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

Moreno motivated for Reds move

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first_img The future of Denmark captain Daniel Agger remains in doubt now Rodgers has six centre-backs to choose from but for one of that group the way forward is clear. Trabzonspor were keen on veteran Kolo Toure but the Ivory Coast international intends to see out the final year of his Liverpool contract. “Trabzonspor are interested in me but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player,” Toure told Sport-Ivoire. “Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool. “The season is full of matches in the league and Champions League and I know I have time to prove I’m still hungry, but I know I will not play every game, that’s for sure. “I had talks with the coach, who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. “I feel good physically and at 33 years of age I am ready for any challenge. “I continue to work hard in training to keep up the momentum and it is why the coach wants to keep me at Liverpool, because I am a fighter. “I intend to start the season with the same goals: to enable the club to progress and to please all fans of Liverpool. “It is a privilege to be at Liverpool. I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club. “The situation can change at any time but for the moment I am at Liverpool and I want to carry on with the club.” At the other end of the scale Rodgers has been impressed by the progress made by 19-year-old Raheem Sterling, who has carried on the impressive performances of the previous campaign into Liverpool’s pre-season games. “Something we said to Raheem when he first broke into the team and we’ve reiterated is that you have to have an identity as a player,” Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com. “His identity is he has to score goals and create goals. That’s what the job is. He scored 10 goals last year and this kid is only going to get better. “When you look at the finish against Manchester City in New York, how many times have we seen [Lionel] Messi produce a touch like that, taking it through bodies when it’s so tight in the box? “The great thing with watching him now is that he gets you off your seat. When he gets the ball you think ‘Something could happen here’. “He’s taking it all in his stride and now he’s in a good place with every part of his game. “It’s just about maintaining that commitment to his work. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent.” “I am living a strange situation because I’m leaving the club of my life,” Moreno told ABC de Sevilla. “I was always aware of the two teams (trying) to agree. I never got into that but Sevilla have understood that Liverpool’s offer was good and I am going. “(I have) many feelings together. What happened on the pitch, with the fans, will remain forever etched on me and I could not help but mourn (his departure) because I did not expect it. “First came the parting with colleagues, then with the fans…all very complicated. “Liverpool are a great team and of course I’m super-motivated. I hope things go well.” Moreno’s arrival will be the eighth through the doors at Anfield this summer, although Belgium striker Divock Origi immediately returned to former club Lille on loan. Acquiring the defender, providing much-needed competition for Jose Enrique, will take manager Brendan Rodgers’ spending past the £100million mark this summer. However, that has been significantly offset by the £75million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and offloading high-earning goalkeeper Jose Reina to Bayern Munich, while the imminent sale of Martin Kelly to Crystal Palace could bring in another £2million. Defender Alberto Moreno admits his departure from Sevilla has been emotional and complicated but he is relishing the prospect of joining Liverpool. The 22-year-old arrived at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday to finalise a £12million move to Anfield after Sevilla relented in Liverpool’s long pursuit for the left-back. Moreno was pulled from his side’s starting line-up to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night and bade a tearful farewell to fans and team-mates after the 2-0 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

President carefully examining third GECOM nominees’ list

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first_imgPresident David Granger has confirmed receiving the third list of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo a week ago.The President told media operatives on Thursday that, after receiving that list, he responded by confirming receipt of the document.“I have responded to Mr. Jagdeo (Leader of the Opposition) stating I have received the list and I am examining those names now very critically,” he said.Asked whether any decision would soon be made on the third list, the President said selection cannot be a hurried process, but would be done at an appropriate time, following proper consultation.“I don’t make these decisions without advice, and I will discuss these matters with my colleagues. It certainly will be before next cabinet, which will be held next Tuesday (September 5),” he explained.Already, several commentators, including outspoken personalities Ramon Gaskin and Christopher Ram, have said they don’t see any reason why the President would reject this new list.Gaskin has told Guyana Times in a recent interview that if the President rejects this third list, it would indicate that he is attempting to frustrate the system and, by extension, Jagdeo.On submitting the third list, on August 25, the Opposition Leader had said he was hopeful that the President would take into consideration the ruling of the acting Chief Justice (CJ) in regard to the constitutional stipulation governing the appointment of a Chairman for GECOM.This third list of nominees for the GECOM chairmanship comprises Major General (retired) Joseph Singh, Attorneys-at-law Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin, Businesswoman and Conservationist Annette Arjune-Martins, Pastor Onesi LaFleur and former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud.Jagdeo’s letter to the President accompanying the list had detailed that arriving at the six names was not an easy task. Jagdeo explained that taking into consideration antecedents in relation to the matter and a subsequent meeting with the President at State House back in June, he had continued elaborate and protracted consultations with various stakeholders in an exercise that lasted for several weeks. During that process, Jagdeo said, he had solicited their views and sought nominations in efforts to ensure that six names were presented to the President that satisfy the requirements contemplated by Article 161(2) of the Constitution.Regarding the nominees, Jagdeo explained that one is a former Chairman of GECOM, while two are attorneys with over 10 years of “good standing” at the Guyana Bar, and both are qualified to be appointed as Judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana.Following the rejection of the second list, a consultation was held among Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Minister Joseph Harmon, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and PPP/C Parliamentarian Irfaan Ali, to find an amicable solution to the issue.It was agreed that in the event the third list was rejected by the President, there would be established a high-level team representing the President and the Opposition Leader, and that team would be tasked with instantaneously working on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to the matter of selecting a chair for GECOM.However, there has been no word on this team; and GECOM has been without a Chairman since February 28, 2017.last_img read more