SUPER EAGLES

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr is full of encomiums for the Nigeria Football Federation for the “professional and committed manner” it handled the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Not only were the three –time African champions unbeaten in what was styled ‘Group of Death’, the Eagles picked the ultimate prize in that group with a game to spare, becoming Africa’s first candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the process.

The man that led the team to achieving this feat believes the professional approach to the team’s preparations by the NFF for all the six qualifiers played a pivotal role in the team’s success.

 

“For sure, we must commend the NFF for the role they played right from that game in Ndola against Zambia to last Friday’s game in Constantine, Algeria.

 

“Apart from putting together excellent arrangements for our games at home, they ensured we travelled in comfort to all our away games and the fact that our away travels were always direct on chartered flights made sure we had very good recovery period between games. This also helped to manage the few days we usually have because of the congested and very small number of the FIFA international days,” Rohr said.

 

Nigeria won four games and drew two to finish top of the eminent pile with 14 points, six ahead of second –placed Zambia. In both drawn games away from home, they were pegged back by late penalties to the hosts in dying minutes, underlying the Super Eagles’ praiseworthy performance through out the campaign.

This, the Franco –German tactician believes, was down to paying attention to little details.

“From the time the draw was made for the group series of the qualifiers, we know that in a difficult group like the one we were in, the difference between success and failure could be down to little things that most people would take for granted, but I am happy

that the NFF were very professional, passionate and committed to the cause. Their great planning and arrangements made the players to focus on the football only, so we got the best out of them.

“Now we cannot rest on our oars because there is a bigger challenge ahead of us. We have to prepare better and focus even more as we get set for the World Cup next year,” Rohr concluded

 

Meanwhile Russia –based Bryan Idowu on Saturday night joined up with the rest of the squad after they arrived in Krasnodar, Russia. He told thenff.com: “It’s a big privilege for him to be part of this great squad. I will definitely give my best in order to remain a part of this team.

“It’s a big honor for me to be called into the Super Eagles. I will give this opportunity my very best shot so I can stay here for a long time. I believe this team will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the World Cup next year,” he added.

 

AKON IN LAGOS

Multi-Platinum international Artiste, Akon arrived Lagos yesterday to host the 2017 All Africa Music Awards scheduled for Sunday, 12th of November, 2017 at the Eko Hotels and Suites by 4PM. The artiste felt immediately at home in the host city as fans gathered to catch a glimpse of stardom while the executive producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada and some members of the international committee of AFRIMA welcomed him to Nigeria cheerfully.

Akon Arrives Lagos, Nigeria

Akon Arrives Lagos, Nigeria

The Senegalese born American superstar was announced as

announced as the host alongside Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster, Sophy Aiida by the international Committee of AFRIMA and the African Union Commission on Monday, 30th October 2017.

Akon is a 360 entertainer; a singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, he is the number 1 selling artiste for master ringtones in the world. Akon has won five good Grammy awards for his A-list hit albums. The Konvict, and Kon Live Republic Music guru is also a businessman and philanthropist who is passionate about his continent. Akon is ranked 5th Most Powerful Celebrity in Forbes’s Africa list of 40, he provides electricity for 15 countries through his Lights Africa Project, and supports underprivileged African youngsters through his confidence Initiative.

SUPER EAGLES ARE LOOSENED TO WIN

The Super Eagles on Monday in Rabat, Morocco began preparation for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria which is scheduled for Constantine.

 

Meanwhile, Coach Gernot Rohr has replaced injured midfielder Ogenyi Onazi with defender Kenneth Omeruo, while Girona FC of Spain forward Olanrewaju Kayode takes the place of Moses Simon, who is also knocked out by injury.

 

All the technical crew and backroom staff arrived in Rabat on Sunday, alongside four players: Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Agu and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

 

On Monday, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alex Iwobi, Olanrewaju Kayode, Henry Onyekuru, Chidiebere Nwakali, Kelechi Iheanacho, Uche Agbo and Chidozie Awaziem arrived in Casablanca just after noon, and were immediately driven to Rabat.

 

Less than an hour after the crew of Etebo and seven others landed, Turkey –based defender Kenneth Omeruo and Israel –based duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme also arrived at the Mohamed V Airport, Casablanca. They were also immediately driven to Rabat, where the team is quartered at the Golden Tulip Farah.

