Keshi opens up on Ike Uche

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Super Eagles Manager, Ste­phen Keshi has opened up on one of the Nigeria’s most talked about players, Ikechukwu Uche, who plays for Villareal in the Spanish Laliga. Asked why Uche has not been invited to the national team recently, Keshi re­vealed that he was sup­posed to be part of the Nations Cup preparatory team currently in Cala­bar, but he wanted to be begged.

“He was supposed to be part of the team that is presently in camp, but he said we must beg him first to play for Nigeria because he was left out of some competitions but I can’t beg anyone to play for Nigeria, impossible. That’s why he is not here.”

Meanwhile, Efe Am­brose had promised to make Nigerians proud by ensuring that the Super Eagles emerge victorious.

Ambrose, in an inter­view with Daily Sun­sports, said: “I am here to help my country surmount whatever huddle the Con­golese may pose on Satur­day.

“Come Saturday, we will make Nigerians hap­py so that we will right so many things that are wrong. We know what is at stake and both individu­ally and collectively, we are going to ensure that we foil their plan and go on to win,” Ambrose declared.





FIFA could ban Nigeria Sept 8



World soccer ruling body, FIFA yester­day declared that Nigeria would be sus­pended indefinitely from all its activities if by Mon­day, 8 September, 2014 the Giwa-led board of the NFF remains in the Glass House.

FIFA’s decision came on the heels of an emergency committee meeting held in Zurich early this week, where the Nigerian football crisis was discussed.

FIFA in a letter emailed to NFF scribe, Musa Amadu stated that Nigeria will be suspended with immediate effect should there still be persons pretending to have been elected to NFF posi­tions on 26 August, 2014 and occupying their offices on Monday, 8 September, 2014 at 08.00 (Central Eu­ropean Time).

The decision followed events linked to the NFF general assembly held on 26 August 2014. While the said general assembly was duly convened by the NFF Executive Committee to adopt a new roadmap lead­ing to the NFF elections, some members proceeded to hold elections in the ab­sence of the NFF president, who was being held by se­curity forces for question­ing.

In a letter sent on 29 Au­gust 2014, FIFA confirmed that it would not recognise the results of the aforemen­tioned elections and that the matter would be brought to the respective FIFA bodies should there still be per­sons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on 1 September 2014. On ex­piry of the deadline, some people were still claiming to have been elected and were occupying the NFF premises.

Given the current cir­cumstances, the FIFA Emergency Committee decided to set a new dead­line of 8 September 2014 at 08.00 CET. Should the new deadline not be respected, the NFF will be automati­cally suspended.

The FIFA letter yester­day stated in part: “Until the board claiming to be elected vacates the premis­es of the NFF and the NFF General Secretary is able to perform his work with­out interference. The NFF Executive Committee as it was composed on 25 Au­gust 2014, meaning under the presidency of Aminu Maigari, should then con­vene as soon as possible a first extraordinary gen­eral assembly to elect the members of the electoral committee and a second extraordinary general as­sembly in the shortest time possible allowed by law to proceed with the elections of new NFF office-bear­ers.”

Given the current situ­ation, the Super Eagles campaign for the AFCON 2015 qualifying series seems in jeopardy, unless the FIFA directive is ad­hered to. The Super Eagles head to South Africa on Monday for the encounter against the Bafana Bafana in Johanesburg on Sep­tember 10.








… As Giwa vows to put Nigeria in trouble

September 4, 2014 .

In an outright disregard to the world soccer rul­ing body’s directive that the elective con­gress of the Nigeria Foot­ball Federation, (NFF) hold today, the leadership of the Nigeria football house has declared that nothing of such is on its calendar of activities.

Ademola Olajire, As­sistant Director, (Com­munications) in a release he signed on behalf of the NFF said nothing of such is on the agenda of the NFF.

