‘We Are Here To Qualify For The World Cup’ – Nigeria U20 Coach Ahead Of Showdown Vs RSA

‘We Are Here To Qualify For The World Cup’ – Nigeria U20 Coach Ahead Of Showdown Vs RSA

‘We Are Here To Qualify For The World Cup’ – Nigeria U20 Coach Ahead Of Showdown Vs RSAThe Flying Eagles kicked off their AFCON campaign in Niger on a winning note following their 2-0 victory over Burundi in Niamey on Saturday and will meet eternal rivals, South Africa tomorrow for their second Group A game.

Nigeria will qualify for the knockout phase if they find a way of beating the Amajita starlets tomorrow, and the talents of Nazifi Yahaya and co. is expected to prove instrumental once again.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference this afternoon, the former Ubuntu Cape Town gaffer was upbeat of their chances of qualifying for the mundial.

“We are entering a second game that will be different from the first which we won.

“I can’t say that our team will play in the same style as against Burundi but we know one thing; we are here to qualify for the World Cup.”

Kick-off at the Stade General Seyni Kountché stadium is scheduled for 4:30 pm Nigerian time.

Victor Moses, Obi Mikel, Francis Uzoho Headline Nigerian Team Of The Week

Victor Moses, Obi Mikel, Francis Uzoho Headline

Nigerian Team Of The Week

Victor Moses, Obi Mikel, Francis Uzoho Headline Nigerian Team Of The WeekAllnigeriasoccer.com rounds up the best performers from the past week in its TOTW, thus..

Goalkeeper

Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta): The Deportivo La Coruna loanee was impressive between the sticks as the Larnaca based outfit beat Apollon 1-0 in a Cypriot First Division game.

Defenders

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham): The ex-Liverpool youth teamer took no prisoners as they secured a share of spoils with Millwall in a Championship clash. Fikayo Tomori (Derby County): Tomori started and went the distance for The Rams in their goalless draw with Preston at the Deepdale Stadium. Jamilu Collins (Paderborn): Collins was on from start to finish as Paderborn put six past Greuther Furth in the German Bundesliga 2 at the Benteler Arena. Ola Aina (Torino): The Chelsea loanee continued his impressive showings for the Maroons as they picked up another point versus in a Serie A game at the Stadio Paolo Mazza.

Midfielders

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham): Ajayi was deployed at the base of Rotherham’s midfield, with the Super Eagle helping to keep Millwall attackers in check in their Championship goalless draw at the Den.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City): Ndidi was one of his side’s top performers in the narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in their Premier League game at the KP Stadium.

Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough):

Obi dazzled for Boro as they came from behind to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns in an EFL Championship clash.

Attackers

Bright Osayi-Samuel (QPR): The winger came off the bench to pull one goal back for his team in their 2-1 league loss

to Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Victor Moses (Fenerbahce):

Moses opened his goal account for the Yellow Canaries in their 2-0 victory over Goztepe in a Turkish Super League game.

Simeon Nwankwo

(Crotone): Simy scored the equaliser for his team in a Serie B 1-1 draw with Livorno at the Stadio Ezio Scida.

Fastest Maiden Goal Scored By Moses : Chelsea Hail Nigerian Winger After Promising Start At Fenerbahce

Fastest Maiden Goal Scored By Moses :

Chelsea Hail Nigerian Winger After Promising Start At Fenerbahce.

Fastest Maiden Goal Scored By Moses : Chelsea Hail Nigerian Winger After Promising Start At Fenerbahce In their weekly review of loanees, Chelsea have praised former Nigeria international Victor Moses following a fine start to his career in Turkey with Super Lig side Fenerbahce. Moses scored 36 minutes into his league debut for Liverpool back in the 2013-14 season but he has surpassed that record by finding the net for the Yellow Canaries after only 33 minutes of game time in the two matches against Yeni Malatyaspor and G.ztepe.

Indeed, Chelsea noted that it’s undoubtedly been a promising start for their former number fifteen.

‘‘Moses opened his account for Fenerbahce in what was his second substitute in the space of five days for the Turkish side, both of which ended in victories to help them out of the relegation zone,’’ Chelsea wrote.

‘‘After playing 25 minutes against Yeni Malatyaspor on Monday, he was afforded the same time on Friday night at home to Goztepe and he finished with aplomb after embarking on a mazy run and exchanging passes with Jailson.’’

Moses would be hoping to make his full debut for Fenerbahce when they take on Kayserispor on Friday evening.

