Saturday, April 30, 2011


Martins out for the season

Birmingham City forward Obafemi Martins out for the season

Martins out for the season

Posted: 2011-04-29 15:22
Birmingham City forward Obafemi Martins has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on Thursday to repair a stress fracture. 

The former Inter striker, who is on loan at Birmingham from Rubin Kazan, has not played for the club since March.

Blues manager Alex McLeish told the club's official website: "It's a blow for Oba and very frustrating for him and us, we all wish him a quick recovery."

The former Rangers boss also explained Martins' injury-hit spell at the club since arriving on loan in January, adding: "He passed his medical and everything was fine for six weeks, but then it became obvious to us that something wasn't right.

"The head of our medical department, Dr Ian McGuiness, carried out extensive tests and the stress fracture was diagnosed."

The Scot was particularly frustrated that the Midlands club have yet to see the best of the Nigerian since his arrival, despite his League Cup-winning goal against Arsenal.

He said: "It's a shame we haven't seen Oba at his very best.

"We brought him here in the hope that he could help the team and, of course, we all know what he did in the Carling Cup final."


Real madrid midfielder Pepe sent off after 62 minutes and Mourinho was sent to the stands for his protests soon after, and Lionel Messi took full advantage to score both goals in a stunned Bernabeu.

"Congratulations to a fantastic football team," the Real coach said in a rambling rant at the post-match news conference.

"But congratulations for all they have as well, it must be difficult to get to get all this power. Where does this power come from? I don't know if it's because they give UNICEF publicity (on their shirts)?"

Mourinho went on to list Barca's semi-final victory over Chelsea in 2009, the Internazionale semi-final from last season and now "the scandal of the Bernabeu", as he suggested unfair red cards had been issued to rivals playing the Catalan side.

"This thing happens in each semi-final," he said. "I am here just to ask this question and I hope to get the answer one day.

"I respect him (Barca coach Pep Guardiola) a great deal as a coach and a person...but I would like to see him win a Champions League without scandals.

"Pep is a fantastic soccer coach and he has won one Champions League. I would be ashamed to have won it after the scandal of Stamford Bridge (when he said Chelsea should have had four penalties).

"I won two Champions Leagues with Porto and Inter and won both on the pitch. We won with work, effort, sweat and fight."

The second of those European crowns came after a famous rearguard action with 10 men at the Nou Camp last season, losing 1-0 after having won the first leg 3-1.

However, Mourinho quickly ruled out any chance of another heroic performance in next Tuesday's second leg at Barca's stadium.

"Obviously in the return leg it's a very difficult mission," he added. "It's not very difficult, it's impossible.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Emotions ran high in Lagos yesterday as the remains of Super Eagles’ defender Olubayo Adefemi were committed to mother earth even as his team-mates have vowed to honour him by qualifying for next year’s African Cup of Nations finals.
The corpse of the talented defender was brought into the country via Italy on Monday night but the restrictions that attended Tuesday’s gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections made it impossible to bury him earlier than Thursday, as key personalities in Nigerian football fraternity were determined to pay him final respects.
At Thursday’s lying-in-state and final burial programme were NFF’s 1st Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh, standing in for the President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari who is with the Flying Eagles in South Africa, as well as chairman of technical committee, Barrister Chris Green, who flew out of South Africa on Wednesday evening to be part of the final rites.
There were also Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Samson Siasia, Goalkeepers’ Coach Ike Shorounmu, Team Secretary Enebi Achor and Team Coordinator Emmanuel Attah.
Super Eagles’ skipper Joseph Yobo sent a message on behalf of the group, expressing sadness that other players could not be there to pay their last respects to the humble and gifted player, due to club commitments. Yobo lamented the demise of Olubayo, someone who wined and dined with the group a month ago during the Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia and the international friendly against Kenya, both in Abuja.
“The big honour we can give to Olubayo Adefemi is to go to Ethiopia in June and take the three points and eventually qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations”, stated Yobo in the message.
Chief Umeh, a former Team Manager of the national senior team, in emotion-laden voice, rued the untimely departure of the very respectful footballer, noting that the vacuum he has left would be difficult to fill in the national team that is on-going a re-building process.
Olubayo Adefemi died on Monday penultimate week when he lost control of the car he was driving on the road from his Greek base, Xanthi to Salonica, to board a flight to Nigeria.

Weekend action sees sides try to get a grip

Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
National Defence Ministry’s Sin Dalin slides in to challenge Naga Corp’s Samuel Oseika during their league match last June.

Preah Khan Reach v Kirivong Sok Sen Chey
Saturday April 30 – 2pm
Coach Rith Dikar of Preah Khan Reach is hoping to avoid the ignominy of a third successive draw. Striker Khoun Laboravy, who claimed the Golden Boot award during their triumphant Hun Sen Cup run earlier this year, has been on the scoresheet in his last six appearances for the military police team and will be the key target man in attack tomorrow.

PKR also boast young and talented midfielders in Chea Samnang, Suon Veasna and Phany I Rotha, who should pile on the pressure on their Takeo based opponents.

Meanwhile Kirivong, who lost 1-0 to National Defence Ministry before Khmer New Year, will look to get back to winning ways. Vietnamese coach Nguyen Chau Hong will throw the lofty trio of Meak Chhordaravuth, In Vichheka and Nigerian Nelson Oladiji up front.

Last season, PKR won both their meetings with Kirivong 1-0.

National Police Commissary v Build Bright United
Saturday April 30 – 4pm
National Police Commissary were not content with a 0-0 stalemate against Prek Pra Keila last time out. Samuth Dalin, Sophal Udom and Long Nasy have threatened to find the net but need to find their finishing touch.

Hun Sen Cup runners-up Build Bright United have started the season with a disappointing one point from two games. Veteran forward Nuth Sinoun is suspended, so coach Meas Sam Oeurn will use Heng Sokly, Prom Puthsethy and Oum Chandara to carve out an offense.

Naga Corp v National Defence Ministry
Sunday May 1 – 2pm
Prak Sovannara claims it is high time for his Naga side to register a victory after a loss and draw in the league so far. The former national team coach has revealed he will introduce two new Nigerian players in his line-up this weekend.

U23 national team winger Nov ‘Chaly’ Soseila joined the casino backed club during the off-season last year, but a failure to resolve a transfer dispute via the Football Federation of Cambodia has seen him kept on the sidelines for the entire Hun Sen Cup and will not feature against his former club on Sunday.

The Army team are set to reclaim top spot in the league if they can take all three points off Naga. Striker Plong Chanthou and defender Thong Udom are in fine form with both having already bagged three goals from their opening rounds.

Naga held the edge over MND during last year’s campaign, with two wins and a draw including a 1-0 victory in the third place decider of the Super 4 playoffs.

Phnom Penh Crown v Prek Pra Keila
Sunday May 1 – 4pm
Phnom Penh Crown coach Bojan Hodak will expect his side to conjure up more goals after their 9-0 demolition of Rithy Sen last time out. However, defender Sun Sovannarithy will continue his absence due to a knee injury.

Prek Pra Keila, led by Nigerian coach Jack Tonye Charles, have proved their technical abilities with a neat short game. Skipper Khin Voeurn and Nigerian Philip Ali are likely to cause problems in the Crown ranks.

Crown won both their encounters last season, as well as a friendly in February.


Shoot-out controversy at AYC semis

African Youth Championship nears completion with an exciting final

Shoot-out controversy at AYC semis

Posted: 2011-04-29 10:42
It's Nigeria v Cameroon in the Final of the African Youth Championship at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday after controversy-packed semi-final action in Soweto yesterday. 

