Thursday, 28 June 2018

Rohr's technical and tactical ineptitude responsible for Nigeria's World Cup exit

By -Adewale Ajayi

The 2018 WRohr is an opportunist who rode on the back of our failure to qualify for back to back Nations cup to steal our hearts and make us see him as the messiah.
 We pampered him, cuddled him and made him look like a bride on the alter of our weak hearts but after all his tactical blunders, Rohr has shown that he lacks the following...

1. Game reading ability

2. Good team selection plan

3. Proper planning before a game

4. Players positioning and perfect match analyses from the bench

5. Authority over the players and crew.

Based on the forgoing, he has proved to all of us that he lacks the basis requirements that combines to make a top coach.

We needed José Mourinho to remind him that Mikel is a defensive midfielder not a creative midfielder which to me, is a big letdown to his credentials as National team coach.
 If Rohr, after coaching Mikel for close to one year cannot decipher his best position on the field, it tells the story of how bad things are going for our football.
 To worsen matters, he came with a certain UK based taxi driver as team scout as we all watched him feed fat on our intelligence and wealth.

Going forward, I suggest that we thank Rohr for all the great memories specially the 4-1 trashing of Cameroon in Uyo which to me was his best individual achievement, then do him a quick send off party before seeing him off to the airport as we say goodbye.

We can live with the memories of his past but cannot endure his presence anymore. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Danger Looms For Super Eagles As Federal Government Delay The Release Of Fund

On June 1, 2018, Nigerians from all walks of life especially those in other parts of the United Kingdom, travelled from far and wide to Oxford in London.

Oxford street in central London, was locked as British police struggled to curtail thousands of Nigerians trooping in from the various train stations and heading towards Nike Sales office where the Super Eagles jersey was officially put for sale.

They were not there for the usual street carnivals but to buy a copy of the much publicised  Nigerian National team Jersey which has attracted massive media hype ever since it was  first unveiled earlier this year.

Never in our history have Nigerians based in the United Kingdom expressed deep love and passion for their Father Land, never in a long while has a Nigerian match attracted the kind of publicity and frenzy the game in London attracted.

All these points to the fact that the Nigerian youth have all keyed in, to accepting football as the singular most unifying factor that holds a Nation together in the midst of all the uncertainties of our National life.
No other sector, can get Nigerians off the streets like Football.

On June 2, 2018, during the friendly match  between England and Nigeria, over 10,000 Nigerian youths found their way into the Wembley Stadium, an edifice that was packed full with over 70,000 watching spectators. 

Those who could not access the stadium watched in the comfort of their living rooms.

Major streets were painted green and white as Nigerians displayed their rich cultural heritage and wore their National colours with pride and passion.

The players too fought gallantly and did their utmost to protect National pride against a star studded England National team who pride themselves till date, as one of the super powers of world football.
The World celebrated Nigeria, the Search for Nigeria on the Google Map hit the roof, the whole world became Nigeria through the platform of one Nigerian identity, football and its World cup Jersey.

Yes,  Nigerian World Cup Jersey was celebrated by the World's leading News Media outlets like never before CNN, BBC, SKY, FOX, ABC, ITV etc. The news analysis on Nigeria's Super Eagles Jersey and Nigeria  was/is unprecedented even as the team leaves for Russia.

The streets of London and the over 70, 000 thousand spectators of different colour and races wearing the Super Eagles jersey inside the Wembley stadium on June 2,  sent a strong message to the rest of the World that Nigerian Youths are not lazy, Nigerian Youths hold  the key to unlocking Nigeria's unity in her diversity, Nigerian Youth are the biggest marketing and Public Relations tool for our country, much more than any other sponsored or slogan campaign and football is the biggest and by far the largest campaign tool for the govt and people of Nigeria.

Yet the Super Eagles head to Russia without Government funds released to the players why?

In the face of the  obvious commitment and patriotic excitement exhibited by the players and everyone associated with 'Project Super Eagles for Russia 2018'. It is sad, very sad, to know that the body saddled with the responsibility of seeing our Super Eagles excel in Russia (The NFF)  have continued to squeeze water out of hard rocks, just to get things going.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been really magnanimous in his overall disposition towards the team, he has shown his passion and undying love for Football since he assumed office in 2015 but somehow, a few individuals have stood as stumbling block between him and the Super Eagles, thereby stopping the flow of funds released for this purpose from being easily accessible. 

What this mean ultimately, is that, there is a calculated attempt to frustrate Nigeria's  successful participation at the World Cup. 

The monies released by the World Football governing body (FIFA) for National team's preparation is 2m US dollars, coupled with the over 800m Naira ( eight hundred million naira) gathered by the NFF in their rigorous marketing drive. All these monies, are all being help up by government bureaucracy which has made planning  and preparation a very difficult task. 

Even as the Nigeria Football Federation keep sealed lips over their present predicament, our investigation has revealed that, theirs is a case of a group of individuals suffering and smiling in penury.

They have spent all they have to keep the team comfortable. The officials have been fully paid all their salaries and allowances, outstanding bonuses for players have also been sorted, while their daily camp allowances have been totally taken care of.

