Emenike Blasts Ref Cakir After Istanbul Derby

Emenike Blasts Ref Cakir After Istanbul Derby

Nigeria international, Emmanuel Emenike has criticized referee Cuneyt Cakir, who officiated the Istanbul derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce (2 – 1), for some questionable calls he made during the match at the Türk Telekom Arena on Saturday.

In his post match comments, the Super Eagles striker felt he was fouled in the first half by Galatasaray’s Cameroonian defender Aurélien Chedjou, but the referee failed to award a penalty in his team’s favour.


“It was the beginning of the match. If the match referee Cuneyt Cakir had given a penalty, everything would have been different,” says Emenike.

“We were left with 10 people to play against the opponents, now we’d be talking of totally different things.


“Cuneyt Cakir had an effect in the game,” Emenike was quoted as saying byfanatik.com.tr.
Emmanuel Emenike lasted 61 minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by Hasan Kaldirim.

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  • Naijaking 7 years ago



    Oct 21, 2014 01:46 PM


    Nigeria Football Federation Nigeria

    A cold war is brewing between Nigeria minister for sports, Tammy Danagogo and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the issue of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.

    A source at the sports commission told SL10.ng that the country’s policy frown at the hiring of foreign expatriates.

    “The president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has outlawed the hiring of foreign expatriates in any sector of Nigeria interest, so I wonder why the NFF wants one,” said the source.

    “It’s simply for that reason that the minister wanted Keshi to remain as coach, but he was sacked without the minister’s consent or knowledge.”

    Despite claims made by the NFF president Amaju Pinnick that the football house has gotten a sponsor to pick up the wage of the yet to be appointed foreign boss, the NSC top brass insist that all appointments has to be rubberstamped by the country’s apex sport body.

    “If the NFF have sourced for a sponsor to pay the expatriate they sought for, it’s a welcome idea but still it has to be approved by the NSC,” added the source.

    He, however, said if the NFF are able to defend their preference of a foreign coach to an indigenous coach in front of the president then they might have their way.

    “The way out for them is for the president to grant them approval, otherwise there is no way the National Sports Commission (NSC) or the minister can approve such,” concluded the source.

    Nigeria is neither a kingdom nor an empire and Jonathan neither a king nor an emperor . That being said, NFF does not need his permission or approval to hire a coach. I personally do not support the idea of hiring a foreigner to coach the Eagles but it is upto NFF to decide if a foreign coach is what the they want. Jonathan should focus on the country’s enormous problems and needs and should stop concerning himself with whom NFF has or does not have to hire as coach, he should also advise his sports minister to get a life because it’s obvious he does not have one.