Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
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What I would ask Keshi on Tuesday

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:01 am   /   Comments

Stephen Keshi

ON Tuesday, Stephen Keshi will face the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. He is expected to submit a provisional list of players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup to the federation and thereafter answer some questions from members and defend the list.

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Should we leave Keshi alone?

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 1:00 am   /   Comments

Emmanuel Emenike and Keshi

I was in a long chat with a friend who was worried about the campaign to “leave Keshi alone.”
My friend recognises the freedom coaches enjoy on technical matters especially with regard to selection of players and team tactics. But he is afraid that the Nigerian factor could make nonsense of the freedom coaches enjoy on technical matters. Nigerians either give in to sentiments or get swayed by inducements.

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Still on Osaze, Ike Uche

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 8:42 pm   /   Comments

Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche

The situation in Eagles is similar to the current one in our track and field where Nigeria has become a one-athlete nation. Blessing Okagbare is the only world class athlete Nigeria has and the whole country, for now, banks on her for medals from the Olympics to the World Championships. Our hopes crash if she falls sick or fails in any of these events.

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Re: Understanding Keshi on Osaze, Ike Uche

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 6:03 pm   /   Comments

Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche

I commend you on your in-depth football analysis, and all embracing reportorial coverage of football matches played by the national teams on foreign lands. You always cover the extra mile, prowling behind the battle lines to assemble privileged information to back up your reports and analysis.

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As Uduaghan mounts the stage tomorrow…

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:00 am   /   Comments

Playing the game

TOMORROW, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan will step on the stage at the Prestigious Oriental Hotel along Lekki Road, Victoria Island, Lagos to receive Vanguard Newspapers’ Personality of the year award.

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Adieu Pa Ojidoh

  /   in Onochie Anibeze 9:39 pm   /   Comments

Ojidoh

He was a father to many of us in the sports industry. An interesting chat followed. With ease, he was recalling great events of the past, giving out names and dates in a manner that compelled me to share the information with you in my two columns.

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Understanding Keshi on Ike Uche and Osaze

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:50 pm   /   Comments

Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche

When calls for the invitation of Mikel Obi to the national team became loud and pressure on Keshi was evident I was compelled to reveal, in this column, why Keshi left out Mikel at that time.

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What I saw of the Eagles in Atlanta

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:27 pm   /   Comments

NigvsMEXCCC

After the goalless draw against Mexico in Atlanta yesterday I sent Stephen Keshi a text , praying God to grant him the wisdom to sort out the confusion Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama may be creating for him.

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Minister, Keshi and Eagles!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze 12:20 am   /   Comments

Coach Stephen Keshi, Daniel Amokachi and Sylvanus Okpala during the Nations cup quilifier match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and Rwanda National team at Calabar. Photo by Sylva Eleanya. 16/6/2012

I was a member of the Segun Adeniyi panel that investigated the Namibia match bonus international disgrace.

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Pa Ojidoh’s last regret

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:00 am   /   Comments

Pa Ojidoh

On Monday night, Pa John Ojidoh passed on in his home town, Ilah in Delta. He was 88.

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Re: Why we should lament more than South Africans

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:20 am   /   Comments

fans-Bafana-Bafana.

Last week, in concluding my column, I asked for contributions on how we can achieve excellence in the sports that we are endowed. The column was my reaction to Bozo, a South African who agonised over Nigeria’s continued superiority over South Africa in football. I felt that we should lament more for South Africans are doing well in the sports that they are endowed while same cannot be said of Nigeria. The following are some of the contributions. I left out some which didn’t have names.

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Why we should lament more than South Africans

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:50 am   /   Comments

fans-Bafana-Bafana.

On the streets of Cape Town, last Monday, a South African fan, Bozo Mbongisi, stopped our Jacob Ajom and sought to know what Nigeria was doing that South Africans were not doing that makes their football inferior to Nigeria’s.

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I bought an army rosette, at last!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze 12:30 am   /   Comments

army

ON Sunday, December 15th 2013 at about 6.00 am, I arrived at the newly reconstructed General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja on my way home to begin my annual vacation. At the entrance to the departure hall, a couple of ladies smartly decked out in the charismatic uniform of the Nigerian Army, all smiles, approached me with army rosettes, offering to pin one on my shirt front. Usually, for this favour, you pay a token sum of money to support the army. The most charming military chicks around are picked for this event, which is a cherished tradition worldwide.

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Of Mikel Obi and our League!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 6:14 pm   /   Comments

Obi

I once read a book on journalism which warns that one may not be objective if one pretends not to have biases or sentiments on issues or towards some people.

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Let’s hail Gokana, my local govt of the year

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:20 am   /   Comments

*Gov Rotimi Amaechi

I was so surprised that I put a call to our Tony Ubani to confirm the report he sent in the last week of 2013 from Rivers.

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That long chat with Mary Onyali!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:08 am   /   Comments

Mary Onyali

Mary Onyali and I have always had long chats. Sometimes, when it’s on phone, they are longer than an hour .

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World Cup draw, Uduaghan and Sports Minister

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:44 pm   /   Comments

Fifa-Draw

Last minute changes in space allocation killed this column last week. I serve it today. But let me briefly touch on two things that happened after that.

