The Coach of the National team, Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi has called on Nigerians to pray for the team as they get set to lock horns with Iran in the second match of Group F in the on-going 2014 World Cup.
Speaking exclusively on Google+ Hangout powered by national telecommunication carrier, Globacom, Keshi cautioned that Iran should not be written off, adding that by the grace of God the Iranians will be easy for Eagles to defeat.
The Super Eagles Coach stated that every game has its character as well as surprises, adding that he is enjoying the current World Cup which he described as an “Open Tournament”.
According to Keshi, “I’ve seen surprises and that’s how tournaments should be”.
On his possible line up against Iran on Monday, the Coach replied: “ I don’t have to discuss my tactics openly but we won’t play 4-4-2. The last time we played that formation was in Liberia.
Asked whether the issue of players bonuses has been resolved, Keshi said : It’s an issue that should be addressed to the Nigeria Football Federation and the players”.
Sponsored by Globacom, the Google+ Hangout will be available during the World Cup period to connect football loving Nigerians to their darling national team, the Super Eagles.
Also, Globacom has provided an opportunity for Nigerians to be a part of Africa's largest digital card by simply sharing their goodwill messages from their social media profiles on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. The service will go live on Monday, June 16.
Member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical Committee, Paul Bassey has expressed reservations on the performance and submitted that the Super Eagles of Nigeria were unimpressive in their World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
Paul told 365footballnews.com that Coach of the team, Steven Keshi opted to experiment with a weakened team and at the end there was really nothing but an uninspiring display to offer Nigerians.
“No impression at all, I just thought that Keshi started looking for who to drop, I thought he would start testing the world cup team he didn’t do that, he started with his reserve side." he stated.
"There is an opinion that he already knows who to drop but maybe he just wanted to test – if I don’t use a Mikel Obi, if I don’t use a Victor Moses, if I don’t use an Enyeama may be I have a team on my head, maybe it’s easier for him."
"So let me just look for the seven that I will drop and then its starts and makes the match kooks uninteresting to Nigerians because we’re not playing anything."
"Though the result might not be very important but we want to see what players are doing, we want to see how they’re playing with each other, we want to wonder what the coach has as tactics and system, but that was not what we saw, what we saw were players trying to impress, Nigerians were celebrating the equalizer, I was looking more than goals.” Paul concluded.
Secretary General of Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos state chapter Arch Bishop George Amu has revealed ahead of the 2014 world cup in Brazil that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will beat all comers to emerge victorious at the global showpiece this summer.
Arch Bishop Amu in a chat with 365footballnews.com charged and appeal to Nigerians to pray for the success of the team while reiterating that the world cup will be won by the Super Eagles of Nigeria once the team scale through the hurdle of the group stage of the mundial.
“I want to appeal to all Nigerians- don’t distract the team organisation, support Keshi by prayers and advise and also let us pray for success.”
“The vision is that once this Nigerian team though not a star studded team but built on skill, once they survive first round by the grace of God, expect the world cup to come to Nigeria. It’s a team that is built on continuity.” Arch Bishop Amu effused.
Nigeria international Shola Ameobi is set to end his close to two decades collaboration with Newcastle United, according to reports in England.
Ameobi’s contract with the Magpies runs out this summer, and the player is widely believed to have played his last game for Alan Pardew’s team as he was reported to top a list of players primed to exit the club this summer.
The 32-year-old has decided to wait until after the World Cup before making a decision on his future after being named in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional list.
Ameobi was sent off for Newcastle as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool in the final game of the season.
The experienced forward has turned down the chance to prolong his stay at St James Park, with his current deal officially set to expire at the end of next month.
Shola Ameobi has made over 300 appearances for the Magpies in the championship since his debut against Chelsea in September 2000.
A wonder-strike from Obafemi Martins gave Seattle Sounders a hard fought 1-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes in a Major League Soccer game played early on Sunday.
Martins scored in the 8th minute to secure all the points at stake for the hosts after scoring a goal to remember in front of 49,746 at CenturyLink Field.
Gonzalo Pineda delivered a lofted pass from the left flank to Martins who was racing towards goal. The 29-year-old let the ball bounce once, before delivering an audacious lob from a delicate angle which left the goalkeeper clueless. The goal was Martins’ fifth in 12 appearances for the Sounders this season.
The Nigeria international has also weighed in six assists for the club during the period, the highest in the league so far. Sounders remain top of the Western Conference with 25 points gathered so far from the 12 games played.
