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EXCLUSIVE: Okoye, Uzoho Are Nigeria’s Best Goalkeepers – Aikhomogbe

EXCLUSIVE: Okoye, Uzoho Are Nigeria’s Best Goalkeepers – Aikhomogbe

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Former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe, in this interview with Completesport’s Correspondent, Augustine Akhilomen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, bares his mind on Super Eagles 2021 AFCON qualifiers chances, why Uzoho and Okoye are Nigeria’s best goalkeepers, Rohr’s decision to invite Ahmed Musa among others. Excerpts:

As a goalkeeper, who would you prefer to man the Super Eagles goalpost against Benin and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers? Is it Uzoho, Muduka Okoye or Enyimba goalkeeper, Noble?

Well, I think Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye have what it takes to be Super Eagles number one goalkeeper going by what I have seen from both goalkeepers. It will be difficult for me to pick Uzoho ahead of Okoye. But one thing is certain, we can rest assured that we are in safe hands with the two keepers.

Do you think Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has invited the best players to overcome Benin and Lesotho?

As far as I am concerned, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has invited some of the best players to prosecute the games against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho on March 27 and March 30. Like you know, every player can’t be invited but I am sure they will at one point get their chances. Going by the list of invited players such as Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze, Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa to mention a few, I think they are capable of overcoming their opponents.

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What is your reaction to Ahmed Musa’s invitation to Super Eagles despite been clubless since October 2020?

It depends on how you want to look at the situation. You should understand that Rohr knows why he invited him to the team. On my part, I think, since he is the Captain he may be there to motivate the players and not necessarily play.

Do you think Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has the players to overcome Benin and Lesotho?

Without thinking it twice, I am optimistic that the players invited by Rohr have what it takes to beat Benin and Lesotho. We have the talent and experience to defeat these two teams and I see no reason why we can’t overcome them.

Will you advise the team to travel to Benin by boat as planned by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)?

Traveling by boat may be a big risk for the players however, we should pray for the safe journey of the team to Benin. Yes, Nigerians are worried but by the help of God, the players will arrive there safely and pick the maximum points.

How best will you advise Rohr to approach the two games?

Well, we have to be cautious and at the same time approach the game with a sense of picking the three points. Playing defensively may not be the best approach because the team will be under immense pressure. We have the right players to get the right result regardless of the approach we apply for the games.

Will you go with the partnership of Osimehn and Iheanacho against Benin?

Both players are very good and I think there is nothing wrong if Rohr partners them against Benin. What is most paramount at this point is the three points.

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  • Michel 1 month ago

    I heard that all the players based in Europe including osimehn and Simon that they will not make to for the afcon.this is a big problem for genart rohr who believe sooooo much in foreign based stars,we have always called for inclusion of home based players to the team in case of situations like this but he refused,now e don set

     
  • If these reports are true (with 9 days to go) then the coach of the Super Eagles has a big job to do. He will have to rely on alot of unknowns in Europe and in naija league. It will be fun to see how all those bench warmers for the Super Eagles respond to being starters and how the home based eagles respond to playing in the team for the first time. I believe that the worst case scenario will be a draw in benin which is all we need. But I cant wait to see a super eagles lineup with starters such as olayinka, moffi/sadiq, onyekuru in attack. Midfield might be an issue but if we can get aribo, etebo and probably shehu we will be ok. In defence leon, ebuehi, awaziem and sanusi, unless there are more withdrawals then we call on some more home based players. Anyone can be in goal, including the new boy Nobel.
    Starting lineup could look like this:

    OKOYE/UZOHO

    EBUEHI. AWAZIEM. LEON. SANUSI

    SHEHU
    ETEBO. ARIBO.

    CHUKWUEZE. OLAYINKA
    (HENRY)
    UMAR.S

     
  • TUNDE 1 month ago

    THE THIRD GOALKEEEPER FOR D SUPER EAGLE NOW SHOULD B SEBASTIAN OSIGWE(FC ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND)
    This goalkeeper is super regular(keep week-in,week-out since) in club than any other Nigeria goalkeepers in Europe highly experience and expose.
    **OGA ROHR GIVE OSIGWE CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF.
    WE ARE WAITING!!!!

