In order to avoid the repeat of early elimination from the next edition of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has invited 36 players to the Home Based Eagles for early preparations.
The CHAN is for home based teams in Africa. In the first edition Nigeria was eliminated by Ghana in the second round. The final was played in Cote d’Ivoire and won by Congo DR.
According to the Assistant Chief Media Officer of NFF, Alhaji Abdubaki Ibrahim, the early call to camp is for early preparation pending when CAF will release the timetable for qualifiers for the 2011 championship.
He also said that five of the players that made up the list are from those that participated in the beach soccer held in Durban of South Africa.
The five of them are, Abdulah Isa of Akwa Utd, Okemmiri Ogbonna of Kwara Utd, Uga Okpara of Enyimba International, Isaka Olawale of Lobi Stars and Garba Baba Yahaya of Nassarawa Utd.
Two members of the Olympic team, Chibuzor Okonkwo of Bayelsa Utd and Ambrose Efe of Kaduna Utd were also invited.
Others are Bassey Akpan of Bayelsa Utd, John Gaady of Lobi Starts, Ndubuisi Okeke of Babanawa FC, Yinka Adedeji, Nnaemeka Anyanwu of Rangers FC, Promise Cletus of OUK FC, Marsha Johnson of Akwa Utd and Tony Abawula of Ocean Boys FC.
Also in the list are; Suleiman Ismaila of Lobi Stars, Ike ThankGod of Heartland FC, Victor Michael of Enyimba Int’l, Sunday Mba of Rangers Int’l, Chidozie Johnson of Enyimba Int’l, Itodo Cletus of Akwa Utd, David Tyakase of Lobi Stars, Gambo Mohammed, Kofarmata Bello and Uche Henry all of Kano Pillars FC, Gbenga Ajala of Nassarawa Utd, Uchebo Okey of Rangers Int’l, Chima Uloma of OUK FC, Sunday Emmanuel and Nasiru Usemi of Gombe Utd, Okoro Stanley of Heartland FC, Shehu Abdullahi of Niger Tornadoes, Sunday John Okoh of Zamfara Utd, Agboyi Ovokha of NFA FC, Segun Oluwaniyi of 3SC and Dele Iwuyemi of FC Abuja.
WAFU Zone B Qualifier: Rivers Govt Throws Weight Behind Angels FC
Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has placed a marching order to accord the necessary support needed to aid the Jewels of Rivers, Rivers Angels FC qualify from the West African Union(WAFU) B and ultimately win the CAF Women’s Champions League Cup.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye disclosed this, Monday, in a press statement signed by the state government’s press officer, Daniel Nwankwoala.
The commissioner commended the team for its victory over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the opening match of their group qualifier, played at the weekend.
He promised to give the necessary support needed, as ordered by the State Governor, to enable the team get the desired results, playing their CAF Women’s qualifier and win the cup as well.
“The Governor has placed an order to ensure that the team lacks nothing needed, to help boost their morale, help them perform optimally and aid victory, as they embarked on this maiden competition,” Iyaye said.
Earlier, head coach of the team, Edwin Okon, has expressed optimism that his team will perform even better, having prepared adequately for the competition.
“We will fight to the end, my girls will do even better job. I can assure you that, the(players) are in high spirit and determined to win.
“I am glad that we don’t have injuries worries, so, we are set and ready to do Nigeria proud,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt, Nigeria representatives started their campaign in the WAFU Zone B qualifier with a 2-0 win against their Ghana opponents, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday, to get closer to qualification for the semi-finals.
By: Nancy Briggs
Sports Minister Hails Anyanacho,Offiong
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Elizabeth Anyanacho as a future star.
Anyanacho lost 12-7 to Turkey’s Nur Tatar in the Round of 16 of the women’s 67kg taekwondo event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning.
Dare, who watched the bout, congratulated the 22-year-old despite the defeat.
“You’ve done well against a world champion. Keep your focus. The world will soon rise to salute you in the near future,” Dare told Anyanacho.
Tidesports source reports that he was also on hand to encourage Edem Offiong, who lost 4-1 in the second round of women’s table tennis to the USA’s Lily Zhang.
“You exhibited strength and talent. Nigeria thank you for making the country proud at the Olympics,” Dare told Offiong.
The pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori also lost their second Group B match in the men’s doubles badminton event against Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen, while Dorcas Adesokan was beaten 2-0 by Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in the opening Group B match of the women’s badminton singles.
We Won’t Give Up On Playing For Nigeria – Ogwumike Sisters
Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.
The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.
“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike said.
“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”
“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalised citizen, when I have full citizenship.
“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”
Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.
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