President of the Nigeria wrestling federation, Daniel Igali has revealed the federation will be hiring a foreign coach for the national team ahead of the 2014 Glasgow commonwealth games.
Expectations continue to soar high for Nigeria ahead of the commonwealth games with Wrestling being one of the events Nigeria hopes to haul in medals.
“We just got a national high-performance director whom I had a meeting with just a couple of days ago and she is also particular about ensuring our coaches get refresher courses and are up to date”
“Between now and the time for the commonwealth, I think we will also be recruiting the services of a foreign coach and I am hoping that will come on stream within the next month or so” Igali revealed.
Former Super Eagles goalkeepers' trainer, Alloy Agu has commended the Eagles technical crew for keeping faith with the under fire Super Eagles team B captain, Chigozie Agbim following a much more assured display by which helped Nigeria to a 3-1 win over South Africa on Sunday.
Agbim led Nigeria to a five-star performance against host nation South Africa to progress to the quarter-final stage at the on-going championship for African nations.
“Handlers of the national team know what they are doing with the team as they played the game at the highest level against South Africa”
“The team has improved very well knowing what to do at the right time, all we need to do right now is just to keep praying for the team and continue to encourage the players and their handlers”
Super Eagles defender, Elderson Echiejile has joined French Ligue 1 giants, AS Monaco from Portuguese club, Braga. The 25-year-old left-back has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, returning to France where he spent three years with Rennes from 2007.
“I am very happy and proud – Monaco is one of the best clubs in Europe,” Echiejile said. ”
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The left-back, whose contract with Braga was due to end in June, played every match for Nigeria as they won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last year.
Monaco’s technical director Riccardo Pecini said: “He is a very good player that we followed for some time and we think he still has a great room for improvement
“He already knows the Ligue 1, an important aspect for us, and through sound recruitment, we continue to move forward in our desire to focus on players with high potential.”
Monaco, second in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders Paris St-Germain, have invested heavily in players since gaining promotions last season, signing the likes of Radamal Falcao and Joao Moutinho.
Echiejile made 64 appearances for Braga, scoring 5 goals.
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar has expressed hope that the national men's team may win one of the four wild-cards on offer by world basketball governing FIBA for admittance to this year's basketball world cup holding in Spain.
According to Umar, 15 nations applied from across the world but Nigeria is the only one from Africa, a situation that may eventually play in Nigeria’s favour.
“Well, fifteen countries applied for the wild card and only four are available but Nigeria is the only country from Africa”
“I believe that from February 2nd, a pronouncement will come out from FIBA as to who will be the four teams to benefit from the wild card application and consideration”
As the 2014 FIFA women's U-17 world cup approaches, coach of Nigeria's U-17 girls' team, Bala Nikyu says his team has not yet attained full tournament level.
In a chat with Brilafm.net, Nikyu however assured that the team will be ready in a month's time to compete with other countries for honors when the world cup in Costa Rica gets underway.
“Well all the other qualifying teams are also preparing and anyone who can stand up and beat his chest now that his team is ready maybe making a mistake”
“We equally are preparing for the tournament in Costa Rica with the players just two-weeks old in camp but I can guarantee that in the next one month, the team will be better than what we have on ground right now”
Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia will be the three countries representing the CAF confederation at this year’s edition of the FIFA U17 World cup in Costa Rica from the 15th of march- 4th April.
Deputy General Secretary (technical) of the Nigerian football federation, Emmanuel Ikpeme has revealed that the Flamingos have been penciled to participate in an eight nation tournament in the United States of America as part of their preparation for the 2014 FIFA women's U-17 world cup in Costa Rica.
“There is an eight nation tournament that will take place in the United States and we are just waiting and watching for events to unfold and if it all works out, that will be a very good platform for them to prepare after which they will now travel to Costa Rica for the world cup proper”
Costa Rica 2014 is the fourth edition of the FIFA Women’s U17 world cup since its inception in 2008 and this year’s edition is scheduled to start from 15th of March and will run through till the 4th of April.
Sixteen countries including Nigeria from six different confederations are expected to grace the competition which will take place in four different cities across the South American country.
Under fire Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund admitted his side were well beaten by Nigeria’s Super Eagles adding he had no excuses for the crushing defeat.
Bafana were walloped 3-1 by Nigeria on Sunday evening at Cape Town stadium to bomb out of the tournament being held on home soil.
The Bafana coach however, ruled out quitting saying he had tried his best but on the day had no answers to the swashbuckling Super Eagles juggernaut.
“Nigeria deserved their victory, they were physically stronger, were hard running and fully capitalised on our glaring mistakes. I am going to offer no excuses; we were today beaten by a better side.
“We however, missed some of our regular players especially at the back. But that is no excuse, I will repeat again. We were just not good on the day,” admitted Igesund.
The Bafana coach however, insisted he would not throw in the towel unless his employers force him to do so.
“I had no mandate going into the CHAN tournament. I think this Bafana team has improved greatly in the last few months. I will continue until my contract runs out in June. But if SAFA think it is high time for me to go, that is fine with me. It is not in my hands,” added the coach who told the media the defeat was not his lowest coaching moment.
“I would not say this was my lowest moment. We have to rise up and carry on. “
His counterpart Steven Keshi said he was happy with the outcome and was not much of a surprise as his side has been improving by each game.
“People have been saying a lot about the goalkeeper but I have not seen a perfect human being in the world. He might have had his lowest moment but today, he produced some scintillating performances,” said Keshi.
Board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Emeka Inyama has disclosed that the federation is making efforts to arrange international friendly matches for the Super Eagles against the United States of America and Croatia with just 5 months to the kickoff of the FIFA 2014 World Cup holding in Brazil.
Speaking with brilafm.net, Inyama noted that they will equally attempt to get games against teams similar to Nigeria's group opponents.
“A couple of friendly matches are being lined up with Croatia, USA and other teams as well and this is just in a bid to give the Super Eagles tests with similar teams in their World cup group”
“We are also still going to explore all the opportunities available to us between now and when the world cup will start in June”
Nigeria was the first African nation to qualify for this year’s mundial at the expense of the Walia Ibex of Ethiopia in Calabar. It will be a fifth FIFA world cup appearance for Nigeria and the second time they will feature in the world cup as African champions.
Super Eagles defender, Solomon Kwambe says they remain prayerful and hopeful that God will grant them their heart's desire which is to win their final group stage tie against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the on-going championship for African nations.
The Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Mali in the first game but managed to come back to winning ways with an emphatic 4-2 victory against the Mambas of Mozambique and must now endeavor to beat hosts, South Africa on Sunday to qualify for the quarter-final stages.
“I don’t know much about the South Africans but we will continue to pray that God grants us our heart desire, I pray that God gives us the grace to play our game and gives us victory at the end”
Nigeria will play South Africa, while Mozambique and Mali will face each other on Sunday to determine which pair will qualify for the next round.
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