 

Team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor confirmed to thenff.com that team captain Mikel John Obi, as well as goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi, are expected in Rabat on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Super Eagles, with the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket already in their pocket, will fly to Constantine, where they face the Fennecs at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui from 8.30pm Algeria time on Friday.

 

On Saturday, the Nigerian team will fly aboard a chartered flight to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host Tuesday’s international friendly against Argentina.

 

On Friday, the Super Eagles, with the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket already in their pocket, will fly to Constantine, where they face the Fennecs at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui from 8.30pm Algeria time on Friday.

 

On Saturday, the Nigerian team will fly aboard a chartered flight to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host Tuesday’s international friendly against Argentina.

 

On Friday, the Super Eagles, with the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket already in their pocket, will fly to Constantine, where they face the Fennecs at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui from 8.30pm Algeria time on Friday.

 

On Saturday, the Nigerian team will fly aboard a chartered flight to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host Tuesday’s international friendly against Argentina.

 

Ahmed hails Falconets, sure Morocco will fall in Benin City

 

Newly –appointed Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed (popularly called ‘Fresh’) has commended the country’s U20 girls, Falconets, for the 1-1 draw secured against their Moroccan counterparts in Sale on Sunday.

 

The match was the first leg of a second round fixture of the African qualifying race for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.

 

The homers got the opening goal of the encounter in the 24th minute but Nigeria’s leading scorer of the qualifiers, Rasheedat Ajibade drew the Falconets level minutes later, and scoreline remained that way until the final whistle by the Ghanaian referee.

 

“I want to praise the Falconets for putting up a great effort despite the fact that they were playing away, and also despite the very cold weather. I have heard reports of how the weather made the game difficult for our girls.

 

“No doubt, I have confidence that the Falconets will go all out and win the second leg in Benin City next week, to qualify for the final round of qualifiers,” Ahmed told thenff.com.

 

The return leg will take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on 18th November, with the winner on aggregate proceeding to the final round of the African qualifying series.  

ACTOR-JOHN CHUKA

Filmmaker John Chuka graduated from the New York Film Academy with the goal of revolutionizing the African film industry. 

Armed with two business degrees from Holland and America, it dawned on John Chuka that the emerging film industry in Nigeria is a viable venture for wealth creation that can be harnessed.

But the constraint then was that while he understood business, he did not know film. It was at this point that John Chuka decided to attend the New  

“Considering the fact that I wasn’t going back to school to acquire just a degree, but a product, I chose NYFA because of its hands-on approach to teaching filmmaking and moreover, NYFA is highly recognized as a credible film school in my country of origin, Nigeria.”

Thus far, John Chuka is on the right track, he graduated from the prestigious NewYork Film Academy, Hollywood and came back home to Nigeria establishing Asaba Film Academy in 2014, basking in the positive euphoria that trailed his movie The Fetus which won Best Short Film/Trailer and Best Original Score/Soundtrack at the Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA) – otherwise known as the African Oscars in Washington D.C.

Asaba Film Academy (AFA) a branch of the larger John Chuka Productions is a Film Institute that train and mentor those who have the flair to tap into the amazing opportunities inherent in the Nigerian Movie space.

Since inception, the Film Academy has trained over 150 persons cutting across fields in film making to include but not limited to Acting, Screenwriting, Directing etc. for free.

John Chuka’s intermittent back and forth to the United States for the sole purpose of shoring prospects of the Academy by way of providing equipments, building capacity, creating relevance and credibility in the industry meant commercial projects were on hold, and focus was given more to students and trainee film projects to ensure necessary professionalism is garnered and sustained.

Working with AFA trainees and Nollywood veterans, John Chuka and AFA is ready to execute her maiden commercial venture titled: #Asia_TheLOVECOVENANT.

John is optimistic about the project, though on a shoe string budget with majority of the funds sourced from crowd funding, he is in high expectations of the prospects of the Film. The fact that protégés of his, sat through a one month session to craft the all AFA trained gives him the fulfillment of what his platform has  done.

PINNICK CONGRATULATES KWANDE

  The NFF President Amaju Pinnick has extended hearty congratulations to a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande over the recent conferment of honorary doctorate degree of philosophy in public policy and administration on the latter by a tertiary institution in Benin Republic.

