New National Team Boss Visits Aba For Talents
New Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia was in Aba on Sunday to watch the Premier League week 5 fixture between two traditional rivals, Enyimba and 3SC.
The match decided at the Enyimba stadium ended 1-0 in favour of the home side.
Siasia was at the match venue to take a look at the domestic league players with a view to handing any good one a call up to the emerging Super Eagles team ahead of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, had over the weekend issued a statement that Siasia would be in both Port Harcourt and Aba to watch Sharks take on Sunshine Stars and Enyimba battle 3SC respectively.Siasia did not disclose names of players that may have impressed him in the match but admitted that some players showed promise during the match
SIASIA GUNS FOR ARSENAL YOUNGSTER
Set To Storm Emirates For Wenger Meeting:
Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has set his sights on talking players with Nigerian origin all over Europe into pledging their international futures to the Super Eagles, starting with Arsenal’s Chukwuemeka Aneke.
Soon after his official presentation last week in Abuja, Siasia told KickOffNigeria that an intermediary had set up a meeting with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and he would be visiting London in the coming weeks.
“I have had someone make contact with Arsene Wenger, and we hope to have a meeting in the coming weeks,” Siasia said.
“We have also asked him to set up meetings with other European coaches with Nigerian players in their squad and we will meet with all of them.”
The object of that Wenger meeting, according to the coach, is 17-year-old England youth international Aneke.
“We want to talk to all those players who are eligible to play for Nigeria and see if they will come. If they agree, fine. If they don’t, then we move on. And Aneke is one of those players.”
Although Aneke was born in England, he qualifies to represent Nigeria at senior level through his parents, who are Nigerian.
Aneke was described on Arsenal website as an incisive, intelligent ball-playing midfielder who made his breakthrough into the Reserve team last season and put in some solid midfield performances while continuing to impress in the Under-18s.
The Nigerian by blood and origin joined Arsenal on May 01,2001 and was born on July 03, 1993 in Newham,London
Siasia is also keen to meet with Manchester City’s on loan defender Nedum Onuoha to clarify his international status once and for all.
Onuoha turned down a chance to represent Nigeria at this year’s World Cup, saying he wanted to establish himself at club level first before making a decision on his international allegiance.
Siasia says there is only one window of opportunity available, “I need to know those who will be with us so that I can include them in our planning.
“After now, we need to focus on working with those who are committed to playing for Nigeria with passion and commitment.”
SIASIA ALSO SET EYES ON THE PERFORMANCES OF EAGLES ACROSS EUROPEAN LEAGUES
Edward Ofere hits goal number 2 in Italy Egbagua, Lamidi also on target in Europe Yakubu, Anichebe, Ighalo benched Taiwo, Haruna lose in France
John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Victor Anichebe, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton): Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi played his 16th game for Chelsea in their 1-1 home draw against Everton who benched their Nigerian strike duo of Victor Anichebe and Yakubu Aiyegbeni for the entire duration of the game.
Jermanin Beckford’s 86th minute equaliser for the Toffees cancelled out Didier Drogba’s 42nd minute opener from the spot-kick. The result left the Blues with just one win in their last six league games and are now third on the EPL log.
Anichebe has so far made one start for Everton this season while it would have been the Yak’s 13th game if he had featured. Mikel was replaced in the 88th by Daniel Sturridge.
Osaze Odemwingie (West Brom): Super Eagles forward, Osaze Odemwingie scored a brace for West Brom in their 3-1 home win over Newcastle at the Hawthorns stadium Sunday evening.
Osaze who last scored for the Baggies in their 2-2 away draw at West Ham about a month ago wrapped up maximum points for Roberto Di Matteo’s side with his fifth after he capitlaised on Guthries’s slip to double their lead and scored his sixth goal of the season after he rounded off the Magpies goalie in the 89th minute.
It was Odemwingie’s 12th start for West Brom in the EPL so far this term and has been yellow carded once against Birmingham.
Obinna Nsofor (West Ham): Super Eagles striker, Obinna Nsofor failed to add to his goal tally of one in his 13th start for West Ham United in their 1-0 loss to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light Sunday evening.
Jordan Henderson scored the only goal of the encounter in the 34th minute to send the Hammers back to the foot of the EPL .Nsofor has had 57 shots to his credit with only 16 of these on target.
Dickson Etuhu (Fulham): Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Ehutu played for all 90 minutes in his 13th game for Fulham as they lost 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.
Two magical goals from Samir Nasri in the 14th and 75th minutes ensured the Gunners escaped another wasteful performance in the London derby to move to the top of the EPL log. Diomansy Kamara grabbed the Cottagers only goal in the 30th minute. Etuhu last scored for Fulham in their 2-2 draw away to Blackpool on the 28th of August.
Seyi George Olofinjana (Cardiff): Super Eagles midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana played his 16th game for Cardiff City in their 1-1 draw against bottom club Preston North End in the Npower championship at the Cardiff City stadium Saturday afternoon.
