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Nigeria U-20 female team coach named in FIFA Coach of the year shortlist

Nigeria U-20 coach

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The Federation of International Football Association has released the shortlists for the 2014 Fifa Coach of the Year for Women shortlists with Nigeria Women’s U-20 coach, Peter Dedevbo making the cut in the ten-man list.

The roll was compiled by Fifa’s Committee for Women’s Football and a group of experts from France Football.

 Dedevbo led the Nigeria side that was within inches of becoming the first African nation to become women’s world champions after losing to Germany 1-0 in the final of the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

He also boasts a strong connection with the many young stars of Nigerian women’s football, having also coached the U-17 national team at Azerbaijan 2012 prior to his breakthrough effort with the Super Falconets at Canada 2014.

The named will be pruned to three on December 1, 2014 while the winner will be announced at the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala on 12 January 2015.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

1. Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team)
2. Peter Dedevbo (Nigeria/Nigeria U-20 national team)
3. Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC)
4. Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg)
5. Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team)
6. Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team)
7. Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden national team)
8. Asako Takemoto Takakura (Japan/Japan U-17 national team)
9. Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team and U-19 national team)
10. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Switzerland national team)

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Nigerian goalkeeper Enyeama calls on CAF to call off AFCON 2015 due to Ebola threats

Vincent Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama

Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, has raised concerns about the Confederation of African Football’s  (CAF) decision to organise next year’s Africa Cup of Nations despite the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

The 32-year-old, who was speaking after Lille drew 0-0 with Everton in the Europa League on Thursday, claimed if the tournament goes ahead, it would be very risky.

He said: “I really wish it doesn’t happen with all the people that will be moving around.

“But I’m not CAF. I’m not the one who calls the shots.”

Authorities have put the number of people killed by the Ebola virus at almost 5,000 across West Africa and Enyeama says it is because of a culture of hugging and shaking hands.

“It’s risky for everyone because you go to Africa and then everyone is hugging you and shaking you, and what can you do? You’re at risk.

“But if it happens I will play, if we qualify.”

Nigeria are currently third in Group A and have two more games to try and seal qualification.

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Guinean forward Ibrahima Traore, others star in Europa league

Traore scored for Monchenglanbach

Traore scored for Monchenglanbach

Guinea star Ibrahima Traore scored twice for his club Borussia Monchengladbach to lead the six African marksmen on target in Europa League games played across Europe on Thursday night.

The winger struck in the 11th and 66th minutes as the Germans wallowed visiting Apollon of Cyprus 5:0.

Senegal star Demba Ba scored his first goal in the competition to help his Turkish club Besiktas to a 0:4 thumping of Serbians hosts Partizan Belgrade. The former Chelsea star also set up his side’s last goal.

Ivoirian midfielder Tiemoko Konate scored just after the hour to give his Czech side Sporting Praha a 0:3 victory over Slovakian hosts Slovan Bratislava. Konate also set up the last goal for his team.
Two Africans gave Turkish side Trabzonspor a 2:0 victory over Belgian guests Lokeren. Mali midfielder Mustapha Yatabare OPENED scoring in the 54th minute and Guinea star Kevin Constant sealed the win six minutes from time. Both goals were conceded by Lokeren’s Ivoirian goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.

Teenage Ghanaian defender Daniel Amartey must have thought he had given his Danish side FC Copenhagen all three points when he scored the game’s first goal in the 89th minute, but Belgian hosts Club Brugge hit back in stoppage time to ensure a 1:1 draw.

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Newcastle United enter race for Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia

Doumbia has been linked with a move to England

Doumbia has been linked with a move to England

Newcastle United are competing with Everton for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia.

The Daily Express says both clubs are keen on signing the 26-year-old this January as Roberto Martinez and Alan Pardew search for more firepower.

Everton are yet to see the best of Romelu Lukaku this season, whilst Newcastle are in dire need of a goalscorer to help them avoid a relegation dogfight.