The Institute Superieur De Communication D’Organization Et De Management (ISCOM) University, Benin Republic on Saturday, 21st October 2017 conferred on Yahaya-Kwande, a ranking member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and former Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, a doctorate degree in public policy and administration.

 

NFF President Amaju Pinnick has extended hearty congratulations to a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande over the recent conferment of honorary doctorate degree of philosophy in public policy and administration on the latter by a tertiary institution in Benin Republic.

 

The Institute Superieur De Communication D’Organization Et De Management (ISCOM) University, Benin Republic on Saturday, 21st October 2017 conferred on Yahaya-Kwande, a ranking member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and former Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, a doctorate degree in public policy and administration.

 

“Hon. Yahaya-Kwande is fully deserving of this award. Apart from being a ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee, he is also a ranking member of the House of Representatives. His contributions on the NFF Board have been profound and germane towards the fulfilment of our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country.

 

“He is an easy –going but highly cerebral individual with deep knowledge of public policy and administration. On behalf of the entire NFF Board and the Nigerian Football family, I congratulate Hon. Yahaya-Kwande for this feat,” Pinnick said on Thursday.

 

Hon. Yahaya-Kwande was also Chairman of the NFF Finance Committee and the NFF Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee.   

 

Danjuma confident as Falconets fly to Morocco

 

The U20 Women National Team, Falconets, will arrive in Casablanca, Morocco on Friday morning ahead of a 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against their Moroccan counterparts.

 

Nigeria reached the second round of the African qualifying campaign after 9-0 aggregate trouncing of their Tanzanian counterparts in September. On arriving in Casablanca on Friday morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight from Lagos, the Falconets’ delegation will be flown to Sale, a city some 100 kilometres from Rabat, where they will battle the Moroccan U20 girls on Sunday evening.  

 

Determined to overcome opponents Morocco in Sunday’s match, Coach Christopher Danjuma has disclosed that he has enough information about the host team and will come up with the strategy to emerge victorious.

 

Speaking to thenff.com, Danjuma posited that his team has worked hard enough to pick a win in Morocco after many weeks of being together and on the strength of the two-legged victories over Tanzania in September. He also boasted that Morocco would not pose any serious problems against Nigeria’s quest to pick one of the two World Cup tickets to represent Africa in France next year.

 

“I can assure Nigerians that we know much about our opponents. We have been able to lay hands on a video of Morocco’s last qualifying fixture against Senegal and we have watched and analyzed the game. We will come up with the right tactics to overpower them.”

 

Danjuma revealed that he has put his girls through their paces and have perfected the winning formula hence the technical crew remains optimistic of grinding out a victory in Morocco.

 

Meanwhile, Danjuma has revealed that the 18 players selected for the battle of Morocco are those who distinguished themselves in the training sessions and the friendly matches the Falconets played against three different Boys’ Academy teams in the past weeks.

 

NFF President Amaju Pinnick has extended hearty congratulations to a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande over the recent conferment of honorary doctorate degree of philosophy in public policy and administration on the latter by a tertiary institution in Benin Republic.

 

The Institute Superieur De Communication D’Organization Et De Management (ISCOM) University, Benin Republic on Saturday, 21st October 2017 conferred on Yahaya-Kwande, a ranking member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and former Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, a doctorate degree in public policy and administration.

 

“Hon. Yahaya-Kwande is fully deserving of this award. Apart from being a ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee, he is also a ranking member of the House of Representatives. His contributions on the NFF Board have been profound and germane towards the fulfilment of our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country.

 

“He is an easy –going but highly cerebral individual with deep knowledge of public policy and administration. On behalf of the entire NFF Board and the Nigerian Football family, I congratulate Hon. Yahaya-Kwande for this feat,” Pinnick said on Thursday.

 

Hon. Yahaya-Kwande was also Chairman of the NFF Finance Committee and the NFF Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee.   

 

Danjuma confident as Falconets fly to Morocco

 

The U20 Women National Team, Falconets, will arrive in Casablanca, Morocco on Friday morning ahead of a 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against their Moroccan counterparts.

 

Nigeria reached the second round of the African qualifying campaign after 9-0 aggregate trouncing of their Tanzanian counterparts in September. On arriving in Casablanca on Friday morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight from Lagos, the Falconets’ delegation will be flown to Sale, a city some 100 kilometres from Rabat, where they will battle the Moroccan U20 girls on Sunday evening.  

