if we support sports, we are actually promoting unity among Nigerians,” he said.

The MTN’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Karl Toriola on his part appreciated the emotional commitment of the players to succeed.

“What I liked about this team which we haven’t seen in other teams of other nations was the visible emotional commitment to succeed.

“Unfortunately we didn’t bring the cup home but that is always going to be difficult when you are playing against your host country.

“You guys have shown your complete commitment through your leadership, and we are extremely proud of you supporting the Nigerian football federation and the super eagles,” he said

Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, thanked everyone that supported the team all through their preparations and the tournament proper.

“To the NFF I thank you, MTN I thank you, Nigerians I thank you for all the support,”he said

The Assistant Captain of the Super Eagles, Troost Ekong who spoke on behalf of the team, said this was the beginning of a new era.

“Thank you NFF, thank you MTN, thank you Nigerians, thank you our fans. We have given everything we have and have made everyone proud.

“We will be better in the future. Because this is not the end but the beginning of something new and we are hoping for the best,”he said.

Mrs Ifueko Okauru, Board Member, MTN Nigeria and former Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), said MTN supported all gender, age brackets, abled and disabled persons in the society.

“MTN supports all genders and all of us able and disabled, young and old. Whatever is needed to support MTN is here to support.

“Sports development is more than just what corporate organisations do; it needs significant funding and it also needs passion to ensure that this is done and done excellently.

“I must say though we all love sports, the fans are a major part of sports development.

“The economic condition of the fans is very important to ensure that as a corporate organization, we drive sports development by encouraging fans development and developing businesses around sports to grow sports,” he said. (NAN)

Continue Reading

SPORTS

Côte d’Ivoire wins African Cup of Nations after Defeating Nigeria.

Published

on

Share

THE host, Elephants Of Ivory Coast beat Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 to win the Africa Cup of Nations 2023.

It’s was all Ivory Coast but they weren’t able to make their possession count and Nigeria strike with their first serious attempt in the 38th minute.

A corner is only half cleared to William Troost-Ekong who powers a header into the net.

The centre-back and captain Troost-Ekong has scored three goals at this year’s Afcon.

That’s one more than he managed during his whole 68 appearances in three seasons at Watford.

Ivory Coast got a deserved equaliser in the 62nd minute, as poor marking allows Franck Kessie to head his country back with a fine corner from Gradel.

Kessie was about eight yards out but he was totally unmarked.

The host took the lead in the 81st-Minute, the roof came off as Sebastien Haller sticks out a leg to turn Simon Adingra’s cross past Super Eagles keeper, Nwabali.

The Super Eagles have lost more Afcon finals than they have won.

Continue Reading

SPORTS

About 2 Billion People Watching 2023 AFCON—- CAF President

Published

on

Share

 The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Patrice Motsepe, on Friday in Abidjan said about two billion people globally are watching the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.

Motsepe disclosed this at a news conference, ahead of the AFCON final on Saturday.

He described the feat as an achievement that Africans should be proud of.

“We have had close to two billion people watching AFCON globally.

We should be proud as Africans and the next one will be even better.

“The success of Africa depends upon Africa working together, trading together, and in football, countries competing and playing together,” he said.

Reports says that the organisation of the tournament has so far been top notch, with six beautiful stadia across five cities hosting the continental showpiece.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns with hosts Cote d’Ivoire in a block burster final on Sunday at the 60, 000 capacity Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpé in the outskirts of Abidjan.

While the third-place match on Saturday between South Africa and DR Congo is slated for the iconic Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny also in Abidjan.(NAN)

Continue Reading

Read Our ePaper

Top Stories

Education3 hours ago

Benue Born Medical Doctor Breaks Uncommon Grounds in Literature

ShareBy David Torough, Abuja  A Benue born Medical Doctor and a writer, Dr Mark Ogbodo, has broken uncommon grounds in...

NEWS3 hours ago

Tinubu Approves Implementation Of Oronsaye Report, To Merge Agencies

SharePresident Bola Tinubu has ordered the full implementation of the Oronsaye report.⁣ ⁣Consequently, it announced the merging, subsuming, scraping and...

NEWS3 hours ago

How SOAR Initiative is Changing SGBV Narratives in Abuja Community

Share Pigba Kasa community in Apo District, Abuja, says the intervention of Sexual Offences Awareness and Victims Rehabilitation Initiative (SOAR...

JUDICIARY3 hours ago

UPDATED-Court to Rule on Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea, Preliminary Objection March 19

ShareA Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, fixed March 19 for ruling on the bail application filed by Nnamdi Kanu,...

NEWS4 hours ago

VP Shettima Flags off ‘Light Up Nigeria Project’ in South-East

ShareThe Federal Government on Monday flagged off “Light Up Nigeria Project’ in South-East aimed at providing electricity across the country....

NEWS4 hours ago

Popoola at 80: Ex-Military Administrator did a Lot to Reclaim LAUTECH – Makinde

Share Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has extolled Retired Maj. Gen. Oladayo Popoola for being instrumental to the negotiations...

Court Sentences Applicant to 6 Months in Prison for Stealing Cell Phone Court Sentences Applicant to 6 Months in Prison for Stealing Cell Phone
NEWS4 hours ago

Man, 49, Docked for Alleged N1.8m Fraud  

ShareA 49-year-old man, James Okon, was on Monday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly obtaining N1.8...

NEWS4 hours ago

Customs Hands over Senior Officer to Own Police for Alleged Extortion

ShareThe Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Mr Dalha Wada-Chedi has handed over the officer...

JAMB JAMB
NEWS4 hours ago

JAMB Closes 2024 UTME Registration, Says Mock Slips Ready for Printing

ShareThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says  registration for its 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)  ends  on Monday,...

NEWS4 hours ago

“We did not Seal NLC Secretariat” – Police

Share Police did not seal the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at Yaba, Lagos, on Monday as being...

Copyright © 2021 Daily Asset Limited | Powered by ObajeSoft Inc