Victor Moses Should Decide If He Wants to Play Football Or Not – Keshi

Nigeria Head coach, Stephen Keshi has explain why he left out Victor Moses from Nigeria’s AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Congo and South Africa because the forward has lost form.

Victor Moses, who has joined English
Premier League side Stoke City was
conspicuously missing from Keshi’s 23-
man squad released on Tuesday for next
month’s AFCON qualifiers against Congo
and South Africa.
“I watched Victor Moses at Chelsea’s pre-
season and he seemed to be struggling as
he had limited play time with the club,”
Keshi told only AfricanFootball.com
“Now that he has joined Stoke City, I
think he needs time to get back to the
player we know him to be.
“I think it’s time he made up his mind
what he wants, if he wants to play football
or not.”

After emerging as one of Nigeria’s top
stars at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in
South Africa, Victor Moses missed the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil on account of injury, before he struggled to make an impact at the recent World Cup.
Last season, he endured a torried time at
Liverpool after he was shipped out on
loan by Chelsea and this season, he has
again been released on loan to Stoke City
as he does not figure in Jose Mourinho’s
plans.

Nigeria Invites 23 For Qualifiers

Cup holders; Nigeria have called up 23
players, including ace goalkeeper Vincent
Enyeama, for next month’s 2015 Africa
Cup of Nations qualifying matches against
the Red Devils of Congo and South
Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

The list released by the Nigeria Football
Federation on Tuesday also included
defenders; Kenneth Omeruo and Efe
Ambrose, midfielders; Ogenyi Onazi and
John Mike Obi, and forwards; Ahmed
Musa and Emmanuel Emenike.
France -based Elderson Echiejile, who
missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup as a
result of injury, Nosa Igiebor who missed
the final cut for Brazil and Chinedu Obasi
who was not considered for the
tournament, are all back for September’s
double -header.

Onazi, the midfield powerhouse who
suffered a terrible injury in the Round of
16 defeat by France, is now fully
recovered, but Michael Babatunde, who
was stretchered out against Argentina
after a hand injury, is left out.
Home -based quartet; Chigozie Agbim,
Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kunle Odunlami and
Gbolahan Salami who were part of
Nigeria’s third place finish at the African
Nations Championship in Cape Town
earlier in the year, were also invited.
They are joined by Enugu Rangers’
marksman Christian Osaguona as the lot
from the domestic League.
Nigeria play Congo’s Red Devils – restored
to the race after conquerors Rwanda
were found guilty of using an ineligible
player – in Calabar on September 6,
before flying to Cape Town to take on the
Bafana Bafana on September 10.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille
OSC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er
Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe
United, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco
FC, France); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC,
Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland);
Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey);
Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves,
Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo
(Middlesbrough FC, England); Kunle
Odunlami (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC,
England); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy);
Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC, Spain); Joel Obi
(Inter Milan, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real
Betis, Spain); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City,
England)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow,
Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce
FC, Turkey); Chinedu Obasi (Schalke 04,
Germany); Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen FC,
Netherlands); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AS
Varese 1910, Italy); Gbolahan Salami
(Warri Wolves); Christian Osaguona
(Enugu Rangers).

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*** AFTER BAYERN ROUT*** “MESSI IS EXPLOSIVE” – TITO

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova defended the decision to field Lionel Messi at the weekend afterthe Argentine was forced tosit out Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal.

The Germans’ 7-0 aggregate victory was Barca’s worst-ever European defeat, and although Vilanova recognised that the World Player of the Year’s recurring hamstring injury had played its part in the Catalans’ dismantling, he denied that their dependence on him has grown substantially this season.

“He played in Bilbao on Saturday (when Barca drew2-2) because he felt better. He imprinted a change on the team but at the end of the game he felt some strange sensations, ” Vilanova told a press conference.

“He trained yesterday and today, but he didn’t feel right. He is an explosive player and there was a risk he could tear (his hamstring), so he couldn’t help the team in these conditions.