The Flying Eagles beat Mali 2-0 in their semi-final while Cameroon needed penalties to overcome Egypt, after their match ended 0-0 after extra-time.

There was controversy during the shoot-out when two of Cameroon's penalties, which had been saved, were ordered to be re-taken and were then converted.

Uche Nwofor and Stanley Okoro scored Nigeria's goals against Mali.

There was also controversy around the Nigerian opener - with several Mali players protesting that there had been a hand-ball in the build-up.

Mali will play Egypt in the third-place play-off, also on Sunday.

All four semi-finalists had already qualified for the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia later this year and details of the draw were announced earlier.

Egypt will play the opening match of the tournament against Brazil, and will then take on Austria and Panama in Group E.

Nigeria will play Guatemala, Croatia and Saudi Arabia in Group D.

Mali are in Group A with the hosts, Colombia plus South Korea and France and Cameroon are in Group B along with Portugal, Uruguay and the as yet undecided champions of Oceania.


The Flying Eagles have been handed what appears to be a kind draw for this year’s Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.

At the draws ceremony in Cartagena in the early hours of Thursday, the two-time finalists were thrown in with Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala in Group D.
They will play their games in the cities of Armenia and Pereira .
Nigeria’s campaign starts on Saturday,July 30 with a duel against Guatemala in Armenia followed by the game against Croatia on Wednesday,August 3 also in Armenia while the last group game which will be played in Pereira on Saturday August 6 will be against Saudi Arabia Meanwhile Flying Eagles coach, John Sam Obuh, has declared his team will make history by becoming the second African team after defending champions,Ghana to win the championships in Colombia.
Ghana became the first African team to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup two years ago in Egypt and Obuh said he believes his team could follow in the footsteps of the Black Satelites in Colombia from July.
“Our target is to make history for the country and ourselves. We have ambitions. We have played two finals of this competition and are yet to win it and so making history will now be to win it,” said Obuh.
Nigeria are drawn in a relatively easy Group D in Colombia along with Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala.
“I wouldn’t say this is a tough or easy group,” said Obuh.
“These days, I don’t put a lot of importance on what group I find myself. This was after the Under-17 World Cup, where we were suppose to be in the ‘Group of Death’. Also at the AYC, it was another so-called ‘Group of Death’ that had Ghana and Cameroon.
“The best approach therefore is to face any team you come across in any competition.
“We still need to be focussed on our group for the World Cup, put in all we have got so as to go beyond this stage of the competition.”
The Flying Eagles have already clashed with the Saudis in a friendly in Dubai recently. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
“We drew that game but we had everything going for us to win it. We outplayed them and now at least seven of the players who played against them in Dubai are not here with us in South Africa for the AYC. We have a better team now than we had in Dubai.
“All the same, we will not underrate any of our opponents because there could be surprises.
Every game in our group will be like a cup final. We just have to be prepared.”
Nigeria have also played against Guatemala. Guatemala won 3-1 in an invitational tourney in Egypt prior to the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Then coach, Samson Siasia, rested his key stars for the match so that fringe players could get some playing time.


Seeks New West Brom Deal

West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie looks set to reject a move to European giants Juventus to stay at The Hawthorns.

The 29-year-old’s impressive form this season, which has seen him net 13 times for the Baggies, has attracted interest from the former Serie A and Champions League champions.

However, Odemwingie has quashed any rumours linking him with a move to Italy, pledging to stay with West Brom, who look set to offer the Nigerian international a new contract this summer.

"I've heard a lot recently about Juventus being interested, but I try not to pay too much attention to it," he told The Sun.

"My intention is to continue playing in England and if West Brom is not relegated I'm only too happy to stay. It's likely they will offer me a new contract in the summer.”

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Mali 0 - 2 Nigeria
A terrible mistake from a malian defender almost lets in Kayode, but the keeper does well to save the striker's goal-bound effort at the 18th minute.

Nigeria opens scoring at the 21st minute of the first half as Nwofor scores a controversial goal for the flying eagles! Kayode looks to use his arm at the near post to push the ball on, and Nwofor was there to tap home his third goal of the tournament.

Mali got a corner at the 24th minute as Toure sees his shot defelected wide. Poor defending there from the Nigerian defender who would have stopped the ball.

Mali hits the post with his shot from the corner at the 25th minute, he came close in scoring an equalizer.
Nigeria was awarded a penalty at the 95th minute for a foul on Kayode by Ibrahima Diallo.

The second half substitute Stanley Okoro scores from a spot kick at the 98th minute and seals it for Nigeria.

Nigeria win and advance to the final. Mali only had one real chance in the match but hit the post.

What a waste of money

By Norman Hubbard

Whenever footballers, managers or supporters suggest their club needs new players, it is tempting to point out that recruitment can make things worse, not better. As ESPNsoccernet's worst 10 signings of the season show...

Tal Ben-Haim
GettyImagesTal Ben-Haim joined his ex-Portsmouth manager Avram Grant at West Ham in July
10. Tal Ben-Haim
Since excelling at Bolton, Tal Ben-Haim has managed the sort of sequence of underachievement that might be some kind of record. He has passed through five Premier League clubs without impressing at any. West Ham clearly ignored his immediate past when they borrowed the defender from Portsmouth in August. What they got was a plummet to the foot of the Premier League, not helped by Ben-Haim's form: his first five league games produced just two points, while his last was a 5-0 hammering at Newcastle.
9. Sebastien Squillaci
When Arsene Wenger discarded his usual strategy by paying a sizeable sum (around £6 million) for a 30-year-old, the question was if the Arsenal manager had ignored his youth policy for a good reason. Eight months later, the answer appears not: Squillaci, unlike most Arsenal recruits, has a lower resale value. But, more pertinently, he has not performed on the pitch. The centre-back appears especially incompatible with his fellow Frenchman Laurent Koscielny - the Gunners' first five Premier League defeats occurred when they were paired - and when Thomas Vermaelen is eventually fit, will probably rank as the fourth-choice central defender.
8. Alexander Hleb
"Here you just need to fight, run, not too much passing," Alexander Hleb said. "This, for me, is something new." As Birmingham have rarely been confused with Barcelona, what did he expect? And as Hleb appears the antithesis of no-frills workaholics like Craig Gardner and Lee Bowyer, what did the club imagine he would do? From the start, Birmingham and Hleb were a marriage of convenience that was doomed to end in divorce: he needed a club, they a flair player after Charles N'Zogbia's wage demands ended a bid to bring him south from Wigan. It is unsurprising that he rarely starts for Alex McLeish's side and, in its own way, just as predictable that Birmingham's battling qualities, rather than Hleb's skill, will keep them up.
7. James Milner
A staple diet of unofficial awards is the choice of the most improved player. Last year, it may well have been James Milner. This season, however, Milner appears the prime contender for whatever the opposite is: the player who has regressed most, perhaps. Factor in a £26 million fee in an almost uniquely unsuccessful swap (Stephen Ireland, who went to Aston Villa in the same deal, was another contender for this list) and a player who was supposed to have cemented his arrival at the division's top table instead seems to have made one of the misguided moves of the year. No longer in the Manchester City team, he has only played well on a handful of occasions, and one of those was his valedictory appearance for Villa.
6. Roque Santa Cruz
Blackburn's January quest for a galactico earned ridicule aplenty, and rightly so. When David Beckham, Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme took the utterly unexpected decisions that an offer from Ewood Park was one they definitely could refuse, the returning Roque Santa Cruz became the biggest name to arrive in East Lancashire. But fame isn't everything and Rovers' bizarre attempts at recruitment are backfiring. Santa Cruz is yet to score since returning to the club who somehow pocketed £18 million when selling him to Manchester City; apart from one header that hit the bar, he has rarely looked like finding the net. Predictably, he has seldom appeared fit and his struggles are one cause of Blackburn's descent down the table.
5. Mauro Boselli
Wigan's low profile can be a benefit. At most of their rivals, rather more questions would be asked about the failure of the club record signing to muster a solitary league goal. Instead, Mauro Boselli disappeared on loan to Genoa without too many noticing. Yet should Wigan's six-year spell in the Premier League come to an end, the £6 million man's drought - incorporating a crucial missed penalty in a potentially decisive defeat at West Ham - will be the major cause, especially in a squad that lacks scoring strikers.
4. Christian Poulsen
In a department of the Liverpool team where the recent alumni include Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Dietmar Hamann while Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles are among the current competition, the standards are high. To say Christian Poulsen fell short is an understatement. Anfield has seen few less positive passers than the Dane and, while his long association with Roy Hodgson was one explanation of his unpopularity, Poulsen's performances were another. His first season on Merseyside seems certain to end with youngster Jay Spearing ahead of him in the queue for the central midfield places.

