Sports Titbits: June-July 2003
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Sports Titbits July 13th-
Indiscipline as Eagles Problems
Indiscipline has been attributed to the National team, Super Eagles strings the
poor results performers in recent encounters on the parts of the players. These
problems were x-ray by ex- players of Nigeria, the culture of indiscipline among
the Super Eagles. The also x-ray the coach inability to stamp his authority on
the team for optimum results. The ex- player stated that there were so much
indiscipline among the ranks and files of the players in their epileptic display
in recent matches. Some of the players earn more than their coaches, so they are
becoming unruly and they don’t play with commitment and patriotism. A situation
in which some players determine the matches they play for the national team
doesn’t go well for the team. Also, the coach should be given free hands by the
NFA, to perform and should to instill discipline on the players. Any player, who
fails to play to tactical and technical instruction irrespective of this status,
should be left out of the team. No player should be given an air of
indispensability. Nigerian players should to take a cue from the Cameroonians
who did Africa proud at the just concluded Confederation Cup in France, where
they won silver. The Cameroonians team at the Confederation Cup played with so
much Commitment and patriotism.
Experts Call For Sound Technical Department
A football technocrat as call for a good technical departs for the nation’s
football towards an accelerated development of the game the Nigeria. He
regretted the death of competent football technocrats in the present
constitution of the nation’s football technical department. For decades, Nigeria
has not been developing their football; all we have been doing is competition.
To develop, we need a very sound technical unit.
Globacom Begins Funds Disbursement
Premier league sponsorship title holder, Globacom Telecommunication has begun
funds disbursement. At the NFA, board meeting held at Abuja, the secretary
general stated that every arrangement had been concluded for the funds
disbursement. He explained that the delay in the disbursement was just to await
the blessing of the FA board, which he was optimistic was going to grant at the
meeting. It would be recall that Globacom was awarded the sponsorship deal in
late May after a long drawn battle between it and another communication company,
MTN. Since, the award no significant impact has been felt at the league match
outside the name- Globacom Premier League at the league match venues.
CAF Sanctions Nine Players
The Confederation of African football (CAF), has imposed sanctions on nine
players for attacking referees in recent African Nations Cup and Club
Competition matches. Kevin Tamboulas of the Central African Republic was given a
two ban for kicking the fourth official at the end the end of his country his
defeat’s by Mozambique in Maputo in June. Ethiopian payer, Dawit Mebratu also
received a two year ban. He attempted to attacked referee Crepin of Benin
Republic during their Nation’s Cup qualifiers in Liberia. Also, Ethiopian Mamo
Shanko and Anteneh Alamrew received a one year ban each for spitting at the
match. Shako also pushed the referee after he was red carded in the Monrovia
match in June, which the Ethiopians lost 1-0.
Sports Titbits July 6th - July 12th
IOC Prefers Wimbledon as Possible 2012 Venue
Internationally Olympic Committee, President Jacques Rogge will like to see
Wimbledon used as the venue for the competition should London host 2012 Games.
The IOC President said the use of the grass court venue will have to the
prestige of the Games. If London wins the bid, International Tennis Federation
(ITF) will be asked if the would like the event played on grass or another
Esperance, ASEC, Top African Champions League Seeds
Tunisia club Esperance and ASEC Abidjan of Cote d’ Ivories were seeded as the
two top clubs for the African champions League draws conducted in Cairo. The two
clubs will head the two groups of the four drawn for the annual competition,
which starts in August, released by CAF. Canon Yaoundé of Cameroon and Ismaila
of Egypt are the secondary seeded and were placed in separate groups.
USM Algiers (Algeria), AS Aviacao (Angola), Enyimba (Nigeria) and Simba of
Tanzania are other participating teams. The seeding was based on past results in
the competition. The top two finishers in each group advance to the Champions
League semi finals in November. The draws for the quarter finals of the African
Cup Winners Cup and the CAF Cup were also made.
All Set for 2003 MTN Lagos Half Marathon
Following the successful debut of the MTN Lagos Half Marathon last year, the
organizers of the Athletic meet, MTN, Nigeria and the Athletic Federation of
Nigeria (AFN), are set to make history once again as the conclude plans to hold
the edition on November 26. The organizers said success of the last year
marathon had inspired MTN, to continue sponsoring the events and help
resuscitate the marathon culture in the country. According to the president of
Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Dan Ngerem, this marathon will attract about
25,000 participants from various parts of the world. It is expected that winners
will go home with various prizes, ranking from cars to cash to consolatory
No Nigerian emerge in the 10 positions of the maiden
edition, the success recorded last year is expected to inspire more Nigerian not
to only participate in the 2003 edition but also aspire to be among the winners.
Sports Titbits July 1st - July 5th, 2003.
Oceania Hits Outs at Blatter
The Oceania football community has reacted angrily to FIFA’s decision to strip
of an automatic place in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Oceania
Confederation had won right to direct entry, instead of via a play off, to the
next World Cup after FIFA President, made it one of his re-election pledges. But
the decision was overturned when FIFA’s executive committee voted overwhelmingly
22-1 to give Oceania slot to the South America. According to Oceania
Confederation President, Basil Scarsella, the decision is a disgrace and I think
it is politically driven to accommodate the powerful South America. The South
America federation, CONMEBOL, had lobbied strongly for the number of teams
competing in the 2006 World Cup to be increase from 32 to36 teams.
Vancouver to Stage 2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver has won the right to stage the 2010 Winter Olympics. The decision from
announced by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), after two round of
voting by (IOC) delegates. The Canadian city saw off challenges from Austrian
bidder Salzburg and South Korea’s Pheongchang. Its success boosts London’s
chances of winning the race to host the 2012 Summer Games. If Salzburg- had won,
the chances of the 2012 Olympics coming to Europe would have been reduced.
