Iwobi out of Clash with Cameroon as Eagles Camp Opens Today

first_imgArsenal forward Alex Iwobi has withdrawn from Super Eagles squad ahead of the World Cup 2018 qualifier against African champions Cameroon in Uyo this Friday.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), confirmed at the weekend that the 21-year-old will also miss the September 4 showdown against the Indomitable Lions in Yaounde due to thigh muscle strain.He was due to join the Super Eagles training camp expected to open today after Arsenal’s disastrous 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in the English Premier League yesterday. Iwobi, the nephew of legendary Nigeria star  Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, had played in Nigeria’s first two World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria, scoring in a 2-1 win in Zambia in October last year.However in a swift move, Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has handed late invitations to CSKA Moscow of Russia forward, Aaron Samuel as replacement for Iwobi. Samuel made the last of seven international appearances two years ago.Rohr has also reinforced the defence with an invite to Standard Liege of Belgium player, Uche Agbo for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed yesterday that the duo will join the squad in Uyo this week, but that the team will begin training in Abuja this evening.Already in camp at the weekend were the duo of Tianjin Teda stars Odion Jude Ighalo and John Mikel Obi.  Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi was also listed among players already in town for the big game.Mikel who is staging a comeback to the team after missing the 0-2 loss to South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, landed in Nigeria on Sunday evening.Mikel had declared in the past month that he is determined to ensure Nigeria qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia as his in-laws will not forgive him, if Nigeria fail to make it. “We have received the news about Iwobi, he is injured and he won’t be available for the games against Cameroon. Coach Gernot has recalled stand-by players Aaron and Agbo. Both players have been directed to join the team in Uyo this week,” Ibitoye observed on Sunday night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Star Powers NFPL Final Match in a Shinning Way

first_imgThe season’s final match supported by Star Lager, the official beer partner of NPFL ensured that thousands of fans at the league title deciding game had a memorable time participating in various activities at the stadium.Commenting on plans by Star to further consolidate the NPFL partnership, Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries, Tokunbo Adodo, explained the final match in Enugu was an opportunity to celebrate fans as well as the participating teams in this league season.“Let me begin by congratulating the winner and of course other teams in the league season which has ended today. As the official beer partner of the NPFL, Star is committed to fulfilling the mandates obligated by the agreement to make the league more exciting for fans and lovers of football in Nigeria. We’ve had an outstanding association with supporting good football experience and by virtue of all existing partnership, millions of fans can enjoy better quality in the round leather game on NPFL match days next season” Adodo said.Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko said the partnership is beginning to resonate with the league, in particular, football fans.“The season has gone a lot better than we envisaged. We had a very competitive league, many good teams playing in ways that were appealing to Nigerian football fans. We have seen clubs administering better welfare and this will continue to improve in league seasons to come. At LMC, we are very pleased to see that our efforts to restore local footfall enthusiasm is yielding fruits, averaging several thousands of audience at each match venue. Having a partner like Star has brought a deeper engagement with football fans and their favourite league clubs” Dikko said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) ended its 2015/16 season with a resounding final match that saw Rangers International Football Club of Enugu win the league after a 4-0 trumping of El-Kanemi Warriors of Borno on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.Rangers International’s bid to end a thirty-two year wait for the league title eventually paid off as Chisom Egbuchulam and Osas Okoro recorded their names on the score sheet to help Rangers clinch the title.last_img read more


Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 5, 2016:•12:39 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•12:45 a.m. Dustin L. Black, 27, Wellington was arrested on a Kansas Department of Corrections Warrant for parole violation.•4:18 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•9:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•11:19 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.•12:06 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•5:37 p.m. Officers investigated identity fraud in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:45 p.m. Larry D. Everhart, 59, Las Vegas, Nev. was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.•7:18 p.m. Charles J. Carey, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:10 p.m. Roberto C. Reyes, 28, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for fail to signal and defective headlamp.last_img read more