“All these years when we have played without Leo wehave won games by small margins, but this year in the league we have won games 5-0 and 3-0 withouthim on the pitch.

“When you have a player that is so good, it is normal that you notice it. If Bayern had been without (Franck) Ribery or (Arjen) Robben they would not be at this level.”

Vilanova also rejected the claim that a clear-out is needed at the Camp Nou in the close season, but admitted that Bayern’s physical superiority had played a crucial role in bothlegs of the tie.

“All squads are reinforced every season. I said the other day that we didn’t need to change much, but rather recuperate the players we do have,” he said.

“Bayern have arrived at this point with all their players and we have many out. Despite the great squad that we have you cannot win all the titles either. You can’t win everything and the first leg has weighed heavily on this game.”

Midfielder Xavi Hernandez echoed his manager’s view that injuries and physical inferiority had played their part, but admitted that Bayern had also been tactically and technically superior.

“The team has tried, a 4-0 was practically impossible and with Robben’s goal it was impossible,” he told Canal Plus.

“Bayern were better. They dominated all the facets of football, tactically they are very good, physically very strong and mentally they were superior.

“The absences of (Carles) Puyol, (Eric) Abidal and today of (Sergio) Busquets and Messi is not an excuse, but they weakened the team.”

REVEALED!!! Osaze’s Problem is Marital

Nigerian footballer Osaze Odemwingie who married his lover Sarah Fallon last year is currently in troubled waters.

As we speak, Osaze is going through a tough marital problem that is showing forth on his career front.

Insiders just disclosed to Society Now Magazine that the marriage of popular Nigerian international footballer, Osaze Odemwingie is troubled.
And the reason being bandied bothers on the lucre- but the effect is apparent.

Sources claimed family members in concert with some friends are of the conviction ‘marriage is having an adverse effect on his career’.

The West Brom Albion striker got married to his wife, Sarah Fallon on 26 May 2012- after two years of dating. Since then he has embraced behaviour that transformed his blossoming career downhill.

He engaged authorities of the nation’s football governing body- Nigerian Football Federation and national team coach in a manner that attracted wide spread condemnation and got him sidelined.

The former Locomotiv Moscow star went on to engage club authorities in similar manner, to the extent of single handedly trying to switch to another club. The move earned him wide spread jeers and ridicule.

It also forced him out of team play and reduced him to the status of “training material”.
Information made available to Society Now Magazine revealed promoters of the campaign ‘marriage is having an adverse effect on him’ have totalled all the incidents and believe their is something about the matrimony making him to behave out of line.

They have however proffer a solution- Osaze should have a rethink about the union or at least take a temporary break from the union. Digs by Society Now Magazine revealed the pressure for Osaze to tow the ‘take a break path’ is intense, and troubling the marriage.

But the footballer remains unshaken in his commitment to his wife and marital vows. Whether the couple will be able to withstand the family pressure or not in days to come remain to be seen.

Before he embraced downward spiral after his marriage – Odemwingie was a darling of football fans both in his country and at his club.

Are they trying to say inter-racial marriage is bad or what?

How are they sure his sudden change in habit is his wife’s fault?

\Society Now Magazine/

EUROPA – CHELSEA VS RUBIN KAZAN PREVIEW

Chelsea will resume their quest to become the first British side to win all three major European club competitions when they host Russian hopefuls Rubin Kazan in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie on Thursday.

Last season’s Champions League triumph left the west Londoners with just Europa League honours missing from the club’s trophy cabinet, having already lifted the now-defunct Cup Winners’Cup on two occasions — 1970/71 and 1997/98.

Despite a forgettable Premier League campaign, Rafael Benitez’s maligned tenure at Stamford Bridge still has the Blues in the hunt for both domestic and European silverware after Chelsea despatched rivals Manchester United on Monday to progress to the last four of the FA Cup.

