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AFCON: Nigeria, Egypt Cracker Will Determine S’Eagles Capacity – Peterside

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A well-known football buff in the state, Warisenibo John Mark Dodd Peterside, believes that the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s first game against Pharaohs of Egypt would be used as a yard stick to determine the true cohesion, standing and readiness of the Nigeria team in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations Championship which commenced yesterday in Cameroon.
Peterside, who stated this while speaking in an interview via telephone recently, noted that he was not in doubt that the encounter between the two notable countries would be a cracker to watch, having known their pedigree in African football setting over the years.
“Honestly, the Eagles team will have their hands full in containing the seven-time African champions, the Pharaohs of Egypt who are known to be pace setters.
He nevertheless expressed confidence in the ability of Coach Austine Eguavoen to lead the Eagles team well except that short of time for proper blending of the players might pose to be his greatest challenge, hence will not be in a haste to call for his head if he fails to record an appreciable result from the championship in Cameroon.
“Interestingly, the 23 man Eagles squad he has assembled for the prosecution of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations Championship are okay but it is important that he must ensure that discipline was instilled into the team as well as coming out with an appreciable football tactics that will improve the team’s pattern of play even if they fail to win their game as a result of one ill-luck on the other.
“Infact, I stand to be corrected that the good noting of the Eagles team in Cameroon despite its short period of camping will depend on the kind of football tactics coach Eguaveon will adopt.
Asked on which of the teams in Group D could pose a serious threat to Eagles’ ambition of qualifying for the next stage of the championship, the outspoken Peterside who has widely travelled along with the game of football held the view that none of the four teams in Group D should be taken for granted as they are all potential winners, having come out qualified from the various groups in Africa.
“Though, Guinea Bissua appears to be an underdog side on paper but I can assure you from recent experience that there is no team in Africa that could be described as minnows and therefore it will be a big mistake for Supper Eagles team to underrate any of her opponents who are eager to make history for themselves in the championship.
It would be pertinent to note that Nigeria Super Eagles will be opening her account in the Nations Cup contest against Pharaohs of Egypt tomorrow.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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