Nigerians Criticise Ighalo’s Return To S’Eagles
On Monday, the coach of Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr released a 24-man list for the two final games of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers but the inclusion of Odion Ighalo has generated a lot of talks with attacks on the nation’s football governing body,
Ighalo retired from the national team shortly after the 2019 African Cup of Nations and the rumours of him returning to the Super Eagles has been flying around for some weeks with many in disbelief of it happening until the event unfolded on Monday when the Eagles 24-man list was released. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick was the first person to hint about Ighalo returning before being confirmed by the head coach, Gernot Rohr.
This resulted into series of attacks on the NFF from football loving Nigerians who trooped to the official Facebook page of the Super Eagles to express their displeasure.
“This coach doesn’t know what he’s doing by begging Ighalo (back to the team).” Fortune Ayoku fumed.
Wasiu Alabi, a Facebook user wrote, “nine defenders, five midfielders and seven strikers. What’s the name of this Coach please? 5 years in the saddle, he has not done anything spectacular with the array of stars at his disposal.”
Owolabi Caleb queried the rationale behind the invitation, “What is Ighalo doing in this squad? Why is he back in the team? We have many young and talented Nigerians in the diaspora waiting for call up, Taiwo Awoniyi is doing very fine in Union Berlin, Oliseh in Crystal Palace hasn’t committed his national call up with either England or France, who is trying to convince him to play for Eagles?
Insurance, Doma, Sunshine Through To FA Cup Q’Finals
Bendel Insurance carried on their impressive run in the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Federation Cup, after advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition with a 1-0 win over Heartland at the Awka City Stadium, Tidesports source reports.
In-form striker, Ismael Sarki, scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute after lashing onto a lay-up from Stephen Adodo.
In Abuja, Doma United also booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over second-tier Edel FC. Bidemi Owoku and Daniel Barnabas saw off their opponents with just four minutes between their goals in the first half.
Meanwhile, 10-man Sunshine Stars secured a nervy 3-2 win over another NNL side, EFCC FC, in Benin.
After a cagey opening, the NPFL side broke the deadlock through Samson Olasupo in the 42nd minute while Jide Jimoh made it two in the 82nd minute with a stylish finish after beating his marker from outside the box.
EFCC, however, pulled one back a minute later, before Emmanuel Ogbuagu scored the third for Sunshine.
Sunshine ended the game with 10 men as Udom Ekerete saw red, while EFCC pulled one back in stoppage time.
Nigerian Pupil Set Guinness World Record On Skipping
Another 17- year-old pupil of Oyemekun Grammar School Akure, Ondo State, Philip Solomon, has been declared the Guinness World Record holder for most skips on one foot in 30 seconds.
On January 24, Solomon officially recorded 153 skips on one foot in 30 seconds to outdo former record holder Rasel Islam of Bangladesh whose record was 145.
His record was officially confirmed by the Guinness World Record on Tuesday, four months after his attempt.
“Solomon was inspired by the previous holder of this record title Rasel Islam after seeing a video of his record attempt. He has been training to achieve the record and was honoured to attend a skipping world championship,” Guinness World Record announced on its website.
Solomon has joined his Ijapo High school, Akure counterpart, Gbenga Ezekiel, who was in February declared the world record holder for most skips on one leg in one minute with 265 skips, to increase Nigeria’s rope skipping Guinness World Records to two.
The senior secondary school three students also said he was inspired by the feat of Gbenga Ezekiel earlier this year.
Heinken Fans Campaign Shakes Warri, Abuja, Others
Abuja and the oil-rich city of Warri were pumped up with excitement as the Heineken ‘Cheers to All Fans Campaign’ train made a big splash in the two cities.
With fans across the world already eager to know the finalists in this season’s Champions League, the brand gave passionate fans in Abuja and Warri something extra to look forward to.
In the end, it was a spectacular show, on and off the pitch for the fans and loyal Heineken consumers, who thronged the De Clouds Lounge in Warri and then the Papiees Meatro in the heart of Abuja.
In Warri, the attention was on the Milan derby, where Inter were looking to complete a double over their city rivals, while AC Milan were hoping to turn the tables after a 0-2 deficit from the first leg.
Most fans on the night in Warri were neutral; unanimously wishing the better side to pick the ticket and that better side turned out to be Inter who won the second leg again.
Laturo Martinez got the goal that saw Inter progressed on a 3-0 aggregate scoreline and ended their 13-year wait for a chance in the Champions League final.
As jubilant Inter fans partied into the night at San Siro, it was the same festive atmosphere in Warri as Heineken pumped up the excitement for the fans, who gushed over the unique viewing experience.
Cheers to all fans were evident as there was a high turnout of female football enthusiasts, who commended the brand for their deliberate inclusivity drive.
“I like football a bit but tonight, Heineken has made me even like the game the most. This unique experience is so fantastic and I really enjoyed myself with my friends,” a Warri resident, Sandra Achi said after the match.
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