 

Determined to overcome opponents Morocco in Sunday’s match, Coach Christopher Danjuma has disclosed that he has enough information about the host team and will come up with the strategy to emerge victorious.

 

Speaking to thenff.com, Danjuma posited that his team has worked hard enough to pick a win in Morocco after many weeks of being together and on the strength of the two-legged victories over Tanzania in September. He also boasted that Morocco would not pose any serious problems against Nigeria’s quest to pick one of the two World Cup tickets to represent Africa in France next year.

 

“I can assure Nigerians that we know much about our opponents. We have been able to lay hands on a video of Morocco’s last qualifying fixture against Senegal and we have watched and analyzed the game. We will come up with the right tactics to overpower them.”

 

Danjuma revealed that he has put his girls through their paces and have perfected the winning formula hence the technical crew remains optimistic of grinding out a victory in Morocco.

 

Meanwhile, Danjuma has revealed that the 18 players selected for the battle of Morocco are those who distinguished themselves in the training sessions and the friendly matches the Falconets played against three different Boys’ Academy teams in the past weeks.

 

 “Hon. Yahaya-Kwande is fully deserving of this award. Apart from being a ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee, he is also a ranking member of the House of Representatives. His contributions on the NFF Board have been profound and germane towards the fulfilment of our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country.

 

“He is an easy –going but highly cerebral individual with deep knowledge of public policy and administration. On behalf of the entire NFF Board and the Nigerian Football family, I congratulate Hon. Yahaya-Kwande for this feat,” Pinnick said on Thursday.

 

Hon. Yahaya-Kwande was also Chairman of the NFF Finance Committee and the NFF Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee.   

 

Danjuma confident as Falconets fly to Morocco

 

The U20 Women National Team, Falconets, will arrive in Casablanca, Morocco on Friday morning ahead of a 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against their Moroccan counterparts.

 

Nigeria reached the second round of the African qualifying campaign after 9-0 aggregate trouncing of their Tanzanian counterparts in September. On arriving in Casablanca on Friday morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight from Lagos, the Falconets’ delegation will be flown to Sale, a city some 100 kilometres from Rabat, where they will battle the Moroccan U20 girls on Sunday evening.  

 

Determined to overcome opponents Morocco in Sunday’s match, Coach Christopher Danjuma has disclosed that he has enough information about the host team and will come up with the strategy to emerge victorious.

 

Speaking to thenff.com, Danjuma posited that his team has worked hard enough to pick a win in Morocco after many weeks of being together and on the strength of the two-legged victories over Tanzania in September. He also boasted that Morocco would not pose any serious problems against Nigeria’s quest to pick one of the two World Cup tickets to represent Africa in France next year.

 

“I can assure Nigerians that we know much about our opponents. We have been able to lay hands on a video of Morocco’s last qualifying fixture against Senegal and we have watched and analyzed the game. We will come up with the right tactics to overpower them.”

 

Danjuma revealed that he has put his girls through their paces and have perfected the winning formula hence the technical crew remains optimistic of grinding out a victory in Morocco.

 

Meanwhile, Danjuma has revealed that the 18 players selected for the battle of Morocco are those who distinguished themselves in the training sessions and the friendly matches the Falconets played against three different Boys’ Academy teams in the past weeks.

TUMBS UP TO ANTHONY JOSHUA.

The Briton made it 20 victories from as many bouts in front of an estimated 78,000 at the Principality Stadium.

Joshua’s nose was cut in the second by the head of Takam, 36, who replaced Kubrat Pulev 12 days before the bout.

Joshua, 28, then cut Takam’s eye in the fourth,but it took until round 10 for the Cameroon-born boxer to be stopped.

The referee’s decision was booed by the crowd in Wales, who clearly felt it was premature, but Joshua said he has “no interest” in what the officials do.

“I come to fight, I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions,” he said. “It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.

“I have no interest in what is going on with the officials, that’s not my job. I think people want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that’s what I was trying to get to.”

Watford fighter Joshua confirmed his nosehad been broken by Takam when the pair clashed heads in the second round.

“I had to keep my cool,” added Joshua. “I’ve got a few months to heal it up. I’ll go and see some good doctors to crack it back in place.

“If I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in. That’s what he (Takam) tried to do, but the ref stopped it.”

Takam said:-

“I want a rematch, I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him, he is a great champion.”

 

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