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The Nigerian Super Falconets defeated Korea 6-2 yesterday at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 to qualify for the finals which will take place on Sunday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Asisat Oshoala was the star of the event, scoring 4 impressive goals, while Courtney Dike and Uchechi Sunday helped to make the goals 6. They will be facing France or Germany in the final match.

Here’s to wishing them the best in the finals. Bring that cup back :)

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Who knew WizKid could play football like this o? If to say music no work for am earlier maybe we for see am with Super Eagles jersey dey play for world cup. Anyways, check out this video of WizKid, Shaydee, Banky W and Praiz playing football on the pitch and surprisingly they are pretty good…. Well from the 15 seconds we can see but we’ll assume they are.

See as Praiz dey juggle ball sef. Na to enter pitch with Messi remain.

Credits: Instagram

 

 

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We now know the players who will be representing Nigeria at the upcoming world cup as Head Coach of the super eagle, Stephen Keshi has put out his 30-man provisional world cup squad list.

The team will be captained by veteran goalie, Vincent Enyema. Returning to the squad after a hiatus/fallout with the NFF, is Osaze Odemingwe whose form in the EPL has been superb over the past months.

Interestingly Brown Ideye, Fegor Ogude, Chinedu Obasi and Ikechukwu Uche all did not make the list.

The list comprises four goalkeepers:

  • Vincent Enyeama,
  • Austin Ejide,
  • Chigozie Agbim and
  • Daniel Akpeyi.

The team’s defenders selected for the mundial are:

  • Elderson Echiejile,
  • Juwon Oshaniwa,
  • Efe Ambrose,
  • Godfrey Oboabona,
  • Azubuike Egwuekwe,
  • Kenneth Omeruo,
  • Joseph Yobo and
  • Kunle Odunlami.

Also in the team are:

  • John Mikel Obi,
  • Ogenyi Onazi,
  • Ramon Azeez,
  • Ejike Uzoenyi
  • Sunday Mba,
  • Gabriel Reuben,
  • Nosa Igiebor,
  • Joel Obi and
  • Michael Uchebo.

Others are:

  •  Ahmed Musa,
  • Shola Ameobi,
  • Victor Moses,
  • Emmanuel Emenike,
  • Victor Nsofor,
  • Osaze Odemwingie ,
  • Babatunde Michael,
  • Uche Nwafor and
  • Nnamdi Oduamadi

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In secret footage filmed by the Sun on Sunday, former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje claims he took a £70,000 payment for a sending off during a third-tier League One fixture in February this year.

Sodje, who was born in London but represented Nigeria at international level, played three times in the Premier League for Reading in the 2006/07 season.

The National Crime Agency said in a statement they had launched a new investigation as a result of the footage: “We can confirm that The Sun has supplied us with intelligence and an investigation is ongoing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0SI7WkbepOI

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Sterling Bank has announced a partnership with Arsenal Football Club to issue co-branded debit cards in Nigeria.

The three year partnership, the first financial agreement of its kind for Arsenal in Nigeria, underlines a significant and continued commitment by the Club to its millions of fans in the country. The card will offer a range of Club-related benefits and incentives to Sterling Bank’s customers and Arsenal fans in Nigeria such as official merchandise and tickets to see the team in action at Emirates Stadium in London. In addition, Arsenal Soccer School coaches will undertake a youth coaching clinic on behalf of Sterling Bank in Nigeria.

Vinai Venkatesham, Head of Global Partnerships at Arsenal Football Club said of the partnership: “We are delighted to be partnering with Sterling Bank who are a highly respected financial establishment, to offer Arsenal branded debit cards to our millions of fans in Nigeria. We look forward to building a strong and successful relationship in the years to come.”

Abubakar Suleiman, Chief Financial Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, affirmed that this partnership with Arsenal underscores the Bank’s positioning as the one-customer Bank: “We recognise our customer’s uniqueness and we develop tailor-made solutions that connect with their deepest passion and drive”.

 

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It’s a very sad day for Nigerian athletics as 21 year old Nigerian football player based in Romania slumped and died on the pitch while playing a friendly for his Romanian team, CS Delta Tulcea.

He had just gotten on the pitch 15 prior to the incident, and was pronounced dead after he was rushed to the hospital. Doctors say he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing.

May his soul Rest In Peace.

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The rumors were floating all through last night and we can now confirm that the former Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini is dead. He died at a hospital in Kwara state.

Yekini had long suffered from mental illness, and was known to roam around the streets of Ibaban barefoot and talking to himself.

Rashidi Yekini is a sports icon in Nigerian soccer and scored the first ever world cup goal for Nigeria, in the USA 94. He also earned African Footballer of the year in 1993. He totalled 37 goals in 58 games while playing for the Super Eagles.