GettyImagesBebe: Signed from Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes for a reported fee of £7.4 million
3. Paul Konchesky
Liverpool's summer business was so poor that they could fill much of this list. In the end, unimpressive as they have been, there was no room for Joe Cole or Milan Jovanovic. So there was stiff competition for the title of the worst signing at Anfield, but Paul Konchesky is a deserving winner. Quite how, having worked with Konchesky for two-and-a-half seasons at Fulham, Roy Hodgson deemed him a Liverpool player is a mystery, but the left-back's mistakes were a constant: defeats at Stoke and Tottenham can be attributed to his errors. Tellingly, Liverpool have looked far more secure with anyone else on the left of the defence.
2. Bebe
The strangest signing of the season, Bebe continues to astonish. Not in the right ways, however: utterly dismal displays in the Carling Cup defeat at West Ham and the FA Cup win over Crawley provoke a sense of surprise that anyone could deem him a Manchester United player. Sir Alex Ferguson, famously, had not seen the Portuguese winger before buying him but he paid more for Bebe than he did for Javier Hernandez. Barring a remarkable improvement in the remainder of his United career, the callow forward may go down as one of Ferguson's worst signings.
1. Fernando Torres
The long wait was ended 14 games and 732 minutes into his Chelsea career when the most expensive player in the history of English football finally scored. Yet the verdict on the £50 million man this season may be that his signing cost Chelsea their chance of winning the Premier League and the Champions League; it might inadvertently result in Carlo Ancelotti's departure. Because, while Chelsea have generally fared better with Torres on the bench, his move appears to have revitalised Liverpool and caused his new club no end of problems.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ahmed Musa To Arrive In Johannesburg Today

Shuttling Flying Eagles winger Ahmed Musa is expected to arrive at the venue of the on-going African Youth Championship on Monday for the team’s semi-final clash against Mali billed for the Dobsonville Stadium on Thursday.

The President of the NFF, AminuMaigari, told Complete Sports that the federation will do everything humanly possible to ensure he plays for the team on Thursday.

“He will be back for the game against Mali, no doubt. There’s no excuse this time around for him to miss the game and you will see a different team in the semifinal,”Maigari boasted

 Musa who featured for the team in their 2-1 win against Ghana is expected to lead the team’s attack in the semifinal clash against the Malian side.


Nigerian Ladies To Begin World Cup Camp On May 26 In Germany

The Super Falcons will be busy playing top friendly games preparatory to the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup holding in Germany between June 26 and July 17.

The coach Uche Eucharia-led side is one of the two African representatives after reclaiming the continental top title in South Africa in November and  the  pre-World Cup camping will commence on May 26 in Germany.

Top amongst the warm-up games lined up for the team by a reputable match agent is a match against a female Bundesliga team in Germany known as Waeck and the friendly will be played at Innsbruck.

The team will thereafter confront the Czech Republic as well as Austria and Switzerland.
All the matches have been scheduled to hold in the month of May and June before the kick-off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Super Falcons have been drawn against Germany, France and Canada in the competition’s preliminary round and they will play their first game of the tournament against France on June 26 at Sinsheim.

Monday, April 25, 2011


English Premier League side, Arsenal and Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid are on the cards for the official  opening of the renovated and upgraded Ilorin Stadium next month.

The stadium was rehabilitated to the tune of N1.3billion by Kwara State government with the sitting capacity increased from seven thousand to 18,000 and the playing turf turned to astroturf.
The project was executed by the Aron Construction Nigeria Limited.

Organisers of the world class match disclosed that Dan Jan Sports Management outfit who brokered the Manchester United and Portsmouth of England visit to Nigeria in 2008 has been mandated to ensure the arrival of either of the two teams.

"Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are the two teams on our card at the moment and we have contacted Dan Jan Sports Management outfit to get either of the two teams for the official opening of the stadium in May",informed Media Coordinator of the event to Complete Sports on Sunday.

He added:"Dan Jan you will recall, facilitated the visit of Manchester United and Portsmouth of England to Nigeria in 2008 and we hope they can still do it this time around.”

No date has been fixed for the match that will mark Governor Bukola Saraki's exit from the government house while ushering him into his new seat in the Senate.

"The European seasons will end in the early weeks of next month, May,so will be able to get an acceptable date based on the European team's programme", the match media Coordinator explained.

Kwara State will present a selected side coprising players from Kwara United, Bukola Babes and Kwara Football Academy with Kadiri Ikhana as head coach while Festus Allen of Bukola Babes will assist him.

It would be recalled that Jose Mourinho "the Special One" visited Kwara State in July 2009 when he conducted a coaching clinic for football coaches


According to a report in this morning’s edition of Italy’s second highest selling sports daily, Corriere dello Sport, the Nigeria international left back Taye Taiwo now has a French Passport and is more likely to move to AC Milan in the summer.
The Rossoneri will now be able to use the non-EU quota to sign the Brazilian wonder-kid, Pablo Henrique Ganso.
Taiwo has  been offered a four-year-contract by the Red and Black.
Meanwhile, ahead of their crucial Serie A match between AC Milan and Brescia on Saturday, Massimiliano Allegri (Milan coach), at a press conference on Friday, further confirmed the interest of the club on two possible summer reinforcements - Gans and Taye Taiwo.
The Brazilian wonder-kid Gans appears to be close to signing for the Rossoneri, while the Marseille left back has already made contact with the Milan hierarchy.
‘’Gans is a great player. Taiwo has some good qualities in the the left-back position, ‘’ says Allegri.
AC Milan are on top of the Serie A table and will concentrate on the summer market after the end of the season


