Sunday, 29 September 2013

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS




What a week it was in the English Premier League. Not too many people could have predicted how it ended. There was no short supply of drama and shocks in some quarters.  The table is beginning to take shape especially the bottom three. For the top four, you will agree it will be rather too early to hazard a guess in that direction.
However, in Premier League, every game is very vital and defines how a club will fare at the end of the season.  This week in review, some games were won and some lost. We take a look at how some of the teams fared.

Manchester United:


You could choose your comparisons. This is either Manchester United’s worst start to a season since 1989 .
It is 44 days since David Moyes’s first game as Manchester United manager, a deceptively reassuring 4-1 win at Swansea, which was also the last time the club scored from open play in the Premier League. Moyes has never lived by excuses and made none after the 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion that was United’s third and worst of the season.
Will Manchester United pull out of the woods this season? Who are the players that will take responsibility to ensure that the boat stays afloat?  Only time will tell

Chelsea:



Jose Mourinho risked disciplinary charges yesterday when he branded Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen " a disgrace" and accused referee Mike Dean of making a "huge mistake" after the sending-off of Fernando Torres as Chelsea recovered to have the better of a 1-1 draw here.
Mourinho's team had come from a goal down to dominate the second half and equalise before Torres was controversially shown a second yellow card nine minutes from the end.
Is Mourinho already bringing heat to Premiership? How far will Chelsea go this season?

Liverpool:


Luis Suarez marked his return to Premier League action with two goals to help Liverpool to a 3-1 win at managerless Sunderland that lifted them to second in the table on Sunday.
The Uruguay striker, who returned from a 10-match ban for biting in the midweek League Cup loss at Manchester United, was making his first league appearance since being suspended for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April.

He scored Liverpool's second in the 36th minute after Daniel Sturridge had opened their account eight minutes earlier with a controversial goal that went in off his upper arm after he had risen to try to head in a corner.
Suarez had to wait until the 89th minute for his second goal and it was Sturridge again who set him up for a simple finish that sealed Liverpool's fourth league victory of the season.
The win put them on 13 points from six games, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference and two points behind leaders Arsenal.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

TOTTENHAM VS CHELSEA PREVIEW, POSSIBLE LINEUPS AND PREDICTION



Tottenham Hotspur will host Chelsea at White Hart Lane this weekend in their third home game of the season.
Spurs are level points with Arsenal at the top of the table only behind on goal difference. Where as Chelsea stand fourth behind Manchester City.

What a match we have in our hands! Matches involving these two sides attract a lot of media attention. The players  and their supporters are usually not left out in the rivalry. However, this weekend's match has a twist to it. Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho  will be meeting for the first time since the duo parted ways since their days in Inter Milan in 2010.

 The handshake definitely will be very cold when these two file out of the dugout. Cameramen will no doubt will fall over themselves in order to capture that handshake.

Team News

Tottenham

Danny Rose will make a comeback in the spurs substitution as he is completely recovered from injury where as Lenon is doubtful having failed to complete fitness test. Younes Kaboul is also doubtful due to ankle injury.

Chelsea


Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel will miss football at least for six months as he suffered from  anterior cruciate ligament injury this mid-week game against Swindon Town. Rameris also got injured in the game and in doubtful for clash against Spurs.

Possible Line ups and Formations

Tottenham Squad:




Lloris

Walker  Naughton Dawson  Vertonghen

Eriksen Paulinho  Sigurdsson, Lamela

Soldado, Defoe

Chelsea Squad:




Cech

Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Terry,

Lampard, Oscar,  Hazard, Mata,

Torres,


Mata will be a surprise inclusion in the team. However, if he fails to make it to the starting line up, Oscar will take his place with Mikel returning to play his role.

Big Match Stats

Spurs have only lost five out of fourteen clashes with the Blues.Tottenham has one of the best defensive starts so far having conceded only once this season.
No Chelsea striker has scored in the Premier League so far this season


Score Prediction

How do you think the game will end? Chelsea looks set to win this one.

Are you in agreement?

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OBAFEMI MARTINS: I WAS MAD AT MYSELF NOT THE COACH




Obafemi Martins has said he was angry at himself, and not the coach, after a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in which he was replaced.