However, reports in Russia claim that the Magpies are front-runners for his signature, with Pardew ready to make the former Ivory Coast international a lucrative offer.

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry confident Drogba can still do the job against Manchester United

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

Chelsea captain John Terry insists they have enough firepower to take care of Manchester United on Sunday.

Star man Diego Costa looks likely to miss out with hamstring and groin injuries, while Loic Remy is touch-and-go after limping off in the midweek win over Maribor.

That leaves Drogba as the only senior Chelsea striker left for the visit to Old Trafford.

Terry said: “We’ve got a big squad; Didier came on and showed what a great player he still is.

“The players are showing how important the depth of our squad could be this season.

“As the manager rightly says, everybody’s got a part to play and we’ve seen that in the last few games.”

 

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Drama unfolds as High Court calls for new NFF executive to be sacked

New NFF president Amaju Pinnick

New NFF president Amaju Pinnick

A State High Court has sacked the new Nigeria Football Federation board, led by Amaju Pinnick.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa in his judgement, said that the NFF election which was held in Warri, directly flouted the orders of the court granted on September 19, 2014 for it not to hold.

“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,” Justice Allagoa said.

“Nobody should foist on the court a complete case of hopelessness so that the principles of law and justice can be upheld.

“It’s not enough to say that the order of court was wrongly made, no matter how unorthodox, its subsisting orders, unless set aside, remains law and must be respected.

“Defendants in this matter have not filed any counter affidavits in this court to contest the facts. There is neither motion nor Memorandum of Appearance. This is a court of Record. On this note, the court has no option to protect the integrity and sanctity of court. Court orders are not tea party. Nobody is above the law. Impunity must be stopped.”

November 25, 2014 has been fixed for hearing of substantive matters in the case.

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Former Nigerian midfielder Oliseh urges African coaches to target World stage

Former Nigerian midfielder Sunday Oliseh

Former Nigerian midfielder Sunday Oliseh

Former Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh has said coaches in Africa must prepare themselves adequately to rub shoulders with top-class coaches across the globe.

He said aiming at improving themselves will help them chalk success when given the chance to manage any big club or national team.

Several African coaches do not travel outside the continent fearing the risk involved, especially competing with experienced Europeans and other nationals, and the few who do, succumb to pressure and face a great deal of task in managing players’ egos.

In an interview with ace Ghana journalist Yaw Ampofo Ankrah on SuperSport, 40-year-old Oliseh admitted that African coaches must upgrade their credentials to suit the growing demands of modern football.

“Of course African coaches can beat the best in the world, but we [coaches] must first prepare ourselves adequately. Just because we [Africans] want to manage our own affairs does not mean we should walk into a trap of under-achievement and failure. Our time as coaches will surely come soon but preparation is key ahead of that day,” Oliseh said.

The ex-Dortmund player believes African players fighting officials over monies [appearance and winning bonuses] during tournaments must be managed well to save the continent from disgrace.

“There is a simple philosophy that players are always right as long as they win but that is not set in stone. We have had money issues in Nigeria, Cameroon, lvory Coast, Ghana, Togo and other countries. It is not a good legacy at all and must be stopped.”

West African giants Ghana and Nigeria have recently laid off their coaches after bizarre performances and more are likely to follow following the poor runs in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

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Gabonese striker Aubameyang hits brace as Dortmund win big in Turkey

Aubameyang scored twic against Galatasaray

Aubameyang scored twic against Galatasaray

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced two superb finishes for Germans Borussia Dortmund as they thrashed Turkish hosts Galatasaray 0:4 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

The pacy forward got Dortmund going after just six minutes when he side-footed home from a cross by German Marco Reus.

He doubled the advantage 12 minutes later when he struck into the net after he was picked out by Polish teammate Lukasz Piszczek.

The 25-year-old star was only denied a first half hat-trick by the post. Aubameyang played all 90 minutes of the game, while Cameroon defender Aurelien Chedjou put in a full shift for the Turks.

