With the big kick-off underway, another FIFA U-20 World Cup milestone is expected to light up New Zealand venue of the tournament which takes place between May 30 and June 20.
A total of 504 players have been selected by the 24 teams to follow in the footsteps of Maradona, Messi and countless other global stars who have showcased their potentials at this tournament. All eyes will now turn to New Zealand to discover which of the class of 2015 can step into these legendary shoes, and there are undoubtedly plenty of players well capable of dazzling.
As much awaited FIFA U-20 World Cup gets under way as from May 30 in New Zealand, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be hoping to become second African country gunning for the championship trophy since its inception in 1977.
Being the most populous Nation in the continent with numerous football fans, Nigeria have only produced their best ever performance in 1989 and 2005 as Runners up.
Just as it was in 2011, Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles Captain again landed a fresh tw- year contract to lead our National Team after months of speculation, allegations and counter-allegations.
For many, the return of Keshi who made history as the second African to win Nations’ Cup as a Player and Coach, would consolidate the gains of previous successes recorded by Super Eagles while others are of the view that the country’s football authority, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF could have sought for a new Coach to head technical crew of 2013 AFCON Champions.
Sports-loving Nigerians will focus on Congo Brazzaville as from September 4th when the 11th edition of All Africa Games, AAG, gets underway with no fewer than 50 countries gunning for medals.
Established in 1965, the first ever AAG was hosted in Congo, a country that appears set to receive thousands of Athletes 50 years down the line.
Nigeria Sports particularly football family was again thrown into mourning following the death of veteran Nigerian coach, Willy Bazuaye, who passed away at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Benin City recently, few weeks after Tennis philanthropist Omolade Okoya Thomas, died.
Investigations by Nigerian Newsworld revealed that Bazuaye, who shot into limelight after leading the Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets to win the World Cup at their level in China in 1985, was terribly ill in his last days and finally died after 12 years battle with stroke, Aged 80.
After one of Nigeria’s Representatives Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt were controversially walked over in Tunisia where they were meant to engage Club Africaine in the first leg of CAF Confederation Cup preliminary stage recently, Stakeholders within the country’s football circle have been analyzing many reasons why Rivers State government owned club inflicted a fresh round of grief on Africa’s largest Nation.
First among top priorities for Pinnick’s NFF was the training and retraining of Nigerians Referees and Coaches of which a number of Persons have benefited from. However, many are still skeptical about the import of such programme to the Nations’ football growth even as they expressed reservation regarding over N100 Million already purportedly spent in sending Referees, ex-internationals, NFF Board members and some coaches to United Kingdom for capacity building instead of spending less to invite few resource Persons who would come to Nigeria and engage more hands in a similar venture.
After participating in 2014 World Cup, Nigeria’s biggest brand Super Eagles began to crawl amidst barrage of issues ranging from Bonus row to NFF and Stephen Keshi ‘cold war’ as well as allegation of financial misapplication, embezzlement and mismanagement by then Aminu Maigari-led board.
Obvious concerns which revolved around the Nation’s most Senior National team Nigerian Newsworld observed culminated to ill- preparation towards the just ended 2015 Nations Cup which Nigeria ultimately failed to attend.
In a matter of days, the ship of Nigeria’s Football currently steered by Amaju Pinnick will be clocking six months in office but the flurry of issues heralding the country’s soccer atmosphere have remained unabated.
Elected on September 30, 2014 during a controversial General Congress of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Pinnick and indeed other members of his executive Committee took off with the promise of giving Nigerian Football a new face under the guise of ensuring a formidable football culture.
Four times FIFA U-17 World Cup kings Golden Eaglets are among eight teams taking part at the 16th edition of African U-17 Championship which kicked off at the weekend in Niger.