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Rohr Shuns  Serie A Goal Machine

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Nigeria Coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that it would be difficult for Salernitana big striker, Simy Nwankwo to find his way back into the national team any time soon.
Simy was the star striker at Crotone for about five years, scoring 20 goals in the Italian Serie A last season before signing for Serie A new boys Salernitana this summer.
However, he is yet to get off the mark at his new club, and his inability to rattle the net after three league games might have pressed the pause button on his aspirations with the national team.
The form of compatriots Iheanacho, Osimehn, and Moffi also haven’t helped him, as they have been in good form this season.
There is also the little matter of Awoniyi, who, despite his outstanding form for Union Berlin this season, has struggled to break into the national team.
Rohr recognisesSimy’s efforts, but he believes that the 29-year old still has a lot to prove before he gets a call-up.
“Simy is another player at the centre of our scouting, but in the Nigeria squad, we have many high profile strikers,” Rohr said.
“There is a great competition in the role of centre forward, and it will not be easy for him to carve out space,” he added.
The Onitsha-born hitman made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly game against Congo DRC in May 2018. He also made the squad for the 2018 World Cup.
However, he hasn’t kicked a ball for Nigeria after the 2-1 loss to Argentina at the 2018 World Cup.
“The guy made this worst by joining a team that lacks midfield players. How ball will get to him to score now I don’t know. If he had joined a championship club in England it would have been better this salernitana playing Atlanta again today could be a hard one again,” he concluded.

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Finidi George Begins  Tenure On A Winning Note

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Super Eagles legend Finidi George began his tenure as the coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba on a winning note.
The former Nigerian international was appointed as the coach of Nigeria’s most successful club, Enyimna FC last month, and he could not have hoped for a better start.
Finidi had revealed in his press conference that he was at the club to win, and that was what he did in his first match in charge.
The former Real Betis winger led his boys to a 1-0 win over ASC Diambars in the first leg of their second round qualifying match of the CAF Confederations Cup in Senegal.
It was not an easy victory, though, as Enyimba had their goalkeeper to thank for making vital saves to keep the away side in the game.
Substitute Cyril Olisema’s late penalty ensures the Peoples Elephants go into the second leg in Aba with a slight advantage.
It was Enyimba’s first game in the competition after they were drawn in the first qualifying round. Finidi will now hope his side can finish the job at home and seal a place in the playoff round.

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‘I Remain One Of Africa’s Best Strikers’

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Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes he ranks among the best strikers out of Africa.
Tidesports source reports that Aiyegbeni sits fifth on the list of all-time African goalscorers in the Premier League with 95 goals, just behind Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor’s 97 for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian featured for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers over a nine-year period, and believes his record stacks up favourably considering his club’s comparatively lower standings.
“I’ll still remain one of the top strikers from Africa, no matter if those guys score more than 100 goals,” he said. “Don’t forget they played for some of the biggest clubs in England.
“To score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton and Blackburn is big as well. If you can get 15 goals in a season as a striker in England, it’s a great season for you.
“For me, it’s an honour to score that many goals. I got injured and didn’t play for one year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. I had chances to do it, but the time was right for me to leave, so I went to China.”
As for current players, Manchester City’s Algeria international, Riyad Mahrez (67), sixth on the list, and Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (66), seventh, still have some way to go to trouble the top five.

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Whyte Ogbonda Satisfied With Team’s Performance

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Manager of Osun Babes Whyte Ogbonda has commended his players’ performance at the on going 2021 edition of the Flying Officers Cup Tour name ng and tasked them to be more determined when they face Royal Queens in their next encounter.
Ogbonda made the commendation during a telephone chat with Tidesports at the weekend.
The Ogbonda led side played a goalless draw against Bayelsa Queens on Fridau to book a place in the quarters finale of the major Women Football preseason Championship in Africa.
According to the former Ibom Angels manager, rhe game against Bayelsa Queens was a great test and it really helped them(Osun Babes FC), as they continue to build a team for the new season.
“Truly, our preparation was not ideal before now, but I told my players before the match that it is very important that we go past the first round and qualify for the next round.
‘It was very tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times we were pushed beyond limits.
‘We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament and with more hard work, I believe we will get better as a team.”
Osun Babes will play in the quarter-finals against Royal Queens Today at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja.

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