Archive for July 2011

Sani Emmanuel Nets Hat-Trick In Flying Eagles Warm Up Match

July 15, 2011

Nigeria’s under 20 football team, the Flying Eagles stepped up their preparation for the Under-20 World Cup with a 7-0 bashing of Aberdeen U19 on Monday morning.

Striker, Sani Emmanuel starred as he hit a second half hat-trick to condemn the youth team of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) side to a heavy defeat.

Strangely, the first 25 minutes of the game of the game were tight with goal scoring opportunities at a premium.

Edafe Egbedi broke down the resistance of the SPL with a smart finish in the 26th minute. Enugu Rangers forward, Uche Nwofor made it 2-0 before the break.

Nigeria’s coach, John Obuh made six changes in the second period as the Flying Eagles went on to score five more to complete a good day in the office.

Dolphins midfielder, Omo Ojabu (two goals) was the other Nigerian to register his name on the score sheet.

“Aberdeen gave us a good match. The first half was more tactical and technical, but late in the second half they tired out and this allowed us to score more goals,” remarked assistant coach, Samuel Abimbola. The Nigeria team will now meet Portugal on Wednesday in Lisbon in continuation of their build-up to the under 20 World Cup in Colombia.

They are drawn against Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala in the first round of Colombia 2011.

Nigeria team versus Aberdeen
Kazeem Yekeen – Felix Odoh, Chimezie Mbah (Onazi Ogenyi), Kenneth Omeruo (Skipper), Gbenga Arokoyo – Philemon Daniel, Abduljaleel Ajagun, Egbedi Edafe, Terry Envoh – Uche Nwofor, Bright Ejike

Second half selection –
Kazeem Yekeen – Seyi Adeleke, Onazi Ogenyi (skipper), Jamiu Alimi, Gani Ogunbe – Philemon Daniel, Abduljaleel Ajagun, Egbedi Edafe, Sani Tahir – Sani Emmanuel, Omo Ojabu

SOURCE: Super Sport

My People FC Stars For FIFA U-20 World Cup

July 5, 2011

Two of My People FC’s players, Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazi, have taken giant leaps forward in their careers ever since their impressive performances at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The duo have now been picked for the provisional Nigerian squad for the FIFA U-20 World Cup which is due to be held at the end of July in Colombia, following their successful signing by Italian giants Lazio.

To God be the glory!

Here is a news article relating to their inclusion in the squad:

Obuh’s Eaglets dominate provisional World Cup list
Ahead of the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Flying Eagles handler, John Obuh looks set to bank on the services of former members of the Nigerian Under-17 side that finished second at the last edition of the cadets World Cup.

Obuh was in charge of the Nigerian team which lost to Switzerland in the final match of the Under-17 World Cup hosted two years ago by Nigeria and will be in charge of the Nigerian U-20 side at the World Cup to be hosted by Colombia.

In Colombia, the Flying Eagles will compete out of Group D alongside Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala.

However, the tournament doesn’t get underway until the end of July amd Obuh looks set to call upon the services of his trusted lads from two years ago after including as many as 12 of them in his provisional 30-man list for the tournament.

They are led by Lazio of Italy’s Sani Emmanuel, who finished as the most valuable player of the last U-17 World Cup. Another former Golden Eaglets star, Eddy Onazi, who also plays for the Italian Serie A side, also made Obuh’s provisional squad list for the World Cup.

Onazi

My People FC's Ogenyi Onazi scores a blistering goal while in action for SS Lazio

Others are Danjuma Paul, Olanrewaju Kayode, Edafe Egbedi, Abdul Jeleel Ajagun, Terry Envoh, Mohammed Aliyu, Omoh Ojabu and Kenneth Omeruo.

There’s also room in the squad for the duo of team captain Ramon Azeez and Stanley Okoro who are both on the books of Spanish La Liga side, Almeria who will now play in the Spanish second division following their recent relegation from the top flight.

The Flying Eagles qualified for the World Cup by virtue of their first place finish at this year’s African Youth Championships in South Africa and Obuh has included 17 members of that team in his provisional World Cup list including Ahmed Musa who only got to play in the opening day 2-1 win over Ghana.

The VVV Venlo of Holland star was thereafter recalled to his Dutch club and played no further part in the Flying Eagles’ successful march to the trophy.

But having already gathered more than a handful of caps with the Nigerian senior national side, Musa looks certain to make the final list for Colombia where his experience will come in handy as Nigeria seeks a historic title at Under-20 level.

SOURCE: Next