Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: Kicking Off!

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Super Eagles on Thursday recorded a second victory over Venezuela in the international friendly match played in Miami, in the USA. Three goals from Brown Ideye, Nosa Igiebor and kid sensation, Ogenyi Onazi were enough to prove Eagles supremacy over the South Americans.

Just like other football pundits, we found the match very interesting because apart from the victory, few more Eagles had their long awaited debut for the senior national team. Our cover therefore takes a look at what the victory means for the new boys like Newcastle's Shola Amoebi, Portland Timbers' Chinedu Bright Dike, Sunshine Stars Solomon Kwambe and Kano Pillars Umar Zango. It was indeed a befitting welcome gift for the quartet.

Our interview section features an important football personality who has traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria, offering technical expertise to clubs in the Nigerian Premier League. We sat down with the newly appointed expatriate Technical Adviser of Gombe United FC, Mr. Maurice Cooreman and he was his usual self as he fielded questions from our reporter.

Having spent the past 13 years in the Nigerian Premier League with clubs like Lobi Stars, Ocean Boys, Enyimba, Kaduna United and most recently Warri Wolves, the Belgian who is an apostle of blunt-talk, spoke candidly on the NPL, his dream of coaching the Super Eagles and his disappointment in some of the successful Nigerian footballers. It is a must read.

As usual we have in our Euro round up section the weekend fixtures of the leagues in Europe as well as the three derbies that will be staged today and tomorrow in the EPL, La Liga and the Bundesliga.

In the English Premier League, erratic London Clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham will clash this afternoon at the Emirate. In the Bundesliga, unbeaten leaders, Bayern Munich with the full complement of its key players will seek to go 12 matches unscathed when they face Nuremberg. Real Betis and Sevilla will have their derby in the La Liga tomorrow and it is an interesting fixture because it is crucial to their European ambitions.

This is our lineup for the weekend. Hoping that you will as always enjoy this package, we wish you a fruitful and trouble free weekend. Thanks.

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