Vincent Enyeama has been mooted for a return to the Super Eagles for the World Cup, but Gernot Rohr has said the veteran shot-stopper would not make the squad to Russia due to his lack of game time

Enyeama retired abruptly from the national team in 2015 but discourse on him returning to the team has been on the table for months, but Rohr has adduced that the Lille goalkeeper lack of game time at his club meant he was out of the team for Russia.

The 101 capped Nigerian international last featured for the first team of Lille in the game against Rennes last April.

And speaking to reporters at Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation Awards, Rohr as quoted by Vanguard said Enyeama would not be part of his team for the World Cup.

“He {Enyeama} is not playing anywhere, so we cannot take players who are not playing,” Rohr said.

“We are working hard to have the best of our legs taken to Russia and we don’t have the best luxury of naming a player that has not been playing in recent time.

“Each time we have a problem, there is always a good answer and I hope it will be the same for the World Cup.

“We currently have so many players in camp and we want to continue monitoring them. The most important thing is for them to be in best shape for the Mundial.”

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With Rohr ruling Enyeama out of the World Cup, The Franco-German would be left to pick three amongst Francis Uzuoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Ajiboye, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye that would represent the country at the World Cup.

All the available options for Rohr are deemed inexperienced at the highest level.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria has given “football fans unforgettable memories” at the World Cup, says Federation of International Football Association ( FIFA ).

The three-time African Champions will be making their sixth appearance at the World Cup later this year in Russia and FIFA has paid tribute to Nigeria and some of her ex players who had lit up the World Cup in the past.

In a text to back some of the video clips of the Super Eagles at the World Cup shared on the FIFA website, the World governing body of football wrote: “The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will mark Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the global finals. The African side made their debut at USA 1994, winning over supporters across the world with their exciting brand of football as they bowed out at the Round of 16 against eventual finalists Italy.

“…From Daniel Amokachi to Emmanuel Amunike, Sunday Oliseh to Jay-Jay Okocha, the high-flying Super Eagles have given football fans some unforgettable memories. We pay tribute to some of the Nigeria icons who have made their mark on the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles were the first side to qualify from the African continent and have been drawn in Group D against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has revealed that the team was prepared to make it pass the group stage as they’ve set a quarter final or semi-final agenda.

The Technical Adviser of the side, Gernot Rohr has also backed Musa stance – saying quarter final was the minimum the Super Eagles wanted to reach at the World Cup.

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Adult fans to pay £18 while Junior fans are to pay £10

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF )has confirmed that fans will pay between £10 to £18 for the friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Serbian national team billed for March 27 of this year.

The friendly match has been scheduled to take place in London, but a specific venue has not been announced yet

According to a tweet on the NFF verified Twitter account, tickets for adults will go for £18 (around 9,200) while that of the juniors will go for £10 (around 5,200).

The tweet read, “The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues: join the @NG Super Eagles in London on March 27th for the game against Serbian National team. Tickets start from £18 for adults and £10 for juniors.#SoarSuperEagles #NGASRB.”

Spotkick reported that the 2013 African champion will also lock horns with the three Lions of England in a friendly match scheduled for June 2. 

The friendly game against the Gareth Southgate led boys was reported to be the last of the friendly games the NFF has set aside to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup, where they will meet the trio of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage.

Other friendly games lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup are against Poland, DR Congo and Czech Republic.

 

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Gather around ye children, to hear the tales of thee; as a new season of the Nigerian Professional Football League is about to begin; which means only a few days till spotkick’s own Shehu Idris returns from the wilderness (AKA the hands of a rogue federal squad wh… okay, that’s enough). A league that mirrors its country like no other, the surreal drama, the utter lack of organisation that makes Spain’s LFP and RFEF look like geniuses, and the unappreciated workers (i.e. players). Just hire some ghost managers, and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

But little matter, this is, as our Shehu Idris said, the best league in the world (don’t compare), and spotkick’s newly-acquired ravens (again, Shehu Idris), have gone round the country on the tittle-tattle before the season begins- don’t worry, they didn’t go that far.

Our first stop is the North, of course (smart ravens, smart), where three months after winning their first ever league title, Plateau United held a ‘trophy parade’ (note: trophy parade in this country means taking the trophy to the State Governor and getting some welcome wads of cash). The champions begin their (doomed-to-fail) quest to retain the title with a trap- or is it trip- to face Nasarawa United, and will begin without goalkeeper Dele I-love-gisting Ajiboye, defender Daniel Itodo and midfielder Peter Eneji, who will all be aiding the home-based Eagles’ commendable effort to exit the African Nations Championship at the group stages in Morocco.

Still in North, it’s all eyes for the title by the looks of it, as El-Kanemi Warriors and new coach Imama Amapakabo have declared their aim is to win the big prize. So has Niger Tornadoes, but when you’re done laughing about that, remember no one fancied Plateau last year either. The Minna club have already signalled their intention to go all out by sacking their entire technical crew, headed by Coach Abubakar Bala, and giving them the generous opportunity of re-applying, presumably under new identities.

Also in the North, Yobe Desert Stars have made their way into the first division, with very little funds, so much so that they couldn’t afford to make new signings, or participate in the Nigerian National League’ Super Six pre-season tournament, so expect them to make their way back.

Then our ravens leave the North (it’s cold out there, you know), and head for the South-East, where they stumble on a couple of interns playing for Rivers United, who had the effrontery to ask Governor Nyesom Wike that their salaries be paid from the 2014/15 season (who do they think they are, Real Madrid?). After getting distracted by a handful of newly-erected exquisite statues in that region, our ravens check on Abia Warriors and new coach Raphael Everton (whose name sounds like that of a manager that will arrive in the English lower league to some fanfare, but leave with the club in the relegation zone). Then there’s dethroned champions Enugu Rangers, whose striker Kelvin Itoya has deemed as the ‘team to beat’ (so expect everyone to beat them), and who are coached by Gbenga Ogunbote.

