Osimhen, Oshoala, Rivers United Nominated For Pitch Awards
Super Eagles forward and Italian Serie A leading goal scorer, Victor Osimhen, and in-form FC Barcelona Femeni forward, Asisat Oshoala, top the list of nominees for the ninth edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.
The awards is scheduled to hold in the Federal Capital, Abuja on Friday, March 24, 2023.
Osimhen, the record scorer of the FIFA U17 World Cup finals (with 10 goals, achieved at the finals in Chile in 2015) has continued to bang in the goals in the Italian Serie A where he is currently the leading scorer and scored four of Nigeria’s 10 goals in the record international win over Sao Tome and Principe last year summer.
There are 18 categories of awards which include, King of the Pitch; Queen of the Pitch; Striker of the Year; Goalkeeper of the Year; Defender of the Year; Midfielder of the Year; Team of the Year; Coach of the Year; Sam Okwaraji Award; State With The Best Grassroots Football Development Programme; Football Pitch of the Year; Football-Friendly Governor of the Year; Corporate Sponsor of the Year; Sportsmanship Award; Football Journalist of the Year-Print; Football Journalist of the Year-TV; Football Journalist of the Year-Radio and; Football Journalist of the Year-Online.
Presenting the list of nominees to the NFF leadership on Thursday, the President of Matchmakers Consult International (organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards), Mr Shina Philips, expressed appreciation to the NFF for its encouragement of the awards over the years and assured that the fine canons of transparency and credibility that have taken the Awards this far will never be discountenanced for any reason.
“We are happy with the encouragement and regard that we have continued to receive from the NFF since we started the Awards in 2013.
“The Federation has always been there and always present at the event. We are bold to say that the Awards will forever retain its integrity, transparency and credibility.”
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Responding on behalf of the NFF President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, who joined the presentation on the video to wish the organisers the best going forward.
Also, the NFF Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, assured the Nigeria Pitch Awards of the Federation’s continued support as long as the tenets of integrity and credibility associated with the awards over the years are sustained.
Also present at the presentation were NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire; Head of International, Dayo Enebi Achor and; Chief Operating Officer of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Mr Nelson Olafisoye.
EPL: Arteta To Sell Seven Arsenal Players [Full List]
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is willing to let at least seven players leave the club this summer, the UK Sun reports.
The Gunners’ record signing Nicolas Pepe is set to head the queue.
Pepe arrived at the Emirates from Lille in 2019 in a deal worth £72m. The Ivorian winger has scored just 16 goals in 80 league appearances for the club.
He is spending the current season on loan at Nice.
Pepe is one of seven players currently out on loan who could be in line for permanent exits.
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The others are Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cedric Soares, who are all playing for Premier League clubs.
Abroad, Nuno Tavares is with Marseille, while Alex Runarsson is at Alanyaspor and Pablo Mari is in Italy with Monza.
All of the players may find themselves looking for new clubs once those deals come to an end.
Serie A: Napoli President Speaks On Plan To Sell Osimhen This Summer
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has conceded that the Partenopei could sell their talismanic forward, Victor Osimhen, this summer.
Osimhen has been linked with a big money move from the Serie A leaders.
European giants, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in the Nigeria international.
The 24-year-old has been in fantastic form for Napoli this season leading the club’s charge for a first league title in three decades and first UEFA Champions League title.
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The forward has scored 21 goals in 23 league appearances.
Osimhen has further registered four goals in five outings in the Champions League.
“There’s always the indecent proposal, the numbers are made by the others,” De Laurentiis told Corriero dello Sport.
“We’re waiting. They are extraordinary boys. My contracts are unique, they come from the cinema, so nobody moves if we say no. We will see.”
Peseiro Must Go, Angry Fans Tell NFF After Guinea-Bissau’s Defeat
Top football stakeholders in the country have called on the Nigeria Football Federation to sack Jose Peseiro, following the Super Eagles’ uninspiring 1-0 loss to Guinea-Bissau in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
A first-half strike from Mama Balde secured a comfortable win for the Djurtus, who move one point clear of the Eagles to top Group A, with three games to play.
The defeat dented Eagles’ AFCON qualification hopes, but boost the Djurtus chances of reaching the continental showpiece for a second consecutive time in Ivory Coast, having appeared at the delayed edition in Cameroon last year.
It was the first time in three decades that the Eagles failed to win a game in three straight games.
The three time African champions suffered earlier friendly defeats in the hands of Algeria (2-1), Portugal (4-0) and Guinea Bissau 1-0.
Since Peseiro took charge as coach of the Eagles, he has recorded only two wins — against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome — in the seven games that he has been with the three-time African champions.
He was not with the team when they lost to Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly last November.
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Former Eagles defender Sam Sodje believes Peseiro’s defensive frailties were exposed by the Djurtus.
“You can’t win games if you do not defend well as a team,” Sodje said.
“He (Peseiro) should leave. Even the best teams defend well as a unit. We lost to Djurtus because they defended well.”
Ace sports broadcaster, Temisan Okomi, questioned the competence of Peseiro and his technical abilities.
“At the rate we are going I don’t even know if we have a coaching problem or a team problem,”Okomi began.
“The truth of the matter is that Peseiro is absolutely not useful as a coach to us. Its not working at all. He has only won two games in seven games, its untenable. The problem we have is that we cannot even sack him because we don’t have money but if we can, the NFF should sack him immediately.
“Peseiro has not worked for us and we need to find another coach fast.”
Football analyst Ralph Chidozie-George told Saturday PUNCH that Peseiro should be replaced to avoid further embarrassing results.
“Peseiro does not deserve to be the coach of the Eagles,” Chidozie-George said.
“The Eagles job is bigger than him. He does not have what it takes to coach Nigeria. He also does not have the strong will to lead the team.
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“From his results, we’ve only been able to beat Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and another low country as Guinea-Bissau just defeated the Eagles at home and he has lost all his friendly games. This is not the coach that will take the Eagles beyond the mediocre level Gernot Rohr left the team.
“His list of players for the game doesn’t look like a team selected based on current form, and as you can, see all the players who struggled for game time at their respective clubs messed up our game against Guinea-Bissau.”
Afolabi Gambari, another journalist, believes Peseiro lacks the technical ability to lead the Eagles out of the doldrums.
“Peseiro’s competence is suspect, as far as I know,”Gambari said.
“He is clueless and not desirable of the Eagles and because of the cost, he should just go away.”
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