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Sanusi Charges Flying Eagles On Discipline, Dedication

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has challenged players of the U20 National Team, Flying Eagles to imbibe the virtues of discipline, dedication and commitment as they prepare for the upcoming WAFU U20 Tournament in Lome and the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.

Speaking while he visited the team at training in Abuja on Saturday morning, the NFF scribe also urged the players to be humble at all times in order to drink from the fountain of knowledge and wisdom of their coaches.

“Discipline and dedication are very important values in whatever we do in life. For those of us who came from the academia, we know that the certificate that you are given on graduation tells you that you have been found worthy in character and in learning. It is not only learning that gets you the certificate.

“Character is key in whatever we do, and character is developed through your discipline, dedication and commitment to the cause you have chosen. The founding father of modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, stated that the most important thing about the Olympics is not in winning, but in participating.”

Sanusi charged the players to heed the words and teaching of their coaches, and to eschew social vices as they seek an ethical route to fame and fortune.

“As a teacher, a licensed coach and an administrator, I care more about your character more than your output on the field. At the end of the day, the player with good character is always very different and lasts much longer than the one that lacks good character.

Dr. Sanusi (second left) with Flying Eagles’ Head Coach, Paul Aigbogun and other members of the technical crew at the team’s training session in Abuja on Saturday.

“Be humble, disciplined and dedicated, and you would be surprised how easy you overcome all the hurdles before you.”

The Flying Eagles, seven –time African champions are presently shaping up for the WAFU U20 Cup Tournament taking place in Lome, Togo 6th – 16th December – a preparatory competition for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations coming up in Niger Republic 2nd – 17th February 2019.

To qualify for the finals in Niger Republic, the wards of Aigbogun defeated Guinea Bissau in the first round of the qualification series before slaying Mauritania in the final round of the series.

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Super Eagles Insist On Three points Against Bafana

Three–time African champions Nigeria flew into Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday with a commitment to picking all three points in Saturday’s Group E top-of-the-table clash with South Africa at the FNB Stadium.

Stand–in Captain Ahmed Musa, who is the last Nigerian player to score against South Africa at senior level, when both teams finished a friendly match 1-1 in Nelspruit in March 2015, told thenff.com that the Super Eagles are not thinking of simply gaining a point from the encounter.

“Our determination is to win and pick our ticket to the AFCON ahead of the final matchday next year. South Africa came to Nigeria to beat us and we are here to return the compliment.

“We will not be playing for a draw. We won in Seychelles and against Libya in Tunisia and we are here to win as well.”

The chartered MAX Air plane that flew the Nigeria delegation, led by NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, landed at the Oliver R. Tambo International Airport around 3.30am South Africa time, with 23 players, team officials led by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, members of the NFF Executive Committee, some members of NFF Management and NFF Staff and a number of media representatives.

The delegation was met on arrival by President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, who travelled 24 hours earlier for a meeting with a prospective commercial partner, as well as top officials of the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria and the Nigeria Consulate in Johannesburg.

Ahmed Musa and team –mates will have a feel of the turf of the FNB Stadium (nicknamed Soccercity) as from 3pm on Friday.

Musa admits that Saturday’s encounter would not be for the faint –hearted. Nigeria has not beaten South Africa at senior men level in the last four encounters between both nations, though it was in South Africa that Nigeria won her third and last Africa Cup of Nations title in February 2013.

 

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A 2015 AFCON qualifier in Cape Town in September 2014 ended scoreless, before the Bafana Bafana held their ground for a 2-2 draw in Uyo two months later to deny the Super Eagles a place at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

Both teams tied 1-1 in a friendly in Nelspruit in March 2015 before the Bafana shocked the Eagles in Uyo 2-0 on Matchday 1 of the current qualifying series.

“They are a strong team and we will not under –rate them. But we are here for the three points,” Musa emphasized.

Ejidike Charges Super Eagles To Pick AFCON Ticket in South Africa

Nigeria’s Pillar Of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu- Ejidike,JP, has charged the national football team, the Super Eagles to go for victory on Saturday’s all-important AFCON qualifying game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.

Super Eagles during the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Croatia v Nigeria on the 16th June 2018 at Kaliningrad Stadium,Russia

In a release made available to the press by the Office of the Nigeria Pillar of Sports, the International businessman and sports philanthropist stated that only a win against the South Africans would be good enough to restore Nigeria’s envied superiority over their opponent.

“I understand that a draw could be enough to qualify our boys for the championship proper next year,” Ejidike sounded.

” However, I want implore our boys to go for total victory on Saturday. It is painful that we lost to South Africa on home soil in the first leg. Let our boys reassert our superiority over them with a resounding victory,” he added.

Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike, J.P

Ejidike, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Karate Federation went on to praise the NFF for ensuring that the team is well prepared for the clash.

He further expressed his satisfaction on the recent achievements of the Super Eagles which describes as ‘incredible’. As he also commended the boys for their patriotism and commitment towards ensuring that Nigerian football regain its pride of place amongst top football playing nations.

Flying Eagles to play Ghana, Benin in WAFU Tourney

Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, will sweat it out with their counterparts from Ghana, Niger Republic and Benin Republic in Group B of the WAFU U20 Cup Tournament holding in Lome, capital of Togo 6th – 16th December.

Organisers have put the competition together as a major preparatory program for the sub –region’s five teams that have qualified to participate at the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals holding in Tanzania, 2nd – 17th February 2019.

Seven –time champions Nigeria, alongside Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger Republic will take part in the 11–day tourney in Lome. The five countries will be joined in Tanzania by Burundi, Angola and the host nation.

The Flying Eagles come up against the Young Squirrels of Benin in their first match of the tournament on 7th December, before matches against Junior Mena of Niger Republic (9th December) and Ghana’s Black Satellites (12th December).

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles

The eight–nation tournament will see hosts Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal contending in Group A. Matches have been scheduled for the Stade Municipal and the Stade JCA, both in Lome.

Togo and Cote d’Ivoire will battle it out in the opening match on 6th December, hours before Senegal confront Burkina Faso. Both matches will come up at the Stade Municipal, which is also venue for the final match on 16th December.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons Set To Hit Ghana For AWCON Title Defence

Cup holders, Super Falcons of Nigeria will on Wednesday this week fly into the Ghanaian capital, Accra before making their way to Cape Coast ahead of the commencement of the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Falcons have now spent six days at the world–renowned football facility, Sol Beni Sports Centre (owned by ASEC Mimosas Football Club) in Abidjan, following a three–week preparatory program at the Jubilee Chalets and Resort in Epe, Lagos State.

Super Falcons

Eight–time champions Nigeria head Group B of the continental showpiece and will contend with the Banyana Banyana of South Africa, Chipolopolo Queens of Zambia and an Equatorial Guinea team restored into the tournament only few days following a CAF Appeal panel ruling.

Only Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have been successful at the 20 –year old continental fiesta, with the latter emerging winners on the only two previous occasions that Nigeria did not triumph.

Super Falcons

While the Guineans have won on the only two occasions they hosted the tournament (2008 and 2012), the Super Falcons have established Africa as their footstool, winning at home in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning in South Africa in 2000, 2004 and 2010, winning in Namibia in 2014 and winning in Cameroon in 2016.

Hosts Ghana, Algeria, Mali and Cameroon will battle things out in Group A in Accra.

Go Round FC To Unveil New Technical Adviser On Monday

A new Technical Adviser will be unveiled by Go Round FC on Monday, following the departure of Ngozi Elechi.

Ngozi Elechi has been with Go Round FC since 2008 when the club was in the Amatuer Division 2 League and took them up to the top division, NPFL.

Elechi took over from Ghanaian coach, James Garbrah, who joined the club from Diamond Connection International who handled the club for three seasons.

After one season in the top flight, Elechi has decided to move on and has left the club on mutual consent.

The new Technical Adviser will be unveiled to the media on Monday at the club office alongside the new goalkeeper coach, David Dosu who has already resumed for the season.

Wilfred Udube remains the chief coach of the club.

Prince Adeyeye Pledges Support For Ekiti State Youths League

The organisers of Ekiti State Youths League for Under 15 boys are in a state of euphoria as the championship received a strong pledge of support from one of the state’s foremost politicians, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye.

Receiving members of the Youths League Board and the Project Managers, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye who is contesting for the Ekiti South Senatorial district seat, lauded the organisers of the historic youths football championship for their vision which he likens to his personal desires to also help youths in the state develop their potentials.

“I want to commend you for this wonderful and lofty initiative. It gladdens my heart that something like this is coming up,” Adeyeye praised.

” It is painful that until now, Ekiti state has not been able to tap into the immense potentials of sports, and particularly, football. This is a big opportunity for us to do that.

” Therefore, let me state that I wholeheartedly love this project. And I am also assuring you of my total support,” he added.

Reacting to the warm reception and pledge of support from the lovable politician, Vice Chairman of Ekiti State Youth League, Soji Farotimi expressed his delight that history is about to be made in the state.

” On behalf of Ekiti FA and the brains behind this championship, I say thank you for your support. This would go a long way in helping us build a sustainable career for our teeming youths in football,” Farotimi said.

Meanwhile, draws for the Ekiti State Youth League is scheduled to hold on November 24th,2018 at Midas Hotel, Ado-Ekiti.