     
    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      Osigwe has made just 4 appearances this season and was last in goal for
      Lugano in October 2020. That does not look like a “super regular”, unless its another Sebastine Osigwe you are talking about.

       
      • GLORY 1 month ago

        Hahahaha… @ Drey.. don’t think anyone is gonna like your monitoring mechanism here. Won’t be surprised to read you being termed a monitoring spirit soon. Lolzz. Anyway in my opinion Tobias Lawal would surely have been the one to give Uzoho, n Okoye a really good run for their money

         
        • kenneth 1 month ago

          And how many games did Ozoho play in. Was just drafted back because his team was out of the championship, well whats my own, all the noise about playing in the top 5 in europe was just cheap talk.

           
  • Osigwe is good to go 

     
  • GLORY 1 month ago

    Hahahaha… @ Drey.. don’t think anyone is gonna like your monitoring mechanism here. Won’t be surprised to read you being termed a monitoring spirit soon. Lolzz. Anyway in my opinion Tobias Lawal would surely have been the one to give Uzoho, n Okoye a really good run for their money.

     
    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      Hehehehehe….As if I care.
      This is what they often refer to as “Dr.Drey does not allow them to express their opinion” LMAO. Im also expressing mine too and I have no apologies if trumps theirs.
      OR how on earth does 4 games in the season so far translate to being a “super regular”…? Lolz. What should we then call Mathew Yakubu…?? Or that Adebayo guy in Israel…??

       
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    The great Andrew Aikhomogbe… Happy to know brother is still kicking strong and healthy… Pivotal Junior International Goalkeeper… Someone my late friend Sam Garba Okoye of Nigeria 99 squad looked up to growing up. Legends never die…

     
  • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

    Sam Garba Okoye (22 December 1947 – 31 July 1978) was a Nigerian ex-footballer who played as a forward for the Nigerian national football team after he made his debut in a match against Gabon on 30 August 1965. He also represented Nigeria at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. (c) Wikipedia.

     
    • King S 1 month ago

      @Dr Drey!!!!!! You no go kill me with laughter. You’ll pass for the best fact-checker if you were into journalism. I love you so much. God bless you.
      Some people dey lie oo. Any small thing now go talk say dem dey Germany. Awon Oniyeye

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

        Hehehehe….they want to shave our heads without us knowing….LMAO. The same way they told us they trained with now 28 yr old Paul Onobi in 2003 and had discovered since then he was as good or even better than Mikel….LMAO.

         
        • JimmyBall 1 month ago

          @Dr.Drey… I am some good years older than Paul Onobi Odeh. We grew up in same neighbourhood. During off-season, when senior players have break, we meet up at the several grassroot pitches where we all started from. That is how I saw him as a young boy who was addedd to my group to make up training number… He is not actually 28yrs if you must know but you do not expect me to come here to tell his private information… if you believe Ahmed Musa is still 29years actually, then believe that Paul Onobi Odeh also is 28years… shikenan! We are friends even though we have fought twice on this forum… that is how I see it, because I enjoy a lot of your commentary here also. It is just how I see players that is different from how you see them… I see all-round game and know what it is like to have folks who let others cover their work on the pitch, for if everyone can bring 150% work on the grass… such a team will be hard to crack! We needed just four minutes against Argentina at last world cup and some player could not just push the extra strength to cover space and let Marcos Rojo enjoy a simple unchallenged corner-post jab…

