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$300 dollars to beat Eagles, Oduduru, COSAFA, probes and other stories

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:59 am   /   Comments

Tahiti's goalkeeper Xavier Samin dives for the ball as Nigeria's forward Anthony Ujah heads to the goal, during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 17, 2013. Photo: AFP.

The headline carried by Complete Sports newspaper yesterday was very appealing. Cash rain for Malawi to beat Eagles.

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Probing the Rangers saga

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:08 am   /   Comments

File photo: Rangers players during a match

It was Tony Bekeredemo of Brila FM who called to inform me about the suspension of Rangers by CAF and I felt very bad. I wondered why Shooting Stars should protest to CAF, knowing the circumstances of such a protest.

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The fear of September…

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:25 am   /   Comments

File photo: Mikel celebrates his goal with team mates

No apologies for repeatedly saying that for me winning the Confederations Cup was not as important as qualifying for the World Cup. The FIFA Confederations Cup was therefore an opportunity for us to test run our World Cup team.

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Believe me, I don Port o! . . . .

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:45 am   /   Comments

eagles-CONFED1

No matter the result of yesterday’s match against Spain, or what will become of the Flying Eagles desperate fight to get back into contention against Cuba in Turkey today, I have made up my mind to “Port” join and support another sport.

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“No, we don’t have money … yes you have”

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:11 am   /   Comments

NFF

I bet the last has not been heard of the diplomatic embarrassment suffered by Nigeria as a result of the Eagles decision not to honour their FIFA Confederations Cup engagement over match bonuses.

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That match against Harambee Stars

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:32 am   /   Comments

KENYA, Nairobi : Nigeria's Ahmed Musa (R) and Sunday Mba (L) celebrate after Musa scored to make it 1-0 during their 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Kenya at Kasarani football stadium on June 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO

I have heard it said and I have read again and again how The Super Eagles are a tournament team ( ? ). The tradition of struggling against teams with inferior football cultures is still with us.

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‘Did you watch the match?’

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:09 am   /   Comments

HOUSTON - MAY 31: Aide Brown Ideye #8 of Nigeria fends off Javier Hernandez #14 and Francisco Rodiriguez #2 of Mexico as he attmpts to gain control of the ball at Reliant Stadium on May 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas. /AFP

Of course I watched the match and I believe millions of Nigerians did (My brother Steve Ukpong rang by 2.15 am to find out the station that was airing the match) that is the passion, the sacrifice, that most Nigerians paid, banishing sleep to be able to see what I have always considered ‘…a mere friendly’.

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Moses, Mikel … deja vue

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:39 am   /   Comments

Mikel-Moses

The road where the players bus gets to a Carrefour and a player decides to jump the bus and take what he considers is his own way forward.

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That associations elections

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:29 am   /   Comments

A table tennis game between Rivers state and  Delta State on the second day of the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos. PHOTO; Kehinde Gbadamosi.

So much has been said and written about the recently held elections into the various sports associations in Nigeria.

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The 50,000 Dollar dream

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:46 am   /   Comments

IN PAINS … Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike writhing in pains after he got knocked in the semi final match against Mali at the Africa Nations Cup in South Africa last month. He has lambasted both the NFF and Coach Stephen Keshi for not asking after his state of health since after the Nations Cup.

Saturday, I came across this newspiece that said a Nigerian player had offered 50,000 dollars to his colleagues if they won a match.

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Youth as a foundation for development

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:01 am   /   Comments

protest: Uzere youths protesting at Shell Petroleum Development Company facility in Uzere,Tuesday. PHOTO: Akpokona Omafuaire.

Permit me to go back to Marakech, Morocco, venue of the just ended 10th Africa Under 17 Championship.

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These Eaglets are human after all

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:14 am   /   Comments

Golden Eaglets

It came like a bolt from the blue. After 28 matches without defeat, capped with a 6-1 demolition of arch rivals Ghana, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria were brought down to mother earth with a thud.

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Employing a Technical Director in the absence of funds…’

  /   in Sports Bassey 1:20 am   /   Comments

NFF

“In one breadth you people say there is no money and start sacking coaches, in another breadth, you are interviewing and employing coaches. There is more to this than meets the eye…..”

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That Onochie’s breath of fresh (Athletics) air

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:28 am   /   Comments

File photo: Athletes

Yes I am a FIFA Match Commissioner, CAF General Coordinator, Member Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, yet that is not enough excuse for the volume of thoughts I write on football in my column every week.

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Jossy Lad, LMC and other stories …

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:44 am   /   Comments

league-action

It sounded comical.That Jossy Lad, yes the same one, fell ill. That Oyo state government, had spent “four hundred thousand naira on him” without improvement.

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Heat break in Owerri …heart attack in Calabar

  /   in Sports Bassey 9:37 pm   /   Comments

BACKFLICK••• Super Eagles’ midfielder John Mikel Obi (L) watches as Kenya’s  Mulinge Ndeto kicks the ball during their FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying match on March 23  in Calabar. It ended  1-.1.  PHOTO: AFP

Let me quickly say this morning that I will pre-tend nothing happened in Calabar. In far away Ghana, I could not watch the match live, so I had to depend on second hand information.

