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Shooting Stars Seek Winning Mentality

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BY JUBRIL AROWOLO.

Shooting Stars, the Fatai Amoo’s side, will aim to mastermind a victory against their guests- Niger Tornadoes of Minna this Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
Shooting Stars have somewhat gotten over the pockets of home draws recorded recently and will most importantly be snapping out of their defeat from the Week 17 match in Uyo against Akwa United.
The team will have the full compliments of their players for selection and this is a good omen for the technical crew. Coach Amoo in a brief chat with www.3sc.com.ng reiterated that “we are having a full pool of the players fully fit and ready for selection; this is an interesting time for the technical crew, hopefully this will translate into victory in our next match”.
Lately, the Ikon Allah boys from Minna have been using the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja as a makeshift home ground since last season, which they have turned to a fortress, but the game in Ibadan this weekend will put a test to their good sitting on the league table and perhaps a continental ambition.
Veteran Goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko leads the team and will be facing a stern test from the youthful Shooting Stars forward line.
However, Shooting Stars will be moving to 22 points if they can get victory from this match to further boost their position on the league table.
The outcome of the match is really a priority to the players and Sunday Faleye wouldn’t miss the opportunity to appeal to the fans while chatting to us at the end of the training session on Friday.
“Fans should come out and offer their usual support for the team on Sunday. The whole team is apologizing for the recent goal drought at home and we will make amends starting with the Niger Tornadoes game”.
Statistically, Niger Tornadoes sits on the fourth position on the log with 27 points from 17 games while Shooting is occupying the 15th position with 19 points from 17 games.
Similar fixtures last season saw Tornadoes beating Shooting by two goals to one at Lokoja while 3SC won emphatically in Ibadan by three goals to nothing.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigeria’s broadcast icon, Danladi Bako hails NFF on choice of Finidi George

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Nigerian broadcasting icon, Dr. Nasir Danladi Bako has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for settling for former international and ex-Enyimba FC strategist Finidi George as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

The Kogunan Sakwatto, 66, who created a plethora of famous TV programmes including Morning RideMastersports and Second Chance, among others, and served as Special Adviser to a number of Sports Ministers many years ago, insisted the NFF leadership struck a bull’s eye with the appointment of the two-time FIFA World Cup star, stating that George oozes class and character, and an iron determination to succeed despite his public carapace of a quiet person.

“Finidi George has that cultured, disciplined mien and personality that makes you want to trust him with a big project. He understands the meaning of constituted authority and right from his playing days, has always displayed the attribute of a team player. He has always had that calm, collected nature even in the face of pressure or danger.

“Above all, he is not someone who thinks he is doing the nation a favour. He is grateful for the opportunity and I believe that he has all it takes to succeed. I am calling on the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, the NFF and Nigerians as a whole to support him to take the Super Eagles to brand-new heights.”

Bako, who holds a doctorate degree in development communication from the Ahmadu Bello University and was Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission between 1999 and 2002, says all hands must now be on deck to ensure victories in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic on 7 June and 11 June respectively.

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“No doubt, the NFF got this one appointment right. Very much on point. Now, they should endeavour to give George all the support he needs to succeed in his task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

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Nigeria’s sports minister, Enoh applauds NFF for ‘buying local material’

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Sports Minister Enoh (left) and NFF President Gusau (right) unveil Finidi.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh on Monday praised the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for settling for an indigenous Head Coach for the Super Eagles, despite the plethora of foreign tacticians who applied for the job.

Enoh, who spoke at the unveiling ceremony of the Eagles’ new substantive Head Coach, Finidi George at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, charged the NFF to give the former winger all the support to succeed, while also soliciting the support of all Nigerians for the new helmsman.

“As a student of the University of Calabar in those days, I used to go to the UJ Esuene Stadium to watch Calabar Rovers, which included Finidi George. I am excited to see him seated here as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles.”

President of NFF,  Ibrahim Musa Gusau exuded delight with the ‘new chapter’ the Federation is opening about the Nigeria game, saying the football-governing body is determined to fully support George and his assistants to lead the Super Eagles to new heights.

“When we returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, we began the search for a new Head Coach. There was a plethora of foreign applicants, far more than the indigenous applicants. However, we undertook a thorough process that has produced an indigenous Coach and we are very happy about that. Finidi George was part of the technical crew that came close to winning the AFCON, and we have faith in him that he will lead the team to the title next time.  

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“Our objective now is to ensure the enthronement of excellence at all levels of the National Teams.”

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No more bench-warmers in the Super Eagles, says Finidi George

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New man on the managerial saddle of the Super Eagles, Finidi George has stated that  he will invite for international assignments, only players who feature regularly at their clubs either in Nigeria or in the diaspora, and promised that the Super Eagles will remain even more competitive in the years ahead.

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