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And now that we have qualified . . .

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:16 pm   /   Comments

Nigerian fans cheer their team during the 2013 African Cup of Nations

Last week I pleaded with Stephen Keshi to have a rethink about the conditions he announced before any member of the Golden Eaglets can be invited to the Super Eagles.

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Eaglets, Keshi and Yobo!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:15 pm   /   Comments

Akinjide Idowu (C) of Nigeria and his team-mates celebrate their victory with the trophy during the FIFA World Cup UAE 2013 Final between Nigeria and Mexico at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo FIFA)

We have had players who were sensational in the junior teams especially the Under 17 team but who never progressed to the senior team.

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Diwali prayers for Eagles

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:40 pm   /   Comments

NDIA, Amritsar : Indian Sikh devotees lights candles at the illuminated Sikhism's holiest shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 3, 2013, on the ocassion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. AFP PHOTO

I did not know that I would be called upon to pray. Before this time I said the Lord’s prayer, Holy Mary, Glory Be God and went on in my meditation to pray for the family that has shown me great love and which was leading us in prayer.

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Sadiq Abdullahi defends Ndanusa

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 6:45 pm   /   Comments

Shehu Lawal in action during the 34th Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Open Tennis Championship in Lagos on Thursday (10/5/12). NAN photo

In the said article that my friend Sadiq is condemning in his attempted defence for Sani Ndanusa I summarily wrote that tennis in Nigeria has suffered tremendously since Ndanusa assumed office as the President of Tennis Federation in Nigeria and regretted that even as sports minister and President of Nigeria Olympic Committee Ndanusa has not been able to help tennis. Many tournaments have died under his tenure and he has not been able to convince any sponsors to return to the game. It is so bad that teenagers, as I experienced myself at the National Stadium, who should be playing tournaments and mapping a future for themselves now beg to coach elderly people for tokens that could help them live.

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Wake up, Ndanusa, Wake up

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 7:32 pm   /   Comments

Ndanusa

How times change. Rolake Olagbegi, the once elegant tennis queen of Nigeria from the famous Olagbegi family is now married to Moyo Kassim and boasts of all the features that make her a mother of three.

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Brazil: The next thing to do

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 7:32 pm   /   Comments

Emmanuel Emenike and Keshi

I received many messages especially in the first half of the game.
Nigerians could not understand what was happening. Three of the messages were similar as if the senders rehearsed them. They were apt questions. “What’s happening?”, one read. Next was “What’s going on?” Another said “it will be miraculous if we survive this.”

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If I were Keshi…

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:36 pm   /   Comments

Coach Steven Keshil training the Super Eagles in Abuja.

You can lose to a weaker team when you underrate them. With all your finesse and techniques, a fighting team, with guts and stupendous will, overpowers you. A team endowed with technical prowess can lose to a team full of determination. A hungrier team can shock a team with superior skills.

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Qatar should put them to shame

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 8:56 pm   /   Comments

Aspire Dome is seen in Doha in this aerial view. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

The world has been fed with all sorts of stories on the 2018 World Cup that went to Russia and the 2022 World Cup hosting right that Qatar won.

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Just five more governors!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:05 pm   /   Comments

Blessing Okabere crying

It was natural that Blessing Okagbare became emotional exactly two week ago. What Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan did overwhelmed her and she strongly fought back tears. When the emotions got the greater part of her the tears flowed.

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Just one more step, Mr President

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 10:00 pm   /   Comments

resident Goodluck Jonathan (R), Blessing Okagbare (m) and Vice President Namadi Sambo moments after a reception in honour of the speedster who brought honour to Nigeria at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow yesterday  at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

I don’t think that any Nigerian President has shown the kind of concern President Jonathan has demonstrated in sports in the past two decades.
General Sani Abacha did well but those managing other sports other than football would not readily agree. Again, Nigeria was a pariah state at the time and only sports could give us succour. And Abacha embraced soccer. It paid off.

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The sports life of Glo at 10

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:17 pm   /   Comments

GENEROUS GIVER: Chief Mike Adenuga Jnr  (with the trophy) is flanked by Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, Coach Stephen Keshi and Vincent Enyeama.

It happened in 1998. A black man was the main artist in the opening ceremony of the World Cup. He dazzled all. The world stood to celebrate him. He was the pride of the black race and perhaps an icon to the rest of the world.

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Okonjo-Iweala: That sports minister succeeds!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:47 pm   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala

I once wrote that I was yet to see serious efforts to change our London Olympics poor performance to a medal-winning one at the Rio Games in three years time.

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Ambassador Assam E. Assam: Talking sports more than diplomacy

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:32 pm   /   Comments

Assam Ekanem Assam

Chief Assam E. Assam is Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus.

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That E K Clark apology!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 7:51 pm   /   Comments

*Chief Edwin Clark

Chief E. K. Clark may not be the most popular politician in the country. There are people who dread him for his harsh criticisms. They do everything to avoid him.

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Football scandal: The referee angle

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:23 pm   /   Comments

Action recorded during a Nigerian league match

Uche Ejimofor will never forget that day in Gboko.

It could take good space if he were to chronicle his memoirs as team manager of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, once a top side in the continent.

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