In the wake of his teams disappointing defeat to Burkina Faso in the ongoing All Africa Games(AAG) in Brazzaville, Congo. The coach of the National U23 football team, Sampson Siasia, has expressed his surprise and disappointment at his teams abysmal display on Tuesday, which saw Burkina Faso emerging winners, with a comfortable 1-3 win over their Nigerian counterparts.
Siasia, who was left fuming at his defenders and strikers, said he didn’t believe that his team would be defeated by Burkina Faso, let alone by such a high goal margin.
“I never imagined losing to Burkina Faso, but then my midfielders played so well, my defenders and attackers let me down, can you imagine my attackers not being able to convert about eight chances that came their way? “To make matters worse, the defenders were asleep on a day they should have been up and doing. Who told the central defenders to keep offside trap the way they did? I am totally disappointed; we can’t play like this in Senegal and expect to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
No way! “We were so bad that anytime the ball beat the defenders, even my goalkeeper could not stop any of the shots fired at him. Football is a team work where errors are bound to occur, but it’s the ability of fellow team mates to cover for one another that makes a team great, that I didn’t see today.”
Siasia, said he was happy that the worst, had happened in the Africa Games, that he had learnt a valuable lesson from his mistakes. He also apologised to Nigerians for letting them down by not qualifying for the final of the Men’s football event at the AAG.
He said “We will make corrections after the African Games. I plan to travel to talk to some players I have already penciled down, then hopefully, the team should be assembling in first week of October to prepare for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. Certainly, some of the players I brought to Congo Brazzaville will have to give way.
, “I am not a man of excuses. I take all the blame for this collapse and will certainly make amends before the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.”
They were some shocking results at some venues, while some venues, witnessed expected results. Below are highlight videos of most of the matches that went down today.
1. Psv vs Manchester United
Though United scored first, PSV rallied on to win this encounter. Below is a video highlight of the encounter.
Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan has won a Para-powerlifting gold medal and in the process set a new world record with a lift of 182.5kg in the 49kg weight class on Tuesday at the ongoing 11th African Games in Brazzaville.
Adesokan lifted the 182.5 kg in his third attempt to win the gold medal. An Algerian settled for the silver medal in the event.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adesokan had set a World record at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with a lift of 177 kg. A Vietnamese had erased that record with a lift of 181kg, before the latest world record by the Nigerian.
Adesokan had won silver medal at a recent Open Asia Championship held in Kazakhstan.
“I am excited, I can’t thank God enough for this, it is the result of hard work and focus,’’ he said after the lift.
“After the Asian championship at which I won silver medal, I gave myself a personal target of gold medal at the Africa Games, and with God, I have now been able to reach my target,” Adesokan said.
Adesokan, also said that his next target, will be to win Gold in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games next year.
Adesokan, then, commended the National Sports Commission (NSC) for the preparation ahead of the Games. “I must thank my coach, Feyisetan Are, for believing in me and training me toward achieving this feat, he has been like a father to all us.
“I want to call on the NSC to allow us start the preparations for the 2016 Paralympic Games early, because with good preparation, the sky will be the limit for us; we have all what it takes to be world champions,” Adenekan said.
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100 and 200 metres champion of Africa and Common Wealth games, Blessing Okagbare, has been banned by the National Sports Commission, from the Rio 2016 Olympic games. The ban, is as a result of her refusal to represent the country in the 200metres event at the just concluded IAAF championship in Beijing, China. As well as excluding herself from the ongoing All Africa Games taking place in Congo.
In an interaction with Guardian, the Director General of the NSC, Al Hassan Yakmut, said Blessing Okagbare, had disrespected the country, in so many ways.
This is as a result of her appearance in the Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland, last Thursday, a few days after she failed to show up for the 200m event in Beijing, despite appearing in the warm up area. She claimed she was injured.
Hassan who was in great anger, said: “I was shocked when I saw Okagbare competing in the Diamond League in Zurich last Thursday,”
“I was wondering if it was the same Okagbare who refused to compete for Nigeria in the 200m event at the IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China. She even opted out of Team Nigeria for the All Africa Games in Congo. Why?
“I have said it times without number that any athlete who feels too big to compete for Nigeria in the All Africa Games should not bother about the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. No athlete is bigger than Nigeria. I played volleyball for this country, so there is nothing an athlete will tell me about sports.
“Tell me what countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa is doing for their athletes that Nigeria is not doing? If there is a problem, we should sit down to iron it out, instead of rubbishing our country before the international community. We have to take a stand to save our nation from athletes who feel they are untouchable,”.
It can be noted that Okagbare, who was one of the only hope of team Nigeria getting a medal at the IAAF championship in Beijing, finished last in the 100metres event, and also failed to show up at the All Africa Games in Congo. With the pretext of nursing an Injury.
On Thursday, she ran at the Diamond League, finishing 2nd with 10.98s behind Jamaica Fraser-Pryce, who finished first with 10.93s
Source: The Guardian.
After an unimpressive performance against Tanzania, in the on going 2017 Afcon qualifier, slated for Gabon, on Saturday. Super Eagles midfielder, Haruna Lukman, has blamed the weather in Tanzania for his poor performance.
The midfielder who last featured for the Super Eagles at the 2010 World cup in South Africa, was replaced by Sylvester Igboun before the half time whistle was blown.
The midfielder who pleaded for another chance, said, “It was not me against Tanzania because the weather really affected me,” AfricanFootball.com quoted Russian-based Haruna as saying on
“I hope I will be given another chance to show what I can really do.”
Haruna, currently ply his trade in the Russian League with Anzhi Makhachkala