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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

 The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

Football always presents surprises. One of the biggest surprises that happened in the 21st century was the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament when a team of rookies became champions.

In organizing the event, CAF entrusted South Africa to hold the 2013 AFCON in its country. 

This time, Nigeria, gave a big surprise because they came out as the champion after defeating the Burkina Faso, 1-0 in the final match.

Nigeria's journey to win the African throne was not easy as they had to go through the qualifying round. Nigeria was included in a Group that had Burkina Faso, Zambia and Ethiopia. 

However, coming as the underdog team’s predicate, the Nigeria national team played carefreely and seemed relaxed when facing their opponents. This was proven through the opening match against Burkina Faso. It ended 1-1.

In the second match, Nigeria again impressed the eyes of football lovers. Troops of the “land of oil” were able to withstand a 1-1 draw against Zambia which was strengthened by famous names such as Christopher Katongo, Rainsford Kalaba and Kennedy Mweene.

After two glorious matches, Nigeria managed to beat Ethiopia in the final group match. 

Five points were enough to make Vincent Enyeama and friends advanced to the quarter-finals as group runners-up under Burkina Faso who also packed five points.

In the quarterfinals, Nigeria faced Cote d'Ivoire, the favourites of the competition. Elephants, reinforced by famous names like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Cheikh Tiote, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Didier Zokora were tipped to win. Goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba was enough to get rid of Cote d'Ivoire 2-1.

This suddenly became the first surprise made by Nigeria at the tournament. Their win over Cote d'Ivoire, made the public surprised. This further made Nigeria was no longer underestimated in the competition.

In the semi-finals, Nigeria then faced Mali, another dark horse team with a high goal record. The Malians, were strengthened by Seydou Keita.

In the semi-finals, both teams played relaxed. Nigeria prevailed 4-1. 

Nigeria again met Burkina Faso in the final.

But the truth is: the game was flowing and interesting. Both teams reciprocated attacks. Although at the beginning of the match the Stallions dominated and bombarded the Super Eagles defense with attacks, Nigeria appeared powerful and was able to block any threat given by the host.

Midfielder Sunday Mba popped up with a beautiful goal to put Nigeria in the lead, the strength of Nigeria was proven. The 1-0 score lasted until the referee blew a long whistle.

Suddenly Nigeria players and coaches ran to the middle of the field as joy, and sorrow became one in the stadium. Young Playmaker, Sunday Mba couldn't hide his joy after becoming the saviour for Nigeria. 

The third trophy for Nigeria shocked everyone’s predictions. Armed with less popular players such as Ahmed Musa, Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo and Ejike Uzoenyi, Nigeria was surprising Africa and even the world.

Nigeria indeed managed to make new history. They achieved it by applying high pressure football tactics; piling up players in defense, making the opponents frustrated and giving quick counterattacks. This tactic was quite successful when they faced Cote d'ivoire and the Burkina Faso which implemented an attacking strategy.

And all this, of course, thanks to the magic hand of Stephen Keshi, the coach who was a fearless figure. 

This history created by Nigeria seemed to give us a message that big names give no guarantee. After all, every success in football cannot be achieved as easily as turning a hand. It takes a struggle and the right strategy so that all the abilities of the players can be optimized and let God do the rest.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Crisis Looms as Players Question Coach Yema Over SWAN Selected Team List

 Crisis Looms as Players Question Coach Yema Over SWAN Selected Team List

Reactions have trailed the list of SWAN Selected team which was released by coach Yema Daniel on Monday. The list is replete with regular faces. 

Like every team list, coach Yema's list met criticism because of questionable inclusion of some players in the squad, some of whom are either not fit or have not kicked a ball in many months

Olayinka Owolewa who has a perfect record with the team was placed on the standby list while bulky striker, Kingsley Oyero made the squad ahead of Owolewa and Enitan Obadina. Remarkably, Owolewa scored on his debut for the team. 

Owelewa could not hide his frustration as he called his coach out. The obviously annoyed Owolewa said: "Dear Coach Yema Star Coach⁩, I made a cameo appearance for the SWAN Selected side in Kaduna some months ago and scored on my debut. Releasing this list, you placed a very fit me on standby, can you please explain to the house the difference between you and Gernot Rohr who left out an inform Onuachu and called a very clubless Ahmed Musa. Please explain to the house."