Andy Keogh’s 94th minute header saved Cardiff’s blushes and broke the heart of the visitoes after Michael Tonga had gave them an early lead in the 26th minute. The Nigerian has failed to add to his goal tally of 3 in one month. Olofinjana last scored against Scunthorpe United on the 13th of November.
Danny Shittu (Milwall): Super Eagles burly defender, Danny Shittu played the entire duration of his side’s 3-0 home win over Scunthorpe United at the New Den Stadium Saturday evening.
It was Shittu’s 8th game of the season in the Npower Championship since teaming up with Millwall on a three month loan deal.
Brown Ideye (Sochaux): Super Eagles in-form striker, Brown Ideye failed to score for Sochaux’s in their 2-1 home win over Valencienines at the Bonal stadium on Saturday evening.
A first half strike from Carlao in the 15th minute and another from Modibo Maiga after the break in the 55th minute put the home team in control. Sanchez Moreno’s goal ten minutes later was not enough to earn Valenciennes a share of the spoils.
It was Ideye’s 16th start for Sochaux in the on-going Ligue 1 season and has scored 7 goals for the sixth placed team.
Taye Taiwo ( Olympic Marseille): Super Eagles left back Taye Ismaila Taiwo played the entire duration of Marseille’s 1-0 away loss to Nice at the Municipal stadium Sunday evening.
Taiwo who hold Marseille record appearance in the Uefa Champions League with 56 caps has played 16 times for the French Champions so far this term and has scored three times. Emerse Fae struck an injury time winners to give Nice the win in the South Coast derby.
Onyekachi Apam (Stade Rennes), Lukman Haruna (AS Monaco): Super Eagles midfielder, Haruna Lukman was handed his first start of the season on his birthday as Monaco were pipped 1-0 to Stade Rennes who is yet to parade their recuperating Eagles defender, Onyekachi Apam in the on-going season.
Victor Montano’s 64th minute penalty ensured Rennes reclaimed top spot in the Ligue 1 Rennes goalie. Nicolas Douchez was at full stretch to deny Haruna a goal in the 18th minute of play after he parried his shot for a corner. It was Apache’s second appearance for Monaco this term.
Chinedu Obasi (TSG Hoffenheim): Recuperating Super Eagles striker, Chinedu Obasi who underwent surgery on his right shin a forthnight ago was expectedly not listed for Hoffenheim in their 1-1 draw away to VFB Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena Saturday evening.
Obasi has played only four games for the Village team so far this season before his injury sidelined him again.
Moses Lamidi (RW Oberhausen): Nigerian player Moses Lamidi scored his sixth goal in his sixth start for RW Oberhausen in their 2-1 home loss to Alemamia Aachen at the Neidermein Stadium Friday evening in the Bundesliga 2.
Ali Arslan and Thomas Stehle scored Aachen’s goals in the 45th and 50th minute before Lamidi grabbed a consolation goal five minutes later.
Macauley Chrisantus (Karlsruhe): Former Flying Eagles striker, Macauley Chrisantus played or 32 minutes in Karlsruhe’s 1-0 away loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf at the LTU Arena Sunday afternoon.
It was Macauley’s 12th league game for Karlsruhe in the Bundesliga 2 and he has scored thrice so far .He replaced Lukas Rupp in the 58th minute of play.
Oluwafemi Ajilore (Groningen): Super Eagles midfielder, Oluwafemi Ajilore was on for six minutes in Groningen’s 4-1 thumping of Vitesse Arnhem at the Euroborg stadium Friday evening. It was the Ijesa boy’s seventh appearance for Groningen in the Eredivise this season.
Kalu Uche (Almeria): Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Kalu Uche played all 90 minutes for Almeria in their 1-1 home draw against Real Zaragoza who did not parade his younger brother IK Uche due to injury at the Mediterano stadium on Sunday evening.
It was Kalu’s 9th game of the season for Almeria and has scored three goals in the La Liga.
Odion Jude Ighalo (Cesena): Former Flying Eagles skipper, Odion Jude Ighalo was not listed for Cesena as they lost 2-0 at home to Bologna at the Manuzzi stadium Sunday evening.
Strikes in both halfs from Marco Di Vaio in and Miguel Britos sealed win for Bologna.The Nigerian has so far made only three substitute appearances for Cesena since joining from Udinese on loan in the Serie A.
Edward Ofere (Lecce): One time Super Eagles Invitee, Edward Ofere scored his second goal in his 4th start in the Serie A for Lecce as they lost 2-1at home to Genoa at the Viadel Mare Stadium Sunday afternoon.
It was his seventh appearance for Lecce in the on-going campaign in the league.
Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan): Former Flying Eagles striker, Nnamdi Oduamadi was not listed for AC Milan as they thumped Brescia 3-0 at the San Siro stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Prince Boateng in the 4th minute, Robinho in the 28th and Zlatan Ibrahamovic in the 31st minute sealed the win for the Rossoneri. Oduamadi has only featured once as a substitute for Massimmo Allegri’s side so far this term in the Serie A.