West Brom Star Bags 13th Goal    Earns Baggies Coach, Roy Hodgson’s Praises 
West Bromwich Albion’s chief goal getter, Peter Osaze Odemwingie continued his fine run of form, in the English Premier League, grabbing his 13th goal of the season as Baggies rallied to a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the White hart Lane.
Odemwingie, who is targeting a remarkable 15 goal haul in his debut season in the English top flight, put Albion ahead on five minutes and consequently uncovered a shirt underneath his Albion jersey with the bold inscription Rest In Peace OLUBAYO ADEFEMI, also featuring the picture of the late Eagles star.
The prolific Nigeria latched on to Carlos Vela’s pass and then out muscled Bennoit Assou- Ekotto before curling a delightful 20-yard shot pass Gomes.
Osaze and Adefemi were both members of the Nigerian team to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Spurs equalized through Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 29 minute but Odemwingie remained a thorn in the flesh of their defenders with his pace and intelligence.
He was close to getting his second of the day as Nick Shorey beautiful cross found him unmarked in the box but Gomes pulled off a World class save to trip his header around the post.
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson praised Odemwingie and his teammates but warns them the battle to avoid the drop is not over yet.
“The two goals scored from Odemwingie and Cox were excellent as well the one scored by Tottenham.
“But it will be prudent at this stage to still be looking over our shoulders as the season draws to a close.
And for Odemwingie, he has increase his goal tally after ending Robert Earnshaw’s run as Albion’s leading goalscorer during a Premier League season.
He could however move away from the club as a number of clubs within and outside England  are rumored to be interested in securing his services.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Last Monday April 18, 2011 was yet another horrifying day in the history of Nigerian football after news broke from Greece that the Super Eagles full-back, Adefemi Olubayo is no more...
The Beijing 2008 Olympics star died in a fatal car accident in his attempt to return to Nigeria to finalize his wedding plans.That sad incident is one amongst the many others that have rocked Nigerian soccer over the last few decades and Complete Sports Saturday’s SULAIMAN ALAO here chronicles some of the similar sad occurences that dealt our country cruel blows
Olubayo Adefemi 
Personal information 
Full name: Olubayo Adefemi 
Date of birth: 13 August 1985 
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria 
Date of death: 18 April 2011 (aged 25) 
Place of death: Kavala, Greece 
Height: 1.84 m (6 ft  1/2 in) 
Position: Defender 
Youth Career 
0000–2000: Bendel Insurance 
Senior career
Years - Team - Apps - (Goals)
2001–2002: Bendel Insurance   
2002–2004: Delta Force   
2004–2005: Hapoel Jerusalem 23 (0) 
2005–2006: Hapoel Tel Aviv 10 (0) 
2006–2007: Hakoah Ramat Gan 0 (0) 
2007–2008: Hapoel Bnei Lod 30 (2) 
2008: Rapid Bucuresti 9 (0) 
2009: SC Rheindorf Altach 0 (0) 
2009–2010: Boulogne 13 (1) 
2010–2011: Skoda Xanthi 24 (2)
National Team 
2005: Nigeria U20 
2008: Nigeria U23 
2009–2011: Nigeria 5 (0) 
AYC Gold Medal, 2005 U-20
WYC Silver Medal, 2005 U-20 
Israeli F.A Cup winner with Hapoel Tel Aviv 2006 
Silver Medal 2008 Olympics U-23
OLUBAYO ADEFEMI  April 18, 2011:  Was a member of the Nigerian Under 20 team, Flying Eagles that won the African Youth Championship (AYC), in Benin Republic in 2005. He was also in the team that came second behind a Lionel Messi-led Argentina team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. He played 5 out of the six matches Nigeria played, scoring 1 goal during play against Morocco in the semi-final.
Adefemi represented Nigeria at the 2008 Olympic Games, playing all the games and scoring a goal in a semifinal match against Belgium. He won silver with the U-23 Dream Team in the tournament.
He then progressed to the senior national team and made his debut against Ireland on 29 May, 2009. He missed attending the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010 but returned to the Super Eagles squad under new coach, Samson Siasia.
Olubayo died in a car accident while driving on Egnatia Odos, near the city of Kavala, Greece. He was on his way to Nigeria in order to finalise details of his wedding. May his soul rest in peace.
SAMUEL OKWARAJI, August 12, 1989: 
Perhaps the most popular Super Eagles player who died in active service. The dreadlocked star, Okwaraji, collapsed ten minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup Qualifier against Angola inside the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos and died from congestive heart failure. An autopsy later revealed that the he had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
Okwaraji, before his death enjoyed a blosoming career which saw him feature for Dinamo Zagreb, VfB Stuttgart and SSV Ulm. He was called up to the Green Eagles squad in 1988 and at that year's African Nations Cup, he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the championship against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. 
Okwaraji was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. His bust statue was erected at the National Stadium in Lagos in his memory.
Former international, Obobaifo enjoyed a bloosoming football career alongside the likes of Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Etim Esin and Stephen Keshi in Belgium before death came calling. Obobaifo lost his life in an auto crash in Belgium.
The former youth international and younger brother of former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George was a victim of crowd violence at match venue. Igeniwari, who was then a player with Rangers International of Enugu, was shot by hooligans after an FA Cup game against Stationery Stores and later died from the gunshot injury. He was a member of the Golden Eaglets team to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Ecuador that same year.
AMIR ANGWE, October 29, 1995: 
Former Julius Berger FC forward, Amir Angwe collapsed just one minute before the end of an African Cup Winner’s Cup semi-final match with Maxaquene of Mozambique. Doctors at the stadium were unable to revive the player after he slumped. Angwe was later pronounced dead of what doctors believed was a heart attack.
 Former junior international, Tunde Charity died after sustaining a head injury during a league game with his club Insurance of Benin against Nigerdock of Lagos. He was a member of the Flying Eagles team that participated in the 1989 U-20 World Championship held in Saudi Arabia. 
One of the numerous young Nigerian players seeking greener pastures in Europe. Awanegbo ended up playing in Germany and died after only 12 minutes of play in a game. His death was attributed to cardiac arrest.
JOHN IKOROMA, February 2000: 
Nigerian youth international, John Ikoroma, collapsed and died of a heart attack during a friendly match in the United Arab Emirates. A former player for Rangers International FC and Nigeria’s under-17 national team, Ikoroma was in a trial match for Al-Wahda against Kazakh Club Astona when he collapsed 20 minutes before the final whistle. He died in hospital.
GABRIEL ANATS, April 2000: 
A prized player with Iwuanyanwu Nationale football club of Owerri, Anats collapsed off the pitch and died.
SAM OKOYE, August 31, 2005:
Former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Okoye represented Nigeria at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by the country. The former Enugu Rangers and Enyimba International safe hands, moved to Iranian Azadegan League club Sorkhpooshan Delvar Afzar FC in 2005. Four months after his 25th birthday, whilst living in Teheran, Okoye reportedly died there after a few days' illness. The cause and circumstances of his death have not been adequately elucidated and Iranian authorities did not release his remains for repatriation and burial in Nigeria until May 2006.
BONIFACE DANJUMA, August 12, 2006: 
This Plateau United player died after he slumped and was confirmed dead 13 minutes into the second half of his team tie with city rival JUTH of Jos at Nassarawa stadium, Keffi.
9 WOMEN FOOTBALLERS, December 23, 2008: 
Nigerian football was thrown into mourning just before Christmas in 2008 when nine amateur women footballers and two coaches were were burnt beyond recognition in an horrific auto crash on their way from Jos, Plateau State.
FC JIMETA PLAYERS, January 26, 2009: 
With the New Year celebrations just being rounded up and with the country just getting over the sad episode a month before, tragedy struck again as 15 members of an amateur side, FC Jimeta of Adamawa State died in a ghastly auto crash. Twelve of the dead were players while the remaining three were trainers.
13 OCEAN BOYS FC SUPPORTERS, February 21, 2009: 
In a single swoop, 13 football supporters of Nigeria Premier League side, Ocean Boys FC of Yenegoa were killed by persons suspected to be cultists, on their way to attending a Premier League match involving their team and Bayelsa United at the Ughelli Township Stadium in Delta State.
OROBOSA ADUN, May 26, 2009: 
He was the first choice goalkeeper of Warri Wolves F.C of Warri in Delta State. Adun slumped and died during training as a result of injury (internal haemorrhage) sustained when he was attacked by thugs of Rangers International of Enugu.
ABEL TADOR, June 14, 2009:
 It was initially a moment of joy as Bayelsa United clinched the league title following a 2-2 draw against Warri Wolves that fateful evening. Celebrations, however, turned to sour after team captain, Tador was shot dead few hours after. Tador was driving home in a joyous mood after his team's success when he was stopped by armed robbers. He was reportedly shot in the head as he tried to reverse his car to escape from the ambush. He died as a result of the gunshot wound.
ENDURANCE IDAHOR, March 6, 2010: 
Idahor collapsed in the opponent’s box after only 15 minutes during the match involving his Sudanese club, Al Merreikh against Alamal Atbara. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Autopsy report revealed that he suffered a circulatory collapse from a heart attack. A prolific scorer who had a stint with Nigeria’s U-23, he team played for Julius Berger and Dolphins before moving to Sudan in 2006 where he led the club to their first CAF Confederation Cup final since 1989.
EMMANUEL OGOLI, December 12, 2010:
Ocean Boys FC defender, Emmanuel Ogoli slumped on the pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa after playing for only 39 minutes during the team's week six tie against visiting Niger Tornadoes of Minna which ended 2-1 in favour of the homers. The stopper who joined Ocean Boys from sister club, Bayelsa United, suddenly collapsed on the pitch and was rushed to a waiting ambulance at the stadium but died on the way to the hospital.
UCHE OKAFOR, January 6, 2011: 
Former Nigeria international defender, Okafor, was found dead, hanging at his Dallas, Texas home in America. He was a member of the victorious 1994 Nations Cup team and played a match at the 1994 World Cup, where the Super Eagles qualified for the second round in a first ever appearance at the Mundial. He won a total of 34 caps for the national team.
Okafor began his football career at the defunct ACB Football club, Lagos. He then moved to Belgium to join first division side KSV Mechelen as was the norm of Nigerian players then. He also played for Hannover 96 before ending his career in Major League Soccer (MLS) with Sporting Kansas City, formerly known as Kansas City Wizards in the United States.
His death which was initially thought to be suicide raised controversy. FBI report later revealed that Okafor was murdered. Further Investigations are still ongoing  to get to the root of Okafor’s death.
JOSEPH DOSU: Born June 19, 1973, former Nigerian international, Dosu perhaps remains the most luckiest player who cheated death while playing for the national team.
Dosu was the goalkeeper during Nigeria’s U-23 side, the Dream Team’s conquest at Atlanta Olympics in 1996 where the team won the first ever gold medal in football by an African Country. 
Formerly Julius Berger’s safe hands, the Olympics feat led to Dosu securing a high-profile move to Italy where he teamed up with Reggiana in the Serie A but he never got to make an impact. He also became a full international with Nigeria’s senior team, the Super Eagles and featured in three international games.
Dosu featured in November 1996 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, which the Super Eagles won 2–0 in Lagos. He also played in the friendly against Morocco in December 1996, where he kept another clean sheet, and the FIFA World Cup qualifer against Kenya in January 1997. The match against Kenya which ended in a 1–1 draw, was his last game for the Nigeria. 
The dark complexioned goaltender’s career came to an abrupt end after a serious car accident in Lagos in 1997, almost left him paralyzed. Although, Dosu survived the near-fatal crash he never got to play football again. He now works as players’ agent and as a television analyst.