Ibitoye Shittu, Owolewa's colleague at Kwara SWAN, described the list as a "padi padi list" and equated coach Yema's decision with the contentious decision made by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to keep Genk striker, Onuachu on the standby list even after scoring 27 goals in all competitions for his club

"Putting Owolewa on standby is like Rohr putting Onuachu on standby. Owolewa is the best striker in Kwara SWAN. This list na yeye padi padi list made under mango trees". 

Ibitoye Shittu's comment did not sit well with Tobi Adepoju who quickly suggested that the striker is not popular and he went as far as calling Kwara SWAN members "broke people". 

"How many Kwara people dey cover Super Eagles games? They are broke people." 

Pacy striker, Enitan Obadina could not hide his displeasure that a bulky Kingsley Oyero was selected ahead of him and he suggested that coach Yema's palms were greased. The pacy striker asked: "Koyero ke, did he bribe you @⁨Yema Star Coach⁩ ?"

On his part, Edward Johnny demanded the immediate sack of the coach, despite his success with the team. He posted: "Sack @⁨Yema Star Coach⁩ now. He didn't include me in his squad."

Few minutes after his fellow forgotten players gave vent to their frustrations, Miyen Akiri suggested that the list was highly influenced by the "powers above"

The player who is popularly called 'Aja owa ni o' questioned coach Yema's decisions. Miyen asked: "Yema can you honestly come out and tell us how you selected this players and what was the yardstick?

See we will list names you left out from Miyen Akiri to Johnny Edward. we will bring you a list"

Coach Yema has yet to respond to these frontal questions from his players as at the time of writing this report

Written by Bethel Kalu

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Wisest Lion on a Rescue Mission

 The Wisest Lion on a Rescue Mission. 

Discovered by Coach Ezekiel Maji and scouted in Abuja alongside Star Coach Yema; Peter Oluka is on a rescue mission in Moldova to lift Codru Football Club out of relegation waters and keep them afloat the Divizia Nationala. 

Peter, a.k.a. Wiser has been winning the midfield battle for 36 Lion Football Club since he graduated from our Abuja U-16 under the guidance of Coach Eazy. 

Peter is not only a box to box fighter, he also holds the record for the most distance covered in games at the average of 11.6km per game. 

This young man was recently adjudged the best midfielder in the last Ogunjobi Gold Cup, the best midfielder vs Osun United preseason friendly, the best midfielder in Ibadan at the March 2nd to 5th Diamond Sport/Triple 44 tournament and now he has sign in Moldova with Codru Football Club. We are sure Lion Oluka will make us proud. 

Kudos to Mr. Metehan Karaman, our Eastern European FIFA Agent who brokered this deal. We close the 2020/2021 winter transfer window with this transfer and continue to move positively forward. 

We wish Peter Oluka all the best in Moldova. 

Come on Codru!!! 

UP 36!!!


Friday, March 12, 2021



Few hours after NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick emerged as Anglophone elected member of the FIFA council, friends, associates and well wishers have started sending congratulatory messages.

First on this list, is the Nigeria minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare. He was emphatic with his words as he saluted Amaju for making Nigeria proud before the committee of Nations. He also used the opportunity to once again appeal to him to use his influence and connections and his new office to help promote, project and propel Africa and Nigeria football

"This is an opportunity to use your new position  to make  Nigerian,  African  and World  football   great again and  make it better than you met it. This is the reward of hardwork  and unity  of purpose. We are better  off when we support  our  collective aspirations  for the development  of our great country. This is an honour  well deserved"

A strong member of the Amaju inner caucus, Bukola Olopade, a former commissioner of sports in Ogun state and one man who labored day and night to see this dream turn a reality, also joined in the celebration after Amaju defeated his opponent Malawi's Walter Nyamilandu by 43 to 8 votes on Friday in Morocco, 

Olopade described the victory as a victory for football and victory for Nigeria. He saluted the courage and doggedness of Amaju Melvin Pinnick and appealed to all Nigerians to rally round him in his new assignment of repostioning world football. 

