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Showing posts with label AFCON 2021. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AFCON 2021. Show all posts

Monday, November 23, 2020

BREAKING: CAF President Banned By FIFA

 Confederation of African football president Ahmad Ahmad was banned for five years by FIFA on Monday for financial misconduct.

The ban was announced during the Madagascan official’s campaign to be re-elected for four more years as the head of African soccer. His position also makes him a FIFA vice president.

The FIFA ethics committee found “Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.”

Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo.

The CAF election is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

We Take Our Coaches Portfolios Seriously- Iconica Chairman

 We Take Our Coaches Portfolios Seriously- Iconica Chairman.

Owner of fast rising sports academy in Nigeria, Iconica Fc Mr Ahmad Adiatu says he ensures his coaches are up to date with the necessary Credentials, skill, knowledge about the round leather game. 

Mr Ahmad further revealed that as FIFA rules are updated regularly so it is with his coaches as the coaching department is key to a successful team. 

"We take our coaches portfolio's seriously. Our coaches always like to upgrade their credentials and often work on ways to increase their knowledge. We support by sending them to coaching seminars or doing in-house training sessions for them.

 FIFA rules are updated regularly so do we with our coaches, depending on the availability and suitability of the course.  But it's something we practice as to meet the required standards and to accommodate the demands of the profession". 

Iconica Fc in the coming days will organise refresher course for her coaches at their base in Ibadan.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Ex Super Eagles Midfielder Kidnapped

 Christian Obodo, popularly called bundle of skills during his playing days with the Super Eagles has been bundled away by kidnappers on Sunday evening 

The former Super Eagles midfielder was kidnapped along the popular Refinery road near Warri in Delta State.

He was said to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday evening, the second in recent times, while in a friend’s car.

Obodo spent majority of his football career in Italy where he played for Perugia, Fiorentina,Torino and Leece.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police in Delta were still gathering information about the incident before coming up with a statement.

The ugly scenario of him being kidnapped happened about 8 years ago, in June, 2012 on a Saturday morning while on his way to church at Effurun, near Warri.

Fortunately, he was later rescued the following day within Delta state.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

AFCON Qualifier: Nothing is "Free in Freetown"

 AFCON Qualifier: Nothing is "Free in Freetown"

By Bassey Ibiatisuho

Nigerian football fans are yet to understand the 'Benin Drama' of November 13, 2020 when the Super Eagles of Nigeria threw away a comfortable lead of 4 goals and ended up escaping narrowly from losing the game to the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone if time had extended.

For the records, that was Sierra Leone's biggest comeback in their football history and it happened live at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Sweet-to-Bitter tale has left Nigerian fans pointing fingers at so many things as factors responsible for that embarrassing loss; team selection, tactical input, inexperienced technical crew, unserious training sessions with politicians, team distraction, stadium among others. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if these opinions are ignored, the lacklustre display by the Super Eagles team in Benin may just be the beginning of many more to come.

The captain, Ahmed Musa who had a night to forget has come out to apologize, promising better result in Freetown on Tuesday, November 17. The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, one of those who joined the Super Eagles training session said “Since I became the NFF president, this is the worst result I have ever seen. In the next few days, I wonder how I’m going to sleep. This isn’t because we won’t qualify for AFCON but it’s our last home game for the year.”

No doubt in football, you win, draw or lose and this is not the first time the Super Eagles of Nigeria has drawn a match or even lose, but drawing after leading by 4 goals is a very painful outcome. Nigeria still leads the group and will qualify for AFCON 2021 but that result in Benin will never be forgotten, the fans are unforgiving.

Musa called the outcome a "mistake" and this may not be far from what they assumed before kickoff that Sierra Leone is a small team, but the question should be how has the Super Eagles improved in the last couple of years in order not to be a match to the Leone Stars? After four years, Coach Gernot Rohr is still looking for a number one goalkeeper, the defence not solid enough, midfield is not stable and the attack still needs sharpening. After four years, its a trial and error for the Super Eagles in players and home venue for matches.