Torres relieved after ending drought

April 23, 2011

Fernando Torres claimed the pressure had been lifted from his shoulders after he finally scored his first goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 Premier League win over West Ham.
Torres: It was hard to settle
Torres, who cost the club £50 million in January, had not found the net for 901 minutes for club and country, including 732 for the champions since joining them almost three months ago, but it took him just eight minutes to do so after coming off the bench.
The Spaniard told ESPN: ''It was not the beginning I was expecting when I signed, but it's not easy to go in January or February.
''I kept working and it's thanks to all my team-mates that I scored. There's less pressure for me now, now I can enjoy it. Today the pitch was not the best to score the goal, but football is like this.''
Torres insisted he had never got disheartened by the tough start to his Chelsea career, but admitted he owed the fans that goal.
''The fans have been very patient with me,'' he added on ESPN. ''I had more and more anxiety for them than for me. Hopefully this is the first of many.''
The joy and relief at Torres's goal was shared by his team-mates, who celebrated with him. Didier Drogba, who came off for the Spaniard, added: ''I was in the changing room and I wanted to run and jump on as well. We know we have a great player here, next season is going to go well for him.''
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed Torres' goal will herald a new beginning for the striker.
''It was perfect today. Everyone waited for Fernando to score and he scored,'' said the Italian. ''For him from today it will be a new life. I think from today he will have a fantastic future here in this club
''The big problem was he came in to a new club and it was not easy to find a relationship with the new team-mates and the play but now the bad moments have gone.''

Friday, April 22, 2011


Peter Osaze Odemwingie has again ruled out the prospect of leaving West Brom by confirming he is 'very happy' at the Hawthorns.

The 29-year-old Nigeria international has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premier League, since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow last summer, with 12 goals so far for the Baggies.

As a result several other clubs, including Italian giants Juventus, have been linked with a possible swoop for his services but Odemwingie insists he is set to stay put at the Hawthorns, with the Baggies on the verge of securing Premier League safety.

"You never know what's round the corner in football, but all I can say right now is that I'm very happy here at West Brom," Odemwingie told Fifa's official website.

"I'm not anxious to move again. Transfers can always happen but this club gave me a chance in England and, as long as I'm happy and I'm scoring goals, I've no problem staying here."

Meanwhile Odemwingie has again praised the impact boss Roy Hodgson has had on the team after he took over from Roberto Di Matteo in February.

"He's a very strong person with real character, and he makes sure the team is always extremely well organised and focused," Odemwingie added.

"I must say too that I still admire Roberto Di Matteo because we played some great football under him earlier in the season. But I do think we started relaxing after starting so well and began to think the job was done.
"Maybe the previous manager lost a bit of control when that started happening.

Enough is Enough!

 Fellow Citizens and compatriots, Three days ago, I addressed you to express our pride on the successful conduct of the presidential election. I said then that we are all winners and that there are no losers.

I believe that I spoke the minds of most Nigerians, as well as men and women of goodwill all around the world.
We all came together for a historic achievement and to celebrate the progressive march of our democracy. I thank all of you who responded to my appeal on that occasion to reach out to your neighbours with love; to keep our nation united and strong.

This administration had taken practical steps to ensure the attainment of its goal of delivering free, fair and credible elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was reconstituted with credible and non-partisan people to the acclaim of Nigerians and the international community. Despite a few challenges, the new INEC has provided an atmosphere for the conduct of credible elections right from the review of the voter register to the presidential elections which took place last Saturday.

Sadly, some misguided elements do not share in the spirit of our democratic achievements. They formed into groups of miscreants and struck with deadly and destructive force in some parts of the country.

They killed and maimed innocent citizens. They set ablaze business premises, private homes and even places of worship. In some cases, they showed utter disrespect to all forms of authority, including our most revered traditional institutions. They systematically targeted population groups. They singled out and harassed nationalistic politicians. They intimidated travellers.

The mobs also targeted government offices and facilities, especially those of INEC. They waylaid vulnerable Youth Corps members, even though we all know that these young and innocent Nigerians are guests within our communities and are agents of public good and national unity.

We are shocked by these horrific acts which strike at the heart of our nation. These disturbances are more than mere political protests. Clearly, they aim to frustrate the remaining elections. This is not acceptable.

If anything at all, these acts of mayhem are sad reminders of the events which plunged our country into 30 months of an unfortunate civil war. As a nation, we are yet to come to terms with the level of human suffering, destruction and displacement, including that of our children to far-away countries, occasioned by those dark days.

In recent years, we have also witnessed other acts of intolerance, violence and destruction of human life perpetrated by unpatriotic elements for no justifiable reason. Indeed, the nation still bears some of the scars of other similar events like the aftermath of the June 12 1993 elections that brought our polity to the brink. It is inconceivable therefore, that there are some in our midst who seek to re-enact a stalemate in the political process.

