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TB Joshua Football Prophecy!

October 11, 2011

Prophet T.B. Joshua is in the news again after revelations that he accurately predicted the result of Nigeria’s game against Guinea which saw the Super Eagles astonishingly bow out of the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON).

“I was just sitting down and God showed me the game between Nigeria and Guinea next week,” Joshua stated on Sunday 3rd October during a church service, broadcast live on his Christian television station Emmanuel TV. “What I saw was not favourable towards Nigeria. If at this time we are stopped, it would be very shameful.” Expounding on the match details, he said, “Anyone who scores first takes the day… I am seeing the Guinean side shouting.”

Clarifying that it was not within his powers to change the outcome, Joshua added, “If I could do it alone, I would pray and fast to ask God to change the result. But it’s not possible for me to do it. Two of must believe to make things happen. We must agree and instruction must be given. Let’s honour God and carry Him along. Pray as if it all depends on God; play football as if it all depends on you.”

Six days later in crucial final qualifying game for the AFCON, Guinea held Nigeria to a 2-2 draw. The closely fought game saw Syli Stars of Guinea take a lead in the 55th minute as Ismael Bangoura smashed home a rebound after the ball ricocheted off the post. However, 16 minutes later Nigeria looked to be cruising to victory after two well-worked goals from Obinna Nsofor and Ikechukwu Uche. Pressing forward for a third goal to ensure automatic qualification, the Super Eagles left gaping holes in their midfield and in literally the last moments of the match, Guinea snatched an equaliser through Ibrahim Diallo. The result saw Guinea top Group B and Nigeria missing out on the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 25 years.

In a chat with reporters at the reception hall of the Transcorp Hilton shortly after the match, West Bromich Albion striker Osaze Odemwengie affirmed that the team knew of the prediction and were unhappy they did not meet Joshua before the game. “The prediction of Prophet TB Joshua really affected us. We thought we could see him to see how he could overturn the negative prediction but the officials came with another prophet who prayed for us and told us that all was well.”

T.B. Joshua has predicted the results of several other international matches involving Nigeria, especially in their run-up to qualification for the 2010 World Cup. He owns a football academy named My People FC which produced Lazio starlets Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazi. Emmanuel was voted the MVP at the 2009 U-17 World Cup. He caused quite a media stir in Ghana after their 2009 U-20 World Cup triumph when coach Sellas Tetteh controversially said he had been in communication with him throughout their final game against Brazil.

SOURCE: Zambian Watchdog

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

Sani Emmanuel Nominated For CAF Young African Player Of The Year

March 9, 2010

The Press Release on CAF’s official website confirming the nomination of Sani Emmanuel of My People FC for Young African Player of the Year:

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday revealed the top three nominees for the Glo-CAF Awards 2009 at a press briefing in Accra, Ghana.

Ex-Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe revealed the identity of the nominees for the various categories at the ceremony attended by Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and other sporting dignitaries.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, nominated for African Player of the Year

The flagship award, African Footballer of the Year 2009 has Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o Fils as the contenders.

The top three for other categories namely; Best African Player on the continent, National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were also revealed.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien - Nominated for African Player of the Year 2009

The winners of the respective categories will be announced at the Awards Gala fixed for March 11, 2010 at the Banquet Hall, State House, in Accra, Ghana.

This is the fifth time cellular giants Globacom is sponsoring the annual awards which seeks to reward distinguished football personalities for their performance during the year under review.

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o - Nominated For African Player of the Year 2009

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor picked the flagship prize at the 2008 Awards Gala held in Lagos, Nigeria last year.

Top Three nominees (alphabetical order)
African Footballer of the Year 2009
Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire)
Michael Essien (Chelsea and Ghana)
Samuel Eto’o Fils (Inter Milan and Cameroon)

Best African player on the continent 2009
Uche Agba (Heartland FC and Nigeria)
Mputu Mabi (T.P. Mazembe and DR Congo)
Abdelmalek Ziaya (Entente Setif and Algeria)

National Team of the Year 2009
Algeria
Cote d’Ivoire
Ghana

Club of the Year 2009
Heartland FC (Nigeria)
Stade Malien (Mali)
T.P. Mazembe (DR Congo)

Sani Emmanuel

Sani Emmanuel - Nominated for CAF Young African Player of the Year 2009

Young Player of the Year 2009
Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan and Ghana U-20)
Kermit Erasmus (Feyenoord and South Africa U-20)
Sani Emmanuel (Bodens BK and Nigeria U-17)

Coach of the Year 2009
Diego Garzitto (T.P. Mazembe)
John Obuh (Nigeria U-17)
Sellas Tetteh (Ghana U-20)

SOURCE: CAF Online

CAF YOUNG AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2009

December 5, 2009

For My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel, the best is definitely yet to come!!

The young African player of the year is an award presented by CAF to the most talented African footballer who is yet to clock 23. In scope, the award covers all African footballers, whether professional or amateur, who have had the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world.

The trend observed in the past shows that no player has ever won the award after emerging the best player at any age group competition. The closest observed so far was John Obi Mikel who won the award on the back of his performance at the U-17 world cup in Finland in 2005.

