Hull boss Steve Bruce was interviewed by the Football Association on Monday about the England manager’s job.Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has also been interviewed and is favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who quit after England lost to Iceland at Euro 2016.Hull said Bruce, 55, has “held informal discussions” but “no official approach has been received from the FA”.“It’s got to be the prime job that any Englishman could ever want to have,” Bruce told Sky Sports. “I’m highly flattered to be even considered. I put my case across and let’s hope it was successful.”Bruce added he was up against “a big pal of mine” in Allardyce, and that whoever gets the job needs to take away the players’ “fear in tournaments” after a run of just one win in seven matches at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role.Bruce led the Tigers back into the Premier League last season after relegation to the Championship in 2015.Hull’s statement added they want the FA to “conclude their business quickly in order to avoid further speculation”.Sunderland called on the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter” after Allardyce was interviewed last week.FA chief executive Martin Glenn is fronting a three-man panel, which also includes FA technical director Dan Ashworth and board member David Gill, to decide the next England manager.Former Manchester United captain and defender Bruce, who was never capped by England, said in June that he would be staying at Hull.However, amid talk of a takeover at KC Stadium, he accepted he could be replaced when asked if he was certain of his position.Prior to talks with the FA, Bruce recently said it was “highly flattering” to be linked with a role he hopes goes to an Englishman.“There’s nobody more patriotic than I am,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.“I’m honoured to be linked with it. It’s the pinnacle to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ikenna Anabi is a 13-year-old boy talented football player. Recently, through the Copa Coca-Cola U-15 football tournament, Ikenna was selected to join other young talented footballers from various countries at the 2016 COPA Coca-Cola International Camp in Paris, where he spent six daysTell us about your experience at the 2016 International COPA Coca-Cola Camp.It was an amazing experience interacting with other people from different countries, seeing the way they play and adding that to the way I play to become a better player. How do you think this experience will help youIt has given me the experience of a lifetime, the ability to relate with different people in different conditions, so that I’m not enclosed to the same country, the same temperature, and the same people. In this way, I can learn from different people and learn how to play against different people, while also learning the perspective of different managers in football, as well as learning how to perfect my play.What were the things you were taught in the camp?They took us through a set of drills, there are drills (archetypes) called the perfectionist, the machine, the rock, the rebel, I can’t remember all of them right now, but they are just a set of drills. The perfectionist is how to place your shots into far corners to score in the net, the rebel is a dribbling and defending exercise, kind of like a Blaise Matuidi-esque style, a midfielder that’s able to dribble with the ball and also able to defend against the opposition.COPA Coca-Cola has different archetypes for the players, which among them would you call yourself or which one do they see you as in the camp?I think I’m the joker. I like to bring inspire my team in good and bad times by making them laugh at whatever situation we are in. So generally I am a fun person, I am energetic, I am an encourager and above all very optimistic about things.So that means you made friends quickly in the camp and you made them laugh?Exactly, I made quite a number of friends and got them laughing all the while we were in camp.How do you think the 2016 International COPA Coca-Cola Camp will impact your off-field life?For starters, it gives me a feel of Paris, to know how many clothes to pack (jokes). I have made new friends from different part of the world and I saw how great the world will be if there is unity.So which position do you play?I am a midfielder basically, I can play from either the right midfield, left midfield or attacking midfield position, I occasionally strike as well.Was there a mini tournament in the camp? And did your team win?Yes we did, but we were on the receiving end for the day (quips).Did you make any real close friends in camp and would you still like to keep in touch?Yes, I made friends with quite a number of the other participants; some of them, I have plans to stay in touch because of the experience we shared.So did you meet anyone big in Paris?Yes, PSG had coaches and trainers. They came to train us and also observe our attributes and abilities, which was to help make us better. I also met the legendary Xavi.Did you watch any of the Euro 2016 matches?Yes, I watched the France versus Iceland match, it was a good game with seven goals.So do you have anything to say to Coca-Cola?Yes, I want to say a big thank you to Coca-Cola for this experience, thank you for believing in teens like me. We promise we won’t let you down.With this experience you have gone through, do you think you want to be a footballer in future?If it runs past my course of way, then definitely.Who is your