54 — VANGUARD, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 2018 FIFA WC: Be creative like Okocha, Kanu, Aghahowa tells Iwobi FORMER Super Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa has stated that going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the national team lacks a creative support striker. Aghahowa argued that Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi needs to step up and take up that role. “During my time, I had great players like Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha who could see your run and deliver the passes where you want it, that was why Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi good enough, says CHAN Eagles keeper FORMER CHAN Eagles keeper, Chigozie Agbim has submitted that the Super Eagles going to the World Cup have good hands to man the posts contrary to fears that goalkeeping was a problem area for the Eagles. Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is yet to confirm is number one choice even as Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi ready and available for the job. “There shouldn’t be goalkeeping concerns in the Super Eagles for whatever reasons”, argued former Eagles goalkeeper Agbim. “We have quite a good number of them doing well at their respective clubs at the moment. “You don’t expect me to start mentioning names, but the federation, the handlers of the Super Eagles whose duties it is to invite players to the national camp know. “They (national team handlers) watch these goalkeepers ply their trades for their clubs week in, week out. “It’s a matter of self belief. They have been doing it (during the qualifiers and friendly games). “So, why not at the World Cup? Agbim captained the CHAN Eagles led by (now late) Stephen Keshi who won bronze medal in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014. I was able to thrive as a lone striker. But right now, a top nine like Odion Ighalo is playing the position but does not really have the kind of support I got. “I believe Iwobi can play that role, but he has to learn to take responsibilities and gather every experience he can get. Ideye is also an experienced attacker that can play that role, I have seen him play as a support striker for Emenike in the past and their combination was a force at the 2013 Afcon. But Ighalo must also fight to get the balls for him to score,” Aghahowa told AOIFootball.com Champions League: Salah equals Eto’o’s UCL goals record LIVERPOOL’s African superstar Mohamed Salah continued to prove he is among the best players in the world after equalling a UEFA Champions League goal record set by FC Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o. The 25-year-old has shown he is worth every penny the Reds spent on him at the beginning of the campaign in which he has now scored 39 goals. Salah was on target once again for Liverpool in the second leg of their quarterfinal against Manchester City Tuesday night, when he pounced on a loose ball in the box. The Egyptian’s clever finish brought up his eighth UCL goal this season, which draws him level with Eto’o as the African scorer with the most strikes in a single Champions League campaign. Liverpool are now through to the semi-finals of the tournament after beating City 5-1 on aggregate, where Salah will have the chance to set an all-time record. Messi, Valverde under attack in Spain Lionel Messi and Ernesto Valverde came under fire from Spanish press after Barcelona’s Champions League exit The Spanish press questioned Lionel Messi and rounded on boss Ernesto Valverde after Barcelona’s shock Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Roma. B a r c e l o n a surrendered a 4-1 first leg advantage to lose 3- 0 in Rome and crash out on away goals, but as well as blaming Valverde’s tactics, fingers were pointed at an off-colour Messi. “The final whistle in Rome not only signified Barcelona’s Champions League capitulation but also that of Lionel Messi, who lost possession 19 times, shot only two of his five efforts on target, and failed to score throughout the entire tie,” wrote Marca. Bolanle Ambode Women Championship debut ALL is set for the inaugural Bolanle Ambode female amateur football competition organised in honour of the wife of the governor of Lagos state. The grassroots tournament put together by the office of the senior special assistant to the governor on sports was conceived to give talented girls opportunity to showcase their skills and be discovered. Senior special assistant to the governor on sports, Adeyinka Adeboye said the grassroots competition will leverage on the achievements of sports development in Lagos state. The dearth of female tournaments may have Iwobi necessitated the Bolanle Ambode Women Championship, the event will also mark a turn around in the fortunes of the women folk and talents discovered will be