AMODU THUMBS UP KESHI OVER HOME BASED PLAYERS
Former Super Eagle coach Shuaibu Amodu has praised current handler of the team Stephen Keshi for his role in bringing out the best in players plying their trades in the local league.
Amodu, the first indigenous coach to pick a World Cup ticket for Nigeria before he was dropped from the trip to the mundial stated in a recent interview that Keshi had succeeded in helping to lift the game of the home based players
The former BCC Lions of Gboko gaffer said by giving the players the chance to make the main team of the national team, best of the some of the players were being seen, a development that has also reflected positively on the Nigerian league.
When reminded that he once said that home based players were not good, the sweat merchant explained that what he said then was that the players were, as of that time were not good enough for the national team, not that they were not good.
‘’I did not say they were not good, I said they were not good enough, considering the prevailing circumstances then. The time to prepare for major competition was too short , so we had no choice than to rely on the established players abroad if we really wanted results than.
‘’I did not have enough time to stay together with the local based players as the case with Keshi, so there was nothing I could do then than to make use of the foreign based players,’’ said the veteran tactician.
3SC PLAYERS VOW TO MAINTAIN LEAD
Ahead of the commencement of the crucial second round of the 2013/14 season of the Nigerian National League (NNL), players of promotion seeking Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan said they will never allow any form of distraction to hamper their chances to returning the club to the elite cadre of the league.
The Oluyole Warriors ended the first round atop of group B having garnered 26 points to lead the pack with Abia Warriors on their heels with 25 points.
In various chats with League Beats, the trio of duo of Seun Akinyemi and Sola Adeboye expressed the readiness of the Ibadan soccer lord to keep the momentum until the targeted promotion is achieved by the time the season would be over.
‘’I am happy that we were able to end the first round as the table topper, this is going to boost our morale as we get set for the second round and I believe nothing will stop us from gaining promotion at the end of the day,’’ said right back, Akinyemi.
In his own words, Adeboye said as the league leader, 3SC will definitely be the team to beat but added that they would be ready for the battle.
‘’We are already anticipating a tough second round because every team wants to beat 3SC and we are prepared for all the teams as well,’’ said the defensive midfielder.
Meanwhile, the players have for the umpteenth time, expressed satisfaction with the situation of things in the team, stressing that the present management of the club headed by the General Manager Rasheed Balogun has been doing its best to give them (players) the best in terms of welfare.
WHY NNL WILL NOT STOP LEAGUE FOR WORLD CUP
Reasons have emerged on why the Nigeria’s second tier league, the Nigerian National League (NNL) will go in during the period of the 2014 World Cup to be staged in Brazil.
The world’s football governing body, FIFA had advised various countries to ensure they conclude their domestic football season before the commencement of the World Cup but late kick off in Nigeria means that the season would still be on as of the time of the mundial.
While the premier league, according to the League Management Company (LMC) would go on break for the World Cup from June 8, the same cannot be said of the lower cadre of the league, the NNL.
According to a member of the board of the NNL, who spoke with League Beats in Abuja during the week, said the NNL will go on even while the mundial is going on in the South American country of Brazil.
‘’There is no need of stopping the league because matches of the World Cup would be played in the night and Nigerians would be at their homes then, therefore, therefore, the NNL matches will go on as planned,’’ said the official.
ABUJA CLUBS NOT INTERESTED IN PREMIER LEAGUE
Facts have emerged on why the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja will never produce a team in the elite cadre of the Nigerian league.
Season in season out, Abuja had always being having teams competing in the second-tier league, the Nigerian National League (NNL) but none of thses these teams have been able to gain promotion to the premier league.
In the ongoing 2013/14 season, the FCT has three teams, Supreme Court, FRSC, TEAP and Nigerian Prisons FC.
League Beats findings in Abuja have however, revealed why no club in the FCT will ever taste action in the topflight.
According to findings, owners of the various clubs were not in any way interested in playing at the elite league due to the huge financial demand.
Even the clubs find it difficult paying players good salaries as their counterpart in the NNL. For instance, information garnered revealed that the while some players of Nigeri Tornadoes gets 150,000 naira as salary while the highest paid in one of the FCT based club collects 40,000 naira.
‘’None of the owners of the clubs are ready to play in the premier league, all they do is to keep the bioys busy and any player that is good enough gets offer in bigger clubs.
To worsen the matter, the administrators of the FCT are not interested in sports not only football, so how can a team form Abuja play in the premier league,’’ said our source.
CROWN’S POOR MARKSMANSHIP WORRIES AKPOKONA
Crown technical adviser Lawrence Akpokona is worried that his players are yet to perfect the act of goal scoring and has therefore, promised to work on that area as the team continues to battle others in the Glo Nigeria Professional Football League.
Crown has so far won all but two of its home matches with Nembe City and Kano Pillars as the survivors on the Lekan Salami pitch where big teams like Dolphins, Heartland, Kaduna United, Gombe United, Sunshine Stars and lately Warri Wolves have fallen.
Speaking after his side’s hard won victory over the Seasiders in a mid week cracker, the former national team handler admitted that scoring goals have been the problem of the team, saying that in spite of creating numerous chances during matches both home and away, his side ends up scoring one or two goals.
‘’I think this is the area of concern for me and I am working seriously to get the solution required. I have a team with players who are hungry for success and that gives me the confidence that once we get over the goal scoring problem, we will become a force to reckon with in the league,’’ said the soft spoken tactician.
“I know we create chances but haven’t done perfectly well with the chances as regards scoring goals. In fact, we’ve been miserly with goals, we need to correct it as well as improve on our goal scoring abilities as we advance in the league,” he said.