His Side of the Story:

 “I just get angry at the fact that I didn’t do much in the game, so I get angry that they pull me out. But I’m not thinking of being angry with the manager, I just get angry to myself that I have not been doing my best in the game; so that’s it.” 

Seattle Sounders striker Martins told The News Tribune.He was substituted in the 76th minute.

Coach's Reaction:

Coach Sigi Schmid said he understands Martins position and said the Nigerian was emotional. “It’s an emotional game. Emotional players are emotional. That’s what you expect. Nobody is going to be happy when they come off the field,” Schmid said.

The clarification became necessary as some News agency reported that he was angry at his coach for removing him in the 76th minute of the game.


Do players have the right to protest their substitution in games?

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

MEET ALEX IWOBI - THE NEPHEW OF JAY JAY OKOCHA AND ARSENAL STARLET


When a promising young player is learning the game, the most valuable advice will often come from an experienced team-mate, a coach or someone who has been there and done it all. Not many, though, can boast a direct line to one of Nigeria’s most celebrated sons, Jay-Jay Okocha. Alex Iwobi is in a privileged position

Meet Alex Iwobi, the nephew of the two-time African Footballer of the Year.




 What more can we tell you about him?

Here are five facts that will tell you more about this promising lad …
1) Iwobi started out more as a winger but has moved into the centre of midfield recently - playing just behind the striker.
2) Iwobi has been with the club for almost ten years. The 17-year-old has been a Gunner since the tender age of eight.
3) The young starlet was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has represented England at youth team level in the past. So far he has played at under-16 and under-17 level.
4) Iwobi comes into the game in good form - despite not featuring with the Under-21’s until this season. He scored in the recent UEFA Youth League triumph against Marseille - in which Serge Gnabry bagged a brace.
5) Iwobi has an uncle who is ‘so good they named him twice’. That’s right, Nigeria and Bolton legend Jay Jay Okocha can call Iwobi his nephew. Iwobi, who is of Nigerian descent, has stated in the past that he has always been able to turn to his uncle for advice, and a kickabout:

Iwobi has always tried to learn from his famous uncle, whether that is talking on the phone or getting a more hands-on demonstration at family gatherings. And judging by his encouraging start to the new season, Iwobi is learning fast.

"When he was playing for Bolton I used to play with him in his back garden. I also used to go and watch him when he was at Bolton and a little bit when he was at Hull."

Did you watch him play for Arsenal in the capital One game recently?

How would you rate his performance?

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CAPITAL ONE: MANCHESTER UNITED WIN AND HOW LAGOS FANS REACTED

Manchester United Fans in Lagos React:
It was wild jubilation from Manchester United Supporters in most of the major viewing centres and across the streets of Lagos the moment the referee blew the last whistle in the Capital One match involving Manchester United and Liverpool. It was clearly a case of man and his ego.
Manchester United fans have had it rough since the beginning of this season, following some not too convincing performances against their opposition in as many matches as they have played.
Viewing centres in Nigeria have become very popular among football lovers because of the drama, passion and hot exchanges of words in matches involving their darling teams. In some cases the hot exchanges degenerate into a free for all fight.
That possibly explains the outburst of joy and throwing of fits in the air last night when Manchester edged out their arch rivals in the Capital One Cup.Glory, glory Man United filled the air.The win last night is a huge relief from the taunting these fans have endured in the recent past.
David Moyes on the Touchline:


 For David Moyes, it was a result to lift some of the foreboding that had begun to descend on his club. He has endured a challenging few days but the mood at Old Trafford should be vastly improved by Javier Hernández's winning goal, and the manager's response after the final whistle told its own story.
Moyes was out on the pitch, shaking every Manchester United player by the hand, then applauding the Stretford end with the kind of vigour that had not previously been seen since he took this job. His predecessor used to milk these moments by taking an impromptu bow. Moyes restricted himself to a triumphant little punch of the air. He looked as if a weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
The important thing was that he got the response he had demanded from his players after their 4-1 pummelling in the Manchester derby on Sunday. The story of this match was not, ultimately, about Luis Suárez's comeback but the way United replaced the vulnerabilities that had shocked and wounded Moyes with the collective determination of a team that seemed grateful to be back out on a football pitch, with the chance to shake their heads clear. Their effort was epitomised by Ryan Giggs, knocking on 40, chasing down the ball in the dying seconds when someone else might have been tempted to take a breather. "The whole club were hurt by the game on Sunday," Moyes said. This was their chance to get it out of their system – or, at least, begin the process.