           
    • You too like wahala shai, abi Na wahala be ur middle name niii. Lollll

       
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    Samuel “Garba” Okoye or Sam Okoye… former late Nigerian Flying Eagles goalie at Nigeria 99… Attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School Makurdi… The best school in Benue that Black Face and 2Face attended as well as myself. Any forumite here from Makurdi can attest. Same School Justin Unoron who was dropped for Wilson Oruma after playing all qualifiers to Japan 93 attended… Unoron ended up playing in Poland for several years until retirement… a wonderful footballer. Mount Saint Gabriel’s produced modern 25% players to lobi feeders team in our time… The school is behind stadium in Makurdi… Samuel Okoye was born in Kafanchan, Kaduna state because his dad was a railway chief… Same place Kingsley Elvis former Eyimba of Aba defence stalwart was born. In the North because of religious crises, most parents often find a moslem name as silent alias for their children… It’s very common to see Christians in the North bearing names like Hassan… My cousin born in Zaria was called Shehu, his real name is Moses. So please maybe you need to Google Nigeria 99 team again to see that over a million people could easily bear same name… He was not on bench. He manned the post in the same team with Julius Aghahowa and Pius Ikedia… He died somewhere in the middle east during a game or so… His corpse was flown into Nigeria by the club he played for… Potentially he was being seen initially to be good enough to develop and step into Super Eagles. Whether the Garba may have been an alias in reference to this your 1947 star, that one I don’t know… So, no information is false yet except you were too young in 1999 during the U-20 World Cup to notice a certain Sam Okoye as the goalkeeper… One love.

     
    • King S 1 month ago

      LMAOOO

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

        Hahahahaha my brother, na real LMAO o…!!! See Akuko abeg….LMAO

         
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @King S… it is very good to back up claims my brother, some of our friends here think say we just the black. I trialled at MSV Duisburg (Germany) & FC Thun ( Switzerland) around 2004 but did not make it because of a bad knee which was actually why I had to exit football. This is the same thing I have said on this forum but some people decide to go and be looking for my name on their roaster… just to come here make someone appear out of sorts like being a liar… trials does not mean you are a squad member. Atleast… two particular humble members from this forum have actually chosen to be friends on whatsapp and added my number and eventually chatting me up. Very active members here from the last time I left my number here that @Dr.Drey my friend should whatsapp-video-call me make we really know ourselves… Lol.

         
    • JimmyBall 1 month ago

      It is good to back up claims and certainly… no one is above mistake for those who really have not been footballers themselves to be close enough to so many from the old generation…

      https://www.gettyimages.de/detail/nachrichtenfoto/sam-okoye-nigeria-nachrichtenfoto/650766554

       
    • Actually you are right. Sam Okoye was our number 1 during the 99 tournament with Pius ikedia and aghawonder. I guess the “Garba” addition was what changed the dynamics of the person being talked about. All the same, una try. No fake news is allowed here. Heheheheheh laughing

       
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @Most Southerners born in north even christians somehow take up a very silent hausa name… it is streetsmartness because of religious riots, we all know how that has been in the north, Northerners like to see you identifying with them and believe me, they will open doors for you. The first Sam “Garba” Okoye quoted by @Dr.Drey… it is clear he was born in the North but also Igbo, otherwise how does Garba come near an Igboman? Railway was huge in those days in Northern/Southern Nigeria and employed a lot of standard six certificate holders from the South, Nnamdi Azikwe was born in Zungeru, Niger State, Zungeru is Railway passage town… same way Makurdi was, just that we are just in “political” North, Benue almost share same latitude with Edo and Oyo, so how can it be in actual North? Pete Edochie (Popular) actor was born in Makurdi, because his father was a railway staff… his early schools were all in Makurdi.

         
    • Bobo Colorado Springs 1 month ago

      You’re right bro, the late l Sam Okoye manned the post for the flying eagles of Nigeria at Nigeria 99′ ( under21-world cup in Nigeria). He kept for Enugu Rangers too.

       
    • @Jimmyball why are u like this???

      Mount saint Gabriel the best school in Makurdi bcos u attended the school??
      or is it bcos it’s a white man school???

      Tomorrow u would come out and tell us that we are feeling inferior for white men…

      How about ECWA SEC. SCH.

      MOUNT SAINT GABRIEL, TILIGADO, GOVT. MODEL, PADOPADS HARMONY, GOVT.COLLEGE and their likes WERE SOME OF THE SCHOOLS KNOWN FOR TROUBLE MAKING AND CULTISM IN MAKURDI….

