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Football: Can Nigeria trust Amaju Pinnick on Tammy Abraham as England called for World Cup warm up friendlies ?

Tammy AbrahamThe Three Lions may be getting him now only to tie him down and ward off the country of his ancestry, but the truth is that, however you look at it, the Nigerian Football Federation made it easier for them by lack of awareness and being naive.

The first time many Nigerians became aware of the Swansea striker was on the visit of NFF President Amaju Pinnick to England, and the Glass House quickly jumped in, eager to mark the territory as theirs. They instead managed to alert England: like a thief in the night, but without the care and silence required.

The striker was, after all, very prolific in the Championship, before returning to his part club, only to be loaned out again. He is obviously playing at a higher level now, but he has not looked world class or really exciting compared to the options England already have: the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge. They don’t need Tammy, but they can make sure no one else has him.

All of these calls into question the integrity of Pinnick at the helm of the NFF’s affairs. The NFF boss informed us that he had spoken with Tammy and his family, and had gotten an assurance that the lad would choose Nigeria. He promptly posted pictures and all, probably as proof.

All that fell apart around him though, almost as soon as the news came out. Tammy immediately declared himself confused, stating clearly that he had made no such commitment. Since then, there has been a back and forth over the matter, and Abraham has been made the villain for either going back on his word or being coerced into changing his mind.

Now, with England’s invitation and the player’s tweet reacting to the news, maybe we should be questioning Pinnick and not Tammy.

Since assuming office, the seasoned football administrator has made it his priority to attract foreign-born players for the Super Eagles. For a long time, that seemed like the only real positive of his tenure: there were no Nations Cup participations to celebrate, just the pride of beating England to young players.

Could it be that Pinnick got carried away and careless due to his previous successes in this area? Did he misunderstand?

These may be the only excuses for him to fall back on, bad as it sounds. The alternative is less pleasant: that the NFF boss flat out lied.

If we go by the first, the question now is: can we trust Pinnick going forward?

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If we take the second though, the question is even more pointed: should we trust a man who would lie in order to make a point and bolster his own image to lead our football?

The questions are piling up, and while many have decided that Abraham will regret his international choice, maybe we should be more worried about what’s happening closer to home. He has laid his bed, and we will also have to lie in ours.

-www.goal.com

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CHAN: Benin Republic 1:0 Nigeria

Image result for super eaglesThe Squirrels edged past the Super Eagles for a crucial three points in Sunday’s African Nations Championship qualifier

A Mama Seibou penalty saw Benin Republic to a vital 1-0 win over Nigeria in an African Nations Championship qualifier on Sunday.

The US Krake midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the 90th minute at Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou to hold a slim advantage over Salisu Yusuf’s men.

Seibou fired past captain Ekene Ezenwa after Afeez Aremu had brought down an opponent in an attempt to win the ball.

Despite being outplayed in the second half, the hosts held on in a huge result and they would be hoping to finish off the job in the return leg at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on August 19.

Winner of this fixture on aggregate will qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship billed for Kenya.

Ikeme Thanks FG, Nigerians for support

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Recuperating Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme has expressed appreciation and love shown to him by the federal government and Nigerians since he was diagnosed of acute leukemia last week.


Ikeme, who is recovery very fast from his health condition, has played an integral part for both club (Wolves) and national team, most especially last season.
“I am so happy to hear from Nigerians through the federal government and my spirit is lifted. I am responding to treatment and I can’t wait to leave here and be with my teammates.


“This call is worth more than money so I appreciate this show of love from Nigerians, my coach and the NFF President who also took time to come here to visit me. Thank you so much for your love and care,” Ikeme said.


Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, says there’s hope regardless of Wolves goalkeeper’s health condition after he’s diagnosed of acute leukaemia.
Representing the federal government, Dalung believed that Ikeme’s health case’s a phase that would pass out and he will be back on his feet.


He noted that the football confraternity and Nigerians in general shares his pain and will continue to pray for his quick recovery.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, sports loving Nigerians and football fans at home and abroad, I wish to convey our sympathy and solidarity over your current health challenges. Since the unfortunate development, we have received overwhelming out pour of emotions on your behalf from all parts of the country. We share in your pain. Though you’re thousands of miles away from home, we are with you in spirit and in prayers.


“You have been our source of pride and your performances as goalkeeper for the Super Eagles stands you out like a star. We are indebted to you and will stand by you to support, pray and encourage you in this trying period. We wish you a quick recovery and hope you leave the hospital soon.”