According to the release, made available to Daily Sunsports, the federation stated that: “It has come to the notice of the Nigeria Football Federation that some persons are spread­ing information to the ef­fect that there is a congress of the NFF taking place on Thursday, 4th September, 2014. This is absolutely untrue.

“If there would be any NFF Congress of any na­ture, the notice for such would come from the NFF Secretariat. I am aware the NFF secretariat has not is­sued such notice.”

“This is to advise all the chairmen and secretaries of the state football asso­ciations and those of the NFF’s affiliate bodies to disregard the notice. We also urge the general public not to go anywhere near the venue of the gathering.”

Beyond the release by Olajire, the NFF factional leader Chris Giwa told the House Committee that he is looking into the NFF crisis that he won’t vacate office unless an Appeal Commit­tee quashes his August 26 mandate.

In Giwa’s word: “I have made it clear that there won’t be any fresh elec­tion because there is no Appeal Committee that has annuled my victory and order for a fresh election. The Appeal Committee is the only body that can up­turned the already conduct­ed eletion. If the Appeal Committee sits today and quash my election, I will humbly vacate office.”

The House Committee on Sports led by Hon. God­frey Gaiya has promised to make its position on the crisis known to the public today.



Congo match, a must win – Musa


CSKA Moscow striker, Ahmed Musa has as­sured Nigerians that the Super Eagles will run over the DR Congo side in the team’s first qualifying match in the race for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup billed for the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

Musa, in an interac­tive session with news­men at Transcorp Hotels in Calabar yesterday, said although the team had not played together since the last World Cup, but the team will beat Congo: “We already know our­selves and we know that we will win on Saturday.”

The Russian-based striker said his experience at the World Cup would remain indelible, “because it was my first time of be­ing at the World Cup,” insisting that Nigerians need not worry about Sat­urday’s match.

Meanwhile the Eagles appear prepared to play under the rain in Calabar where it has been raining virtually everyday.

Head Coach Stephen Keshi, his technical crew and even backroom staff were all out in the rain as the national team filed out with full compliments in Wednesday’s evening training. The last two players to arrive, Em­manuel Emenike of Fer­nabahce of Turkey and Inter Milan’s Joel Obi were in full flight and the atmosphere was to say the least enthralling. Though, Elkanemi goalie, David Obiaozor missed, officials say he can come and still be part of the team as he is a material for the future.

At the end of the rain-soaked training, Keshi again said he expects his wards to acquit them­selves very well against the Red Devils of Congo on Saturday. The team has changed its training sched­ule from 4pm local time to 5pm.



Wed 3 Sep 2014 - International Friendlies



Thursday 4th September 2014


International Friendlies  






Bos-Herce V Liechtenstein



Slovakia V Malta



Sweden V Estonia



Croatia V Cyprus



Belgium V Australia



Italy V Netherlands



France V Spain








Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to reach US Open semi-finals

US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York


Novak Djokovic saw off Britain's Andy Murray in a gripping late-night contest to reach the US Open semi-finals.

The world number one came through 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 32 minutes, and finished at 01:17 local time (06:17 BST).

Djokovic will play Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori in the last four on Friday.

Murray could take encouragement from his best performance since beating Djokovic to win Wimbledon last year, but the Serb proved relentless in their 21st meeting.

Defeat means that Murray has failed to get past the semi-finals of any tournament after undergoing back surgery in September 2013.




US Open: Williams, Nishikori & Makarova reach semi-finals

US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York


Five-time US Open champion Serena Williams roared into the semi-finals with a 6-3 6-2 win over Italian 11th seed Flavia Pennetta.

Japan's Kei Nishikori defeated third seed Stan Wawrinka in a five-set thriller to make a Grand Slam last four for the first time.

The 10th seed came through his second successive four-hour match to win 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (5-7) 6-4.

"I don't know how I finished the match," said Nishikori.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova also made it into her first ever Grand Slam semi-final - beating two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-2 in New York.


Charles Oleka.





















Source BBC Sports.

Posted on September, 4 2014

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