It’s a sad end to such an eventful life. He is survived by 3 wives and 3 children. May his soul rest in peace.

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Former international Samson Siasia has been appointed the coach of Nigeria, chosen ahead of his former captain Stephen Keshi, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Friday.

The 43-year-old must still confirm the terms of his contract but will be allowed to choose his own support staff, an unprecedented move from the federation.

“The decision to choose Siasia is in the best interest of Nigerian football,” the NFF technical committee member Chris Green told reporters.

Siasia was coach of the Nigerian Olympic team, which won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games and the Under-20 side that finished runners-up to Argentina at the 2005 World Youth Championship.

He had been the favourite for the job after the Swede Lars Lagerback turned down an offer to continue after the World Cup finals.

But Siasia’s appointment was delayed because of political in-fighting in the Nigeria Football Federation, which led to a brief suspension from FIFA.

It was decided two weeks ago that both Siasia and Keshi, who captained the Nigerians at the 1994 World Cup finals, would be interviewed by the federation before a final decision was made.

Siasia will take up the post from December 1 but will travel with the team for a friendly in Iran on November 17. The squad for that game was chosen by caretaker coach Austin Eguavoen.

His first objective will be to qualify Nigeria for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.

Siasia, who as a player won the French championship with Nantes, has been working with Nigerian club Heartland.

His playing achievements also include winning the 1994 African Nations Cup with Nigeria and competing at the 1994 World Cup in the U.S.

Source: http://af.reuters.com

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The Falconets made history after beating Colombia 1-0 to reach the final of the Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Ebere Orji scored the only goal of the game in the second minute.

Nigeria is the first African team to reach the final of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup, bringing success to the soccer loving nation after the below par performance of the Super Eagles at the recently concluded World Cup in South Africa.

The Falconets will play Germany in Sunday’s final after the host nation ousted South Korea 5-1 in the other semi-final.

Congrats to the Super Falconets.

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Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has dropped his plan to suspend the national team.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement had not yet been made.

FIFA gave Nigeria until Monday evening to back off the suspension or face broader penalties.

A presidential spokesman announced last Wednesday that the team would be suspended for two years after Nigeria left the World Cup with just one point from three matches. Corruption allegations also have trailed the team.

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In what seems to be the most puzzling decision in recent Nigerian Sports history, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the national soccer team from international competition for the next two years following their poor performance in the World Cup, a senior adviser said on Wednesday.

“Mr President has directed that Nigeria will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to enable Nigeria to reorganize its football,” Ima Niboro, a special adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, told reporters.

“This directive became necessary following Nigeria’s poor performance in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.”

Nigeria left the World Cup competition with just one point, which it earned in a 2-2 draw with South Korea. Nigeria lost to Argentina 1-0 in its Group B opener and fell to Greece 2-1 in a game turned by the first-half expulsion of midfielder Sani Kaita.

The Super Eagles haven’t won a World Cup match since 1998. The Nigerians went out with two losses and a draw in 2002 and did not qualify for the 2006 World Cup

Source: 234Next.com & ESPN.com

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Nigeria's midfielder Sani Kaita hides his face after being handed a red card for kicking Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis
Nigeria's midfielder Sani Kaita hides his face after being handed a red card for kicking Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis

The Nigerian team has asked its government to provide security for midfielder Sani Kaita after his red card during a World Cup loss to Greece prompted more than 1,000 death threats.

Nigeria team spokesman Idah Peterside said Kaita has received the death threats via e-mail from Nigeria ever since he was sent off for kicking out at Greece’s Vassilis Torosidis in the 33rd minute of Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Bloemfontein.

“We just hope that the government will treat these threats as a serious matter,” Peterside told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Security has been increased around the Nigerian team’s base in Durban, but Peterside doesn’t believe the team is under any serious threat while in South Africa.

“We have enough security in South Africa and we are not worried about the player’s safety here,” he said.

Nigeria Sports Minister Ibrahim Bio is staying in the team’s hotel in South Africa and has been alerted to the threats, Peterside said.

“I’m confident that they are going to do something about it,” Peterside said. “The minister has told us that these things happen, that they are actions of some overzealous fans and we must not worry about it.”

South Africa police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said all teams at the World Cup were receiving adequate protection, and he hadn’t received any reports of threats against the Nigerian player.

Nigeria lost its first two matches at the World Cup and can only advance to the next stage if it beats South Korea convincingly and Argentina beats Greece in the last Group B matches. Both matches are Tuesday.

Peterside said the threats were a result of frustration by some fans in the soccer-mad West African nation.