At the sight of Ogunbote, our ravens are reminded to head for the West, where the quality has fallen faster than Mo’Cheddah’s musical career. Of the four teams that were relegated last season, three were from this side of the country- Shooting Stars of Ibadan, ABS of Ilorin, and the disgrace-in-football-club-clothing- Remo Stars for short. But somehow, MFM FC have gone against the routine of being inept down here, and actually managing to look like a football club that knows what they, and even booked a spot in the continental competition (The audacity!!! é ma bajéooo).

They’ll be kept company by Kwara United, another newly-promoted side, who are joined in the top-flight (lol ravens, we said flight) by the aforementioned Yobe Desert Stars, Go Round FC and five-time champions Heartland.

All make for an exciting viewing, if you can view clearly that is, the television rights are with NTA (yes, the same one).

Nevertheless, this is, and remains, the best league in the world (What part of don’t compare don’t you get).

 

 

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The Argentine captain has thrown a jibe at Nigeria ahead of their 2018 World Cup group stage meeting – saying he doubts the 2013 African champion on the biggest stage.

Argentina and Nigeria will lock horns once again - with the two sides having had to face each other in the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in the last five-edition of the Mundial.

In 2006, in which the two sides did not face each other, Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Of the four group stage meetings since 2002, Nigeria had failed to pick a point - as Argentina emerged winners on the four occasions. 

Meanwhile, Nigeria defeated Argentina by 4-1 in a friendly match in 2011 and defeated the Albiceleste by 4-2 in another friendly played last month.

Speaking in an interview with fifa.com, The Barcelona forward believes the Super Eagles’ 4-2 win over his side last month won’t count in their group stage encounter next year.

On facing Nigeria next year, Messi said, “Nigeria one day they score four goals, the next one, they leave plenty spaces for you to do anything.”

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On facing the other group opponents Messi added: (Iceland) "might seem easy, but they are tough and well organised on defence.

 (Croatia) “They give you more room to play, but have great players.”

 

 

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The Federation of International football Association (FIFA) has sanctioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for fielding ineligible player in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria last month.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November 2017.

In one of the recent latest decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFA has awarded the November 10 World Cup qualifier which ended 1-1 between Nigeria and Algeria in favour of Algeria.

The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 about N2,177,280.

The sanction relates to the player Abdullahi Shehu failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition.A

Abdullahiwas booked in the previous game against Zambia on November 2017 - adding to his earlier booking against Swaziland in the preliminary qualifier in November 2015 -- and should have been suspended against Algeria, but the NFF failed to pick up on it and coach Gernot Rohr field the player for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, the sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place.

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Julius Agali, the newly appointed scout of the Super Eagles has hinted that the duo of Obafemi Martins and Joel Obi might earn a recall to the national team as their performance as caught the eye of Gernot Rohr.

Martins, a 41 capped international last appeared for Nigeria in the AFCON qualifier against Swaziland in 2015 has been in stellar form for Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua – scoring a cracker in the FA Cup final win against Shanghai SIPG last weekend.

Joel Obi on the other hand last represented the Super Eagles in 2014 but has also been in good form for his club as he has recorded two goals and an assist for Torino this season.

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According to Agali, Gernot Rohr, who is hunting for new legs ahead of next year’s World Cup might recall the veteran Martins and 26-year-old Joel Obi to the national team.

“Don’t be surprised to see the likes of in-form Obafemi Martins, Joel Obi and others returning to the team," Agali, as quoted by owngoalnigeria.

“I myself won’t hesitate to scout for more legs that will help maintain the good form.

“All players who are currently performing to expectation in their respective club sides have equal chance.

”The coach {Rohr] is a disciplinarian who welcomes players based on merit”

The recall of Joel Obi will offer Rohr an alternative as Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has been the only player he has entrusted with the Defensive midfield position since he took over.

While Martins, who represented Nigeria at 2010 World Cup in South Africa will offer experience in the dressing room as the Nigeria team is said to be the youngest ahead of next year’s.

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NFF and Mikel Disagree over Bonus Proposal

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:48

Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, led by team captain, John Mikel Obi have rejected NFF’s bonus proposal  aimed at seeing players rewarded based on minutes played during World Cup qualifiers.

According to SCORENigeria, the players rejected the offer as they felt the ‘pay based on minutes played’ proposal isn't good for team unity.

Also, the source, according to SCORENigeria, said Mikel and the players turned down the proposal as some players who got a call up(s) but didn’t get to play any minute will miss out from the $3m available for the Super Eagles’ players.

Instead of the ‘pay-per-minute,’ the players have rather agreed on $3m qualifying bonus price which will be shared amongst the players according to their appearances and call-ups.

The source, as quoted by The Nation said: “Mikel and the rest of the team out rightly booted out in a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF Vice Presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers.

“That would have meant some of the players who were called up but never get to play will not benefit from the bonus.”

“To be paid according to playing time will bring desperation in the team, desperation in the team, against team spirit and the players rejected this.”

Players to Get $15,000 for a Win in Russia

The Nigeria Football Federation had been reported to have decided that $15, 000 will be pocketed by the players as win bonus in the group stage of next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Reports had it that the players won’t receive any bonus for a draw or loss. But sources said the NFF were working on a formula to compensate the players for a draw or loss.

 

 

 

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