      DON’T COME HERE AND POLISH IT AS IF IT WERE THE BEST WHEN WE ALL KNOW.

      I PERCIVE U ARE A KIND OF PERSON THAT WHATEVER U DO IS THE BEST…. OTHERS ARE RUBBISH….

       
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @UBFE… ECWA secondary was a decent school, same as Special Science Secondary School Makurdi… But you of all people know all other schools envy Mount Saint Gabriel’s because of the uprightedness of the principal loved by
        all, the Whiteman Principal so loved Nigeria so that he became naturalized citizen… I can only remember one year 1997 that ECWA secondary topped the state WAEC best performing school with a certain Lucy Amah (a girl) coming out the best student in Benue after WAEC released Benue Results for 1997 May/June… I also know the 1995 set of ECWA with one maths wizkid by name Adejoh was also a very formidable set… Another good school for Air Force Secondary School Makurdi… But you know that’s all on the home front in Benue, Mount Saint Gabriel’s was always in the national pool of the top 3 and occasional top 5… perennial WAEC exams performers in the federation. That sequence and long stretch of academic performance due mostly to the management ability of Principal Rev Fr. Angus Fraser will eventually earn him a national recognition with President Obasanjo conferring the Title of :Member of the Order of Niger(MON) on the white principal of Mount Saint Gabriel’s eventually some time around 1999/2000… anyone can check Wikipedia on Father Fraser… @UBFE are you a Maktown boy or brought up? How do you know of the schools you mentioned?
        https://intervention.ng/13833/

         
        • @Jimmyball.

          I countered your submission not bcos your fact isn’t correct but u don’t have to use the “BEST” when we have other decent learning environment in the state.

          U should have use the phrase “one of the best” to also give respect to other schools in the town. ASAP

          I still remember back in 2003 if i’m not mistaken when a girl by name DOOSHIMA YAWAH(i may not get the spelling correctly) got “A” parallel in her SSCE… This proofs how good ECWA is….

          ECWA, SPECIAL SCIENCE SEC. SCH and few others were and still among the best school in MAKTOWN….

          As per the site u posted, from the headline; it talks about the “longest serving principal” not the “Best” school which is my bone of contention…

          I rest my case in peace….

          :::SHALOM:::

           
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    Wikipedia will tell you his was born in Lagos, that’s not true. Usually when players make international passport you often see place of birth as Lagos or Abuja. Those are just the passport office like mine says I was born in Lagos because I did it in Ikoyi… I was born in my village somewhere in interior Benue not Lagos.

     
    • Ayphillydegreat 1 month ago

      Are we suppose to believe you or Wikipedia? Between you and Wikipedia who is more reputable?? Lmao!! Oga Irọ ti pọ juuu! 

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

        Wikipedia for me anyday anytime….LMAO

         
        • JimmyBall 1 month ago

          See how you jumped to profile one player from 1947 just to proof I was lying… it made me laugh even. I woke up from sleep to see that my friend instead of checking to even see if we had another renown player by the same name of Samuel Okoye, other than the 1947 one, was so quick to prove a point that he completely forgot that in so doing, he may be actually revealing to the forum that he was just too young in 1999 to watch the Flying Eagles games or remember anything from that time… this life sef. If you the throw banana peels to make somebody fall… you fit forget step on am feel yourself. Hahaha… Let him be even born in lagos, atleast you are humbled to know that your google search was not surround this time and you did a scornful research work. The Samuel “Garba” Okoye… I referred to was the maradona from 1947… It still good somebody learn something atleast tonight!

           
          • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

            Hahahahaha….where were you all the thousand times I’ve talk about the legend of Sam Okoye and how he should have been SE no 1 in 2004 instead of Enyeama on this forum….??? LMAO.