The Moments:
Hernández struck a minute into the second half and though Suárez gave everything to get Liverpool back into the tie, the visitors did not do enough with the ball to make this a more challenging night for David de Gea in United's goal. 

There was one save from Victor Moses's header in the second half and De Gea had to be quick off his line after Suárez had eluded Jonny Evans for the first real chance of the night.
Yet for all of Liverpool's possession in promising areas, the twisting movement of Suárez and Daniel Sturridge, and a first half when the team in that mishmash of away colours had the definite edge, it was a poor return.

Brendan Rodgers was not exaggerating when he complained that their only fault, in an attacking sense, was not finding the killer pass. He was dismayed, justifiably, by the defending for Hernández's goal but that apart, his team matched United in every department and the new-look 3-4-1-2 system functioned coherently.
It is possible to play well and lose, and Liverpool managed both. Suárez, typically, was prominently involved, including one free-kick that struck the crossbar during a frenetic last 20 minutes. The Uruguayan, returning from a 10-match ban, seemed absolutely intent on being on his best behaviour and as Rodgers said, he ran himself into the ground.
Moyes had made eight changes from Sunday but this was not the assembly of reserves and youth-team players that United traditionally put out in this competition. To put it bluntly, he could not afford to take such risks. Nani, despite the occasional frustrations, demonstrated why so many supporters want him back in the team at the expense of Antonio Valencia or, in particular, Ashley Young. Shinji Kagawa also had some nice touches, despite playing out of position on the left, and flicked the crossbar with one 20-yard effort.
Hernández, deputising for the injured Robin van Persie, showed great opportunism for his goal and Wayne Rooney, perhaps the only player who emerged from the City debacle with any distinction, justified his selection as captain. Moyes seems determined to show Rooney he is still cherished at Old Trafford and once again, there was a positive response. Rooney, operating with a licence to roam, was United's most effective player for long spells.
The goal came just as Rodgers had arrived back in his dugout after half-time. Hernández deserves acclaim for his movement and unerring ability to turn these chances into the hard currency of goals but, from a Liverpool perspective, it was a galling one to concede.
José Enrique was the most culpable, losing his man far too easily. Steven Gerrard could not reach Rooney's corner and Lucas Leiva, the other Liverpool player in close proximity, was not marking anybody. Hernández spun away from Enrique, read the trajectory of the ball and turned his shot beyond Simon Mignolet, badly exposed in the opposition goal.
A striker of his ability should never have been allowed so much space inside the penalty area and Liverpool paid a heavy price for their generosity. Moyes's reaction said it all.
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Picture credit: Daily mail

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

CAPITAL ONE CUP:MANCHESTER UNITED VERSUS LIVERPOOL MATCH PREVIEW



Another cracker of a match awaits football lovers the world over as Manchester United battles Liverpool in a Capital One game billed for this evening. The pressure is more on David Moyes and his fumbling side than it is on Brendan Rogers and his team . 

The dust generated by the loss to their so called ‘Noisy Neighbour’ is yet to settle. Many sports analysts believe that a win over Liverpool is the only thing that will soothe some frayed nerves. Defeat is not an option on the plate. Manchester United have not been impressive this season, a situation worsened by that embarrassing loss to Manchester City.



How David Moyes would pull out the current woods remained to be seen. It is already been rumoured in many quarters that Moyes is going to field his strongest squad tonight despite the fact that they have played as much as four games in eleven days.

As for Liverpool, Brendan Rogers is happy to have Lius Saurez back after serving a ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Brendan has already hinted that he is likely to feature Suarez in tonight’s game. The return of Suarez is the major talking point of tonight game. It is expected that the Liverpool playmaker is going to have a hostile reception at the Old Trafford. The reception, however, will be insignificant should Liverpool take an early lead. The return of Suarez will definitely add to the attacking edge of Liverpool considering the fact that Sturridge has been firing from all cylinders this season.

