No pressure to win FIFA U-17 World Cup – Manu Garba

Nigeria’s Under-17 national team head coach, Manu Garba, has declared that they are not under pressure to face Mexico in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup showpiece game in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

Garba is confident of guiding Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to a fourth title at under-17 level after watching his boys defeat Sweden 3-0 in the semifinal in Dubai on Tuesday with goals from Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh.

But Garba, who was an assistant coach of the Golden Eaglets six years ago when they won the Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, was quick to point out that the Mexicans have been resilient following their recovery from a 1-6 loss in their opening game against Nigeria.

The Nigerian coach branded the North Americans as “a very technical team.”

“We are not going to be on any pressure against Mexico in the final because we would prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the final, he said.”

“The Mexican team I maintained are a very technical team and I believe the final is going to be a great one but by the grace of God, we shall win this trophy for Nigeria and Africa.

“I still maintained that the Mexican team are a very technical team and we can see their resilience by coming from a 6-1 loss to us (Nigeria) and still be in the final,” Manu said at the post-match media conference.

Mexico’s El Tri reached the final after dumping out Argentina 3-0 in the first semifinal at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.


Why I restricted my wife’s movement – Gov. Chime

ENUGU State governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, has promised to continue to protect the integrity of his wife, Clara, in spite of campaigns against him.

Speaking with newsmen in Enugu, on Wednesday, Chime said it had become imperative for him to clarify issues about his wife’s health challenges, going by the campaign of calumny against his person.

“Well, my wife has some medical challenges and it would be very unkind for me to talk about her condition on the pages of newspapers.

“I have done everything to protect her integrity and I am not going to expose her to ridicule now, because some people want to exploit her situation to drag me into a needless war of words.

“We’ve been battling this prior to my inauguration in 2011. It was so bad at a time that she had to be taken out of here (Governor’s Lodge) for treatment.

“When she stabilised, I pleaded with her doctors if she could be brought back here to be receiving her treatment at home and they graciously accepted.

“There was a time she was confined indoors and that was strictly on her doctors’ advice. She’s here and she can confirm or deny it. Also, the doctors then advised against allowing her access to telephones and her laptop,” he said.

The governor said his wife was safe in the Government House, adding that her confinement within the premises was at the instance of her doctor, who was also present at the briefing.

“Why would I want my wife locked up? If it had been that I had issues with her, there are many ways to resolve them. But that’s not the case. She is not well and I’m willing to do anything to support and protect her.

“It was always more convenient for me to have taken the easier route, but that would have been very callous and ungodly.

“When I had my own health challenge, I was receiving treatment in London and thinking about her, making sure she received the right treatment. I’m forever grateful to her doctors who have done a great job.

“Both families are billed to meet very soon and after that, I’ll take a decision which will be in the interest of both parties,” the governor said.

On his reaction to a purported petition to the inspector-general of police by renowned lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, the governor said “he’s my professional colleague, but sometimes you leave people to their conscience.”

He said he was not worried about the development, adding that when he was receiving treatment in London, some of the newspapers reported that he had died in India.

Clara, who was present during the briefing, denied sending any petition to the National Human Rights Commission, alleging unlawful detention by her husband.

She also denied contacting or engaging the services of Falana or any other lawyer to seek her freedom from an alleged incarceration at Government House, Enugu.

“My doctor and I don’t have any problem,” she said.

On the current situation, Clara said she had the key to her room and controlled her entry and exit.

She, however, said her grouse was that she had not been allowed to leave the premises except on Sundays to attend mass.

ASUU 123 days strike analysis

Now that there seems to appear in sight the end of the
123 days ASUU strike, let’s go into some reasonable &
seasoned analysis.
At first ASUU: “We can only go back to classroom, if
(and only if) FG fulfill 2009 agreement”.
To second that, FG said: “any offer above the N130bn
earlier offered will cripple the economy”.
Status of the matter: FG offered over N200bn per year
(for the next 4 years), about N1.1tr. And of course
ASUU agreed to take the offer home to members
(which we know they are already deliberating on
Here are our questions:
1. If FG knew they could offer this much, why have they
left our students at home for 4 months??
2. If ASUU knew they will ever accept anything less
than 2009 agreement, why have they punished us like
they did??
3. If first meeting between ASUU & Jonathan could
bring solution to the impasse, where was he all these
while until Nov. 4??
4. Now that more than N130bn has been offered, are
we expecting economic lock-down soon??
5. Obviously we know the standard of living of our
Lecturers will improve (needless to ask). But what are
the assurances (from ASUU) that after collecting this
much, the standard of education will change as they
6. And who is on the loosing end if not the students???
Take your time and express yourself below in
comment, then share with your friends to add their
views. Comment like a Student!


GIF It: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a visible spring in his step

There’s nothing quite like topping tables left, right and centre to help you find some extra enthusiasm for your job.

Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted with his side’s 0-1 win at Borussia Dortmund last night.

We like to sing the start of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees over the top of this gif… but that might just be us.

If you need further proof of Wenger’s excitement, he also ran onto the pitch to pass the ball to Santi Cazorla.

Jurgen Klopp: Arsenal can win Champions League – if they avoid Bayern Munich

Aaron Ramsey: Proved to be the match-winner for Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal can win the Champions League – if they avoid Bayern Munich.

Klopp, who saw his side beaten 1-0 at home by the Gunners thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s second-half strike, believes Arsene Wenger’s side can go all the way.

However, the German thinks holders Bayern Munich present a huge threat to Arsenal’s progress.

Klopp, who steered his side to the final last year, said: “Yes (Arsenal can win the Champions League). They are young, healthy and good technicians.


Aaron Ramsey paid tribute to the Arsenal fans after the side’s 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

“They won a clever game tonight and could go to the final and win it – as long as they don’t play against Bayern Munich.”

Despite the defeat, Klopp feels Dortmund’s qualification hopes remain in their own hands, with a home match against Napoli and a trip to bottom club Marseille the final two Group F fixtures.

While Klopp’s well-drilled side did dominate for long spells as they looked for an eighth successive home Champions League win, having never lost against English opposition, the Germans were made to pay for not converting their chances when Ramsey nodded home a knockdown from Olivier Giroud on 62 minutes.

“We had 11 shots before they scored and sometimes it was like they were defending with four legs, but football is a game of results,” he said.


Arsene Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

“It is difficult after the game, but you have to look forward. It is a very strong group and the positive news tonight is that two wins and we will qualify.”

Arsenal are in pole position to make it out of the group and manager Wenger hailed his side’s intelligence after their win at the Westfalenstadion.

“This is a huge result. We had a united, focused performance, especially defensively.

“We had a lot of possession, but it was a bit sterile possession in the first half because we could not create chances.

“It was a question of being focused and intelligent, and not to make the first mistake, to wait for the moment where we could create openings in their defence. We did that.


Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp heaped praise on Arsenal’s defence after their win against Borrusia Dortmund in the Champions League.

“We had a difficult period at start of second half, but after we scored I felt we could have scored a second goal and we were less under pressure. Overall it’s a huge win here.

“If you look at the results they have made at home in the Champions League, not many teams have achieved that.”

Wenger continued: “We looked more stable defensively because we have experience in midfield not to lose the ball in stupid positions.

“Dortmund are especially dangerous when you lose the ball, and to counter that, you need maturity.

“If you have a very young team tonight you would be overrun and lose that game by a very high score. We look more stable defensively.”