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Vanguard Newspaper 24 June 2019

42 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

MIkel

Congo DR players beg

fans after bad start

The Democratic Republic of

Congo’s squad have

apologised to their compatriots for

unexpectedly losing their opening

game of the Africa Cup of Nations

to underrated Uganda on

Saturday.

Both skipper Youssouf Mulumbu,

who did not play in the 2-0 defeat,

and Chancel Mbemba, who wore

the captain’s armband in the game,

said sorry in a recorded message

that was distributed on Twitter

(@Leopard Leader Foot).

“We come to you, simply to

AFCON 2019: Mikel wants

Super Eagles to wrap up

Group B quickly

Super Eagles captain, John Obi MIkel has

stressed the need for the team to wrap up

their qualification from group B as quickly as possible

when they play against Guinea tomorrow.

The Super Eagles labored to a 1-0 win over AF-

CON newcomers Burundi on Saturday, but the

Super Eagles top the group with three points after

debutants Madagascar posted a 2-2 draw with

Guinea.

“We need to try again to win the next game, “

said Mikel who made a come-back to the team

after one year of absence.

“We need to try also to win the second game

and hopefully qualify from this group as quickly

as possible – and then look forward to the next

stage.” Speaking on the Burundi game he said:

“Yeah, it’s not an easy group, it’s a very tough

group. “You can see from today – they [Burundi]

are a very organized team, very tough to break

down. We were lucky to get the goal.

“I think we played well. We had most of the ball,

but we couldn’t break them down – we couldn’t

get the goal. So it was very crucial for us to get

these three points today.”

apologise. It’s true that it’s difficult,

but we have to,” said Mulumbu,

flanked by coach Florent Ibenge

and with his team mate standing

behind him.

“We need unity and it’s true that

today we let you down. I hope it’s a

good lesson for us. We still have

two games to play, we need your

support and we will correct the

situation very quickly.

“We made a big mistake, I know

it’s humiliating for the 90-million

Congolese. That’s why we come

back to you with sincerity and with

hand on heart to apologise.”

AFCON 2019: NTA/HotSports Live Studios bubble

as Odegbami, Other Celebrities thrill Fans

Viewing enjoyment of the

ongoing Africa Cup of

Nations (Egypt 2019) moved up

another niche as more notable

football stars and personalities

from other spheres join the crew

of analysts at the live studios of

NTA broadcast of the matches.

The studios, located at the

Lagos office of HotSports Media

Group, the Official Marketing

Agency of NTA’s AFCON

transmission, will welcome Chief

Segun Odegbami, MON to

provide insightful perspectives of

the matches to the delight of the

viewing fans and the sponsors,

who are catching in on the

terrestrial transmission beamed

nationwide to reach their

potential and exiting markets.

One of the greatest footballers

Africa has ever produced and

runner-up in African footballer

of the year in 1980, the year he

inspired the then Green Eagles

to lift the Africa Cup of Nations

for the first time, Odegbami

continues to bestride African –

and indeed, world’s – football as

an administrator, ambassador

and future stars’ builder.

The NTA/HotSports broadcast

had earlier attracted A list

entertainers, led by comedy icon

Atunyota Akpobome (well known

Ola Aina: Win against Burundi crucial

Super Eagles wing back Ola Aina

has stated that the win against

Burundi in their opening game of the

Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday was

crucial to the campaign of the team in

Egypt.

Aina set up the only goal of the match

with a spectacular back heel, which

Ighalo seized upon and fired home into

the far corner of the net.

“Burundi were very tough and gave

us a good fight but we were happy we

emerged victorious after the final

whistle.

“Winning the first game of a

competition is good for any team and

ours is not different. We’re happy with

the win and we hope that keeps us going

in the tournament.”

He added that the Super Eagles have

the players to get the job done in the

tournament.

“No one has a permanent place in the

team because the country is blessed with

so many talents,” Aina told Goal.

Bonus row won’t affect Cameroon, Seedorf assures

Seedorf

Burundi has quality, says

captain Berahino

Africa Cup of Nations

debutants Burundi faced

Nigeria as equals and were able to

show that they had quality, their

captain Saido Berahino said after

his side went down to narrow 1-0

defeat in their opening match.

Saturday’s Group B game

appeared to be a mismatch with 89

places separating the two sides in

the FIFA rankings. Even so, the

team known as the Swallows in

Battle created the better chances

in the first half and held out until

Nigeria scored in the 77th minute.