Nigeria 'Pillar of Sports', Donatus Ejidike on his part said, Amaju has displayed the never say die Nigerian spirit. He described the NFF president as a resilient and hardworking man who is always at the top of his game. He used the opportunity to wish him the very best in his new assignment. 

LMC chairman Shehu Dikko who also doubles as second vice president of the NFF, was full of joy. Dikko witnessed the voting live and endured the gripping tension. At the end, he said this...

    " God has done it for all of us. We are grateful that he has given us cause to celebrate.  Let's join hands and make this our project. Amaju is a Nigerian project, we must unite in our support. I am indeed very happy today". 

NWFL chairperson Aisha Falode became a journalist in Morocco. She dropped her files to interview Amaju after the victory. To her, this is not a journey that started yesterday. Aisha has been a strong promoter of the 'Amaju Pinnick project' and today she went a step further to declare her undying support to the cause by becoming a journalist after many years of partial retirement. 

An elated Amaju Melvin Pinnick stood tall and walked majestically to the podium as Africa stood up to salute a deserving son. A great man who has labored so hard to lift his head above waters. He traveled over twenty countries in one month as he hoped to make a statement of fact. That statement, he made in grandstyle on Friday after emerging FIFA Council member with a 43-8 victory


Today he applied humility and calmness in his thank you message. He thanked president Mohammedu Buharri, the honorable sports minister Sunday Dare, his board members and all other key stakeholders for their support. He promised to use his new position to move world, Africa and Nigeria football to the next level.

Friday, February 5, 2021

ANFSC Unveils Yobo, Emenike As Brand Ambassadors

 ANFSC Unveils Yobo, Emenike As Brand Ambassadors 

The foremost supporters club in Nigeria, Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club  at its Surulere Lagos National secretariat on Thursday 4th of February unveiled Former Super Eagles Captain and current assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo and AFCON 2013 golden boot winner, Emmanuel Emenike as brand ambassadors in a quiet ceremony. 


Yobo who has earned over one hundred appearances for the Super Eagles was impressed by the what he termed "the achievements of ANFSC in such a short time" and he also commended the president of ANFSC, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi for his diligence and steadfastness as he said he has known "Bonfere" as he loves to call Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi for the best part of two decades. 

Former Fenerbahce of Turkey striker Emmanuel Emenike on his part stated that he supports causes that better the football and society at large which is one of the reasons he built a hospital and supports every foundations that takes care of the needy and downtrodden and he sees supporting Authentic Nigeria Football supporters as a brand worth supporting due to the credibility of the National president, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi whose rise from being a mascot to becoming the leader of the foremost supporters club in Nigeria as an inspiration for Nigerian youths to emulate. 

On his part, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi thanked the superstars for accepting to be ambassadors of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club and he promises not to take their support for granted, the president also used the opportunity to state that the ANSFC will be in a matter of weeks unveil their plans for the year and also make a very important announcement on the next step for ANFSC. 

Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters has amongst its patrons notable personalities such as Oba Enitan Ogunwusi the Ooni of Ife, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai the governor of Kaduna state, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion the Esama of Benin amongst others.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Okechukwu Gabriel seals four year deal with Japanese club

 *Okechukwu Gabriel seals four year deal with Japanese club*

Water FC of Abuja graduate Okechukwu Gabriel has completed a four year deal with Consadole Sapporo who are one of the campaignersin the J1 League in Japan.

The Super Eagles striker who featured in CAF Champions League alongside Babatunde Micheal for Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have sealed a lucrative deal with the Japanese outfit. 

Okechukwu Gabriel will now play in the Ja

panese League until 2025 haven completed a four years deal.

The 25 years old striker has been unveiled by his new club in Japan and he's expected to start training with the team haven completed his medical routine.

Gabriel Okechukwu was the saviour of the CHAN Super Eagles and Silver medalist at the  African Nations Champions 2018 in Morocco under the tutelage of Coach Salisu Yusuf where he scored a goal in the Quarter final against Angola and against Sudan in the Semi Final of the tournament.

