Confidence, Belief, Faith Won For Eagles-Maigari…Pres. Goodluck Expecting Trophy…Green Hails Team Spirit…Keshi Promises More

NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, was at his oratorical best on Sunday afternoon when he addressed the national team currently in action at the CHAN African Nations Tourney in South Africa after the team’s hard won victory over the Atlas Lions of Morocco Saturday.

Maigari, who spoke to the players at their Garden Court De Waal abode after lunch described the team as the proverbial heart of the Nigerian nation and told them that he has the words of President Goodluck Jonathan, on due reward for the players even as he said order has been restored in Nigerian football.

“The top news in Nigeria after your miraculous victory over Morocco, was the message of President Goodluck Jonathan urging you to go ahead and win the trophy, with a promise that he will do same if not much more for the team like he did for the Afcon 2013 Champions. The ball is now in your court to make the dreams of Mr President come true”, he said.

In one word, Maigari declared thus: “Confidence, belief and faith help you to overcome the Moroccan opposition and that is the makeup of the average Nigerian, we expect more of such displays in your subsequent encounters because you have raised not only my hope and that of the NFF board but that of the over 160million Nigerians.”.

NFF Technical Committee boss, Barr, Chris Green, said he was delighted at the performance of the Nigerian team, even describing Coach Keshi as the best coach in the world at the moment. He alluded the victories of the team of recent to the peaceful atmosphere that has existed between the leadership of the NFF and the Eagles coaching crew.

Green said, “some people are gifted, others acquire talent but the head coach here is both gifted and blessed with acquisition. But I must tell him that we must not fail Mr. President in bring home the trophy at the end of the championship”.

Keshi in his remarks at the impromptu event said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of praises for him, but quickly added that his assistant coaches, Dan Amokachi, Houadonou Valere and Ike Shorunmu, as well as the staff of the team, made of medics, psychologist, security, media, coordinator and Team Administrator have been the real force of success for the team. “We are like children from the same mother”, Keshi said.

He promised that the team will not let the nation down in the remaining two matches of the championship. “We will do our best to justify the confidence reposed in this team by Mr. President, the NFF and all Nigerians”, he declared.

NBA – Regular Season Results January 26

NBA – Regular Season Results January 26

FT Utah Jazz 104
Washington Wizards 101

FT Portland Trailblazers 115
Minnesota Timberwolves 104

FT Philadelphia 76ers 91
Oklahoma City Thunder 103

FT Memphis Grizzlies 99
Houston Rockets 81

FT Milwaukee Bucks 87
Atlanta Hawks 112

FT Denver Nuggets 109
Indiana Pacers 96

FT Charlotte Bobcats 87
Chicago Bulls 89

FT Toronto Raptors 118
L. A. Clippers 126

CAF CHAN Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale FIXTURES JANUARY 26th

CAF CHAN Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale FIXTURES JANUARY 26th

Game 27.

Gabon VS Libya

Date 26/01/2014

Time : 17h00

Venue : Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Game 28.

Ghana VS DRCongo

Date : 26/01/2014

Time : 20h30

Venue : Free State Stadium, Mangaung

England – FA Cup and Germany – Bundesliga Full Time Scores January 25 2014

England – FA Cup

FT AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Liverpool

FT Birmingham City 1 – 2 Swansea City

FT Bolton Wanderers 0 – 1 Cardiff City

FT Huddersfield Town 0 – 1 Charlton Athletic

FT Manchester City 4 – 2 Watford

FT Port Vale 1 – 3 Brighton & Hove Albion

FT Rochdale 1 – 2 Sheffield Wednesday

FT Southampton 2 – 0 Yeovil Town

FT Southend United 0 – 2 Hull City

FT Sunderland 1 – 0 Kidderminster Harriers

FT Wigan Athletic 2 – 1 Crystal Palace

FT Stevenage 0 – 4 Everton

Germany – Bundesliga

FT Borussia Dortmund 2 – 2 Augsburg

FT Freiburg 3 – 2 Bayer Leverkusen

FT Nurnberg 4 – 0 Hoffenheim

FT VfB Stuttgart 1 – 2 Mainz 05

FT Wolfsburg 1 – 3 Hannover 96

FT Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 0 Hertha Berlin

CAF CHAN 2014: Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale Results: JANUARY 25th

CAF CHAN 2014: Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale Results: JANUARY 25th

Game 25.

Morocco 3 VS 4 Nigeria

Nigeria through to 1st Semi-final

Game 26.

Mali 1 VS 2 Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe through to 2nd Semi-final

CHAN 2014: Nigerian Home Based Eagles fight back to beat Atlas Lions of Morocco -ABIDOYE BABATUNDE

CHAN 2014: Nigerian Home Based Eagles fight back to beat Atlas Lions of Morocco

Nigeria fought back from three goals down to beat Morocco 4-3 after extra-time and reach the African Nations Championship
semi-finals.

Mohsine Moutaouali scored either side of a strike from Iajour Mouhssine in the space of seven minutes to put Morocco 3-0 up
before half-time.

