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Ogenyi Onazi And Sani Emmanuel Score For The Flying Eagles!

May 28, 2010

Following their transition from Nigeria’s U-17 to U-20 team, both Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazie have enjoyed an unbeaten run with the Flying Eagles. Carrying on from their victory at a four-nation invitational tournament in South Africa against the likes of Ghana and Brazil, the U-20s are currently in Egypt for another tournament and have confidently won their first two matches. The report below highlights their routing of Kenya where Sani Emmanuel scored a brace of two and Ogenyi Onazi also notched a beautiful goal from midfield:

Flying Eagles whip Kenya 7-0

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles continued their impressive run at the Four–Nation invitational tournament in Egypt on Tuesday night with a 7-0 spanking of Kenya. Last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup MVP Sani Emmanuel weighed in with two goals, same as forward Omoh Ojabu.

Midfielders George White Aguwocha and Eddy Onazi, as well as Stephen Adah completed the rout. In their first match of the tournament, the Nigerians pipped Togo 1-0, and they will play their last match against hosts Egypt on Friday.

Ogenyi Onazi

My People's FC Ogenyi Onazi in action, during his spell in Sweden.

The round–robin competition has a winner’s prize of $20 000, with the second –placed team to earn $10 000 and the third –placed $5 000. The result meant Coach John Obuh kept his impressive run of results since starting with the U17 squad that finished as runners –up at the Fifa U17 World Cup last year.

Following promotion to the Under-20 level, the team that has been kept together ever since won a Four–Nation invitational (Cape Town Premier’s Cup) in Cape Town, South Africa in April. Other countries that attended that competition were Brazil and Ghana, with host South Africa completing the line –up.

SOURCE: Super Sports


Sani Emmanuel: From Altar Boy To Football Star

November 11, 2009

My People FC’s striker Sani Emmanuel believes the best is yet to come…

The story of Golden Eaglets’ Shehu Sani Emmanuel is just like that of Joseph in the Holy Bible, who was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, but later became their saviour when famine struck their land and they had to go to Egypt to buy food to survive.

Unknown to most Nigerians, Emmanuel, who many are beginning to see as the new Daniel “Da Bull” Amokachi, caught the eyes of the coaches of the Golden Eaglets during a friendly match his club, My People FC, played against the Flying Eagles, ahead of the Egypt 2009 World Youth Championship, WYC.

My People FC is a club side sponsored by the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T. B. Joshua.

Sani Emmanuel, Golden Eaglets

Celebrating the winner...

Emmanuel, an altar boy in the Synagogue, never thought he would one day wear the green and white colours of Nigeria as a footballer in his life.

The Edo-State-born player, after impressing the leader of his church, Pastor T.B. Joshua, with his goal-scoring ability, was given the opportunity to travel out and try his skills in football alongside one of his team-mates, Onazi Ogenyi.

The opportunity paid off as he was signed on and now plays for Bodens BK of Sweden.

The player, who was literally raised in the Synagogue Church, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos, has declared that his best is yet to come.

Nobody would believe that a player, who has spent most part of his life serving God, can make it to the present level of his career, playing for Bodens BK of Sweden and for his country at the FIFA Cadet World Cup.

Emmanuel believes that “there is nothing God cannot do for those who serve Him diligently and pray fervently.

“I believe in the power of prayers, so, whatever I want to do, I always put it to God in prayers and it has been paying off,” he said.

On his role as a super-sub for the Eaglets, he said he never thought of playing as a substitute, because he features regularly for his club, adding that he was surprised when he was handed the bench role by the John Obuh-led technical crew.

He disclosed, however, that he is not worried about his bench role as he would continue to train and play spiritedly, hoping that someday he would break into the first team, an ambition he believes God would allow him to achieve.

Emmanuel said the injury sustained by Omoh Ojabu in their first match against Germany gave him the chance to prove his mettle to the coaches. Since then, he has not looked back.

“Playing as a sub, to any footballer, is not a good story to tell, because you will continue to wonder what the first choice players are doing that you are not doing. However, my thinking is that the coaches know best. As it is now, I’m no longer a sub, but a super-sub, if I must borrow the language of you journalists.”

Taking a glance into the future and what it holds for him, Emmanuel said the sky is his limit, adding that since signing with his new club in Sweden, he is ready to explode and give his best.

