BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Nigeria International and Denizlispor midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi says he can give his wife, an instant 100m naira without blinking an eye or perturbed.

Super Eagles’ star midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, since June 18, 2016 when he tied the nuptial knot with his lovely wife, Sandra Ogunsuyi in a high-profile wedding ceremony.

Onazi, a poster guy who plays his football for either club or country, doesn’t do things in half measure and he brought this to bear with his wedding arrangement which rocked Rome via Benin City to Lagos and blessed with two beautiful girls.

Ogenyi Onazi Who was part of Nigeria squad that won the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa revealed on Thursday evening via Instagram live chat with top foremost Nigerian journalist, Andrew Randa

" I would instantly give my wife the 100m naira without removing a dime or blinking an eye, I love her so much”, Onazi revealed when asked what he will do if he gets an instant 100m naira

As a 16-year-old, Onazi represented his country at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Nigeria finished runners-up.

However, he was overlooked for selection at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup two years later, despite participating in the training camps in Portugal and Panama.


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He made his debut for the senior Nigeria national team in an African Cup of Nations qualification match against Liberia. His first goal came in his second international match, a 3–1 friendly win over Venezuela in Florida.

Onazi was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, he came on as a substitute in Nigeria's first match of the tournament against Burkina Faso, whom they would eventually face again in the final, before going to on to play every minute of all Nigeria's games in the knockout phase, including the final.

Onazi was expectedly left out of the national teams provisional squad to AFCON 2019 after failing to fully recover from an Achilles injury suffered in December 2018 while playing for his club in Turkey.

He was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup but missed out of the tournament as he suffered a slight knee knock a few weeks before the competition.

Onazi was named in Nigeria's final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and started in all four games as Nigeria were eliminated by France in the round of 16.

He was also part of the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, although he did not feature in any of the team's three matches before elimination.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

The former Africa footballer of the year who is presently on the payroll of El- Makassa of Egypt has decided to extend his hand of friendship through financial gestures to journalists in Nigeria.

Amuneke joined many Nigerian philanthropists at this critical time when Nigerians are observing sit-at-home which affected individual and the country’s economy.

The former Barcelona forward, all the way from his base in Egypt, said, “I am pleased to do what I have done.


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Journalists have really done so much at this critical time that Corona virus has affected the human race. The pen profession are exposed while carrying out their jobs.

" They need the support of well meaning Nigerians in order to disseminate accurate information to the general public. I have always seen journalists as partners in progress right from my playing days.”

The former U-17 gaffer who has won the trophy as a chief coach as well as head coach concluded by saying, " I pray for the safety of Nigerians as a whole. Sooner or later, the pandemic will be a thing of the past soonest”.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has said that the Nigeria Professional Football League is no longer competitive unlike what we have, when I was playing in the League in late 80's and early 90’s.

George Finidi moved from Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, now Rivers United to Ajax Amsterdam in Holland and went straight into the First team of one of the best European team at that time.

The former Real Betis of Spain intelligent winger said the standard of the NPFL is very low now and that is really affecting the players, making it difficult for them to cope with the standard of play in Europe, they play more tactically and fast football.

" The Nigerian league is not that competitive any longer, the level have dropped drastically, when players in Nigeria professional football league find themselves in Europe and see that the standard is higher than what they are accustom with, it becomes very difficult to cope and acclimatized with the conditions. I think that is the major problem, most of our players are having in Europe.”


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George alongside Kanu Nwaknwo are first two Nigerian players to win the Uefa Champions League, he has shown interests in coaching Nigerian national teams bringing his wealth of experience garnered in Europe to take the country where it ought to be in global football map.

" Let me make this clear, nobody works for free, When i said i can work for free by coaching Nigeria national team, i mean, i am not going to ask for too much money and we want to come back and give our experience that we have gathered all these years in Europe, also while playing international games putting on the Green White Green Jersey.