            You are the one who wants to tell us about Sam Okoye….LMAO

            You better dont let the ghost of the late goalkeeper slap your dirty mouth for trying to force “Garba” into his name to justify your lies…LMAO

            “…My late friend Sam Garba Okoye”. I’ve never seen anyone mix up the name of his late friend for someone who had died even b4 he was born….LMAO

             
          • JimmyBall 1 month ago

            @Dr.Drey… try the believe me atleast. Sam Okoye was a Gabrielite like me, same oldboys. We use to train at Railway Quaters, Wurukum, Makurdi. That was his family house… we were at Police Machine Makurdi about the same time. We call him Garba, he said the name followed him from Kafanchan, Kaduna State. You have to even pinch yourself sometimes… and ask, how does this guy come up with all these audacious claims… it is because I lived it! It is that simple… It is easy for good footballers to converge because of grassroot tournaments… there is a state league which is very strong in Makurdi with over 12 solid amateur clubs… if you are good, you will definitely find yourself in one. That is where Lobi recruits materials for feeders…

             
          • JimmyBall 1 month ago

            It is good we try to correct each other only when necessary… in my very first post, about Sam “Garba” Okoye… I made reference to him at Nigeria 99, but I beleive you did not know the player and had to refer us to some other guy born in 1947, who starred for the National team in 1965, I am trying to claim that one as my friend then I should be over 70years now… which is the more reason I would not even outlandishly claim anyone as a friend! Sam “Garba” Okoye… may his sould rest in peace!

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

            Me I did not know the late Same Okoye…?? LMAO. I still have VHS cassettes of all our Nigeria 1999 matches plus the opening ceremony of that tournament in my library….LMAO. I can tell you our first XI going into that tournament from Sam in goal to Dombraye and Yobo in our attack….LMAO. I was in the Enugu stadium and saw Okoye single-handedly stand in the way of AlAhly of Egypt in the CAF cup in 2003 or thereabout, producing the craziest saves I’ve ever seen in football. I told my friend sitting beside me then that this guy should be SE no 1 and not Enyeama…at that time Vincent was still flapping at crosses and poor with his handling.

            Na you wan tell me about sam okoye….LMAO….you are really overrating yourself these days….LMAO.

            Before you claimed “…Whether the Garba may have been an alias…” showing a glaring uncertainty, now you have switched to claiming he told you the name followed him from Kafanchan……LMAO. Showing certainty. How you managed to switch from a state of uncertainty to a state of certainty in one fell swoop deserves an applause. No be only Kafanchan, na Kaura Namoda. LMAO

            All I can say to you is more grease to your elbows. Im not surprised at your ability to cook up stories…..If going by my involvement in football I can cook far better and sweeter stories than you. Lolz. Im not saying ou shouldnt tell stories anymore….Just try to make sure your stories add up….LMAO

            I rest my case.

             
          • JimmyBall 1 month ago

            @Dr.Drey… He is called Garba everywhere in Makurdi… His mum used to be popular for frying “Akara” in railway quarter Makurdi. I am always amazed at your haste to discredit someone. You may have watched him on TV… I know him in person, just don’t push this any further before another insult match start again… You were hasty to tell CSN I am lying by quoting someone from 1947 who I do not even know was the first person who went by that name… Makurdi is not as big as Ibadan or PHC, it is just a moderate sized city. When I mentioned his name in my first quote on Andrew Aikhomogbe… I referred to Nigeria 1999,how you saw my post immediately as a lie without even a second thought surprised me… you were not interested in knowing whether the veracity of my claim was true or not… You just wanted to prove I lied. You did not watch Nigeria 1999… the squad list is on Google so people like you can easily call it up. What was your impulse telling everyone on completesports Nigeria to a guy from 1947? Even the Sano Abacha who was our former president had a namesake who was a popular homebased footballer in the league who had same name… Make an announcement on CSN forum for anyone who lived in Makurdi to verify where Sam Okoye family house was when he played for Enugu Rangers and Nigeria. Just wait for another opportunity to try again to prove that someone who has lived what you did not live is a liar… He was called Garba more than he called his first name Sam. He grew up in Railway Quarters Makurdi… I did not know about your 1947 or 1965 Sam Garba Okoye even before I spoke about my late friend… One love!