favourite footballer?My favourite footballer is Lionel Messi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIEROlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThere is a looming question mark surrounding matter of the national coach of Algeria as latest reports out of the North African country claimed wednesday that the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) is now beaming its searchlight on Philippe Troussier, as the man to mastermind the Russia 2018 dream of the Fennecs. Algeria billed to visit Nigeria on November 12 for a World Cup 2018 African Group B qualifying fixture in Uyo, has been distracted by the failure of FAF to appoint a coach on full time basis since Serbian Milovan Rajevac departed in the wake of the Fennecs’ sharing of the dividends with Cameroun in a Group B fixture in Bilda on October 8.The result seen as a major set back by the Algerian public has put extra pressure on the national team given that Nigeria turned the corner when the Super Eagles beat Zambia on the same day in Ndola to top the group on three points.As reported by THISDAY, Algeria has already backed out from the pursuit of Marc Wilmots, as the most sought coach as they could not afford the Belgian’s monthly wage demand of 100,000 Euros.It also appears as if things are not rosy for the Algerians as latest reports claimed that Rolland Courbis, who is a Plan B on FAF President Mohamed Raouraoua’s wish list, is considering offers from elsewhere, particularly French Ligue 1 side Lorient. The French side is said to be eyeing him to come on board since Christian Gourcuff ditched the club recently.According to Algerian newspaper, Dzfoot, the ongoing scenario has now prompted Raouraoua to narrow down his choice to Troussier.The 61 year- old Frenchman, who is based in Morocco, fits into FAF profile, having handled Ivory Coast in 1993 and Nigeria briefly in 1997. He later enriched his African knowledge with stints with Burkina Faso and South African. He appeared in two FIFA World Cups with South (1998) and Japan in (2002) and led the Japanese U-20 to the FIFA U-20 World Cup at Nigeria ’99, where they lost 3-0 to Spain in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The coaching clinic which will take place at the practice range of Ikoyi Club Golf Club from 4pm daily is open to children, beginners, novices and golf enthusiasts. In the competitive spirit, there will also be a “Beat the Pro Challenge” competition on both days of where the professional players will be challenged in longest drive and closest to the pin shots with Instant prizes awarded to winners.According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank is proud to have hosted the championship for 55years and this is hinged on the Bank’s understanding of the importance of sports in the development of healthy bodies and sound minds, adding that the tournament will also present a golden opportunity for players to take advantage of numerous products offered by the Bank. “Nurturing talents through this tournament and boosting capacity for experienced ones through this tournament, we assure all golf enthusiasts that we will continue to seek and explore new ways of elevating golf and producing even better golfers, Ani-Mumuney added.FirstBank has enhanced the value and content in the 55th edition for of the championship for increased engagements, more fun offline and a highly interactive and specialised golf clinic for golfers and golf enthusiasts.The Championship which is a 36-hole event to be played over two days kicks off on Friday, November 11th, 2016 with practice rounds on the golf course and a welcome cocktail reception in the evening. Day 1 first round tee-off starts 6:30am on Saturday, November 12th 2016. Other activities on the day include the professional coaching clinic, and “Longest Drive Beat the Pro Challenge” competition. Day 2 on Sunday, November 13th 2016 will start with guest players being invited to participate in the tournament followed by the final round of the Championship. The grand finale and awards dinner will take place in the evening, capping off the Championship. The annual tournament is open to all amateur golfers who are members of a registered Golf Club with handicap of 14 or below. More information on the championship is available on– www.firstbanknigeria.com/golfThe tournament, which made its debut 55 years ago is the foremost golf tournament in the country and will attract elite golf clubs from Ikeja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Aba, Benin, Kano, Kaduna, Calabar and Ekiti. The tournament will also be a platform for over 260 guest players to network and hone their golfing skills.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that it is set to host this year’s edition of the Lagos Amateur Golf Championship. The prestigious tournament, scheduled to tee-off on the lush greens of Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos on Saturday, November 12, 2016 will mark the 55th anniversary of the championship.One of the key highlights of this year’s tournament will be the participation of European Professional Golf Association (PGA) professional player – Alex Rowland who will provide hands-on coaching on bunker play, chipping, putting, and full swing among other skills at the open golf coaching clinic. Alex Rowland, a British golfer and PGA pro started his golf career at Padeswood & Buckley at the age of 11. He was elected to be PGA Captain of Cheshire & North Wales in 2011 and has taken over as PGA North Region Captain for 2016.
