The National Vice President (North) of the Super Eagles Supporter’s Club, Hon. Godwin Solomon Bamola, has joined the growing long list of Nigerian soccer fans calling for the immediate sack of Coach Gernot Rohr. This follows his technical and tactical deficiency that made the Eagles team wobble against the visiting Leon Stars of Sierra Leone in the back to back Nations Cup qualifiers held in Benin City and Freetown respectively.
Expressing his displeasure while fielding questions, from our reporter in Port Harcourt recently, Hon. Bamola maintained that Rohr was not the suitable and competent soccer tactician that can guide the Eagles team to win the Nations Cup in Cameroon even if Nigeria happened to qualify at the group stage.
According to Bamola, “Rohr has been given every necessary support, including financial assistance to raise a formidable team that can make Nigeria proud at the international level, yet, nothing much has been achieved to justify the huge amount of money invested in the team”.
“In fact, it is high time every Nigerian soccer fan should come out with strong voice to get the wrongs rightly done well, noting that what we are experiencing now is the worst that has happened to Nigerian Football that has multi-talented home-based players who are rearing to go”.
“Worst still was the inability of the Super Eagles team to beat the less fancied visiting Sierra Leone side at home, when we (Nigeria) are called the Giant of Africa”.
“I think it is high time the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, should wade in by ensuring that talented home-based players from our local league are selected with the proper guidance of an indigenous seasoned soccer coach, be employed to raise a team that can make the country proud instead of over reliance on foreign players and coaches who have not given us the desired results”.
“Jokes apart, Nigeria needs an indigenous coach, who knows our terrain very well, eat and drink Nigerian food and water and understand Nigerian football technicalities well, instead of going for somebody who has little or no knowledge of game, coming to impact a strange tactics that will not yield positive result at the end of the day”.
“Honestly, I don’t believe in Coach Gernot Rohr and NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick to return Nigerian national senior team back to winning ways again. They should be shown the exit door now that the ovation is loudest because I don’t know where the present crop of players recruited is taking us to, with their kind of less serious football approach”.
“Believe me, if a seasoned indigenous soccer coach is engaged today and charged to build a formidable home-based Eagles with enabling environment provided, no doubt, Nigerians would be rest assured to see a good team capable to give her a qualification ticket for Nations Cup without banking or permutation or praying for another country to draw or lose their game”.
The tall athletic-built Bamola, who has travelled far and wide with the game of round leather object nevertheless called on Nigerian Soccer fans to continueto keep faith in Eagles team and be cheering the boys to victory since we don’t have any other option than to identify with the team which is solely our own.
You may wish to know that the Eagles team, after the four rounds of matches played so far, has 8 points, close on the heels of the team are Squirrels of Benin Republic with 7 points, Leon Stars of Sierra Leone has 3 points at third position while Lesotho takes the rear with paltry two points.
Amstel Malta Ultra Unveils Brume As Ambassador
One of Nigeria’s biggest supporters of sports, Amstel Malta Ultra, at the weekend in Lagos, unveiled Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Ese Brume, as its brand ambassador.
The brand has also launched a new campaign tagged, ‘Choose your Way to Live.’
Structured as a fitness event, the campaign launch doubled as the unveiling of Brume, who is also a three-time African senior champion in the long jump, as well as the unveiling of the ‘Choose your way to live’ campaign commercial.
Introducing the campaign TV commercial, which played for the first time at the event, Portfolio Manager, Non-Alcoholic Brands, NB Plc, Elohor Olumide-Awe, said, “the campaign is about celebrating choice and finding a drink that works for you and your healthy lifestyle.
“For us at Amstel Malta Ultra, we aim to empower our consumers to be able to live a balanced and active lifestyle, without the need to compromise on the taste or quality of their favourite malt drink and we couldn’t have found a better ambassador that embodies these qualities and we are truly excited to go this journey with Ese Brume.”
The campaign TV commercial features the newly signed brand ambassador, Ese Brume and Amstel Malta Ultra’s long-time ambassador, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, highlighting the luxury of making choices and what it means to choose one’s way to live focusing on the brand as the perfect beverage for a wellness journey.
Speaking on being the new face of Amstel, Brume said, “I am super excited to join the family and kicking off with Choose Your Way To Live campaign, which truly resonates with me, as an athlete it is important that I find a healthy balance between staying fit and making choices that complement my lifestyle.”
Super Eagles’ Goalkeeping Department To Improve – Shorummu
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has promised that the blunders noticed in the current goalkeeping department will soon end, saying the coaches are working hard to steady the department.
Speaking on the error made by Francis Uzoho in the recent international friendly against Algeria, Shorunmu told newsmen that although the mistake is painful, it is not enough to write off the entire department.
He revealed that more strict measures would be employed to recreate that area of the national team.
“Nobody wants to be part of failure, so, I believe Uzoho was not happy it happened. On our part as the coaching crew, we are engaged in underground work at the moment. When it manifests, Nigerians will be proud of us. Things will happen gradually.”
He said the coaches have beamed their searchlight on the domestic league for quality goalkeepers, who will be invited for screening, adding, “the new NFF board will also help the coaching crew with positive guidelines to follow in revamping the team.”
Shorunmu also disclosed that the Super Eagles are ready for this month’s international friendly match against Portugal, assuring Nigerians that they will see a more improved performance from the team.
Ikpeme May Become NFF Secretary-General
There are strong indications that the Deputy Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, may be appointed as the new scribe of the football federation today.
The chairman of Zamfara Football Association, Ibrahim Gusau, emerged as the new NFF president last Friday in Benin City during the elective congress of the football body.
The Tidesports source learnt yesterday that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has already commenced the process of replacing the incumbent NFF Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, who is from the same geo-political zone with the new president (Gusau).
Apart from the issue of his geographical zone, Sanusi was said to have fallen foul of civil service etiquette through an alleged wrong move he made during the NFF election.
Sanusi was said to have displayed absolute disrespect for the Sports Ministry and the office of the Minister, Sunday Dare, in the build-up to the NFF election in Benin City.
According to a source, Sanusi allegedly wrote a letter in mid-September, this year, to report the Federal Government to FIFA for interfering in the NFF election.
“Sanusi sent a copy of his letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Sports Ministry. The NFF is still a parastatal under the Ministry and answerable to the Minister. The Ministry is the supreme body responsible for the administration of sports in Nigeria and it is fully empowered by the constitution.
“Sanusi and the NFF thought they could use FIFA to blackmail Nigeria.Disrespecting constituted authority is taking it too far by the Secretary-General. He (Sanusi) has created problems for the new NFF president by his behaviour and is likely to be ejected from the NFF secretariat because he is a civil servant, just like other secretaries in the various sporting federations,” the source stated.
Another source hinted yesterday that Ikpeme, who is from the South-South geopolitical zone of the country, might be announced as the new NFF Secretary-General today.
According to the source, the decision to arrive at the choice of Ikpeme as the new NFF scribe is hinged on his experience as the next in command to Sanusi in the Federation.
“Apart from being the most senior officer next to Sanusi in the NFF, the sports ministry recently appointed Olumide Bamiduro as secretary of the Interim Management Committee of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). Both Bamiduro and the IMC Chairman,Gbenga Elegbeleye, are from the Southwest geopolitical zone,” the source added.
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