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46 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 F/Eagles suffer injury blow ahead of World Cup *As striker damages cruciate Less that two months before the start of the FIFA U20 World Cup, the Flying Eagles have suffered an injury blow with FK Bodø / Glimt new signing Victor Boniface set to spend at least six months on the sidelines. The 18-year-old damaged his cruciate ligament in a pre-season friendly against SK Brann on March 15, which prevented him from making his competitive debut this past weekend against Rosenborg. Boniface suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly and his foot gave way. Injuries have not been kind to the Real Sapphire FC product in 2019 as he had to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad to the U20 AFCON after sustaining a knee injury just before the start of the tournament in Niger. Paul Aigbogun’s charges struggled to score goals at the U20 AFCON, managing only four in five matches and the coach will be left scratching his head over the striker to lead the charge for goals in Poland. The Flying Eagles battle United States, Qatar and Ukraine in the group stage of the World Cup. Boniface Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel who has been rock solid in the midfield for Middlesbrough now has a nickname, as revealed by teammate Britt Assombalonga. The former Chelsea player, who arrived the English Championship in January, has been dubbed uncle by his teammates. “Uncle – I call him Uncle – is a real rock in midfield,” said admiring striker Assombalonga. “You can just see the pure quality he brings to the pitch in midfield in every game. “When you have that quality and experience on the pitch you always have an extra edge and an advantage. “He lets the other boys in midfield go out and express themselves.” Certainly, his solidity in the holding role has given Lewis Wing and Mo Besic license to push higher up the field. “He is incredible,” enthused £15m record buy Name a street after 1994 Eagles, Oliseh begs Govt Nigeria’s ex international and former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the legend’s award given to the Super Eagles US FIFA 1994 squad. Oliseh said that words could Ex Nigerian International, Godwin Opara says he is strongly against Super Eagles playing home games in different Nigerian cities and stadia. The Eagles have been playing crucial games in Uyo, Kaduna and Asaba but Opara believes Such is affecting the progress of the youthful team coached by Gernot Rohr. The former defunct ACB FC of Lagos and Strausburg of France defender is certain that Eagles would blend faster for the next Nations not explain how happy he was for the recognition and urged other sports federations to emulate the NFF by honouring the nation’s sports heroes. “Indeed it is a great one for me and my teammates, those of us alive; we are very proud and it is also a moment to reflect on those Opara seeks true home for Super Eagles Cup in Egypt if allowed to train and play games at Uyo. Opara said; “I find it funny that Eagles play key games almost every where in Nigeria.This should stop as Uyo has the best Stadium while the fans are ever there for the Eagles. The Godswill Akpabio Stadium should officially be home ground of our team.” “There would never be excuses when you play on standard pitch and bad players would be easily spotted. Let us avoid politics and do the right thing all the time”, he concluded. Mikel is our uncle in Middlesbrough, says Assombalonga Assombalonga. “He drags players towards him, and that creates time and space somewhere else and then he gets the ball, keeps the ball and threads it into those empty space for someone to pick up and use. “You can give him the ball even when he has players on him and he always gets out of sticky situations and finds space. “You can give him the ball absolutely anywhere on the pitch and he will maneuver and find a space or an angle and find a way to give it to someone else in a better position. He’s awesome.” who have passed on. “We say a big thank you to the leadership of the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick, we really appreciate the gesture because it would go a long way to encourage others coming behind. “Looking back at what the squad and what we achieved in 1994 at the Nations Cup, at the World Cup, also at the 1995 Afro/Asian Cup. “Indeed, we cannot but ask for all those things that can crown our joy. “We want a situation where a street in Nigeria be named after the Super Eagles 1994 squad just to acknowledge our achievements and spur others to continue to do well,” Oliseh said. Oliseh added that more could be done for sports men who had worn the national No fewer than 18 players have been selected to represent Nigeria at the All Africa Senior Badminton Championships which comes up from April 22 to 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The list made available by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) yetsreday in Lagos is made up of nine male and nine female players, while three senior national coaches will handle the team. The men’s team is made up of Nigeria’s number one player, Anuoluwapo OpeyoriI, Godwin Olofuwa, Eneojo Abah, Clement Krobrakpo, Habeeb Bello, Aliyu Shehu. Others are Gideon Babalola, Kayode Mope and Isaac Minaphee. In the women’s team, Dorcas Adesokan, Deborah Ukeh, Peace Orji, Chinenye Musa, Ebi win big at AITEO/NFF Awards 2018 By Jacob Ajom S uper Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa