Archive for October 2009

My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel Nets Winner For Eaglets

October 31, 2009

My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel grabbed a late winner for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in their tough match with Argentina on Friday. It was a perfect penalty kick! Africa News reports…

Local supporters witnessed a hard-fought victory at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi as Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets came from an early goal down to earn an impressive win against their Argentine counterparts…

With Argentina already assured of a place in the next round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the onus was on Nigeria to build on their victory against Honduras and guarantee their place in the knock-out stages. Honduras and Germany playing simultaneously in Abuja, Friday saw the final matches of Group A, billed by local media as ‘The Group of Death’.

John Obuh

John Obuh - Coach of Golden Eaglets

In an action-packed opening, the South Americans took a mere two minutes to start the scoring when Esteban Orfano wove through a crowded Nigerian defence to fire deftly past a hapless Dami Paul. Three minutes later however, the hosts defiantly responded as Terry Envoh’s corner nicely fell for Omoh Ojabu to stab home from close range, levelling the scores.

Playing at a slower pace induced by the humid Bauchi climate, both sides had chances to increase their lead in the first half, the closest falling to Eaglets substitute Sani Emmanuel, whose rebound shot went agonisingly over the bar from eight yards out.

The results remaining even at half time, the Argentineans seemed content to play for a draw as the second half kicked off with the Eaglets providing most of the attacking impetus. A steady stint of Nigerian pressure finally paid off in the 72nd minute when substitute Lanre Kayode was brought down inside the 18-yard box by Federico Rasmussen. With Nigeria’s Stanley Okoro substituted moments earlier following a disappointing performance, Sani Emmanuel stepped up to coolly fire home an almost perfect penalty, sending the local fans into ecstatic celebrations.

Sani Emmanuel

My People FC's Sani Emmanuel In Action

With 15 minutes remaining, the Argentineans began to pile on pressure in search of an equaliser, but were unable to penetrate the solid Nigerian defence, the Eaglets holding on to secure a deserved victory. 2-1 was the final score, the result leaving Nigeria on top of group A with 7 points, followed by Argentina with 6. Germany, who recorded an easy 3-1 victory against Honduras, will be left to hope their efforts are enough to secure a slot as one of the four lucky losers to progress to the next rounds.

With more impressive performances from Eaglets midfielders Abdul Ajagun and Ramon Azeez, as well as striker Sani Emmanuel who plies his trade with Pastor TB Joshua’s ‘My People FC,’ Coach John Obuh can be confident that his boys are waxing stronger as the tournament progresses to the final stages.

SOURCE: Africa News, Modern Ghana



October 24, 2009

This blog may have been quiet for some time. But preparation has been going on down under for the big day, the d-day and that is TODAY, Saturday 24th October 2009. Today marks the start of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup hosted in our country, Nigeria. The Eaglets are set to play against Germany in front of a 60,000 sell out crowd at the Abuja National Stadium.

Abuja National Stadium

Abuja National Stadium

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets seek to be the 2nd nation in history to defend their title back-to-back and we believe that the selected squad are more than equal to the task. Nigerians world over have experienced heartbreak during the Super Eagles qualifying matches, with the hope for World Cup Qualification hanging on a thin thread depending on the performance of other nations. They experienced bitterness and disappointment at the Flying Eagles display in Egypt – the giant of Africa not establishing itself at all, barely scraping through the 1st round and then crashing out to Germany in the 2nd.

This is it. This is the opportunity for Nigeria to put firmly itself back on the map when it comes to football on this planet.

Knowing that football is not just about hard work and tactics but also the need for favour and grace from above, the Eaglets coach, John Obuh took his whole team to visit TB Joshua for prayers. The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations was their first landing place after the team disembarked from their journey to Qatar for training and practise matches.

Emmanuel Sani

Emmanuel Sani - number 14 for the Eaglets

Onazi Ogenyi, number 4 for the Eaglets

Onazi Ogenyi, number 4 for the Eaglets

Two of the 21 players selected to represent Nigeria this time around are from My People FC. Midfielder Onazi Ogenyi and Striker Emmanuel Sani are among the players that TB Joshua sponsored to Sweden tomplay professional football with Bodens BK. They spent some months there and returned home to Nigerian soil to represent their country in the World Cup.

Let’s all keep praying and support our boys to fly higher, making Nigeria and Africa as a whole, proud.