As the 2019 Nigeria Women Professional League (NWPL) approaches match day five across various centres this Wednesday, coach of Kaduna based side and debutants, Aminu Shaibu of Kaduna Queens has admitted that his side’s match day five encounter against league’s defending champions, Bayelsa Queens scheduled for this Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 at the Kaduna Township Stadium by 4PM will be difficult.
He made this admission on Monday at the club’s training ground where his girls were perfecting their game plan ahead of the crucial fixture.
He said Bayelsa Queens will be hard to crack because of their pedigree in female football, but his young team are equally up to the tough task and has assured football loving fans of Kaduna maximum points against the Restoration Girls.
“No doubt we have a difficult match before us against a side that will be hard to crack. They are the defending champions and on top of our group too. They have all the experience against my not too experienced side. We respect them but we don’t in any way fear them because it’s not about the names on paper. By God’s grace, we shall play to win.
” If you look at our last home match against Nasarawa Amazons, you will agree with me that the better side won. We created the most scoring chances and buried two. Our girls are beginning to understand how we want them to play and the result is beginning to manifest. The focus is now on Bayelsa Queens as the 2-0 home victory over Nasarawa Amazons is now in the history books.
“Our approach won’t be different. We will take the game to them, create chances of our own and equally punish their errors like we did to Nasarawa Amazons. If we can defeat a strong side like Nasarawa Amazons, then we can defeat any team,” he concluded.
Kaduna Queens currently sit on the base of Group C and a win against the visitors from Yenogoa will see them move out of relegation zone with the fixture between Nasarawa Amazons and Sunshine Queens billed for Lafia City Stadium postponed.
Can Amunike do it again from Egypt ?!!
The Nigerian star and coach Emmanuel Amonike arrived Cairo in the early hours of today to pen a contract with Egyptian side Misr El Makassa, as announced by the club’s president yesterday.
The former Nigerian international succeeds Mido, former Egyptian international, fired.
Emmanuel Amunike is not on his first coaching job. The gaffer trained Nigeria’s U17 team and achieved a third place in the U17 World Cup. He later took charge of the Tanzanian Taifa Stars , leading them to the last AFCON in Egypt.
Makassa are relaying on Mr. Amuniki’s training experience and skills to lift the team from its unenviable position (15th out of 18th) at the end of round One.
Will Amunike succeed? The question is on every lips; Egypt and Zamalek has been the gateway to his rich career in the 90s and he’s just returning to well known environment.
First, Ukraine. Now, Brazil. Is Monaco’s Henry Onyekuru Turning Into Another Kelechi Iheanacho?
On Sunday, October 13, when the Super Eagles file out to face the Samba Boys in a much anticipated friendly at the Singapore National Stadium, one player will be missing on the pitch and on the bench: Henry Onyekuru.
After a breakthrough season with Galatasaray last season, where his goals and assists played a crucial role in propelling the Turkish giants to the Super League title, many expected Onyekuru to build on his growing reputation as a dangerous, goalscoring winger but the reality has fallen far short of that expectation.
His woes started when Everton, his parent English club then, and Galatasaray – where he had meritoriously spent a year on loan – could not come to a financial agreement to make his loan deal permanent. The Toffees wanted more. The Turks offered less. And when Monaco wrote Everton a bigger cheque, the Blues gladly flogged Onyekuru, reportedly against his wish, to France.
Henry’s views were clear and understandable. In Turkey, he was loved and adored, having earned his place on the team and immersed himself in the club’s culture. However, in Monaco he has had to start all over again: to win the manager’s trust, earn his teammates’ respect and fight for another’s spot in the team.
While goals and assists have helped Victor Osimhen settle quickly in the Ligue 1 despite only recently making the switch to France from Belgium, Onyekuru – who just got married weeks ago – have not enjoyed the same run of luck. The former Eupen forward is yet to find the back of the net for his French club and have only claimed just one assist in the three matches he’s featured in.
This has seen coach Jardim push Henry to the substitute’s bench where he has watched Monaco pulled off back-to-back wins for the first time in 2019. It is little wonder then that Onyekuru has not made Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles squad since the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
Coach Rohr’s policy has always been clear on that front: play regularly for your club and you’ll feature for your country. Kelechi Iheanacho ran foul of that at Leicester City last season and because of that, he missed out on a bronze-winning campaign at AFCON 2019.
At a glorious time, when Nigeria talents are springing up in all the four corners of Europe and beyond, present Super Eagles stars cannot afford to rely on their past heroics to earn a call up to the national team.
Jostling to snatch Onyekuru’s Super Eagles spot from him are the duo of Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka and Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis. Both players are young, hungry and will land in Australia in a rich vein of form.
Olayinka scored for the Czech champions over the weekend but actually shot to prominence a fortnight ago when he smashed a goal in at the San Siro in the Champions League.
As remarkable as that feat was, it was bettered by Dennis Bonaventure last week when the 20-year-old grabbed a stunning brace at the grandest of stages – the Santiago Bernabeu
Dennis then followed it up by scoring at the weekend in Club Brugge’s 4-0 demolition of Gent. Both Olayinka’s and Dennis’ addition would add some considerable firepower to a Super Eagles attack still reeling from being snubbed by that Chelsea lad.
A front six of Villarreal’s Chukwueze, Lille’s Osimhen, Genk’s Onuachu, Nante’s Simon, Brugge’s Dennis and Slavia’s Olayinka should retain enough pace and power to trouble Brazil’s defence line in Singapore. And they are all likely going to form the skeleton of the Nigeria team of the next decade.
It’s important therefore that Henry Onyekuru sort out his club issues quickly or he ends up being another Kelechi Iheanacho, to become just a left behind bystander as the ship of the Super Eagles’ Golden Generation sets sail for glorious shores.
Brazil v Nigeria Friendly : Five Super Eagles Players To Watch Out For On Sunday
Come Sunday, we will be in for quite a thrilling weekend of international football in the Southeast of Asia as the Super Eagles take on Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore, games hardly come any bigger surely.
Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr has gone about assembling the best of the country’s crop at his disposal for this clash and here, we will look at five of them who will most likely be turning on the style,
Alex Iwobi: It must be said that the glitz and urgency the Big 17 put up in the opposition final third in games upon the start of his Everton career has all but faded.
Now, the romance has ended and The Tofee Blues have suffered ever since.
The losses are piling up more than the victories and whilst it is not particularly his fault, if there is one criticism of Iwobi which has lingered irrespective of his evident maturity, it is that he does not hurt the opposition often enough.
Will his adventure against the world football powerhouse be some sort of renaissance, and the start of that extra spark missing from his games for Everton?
Victor Osimhen: The numbers Osimhen is swiftly accruing since his summer switch to France is simply impressive, to say the least. So much has been said as regards his fast bedding into the rhythm of the play in Ligue 1, and it is already a wide belief he has done enough to be installed as the rightful heir to Nigeria’s striking position.
He’s already started the procession himself and after getting off the mark for the Super Eagles versus Ukraine, it could be the South Americans who next gets to feel the pain of his clinical composure and quick limbs.
Ramon Azeez: Azeez has been in the international wilderness for over five years but is back following a string of solid displays for Granada in La Liga and it is easy to guess viewers will be eager to see more what he has in his locker room should he get game time here.
While the midfielder has put his resurgence down to his team’s support and the faith Diego Martinez has shown in him, this could be the perfect opportunity to win such measure of belief for himself in the national team.
Wilfred Ndidi: It is no secret that the very lucid things Ndidi excels at needs no extra touch. Simply put, his displays in the middle of the park for his team is uniquely stereotypical.
Quite why the Super Eagles failed to kill off a game after being two goals up at half time albeit in their last game brings us all back to the knowledge of not having the Leicester City man in action on the day.
With him in the side now, the team can now afford to manage the tempo of a game when in winning positions, thanks to his tailored approach and game-reading brilliance.
Tyronne Ebuehi: Back in the fold after fighting a severe injury cropped since 2018, the youngster will be itching to force his way into the team yet.
His talents are never in doubt and is ever made more plausible considering Benfica’s stance on him notwithstanding the troubles he’s had.
He’s yet to feature for the senior side in the Primeira Liga this season but that could change if he justifies his readiness in this very important game.
Source : www.allnigeriasoccer.com
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