has been pronounced Nigeria’s best male football player of the 2018 season. Musa was honoured in an impressive ceremony of the AITEO/NFF Awards 2018 held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island Monday night. The Al Nassr star who was absent due to club commitments defeated Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo to win the coveted award. Musa’s female counterpart, Onome Ebi won the Woman Footballer of the Year Award. Onome beat the likes of Assisat Oshoala and Francesca Ordega to win the team colours, especially those who brought glory to the country. He insisted he was not asking for money but immortalization such as the stadium named after the late Stephen Keshi in Delta. Similarly, Omoyeni Yekini, the daughter of late Rashidi Yekini whose father scored Nigeria’s World Cup goal, expressed gratitude over the award. “It is a thing of joy for me and I really want to say thank you for the support because indeed it feels good to be recognised even after a long time. “The NFF has not turned its back on our family, we thank God for them and other teammates of my dad. “Indeed, it is a wonderful moment for us,” she said. Badminton: Nigeria names team for All Africa Senior Championships Ebere, Amin Christopher, Sofiat Obanisola, Ramat Yakubu. Zanab Alabi and Augustina Sunday make up the number of women for the event. The Head Coach is Benjamin Orakpo, while George Shitta and Susan Agboola are Assistant Coaches Already, 18 countries have registered for the showpiece event which will see the best male and female Badminton players on the African continent compete for glory. These countries include: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Congo, Congo DRC, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Other participating countries are Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and host Nigeria. Sand Eagles seek early camp for Olympics qualifiers Beach soccer national team, Super Sand Eagles’ coach, Audu Adamu (Ejo) has sent a passionate appeal to the ministry of sports to help him get his plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on course early. It was gathered that ‘Ejo’ is set to line his side out for qualifiers later this month in Mikel Cape Verde, ahead of which he says he has already submitted his list and programme to the ministry, but equally appealed for assistance from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The beach soccer tactician is now seeking early approval of his list, in order to accord him enough time to camp his wards and ensure they pick at ticket to the Olympics from the qualifiers. After affirming that the list of players for the qualifiers at Cape Verde, had been forwarded for approval, ‘Ejo’ stressed the need to commence camping, for the players to build team spirit and ensure a good outing. Ejo declared: “We have sent our list for approval. Immediately we get approval, we will make the list public. “Once our list is approved, we will appeal that we have nothing short of five months camping; early camping is necessary for good results. “This is the first time we will be going to the Olympics and we do not want to leave award, which she dedicated to her late dad and team mates. In other categories, Villarreal youngster, Samuel Chukwueze saw off Victor Osimhen and Henry Onyekwuru to scoop the Young Player of the Year award, while Anam Imo won the female version. Thomas Dennerby and Gbenga Ogunbote were declared the best coaches in the female and male categories respectively. More accolades came Ahmed Musa’s way when his goal against Iceland at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup was adjudged the Goal of the Season. There were also awards for Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and late business mogul and proprietor of defunct Abiola Babes Football Club of Abeokuta, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, who was honoured posthumously. The biggest moment on the night was when the 1994 set of Super Eagles were called to the stage to be honoured. A short video of their exploits at that year’s AFCON and the FIFA World Cup ushered the legends to the stage and at the end of the video show, the entire hall rose to salute their galantry. Except for the absence of Emmanuel Amuneke, Victor Ikpeba, Michael Emenalo, Emeka Ezeugo, Efan Ekoku, Isaac Semitoje and Chidi Nwanu, the rest of the squad were present. Physically present and bathed in applause were goalkeepers Peter Rufai and Alloy Agu, defenders Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okechukwu, Benedict Iroha, Nduka Ugbade and Taribo West, midfielders Mutiu Adepoju, Austin ‘JJ’ Okocha, Sunday Oliseh and Edema Fuludu and forwards Finidi George, Samson Siasia and Daniel Amokachi. 2ND AITEO- NFF AWARDS WINNERS Young Player of the Year (Female): Anam Imo Young Player of the Year (Male): Samuel Chukwueze Fair Play Award: Akwa United FC Fans of the Season: Kano Pillars FC Fans Coach of the Year (Female): Thomas Dennerby Coach of the Year (Male): Olugbenga Ogunbote Goal of the Year: Ahmed Musa Team of the Season: Super Falcons NFF Development Award: Channels Television (Channels Kids’ Cup) Special Recognition: Super Eagles of 1994 Lifetime Achievement Award: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode NFF Presidential Award: Chief M.K.O Abiola (of blessed memory) NFF Order of Merit Award: Fatma Samoura Player of the Year (Female): Onome Ebi Player of the Year (Male): Ahmed Musa

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