“The best thing was the way our

players held their heads high

against a big nation, and stepping

up and playing in a big tournament,

because it was tough for a lot of us,

even myself,” Berahino told

Reuters.

“It was good from their coach,

as Alibaba), who have provided unique and attractive

dimension to sports broadcasting in a manner never

in this clime.

President of HS Media Group, Taye Ige said that

NTA and HotSports have the interest of viewers and

sponsors at heart in conceiving the AFCON 2019

live broadcast packages.

He believed that winning the first match against

Burundi on Sunday night has rekindled the hope that

the Super Eagles would go through the group stages

and travel all the way to the final on July 19, a

scenario that will enable NTA/HotSports live studios

to continue with its ground-breaking broadcast for a

longer time.

“We are here at the NTA/HotSports studios to give

millions of NTA viewers memorable and enjoyable

time throughout Egypt 2019 and any brand or product

that is keen on reaching out to its target market have

the perfect platform to do that while the tournament

lasts,” Ige, who is also Chief Executive Officer of HS

Media Group, assured.

Cameroon head coach

Clarence Seedorf says the

African champions are ‘serene’

and have not been affected by the

bonus row which delayed their

journey to Egypt for this year’s

Nations Cup.

Cameroon open against

Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday but

only flew out of Yaounde on

Friday after staging a sit-in

protest over bonus

disagreements.

The Indomitable Lions rejected

an offer of 20 million CFA,

(approximately US$34,570) for

appearance fees, and only set off

they gave us a

compliment and he said

we stood our ground

and showed our

qualities,” said the 25-

year-old who played for

Stoke City in the English

second tier last season.

Berahino

Hope rises for

Abdullahi’s return

Shehu Abdullahi played only 42

minutes of his Africa Nations Cup

debut with the Super Eagles after he

pulled a hamstring and was substituted,

but there might be cheerful news as the

player posted an injury update yesterday.

Abdullahi struggled with an injury blight

last season with Bursaspor and was

restricted to 13 league matches for the club,

and was really a questionable inclusion in

the final 23-man list for the competition.

Unfortunately for the 26 year-old he

suffered a recurrence of a condition

that’s plagued his game all season when

he pulled up crocked just before halftime

against Burundi.

Although the injury looked serious and

Aina

for Egypt after talks with the

country’s sports officials.

There were fears the row would

dampen the team’s hopes of

clinching a sixth continental

title, but Seedorf told a gathering

of Cameroonian media in

Ismailia on Sunday that his

players have not been affected.

“We are serene and we know

why we’re here. At no moment

has the team spirit changed. We

have a joyful group, with players

who know what appearing in

such an event represents,”

Seedorf told reporters.

Own goal ruins Namibia’s

resistance against Morocco

Gusty Namibia did everything to

frustrate overwhelming favourites,

Morocco but failed a last minute test as

their striker;Itamunua Keimune found

the wrong net in the last minute of a

Group D opener of the Africa Cup of

Nations in Cairo.

But for that, the Namibians would have

earned a point and wipe off the memory

of a 5-1 loss to Morocco in 2008.

The Brave Warriors looked well on

course to collect a valuable point against

one of the tournament’s favourites, but

Keimune headed the ball into his own

net with only two minutes left on the clock

as he tried to defend a Hakim Ziyech

free-kick.

The Southern Africans had lived by

their nickname, “Brave Warriors”

holding their own against the Moroccans

for most of the match before the single

moment of error gifted the Atlas Lions

three valuable points.

Coach Herve Renard’s men had

struggled to break down a resolute

Namibian defence and often tried their

luck on set pieces, one of which gave the

desired result late on.

They had the chances to score

especially in the second half with Sofiane

Boufal coming on, but luck never stood

their end until the own goal.

was initially feared it could keep him

out for the rest of the competition,

Abdullahi tweeted an update and it was

skeptically positive.

Accompanied by pictures of the team

and one of him in action with the tagline:

Thanks for the love Nigerians, I

appreciate your amazing messages. I

will be back soon! The most important

thing, keep supporting us, we shall make

you proud at the end and conquer Africa.

I Love You All.

Nigeria will return to action on

Wednesday against Guinea, hoping to

get a win and effectively book a spot in

the round of 16.

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