encouraged to take their careers to the next level. Nigerian to watch World Cup on StarTimes at subsidized rate AS the countdown to the most anticipated sporting event in the world commences, leading pay-TV provider, StarTimes Nigeria says it has concluded plans to ensure that Nigerians enjoy all 64 matches of the World Cup live, and in HD at a subsidized rate. Speaking on this development, the company’s Brand & Marketing Director, Qasim Elegbede hinted that all StarTimes subscribers will enjoy the matches irrespective of their bouquet. “We are working to ensure that every StarTimes subscriber enjoys the thrilling moments of the World Cup in HD right in the comfort of their home. As part of our promise to deliver affordable entertainment to every African home." Nigerian female boxer lands in hospital NIGERIAN female boxer, Ayisat Oriyomi is battling for recovery after she lost her quarter final bout to Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul at the Oxemford Studios boxing event of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Australia yesterday. Oriyomi who landed good left and right combinations on her opponent was doing well but perhaps lost steam and got into trouble with ferocious shots on her head. The very agile boxer appeared to have slowed down her pace and let down her guards. Apparently sensing trouble, coach Anthony Konyegwachie threw in the towel. She was immediately taken to the hospital. Sources said that she was responding to treatment but complained that something got stuck on her throat and that she was not seeing clearly before the coach threw in the towel. “She’s doing well and may be allowed to return to the Games Village today. She was talking and sat upright when we went to see her”, one of the officials. FLICKS Suffering from Tennis Elbow Iwoke up this morning with very funny feeling. And that feeling, was an usual feeling. In my bone. In my blood. And up to my brain. I went to the Doctor, to check out what’s matter. Doctor said son, you’ve a Reggaemalities. Is it contagious? Is it outrageous? Is it vicious? Is it dangerous? I guess by now, you would’ve known we are singing the great song of Reggae Master, Peter Tosh. Truly, that was what happened to me when I woke up this morning. Every part of my body was weak and down.Since I came over to Australia for the Commonwealth Games, I’ve been working day and night to meet up with the expectation from home. Because of the time difference, I’ve seen myself working in the day time of Australia(which is night in Nigeria), and working at night in Nigeria which is day in Australia. I finally saw a beautiful, young Doctor. She took turns to go through checks. First, ‘’you’ve been stressed and you need absolute rest. A further running of her hands through my body discovered I’ve Tennis Elbow. But, I don’t play Tennis? Onochie Anibeze branched into playing Tennis at old age after making a name in football. Ochereome Nnanna plays Tennis weekly at the National Stadium, Lagos. Eze Anaba loves Tennis and Roger Federer to his bone. They are the ones to get Tennis Elbow. Not me. Computer Vision Syndrome, CVS WHEN next you see me, you may have to look twice before you could recognise me. I’ve been extremely lucky over the years to be without any form of eye glasses. I’ve laughed at those who suddenly embraced glasses to be able to read or move or drive or see things when they want to relax and enjoy. Even though there is a proverb in my place that says; ‘’a blind man does not need light to see where he can ‘enter’. He can use his hand to locate where he is penetrating. Many people have gone blind or through the knives because of Computer Vision Syndrome which an ophthalmologist here says starts with sore eyes and blurred vision to headaches which are all caused by screen-induced discomfort. A number of my friends are all using lenses. Ambrose, Alaba, Coach, Patiosis, Jeck, Jide, Prince, Azu, to mention but a few. Ambrose’s own was a miracle after the two eyes were gauged out. Solomon uses his hands to support his lenses to see or read better. Right hand drive, no hand signal AS the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast begins to wind down gradually, NOC President, Engr Habu Gumel has advised athletes and officials to be very vigilant when crossing the roads. Australians drive on the left side of the road and the majority of their vehicles have the steering wheel on their right side. What we call in Nigeria, Right hand drive, no hand signal. This advice has become necessary as most athletes who have finished their events move to malls to shop and pick souvenirs for their friends and loved ones. We recall that it was in Australia, Sydney during the Sydney Olympics that Nigeria lost Olympic running star Hyginus Anugo in a traffic accident in Sydney.
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