My fellow countrymen and women, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Democracy is about the rule of law. It is to its credit, that in recent years our judiciary has demonstrated great courage, fortitude and independence in the discharge of its duties.

There are, therefore, no grievances that our laws and courts cannot address.

I have been in touch with all state governors and relevant security agencies. I have consulted with traditional, religious and political leaders who are also very disturbed by this trend of events.

As president, it is my solemn duty to defend the constitution of this country. That includes the obligation to protect the lives and properties of every Nigerian wherever they choose to live.

I will defend the right of all citizens to freely express their democratic choice anywhere in this country; to enjoy every freedom and opportunity that this country can offer without let or hindrance.

I assure all Nigerians that I will do so with all powers at my disposal as President, Commander-in-Chief.
I have ordered the deployment of security personnel to troubled parts of the country. I have also directed the reinforcement of security in all parts of the country.

I have authorised our security services to use all lawful means, including justifiable force to bring an immediate end to all acts of violence against our fellow citizens.

In view of the condemnable attacks on our gallant Youth Corps members, I have directed all state governors to take personal responsibility for their security and safety in the states where they serve.

I have directed that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts of violence and all those who seek to continue to breach the peace and stability of this nation must be fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

In this regard, a Judicial Commission of Inquiry will be constituted to look into the immediate and remote causes of this recent tide of unrest.

I urge all Nigerians to remain law abiding. I appeal to parents to take full charge of their wards.
We must not allow anybody to use innocent youth as cannon fodder for the ambitions of a few. Let us preserve the sanctity of the lives and future of all of our children.

On behalf of all Nigerians, I express heart-felt condolences to the victims of this violence. I lament the loss of lives; destruction of means of livelihood; the burning of homes and places of worship.
I appeal to all members of the political class, leaders of thought and traditional rulers to continue to put our national interest first at this critical time.

Particularly, I call on our religious leaders not to use the sacredness of our places of worship to promote messages that could lead to hate, disharmony and disaffection. Rather, we must all at this time join hands and support INEC in ensuring a successful conclusion of the commendable work which they started.

I appeal to all communities around the country to show restraint in the face of provocation. I urge all Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers for peace and tranquillity in our country.

I assure you all that calm is being restored in troubled parts of the country and that the elections scheduled for next Tuesday will go on as planned.

All Nigerians should therefore go about their businesses without fear and exercise their franchise on April 26 to vote for candidates of their choice in the next round of elections.

To those who persist in sowing the seeds of discord, I say, you may hurt and bring grief to some innocent families momentarily, but you will never succeed in stopping our transformational journey: a journey that will lead this country, by the grace of God, to emerge stronger, more prosperous and more united.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us continue to build a nation in which we all live in peace.

A nation where the bonds of our common aspirations and goals will spur and re-energise our resolve towards greatness. A nation where our children from North and South, East and West will grow with hope and live together as brothers, sisters and friends. Let us always remember that we are all part of a shared destiny.

I thank you all. God bless Nigeria. GEJ

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Says Leverkusen Star Asked To Be Given Time
Plans To Invite Arsenal Starlet For Argentina Tie
Says Chinedu Obasi Was Thrilled By His Visit

Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has revealed he had a successful meeting with Bayer Leverkusen of Germany midfielder, Sidney Sam yesterday.

Complete Sports had exclusively revealed yesterday that the Nigeria gaffer alongside former Eagles star, Roy Emeka Ezeala were scheduled to meet the Nigeria-born star and make him an offer to switch his allegiance to Nigeria,his parents’ country of origin.
“We met on Wednesday, and had a very good discussion,” Siasia said.

 “He was open with me and happy to be considered, but says he needs time to think it over and consult with his family.”
 The 23-year-old was born in Germany of Nigerian parentage, and has represented Germany at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

 Siasia says there will be no pressure on the player, and the final decision will be entirely up to him to make “Well, it is his future, and we cannot put pressure on him. It his decision to make and we will give him time to make that decision.
 “If he decides to stay with Germany, we will respect his choice and wish him well.”

Earlier,Siasia had visited back-to- fitness Chinedu Obasi and the Eagles coach revealed the injury-prone striker cum winger was thrilled to see him first at the club’s training ground in Sinsheim near Hoffenheim and later at the player’s home in Heiderberg.
 “He was very happy to see me, and told me he is making progress with his recovery.

 “I spoke to his coach and he told me that they are taking it easy with him because it was a serious operation that he had. So he may not return to full fitness until next season.

 “But we have to be there for him and the other players who are injured to let them know we have not forgotten them.
 “They are part of us, whether they are fit or not, and hopefully, we will have time to visit all the others.”

 Siasia has also revealed that he will include Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke when he names the Nigeria squad which will face Argentina in Abuja on June 1.

Last week, Siasia convinced the young midfielder, who has represented England at Under 18 level, to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria, and has now said he will bring him in as early as next month.

“We will invite him to come and have a feel of our squad, meet with the other players, see how we do things, and bond with the team,” Siasia said.
Aneke will be joined by at least one of the other players Siasia has met in his travels.

“We would have liked to bring all of them, but we also have to look at the NFF’s financial position.”But it’s important for these boys to come in and see that things are actually changing and they can have a better international future with Nigeria.

“Our focus is the 2014 World Cup, and some of these players will be at their peak by the time it comes around.”

Says Leverkusen Star Asked To Be Given Time
Plans To Invite Arsenal Starlet For Argentina Tie
Says Chinedu Obasi Was Thrilled By His Visit

Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has revealed he had a successful meeting with Bayer Leverkusen of Germany midfielder, Sidney Sam yesterday.

Complete Sports had exclusively revealed yesterday that the Nigeria gaffer alongside former Eagles star, Roy Emeka Ezeala were scheduled to meet the Nigeria-born star and make him an offer to switch his allegiance to Nigeria,his parents’ country of origin.
“We met on Wednesday, and had a very good discussion,” Siasia said.

 “He was open with me and happy to be considered, but says he needs time to think it over and consult with his family.”
 The 23-year-old was born in Germany of Nigerian parentage, and has represented Germany at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

 Siasia says there will be no pressure on the player, and the final decision will be entirely up to him to make “Well, it is his future, and we cannot put pressure on him. It his decision to make and we will give him time to make that decision.
 “If he decides to stay with Germany, we will respect his choice and wish him well.”

Earlier,Siasia had visited back-to- fitness Chinedu Obasi and the Eagles coach revealed the injury-prone striker cum winger was thrilled to see him first at the club’s training ground in Sinsheim near Hoffenheim and later at the player’s home in Heiderberg.
 “He was very happy to see me, and told me he is making progress with his recovery.

 “I spoke to his coach and he told me that they are taking it easy with him because it was a serious operation that he had. So he may not return to full fitness until next season.

 “But we have to be there for him and the other players who are injured to let them know we have not forgotten them.
 “They are part of us, whether they are fit or not, and hopefully, we will have time to visit all the others.”

 Siasia has also revealed that he will include Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke when he names the Nigeria squad which will face Argentina in Abuja on June 1.

Last week, Siasia convinced the young midfielder, who has represented England at Under 18 level, to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria, and has now said he will bring him in as early as next month.

“We will invite him to come and have a feel of our squad, meet with the other players, see how we do things, and bond with the team,” Siasia said.
Aneke will be joined by at least one of the other players Siasia has met in his travels.

“We would have liked to bring all of them, but we also have to look at the NFF’s financial position.”But it’s important for these boys to come in and see that things are actually changing and they can have a better international future with Nigeria.

“Our focus is the 2014 World Cup, and some of these players will be at their peak by the time it comes around.”