Before a stern test of his side’s re-invigorated form against the reigning African Champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria, Coach of Scotland Gordon Strachan presented his opposite on the Nigerian bench with a Scottish delight.
Strachan caused a stir in the Nigerian dressing room moments before the game against his side in an international friendly, when he presented his Nigerian counterpart with a branded brandy, with the name ‘Famous Keshi’.
It was the two’s first meeting as Managers and though Strachan’s team would not be part of the 32 countries competing for honours in Brazil, the Tartan Army gave Nigeria a test and loads to ponder over as they found the back of the Eagles’ net twice; forcing the African Champions to come from behind on two occassions in a game witnessed by a capacity crowd at Craven Cottage.
Nigeria will next face Greece and the Yanks in their remaining build-up games to the World Cup.
Newcastle united and Super Eagles striker Shola Ameobi has underscore the resilience of the world cup bound national team after the Eagles levelled score twice in Wednesday night’s international Friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Tartan Armies of Scotland.
Ameobi disclosed in an exclusive chat with 365footballnews.com that their opponents tried to put the Eagles under pressure during the match, but it was important that he and his colleagues kept going in the match to get a decent result.
“Every international side bring their own different style, we have to cope with that and they obviously have been training a lot longer than we have in the build up, so it was just trying to get our game going; the way we play, they got a lucky goal; their first goal and obviously it was important for us to get back into the game, which we did and the important thing for us is we kept on going till the end and we manage to get the equaliser which was pretty good.” Ameobi posited.
Major sponsor of Nigeria’s national teams, Globacom has charged the Super Eagles’ technical crew to ensure strict discipline in camp as the team steps up preparation for the World Cup. The Super Eagles will begin camping on May 25, three days ahead of the friendly match with the Scottish national team on May 28 in London.
Coach Stephen Keshi had given the players the deadline of May 26 to report to the team’s camp for the match billed to take place at the Craven Cottage ground of English Championship side, Fulham.
“Our confidence in the capability of the Super Eagles to fly the Nigerian national flag with plum at the World Cup remains unequivocal. Our conviction that the national team will do well at the mundial is obviously reinforced by the fact that they are the reigning African Soccer Champions and many of the players are determined to succeed. With the collective support and prayers of all Nigerians, we believe the team will not disappoint the nation,” Globacom said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.
The telecommunications giant implored the Nigerian team to take the friendly with Scotland seriously as the result would go a long way to bolster their confidence ahead of the World Cup.
“At this stage, we believe every tune-up game counts for confidence-building which the Eagles need when they take on the world,” the statement further said.
Globacom also called on Nigerians to support the national team in the task ahead, maintaining that the glory that will be derived from the mission would impact positively on the country.
“We believe the Eagles need all the motivation they can get to enable them progress to, at least, the semi finals,” the statement concluded.
Nigeria is participating in its fifth World Cup finals after making its debut at the USA ’94. The country has, however, not yet progressed beyond the second round of the competition which was attained at USA and in 1998 in France.
Globacom is the major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation and official sponsor of Nigerian national teams.
Super Eagles goalie Vincent Enyeama has expressed his excitement as the chance that his team will play in the Champions League again next season after Lille finished third in Ligue 1.
Going into their last fixture against Lorient, Les Dogues had been competing with Saint-étienne for the last Champions League spot and even a draw would not have sufficed as their nearest challengers defeated Ajaccio 3 – 1.
Deputy Super Eagles skipper, Enyeama was in between the pipes for the 38th time this term as a brace from Salomon Kalou assisted Lille defeat Lorient 4 – 1 at the Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir.
Thus, the Northern France outfit maintained their two – point advantage over Saint-étienne.
Vincent Enyeama has previously tasted Champions League football while on the payroll of Hapoel Tel Aviv and was in goal on October 18, 2011 in Lille’s 1 – 0 loss to Inter Milan at Stadium Nord Lille Métropole.
The 31 – year – old has netted twice in this competition, against Salzburg and Lyon.
English Premier League side Manchester united have announced the appointment of Dutch national coach Louis Van Gaal as the next manager of the side on a three year contract 365footballnews.com have gathered. Van Gaal who won multiple titles in Holland, Spain and Germany will be assisted by Ryan Giggs while Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches in the technical crew.
Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and domestic Super Cups in Holland and Germany. He will take up his post as manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season after the FIFA World Cup, where he will manage the Dutch national team.
Announcing the appointments, Ed Woodward expressed that In Louis van Gaal, the club have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game at the moment. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.
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