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

            Hehehehehe….more stories….LMAO

            As I said earlier…..I rest my case.

             
      • Reason it’s very bad to lie, if you lie once , you liable to lie more while trying to justify the previous lie. Shaiiii

         
        • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

          Hahahahaha…..See how he has been trying to force “Garba” into the name of late Sam Okoye just to justify his lies….LMAO. He’s the one that wants to tell us whom Sam Okoye was….LMAO. See plenty cock and bull stories just because someone wants to save face….LMAO

           
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @Ayphillydegreat… atleast before you shoot me as target practice, first admit that your lord @Dr.Drey clowned-up by posting whatever he posted about the samuel Garba Okoye of Super Eagles of 1965… moral lesson is that, a million people can bear same name. Go to the north and count Abdullahi Ibrahim if you will not turn 100years while at it…

         
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    @Ayphillydegreat… Sam Okoye, Nigeria 99 goalkeeper was born in Kafanchan, Kaduna State. Profile of more than half of our current Super Eagles players will tell you they were born in Lagos… I just mention wikipedia because some people in their research work to see if @JimmyBall is lying can look for even the most laughable inconsequential stuff to use in characterizing one… I mentioned background information so people who care and have so much time to discredit others can scavenge all the source they need…

     
  • Proudly 9ja 1 month ago

    Please I have a question for the forum, I am hoping someone can help me with an answer. England will be playing Albania away for a worldcup qualifier if am not mistaken and the players called up for the match are in thesame leagues as our foreign players, won’t they also have to quarantine if they honor the callups? Is this not double standard or is it just that our players are not brave enough to demand their clubs release them for an important game like this, our boys should simply say I want to play for my country in the Nations cup thesame way the likes of rashford, kane, Mcguire, etc want to compete in the Euros. Am I missing something here? Shouldn’t thesame rules apply to everybody. If clubs in England are denying our boys from coming to Africa to play an important qualifier, why are they not denying the English players as well. Same with France. I think our boys ought to be brave a bit, afterall its not as if their clubs are fighting for champions league spots other than Ndidi fir Leicester. No be only ndidi be important player out of all of them (not knocking our players ooo). At most our boys will miss 2 games if its 7 days of quarantine. I doubt Chelsea will deny pulisic oermission to represent USA or Manchester deny pogba from playing for France or mbappe from playing for France in an away match, then why will our own players be denied the chance to represent their country. Maybe there is something am missing.

     
    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      Their players will still be within the European belt. Our players are going to be crossing into Africa where most countries are currently listed as red zones. And travels to red zones require a mandatory quarantine period on return. USA will be playing in Austria and Belfast so their players are still safe to travel.

       
      • Proudly 9ja 1 month ago

        @Drey, I understand what u are saying but in reality, France and England are definitely red zone when it comes to covid compared to Africa if you go by the number of cases. Don’t get me wrong in africa the number of covid 19 cases is more than African countries are saying with the exception of maybe South Africa. But going by the numbers, the pandemic is running riot in Europe more compared to Africa. I still think 7 days of sacrifice for your fatherland is a small price to pay compared to missing out on competing in the AFCON IMHO.

         
        • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

          I understand you my brother. But you and I know Nigeria is not worth dying for. We are talking about sacrificing your career and lifetime livelihood for a country that never cares for anyone. These players are still owed bonuses since 2 years running now and you expect them to disobey their clubs…? My brother, I wouldn’t advice any player to do that. If we cant raise another team than can pick 1 point from our remaining 2 games then there is a problem.

           
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    @Proudly 9ja… it is simply how Africa is viewed as not being really serious and equipped to follow health safety regulations like most first nations… you cannot blame them, see how Osimhen fared on his last visit to Nigeria. Sadly, we have to accept being dictated to still since our continent really does not have its roof in place… the rains will keep pouring down on us like a homeless orphanned child!

     
    • Proudly 9ja 1 month ago

      @Jimmyball, I totally get it but our players too can stand up and say I want to represent my country. A country like 9ja should be able to take care of its players. Anybody can contract the virus even with mask, there are vaccines, why aren’t the clubs getting vaccines for their players if they are really keen on curbing the virus. Its not as if our players will be going out to clubs or putting themselves in a position to contract the virus. These guys are professionals and would likely follow thesame protocols they are used to in their clubs. I just think our boys should be able to stand up for their nation. Who loses if they the SE don’t qualify for AFCON?

       
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @Proudly 9ja… honestly in this situation. Those guys are powerless. Rohr has a chance to show us how tactically savvy he is now… both teams will not have their full-strength squad… why we still can call on some notably decent players close to home… it will be a good opportunity to see what Rohr conjures if he has lemons to make Marmalade… Any coach with the Brazil team of 1994 can easily get to quarter finals of any world cup… but let us see what such a coach will do if he only has a team like Costa Rica of World Cup 2014.

         
  • Collins id 1 month ago

    See how Europe is continually opressing Africa in every given opportunity. I tire for Europe and their wayward politics. They want to remind us that they are the ones paying our players. See redzone they place quarantine mandate on travellers from greenzones where garlic and ginger grows like grass.
    Anyway I blame our so called bigmen who in their ignorance wants to buy Newcastle and arsenal some even want to buy the premierleague, when their local clubs both male and female are begging for sponsorship.
    We are supposed to place band on players from Europe and China, if we actually have balls between our… .

    As for rohr it’s time to show if he is a real coach or not. Jorgen luv won confederation cup with plan b team,
    We still have good players to rely on,
    Abdulahi sehu azubuike Etebo and the nwankali brothers couple with some Homebase players including ajayi can do a good job in the midfield, sadiq ejuke onyekuru olayinka are good enough for attack, deffence have balogun Valentine ozowanfor awaziem sanusi, etc.
    I don’t think Rohr knows all our good names apart from his usual foreign based profs alias playstation squad.
    This is where local coaches can do better, bcos they know our players well.
    It’s a good temptation and worthy challenge for mr rohr let’s see, what he can bring out of it. Abeg make he nor too rely on onyeka for the midfield, i still don’t trust him he doesn’t seems solid enough, I will advise the nff to carefully select players for rohr, we may lost out of afcon again if care is not taking.

    My question goes to CAF what are they doing to protect Africa football from
    Europeans oppression, abi naso we go dey? And fifa the most bias and criminal organizations of the world,

    I look forward to the day CAF will brake out of Fifa, and began their own independent tournaments there is no need being a member of a group that doesn’t treath you equal, they invite you to mock you, they respect asia south and north America and constantly bully us.

     
    • Mr Hush 1 month ago

      @Collins id

      In as much it hurts that we would miss a lot of our top players due to this unfortunate situation; I don’t think the European clubs actions(prohibiting our boys from coming down) is limited to Africa alone.
      The South America qualifiers have been postponed due to this prohibition.
      Even the Asian qualifiers have been subjected to the minuscule level of a country playing host to the rest. Thereby canceling the usual home and away style. Preferably,the host country is one not earmarked by the European nations and not red zoned by most European nations. I.e Bahrain,Kuwait and the much maligned, China have been chosen as host in the Asian qualifiers. And as expected most countries have cried foul. Iran, Australia etc. But it is unfortunate times.
      It is quite necessary to understand that this decision was forced upon the European clubs by their respective governments. We should understand that every league no matter how big is subject to a government. A league is not island from a country. So if the British government red zoned African states, the English clubs got no choice but to respect that law and abide by it or face the music. So it is a no win situation for the club, thereby the players facing the brunt. Like I said,it is an unfortunate situation.
      Even the great United States have to play some matches in Europe to avoid the whole problematic situation that might arise for her foreign players based in Europe.

      So it would be wrong to just put this on
      “western marginalisation” of Africa. Africa is clearly not the only one Affected.