Stanley Okoro: National Assignments Come First

Almeria forward Stanley Okoro has told Complete Sports that national assignment comes first in his football career.

Okoro, who refused to not take personal glory for his contribution in the team’s win against the Black Satellites of Ghana, said he only played to instructions which paid off in the game.

 “I only went into the game to carry out instructions from the coach but the entire team from the goalkeeper to the strikers and even the bench played their part in the victory,” he said. “I must say that I am committed to the team and that 's why I am here.

The ambition of every player in any tournament is to win the top prize, which is the trophy, and it is the same for me.  We are here first of all to qualify for the World Cup and also win the trophy.

“We all share this dream and by the grace of God and hard work, we will realize our ambition. We are aware that there are several teams who are favourites, hoping to go to their countries with the trophy but we 'll not be deterred by the challenges posed by our opponents.”

 He adds: “As for me, I don’t like sitting on the bench because you feel more pressure than those on the field. At some point in the Ghana game, I wanted to collapse because my team was under a lot of attack but I just kept my face down and believed that we would win. Also, I like starting in all the games of competition I am involved in so that I can help my team mates.

 “Personally, qualifying for the World Cup means a lot to me and my career. I also nurse the ambition to play for all the national teams at the World Cup level. Now, I have played at the Under-17 level, definitely I will play in Colombia and then play for the Super Eagles at the World Cup someday. But right now, our ambition is to qualify for the U-20 World Cup because it means a lot to us, especially my home-based colleagues because playing and doing well in Colombia will open doors of opportunities for them and even for those of us already playing in Europe.”

The former Heartland of Owerri player knows that his ambition of playing at the U-20 World Cup in Colombia depends on the next game against Cameroun and he says that the team will definitely go for victory against their neighbors.

“Victory is the only thing on our minds against the Camerounians because it would guarantee our passage to the World Cup.  I also must admit that this win over Ghana has boosted our confidence level and we are playing for victory against Cameroun".

When told that the coach of the Young Lions of Cameroun has promised Nigeria hell and that they were not afraid of the Flying Eagles, he explained: “We watched the first half of the match between Cameroun and Gambia; and the Gambians played well but the Camerounians seemed to be better tactically but we will definitely beat them."

And giving a further assessment of Flying Eagles Group B opponents, Okoro noted that the Gambian team is also a very good side while expressing surprise at their loss to the Camerounians. He also said that having dispatched the Ghanaians, the John Obuh-led side will still have to approach the game with caution and avoid being over confident.

“My target is to start playing for my club as soon as I get back to Spain and I also hope that the issue of my work permit would have been sorted out so that I can help the first team that is currently battling the threat of relegation in the Primera Liga.

 Despite his inability to play for Almeria’s first team, Okoro said his game has Improved since moving to Spain. “My game has really improved technically and tactically. However, my lack of first team action is weighing me down but I am happy to be here to help the national team. But I thank God that I am doing well at the AYC."

He is also aware that the support the team gets from teeming fans could be an added advantage and called on Nigerians to continue to support and cheer the team at the match venue.

“Nigerians should continue to pray for us because this victory against Ghana has given us the confidence to go for the trophy. We are here to win the trophy and we will definitely achieve that.
Right now, I am the happiest man with this victory over Ghana. Victory is always good and I just thank God for giving us victory this game, I see us winning the trophy,” he concluded.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has urged national team players to beat Ethiopia in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier coming up in June to immortalise Olubayo Adefemi who died in a motor accident in Greece on Monday.

The Portsmouth of England striker who was in Lagos on Tuesday told Complete Sports that it was painful losing the Skoda Xanthi defender at the time his services were really needed in the national team.

“It was sad and painful to hear that our brother, Olubayo is gone. He was a humble and committed player who also had the interest of this country at heart,” says the former Arsenal FC striker.

“The only thing we can do to immortalise him is for the Super Eagles to beat Ethiopia for him because if he was not dead, he would have been part of the team.”

Kanu who is now a FIFA Soccer Ambassador said the demise of the former Hapoel Bnei Lod of Israel defender will not affect the performance of the Super Eagles against the Ethiopia who last Friday sacked their Nigerian coach.

Nigeria will be hoping to pick a victory in Addis Ababa after defeating Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia 4-0 in the first leg played in Nigeria.

“Personally, I don’t think Olufemi’s death will affect the team but as a human being, no body will not feel the pain and that is the more reason why they have to win the match to immortalise him.”

Olubayo who died in Greece on Monday, was part of the country’s team to the 2008 Olympic Games where Nigeria won silver.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Condolences poured in in torrents from other football teams in Greece as the death of Xanthi defensive midfielder Olubayo Adefemi shocked the Greek football establishment on Monday.

The 26-year-old Nigerian player was killed in a traffic accident on the Egnatia motorway in the early morning hours of Monday near the city of Kavala, in northeast Greece.

Adefemi had received permission from his team to travel to his homeland for his wedding.
Olympiakos Volos FC, a Greek Super League club issued a statement expressing its condolences to the family of Adefemi Olubayo.

''United FC Olympiakos Volos, management, technical leadership and football section express its deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of Olubayo Adefemi and SKODA
Xanthi FC, the tragic and premature loss of the player in a car accident this morning."

Also Iraklis FC, the last club of Sani Kaita issued a statement on the death of the Nigerian defender thus:Iraklis FC offer deep condolences on the untimely, and tragic death of footballer of Xanthi, Olubayo Adefemi. The tragic news shocked us. A big 'shame' this is, that express our feelings for the loss of a young man and athlete.

As many as five more clubs in the Greek Super League also offered condolences on the tragic death the defender.

'Aris FC expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the player of Xanthi Olubayo Adefemi, who so unjustly passed away after a road accident on the Egnatia highway this morning.The Nigerian player lost his life at age 25 and grief is scattered throughout the Greek football community.''

Ergotelis FC,the former club of Nigerian player,Babatunde Ogunsoto also expressed grief over Olubayo's demise.

''The INTERNATIONAL UNION OF Ergotelis FC expresses sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the family of Olubayo Adefemi SKODA Xanthi FC, on the tragic death of the player this (Monday) morning."

The trio of Atromitos FC,Larissa FC and  Panionios FC also paid their condolences saying Olubayo's loss has caused grief and sorrow in Greek football."

Adefemi's jersey is still in place in the dressing room and players of Xanthi have left flowers behind the jersey.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Black Satellites of Ghana coach Orlando Wellington says Nigeria is the biggest threat to their title ambitions but will not give up their title without a fight.

“They (Nigeria) do not fear us, neither do we fear them. But we respect them, we respect their pedigree at this level and we respect what they have achieved at this level,” Wellington said.

Meanwhile the Black Satellites, who are also the reigning Under-20 world champions will be  without four of their key players including Marseille midfielder Jordan Ayew, who was not released by the French club.

With Italy-based striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom, midfielder Enoch Ebo Andoh as well as the Hearts of Oak duo of Karim Alhassan and Mahatma Otoo in the Black Satellites squad, they will be a tough side to beat.

Nigeria on the other hand have nine of the players who reached the Under-17 World Cup final two years ago in their squad which should make them a formidable side.

Ramon Azeez Stanley Okoro and key player Ahmed Musa of Dutch side Venlo should be able to help the Flying Eagles finish among the four semi-finalists to represent Africa at the Under-20 World Cup.