Vancouver staged an unsuccessful bid for the 1976 Winter Games and saw Calgary
host the 1988 Winter Olympics. The city is situated in the British Columbia
province in Western Canada.
Sports Titbits June 19th- June 21st, 2003.
All African Games Success Tickets Out in July
Efforts to enhance wide and larger participation of people within the sub-region
in the forthcoming 8th All African Games received a boost with the conclusion of
an arrangement between COJA and a Nigeria project management a consultancy
outfit, Firm Base International Limited (FBIL) to out success tickets and
Between July and October 2003, citizens from all participating countries will
have an opportunity to go home with fabulous prizes ranking from brand new cars,
electronic gadgets, and other consolation prizes.
Sports Ministry Targets 84 Gold
Nigeria’s in this year’s edition of the Games are expected to win not less than
84 gold medals from some specific games as the Federal Ministry of Sports and
Social Development finally made its strategy for the country successful
participation in the continent’s most prestigious sporting forum. Director,
Sports development in the sports ministry, Patrick Ekeji made this known at the
launch of the Team Nigeria Project, a programme designed by the sports ministry
to find a lasting solution to inadequate funding for Nigerian teams taking part
in major international sports competitions. Patrick Ekeji, revealed that the
sports ministry, which has the responsibility of overseeing preparation of
athletes ahead of the 8th All Africa Games has narrowed down Nigeria’s medal
winning prospect to eleven games. These include special sports, weightlifting,
wrestling, table tennis and combat sports
I Have No Preference for Any African Country, CAF President
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou has denied
allegations that he favoured South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid to that of
Nigeria, adding that it was his desire that the country with the best bid wins.
He pointed out that even if it is only one country that bided for the event at
the end of submission day provided the country meets the requirement, it would
be granted the hosting rights. The CAF, President further explained that, it is
his joy that an African country is hosting the event. It does not matter which
country in African as long as we are hosting it, he disclosed.
Sports Titbits, June 9th – June 14th
Cameroun Wins Africa Youth Champion U-17 Trophy
Cameroun defeated Sierra Leone 1-0 after 120 minutes of action to emerge as the
new Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) U - 17 in champion in Swaziland.
The winning goal was scored by Eyinga Nna Jackson in the sixth extra was all the
champion needed to win their first trophy in the age category. The two finalists
and Nigeria will represent Africa in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland
later in the year.
Ahead All Africa Games, Govt Approves N2.5b for Athletes
THE Federal Government has approved the sum of N2.5 billion for the Ministry of
Sports and Social Development for the preparation of the Nigerian contingent
ahead of the 8th All African Games. Director of Sports Development in the
Ministry, Mr. Patrick Ekeji confirmed the amount approved by the Federal
Government. He further disclosed that the Ministry was waiting for the Ministry
of Finance to make the money available. Only recently, the permanent secretary
in the Ministry, Dr. Robert Audu had made it public that the Federal Government
had approved funds for the immediate camping of athletes.
International Friendly, Brazil Beats Nigeria 3- 0.
Pre-match commentaries: Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu knew the match
against the Samba Boys of Brazil will be a tough one though he believes his boys
were up to the task to take on the Brazilians. According to Chukwu, the match
will remind the Brazilians of the sad memories during the Atlanta ’96 Olympic.
After-match result: Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was the worst culprit
as the Brazil made it 32 goals against the African oppositions, beating the
Super Eagles 3-0 in a friendly international at Abuja National Stadium. Nigeria
started very well with Nwankwo Kanu missing narrowly from a long shot in the
20th minutes before Austin Okocha forced a save by the Brazilian keeper, Dida
from 25th yards. But by the time the world champion caught the Eagles on the
counter and scored through Ricardinho in the 33rd minutes, the tide of the game
changed. Those who believed the Super Eagles would bounce back as usual and
level were disappointed as the goalkeeper poorly timed a cross leaving a
Brazilian player with a gift of a goal in the 37th minutes. The goalkeeper’s
poor timing of a cross once more led to the third goal by Adriano in the 80th
U -17 World Championships, Nigeria Draws Argentina, Australia.
The U -17 world tournament draws held in Finland pitted the Nigerian Golden
Eaglets against Argentina, Costa Rica and Australia. The tournament will start
on August 13th in Finland. In the same vein, reigning African Under 17 champion,
Cameroun will file out against Brazil, Portugal and Asian debutant Yemen. Sierra
Leone is drawn in the same group with Spain, United States, and South Korea.
Host Finland will meet China in the opening match with Mexico and Colombia
completing the group. Nigeria had played against all her oppositions in the past
finals of the tournament. The baby Eagles as the team was then known lashed
Costa Rica 3-1 at China ‘85, while the Nwankwo Kanu inspired Eaglets beat
Argentina at the Japan ‘93 tournament. Australia fell 1 to 5 to Nigeria at
Trinidad and Tobago in 2001.
Chukwu, Okocha Beg Nigerians
Super Eagles chief coach, Christian Chukwu, and the team’s captain, Austin
Okocha, apologized to Nigerians for the Super Eagles dismal performance at the
friendly encounter between the team and the Samba boys of Brazil. At a
post-match briefing held at the press center of the National Stadium, Abuja,
Coach Christian Chukwu told journalists that the Eagles lost the match because
the defense was porous. He however took full responsibility for the lapses. The
defense lost concentration and the Brazilian capitalized on the chances to
score. We have learnt enough from the match and we will keep improving. In the
same vein, the captain of the team who was also the man of the match explained
that the Super Eagles lost the match because of extra quality of the Brazilians
possessed which was lacking in the inexperienced Nigerian players. He appealed
to Nigerians to be patient with them as they will ultimately improve with time.
This materials have been
mostly culled from The Guardian Newspaper
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