Sunday October 26th, 2014
Sunday October 26th, 2014
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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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When public opinion shouldn’t count

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 10:05 pm   /   Comments

Nigeria's squad lines up before the Africa Cup of Nations Nigeria vs Burkina Faso group C football match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on January 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine a week ago, according to court documents obtained by AFP Thursday.

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Foreign coach or no foreign coach

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

Nigeria's footballers pose for the official picture before the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match against Tahiti, at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 17, 2013. (Standing L-R) Midfielder John Obi Mikel, defender Uwa Echijile, defender Efe Ambrose, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Anthony Ujah and midfielder Fegor Ogude. (First row, L-R) Forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Sunday Mba and defender Godfrey Oboabona.   AFP PHOTO

They played some good passing game but were caught up with what you may now permit me to tag a disease in Eagles. This disease has been in the team for long, dating back to the days of Amodu Shaibu, Berti Vogts, Lagerback, Siasia and it even appears more prominent now. It is a disease that kills many of the attacking moves of the team.

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Why Glo must keep an eye on LMC

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:12 pm   /   Comments

An action at a football league.  Chukwu proffers solution for better management as Okpala blasts NPL for laxity

Mike Itemuagbor is a sports marketer of repute and can confirm the difference between donation and sponsorship.

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The star I dream of the sports minister

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:28 pm   /   Comments

Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi

Shortly after his appointment as sports minister last year Bolaji Abdullahi was on his way to Zurich, the FIFA headquarters.

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The little things that matter

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 8:54 pm   /   Comments

File photo: kids playing on a street during school hour...

February 2013: Seigha Porbeni called me from Port Harcourt where he was watching the last Secondary School Games and lamented this way:

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The changes we expect from NFF now

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:00 pm   /   Comments

Maigari and Keshi

Before Stephen Keshi was officially announced the new Super Eagles coach, I had the privilege of discussing the problems of the Eagles with him.

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A call for truce or Keshi’s resignation

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:03 pm   /   Comments

David Mark and Stephen Keshi

I have decided to draw your attention to the issues between Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles coach and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation. I do so for the interest of our football especially the 2014 World Cup campaign.

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Eagles: So much politics, gossip and blackmail

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 9:00 am   /   Comments

•Maigari, NFF boss

It could amount to a great disservice to Nigerian  football if I do not let Nigerians know this.

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Warri 2013: Kudos to Delta, caution to Nigeria

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 10:34 pm   /   Comments

In the early hours of Wednesday the just concluded Africa Youth Athletics Championship, otherwise known as AYAC Warri 2013, was reviewed on Sky News.

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Ilah in the eyes of Uduaghan

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

Uduaghan and Keshi

There was something unique about the reception Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan held for the Super Eagles while celebrating their 2013 Nations Cup feat.

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Eagles: The foreign coach plot, the victory, the confusion!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 5:26 pm   /   Comments

Champion ..... Eagles lift their  Coach Stephen Keshi after the team won the Cup yesterday. Photo: AFP

When I saw pictures of the reception held for the Stallions of Burkina Faso from the airport to the stadium and their visit to the state house where the President hosted them, I tried to compare them with what happened in Abuja.

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Can the Eagles win Afcon? Don’t worrrryyyy!

  /   in afcon 2013, Onochie Anibeze 12:09 am   /   Comments

Nigeria's Team Photo Front Row: L-R: Midfielder Victor Moses, Forward Sunday Mba, Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama,  Forward Ikechukwu Uche,  Defender Godfrey Oboabona. Back row L-R: Midfielder John Obi Mikel, Defender Kenneth Omeruo,Defender Efe Ambrose,  Forward Emmanuel Emenike, Defender Elderson Echiejile, Forward Emmanuel Emenike,   during a 2013 African Cup of Nations Group C match in Rustenburg on January 29, 2013 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. AFP PHOTO

Can the Eagles withstand the physical attributes of their Burkina Faso counterparts and win the Nations Cup in South Africa on Sunday?

That is my wish.

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My wish

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:03 am   /   Comments

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi with Home Based Super Eagles at a News Conference at the Eagles' Camp in Abuja

Can they close the space they usually leave between them, play compact game and break away when they gain possession? That’s my wish.

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The changes Keshi must make!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 3:10 am   /   Comments

*Eagle's coach, Keshi

There are three major qualities midfielders should possess. Coaches look out for these in them.

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‘Let’s dedicate our victory to Fashola’

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:55 am   /   Comments

A Scene at the opening ceremony,  During the 18th National Sport Festival, Eko 2012, at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos. on . 27/11/2012. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

Aside food, drinks and music that form part of the entertainment here all football matches are shown on large screen television.

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Keshi, beware

  /   in Onochie Anibeze 12:38 am   /   Comments

I’m sure Stephen Keshi must be savouring the 3-1 victory againstVenezuela in an international friendly inFlorida Thursday morning.

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When Uduaghan almost shed tears

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 3:50 pm   /   Comments

What has gone wrong with Nigeria? Yes, I would like to come and share our success story with you in Nigeria. When I was competing Nigeria was at the same level with Jamaica. But I don’t know why you have gone down. Yes, I’ll come to Nigeria.”

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Sports summit: How Uduaghan took the initiative!

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 1:04 am   /   Comments

Gov Uduaghan

Two days after the final of the 100m for women Dr. Emmanuel Udughan, the Governor of Delta State was on line to the Nigerian camp at the London Olympics.

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Keshi, it’s time for a change

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:18 am   /   Comments

I was in Liberia and I saw the Eagles play 2-2 with the Lone Star in Monrovia. When I watch a game I celebrate goals but I lay emphasis on performance. I try to analyse the performance of the players individually and as a team.

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N9b in 9 years, kudos to Glo and Adenuga

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 4:34 pm   /   Comments

Nine years ago, there were long queues in Nigerian cities especially Abuja.
It cost more than 20,000 to purchase a sim card when Nigeria introduced GSM telecommunications. Globacom stormed the scene more than one year after and crashed the price to N5,000.

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Rest In Peace, my good friend

  /   in Onochie Anibeze 12:09 am   /   Comments

Late Ogbonnaya Amadi

Sports is part of entertainment and this partly explained why he took huge interest in not only what we did on the sports desk but also in Nigerian sports.

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No, it’s not possible Sports Minister

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

Bolaji Abdullahi,Sports Minister

Sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi surely means well for our sports but he simply doesn’t get it. While lamenting on our failure at the 2012 London Olympics, the minister assured that Nigeria will win five gold medals at the next games in Rio de Janeiro and that the next Sports Festival in Lagos, the Eko 2012 Games will be the springboard for good performance in the next Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

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Onochie’s Diary:10 years younger in London

  /   in London Olympics, Onochie Anibeze 1:00 am   /   Comments

I played football but not to the level that officials needed my passport for any outing. Injury did not allow me to proceed.

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Who will die for Nigeria in London?

  /   in Onochie Anibeze, Sports 12:24 am   /   Comments

I have seen spectacles. I have enjoyed some great shows from music to movies and exciting atmospheres in sports from tennis to track and field and of course football. But nothing is like the Olympics. Some adore it almost as a religion. Yes, it even started like a religion before it became competitive.

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FG: You have failed our athletes

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

Race to the finish... Nigeria athletes eking out a career at the Golden League.

I have to tell this story to President Goodluck Jonathan for he is also the patron of Nigeria Olympic Committee.

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