Fresh: Super Falcons carry placards to protest non-payment of allowances at NASS

Image result for Super FalconsThis is a fresh news emanating from Federal Capital Territory, Abuja that members of the female football national team, the Super Falcons, have stormed the National Assembly, protesting the non-payment of their allowances by the Nigerian Football Federation.

 The team won the 10th edition of the African Women championship just held in Cameroon.

It was the 8th time Nigeria won the competition.

But, the victorious team members have been held up in a hotel in Abuja, many days after they returned to the country with the trophy, owing to non-payment of their entitlements.

They protest daily on the streets of Abuja and have vowed never to leave the hotel until their allowances were paid.

Professional footballers beg NFF to pay Falcons

The ladies are hoping that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to visit the National Assembly today to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to lawmakers, will see them and show pity on their plight.

Some of their placards read, “We are your children, pity us”; “Let us respect women”; “female football deserves respect.”

Super Falcons double Wahala continue over AWCON

Image result for Super FalconsSuper Falcons of Nigeria who were crowned queens of Africa after beating Cameroon in the AWCON final have continued their protest at the nonpayment of their allowances and bonuses despite the assurances of the sports minister, Solomon Dalung. The girls have refused to leave their camp until they have been paid their dues.  

 On Thursday, Dalung held a meeting with the players, pleading that process to secure their entitlement was still on but his pleas yielded no success as the new African queens insisted they will only quit their Abuja hotel until they were paid. A Falcon star who spoke to Goal.com on condition of anonymity said: “We are not ready to leave the hotel. We have heard enough promises but all we want is for our entitlement to be paid.

“We’re not really happy with the way we’re treated. We are not even talking about getting reward yet.
“But a workman should be paid after his or her service but ours is not like that rather they speak to us in a manner like we don’t deserve to be paid.”
Another player insists their protest is not only about their unpaid bonuses, but the unfair treatment and poor attention to the women’s game in the country.
“We are not fighting for ourselves because of money, but for the future of women’s football in Nigeria.”

According to the NFF, the players are entitled to a $3,000 each for a win and $1,500 for a draw in the group stages, while victory in the semi-finals gives them another $4,000.

They will get another $5,000 each for defeating Cameroon in the continental showpiece’s final meaning each player will pocket $16, 500 each.

The Super Falcons are the latest victims of the NFF’s sloppiness when it comes to paying players. Earlier this year, the Women’s U17 and U20 teams were decamped with token N10,000 and N30,000 following their early exits from the Jordan 2016 Fifa u17 Women’s World Cup and Papua New Guinea 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup respectively.

Nigeria vs Algeria ticket goes for N500,N1000

895d6-mikelIt has been reported that Akwa Ibom State Government has announced that tickets for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo will go for the sums of N1,000 and N500 for covered seats and popular side respectively.

Speaking in Uyo on Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary in the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Nse Edem, stated: “Given the importance of the match and the high expectation of Nigerians, the match tickets are certainly worth more than what they are being offered.

“However, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has charged the Organizing Committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, to make the tickets affordable so that we can have a full house to cheer the Super Eagles on the day.”

Edem, who is also Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee for the game, assured that the Akwa Ibom State Government, working in harmony with the Nigeria Football Federation, will deliver a hitch-free game on Saturday.

 

Super Eagels Keeper, Ikeme is out of Algeria World Cup Qualifier clash

Image result for Carl IkemeIt has been reported that Nigeria’s first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is out of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria on 12 November in Uyo.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper sustained a hip injury in a Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and was taken off at half time.

Details about the injury and how long Ikeme would be out were sketchy, but it  has now been informed that the 30-year-old is definitely going to miss the key qualifier.

“Ikeme wrote to the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday to inform us that he will not recover in time for the Algeria game,” an NFF source told Completesportsnigeria.com on Wednesday morning.

The source added that Ikeme will be out for several weeks and will miss key games for Wolves as well.

In Ikeme’s absence,  Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rorh is left with only FC IfeanyiUbah’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal-based youngster Dele Alampasu, the two other keepers in the 24-man squad for the Algeria game.

However, Rorh could still call up a replacement, with South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi a possibility.

Akpeyi stood in for ill Ikeme impressively earlier this year when the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria.

Emmanuel Daniel, the Enugu Rangers keeper who had a brilliant Rio 2016 Olympics, is another option for Rohr.

-www.completesportsnigeria.com

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