Benin is gone, Freetown is next and as usual the team through the captain has promised an outright victory against their host on Tuesday. Should Nigerians believe this? The game in Freetown is not going to come cheap, if it were, everything has now changed. The Leone Stars have more confident going into that game on home soil and the Super Eagles have a lot to prove to the fans back home.

From the NFF, to the Technical Crew and the players, the game in Freetown will be their most important game in a Covid-19 ravaged 2020. It will be important for Coach Rohr to technically analyze the team's performances from the two friendlies in October against Algeria and Tunisia and the qualifier against Sierra Leone to field his best legs in Freetown because a lot hangs around that game. 

If they think they can stroll into the West African country and get what they want for free, then there will be another shock. If it was not easy in Benin, then nothing is going to be free in Freetown.

Friday, November 13, 2020

"Bad Game Management By Rohr Caused Us The Game"- NFF Chieftain

NFF chieftain and former chairman of the technical Committee of the NFF, Chris Green had this to say on the draw between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in an AFCON 2021 qualifier earlier today. Barrister Chris Green wrote this on NSM (Nigerian Sports foremost whatsapp group). 

Here it is

 "Common sense will tell you that we lost our 4 goal lead as a result of bad game management. This has always been the bane of Rohr. It happened at the world cup and Afcon.

 Don't blame the players. I even think the players are more technically superior than our coach( pls no insult or malice intended). The field too didn't help the team. I thought we would have stuck with Asaba where the players have fair knowledge of the field than trying out on a virgin field. 

Weather too didn't help because all of our players were drawn from the temperate zone to play in the tropics. 

They gassed out too quickly. They became complacent after the 4th goal and capitulated. Once again, a big lesson to us. I hope we will learn. We need someone that can read the game and also provide statistics of our players atleast every 10mins. 

We have enough in the boys to win in Sierra Leone even without a coach. We didn't have leaders today. I still believe in our players and their abilities to turn the tide.

 I expect us to win convincingly in Sierra Leone." He concluded.

The Super Eagles had earlier broken the heart of Nigerian football fans Friday night as they blew away a four goal lead over Sierra Leone and merely scrapped to a 4-4 draw in their Match day 3 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Albanian Champions sack Nigerian coach

 Albanian Champions KF Tirana FC have sacked Manager Emmanuel Ndubuisi Egbo.

Egbo led the team to their 25th league title last season.

Details later

Thursday, November 12, 2020

ANFSC Throw Gates Open For Nigerians To Cheer The Super Eagles To Victory.

 ANFSC Throw Gates Open For Nigerians To Cheer The Super Eagles To Victory.

The President of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi has said that the supporters club has put finishing touches towards having a live viewing centre for fans of the Super Eagles to come and support the team as they take on the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in an AFCON 2021 qualifier on Friday 12th of November 2021.

Prince, Ogunjimi made this known while featuring on Silverbird Television's Sports cafe on Thursday 12th of  November.

According to Prince Ogunjimi,  "Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club has always being the 12th man for the Super Eagles and other national teams but the common enemy (Covid-19) has made that difficult this time but we still believe that the Super Eagles will soar over the Leone Stars"

Remember that the Super Eagles are scheduled to play behind closed doors due to Covid-19 regulations as stipulated by CAF, the NCDC and the PTF 

NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode on Monday said only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time.

“I am excited by the sense of dedication and commitment exhibited by the players. We have not played a competitive match in a long time, but they look very ready and good to go. We expect at least four points in these two matches.” Prince Abayomi said. 

In this light, the Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club has thrown open the gates of the  National Secretariat situated at 96, Ogunlana drive, Surulere Lagos for Nigerians to cheer the Super Eagles to victory with lots of entertainment, refreshments and other side attractions. 

All that is required for admission into our hall to watch the game is to come wearing your Nigerian jersey, face mask and a means of identification.

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