PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Hamilton laments Super Falcons loss
aul Hamilton, a former Super Falcons Head Coach has described the team’s 1-0 loss to Banyana Banyana of South Africa at the ongoing African W o m e n ’ s Championship (AWC) in Equatorial Guinea “as unfortunate’’. Hamilton said
yesterday in Lagos, that the Kadiri Ikhana tutored team fell short of the expectations of its teeming fans, even as he urged the handlers not to relent on their efforts rejig the team for future engagements. “We lost 1- 0, it’s quite unfortunate. Ikhana has done his best but the better team won at the
end of the day. We need to come back and start thinking on what to do in order to get them back into shape,’’ the coach said. Hamilton, who coached the Super Falcons at the maiden edition of the Women’s World Cup in China in 1991, called on the authorities to
resuscitate the women’s football league. “We ought to have a vibrant women’s league in place, to ensure the steady supply of grassroots talent to the national teams. Our league has a part to play, because, most of these players are from the league. “Ultimately, the
level at which our league is, would determine the quality of players we select to represent us,’’ he said. Banyana Banyana would engage Equatorial Guinea in the final on Saturday, while the Falcons would lock horns with Lioness of Cameroon in the third place match.
Malam Aminu Kurfi (centre) sponsor of the Most Valuable Player at the recently concluded Kaduna Fifth Chukka Polo Tournament being franked by members of the Subriders Polo team. From left: Bashir Bashir, Sherif Shagaya,right by Usman Usman and Ezekiel Montini, an Argentine polo player.
Kurfi appreciates academy lads with dollars for holding Super Eagles By Patrick Andrew
or successfully withstanding, and even dominating, the Super Eagles in a friendly game decided yesterday at the practice pitch of the National Stadium Abuja, members of the Kipsta Football Academy, Abuja were rewarded with $2000 by a sports philanthropist, Malam Aminu Kurfi. Malam Kurfi, who is an avowed sports devotee and a renowned sponsor of different sports events, was delighted with the performance of the lads in the game that ended in 3-3 scoreline. In the match, the lads contested every ball and tactical moves of the Eagles, defended stoutly and made daring incursions into the vital area of the Eagles, thereby forcing them to struggle while members of the national team’s technical crew were on
their toes. In fact, the Eagles’ technical and other staff heaved a sigh of relief when the centre referee blew the final whistle even as the lads jubilated by embracing themselves and their officials along with the handful of fans that witnessed the game. Consequently, Aminu Kurfi’s heart went out to them as he joined in the general acknowledgement of the delectable display of the academy lads. Litlle wonder he doled out $2000 (N.3m) to the team for such gallant and hopeinspiring display against a collection of domestic league stars, most of whom have had international exposures and even won continental diadems. “Those boys- mostly under 18- did not just perform brilliantly, but inspired hope in the future. It means Nigeria have budding stars that
only need proper grooming and guidance and support. “I decided on the spot to appreciate them by giving them morale support by way of my presence in the stadium and equally financial support to take care of some of the players’ basic needs. The money was a token of my encouragement for them. “Of course, when you appreciate a good effort, the doer will naturally work harder to excel and thus win more favour. I am also happy that they are truly young. It means there is a future for Nigerian football. I think corporate organisations and individuals should identify with these talents, instead of allowing the government to bear the burden of grooming them alone,” he said. In a swift reaction, Keshi applauded the efforts and resourcefulness of the lads noting that they gave a
good fight to the Eagles. “We used our best team in the first half and then gave some others opportunity to show off what they have. You know we are working to select players for Venezuela. The Eagles are still a work in progress. “The gift to the boys is
Ambrose, Moses in cloud nine after clubs’ victories
fe Ambrose and Victor Moses are in cloud nine after contributing immensely to their clubs’ victories in the UEFA Champions League over Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk, respectively. Ambrose, who boasted that he would keep Lionel Messi in check and almost did a perfect job of that, was delighted that Celtic defeated the La Liga giants and thre season ago champions of Europe. In the same vein, newly acquired Chelsea wing attacker, Moses came off from the bench to nod in a last gasp goal to hands Stamford Bridge the much needed breather and leadership of the group. “Victory is always good, but this one over Barcelona was sweet. We avenged the loss from the first leg and this victory was also a great anniversary gift for the team, you know the team clocked 125 years on Tuesday,” Ambrose declared. “We really deserved the victory because we worked hard for it. It was not an easy game, many people don’t expect us to win but we were focused and determined, we give God all the glory for crowning our effort. “We won’t let this victory get into our head but rather we will build on it for the remaining two games in the competition,” he said as he hopes to crown their efforts with last 16 finals ticket. Also, Moses was delighted after scoring his third goal since joining the Blues in the Summer. “I came on and only played about 10 minutes on the pitch but it was great to get a winning goal and I thought we deserved it. We deserved to win the game, particularly second half, we dominated the game. “We’re delighted with the three points. The three goals I’ve scored for the club have been headers, it’s been great for me so far so I’m just delighted,” he said in his acknowledgement of his first Champions League goal for the Chelsea.
a welcome development because it encourages them to do more. It is a boast to grassroots football and I wish some other individuals will identify with football academies in the country,” Ben Alaiya, the Eagles media officer quoted Keshi to have said.
Confed Cup will have six host cities
IFA says Brazil will be able to host the Confederations Cup with six venues as originally planned. Football’s governing body said yesterday that the northeastern cities of Salvador and Recife will be part of the World Cup warm-up tournament next year. Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Salvador and Fortaleza will also host matches. FIFA had previously announced the six cities as hosts, but said Recife and Salvador would only be ratified if they showed significant improvement in their preparations. They had until this month to convince FIFA that their stadiums would be ready in time for next year’s competition. The Confederations Cup will be played June 15-30 among the six continental champions, the World Cup winner and the host team.
Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 09, November, 2012 Edition