But Ugonna uzochukwu and Rabiu Ali scored after the break for Nigeria and Ejike Uzoenyi levelled on the dot of 90 minutes, Then Aliyu Ibrahim scored the winner with nine minutes of extra-time left.

Nigeria will face the winner of the Ghana vs DR Congo game

ABIDOYE BABATUNDE

CAF CHAN Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale FIXTURES JANUARY 25th

CAF CHAN Quarter Finals – ¼ de finale FIXTURES JANUARY 25th

Game 25.

Morocco VS Nigeria

Date : 25/01/2014

Time : 17h00

Venue : Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Game 26.

Mali VS Zimbabwe

Date : 25/01/2014

Time : 20h30

Venue : Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

TOP FOOTBALL FIXTURES ACROSS EUROPE FRIDAY JANUARY 25th and 26th

TOP FOOTBALL FIXTURES ACROSS EUROPE FRIDAY JANUARY 25 and 26

England – FA Cup January 25

13:45 AFC Bournemouth ? – ? Liverpool

16:00 Birmingham City ? – ? Swansea City

16:00 Bolton Wanderers ? – ? Cardiff City

16:00 Huddersfield Town ? – ? Charlton Athletic

16:00 Manchester City ? – ? Watford

16:00 Port Vale ? – ? Brighton & Hove Albion

16:00 Rochdale ? – ? Sheffield Wednesday

16:00 Southampton ? – ? Yeovil Town

16:00 Southend United ? – ? Hull City

16:00 Sunderland ? – ? Kidderminster Harriers

16:00 Wigan Athletic ? – ? Crystal Palace

18:30 Stevenage ? – ? Everton

England – FA Cup January 26

14:00 Sheffield United ? – ? Fulham

16:30 Chelsea ? – ? Stoke City

France – Ligue 1 January 25

17:00 Guingamp ? – ? Paris Saint Germain

20:00 Ajaccio ? – ? Sochaux

20:00 Montpellier ? – ? Nice

20:00 Nantes ? – ? Reims

20:00 Toulouse ? – ? Bastia

20:00 Valenciennes ? – ? Lorient

France – Ligue 1 January 26

14:00 Lyon ? – ? Evian Thonon Gaillard

17:00 Bordeaux ? – ? Saint Etienne

21:00 Monaco ? – ? Marseille

Italy – Serie A January 25

18:00 SSC Napoli ? – ? ChievoVerona

20:45 Lazio ? – ? Juventus

Italy – Serie A January 26

12:30 Hellas Verona ? – ? Roma

15:00 Cagliari ? – ? AC Milan

15:00 Inter ? – ? Catania

15:00 Livorno ? – ? Sassuolo

15:00 Parma ? – ? Udinese

15:00 Sampdoria ? – ? Bologna

15:00 Torino ? – ? Atalanta

20:45 Fiorentina ? – ? Genoa

Germany – Bundesliga January 25

15:30 Borussia Dortmund ? – ? Augsburg

15:30 Freiburg ? – ? Bayer Leverkusen

15:30 Nurnberg ? – ? Hoffenheim

15:30 VfB Stuttgart ? – ? Mainz 05

15:30 Wolfsburg ? – ? Hannover 96

18:30 Eintracht Frankfurt ? – ? Hertha Berlin


Germany – Bundesliga January 26

15:30 Werder Bremen ? – ? Braunschweig

17:30 Hamburger SV ? – ? Schalke 04

Spain – Liga BBVA January 25

16:00 Real Madrid ? – ? Granada

18:00 Valladolid ? – ? Villarreal

20:00 Valencia ? – ? Espanyol

22:00 Sevilla ? – ? Levante

Spain – Liga BBVA January 26

12:00 Almeria ? – ? Getafe

17:00 Osasuna ? – ? Athletic Bilbao

19:00 Rayo Vallecano ? – ? Atletico Madrid

21:00 Barcelona ? – ? Malaga

CHAN 2014, Canada 2014 Women’s World Cup Qualifier, Maigari Wants SA Double Dose…As Supporters Club promise maximum support for Super Eagles and Falconets

CHAN 2014, Canada 2014 Women’s World Cup Qualifier, Maigari Wants SA Double Dose…As Supporters Club promise maximum support for Super Eagles and Falconets

NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari arrived Cape Town on Friday morning to join in the Super Eagles party that is set to conquer North African foe; Morocco. But he is not thinking of the Eagles alone, the Super Falconets are also in town and on his mind.

“We want double dose victory this weekend. Yes, the Falconets have won the first leg by 6-0, but we still want another victory over the South Africans and the girls have promised that they will give it”, Maigari declared through Technical Committee boss, Barr Chris Green, who was in the company of National Women Teams’ Coordinator Aisha Falode at the team’s Green Court, East Gate hotel in Johannesburg.

Maigari through Green told the players that he has been following them closely since the qualifiers for the Canada 2014 World Cup began and he was totally impressed at the output of the players and officials of the team so far. He promised a holistic approach to the preparations of the girls for the World Cup but added, “this game is coming at a time our national team is also in action, you must ensure that you win and win well because the senior national team have already given indications that they will destroy the opposition”, he said.

