Onazi impressed with new Eagles coach
Turkey based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has revealed that he hopes to impress new Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.
Onazi, who featured as a second half substitute in the Super Eagles 3-0 win over Akwa United, expressed his delight at having a new coach and the team’s expectations as they look to qualify for Russia 2018.
“I have been impressed with our new coach (Rohr) so far and I hope we achieve great success,” Onazi was quoted by SuperSport.
“The game against Akwa United was a good one and it gave the coach opportunity to see us (Super Eagles players) for the first time in a match situation.
“We will try to win on Saturday against Tanzania and hopefully, it sets the tone for a successful World Cup qualifying campaign as we look to go to Russia (for the 2018 Fifa World Cup).”
Rohr will be looking to impress Nigerians as the super Eagles face Tanzania at the Godswill Akpabio stadium on Saturday. Goodluck Nigeria!
Mikel blames poor preparations for AFCON failure
Chelsea star Mikel Obi has spoken out in defense of the Super Eagles for failing to qualify in the African Cup Of Nations, which will take place in Gabon in 2017.
The Super Eagles crashed out of group G and lost the AFCON ticket to Egypt, who won all their qualifier matches. The Super Eagles are now set to miss the AFCON for the second successive time after failing to also qualify for Equitorial Guinea 2015.
Mikel, who recently led Nigeria to win their only medal (bronze) at the Rio 2016 Olympics, says poor preparation and not the players should be blamed.
“The players alone are not responsible for our Afcon failure,” Mikel told media.
“The players are the ones we see on the pitch but there are a lot of preparations that go on behind the scenes. When these are not properly done, it will affect the output on the pitch. I’m not pointing fingers neither am I trading blame but we need to learn from the past so we can excel.
“It’s a new dawn. The beginning of a new era with a new team, a new coach and a new direction. If all of us can pull in one direction, I’m sure we can achieve great things.
“We have a coach who’s widely traveled and vastly experienced in African football. We should all support him and the team to succeed.”
The 29-year old, who was rested during the test game against Akwa United, is expected to feature in the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday.
US Open: Murray defeats Granollers
World’s no.4 Andy Murray has progressed to the third round of the US Open after defeating Marcel Granollers at the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York.
Despite the heavy downpour of rain in the stadium, Murray convincingly won Marcel by 6-4 6-1 6-4.
The 29-year old will face either France’ Gilles Simeon or Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi on Saturday as he looks to seal a spot in the next round.
Manchester United targets Atletico’s Griezmann
Two days after the transfer window closed, English top flight Manchester United have indicated their interest in Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and have revealed their desire to sign him next summer, according to Bleacher Report.
The report further reveals that Mourinho has started making plans for 2017, despite major signings like Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic during this transfer window.
It is expected that Wayne Rooney may be looking to retire very soon and the former Chelsea manager considers Griezmann as an ideal placement.
Griezmann was in the running for the best player in Europe award but lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo, who led his team to clinch two major trophies.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan
Stay on Accelerate for your daily dose of sports news.