" However, nobody will want to do anything for free these days. Despite the fact that Nigeria is my country, i would not want to bother anybody asking for lots of money, we just want to have the job done and get the needed result.

We have been praying and hoping to that we can bring back lost glories and position  Nigerian football to where it rightfully belongs.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has hinted his readiness to open talks for the extension of his two-year contract which runs out in June 2020, according to Ademetan Abayomi.

The 66-year-old succeeded Sunday Oliseh in 2016. He helped Nigeria qualify for the 2018 World Cup and tinkered the team to Bronze medal at 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

In the past two days, talks of contract renewal by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to Gernot Rohr has been the subject of discussion.

Four conditions; ranging from watching Nigerian league matches, being paid in Naira not Dollars, living in Nigeria and travelling out of the country for just three times in a year will be handed to the coach when he comes to Nigeria according to NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

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It is not clear whether Rohr would lead the team in future as his contract expires in June 2020.

" All the time I return to Nigeria. I spend more time in Nigeria than in Europe,” the ex-Niger boss told veteran football
reporter Colin Udoh.

" I am waiting for the proposals of the NFF which could be very easy.

The former Bayern Munich and Bordeaux defender added: “I don’t want more bonuses, I don’t want more money. I only want to work free.”

Nigeria sit top in Group L of the 2021 Afcon qualifiers with six points, three points more than second place Benin Republic.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has applauded the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on his outstanding achievements within the first six months of his tenure in office. 

Recounting the giant strides of the Minister, the President of Nigeria Olympic Committee and Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Engr. Habu Gumel, commended the Hon. Minister on his visionary leadership which has helped in repositioning Nigerian sports. 

These include the “Adoption Campaign” which has paved the way for corporate sector engagement in providing support to Nigerian athletes, teams and sports facilities maintenance.

The “Adopt an Athlete Campaign” has provided a platform for some elite Nigerian athletes to receive funding from the organizations and individuals that adopted them, which has greatly enhanced their training and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, that was recently postponed to 2021.

" The Hon. Minister was instrumental to the speedy completion of the new headquarters building of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), which then led to the visit of the President of International Olympic Committee.

His Excellency, Dr. Thomas Bach to Nigeria in November 2019 to commission the edifice.  The new ANOCA Secretariat is now the pride of African sports and has elevated the status of Abuja as Olympic Capital of Africa” he said.


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" The Hon. Minister has been passionate and ensured the participation of Nigerian athletes and teams in Olympic Qualification championships which has enabled us to secure the qualification places that we currently have. 

With the rescheduling of the Olympic Games, we still have some windows of opportunities to qualify more athletes,” Engr. Gumel highlighted.

" Even before the Olympic Games was shifted, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, through the commitment of the Hon. Minister, has complied with all the timelines established by the Organising Committee and effected the required deposit payments. 

Also, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has secured the Pre-Games Training Camps in Kisarazu and Oyama City in Japan, where Nigerian athletes will acclimatize and conduct their final training before moving to the Olympic Games Village. 

Invariably, the working relationship between the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has been most cordial, under the administration of Mr. Sunday Dare”, the NOC President concluded.


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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Passionate Football fans in Nigeria have been guessing for some weeks on the future of Gernot Rohr, The Franco German faces an uncertain future as his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expires in June 2020.

There have been divided opinions on whether he deserves the $55,000 per month salary, while some belief he has done enough to merit a renewal, others want the NFF to walk away and move forward.

According to Ademetan Abayomi, an intelligent Sports Journalist, Here are reasons why NFF should not hand fresh terms to the tactician.

Since the 66-year-old gaffer has been in charge of the three-time African champions, he has been claiming to be rebuilding a Young team. When will the rebuilding process be over?

The NFF are no longer finding it funny in terms of funding their programs. The Minister for Youths and Sports Sunday Dare has been the saving grace for them in recent times as he always ensure finance from the Ministry is not a Problem.

At some point highly respected Politician and Philanthropist, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah reportedly paid the salaries of the ex Bordeaux manager.