Head or tail, we have a crunch game in our hands tonight.The way it stands, it is Liverpool's match to lose. 





Is tonight the day Moyes will warm his way into the hearts of doubting Manchester United fans? Would Moyes survive scathing comments from United fans if his team ate dust tonight?

What is your take?
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Nb: Predict and win. Predict tonight’s match and win N400 worth of airtime.  Hurry, prediction ends at the start of the game.

CHELSEA VERSUS SWINDON: HOW THE PLAYERS FARED


Chelsea had a chance to redeem their flagging image yesterday when they filed out to square up with Swindon in a Capital One game. There were high expectations especially on the part of some players who have not been given enough opportunity to showcase why they should be given permanent shirts in the squad.

Although, Chelsea fielded a relatively weakened side, however, some of the Chelsea players knew all eyes were on them to perform or rather shine in what could be described as a test game for them.
You will recall that Chelsea supporters have questioned the non inclusion of Mata in almost all the Chelsea matches this season. Even the Sports Analysts and the Media are not left out of the scrutiny, raising questions as to why a player who was voted Chelsea’s player of the year 2012-2013 suddenly became a benchwarmer.

Apparently responding to the numerous concerns, Mourinho had to open to what the issue is. Talking to reporters, Mourinho said he wanted his players to always track back to help the team win the ball from the opponents. An attitude Mourinho conceded Mata does not have. Mata was in fact singled out as the player responsible for Chelsea's home lost to Basle in their Champions  League opener.

Mourinho has in the past been praised for his man management by players that have worked for him. It is believed in some quarters that Mourinho is only trying to get Mata increase his work rate and also to up his fighting spirit. How did Mata fare? The moments is next...



Torres was on target
Marco, down and out
The Moments:

There were no slip ups, not that they can afford to as they fight for Mourinho’s attention and a place in the team against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
it was a composed performance, an exercise in self-control for the likes of Juan Mata after he was recalled to his favoured No10 role behind Torres.
They combined for Chelsea’s opening goal when Mata’s shot was parried by Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham and finished by Torres from close range.
Mata was decent, carrying out shuttle runs across Swindon’s defence in a manner that will have been met with Mourinho’s approval in the dug-out.




Injury Worries:

Chelsea is  likely to head to White Hart Lane without Marco van Ginkel (knee) and Ramires (hip) after they were both forced off with injuries.
Ramires, who scored a beauty in the first half, was forced off at half-time and is another doubt for the clash with their north London rivals.
Holland, deputising for Mourinho, said: ‘It’s too early to say, but it doesn’t look good for Marco.
‘We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan, but we have at least two casualties from this evening.’

Closing Remarks:

Regarding the performance of the team, Chelsea assistant first team coach Steve Holland has this to say.

‘There’s no such thing as a luxury player these days. Perhaps you can carry one in certain fixtures but when it comes to the business end of playing for major trophies against Bayern Munich or Barcelona, you need ten players who contribute when they are out of possession.
‘If you look at Juan’s performance he made Fernando’s chance early on and was involved in his goal, and then in injury time he conceded the final corner of the game. That’s the message to all our attacking players.’

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Additional info: Daily Mail




THE DAY JOSE MOURINHO GAVE OUT TV TO HIS PLAYER


The Special One is never short of drama and that is exactly what he is bringing to Barclays Premership.

 He re-enacted one shortly before Chelsea's Capital One match against  Swindon on Tuesday night. Chelsea happens to share the same sponsor as Swindon. The League One side handed Mourinho the TV set because of the sponsorship relationship the two sides have... but he seemingly wasn't too keen keep the TV.






Mourinho turned to his substitutes,Andre Schurrle and presented him with the flat screen television.

Meanwhile Chelsea beat Swindon 2-0 to qualify for the next of the Capital One competition. Torres and Ramires were both on target in what was a one sided affair with only a couple of flashes from the home side. 

Juan Mata also got the nod from Mourinho to impress him and show why he should play regularly.Whether he was able to impress the Chelsea handler would be seen in the day and weeks ahead.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

MANCHESTER UNITED FANS IN NIGERIA DEMAND BETTER PERFORMANCE AGAINST LIVERPOOL


Crisis in football does not have a permanent place. It appears to have moved to Old Trafford.