Obiorah Nwankwo, Joel Obi (Inter Milan): Former Flying Eagles midfielder, Obiorah Nwankwo was an unused substitute in Inter Milan’s 3-1 defeat away to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico Friday night.
Giuseppe Biara shot the host into the lead on 26 minute before Mauro Zarate doubled their lead in the 53rd minute. However, Goran Pandev gave the defending Champions hope of a comeback in the 74th minute but Hernanes dashed it as he sealed the win for Lazio with a free kick in stoppage time.
Obiorah has featured thrice for the European Champions as a substitute this term in the Serie A while his compatriot Joel Obi expectedly was not listed for the clash due to a second to third degree strain on his left thigh.
Osariemen Ebagua (Varese) Daniel Adejo (Reggina): Former Flying Eagles defender, Daniel Adejo played all 90 minutes in his 17th start for Reginna in their 1-0 away loss to Varese who featured their Nigeria import, Osariemen Ebagua for 52 minutes in their win at the Franco Ossola stadium.
Osariemen Ebagua scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute of the encounter. It was his 8th start and has scored three goals in the Serie B. He was booked in the 85th minute of the encounter.
Michael Odibe (AC Siena) Angelo Obinze Ogbonna, Christian Obodo (Torino): Super Eagles invitee, Angelo Obinze Ogbonna was paraded for 90 minute in his 15th start of the season for Torino in their 1-1 home draw against AC Siena who did not list Michael Odibe for the encounter.
Franco Brienza’s 86th goal for the visitors cancelled out Daniel De Vezze’s 13th minute strike for the seventh placed Torino. Ogbonna’s Nigerian compatriot at the club, Christian Obodo replaced Belingheri in the 75th minute of the encounter. It was Obodo’s 11th game in the Serie B.
Peter Utaka (OB Odense), Dickson Nwakaeme (Aab): One-cap Super Eagles striker, Peter Utaka scored a brace in Odense’s 6-0 thumping of Aab who paraded Dickson Nwakaeme for seven minutes at the Fiona Park in the Danish SAS Ligaen on Saturday.
A brace from Espen Ruud, Peter Utaka and goals from Hans Andreasen and Hennik Toft ensured the rout. It was Peter’s 19th game in the Danish League and has scored ten goals so far this term.
Egutu Oliseh Ergotelis: Former Nigerian youth international, Egutu Oliseh played all 90 minute for Ergotelis in their 1-1 draw against Iraklis at the Kaftanzogleio stadium on Saturday.
Pablo Lima’s 52nd minute strike cancelled out Romano’s 39th minute opener in the encounter. It was Egutu’s 13th appearance for Ergotelis in the Greek Super Liga this term.
Solomon Okpako (Panionios): Super Eagles team B striker, Solomon Okpako was an unused substitute for Panionious as they lost by a lone goal at home to Kerkyra at the Panionios stadium Saturday evening.
Carvalho Flavinho scored the only goal of the encounter in the 17th minute. The former Kano Pillars striker made his debut a forthnight ago in their 1-0 win over Larissa.
Adefemi Olubayo (Xanthi Skoda): Super Eagles right back,Olubayo played for 90 minutes in Xanthi’s 1-0 home win over Olympiakos Volos at the Skoda Xanthi Arena Sunday
afternoon Marcelinho scored the only goal of the encounter in the 57th minute. It was the former Flying Eagles star’s 10th start of the season in the Greek League.
Rabiu Afolabi (SV Salzburg): Super Eagles defender, Afolabi played all 90minutes for Salzburg as they played a 1-1 draw at home to Austria Wien at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
Aleksandar Dragovic’s 86th minute goal cancelled out Mendes da Silva’s 28th minute opener for Salzburg. It was Robocop’s 16th appearance of the season for Salzburg.
Isaac Promise (Manisapor): Former Flying Eagles skipper, Isaac Promise played his 9th game for Manisapor and picked his third yellow card in their 2-0 win over Gaziantepspor at the Mayis stadium Saturday evening.
An own goal from Emre Gungor in the 40th minute and Kahe’s first half stoppage time goal gave Manisapor all three points from the encounter. Isaac has so far scored two goals and has been yellow carded three times.
Uwa Echiejile (Sporting Braga): Super Eagles left back, Uwa Echijile played for 13 minutes in Braga’s 3-1 away loss to Uniao De Leiria at the Magalhaes stadium on Saturday.
Alex Carlao’s brace cancelled out Matheus Nascimento 8th minute opener for Braga.
However Silas Fernandes dashed Braga’s hopes of earning a point when he scored the third for Uniao Leira in stoppage time.
Uwa has so far played 13 times for Braga in the Portuguese Liga this season.
Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petak Tikva): Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama was paraded for the entire duration of Hapeol’s 5-1 drubblng of Hapoel Petak Tikva who did not list his compatriot, Austin Ejide for the clash at the Ramat Gan Stadium.
It was Enyeama’s 13th appearance for Hapoel in the Ligat AL this term and has conceded 12 goals scoring none while his compatriot Ejide is yet to feature for Petak Tikva in the on going Israeli league.