Al Masry defender Hamada Tolba and midfielder Ahmed Gomaa, Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim and Ismaili goalkeeper Mohamed Awad were dropped.Last month, Cuper sprang a surprise by omitting Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi, who had been in the starting line-up for Egypt in their last two World Cup qualifiers in October and November.Only four of the squad remain from Egypt’s last participation in the finals, when they won the title for the third time in a row in 2010. They are El Hadary, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdelshafi and Ahmed Fathi.Egypt, who have missed out on the last three Nations Cup tournaments, play in Group D in Port Gentil and open their campaign on 17 January against Mali.The tournament in Gabon runs from 14 January to 5 February.EGYPT SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (WadiDegla), Ahmed El Shennawi (Zamalek)Defenders: Mohamed Abdelshafi (Al Ahly Jeddah), Ahmed Dwidar(Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly),Omar Gaber (FC Basle), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Karim Hafez (RacingLens), Ahmed Hegazy, Saad Samir (both Al Ahly)Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (AlAhly), Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan (Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz), TarekHamed, Ibrahim Salah (both Zamalek), Amr Warda (Panetolikos)Forwards: Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba (Al Ahly Jeddah),Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Sporting Braga), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly),Mohamed Salah (Roma), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has been included in Egypt’s final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.El Hadary turns 43 this month and could become the oldest player in Nations Cup history, beating the 2006 record of 39-year-old compatriot Hossam Hassan.Coach Hector Cuper trimmed four players from his provisional list.
Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye told supersport.com that the friendly games in the March window have been finalised after a bit of concern on which teams the Eagles will face. “Both games will be in London and it will provide us with a stern test as we prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers. We had a few teams in mind but we have finally received confirmation for Senegal and Burkina Faso. The Ghana deal didn’t work presumably because they don’t have a coach now after Avram Grant resigned.“But all has been settled now, Senegal and Burkina Faso will be the two teams the Eagles will face in the March Fifa window,” he added.Nigeria are top of Group B of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers with six points from two matches. The Super Eagles will also do battle with South Africa, Libya and Seychelles for a spot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans for friendly games for the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June and the resumption of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in August.The Eagles will plat the Teranga Lions of Senegal in London on March 23 and then take on Burkina Faso four days later as they maximise the Fifa window next month.Senegal, who lost in the quarterfinal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and Burkina Faso who made the semifinals will provide a stern test for Gernot Rohr’s men who failed to qualify for the competition. To date, Nigeria haven’t played any games in 2017.
The Australian FA has said it is working with the Mariners to help fund a deal for the 32-year-old Jamaican.But Keogh, the former Wolves star now playing for Perth Glory in the A-League, is unconvinced by Bolt’s ability and says giving him a contract would be ‘facial’ and would make a mockery of the game.“It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” Keogh told Off the Ball.“For me, he’s not going to be able to make it (as a footballer).“He’s shown a bit (of potential) but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”Asked about the Jamaican’s first touch, he added: “From what I’ve seen, it’s like a trampoline, so I’m not too sure.“If there’s someone who genuinely thinks he’d be a good football addition, I don’t think they should be in a position to make those calls.“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.“He says he’s chasing a dream of becoming a professional footballer yet he’s come out with quotes about he wants X amount (of money) when, if you’re chasing the dream, it’s not about the money and he’s obviously contradicted himself massively there.”Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records, retired from athletics last year.The Mariners have said that “without the contribution of an external third party” it was unlikely that Bolt and the club would agree terms.Bolt turned down a two-year deal with Maltese champions Valletta FC earlier this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ex-Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh says Usain Bolt turning pro would be a huge kick in the teeth for footballers in AustraliaBolt will never make it as a footballer, according to former Premier League and current A-League striker Andy Keogh, who says the Olympic legend’s first touch is ‘like a trampoline’.The greatest sprinter of all-time has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners following a trial period with the club.