Kaita, who belongs to Monaco but is on loan to Russian club Alania Vladikavkaz, could decide to go to Europe after the World Cup rather than return to Nigeria.

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Argentina in Rustenburg and was leading Greece 1-0 before Kaita was given a straight red card. The Greeks scored their first goals and rallied to capture their first win at a World Cup.

“A lot of people think we are already out of the World Cup, and they are just showing the frustration and pain of having so much hope in the Eagles,” Peterside said. “It’s just a country that’s passionate about football, and it’s showing in the reactions. But we are not taking these threats lightly at all.”

Peterside, a former Nigeria goalkeeper, said he wasn’t sure what protection could be offered to Kaita after the World Cup, but was confident the Nigerian government would handle it adequately. He said the threats hadn’t disrupted the players.

Kaita, “has apologized to his teammates, and they all have forgiven him,” Peterside said. “We are in good spirits ahead of the South Korea game.”

In the most prominent case of an international player being targeted after a World Cup, Colombia defender Andres Escobar was shot and killed in his home country days after his own-goal helped the United States defeat the Colombians 2-1 in 1994.

In a recent case of players being involved in violence in Africa, the Togo national team withdrew from the 2010 African Cup of Nations at Angola in January following an attack by gunmen on its team bus in which two officials died.

Is this what it has gotten to?

Source: ESPN.com

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Jaguda.com has arrived at the world cup. Enjoyment dey happen here in south Africa. If you’re not here get on a plane and start coming … time still dey before the Naija game. When I arrived at the airport those vuvuzelas were so loud and it was apparent that world cup had landed. The buzz is South Africa is crazy; SA citizens are about to witness a once in a lifetime event. Driving around Johannesburg there are signs that the World Cup is indeed in Africa. People are flying their flags of their individual countries on their cars and homes.

On a different note, I am thoroughly impressed with South Africa; it is an image of what our continent could be like if the government functioned the way it should. It looks like there is hope for Africa. This World Cup will do several things for this economy but the most apparent is it will stimulate the economy of several Southern African countries. A guy sitting next to me on the plane had rented a car and planned to travel throughout out South Africa; another was going to watch the USA play all its round robin games and in between would visit the safaris in Zimbabwe. In Johannesburg there are so many tourist in town that all the malls are jam-packed. People are spending money left and right. Hopefully they have a good experience so that they can keep coming back with more and more friends. This is all good for our continent. Southern Africa will be a better place because of this event. Businesses are springing up left and right. I went to cut my hair and all the buzz at the barber shop was about Nigeria’s first game in the world cup. My fellow patrons and friends are saying that Nigeria is in trouble against Argentina. Sadly, I believe that we are lucky if we get a draw. I watched the Nigeria versus North Korea game and we looked hopeless, lazy and selfish. I will not be surprised if we get beat 3-0. Sorry for the football rant but it is the world cup after all.

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Anyway you will be hearing from me throughout the cup. I will be reporting about the all the different areas of such a festive event. The “talent” level here is ridiculous. Luda was right the best women are from Africa … odikwa risky. I will report on the bars and hangouts to hit to watch the games and jolly. South Africa opens the cup tomorrow at 4PM South African time. Hopefully Bafana Bafana pulls through with a victory against Mexico. I am attending the Nigeria versus Argentina game. Pray for our boys to pull off a miracle. I will upload pictures as soon as the game is over. If you dey SA let me know. Also you can follow me on twitter @ “emekajr11” … Let the enjoyment continue.

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Football is a sport that has millions of fans worldwide and in some cases gathered an almost cult like following. You have various football clubs and championships being played at various times in a year. We have all sorts of football memorabilia being hawked at all points in town, some original and others not. Footballers are being paid stupendous amounts of money for playing and living large lifestyles. Football is lucrative business indeed!
However, football has an almost sacred place in Nigeria. Nigerian football fans are very, very devoted…and entertaining. Watch any football match in which Naija is playing and take a look at our fans! We always have a drummer and a lone trumpet playing ‘He’s a Miracle Working GOD’ and they are painted green and white! Yes, indeed we are interesting fans. The problem comes when we get…erm…fanatical. Here are a couple of scenarios.
There’s a small crowd at a football viewing centre/beer parlour and there’s a match between Naija and another country. Everyone stares intently at the screen as Osaze Odemwingie dribbles the ball. Then, a player charges and hits him and he goes down, apparently injured. He rolls on the ground, groaning in pain. Suddenly, one of the viewers in the beer parlour stands up abruptly and points at the screen.
‘The devil is a liar!! Get up! I say get up! In Jesus’ Name, rise up from the ground! The devil is a liar! Holy Ghost…’“ FIRE!!!” the rest of the crowd responds!
Another scenario. Another viewing centre. Nigeria plays another country and the score is 1-nil, in favour of the other team. The mood is somber all around: people are not happy. Suddenly, Nigeria equalizes! Oh, the shouts and shrieks of joy! Then on one table, a viewer grasps the hands of the persons to his left and right and says…
‘Oh Father, You Whom has started a good work in this match shall perfect and finish it, in Jesus’ Name! We shall win, in Jesus’ Name! ‘
‘AMEN!!” they answer.
“Oh Father, may we score another goal and walk away with the trophy, in Jesus’ Name”
“AMEN!!!”
Then we have those who have had ‘prophetic’ revelations about how Naija will win World Cups, CAF cups and such claiming that GOD Himself revealed in that respect. We have people saying “ Oh yes, the LORD spoke to me and said it shall be well with Nigeria. We shall walk away with the trophy!”
“But”, the interviewer responds, “Nigeria just got disqualified from the semi finals and the other country won and moved up to finals!”
“No problem! The LORD shall cause the referee to recall the results and Nigeria shall go ahead while the other country gets disqualified. The LORD has revealed it!!”, the ‘prophet’ says with all certainty!
I also heard of a fight that erupted between a football fan and an MJ fan when the football fan claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is more popular than the late MJ! Of course, slaps followed and fracas ensued! Please, is that not the height of foolishness? Some football fans actually do night vigil and prayer sessions for footie victories! Let’s not even go into burning of PHCN Offices because of power outage during a game (although…hmmm) and looting of provision stores for drinks after a victory to celebrate.
Is it just me or is something really wrong here? We can pray with sincerity to GOD…concerning football?!!? And even going as far as to claim that GOD spoke about it? I mean, GOD doesn’t have His hands full with war, famine and other issues…He just decided to make a detour and give a prophetic revelation about…Nigerian football? And we actually sit down and argue over footballer salaries and statistics? Has anyone ever received money from any of the footballers to make them argue so persuasively and vehemently?
If we would put as much energy into moving our country forward in other areas then maybe we wouldn’t find it necessary to get so ridiculous about football. Indeed, the only arena in which Nigerians are truly one nation is in football! We forget tribe and religion then and go ahead to cheer as one! Why can’t we put that energy and optimism into our relationships and our every day lives?
Please people, I’d like to suggest 2 things:
First, let’s try and forget our tribal and religious barriers and put our energy and optimism into making our lives, and therefore the country, better.
Secondly, STOP using GOD as a football boka and the name of Jesus as an incantation for positive football results!!

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Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas have been confirmed among the performers who will play at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert before the first match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa in June. Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas are to perform at the start of the soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, held on June 10, will open the international sports tournament the night before the first match (11.06.10) and will feature 12 artists, including a number of African musicians alongside mainstream pop acts. This year’s tournament is the first time the World Cup has ever been held in Africa.

Former South African soccer player Lucas Radebe, who is helping organize the concert, said: “I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa. “Music and sports are the lifeblood of African culture, so to combine those in this historic event will be a true celebration of Africa.”
Source: Afrogist

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Shuaibu Amodu was on Friday demoted to the position of coach of the Super Eagles home-based team, after a stormy meeting of the NFF board.
Luis van Gaal, Guus Hiddink, Bruno Metsu, Peter Taylor and Ratomir Djukovic are the five shortlisted candidates to replace Amodu and take the Super Eagles to the World Cup.

The Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the Sports Ministry will foot the bills for the employment of the new Technical Adviser.

The NFF’s Technical Committee have been directed to complete the process of screening the candidates by the end of February and turn in a shortlist of three.

Amodu, who qualified the Super Eagles for the World Cup, will now lead his assistants to raise and train a team of local players to qualify and compete at the 2011 African Nations Championships, a competition open only to players playing in the domestic leagues of their countries.

It was a meeting that was scheduled to be a single agendum meeting, to decide on Amodu’s position as Super Eagles coach.

But Amodu’s future as Nigeria coach took a back seat as members of the NFF Executive Committee first focused on impeachment proceedings against NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi.

Exco members, aggrieved at the way they were shabbily treated by the leadership in Angola, initiated impeachment proceedings.

The in-fighting lasted until late on Friday night. As at 9pm, the issue of national coach had not even come up for deliberation.

Eventually, the situation is said to have been resolved after certain concessions were made by the leadership, and the Amodu issue finally came up for discussion.

It was originally suggested that the coach be sent to Europe on a six-month refresher course, but that idea was jettisoned and he was put in charge of raising a team of local players.

source: kickoff.com