Sani Emmanuel

Sani Emmanuel of My People FC

In the year 2009 alone, young African players have showcased their talents to the world again; winning the MVP awards at both the U-20 and the U-17 competitions. It is expected that one of these will win the award for the young African player of the year 2009.

Dominic Adiyiah:
Dominic Adiyiah was a member of the Black Satellite’s team that conquered the world at the U20 level. He scored a total of Eight (8) goals and was awarded the Golden Ball as well as the Golden Shoe. He has since moved from Fredrikstad FK to A.C. Milan.

Sani Emmanuel:
Sani Emmanuel was a member of the Super Eaglets team that lost the final match of the U17 world cup to Switzerland. He scored a total of five (5) goals in a remarkable 221 minutes of play and was awarded the Silver Shoe as well as the Golden Ball. There have been rumours of several European football clubs hoping to acquire his services. Sani Emmanuel is known to celebrate his goals by going down on his knees to thank God. At a young age of 16, he has promised to establish a foundation that will give other footballers the opportunity to succeed.

Alexander Song:
Alex Song is a member of the Cameroonian team. A formidable midfielder who has imposed himself into Arsene Wenger’s young Arsenal team thanks to his consistent performance. He has matured into a reliable defensive midfielder who can also play as a central defender. He is a niece of the Cameroonian legend Rigobert Song.

John Obi Mikel:
John Obi Mikel is a regular member of the Nigerian Super Eagles’ team. A defensive midfielder who has effectively combined with Michael Essien to fill the void left by Claude Makelele. He won the award in 2005. He led played a prominent role in Nigeria’s last minute qualification for the 2010 world cup.

Other notable names are:
Dede Ayew
Ramon Azeez
Ransford Osei
Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu

SOURCE: Accra Mail

Sani Emmanuel Plans Foundation For The Needy

November 24, 2009

An article in today’s ‘Nation’ newspaper concerning Sani Emmanuel’s desire to improve the lives of less-privileged youths…

Golden ball winner of the recently concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup Sani Emmanuel, has disclosed a desire to float a foundation that will enable him give hope to the hopeless and identify talented youths among the needy.

The Delta born striker who was the toast of many during the keenly contested World cup where Nigeria finished second behind debutants Switzerland, said recalling what he went through in life before he was given a lifeline by Pastor TB Joshua, made it imperative for him to equally float a foundation that will provide same opportunity for those passing through the same rough road in the society.

Sani Emmanuel

Sani Emmanuel Displaying His Ball Skills In The SCOAN Auditorium

Dont forget that I was once a needy. I mean, I know what it is to be poor. I dedicate these awards to all the needy. I am going to start a foundation where scholarships will be given to the deserving ones and every proper means will be used to discover the talented just as I was discovered by my father in the lord, TB Joshua,” he said during a thanksgiving ceremony held Sunday at the Synagouge Church of All Nations . The service which saw Emmanuel and some of his teammates including midfielder Onazi Ogenyi and goalkeeper Dami Paul cut two giant cakes on behalf of themselves and impressive U-17 team had former President of Zambia Fredrick Chiluba, and former PMAN President Tee Mac among other dignitaries in attendance.

By Julius Okorie

SOURCE: The Nation

Sani Emmanuel: A Star On The Rise

November 6, 2009

My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel notched two goals in the space of five minutes in Nigeria’s 5-0 mauling of New Zealand, taking his goal tally to three from two games…

At tournaments like this, stars are made. The 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup may turn out to be Sani Emmanuel’s tournament. The lad who has played only two matches in this tournament has notched up three goals.

In his first match of the tournament, Emmanuel, who plays for My People Football Club, came from the bench to score Nigeria’s second and winning goal against Argentina in their last group game played at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi. The goal came from the penalty spot after the Argentines had fouled a Nigerian player in their goal area.

Sani Emmanuel, My People FC, Golden Eaglets

Sani Emmanuel: Giving glory to God!

After coming from the sub’s bench in the 73rd minute to score two goals in five minutes against New Zealand, My People FC’s Sani Emmanuel is already making a name for himself…

In the Golden Eaglet’s round of 16 matches against New Zealand yesterday at the Abuja National Stadium, Emmanuel, who came into the match in the 74th minute as a replacement for Omo Ojabu, struck a minute later to increase Nigeria’s lead to 4-0. The goal was the work of sublime skill as the player, waltzing into the New Zealand eighteen, outpaced his markers and coolly slotted the ball past the New Zealand goalkeeper.

Four minutes later, collecting a pass from Stanley Okoro, he fired from eight yards out to score Nigeria’s fifth goal. With his future spread before him, the player whose explosive playing style and close ball control closely mirrors that of super eagles forward, Obafemi Martins, may not have to wait for long before getting a look in from handlers of the Super Eagles.

With three goals under his belt, he has put himself in contention for the Golden Shoe, an award reserved for the tournament’s highest goal scorer.

By Tunde Eludini

SOURCE: Next