Elsewhere Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah featured for the entire game as his team Juventus lost 1:0 at Greek side Olympiakos, while compatriot Frank Acheampong also played a full game for Belgian side Anderlecht in a 1:2 loss to English visitors Arsenal.

Anderlecht led the game until the 89th minute before the Londoners turned it around.

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UEFA cheif Platini demands apology over CAF statement

Michel Platini

Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini has hit back at the Confederation of African Football after it was alleged that he called for the postponement of the 2015 African Nations Cup due to the Ebola outbreak.

Platini denies he called for the tournament, scheduled to take place in Morocco in January to be delayed due to the epidemic.

He has described the suggestion he interfered in CAF’s affairs as “unfair, unwarranted and insulting”.

In a letter to CAF counterpart Issa Hayatou, Platini called for the retraction of a CAF statement “as well as a formal apology”.

It is understood CAF is still refusing to apologise for its statement, despite Platini’s letter.

Platini wrote: “It was with great surprise, a deep sense of injustice and considerable disappointment that I learned of the official CAF statement entitled ‘CAF against interference of UEFA president in its affairs’.”

The UEFA president then provided a full transcript of parts of a television interview which CAF apparently took exception to.

Platini added: “You know my love of Africa, the African people and African football, and that is why this CAF statement has upset and hurt me so much.”

Hosts Morocco had already called for the postponement of the tournament before CAF reacted to a Platini television interview with a statement which provoked his ire.

The statement, published on cafonline.com, read: “CAF under the leadership of its president, Issa Hayatou, has always promoted free expression within it. Far from it therefore, claim to deprive anyone latitude to express themselves.

“But we must beware of what appears in every way as interference by a president of a confederation, in cases involving first and foremost Africa and CAF.

“Under the principle of non-interference required to comply, CAF has refrained so far to comment on some issues on the managing of European football or any other continent.

“Despite the risks involved in armed conflict in Ukraine, a country where a civilian plane was shot down killing nearly 300 people, UEFA did not consider it necessary to exclude Ukrainian clubs from its competitions as a security parameter by hosting games outside this nation, as treacherously raised once it is about Africa.

“CAF hereby reaffirm the importance it attaches to respect of its sovereignty and does not intend to let anyone interfere in the management of its affairs.”

 

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Five African stars on target on Champions League night

Schalke forward Chinedu Obasi

Schalke forward Chinedu Obasi

Five African stars were on target for their clubs in the UEFA Champions League games played on Tuesday night.

Nigeria forward Chinedu Obasi scored the first goal and set up the second for his German club Schalke as they beat Portuguese visitors Sporting CP 4:3.

Obasi’s goal in the 34th minute made it 1:1 after former Manchester United ace Nani had given the visitors the lead in the 16th minute. The Nigerian then set up Dutch teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a pass to give Schalke a 2:1 lead five minutes after the break.

With the game eventually poised at 3:3 going into stoppage time, Cameroon striker Eric Choupo-Moting, who replaced Ghana star Kevin-Prince Boateng at the start of the second half, then scored the winner from the spot after the referee spotted a hand ball.
In London, club legend Didier Drogba scored Chelsea’s second goal from the spot in a 6:0 thrashing of Slovenian visitors Maribor. The Ivoirian star joined the fray in the 16th minute for injured French star Loic Remy.

Fellow Ivoirians Gervinho and Seydou Doumbia were also on target for their clubs.

In Italy Gervinho provided some light on a dark day for his club Roma. A point-blank header from the impressive forward in the 66th minute was only a consolation for the Romans as they were thumped 1:7 at home by a ruthless Bayern Munich.

Doumbia netted from close range in the 64th minute for CSKA Moscow after a fine low cross from Nigeria star Ahmed Musa, as they fought back from two goals down to draw 2:2 with English champions Manchester City.

Doumbia was to win a penalty that Israeli teammate Bibras Natcho converted to ensure a point for the Muscovites five minutes from time.

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