…Only miracle’ll guarantee Nigeria medals in athletics

Renowned athletics coach, Rotimi Obajimi has said only a miracle will see Nigeria surpass her 2014 medals haul in the athletics event of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Speaking with Daily Sun Sports in Lagos ahead of the Games which begin today, Obajimi admitted that he had not seen anything different from the preparations of Nigerian athletes before now.

“I may not be close to the present board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN but I can’t say for sure how the preparations have gone. There was nothing on any Nigerian athlete in the build up to the Games and that is worrisome. Perhaps, Nigeria wants to use the Commonwealth Games as a preparatory ground to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. As far as I am concerned this Commonwealth Games is not where our athletes would excel but at the next Africa Games.”

Asked if Nigeria would depend on Blessing Okagbare for medals, Obajimi posited that Nigeria should by now look beyond the Africa queen of tracks.

“As far as I am concerned, we should be looking to the next generation that will bring up athletes like Okagbare. It’s not the question of whether we can bank on Okagbare.

We should be looking at the next generation of athletes to help us win medals. We should also ask ourselves some questions like, who are the people that are behind Blessing. So, let’s leave Blessing alone, let us talk about the next set of athletes.”

“What are the performance standards that have been set and what are the goals and objectives in order to be able to get the athletes to perform. Those are the things that we should be talking about.”

In the men’s sprint category, Obajimi regretted that Nigeria no longer have athletes in the likes of Chidi Imoh, Innocent Egbunike and their likes.

Gold Coast 2018: Okagbare named Nigeria’s flag bearer for opening ceremony

Olympic silver medalist, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor has been named Team Nigeria’s flag bearer for today’s Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games double gold medalist, broke a 22-year-old African record in March with an impressive 22.04 seconds run at the Wes Kittley Invitational in Texas.

Her feat erased the 200m women African record held by Mary Onyali-Omagbemi since August 1996.

Okagbare, who is hitting peak form at the right moment, is the only track athlete to have won an individual medal from the Beijing 2008 Olympic games where she jumped to silver in the Women’s long jump.

She continued with her resurgence on the tracks as she posted a wind assisted 10.72 seconds run to win the women 100m race at the Texas Relay on Sunday April 1, 2018.

Okagbare who spent most of last season nursing an injury after going under the knife, became the undisputed Nigerian fastest woman having the 10.79seconds women 100m national record under her belt.

More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will compete for 275 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, which begin today.

There will be the same number of men and women’s medal events for the first time at a major multi-sport event.

The opening ceremony for the 21st Commonwealth Games takes place at the Carrara Stadium and the first gold medal will be contested in the women’s triathlon at 00:31 BST on Thursday.

The Games will be opened by Prince Charles, who follows his father Prince Philip who opened the Games in both Perth, in 1962, and Brisbane, in 1982.

The last time the Games were in Australia in Melbourne in 2006 it was his mother. The Queen who performed the opening.

SWAN re-validates Gov. Wike as sole patron

The National Executive Committee of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has re-validated Governor Nyesom  Wike of Rivers State as the sole patron of the association.

Also, the state Chapter of SWAN has conferred on Governor Wike the position of Grand Patron.

Performing the re-validation of the governor as sole patron of  SWAN, on Wednesday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the National President of SWAN, Honour Sirawoo, said that 19 of the 22 members of the National Executive Committee voted in favour of the exercise.

Sirawoo said that SWAN had to embark on the re-validation of patrons, because many of its patrons were no longer functional.

“As it is this moment, Governor Wike is the only authentic SWAN patron. What Governor Wike has done for sports development is fantastic.  This is a call for greater  service to the association.  We rely on our patrons to play our role in sports development”, he said.

Responding, Governor Wike stated that the honour was to  Rivers State.

He pledged to continue to work for sports development, noting that sports is a national unifier.

In the words of the governor,  “One thing that unites the country is sports. Anybody who believes in the unity of the country has no option, but to support sports”.

Wike said the way SWAN has been promoting sports is commendable, urging the association to remain focused in sports development to the advantage of the country.

The governor assured that the state government would never betray the confidence  of SWAN.

He commended the National Executive Committee of SWAN for their role in the award of Power of Sports by the International Sports Press Association slated for Brussels on May 8, 2018.

Former SWAN national  presidents, Saidu Abubakar, Olu Amadasun and Steve Alabi, in their separate remarks, said that Governor Wike merited the honour by the National Executive Committee of SWAN.

Earlier, Rivers State SWAN Chairman, Mr. Sopriala Bob-manuel, recounted the achievements of the governor which formed the premise upon the  association’s  decision to make him (Wike) their grand patron