Chelsea will likely be without defensive duo of Ashley Cole (hamstring) and Gary Cahill (knee) for both legs of the clash.

However goalkeeper Petr Cech, who helped preserve the Blues’ 1-0 victory over United, insists the defending European champions will enter the fixture in a positive frame of mind.

“It’s always important to beat big teams for the confidence. We are not having such a fantastic season in terms of the league, but (the win over United) shows we can still beat the top teams and it gives us confidence to play another game on Thursday,” he said.

In Rubin, Chelsea face a side that has already eliminated holders Atletico Madrid and one that is unbeaten in five European away games.

Benitez’s charges though boast an imposing home record on the continental stage with an 11-game unbeaten streak of their own. They also own a perfect record against Russian oppositon with four wins from as many matches.

We’ll see how it pawns out today.

EUROPA – CHELSEA VS RUBIN KAZAN PREVIEW

Chelsea will resume their quest to become the first British side to win all three major European club competitions when they host Russian hopefuls Rubin Kazan in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie on Thursday.

Last season’s Champions League triumph left the west Londoners with just Europa League honours missing from the club’s trophy cabinet, having already lifted the now-defunct Cup Winners’Cup on two occasions — 1970/71 and 1997/98.

Despite a forgettable Premier League campaign, Rafael Benitez’s maligned tenure at Stamford Bridge still has the Blues in the hunt for both domestic and European silverware after Chelsea despatched rivals Manchester United on Monday to progress to the last four of the FA Cup.

Chelsea will likely be without defensive duo of Ashley Cole (hamstring) and Gary Cahill (knee) for both legs of the clash.

However goalkeeper Petr Cech, who helped preserve the Blues’ 1-0 victory over United, insists the defending European champions will enter the fixture in a positive frame of mind.

“It’s always important to beat big teams for the confidence. We are not having such a fantastic season in terms of the league, but (the win over United) shows we can still beat the top teams and it gives us confidence to play another game on Thursday,” he said.

In Rubin, Chelsea face a side that has already eliminated holders Atletico Madrid and one that is unbeaten in five European away games.

Benitez’s charges though boast an imposing home record on the continental stage with an 11-game unbeaten streak of their own. They also own a perfect record against Russian oppositon with four wins from as many matches.

We’ll see how it pawns out today.

EUROPA – CHELSEA VS RUBIN KAZAN PREVIEW

Chelsea will resume their quest to become the first British side to win all three major European club competitions when they host Russian hopefuls Rubin Kazan in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie on Thursday.

Last season’s Champions League triumph left the west Londoners with just Europa League honours missing from the club’s trophy cabinet, having already lifted the now-defunct Cup Winners’Cup on two occasions — 1970/71 and 1997/98.

Despite a forgettable Premier League campaign, Rafael Benitez’s maligned tenure at Stamford Bridge still has the Blues in the hunt for both domestic and European silverware after Chelsea despatched rivals Manchester United on Monday to progress to the last four of the FA Cup.

Chelsea will likely be without defensive duo of Ashley Cole (hamstring) and Gary Cahill (knee) for both legs of the clash.

However goalkeeper Petr Cech, who helped preserve the Blues’ 1-0 victory over United, insists the defending European champions will enter the fixture in a positive frame of mind.

“It’s always important to beat big teams for the confidence. We are not having such a fantastic season in terms of the league, but (the win over United) shows we can still beat the top teams and it gives us confidence to play another game on Thursday,” he said.

In Rubin, Chelsea face a side that has already eliminated holders Atletico Madrid and one that is unbeaten in five European away games.

Benitez’s charges though boast an imposing home record on the continental stage with an 11-game unbeaten streak of their own. They also own a perfect record against Russian oppositon with four wins from as many matches.

We’ll see how it pawns out today.

I’m Ready For Kenya – Mba

Nigerian midfielder, Sunday Mba, is pleased to have made the 24-man list of the Super Eagles for Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.