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Nigeria and the CAF executive seat

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:37 am   /   Comments

Issa Hayatou

If I had my way, I would have banished this topic to the recesses of my personal history. In the words of the NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari, I would have taken this as one of those experiences needed to guide one through the slimy maze of one’s sojourn on earth.

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…As match commissioners go back to school

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:45 am   /   Comments

Kano Pillars

I have been reliably informed that the Nigeria Football Federation has concluded arrangements to hold a pre-season Match Commissioners seminar in Abuja this week. What this tells me is that the March 9 kick off date of the Premier league may be a reality after all.

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Chioma and the “where was Jonathan?” drama

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:03 am   /   Comments

EAGLES-A

It was in the Punch Newspapers that I read about Chioma Ajunwa and the “Where was President Jonathan” drama.

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The future and the glory boys

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:23 am   /   Comments

keshi-yobo

One of the questions I was asked when I came back to Nigeria was, “who was your favourite Eagle?”

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Of Durban, raw eggs, juju and football

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:04 am   /   Comments

fans-in-calabar

As CAF General Coordinator of Group A that had host South Africa, Cape Verde, Angola and Morocco , I was to move to Durban immediately after the opening ceremony and kick off in Johannesburg.

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The many relatives of success…

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:19 am   /   Comments

cartoon-eagles

FOR brightening the dour face of Nigeria, for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians all over the world and raising their confidence level, the Super Eagles and their handlers deserve anything and everything that is being offered them.

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In the beginning … doubts

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:35 am   /   Comments

File Photo: JOGGING ••• Super Eagles players loosening up before training.

Yesterday, we spoke about the glorious victory now sweeping through the land and the need to put all that is happening to us in perspective.

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At the end of the day . . . joy

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:35 am   /   Comments

cartoon-eagles

During the Nations Cup, the call of duty did not permit me to maintain my column. The General Coordinator at the Nations Cup, or what is simply regarded as GC, runs the tournament at the venues.

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I was at the Villa …for the Eagles

  /   in Sports Bassey 3:09 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan with the Afcon trophy pose with Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi at the reception

AFTER a nineteen year wait, nothing would have stopped me from the Presidential reception planned fo the Eagles last Tuesday in Abuja.

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Burying the ghost of Cape Verde

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:04 am   /   Comments

Nigeria's forward Victor Moses (C) argues with Cape Verde's defender Nando (R) during the International friendly football match Nigeria vs Cape Verde in Faro on January 9, 2013.  AFP PHOTO

Just as the clock is ticking down to D day so are the butterflies in Nigerians stomachs flapping uncontrollably(?). The last thing I would have wanted to do is to go back to that match that lowered the expectations of Nigerians as regards our chances at the Nations Cup 2013. The English prefer to allow sleeping dogs lie. Not us. This dog, top dog cannot be allowed to lie. He must be on his feet, biting away!

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30 minutes with the Minister, Shola Ameobi… Welcome 2013

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:13 am   /   Comments

File photo: Okagbare shortly after a race

2012 was a year ruled by an unparalleled Olympics disaster, one that beclouded all the accolades garnered by the Nigeria Football Federation as regards National Teams. Never in the history of our football did ALL the national teams qualify for the finals of all the continental competitions they entered for.

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Bye bye Eko 2012••• Welcome Eket 2012

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:16 am   /   Comments

Eko-2012-K

For now, let me join millions of sports followers all over the country in wishing fare well to Eko 2012, the 18th National Sports Festival that was officially brought to an end yesterday.

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Eko 2012, NPL and Alibay at 80

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:25 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

I live in Lagos. I counted myself lucky that this time I did not have to travel out for the National Sports Festival. This time the festival was to be brought to my doorstep.

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A million Naira for festival gold

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:29 am   /   Comments

Vice President Namadi Sambo, representing President Goodluck Jonathan,  in handshake with masscot, Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, chief host, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulure, Deputy Governor of Lagos state and  chairman local Organising Committee look on, during the flag off of Eko 2012, 18th National Sport Festival, held at Tesilim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. on. 03/11/2012. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

In the next two weeks Lagos, host of the first and second National Sports Festivals in 1973 and 1975, will be the focus of Nigeria’s sports attention as all the states of the federation and Abuja run, jump, kick lift, swim and throw all in search of glory for their states.

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Eagles ’94, thank God we lost and other stories

  /   in Sports Bassey 9:41 am   /   Comments

SUPER-Eagles-'94

Friday morning, on the eve of the grand finale of the CAF Champions league final between Esperance de Tunis and Al Ahly of Egypt, I was at breakfast with Lim Kee Chong of Mauritius and Rachid Medjiba of Algeria.

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Blame Ikhana for Falcons woes

  /   in Sports Bassey 12:55 am   /   Comments

Falcons need prayer against Germany today

Week end, I read some funny stories credited to Coach Jossy Lad “blaming the NFF for Falcons poor showing in Equatorial Guinea” Going through the story I did not see any substance relating to what the NFF could have done that it did not do.

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