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NFF: We won’t beg Saka to play for Super Eagles

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first_img Loading… The NFF boss made a number of trips to England to convince the players and despite his closeness to Abraham’s father, the striker went to play for the Three Lions. Pinnick, however, has stated the federation will not plead with any player to don the Nigerian jersey and explained in the case of Saka, there are a number of quality players doing well for the Super Eagles in his position, although if he desires to play for the country he would be given an opportunity. “Saka is an excellent prospect but we have other players in his position who are playing so well,” Pinnick said in an Instagram Live chat. “We have talents everywhere so we won’t beg people to play for Nigeria. It is about ardour and fervour, If it’s their desire and they merit it, they’ll be given a chance to represent Nigeria.” Nigeria are three-time African champions, after claiming the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, 1994 and 2013. The Super Eagles finished third in the 2019 edition of the competition in Egypt behind Senegal and Algeria, who claimed the diadem. The West Africans are currently top of Group L of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with six points after victories over the Republic of Benin and Lesotho. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, has insisted the country is blessed with talent and will not beg Arsenal starlet,Bukayo Saka, or any player to represent the Super Eagles. The 18-year-old has been in fine form since breaking into the Gunners first team and this season he has become a key member of Mikel Arteta’s side. The versatile player has scored four goals and provided 11 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions for the Emirates Stadium outfit in the current campaign. His stock has continued to rise following his eye-catching performances and he recently extended his contract to ward off other clubs who are interested in signing him. The winger was born in England to Nigerian parents and has represented the European country at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels but since he has not yet featured for the Three Lions, he is still eligible to switch his allegiance to the West Africans. Pinnick has failed in the past to persuade Chelsea duo of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles. read also:Midfield Battle: Saka Among Arsenal Players In Contention Against Man CityAdvertisementcenter_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Most Beautiful Chinese WomenImpressive Caricatures Of Marvel Characters By Xi DingThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more

Today in history: Essien beats Drogba to BBC award

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first_imgExactly 7 years ago Michael Essien received the 2006 BBC African Footballer of year Award in a colourful event in Accra.Ghana’s midfielder Michael Essien on Monday 4th June, 2007 was crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year AwardThe A.C Milan ace then playing for Chelsea beat competition from team mate Didier Drodgba from Ivory Coast and Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt to win the awardEssien received nearly twice as many votes as the Ahly and Egyptian national playmaker, Aboutrika and Drogba in a public vote organized in January.Farayi Mungazi who represented BBC at the ceremony being organized in Africa for the first time said “We at the BBC take pride in this Award because it is the only one decided exclusively by the fans.” Essien adds his name to the roll call of honour in football cycles that includes two Ghanaians, Abedi Ayew Pele and Sammy Osei Kuffour. Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf and Nigeria maestro Jay Jay Okocha, two times winner of the prestigious award are among the conquerors of the prize decided by fans across the globe.Egyptian Mohammed Barakat remains the first North African to win the award after clinching the 2005 trophy. Essien dedicated the trophy to his fans saying “I am grateful to all those who ensured I became the winner through your votes.” For the first time in the history of the award, the winner was decided live during the BBC World Service’s flagship African sports programme, Fast Track.The award takes into account the football calendar from January to December 2006 and includes domestic leagues, continental club competitions and international matches.last_img read more

Dodgers, KTLA in negotiations for late-season TV deal

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers and KTLA are working on an arrangement with SportsNet L.A. to simulcast some of the team’s final games of this season as Vin Scully concludes his 67th and final season as the team’s broadcaster, sources said Thursday.Attempts to reach executives from the Dodgers, KTLA and Charter Spectrum were not successful.The Dodgers have not been able to penetrate much of the Southern California TV market, outside of subscribers for Time Warner Cable and Charter, which merged earlier this year, since the TWC launch of the team-owned channel in February, 2014.The Dodgers signed a reported 25-year deal valued at $8.3 billion in 2013 with the company, leaving a longtime partnership with Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket. During the Dodgers’ previous TV relationships, games were sold off to over-the-air partners such as KCAL (2005-2013), KCOP (2002-2005) and KTLA (1997-2005). The Dodgers started on then-Fox Sports 2 in 1997.Because of limited distribution, the Dodgers agreed to simulcast the last six games of the 2014 season on KDOC, an independent station in Orange County. The team did not allow for any over-the-air games in 2015 in Southern California.Outside of SportsNet LA, Dodgers fans could only see a regular-season game if it was taken by ESPN, Fox Sports or, last weekend, cleared in the market by TBS.The Dodgers end the home season with three games against San Francisco and four more against Colorado from Sept. 19-25. The last three home games are scheduled Vin Scully promotional celebration dates. The team then goes on the road for three in San Diego on Sept. 27-29 and the final three in San Francisco on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Scully has said he will cover the final three games against the Giants.last_img read more