Gabriel was invited to the Super Eagles by late Stephen Keshi.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Red Hot Nigerian Striker Scores 8th Goal Of The Season

 On loan Chelsea forward Ike Ugbo has netted a brace for Cercle Brugge against Charleroi in the Belgian League.

This is his 8th goal in 17 league games this season.

Ike Dominique Ugbo is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Belgian club Cercle Brugge, on loan from Chelsea

Ugbo was born in Lewisham, Greater London and is of Nigerian descent.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Brothers Who Have Played for The Super Eagles Of Nigeria

 This is a list of some Brothers that have played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Brothers who have played for 🇳🇬 Super Eagles. Your favourite?

1. Segun & Wole Odegbami

Segun is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was nicknamed Mathematical for his precise style of play. He was also famous for running down the touchline with the ball to prevent opponents from getting it. Odegbami is regarded as one of the greatest Nigerian and African players of all-time.
Segun’s younger brother, Wole Odegbami, is also a former national team player. He is currently a columnist in Nigeria.

2. Augustine & Emmanuel Okocha

Former Premier League star Jay Jay proved more popular than his older brother Emmanuel who played as a midfielder for Enugu Rangers and Super Eagles. Jay Jay proved himself as one of the greatest footballers Nigeria ever had in history after lifting African Cup Nation and Olympic Gold medal plus playing in three in World Cup.

3. John & Peter Utaka

John is a former Nigerian international who currently plays currently plays as a striker for Championnat National 2 side CS Sedan Ardennes in France. Peter is the younger brother plying his trade in Ventforet Kofu, Japan.

4. Nwankwo & Christopher Kanu

Another popular Nigerian football family is the Nwankwos. Kanu’s achievements in the beautiful game made the family famous but the retired footballer who played for the Super Eagles for 16 years from 1994 until 2010 winning Olympics gold in Atalanta 1996 alongside Jay Jay, Babayaro’s and Sunday Oliseh. His younger brother Christopher is also a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a defender for Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam and others also featured in Super Eagles.

5. Emmanuel & Celestine Babayaro

Celestine and Emmanuel are Nigerian football siblings. Emmanuel is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a goalkeeper and best known for being the older brother of former Chelsea and Newcastle United player Celestine Babayaro. Former Chelsea left-back Celestine is more popular and than his brother, Emmanuel was also part of Nigeria’s gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics, a side in which Celestine also appeared.

6. Kalu & Ikechukwu Uche

The Aba-born football duo made their family name prominent through the beautiful game. Kalu, who played for the Nigerian national team as an attacking midfielder spent most of his professional career in Spain, mainly with Almería, with which he amassed La Liga totals of 117 games and 27 goals. Kalu’s younger brother Ikechukwu is also a Nigerian footballer who plays for the Nigerian national team and Spanish club Gimnàstic de Tarragona as a striker. Just like his older brother, Ikechukwu spent most of his football career in Spain.

7. Sunday & Azubuike Oliseh

Oliseh is one of the prominent football family in Nigeria but the name was brought to limelight by Sunday who is the most popular of the Oliseh brothers. Ex-Fortuna Sittard coach Sunday who played as a defensive midfielder during his time in the national team and AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Azubuike his younger brother also played as a midfielder for Anderlecht, also, his younger brother Egutu Oliseh is a former AS Nancy and QPR midfielder both played for Nigerian

8. Efetobore & Samuel Sodje

Efetobore Peter “Efe” Sodje is a former professional footballer of Nigerian origin who played as a central defender for several English football league clubs. He also represented Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2002 World Cup.
Efe’s younger brother, Samuel Okeremute Sodje also played for the Super Eagles for four years from 2005 to 2009.

9. Kelechi & Chidiebere Nwakali

Kelechi is a Nigerian international who plays as a midfielder for FC Porto B, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, he took the nation by surprise when is individual display against Spanish Laliga giants Atletico Madrid didn’t go unnoticed, while is elder brother Chidiebere also futured in the same game and have received so many call ups to the National team fold.

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.

The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

 The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa Football always presents surprises. One of the bi...