Team captain John Obi Mikel attested to the fresh air of comfort  blowing through the camp on a recent visit to president Buhari just before the contingent departed for London for  their training tour.

He gave kudos to the NFF for making life very comfortable for the  players and officials, stressing that never in the history of the National team has it been this good.

If this submission and those from Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi and other team members are truly correct, then the Nigeria sports minister Solomon Dalung must rise and act. 

He must for the sake of  matter of National joy,  come to the aid of the NFF and save the Nation another potential distraction and disgrace.

Like it happened at the World Cup in 2014, fresh crisis seem to be brewing which if not quickly curtailed can escalate into a major problem that will break the cord of unity in the team and destroy our hopes of putting up a brilliant performance at the World Cup. 

A stitch in time will save Nigeria nine major stitches.

Monday, 4 June 2018

One On One With Shehu Dikko On Eagles Preparation Ahead Czech Game

The 2nd Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chairman of League Management Company (LMC) and FIFA Stakeholders Committee Member, Shehu Dikko in an exclusive interview with Wale Ajayi spoke about the preparations of the Super Eagles ahead of the friendly game coming up in Austria on Wednesday June 6, 2018.

1. How is the team shaping up?

All good and everyone shaping up and doubling up... this is the best bunch of players we have seen in a long time... no trouble no issues and everyone focused on the assignment at hand with togetherness all over.

2. What was the training schedule like?

It’s a multiple of training focusing on the individual  needs of the players to put all back on top shape and full fitness. Morning and afternoon sessions  involved, some players even doing more on their own to get more sharpness.

3. What is the atmosphere in camp like?

All brilliant and togetherness in full action... players and team all excited with the quality of the Camp, facilities and serenity of the whole Environmet. No distractions but total  concentration. The love and togetherness simply amazing. MIKEL the best captain and leader in a long while as he has tuned his players to only focus on Job at hand to prepare for the World Cup.

4. What was the morning two aside training like?

Who and who paired in central defence and in attack. No two aside but specialized training focused on all departments.

5. Is Rohr tempted to apply the second half 3-5-2 formation he used against England against the Czech Republic?

This is for Rohr to decide based on particular match situation and plan. All options open and we have the talents in the group to achieve what is desired.

6. The dropped players, Mikel Agu and Ola Aina are they in Austria? If yes, do they still train with the team?

No they are not but are kept on standby and given specific trainings to keep fit should they be called back.. Only the 23 players are here but the dropped players exhibited great mentality and sportsmanship as they all came and wish the team Goodluck and pray for the team success before departing home prior to the team leaving London for Austria.

Great professional mentality and the whole team is happy as they didn’t make anyone feel bad but motivated the team. No bitterness at all but all happy to have been part of the group.

7. The backroom staff that didn't secure visas are they now in Austria?

They are still in London but have made a submission today to the Austria embassy in London with the intervention of the Nigerian High Commission in London and Hopefully their visas would be issued tomorrow and they will join the team later in Austria Tuesday afternoon.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

MFM FC players dedicate away victory to Emmanuel Adeyemi

Officials and players of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC have dedicated their 1-0 away win against FC IfeanyiUbah to the director of the team Emmanuel Adeyemi who turned a year older on Saturday June 2, 2018.

MFM FC bounced back to winning ways after loosing two games on the bounce as they claimed their first away victory of the season against the  the Anambra Warriors in Matchday 24 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played on Sunday at the FC IfeanyiUbah Stadium.

Three players, Olatunbosun Sikiru, Okorom Stanley, Nojeem Akinyemi and Uwaga Chuka were missing from the starting line up due to injury but the likes of Austine Opara, Onuwa Chukwuka, Zikiye Jonathan, Ademola Adeshola and Julius Emiloju gave good account of themselves with amazing displays.

The host dominated the first 45 minutes of the intriguing encounter creating series of goalscoring opportunities but MFM FC players were resolute with their performance.

Ekene Awazie and Patrick Ikeokwu had a chance to score in the 20th and 22nd minute but were denied by MFM FC goalkeeper, Nasamu Emmanuel.

The Lagos-based team came out stronger in the second half mounting the pressure on the home team with Onuwa Chukwuka, Akuneto Chijioke and Alade Balogun troubling the host defense.

Onuwa Chukwuka initiated a move from the midfield in the 59th minute and exchanged passes with Julius Emiloju and Akuneto before releasing his final pass to Balogun, the latter then put MFM FC in front with a low drive.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah were awarded a penalty six minutes after Alade's goal following a challenge on Patrick Ikeokwu by Nasamu. The goalkeeper sustained an injury due to that challenge and was treated on the pitch for few minutes.

The penalty was then taken in the 70th minute of the entertaining match by Seka Pascal to the far right but Nasamu guessed right and parried the ball to the path of onrushing Wasiu Jimoh who failed to score from the rebound.

The game ended with the Olukoya Boys recording their first away win of the 2017/18 NPFL season as they moved from 13th spot on the table to 11th claiming 30 points from 24 league games.

"Permit to say this, on behalf of the officials and players, I will like to dedicate this victory to our director, Emmanuel Adeyemi who became a year older yesterday" MFM FC Captain Austine Opara enthused shortly after the game.