Later in the evening at the Green Point training ground of the Eagles, President General of the Nigerian and Other Sports Supporters Club, Dr Rauf Ladipo, along with some of his members kept a close eye on the Eagles build up to the game against Morocco and declared at the end of the training that he was impressed with what he saw. “I must commend the NFF, the technical crew and the players for the dedication that I have seen in training just now”, he declared.

Ladipo also said like Maigari, he has a dual plan for supporters to be in Johannesburg and in Cape Town for the double dose victory that the teams expect. “Our people are already on ground in Johannesburg and we have another set here in Cape Town, there will be no let down in both games but I had thought the games will be shifted by a day, but we are ready for whatever is thrown at us”. In short support for both Falconets and Super Eagles is berekete”, he said.

TOP FOOTBALL FIXTURES ACROSS EUROPE FRIDAY JANUARY 24

TOP FOOTBALL FIXTURES ACROSS EUROPE FRIDAY JANUARY 24

France – Ligue 1

20:30 Lille VS Rennes

Spain – Liga BBVA

21:00 Celta Vigo VS Real Betis

Germany – Bundesliga

20:30 Borussia Monchengladbach VS Bayern Munich

England – FA Cup

20:45 Arsenal VS Coventry City

21:00 Nottingham Forest VS Preston North End

2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CAF LISTS REFEREES FOR ENYIMBA FC, KANO PILLARS’ FC MATCHES

2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CAF LISTS REFEREES FOR ENYIMBA FC, KANO PILLARS’ FC MATCHES

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has listed the referees who will handle matches involving Enyimba International FC and Kano Pillars FC in the 2014 CAF Champions League first round.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the list of the officials in Abuja yesterday. Both clubs are Nigeria’s representatives in the annual continental championship which is in its 50th edition.

Enyimba will host Anges de Notse Fc from Togo in the first round first leg match, in Abia on February 9, with the second leg holding on Feb. 15. Kano Pillars, on the other hand,will be visiting RD Congo for their first leg tie against A.S. Vital Football Club, also on February 9 with the return leg also fixed for February 15.

Bienvenu Sinko from Cote d’Ivoire is the centre referee for the first leg tie of the Enyimba Fc/Anges de Notse Fc fixture, with compatriot Songuifolo Yeo the first assistant referee.The second assistant referee, also an Ivorian, is Pelako Toure while Kouame N’dri is the fourth official, with Mahat Abdoulaye from Chad as the Match Commissioner.

For the return leg on Feb. 15,Senegalese officials will handle the match, with the Match Commissioner Augustin Ahouanvoebia from Benin Republic. Falou Galasse Kane will be at the centre, to be assisted by Malick Samba, Nouha Bangoura and Maguette Ndiaye.

For the Kano Pillars Fc/A.S. Vital Fc encounter, officials from the Central African Republic will be in charge, with W.K. Agra from Ghana as the Match Commissioner.

The centre referee will be Jean Koyakobo, to be assisted by Balezou Fabric, Oscar Serengapou and Jean Ganamandji.

The second leg tie will be handled by officials from Niger Republic, with Alex Sante from Ghana as the Match Commissioner.
Namouano Souleymane will be at the centre, while Moussa Abdoulaye will be the first assistant referee, while Malan Ousseni will be the second assistant referee and Abdoul-Aziz Asante the fourth official.

Lagos International Scrabble Classics kicks off

Lagos International Scrabble Classics kicks off

Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium will come alive on Friday January 24, as the Lagos International Scrabble Classics kicks off.

All the top players from United States, England, Scotland, Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya will be in action today in the masters//international category for the star prize of N1.2m ($8,000).

According to the organisers, nine of the 28 games will be concluded on the first day while 19 games will be played at the weekend.
The players will compete in three categories – masters/international, Intermediate and opens in their bid to be part of the N4.8m prize money.

All the participants concluded their accreditation on Thursday with all the matches kicking off today (Friday).

Winners in the intermediate and opens categories will get N.5m and N1m respectively, while the top 10 players will get cash reward.
According to the Chairman, Lagos State Scrabble Association, Dayo Alao, the tournament would also help the local players as they are expected to compete with their foreign counterparts.

Among the top players expected at the competition include Nigeria-born United States’ Sammy Okosagah, a two-time winner of the Akpabio tournament as well as Nigeria-born Scotland Lukmon Owolabi.

Also, a special invitational category for professionals, who are expected to pay participation fee of N50, 000 will be part of the event while the proceeds going into a developmental programme.

“We are not only looking at the tournament alone, but to look at how we can develop the sport at grassroots level and that is why we will be having the special category for captains of industry with the proceeds from the participation fee going into a developmental programme in schools. The winner of this division will decide the school that will benefit from the initiative. For us, we are trying to encourage support from this professionals,” Alao said.

The dictionary for the championship will be Collins CSW12 only. 


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