Following their shocking mauling at the Etihad over the weekend,Manchester United fans in Nigeria appear to be unison in their demand that only a win over Liverpool will assuage their feelings.




How did we get it wrong?


Speaking to some of the fans who were at the popular Ojota Newspaper stand discussing the club’s recent performance and the game ahead against Liverpool, SPORTING 22 could sense the rage in the fans and the embarrassment they feel.
A good number of them believe that David Moyes was poor in his selection and tactical approach to the game against Manchester City and subsequently heaped all the blame on him.


Moyes down but not out

The fans expect Moyes to come up with an exceptional game plan in order to overhaul Liverpool in Capital One match billed for Wednesday night.
The feeling is not different across the country. Most of the Sports programs monitored by our crew indicate that only a win over a big club (Liverpool happens to be the next in line) will endear fans to Moyes, albeit momentarily.

Do you believe in the ability of Moyes to bring back Manchester United to winning ways? Do you think Manchester United will beat Liverpool in the Capital One game tomorrow?

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

DERBY DEMOLITION: MANCHESTER UNITED HUMILIATED AT THE ETIHAD


No bookmaker would have seen it coming, the demolition that happened at the Etihad in what was a one sided affair. Manchester United and their former 'noisy neighbours', Manchester City took to the pitch to lock horns and to give fans some Sunday action. This is one match the players, David Moyes and the fans will not forget in a hurry.



Aguero scores the opening goal


one up
 As the match got under way, City charged and tore at Man U. It was nothing short of humiliation. David Moyes was stuck on his seat for the better part of second half and looked liked a man who suddenly came under attack from an opponent with superior fire power.


Yaya was on target


At 4-0 up, City’s ambition flagged. Like all good teams they knew the job was done and the  outcome no longer in doubt.

Nasir's perfect punch

They stopped tearing at United, stopped swarming over them in midfield, stopped bullying them back into their own half and settled. 
Even then, it took a wondrous free-kick from Wayne Rooney to put United on the score sheet.


It will interest you to know that this particularly derby was over seen by two new managers,Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes. At the last count, Manchester City have the upper hands in recent derby games winning five of those and Manchester United winning just one.

Moyes had a horrible nightmare
Are you a Manchester fan, what do think went wrong with the team?

We will like to hear from you.
 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

CHELSEA 2 FULHAM 0: MIKEL SCORES TO HELP SECURE A WIN IN A DERBY

MIKEL SCORES AFTER A LONG WAIT

Mikel Obi scored the winning goal for Chelsea in their 2-0 victory over Fulham in a London derby.

John Obi Mikel stretches to score his first goal for 258 matches


The midfielder was delighted with his goal

The Nigerian who has never scored for Chelsea found the back of the net to help lift the weight on Jose Mourinho’s back. Chelsea has come under intense scrutiny following their not too impressive runs in especially in the last two games in which they failed to secure a win.
For Mikel, the jinx has been broken and the fans would like to see him get into positions that would enable him score more often.

As it stands, Chelsea is back on top of the table after Liverpool failed to overhaul Southampton.

Is Chelsea back on the winning ways? Only time will tell.

What do you think about Mikel Obi’s goal?


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NO CRISIS AT CHELSEA,INSISTS MOURINHO


These are not the best days for Chelsea FC and their supporters. The recent lost to Everton in a Premier League game and a home loss to Base in their Champions League opener is beginning to weigh heavily on the squad.




Jose Mourinho



However, Mourinho says it is bound to take time for his methods to work following his return to Stamford Bridge, adding that he is unconcerned by his side's recent run of form.

"Scrutiny is normal," he said. "I have been in football for a long time so I have learned not to be surprised by scrutiny, for there to be opinions and critics. I am not surprised, I am not worried.

"For me it is not a crisis. It is two bad results. I have a job to do. I know where I want to go and the steps I have to take.

"When you want to build something different and players are adapted, comfortable with philosophy for years before, it's more difficult.

"I don't like the way Chelsea were playing the last couple of years, the club didn't like it. We have the players to change, we want to play a different style."