Aiteo is allegedly no longer showing financial commitment to the NFF but they haven’t informed the Public about it.

There has been alleged murmuring from Rohr on his unpaid salaries in the past. But the NFF quickly dismissed such claims.

Maybe a cheaper alternative to Rohr might be the solution for now. Paying $55k per month at this period of economic meltdown might be a waste.

In the 80s and 90s, the Super Eagles were respected for their high pressing and dearing pattern that won them admirers in the Global World.

A German coach is shrewd in his approach. Berti Vogts was also an advocate of safe first approach which didn’t serve the Super Eagles at the long run against quality oppositions.

Under Rohr, the Super Eagles are so boring to watch with one wondering if it’s the real Super Eagles we know.


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Modern day football gives room for a team to express itself using the wings as focal point with skillful players around the box.

A national team coach should eat with the people, mingle and have affinity with the environment. Clemence Westerhoef succeeded because he felt like a Nigerian, this gave him the chance to comb the nooks and crannies of Nigeria to discover players.

But Rohr has spent more time in Europe than Nigeria, preferring already materials and electing against development.

Age might be a factor in the most important reason why the NFF shouldn’t renew Rohr’s contract. At 66, the coach lacks the energy to tinker the Super Eagles.

His decisions in key matches are often faulty. Nigeria didn’t deserve to crash out of the first round of Russia 2018, Same with the 2019 AFCON semi final loss to Algeria.

There is need for the NFF to sit down and have a re think on the future of Gernot Rohr as he has overstayed his jamboree in Nigeria. It’s time for an ex-international to takeover. Maybe Emmanuel Amunike or Finidi George. Time will tell.


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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Amaju Pinnick, FIFA President
Gianni Infantino and President
Muhammadu Buhari
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has lauded the efforts of the Federal Government in containing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, describing measures taken so far as “effective and re-assuring”.

On a breakfast programme on Arise TV Pinnick said: " I want to commend the Federal Government for the efforts so far in tackling this pandemic. The Government’s strategy across all the States of the Federation has paid off and it is incumbent on all of us citizens to join the global army to fight this virus off the planet Earth.

" On our part at the NFF. We are working with stakeholders, taking a cue from (world football –governing body) FIFA to intervene in certain areas.

On the impact of the pandemic on the Nigeria football sector, with the game having been shut down since 19th March 2020, Pinnick stated: " We will sit down with our (official premium) partners AITEO with regards to the AITEO Cup competition, to see how we can still put this year’s edition together.

" There is also the AITEO/NFF Awards (in its third edition). This year’s edition is meant to celebrate the Super Falcons. We have plans to celebrate them but we don’t know how to go about it. So, we will sit down with our sponsors to figure things out.”

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While also stating that the football body has stayed in contact with overseas –based players of the National Teams and can assure that they are all doing well at this delicate time.

Pinnick declared that the body has given Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr some conditions for the renewal of his contract.

" We have told him (Rohr) he must live in Nigeria, and that his salary will be paid in Naira (the Nigeria currency). He must go round League venues and see how he can nurture the players. If he is able to accept, we have a deal.

" We will seek legal opinions on international coaches’ contracts. We shall also seek the opinion of the Sports Ministry. He should get the contract (with the new conditions) in about a week’s time so that he can revert after studying it.”

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

LA Planet Sport Academia has joined the sports fraternity to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace amidst the Covid19 outbreak.

The Academia which is based in Ilorin has suspended training indefinitely due to the outbreak of the virus but took out time to celebrate the memorable day in order to develop the round leather game.


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Despite the blow done to sport this year by the coronavirus pandemic, Manager of LA Planet Sport Academia, Shogo Shodunnke urged the football community to make use of the day to come together and return peace to football.

" We're facing a difficult time in football due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this is the time we need to come together and fight the virus by following all the guidelines to avoid its further spread around the world, especially within the sporting family, this will make us to return peace to the game and the world."

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