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‘Nigerian Players Can Win African Best’

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Joseph Yobo insists that the Super Eagles have players with the talent to be in contention for CAF’s African Player of the Year prize.

Nigerian players suffered another blackout as CAF released its nominees for this year’s awards.

Not even Osaze Odemwingie, who finished as the top African goal scorer in the English Premier League with his 15 goals last season, got into the list which saw QPR’s Adel Taraabt nominated.

“I believe we have the talent to be nominated for the award, but we didn’t qualify for the Nations Cup so that has affected us,” Yobo said.

And the Super Eagles captain may have a point. Ideye, like Odemwingie, scored 15 goals for Sochuax before moving to Dinamo Kyiv.

Emmanuel Emenike scored 14 goals for Karabukspor before his move to Fenerbahce and then to Russia.

Yobo says the Eagles will have to work to regain respect.

“We have to take it one game at a time now, whether it’s a friendly, or a competitive match.

“Our goal should be to start to get wins, get our confidence back and then we’ll see what happens.

“We have a coach who is a legend and very well respected, and I believe we can start to try to build the confidence of Nigerians back in us.”

CAF’s 10-man shortlist also has the likes of current holder Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Lille’s Moussa Sow, who hit 25 goals last season.

The shortlist will be reduced to five by November 20 and a final three by the time the ceremony is held in Accra on December 22.

The initial shortlist was drawn up by the technical, media and football committees of CAF, but the winner will be determined from the shortlist by the coaches and technical directors of affiliated national associations of CAF.

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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