The 17-year old player said: “Sweden is a stepping stone for me. I have just signed for Bodens, but I see myself going beyond that place. I only want to use the club to launch my career. I know that other suitors will start seeking and fighting for my signature in the nearest future.”


Sani Emmanuel – From Bench To Bona Fide

November 4, 2009

On the heels of Sani Emmanuel’s impressive performance for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets against Argentina, the My People FC striker has attracted a bout of attention, FIFA’s official website dedicating an article to him…

At the start of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Nigeria’s Sani Emmanuel looked destined to fulfil a mere supporting role for the U-17 hosts and holders but Lady Luck, combined with an unfortunate injury to one of his team-mates, has nudged him into the glare of the spotlight.

Sani Emmanuel, Golden Eaglets, My People FC

Sani Emmanuel strides past two Argentine defenders

As the final Group A game kicked off against Argentina, the young striker took his place on the substitutes’ bench for the third time in a row. From that vantage point, he saw La Albiceleste open the scoring early in the game, followed by his own team’s immediate response, delivered by Omoh Ojabu. A welcome turn of events for the Golden Eaglets, but not necessarily for Emmanuel. As often happens in sport, however, one man’s calamity can become another man’s chance.

After half an hour’s play, Ojabu was forced to leave the pitch with an injury. To everyone’s surprise – including the interested party – Emmanuel was instructed to replace him. “Of course I was amazed! I hadn’t played a single minute since the beginning of the tournament and suddenly the coach calls on me for such a crucial match,” he told with a smile just after the final whistle. “The vote of confidence provided me with real motivation. I felt for Omoh, but I just told myself that I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

And opportunity was to present itself to him again less than five minutes later, when Aigbe Oliha’s 25 metre rocket was spilled by Ignacio Arce, the Argentinian goalkeeper. The ball landed at the feet of the substitute who, on the point of celebrating his entrance with a goal, contrived to shoot over the bar from point-blank range. “I still don’t understand how I put it over,” he says. “I’d never missed such an easy chance in all my life. But it was my first goal-scoring opportunity – I was possibly a little tense and hadn’t quite found my touch yet. If the chance had come around a few minutes later, I’m sure that I would’ve scored.”

Sani Emmanuel, Golden Eaglets, My People FC, TB Joshua

Emmanuel in action for the Golden Eaglets

But in such a high-octane match, there was no time to dwell on it. At least that was the impression given by Emmanuel, who proceeded to make incisive and lung-bursting runs for the rest of the match, demanding the ball as often as possible. “Funny thing is, I couldn’t get it out of my head!” he admitted. “I kept thinking that if we lost, it would be down to me. All I wanted to do was to make up for it.” He would have to put in an intense 15 minutes of work in the second half to achieve that goal.

A goal for My People
Having started the move that ended with Olarenwaju Kayode being brought down in the box, Emmanuel then placed the ball on the spot himself, as Stanley Okoro, the usual penalty-taker, had just been substituted. This time there was no mistake as he dispatched the ball into the Argentinian net. “I couldn’t miss it – I owed it to all of our supporters,” points out the forward from the My People club, responsible for making his compatriots jump for joy.

“It’s a reward for all of the work that I’ve put in each day. Even when you’re not playing, you still follow the same routine as the starting eleven – you train just as hard, you put in just as much effort, you’re part of the same adventure as everyone else. I’m happy to have contributed towards it.”

Sani Emmanuel, My People FC, John Obuh, Golden Eaglets

Sani Emmanuel celebrates his beautiful strike against Argentina

The Golden Eaglets do not yet know if Ojabu will be fit to face New Zealand in the Round of 16, but what they do know is that in Emmanuel they have more than just a bit-part player. An exemplary team-mate, hard-working and always smiling, the Nigerian number 14 is obviously hoping to play and get on the scoresheet against the Kiwis, but is also looking even further ahead.

“Please don’t take this as arrogance, but we’re not just thinking about our next match. From the first day onwards, we’ve only had one thing in mind: to become champions,” says the luxury substitute before getting on the bus taking the Nigerian team back to Abuja. “I don’t know if I’ll be in the coach’s plans for the upcoming matches, but if he puts his confidence in me, he won’t regret it,” he promises by way of conclusion. It’s the kind of language that could well be translated into the term ‘first-choice’ when the next team-sheet appears.

SOURCE: Official FIFA Website