      And CAF can never be free of FIFA ,since Fifa is basically football. CAF is an entity of Fifa .it revolves around Fifa. And I assure you, with all the corruption and maladministration within CAF, if it wasn’t for Fifa,CAF would have been in a worst state than it’s right now.
      CAF should rather look herself in the mirror,stop playing the victim and clean up. Get organised.Then maybe they would get success in the international stage and maybe, just maybe get the respect we all clamour for.
      Remember,you don’t force respect. You earn it.

       
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    @UBFE… I am not kidding! Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School Makurdi has been the best school at that level in Makurdi since around 1968 that it was established… The principal from around 1975 up till around 2015 was a white Rev Father… You can asked anyone who attended ABU Zaria Engineering faculties, FUT Minna Engineering (most where they left their mark)… Between 2003 and 2010 University of Ibadan, Faculty of Technology (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Electronics) produced two first class students by the name of Haruna Akoji and Charles Tunde Aire… both Gabrielites and well know to me, Tunde was my student in Further Mathematics… He is in Alberta Canada and is on Facebook for anyone who wants to verify my claims… Just ask him if he used to go to Daddy in Eri Street, North Bank to get clarifications on gray areas in Further Mathematics… Our students have always aced First Class in ABU and FUTMinna asked anyone on this forum who attended the schools I mentioned to verify the names I have submitted… MSG may have hard over 10 first class gruduates from FUT Minna in the last 20 years… Anyone on Facebook can look up the names Paul Akula, Michael Okwori on Facebook and asked them questions or just read their timelines and see what sort of comment people post about them… Mount Saint Gabriel’s produced big time politicians and career men (former Attorney General of Nigeria.. Michael Aondaker SAN) during Yaradua presidency was a Gabrielite of 1972 set or so… the school produced 2face and Black face. In anyone from Benue State, not even Makurdi alone can give you the name of that school at first ask. The common entrance examination in the years gone-by used to be the toughest and the most subscribed because all parents want their kids there because of the school’s pedigree! When WAEC was still the only pre-university qualifying exams up till around 2000… especially when WAEC physics still had just only 5 Essay question to answer any 3, and not now that it is seriously watered-down… GABRIELITES perennially made A1s in physics and Further Maths not to talk of Chemistry… results like 9As (7,6,5… A1s) were a constant feature in WAEC exams! It’s a fact and it still continues till date. Even the popular Nigeria socialite “Adegbenro” is a Gabrielite… He featured in the Soap “Tinsel” if you all will recall him. The school often came 2nd and 3rd in Waec in the federation.

     
    • Proudly 9ja 1 month ago

      @Jimmyball, I actually worked with Charles Aire here in Calgary AB, a very good friend of mine, he is an engineer with Worley.

       
      • JimmyBall 1 month ago

        @Proudly 9ja… What a small world! Lol… that’s nice. Ask him if he has a big brother friend by name Daddy in Germany from Eri Street, Makurdi who used to coach him Further Maths from Sec Sch days. That’s my boy.. though a big man now in his own right! One love… Thanks for this information!

         
        • Proudly 9ja 1 month ago

          My friend just confirm say them dey call u dokes mann lol, him confirm ur story.

           
          • JimmyBall 1 month ago

            @Proudly 9ja… Hahaha. Yea… It’s actually “from my native name: Idoko” Charles Tunde Aire is a wonderful guy. A perfect gentleman… Who is more like a younger brother than a friend.

             
  • JimmyBall 1 month ago

    I am not sounding my trumpet or anything I am involved with because that can come to a lot of people as prideful and loud… It is for purposes of clarifications because @UBFE wanted to know why it appears I am always unto some hype on this forum. I am just trying to give my friend some background information… I apologize to anyone here if it appears rude, but trust me it us not intended! I am a natural lover of peace and in trying to uphold that by way of explanation to elucidate points… I may have come across as a “Story Teller”… hahaha, but if going by that name, the late Icon… Chinua Achebe (May his soul rest in peace) often hailed as the “Master Story Teller” will be proud of me… then I am honored! Eureka! One love…

     
    • Afeez 1 month ago

      @ Jimmyball, can I have your number. You probably may be an asset in our newly founded school in Lagos. A piece of advice from an icon like might just be what we need to get to the promise Land.