Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has said he does not expect problems over the release of teamâ€™s top scorer, Ike Uche, during the AFCON qualifiers. Uche was Nigeriaâ€™s leading scorer in the qualifiers with three goals and he plays in the Spanish second division side which, unlike the La Liga, will not go on any break leading into the New Year. However, the Eagles coach assured he expects Ucheâ€™s club, Villarreal, to fully co-operate with him as regards the playerâ€™s prompt release for the tournament. â€œThe only problem we might have is if Ike Uche is in the list because in the second division in Europe they would still be in action, but I donâ€™t think we would have a problem if we asked the club to let him come because we granted them the favour of leaving him out of the Venezuela friendly,â€ Keshi said. â€œThe thing is that the clubs know when they have to release these players. And we have spoken with the players and they have forwarded the message to their clubs.â€ Villarreal is fifth in the Spanish Segunda Division on 30 points from 17 matches, nine points adrift of table toppers Elche. All clubs are obliged by FIFA rule to release players at least 14 days to a major competition. In the meantime, the NFF technical committee will meet in Abuja on Friday by 12 noon to vet the list of foreign pros called up by Keshi for the AFCON.
Nigeria’s national Under-20 football team, the Flying Eagles, will play against its Tunisia counterpart as well as Esperance football club of Tunis this week in continuation of its preparations for the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC), to be played in Algeria 16-30 March. The Flying Eagles, who are the African Champions, will take on Tunisia […]
Former Arsenal vice-chairman, David Dein, is expecting Nigeriaâ€™s Super Eagles to do well at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Dein is hopeful that the Eagles will emulate their beach soccer counterparts, the Supersand Eagles, who successfully defended their Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Worldwide title this month. â€œFootball is a big sport in Nigeria. The […]
Just a touch over a minute and 18 seconds. Thatâ€™s all the time Usain Bolt actually spent running at the London Olympics. Three 100m sprints, three 200m runs, and the anchor leg of the menâ€™s 4 x 100m relay, spread over the course of a week. Not a bad return on investment considering his resultsâ€”three […]