Mba, a subject of an intense transfer battle between two Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides, Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves, had risked been dropped from the squad following declarations by the nationalteam head coach, Stephen Keshi.

Keshi had threatened to drop the player as he had not yet resumed playing competitively despite the domestic season already in full bloom.

However, Mba was eventually included in Keshi’s final squad alongside eight other stars from the NPFL and 15 overseas-based players.

“I am pleased and relieved to have made the list. As always I will give 200 percent. Now the next step is to work hard in training and hope I get selected by the coach to play on Saturday,” Mba told supersport.com.

OSAZE BLAST WEST BROM – SAYS HE’S ON HIS OWN

West Brom striker, Osaze Odemwingie is evidently a frustrated Man. After ranting and venting his anger on twitter about been dropped from the super eagles, Osaze is back again!

Tweets emanating from his twitter handle shows he’s angry about the way the Baggies treating him, ever since he tried to force a transfer deadline move to Queens Park Rangers.

He tweeted:
“If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play. Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me,”.

In another tweet, he wrote:
“Want to treat me like an average player. The abuse and praise I get is it average? So get some extra from me too.”

After the transfer drama, Odemwingie was fined €87,000 and has come off the bench four times as the inform Lukaku is preferred up front by the manager.

“New advisers told me to take say it’s all my fault cosits better for me,” Odemwingie continued.
“Keeping me on the bench now is worse than what they did on the 31st.
“Drive was lunacy? Missing in the training section that day also lunacy? They forgot to complain about that though cos they knew were I was.

“Things have almost got back to normal till Peter spoilt it again. What’s normal? We see things differently obviously.
“Has anyone seen me give interview to clubs website for a year now? What about an interview in match day magazine? I am on my own there.
“Was ready to give half of the contract there and earn less to make it happen. Forcing a move really is when u want to leave 4 free.”

Maturity is knowing when to speak and when not to. When to show your anger publicly and when not to.
Oga Osaze, your own don dey too much!!!

What do you Think?

I Remain Loyal – John Terry

JOHN TERRY has highlighted his loyalty to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and insisted that Managers will come and go.

The Stamford Bridge captain insists the old Blues spirit is alive and kicking after a week of dramatic fightbacks.
In another season of turmoil, Chelsea found themselves needing two goals in 45 minutes to stay in both the FA Cup and Europa League.

And Terry says the fact they made it happen against Manchester United and Steaua Bucharest shows their will to win still outweighs all the problems of Rafa Benitez’s reign as boss.
He said:
“We’ll work hard under Benitez and fight for this club. Managers will come and go, players will come and go.
“But the things that will always remain are the fans and this football club. We need to cement what Chelsea Football Club is about.
“We showed great character against United and Bucharest. One thing you say about the club and the players here is we’re mentally very strong.

“We’ve dealt with ups and downs season after season and we’ll always remain together.
“You talk about togetherness but when you go 2-0 down at Manchester United then you see the real team spirit.
“Nine times out of 10 other teams would throw the towel in.
“We must give these fans something to cheer and fight for. We’ve put ourselves throughin the Europa League, we’re still in the FA Cup.
“We don’t have a chance of winning the league but have to fight for a Champions League spot because we know how much it means to the owner and the fans.
“And they are the most important things to me.”

Terry is not shy of playing on his popularity with the Blues supporters who have given interim boss Benitez so much grief.

He admits he has not played as often as he would have liked under the Spaniard since returning from injury.

After the international break following yesterday’s 2 – 0 derby derby win over West Ham, Chelsea face four games in a week, although three of them are at home.

On Saturday March 30 they visit Southampton in the league before their FA Cup quarter-final replay with United on Monday April 1.
Then on Thursday they host Rubin Kazan in the Europa League’s last eight and have a Prem game against Sunderland on Saturday April 6.

Chelsea may yet salvage something from what looked liked a wreck of a season.

The Question is, Can they?