Scores Goal No 12 As Baggies Crash To Chelsea
Nigeria forward, Peter Osaze Odemwingie made history by becoming West Bromwich Albion’s highest scorer in a season in the English Premier League, but ended up on the losing side as the Baggies were beaten 3-1 by champions Chelsea at the Hawthorns.
The 29-year old’s 17th minute strike which gave the Albions the lead in the pulsating tie was his 12th of the campaign and it ensured he bypassed Robert Earnshaw whom he formerly shared the record with.
Albion went into the game with an unenviable record of not having kept a clean sheet for 30 top-flight games and the excellent Odemwingie instilled confidence in their fans that the run could be about to come to an end with his top class finish.
Jerome Thomas played an intelligent ball which took a slight ricochet off John Terry, but the ball still found its intended target (Odemwingie) who sprinted into the area before deftly flicking the ball over the advancing Petr Cech.
Odemwingie has been an instant hit with the Baggies since arriving from Russian side, Locomotiv Moscow last summer.
He made a dream debut scoring in his first game against Sunderland at the Hawthorns and also won the player of the month for September.
The former Lille of France striker has also earned rave reviews for his goal scoring ability in the EPL, he is also a good passer of the ball and already has six assists to his credit with 86 shots.
He is now three goals short of the 15 goals target he set for himself for the current campaign.
His international teammate, John Obi Mikel made a return for Chelsea’s line-up in the tie after failing to take any part in Tuesday’s champions league loss to Manchester United.
Mikel was on for the entire duration of the game and put a solid display in his customary holding midfield role.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nigerians head to the polls in crucial presidential election

April 16, 2011
Incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan casts his vote

Saturday in his home ward at Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.
Incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan casts his vote Saturday in his home ward at Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.
  • Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is the front-runner
  • His lead comes despite a poor performance in the parliamentary vote last week
  • His main challenger is former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari
  • Nigeria, a former British colony, has been under military rule for most of its 50 years of independence
Kaduna, Nigeria- Nigerians headed to the polls Saturday to vote for president, a week after parliamentary elections were marred by violence and accusations of fraud in Africa's most populous nation.
Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is the presidential front-runner despite a poor performance in the parliamentary and senate elections by his People's Democratic Party
The former vice president assumed office after President Umaru Yar'Adua died last year following treatment for a kidney ailment in Saudi Arabia.
Jonathan has led the nation of about 150 million people since May. About 73 million people are registered to vote.
Nigeria's crucial vote
Behind the scenes of Nigeria election
The battle for Nigeria's presidency

His main challenger -- former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari -- was a contestant in the past elections in 2003 and 2007. Buhari is the candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change.
Other candidates include Nuhu Ribadu and current Kano state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau.
The winner faces tough challenges in the former British colony that has been mostly under military rule in its 50 years of independence.
For starters, to avoid a runoff, the winner must get at least a quarter of the vote in two-thirds of the 36 states and the capital.
The ruling party has a tradition of alternating power between the mostly Muslim north and the Christian and animist south after two terms in office.
The rhythm was broken when Jonathan, a southerner, succeeded Yar'Adua during his second term in office. Some ruling party leaders have demanded a candidate from the north.
Outbreaks of deadly violence have affected parts of the oil-producing Niger Delta region since the west African nation returned to democracy in 1999.
Ethnic strife has also left scores dead in some parts of the west African nation, including in the city of Jos.
On the eve of the parliamentary vote, a bomb exploded at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Suleja in central Nigeria, officials said.
A bomb exploded in northeastern Nigeria early Saturday, authorities said. The blast was in Maiduguri city in Borno state, according to a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.
Gunfire also rang out in the city, the spokesman said. It was unclear whether there were any casualties.
Nigerians voted April 9 for 360 House of Representatives seats and 109 Senate seats. After the presidential election on Saturday, a gubernatorial vote will be held on April 26.
A new election chief promised free and fair elections, but the electoral commission was forced to put off elections by a week after logistical problems, including party logos missing from ballot papers, were reported nationwide.
It was a major setback reminiscent of the nation's 2007 elections, which the European Union described as filled with rampant vote rigging, violence, theft of ballot boxes and intimidation.
A functioning democracy is important for Africa's most populous country and the largest oil producer in the continent. Nigeria is a major supplier of crude oil to the United States, and hosts many Western oil companies and workers.
Nigerians are harnessing the power of the internet to demand accountability and encourage citizens to get involved in the voting process.
The west African nation has 43 million internet users -- the largest in Africa -- and they are increasingly using Twitter, Facebook and blogs to report cases of voting problems during the election season. 

From Christian Purefoy

Friday, April 15, 2011


Ghana's Under-20 national youth coach Orlando Wellington is optimistic his side will retain the Africa Youth U20 trophy.

Speaking after his charges completed a successful two week training camp in Naivasha, Wellington said that with nine international players in his stable, he was confident his team will make an impact in the forthcoming tournament set to kick off on Sunday in South Africa.

He attributed Ghana's strong showing to a strong youthful structures in Ghana saying that every team in the Ghana Premier League is required to have youth teams ranging from Under-12, 17, and 20 that participate in a competitive league.

"We have invested immensely in the youth and that is why we have achieved a lot. Once you start with the youth teams, your work as a coach becomes easier especially when you are conducting any selection.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011


FIFA licensed players agent, Tony Finnigan has told  Complete Sports that Super Eagles invitee Victor Moses has the final say on his international future.

Tony who is the Wigan Athletic star’s  agent told Complete Sports on phone that Moses is a matured player who could decide the country he wishes to play for.

The former Fulham FC of England midfielder said: “Vic is a matured player and he has the final say on his international future.”

“He said he wants to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles after playing for England juniors  but he needs clearance to do that.

I think the Nigeria FA have a lot to do to help  him so that he can concentrate,” says the Briton.
Moses who could not make his debut for Nigeria against Ethiopia last month due to the clearance problem, told Complete Sports during the week that he prefers to play for Nigeria.

According to the NFF image maker, the Wigan striker has also written to the FIFA for necessary clearance as coach Samson Siasia looks forward to playing the England based player against Argentina on June 1 in Abuja.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Eagles Star Lauds Hodgson’s Impact At West Brom

Juventus appear to be leading the race to sign West Brom's in-form, £8m-rated forward Peter Odemwingie in the summer.

The Serie A side have sent scouts to watch the Nigerian in recent weeks following his fine form for the Baggies this season.

Odemwingie, who only cost £1million last summer, has been a revelation in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in just 27 appearances to help West Brom steer clear of the drop-zone.

Boss Roy Hodgson admitted recently he would face a fight to keep hold of the hitman should a club come in with a big offer, and reports say Juventus are preparing a bid in the region of £8million.
Such has been his form that the Baggies may want more for the 29-year-old than that while several other Premier League sides may also be lining up bids over the close season.
Meanwhile Odemwingie believes Hodgson spotted potential at the club before taking over.

The Baggies were in the middle of a slump when Hodgson joined the club after leaving Liverpool; with the Hawthorns outfit a team seen in many quarters as candidates for relegation from the top-flight.
Yet since his arrival in the Midlands, Hodgson has led the team to win three and draw three, strong form that has seen West Brom steadily rise up the table.

Now sitting a fine tenth in the table, Odemwingie was quick to praise the impact the veteran boss has had since joining the club.

"We had the difficult period but then there was a sense of urgency," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"Everyone knew we were going to lose out if we didn't stay up and that made everyone really concentrate on the job in training and in games.

"And with his character the manager makes it clear that's the only way and that is paying off now and everyone is working hard.

"If he can see potential, he is a coach that has worked with several of the big teams.
"He is experienced and if he feels we have the fundamentals that he can build on that means he sees some quality in the team. Maybe he saw that and calculated that he can achieve something.

"It's obvious from the team spirit that he is a stronger person and he's really got everyone knuckled down in training and working hard and that transfers into a good performance in the game.
"We're getting more confidence game after game and we know that is key to these victories