Quadri reveals in the interview how he beat players “far better” than him at Rio 2016, while recalling his early battles to succeed against all odds and stresses the significant debt he owes his talented wife.“I actually had no confidence against Chuang Chih-Yuan [Chinese Taipei’s four-time world tour champion, whom Aruna faced in the third round] because earlier in January that year I lost in Germany in the first round 4-0 to him. So in Rio I was like, “I have lost before, now I have nothing left to lose, he is a much better player than me.” So, I said to myself, “Just give your best, play and enjoy.” Then I was able to win the first two sets and the match was a different spirit entirely.“Against Timo Boll [Germany’s three-time Olympic medal winner, whom Aruna played in the fourth round] I was feeling the same way. I was aware the whole world was watching. But before Timo was able to understand my game; I was already 3-0 and it was really too late for him to come back. I stepped up my game and played without pressure because I knew all the players in the Olympic Games are very, very good.“My performance in Rio really made table tennis much more popular in Nigeria. Whenever I am in the airport now so many officials recognise me now and on the streets, not just where I came from, so many people wave.“More priority needs to be given to table tennis. Governments need to put people who want to work in sport in the right positions. I am supporting so many players, about six juniors. When I was young no one was able to support me, even with equipment, but these days I am able to help them, to give them equipment and let them play for free.My wife was a very good player. Now she doesn’t play professionally. She plays for pleasure, but she is a very good training partner and sometimes she beats me. I am very thankful to her, she is always looking after the kids when I am not at home, which is one of the reasons she is not playing professionally anymore,” Quadri said.For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, Quadri said: “Like every athlete, I want to do better than I have done before. I want better results in Tokyo. I am always thinking about it. That’s why I am playing in more and more tournaments: it’s preparation for difficult matches in Tokyo.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two years after becoming the first African to reach the quarterfinal round of the table tennis event at the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has tagged the Nigerian as Africa’s most successful Olympic table tennis player of all time.IOC published an interview with the Nigerian on its official website recently and they lauded the Oyo State-born athlete for etching his name in the annals of world table tennis history in Brazil.IOC wrote, “Two decades after he took up table tennis on the streets of Oyo, in south-western Nigeria, Quadri Aruna became the first African to reach an Olympic quarterfinal.” Aruna-Quadri
According to the youngster after his hat-trick against Wolves on Saturday, there have been much discussions over his international future but he’s currently focusing on his Chelsea career.“Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories,” the Chelsea number nine was quoted as saying by Football.London.“We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea.”This will come as good news to the Nigeria Football Federation who have been trailing the player’s development for a couple of years with the aim of capturing his services ahead of the England.Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has said that Chelsea’s transfer embargo did not force his hand to play young forward, Tammy Abraham, who has surged to the top of the Premier League goal scoring chart on same seven goals as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.Abraham is set for his Champions League debut against Valencia at Stamford Bridge tonight, while for Lampard it will be a first match in the tournament as manager.With Chelsea currently banned from bringing in new players, Lampard has relied heavily on Abraham and fellow youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.But the Blues boss said he always believed the time was right for Abraham, who had spells on loan with Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa, to be handed his chance with Chelsea this term.“I never had clear expectations for him, only the fact that I believed in him and trusted in him,” Lampard told reporters yesterday.“I know a lot has been made about the ban giving young players opportunities but I felt the time was right for Tammy to have his opportunity at this club anyway, because of the quality he has got.“I’m really delighted that he has got his goals. I think there’s even more to come.“He’s in a good place, a place that just requires him to sustain and improve even more and I think with his mentality and the way he is every day I hope to see that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Lampard banks on him to deliver on UCL debut for Chelsea tonightThe fight for Tammy Abraham’s international future between Nigeria and England is far from over after the player’s decision to leave door open to the three-time African champions.Abraham, 21, told reporters that he hasn’t closed the door on representing Nigeria despite his two caps for the Three Lions.
Victor Osimhen Lille striker Victor Osimhen who was Man of the Match of yesterday’s AFCON 2021 qualifier between Lesotho and Nigeria in Maseru, has insisted it is wrong to begin to compare him with 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot winner Odion Ighalo.The former Nigeria U17 international, scored two goals and assisted in the other goals as Nigeria cruised to victory in the southern African nation.Osimhen inherited the Super Eagles number nine jersey from Ighalo after the former Watford man called time on his international career in July 2019. While admitting that he’s still learning the trade, Osimhen said it was disrespectful for such comparison.”There is no comparison between me and Ighalo, what he has done for the national team is far from what anybody can compare me and him with.”He is a legend like everyone of us are saying, I spoke to him about it and he gave me some candid advice which has been helping me, not just in the national team and also in my club,” Osimhen told allnigeriasoccer.com’s Victor Modo via YouTube.”For people to compare me and Ighalo, for me it is disrespectful to do such. He’s a great player of course, we know what he’s done with the pressure coming from left and right, he still kept his cool.”It’s disrespectful to compare me and Ighalo because we are different players and there are some things I watch in his game and try to add into mine.”He’s more experienced than me, I am still growing up, I am still trying to learn a lot so I think for me to be compared with him I don’t think it’s the right thing for now”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram