Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has been named the 24th best national team coach in the world by The Institute of Football Coaching and Statistics.The listing, which is the latest by the body, also named the Head coach of Ghana Black Stars James Kwesi Appiah in the 42nd position.The coach of the Spanish national team, Vincente Del Bosque tops the list with 25188 points followed by Germany Joachim Low with 21422 points.Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay placed 3rd, Italy Ceasre Prandelli came fourth, Netherlands Van Marwijk 5th, Jurgen Klinsmann 6th , Poalo Jorge Gomes of Portugal 7th Position.Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer is in the 29th position, while Algeria coach Vahid Halihodzic fell from previous 34th position to 41st.Seasoned coaches like Laurent Blanc was namedin 43rd place, Lars Lagerback, 47th, with CroatiaSlaven Billic placing 50th.Continue Reading
Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, can now heave a sigh of relief after FIFA only slammed him with a warning for allegedly making comments perceived to have a racist slant towards former Malawi coach, Tom Saintfiet.A FIFA spokesman exclusively told THISDAY last night that FIFA Disciplinary Committee after investigating Saintfiet’s complaint, decided to impose a warning on Keshi over the matter.Coach Stephen Keshi had called former Malawi coach, Tom Saintfiet “A White Dude”.The FIFA spokesman stated.that a decision was reached on the subject after the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Claudio Sulser, referred to Article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
Tom SaintfietTom Saintfiet Sulser, who is from Switzerland, warned and requested that Keshi must guarantee that incidents of such high gravity do not occur again in the future.”If such incidents should happen again, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will be left with no other option than to impose sanctions against the coach, Mr. Stephen Keshi,” the FIFA spokesman told THISDAY last night.By the tone of Article 57, it is assumed that Keshi only escaped with a warning as his conduct was deemed to fall under offensive behaviour and fair play and not racism as Saintfiet claimed.The article states: “Anyone who insults someone in way by using offensive gestures or language, or who violates the principle of fair play or whose behaviour is unsporting in any other way may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Article 10 ff”.The pronouncement will be a relief for Keshi and officials of NFF ahead of Super Eagles trip to Addis Ababa, where Nigeria is due to face Ethiopia on October 13 in the first-leg of the World Cup play-off.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has called up a total of 42 players made up of 24 from the local league and 18 from overseas for a World Cup qualifier against Malawi next month.Only five of the 24 players from the domestic championship will eventually join the 18 overseas-based stars for the qualifier, as well as for a friendly against Burkina Faso in Kaduna on September 10.Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis, as well as midfielders Sunday Mba and forward Gambo Mohammed headline the locally-based contingent.”We are calling up 24 home boys in order to be able to identify new players for the 2014 African Nations Championship, for which we have already qualified,” stated.Keshi.Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, defenders Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and Victor Moses and forwards Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa and Brown Ideye top the list of the Europe-based pros.Two-goal hero against South Africa in last week’s Nelson Mandela Challenge, Uche Nwofor retains his slot while Spain-based midfielder Nosa Igiebor returns for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations finals.England-based Shola Ameobi and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Obinna Nsofor also return.Nigeria, on nine points, need only avoid defeat against seven-pointer Malawi at the U. J. Esuene Stadium on September 7 to reach the 10-team final elimination round of the African qualifying race for next year’s showpiece event in Brazil.The friendly against Burkina Faso at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna three days later brings together the two teams who battled for the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Johannesburg on February 10, with Nigeria winning 1-0.Continue Reading
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda crosses the line to win gold in the Men’s Marathon during day eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the silver. He came 21 seconds behind Kiprotich’s winning time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 51 seconds.Tadese Tola of Ethiopia took the bronze.No Kenyan was in the top three for the first time since 2005.Continue Reading
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has announced a strong squad for the country’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification match against Cote D’Ivoire as the country seeks its first participation since the competition started. The team will consist of eight players that made the trip to Brazil for the Confederations Cup recently.
They are goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Azubuike Egwuekwe, Godfrey Oboabona, Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis, midfielders Emeka Eze and Sunday Mba and forward Muhammad Gambo who will be joined by 14 other players in next weekend’s first leg game against the Elephants. The Nigeria Football Federation also announced that the match will be played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Saturday, 6th July. “We are happy for the favourable response from the Kaduna State Government, and we have also approached the National Sports Commission for permission to use the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna for the encounter.” “The grass is excellent and the entire facility is well maintained. The Super Eagles will find the place comfortable,” Barrister Musa Amadu, NFF General Secretary stated. LIST OF INVITED PLAYERS: