Former Nigeria coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, said he has personally written to Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, to quietly seek greener pastures elsewhere and quit the national team.
Several football figures including Christian Chukwu, Shuaibu Amodu and Kashimawo Laloko, among others, have asked the African Nations Cup winning coach to resign from his position after Nigeria’s non-qualification for next-year’s AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
Onigbinde said he will not like to repeat himself on the issue as he has specifically asked him before to politely thank President Goodluck Jonathan for considering him worthy for recall and bow out honourably.
“On the very day the Presidency asked him to return to his job, I personally sent him a text message to politely thank Mr. President for the offer and bow out honourably and quietly, too.
“Keshi respectfully replied the text message thanking me and that was it as he went ahead with the two remaining 2015 AFCON qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa, I’m sure the rest is history.
“I volunteered the advice to Keshi because I understand that he won’t work with the Presidency but a different set of people as well as an entirely different environment.
“Now that others have picked up the calls I have the privilege to have said over two months ago I won’t like to engage in an exercise that will appear repetitious so that I won’t be accused of having interest in the whole matter.
“I’m not used to presssurising people to act in certain way, I have passed my view directly to him. I don’t need to pressurise him further on same thing,” Onigbinde told supersport.com.
He insisted that administration is the bane of the nation’s football development, while he condemned the football house for the half-hearted implementation of his suggestions on match analysis.
“The major problem of football in the land is administration, I have written several papers on the need for a virile technical department which is key to football development.
“In other lands it’s called technical and development department because without development then everybody could as well go to sleep.
“I suggested that some people be trained as match analysts, but the persons I saw on the list the NFF sent out made me to laugh.
“The major mistakes we keep repeating are to assume that ex-footballers are automatic administrators, it’s quite wrong.
“Jose Mourinho and Arrigo Sacchi weren’t star players but you can’t rival their administrative and technical finesse,” the ex-Super Eagles coach added.read more
Sports Kit manufacturers, Adidas, has provisionally agreed to extend its kit sponsorship deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) pending a contract renewal.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, explained that the NFF had planned to renew the contract, which expires at the end of December.
He then revealed that the leadership crisis that engulfed the NFF in recent months occasioned the delay in the renewal of the kit sponsorship contract.
“We requested for an extension, which has been granted and we will see how we can tidy up and get Adidas back because we have a prime commodity in the Super Falcons playing in the World Cup next year,” Pinnick said.
The Flying Eagles will compete at the African Youth Championships in Senegal and Pinnick added that Falcons would not be the only beneficiaries of the deal.
“We have 13 national teams not just the Super Falcons; the truth is, if we don’t sit down to do things properly, there is no way you are going to achieve any good result.
“If you jump into a problem, it lingers as a problem. So we are taking our time sitting down and looking at it to come out with something that you will see and say I am proud to be a Nigerian,” he explained.
The kit sponsorship deal between the NFF and Adidas was first struck in 2011.
The total value of the deal is worth about 10 million euros, a massive increase from the 200,000 euro deal of the contract, which expired in 2010.read more
The Super Eagles have dropped one place in the global ranking compared to their position in November, meaning they are now in 43rd spot.
On Thursday morning, the official website of Fifa published the ranking of National Teams for the year ended 2014.
In the continental ranking, Nigeria are the ninth best team in Africa behind the likes of Cape Verde Islands and Guinea.
The top five countries in the world are Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Holland in that order.
The next ranking will be published by the official website of Fifa, fifa.com on 8th January, 2015.
Top Ten African Teams
3) Ivory Coast
7) Cape Verde Islands
Dolphins striker Emem Eduok has poured cold water on reports that he is close to a move to Tunisia.
It had earlier been reported that the Super Eagles invitee arrived Tunisia on Wednesday to pen a two – year deal with Esperance.
But Emem Eduok, who is holidaying in Uyo, was amused reading in the local media that he has agreed – in – principle to join the Africa powerhouse.
“Why are they writing such things? I am in Uyo and they said I’m in Tunisia. I’m not joining Esperance,” Emem Eduok told SL10.ng.
“It is true one of their representatives contacted me but I’m not interested in joining the club.”
It has been suggested by the website that he could be heading to Scandinavia, specifically Norway, in January.read more
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, has tipped Cote d’ Ivoire captain, Yaya Toure, to win the 2014 African Footballer of the Year award ahead of Nigerian duo of Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama.
Musa and Enyeama will have to contend with Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and the current African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure.
“Musa has his own qualities, but in my opinion, Yaya Toure is the best African player, he is on course to win the title logically,” said Okocha.
Twenty-five players were initially shortlisted before it was trimmed down to five by CAF Technical & Development and the Media Committees.
CAF is expected to release the final shortlist of three for the 2014 African Footballer of the Year before the Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos on 8 January, in Lagos .
The African Footballer of the Year Award, presented to the best African footballer each year, has been conferred by CAF since 1992.
Meanwhile, Okocha also revealed that those countries that qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations merited their places but rued Super Eagles absence from the tournament that will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea .”Those that qualified for the finals have earned it. Concerning Nigeria , it is useless to lament.
” Nigeria was favored to be among the 16 qualifiers, but this is not the case. We must try to understand what went wrong and correct errors, so that they do not re-occur.” Okocha said.read more
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria and Rostov FC defender, Isaac Okoronkwo is set to wed his beautiful Russian girlfriend, Belle Cristina in Nigeria this month.
According to reports, the 36-year old footballer will tie the knot with Cristina on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Concord HOTEL IN Owerri, Imo State.