Mourinho's men will be eager to get back on track when they host Fulham on Saturday, but Chelsea have won just one of their last five Premier League meetings with their west London neighbours.


The team no doubt will be under tremendous pressure to get back to winning ways. While getting back is in order, suggestions by some Jose's critics that he is beginning to lose technical and tactical prowess are out of place and too early. Like Jose said, "the end will justify his game plan."

The squad is young and full of tremendous potentials. It will take a few more games for them to fully blend and move in the direction Jose is charting for them.

When that happens, the talk that there is crisis in the squad will disappear the way it started. 


What do you think?

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Friday, 20 September 2013

ARSENAL STARS LINE UP FOR THEIR TEAM PHOTO



Arsenal have released their official team photo for 2012-2013 season. Included in the squad is the club's latest acquisition Mesut Oezil. The squad looks set to compete well on all fronts this season and the spirit of the squad is really high.

You will recall that Arsene Wenger had endured enormous pressure from Arsenal fans, majority of whom seem not to be happy with the way Wenger manages the club. Chief of which is the lack of depth in the squad which had seen the squad running out of gas when it mattered most. The signing Mesut Oezil from Real Madrid is expected to bolster the attacking department and hence make the squad more competitive.

So far, Arsenal is back on their winning ways and pressure lifted from the shoulder of Arsene Wenger at least for now.

Looking at the squad, who do you think will be the most outstanding player this season?

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ARSENAL SQUAD 2012-13

BACK ROW (l-r): Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi, Emmanuel Frimpong, Ju Young Park, Chuba Akpom, Yaya Sanogo, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny, Emiliano Viviano, Nicklas Bendtner, Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal, Gedion Zelalem, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
MIDDLE ROW (l-r): Vic Akers (kit manager), Paul Akers (assistant kit manager), Darren Page (masseur), Tony Colbert (fitness coach), Neil Banfield (first-team coach), Boro Primorac (first-team coach), Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker, Abou Diaby, Steve Bould (assistant manager), Gerry Peyton (goalkeeping coach), Colin Lewin (head physiotherapist), Paul Johnson (equipment manager), Dr Gary O'Driscoll (club doctor), Kieran Hunt (masseur)
FRONT ROW(l-r): Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Oezil, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Arsene Wenger (manager), Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Santi Cazorla at London Colney

NIGERIA RELEASE SQUAD FOR ETHIOPIA


Nigeria have named a 23-man squad for the first leg of their final 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.


The first leg of the match comes up on 12 October. The super Eagles have been cautioned to take the match very seriously to avoid any shock.  Here is the list of players invited to prosecute the match. 



Vincent Enyeama






Super Eagles squad
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria).
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Francis Benjamin (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Uche Nwofor (SC Heerenveen, Netherlands).


What is your take on the list? We will love to hear from you.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

AHEAD OF THE MANCHESTER DERBY: AGUERO MEETS BOLT


Ahead of the Manchester derby, most players in the separate camps will be mentally preparing themselves for one of the biggest games of the season.

Not Sergio Aguero, though. The Argentine caught up with multiple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, to gain some valuable speed tips before Sunday's match at the Etihad stadium.

Usain Bolt puts Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero through his paces

                                                                                            Push it boy

I can strike too


                                            Not a bad try


Are we going to see a super fast Aguero come this weekend? Sunday will reveal how much speed tips Bolt was able to teach the Manchester City play maker. 

SUPER EAGLES TO STAY IN CALABAR FOR ETHIOPIA



News filtering in has it that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will prosecute the last
 leg of the World Cup Qualifiers against the Walia Antelopes of Ethiopia

A statement credited to an NFF official reads...


"As far as the federation is concerned at this moment, there is no reason to change the venue," the official said. "If the NFF decides to bring the team to Abuja and anything goes wrong, people will say it is because the venue has changed.
"In any case, it will be the height of ingratitude to the government and people of Cross River State who took the team in and hosted them at a time when nobody else wanted to."
The official went on to add that the only way the match would move from Calabar, is if the players specifically request it.
"If the coach and players come out and say they want to play in Abuja, then the NFF would have no choice, but for now, the game will be in Calabar." 


What do you think, is Calabar a fortress to the Eagles?

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