Isaac Okoronkwo, who made 26 appearances for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, started his senior career with Enyimba in 1994 and also played for Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Julius Berger before moving abroad.
Beyond Nigeria’s shores, he played for AL Rayyan, Sheriff Tiraspol, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolveshampton Wanderers and Alania Vladikavkaz and Rostov FC in his career.
Former Nigeria international Alloy Agu said Vincent Enyeama still has a considerable amount to offer the national team, despite his age.
Enyeama, who has been a part of the Super Eagles setup since 2002 and contributed to the successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, was also a part of the national squad which failed to qualify for AFCON 2015.
However, Agu has scoffed at suggestions that Lille goalkeeper Enyeama’s tenure in the Nigerian team is now over. The former international said that Enyeama was still the most trusted keeper in the country, adding that it would not make sense to drop him, even if a new coach is appointed.
“This is not peculiar to Nigeria . It’s the thing with goalkeepers. You don’t just switch goalkeepers. Look at Spain , for the last few years they used to have (Iker) Cassillas, Pepe Reina and (Victor) Valdes,” Agu told the Daily Independent.
“Now Valdes is out because he got injured and David De Gea has been good for his club. That’s the way it works. It’s natural. Even if a new coach comes in to the Super Eagles, don’t be surprised if he retains Enyeama, Ejide and Agbim, at least for the first few months. During my time it was the same,” added Agu.read more
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has revealed that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will play 10 international friendly matches next year in a bid to create the needed spark and restore the team to winning ways.
According to a recent question and answer session, the General Secretary of the federation, Barrister Musa Amadu, who didn’t give further details, made the revelation on prospective friendly matches in 2015: ‘Next year, there are going to be FIFA windows, at least about 10 of them.
We intend to fill those windows with quality friendly matches. The coaching crew will use the matches to look at players that will bring back the lost glory of Nigerian football.’
Nigeria will miss the 2015 Africa Cup of Nation in Equatorial Guinea after failing to scale through the qualifying stages.
Cote D’Ivoire has signalled its intentions to play the Super Eagles in a friendly as part of their preparations for the AFCON tournament.
Former Nigeria head coach Shaibu Amodu has called on Stephen Keshi back down on his demands for a new deal from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and step down as Super Eagles boss.
The Big Boss failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a draw at home with South Africa.
Amodu, who was recently appointed as Technical Director by the NFF, says Keshi should walk away with his reputation intact.
“Stephen Keshi alone will decide if he has a reputation or he does not have a reputation. If he has a reputation he will walk out of the job, if he does not have, he should stay like a beggar,” Amodu said.
“To keep Keshi is bad precedence because when Samson Siasia failed, we came on air to tell the whole country that he had failed [and] that he should go.
“President Goodluck Jonathan could not save him, so if we want to live on those standards, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. But you must know that this is my personal opinion.”read more
Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has dismissed stories that he is at war with Manu Garba, who oversees the country’s U-20 over the invitation of some players.
Siasia insisted that the players were available to both of them and the rumours was the handwork of mischief makers.
“Why would I fight over Iheanacho and other players with coach Manu when both of us can easily use them for the betterment of the nation? There is no basis for a clash of interest as the players in question cannot be active for both teams at the same time,” Siasia said.
“When Manu is using them for their games, it’s not possible for them to be available for me, besides my plans for these players is basically for the Olympics and as such they would have finished playing the U20 World Cup before our competition will heat up, so there is just no way we would be fighting over them.”
He added: “Besides the experience they will garner while playing at the U20 World Cup will come in handy when we will be needing their services, so it is to our benefit if they are active with the Flying Eagles.”read more
Ex international and former national team coach Augustine Eguavoen has charged current coach of the U-23 national team Samson Siasia to develop and have a plan B somewhere to make up for the invitation of foreign players.
Eguavoen noted that Siasia should learn from his own mistake where his team failed due to lack of over reliance on foreign based professionals.
Nigeria’s Dream team 5 failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic games football competition after losing to Morocco and Senegal in the 2011 CAF U-23 Championships.
The 21-man team eventually had 9 foreign based pros, among them Michael Babatunde, Raheem Lawal, Nosa Igiebor, Terna Suswan and co.
“We have to learn from our mistakes, I was the last coach of the U-23 and we didn’t qualify for the Olympic games in London, because the team’s spine was mainly foreign-based players.”
” We have talented players scattered around the world right now and the U-23 team is in good hands, Samson Siasia is a tested coach. ”
Meanwhile, FIFA has now approved the Olympic football competition as part of their programme, So no club has the right to hold any player back.” Eguavoen said.read more
Nigeria Golden Eaglets head coach Emmanuel Amuneke has disclosed that the screening exercise for over 600 footballers to select reinforcements for the 2015 Niger African U-17 Championship has been a necessary headache for him.
The two-time champions beat DR Congo 5-0 over two legs in the 2nd round of the qualifiers and trounced Gabon 6-2 on aggregate in the 3rd and final round of qualification to book their place along side 7 other nations.
The screening exercise which commenced yesterday December 15th has produced some impressive options to pick from according to the Coach. ” It’s a very hectic job but that’s the only way to reach as many talents around.
Eventually we identified some good players and was disappointed with most. Importantly though we must forge ahead,” Amuneke also expressed concerns of falling behind schedule for the competition which comes up February 16th in Niger.
He however hinted that the Coaching crew will persist with the exercise in a bid to find more legs for the team as reinforcement . ”
We should have started preparation as the tournament is from February 16 – March 1st, but we want to tarry a bit to see if we can find more legs to add substance to the team,” Amuneke said in an interview.read more