Yobo Tips Omeruo to Step into His Shoes

first_imgFormer Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo Wednesday tipped in-form CD Leganes FC player, Kenneth Omeruo, to step into his shoes as a regular centre-back.The retired footballer made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his unveiling as brand ambassador of the inaugural Trophy five-a-side “Join the Field of Honour” competition.Yobo was capped 101 for Nigeria. He played in three FIFA World Cups and Six Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the Super Eagles after making his debut against Zambia in 2002. Kenneth Omeruo .(right) has been in superb form since joining Leganes in the Spanish La Liga jpg Yobo captained the senior national team in 2010 after the retirement of Nwankwo Kanu and went on to win the AFCON as a captain in 2013 with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in South Africa.The 38-year-old also scored seven goals during his international career after his first goal against Madagascar in the 2012 AFCON qualifiers on Sept. 4.Looking back at his successful years in the Nigeria’s green white green jersey and a possible successor to the shoes he left behind, Yobo said that Omeruo was capable of taking over from him.“I am happy for Omeruo because he played along with me. I am happy that he is fulfilling his potential because he is a good defender.“Omeruo is someone I have hoped to take over from me and I am happy that he is in Spain and doing fantastically well.“I am also happy other defenders such as Leon Balogun and other players are performing as well. It is always good that we have our defenders fit and at the moment doing well.“Super Eagles as a team is presently doing well now and only need the support of all Nigerians to do better at the AFCON 2019,” stressed the former Nigerian captain.Yobo cut his teeth at Standard Liege of Belgium before moving to Everton FC. He left Everton to join Norwich FC before leaving England for Turkey to star for Fenerbache FC.He asked handlers of the senior national team to give fringe players the chance to show what they have to offer now that pressure is not on Super Eagles in the dead-rubber last qualifying game with Seychelles.“The Super Eagles have now qualified for AFCON, so the game against Seychelles is not so important. It is important to give the upcoming and fringe players a chance.“The Super Eagles can as well win the AFCON. It is possible because I was fascinated about the way they qualified for the tournament with a game in hand.“We should note that qualifiers are always tough for Nigeria but it happened because the team build on the success from the World Cup.“The future is bright for the team and I believe in them. In football you go into the tournament with the mind of winning but the team should take it one game after other,” Yobo concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse defense commits one gaffe in otherwise solid performance

first_imgSyracuse head coach Phil Wheddon slammed his water bottle against the ground. Alexis Koval turned her back from the field and buried her face in her hands. Orange teammates cried out in frustration.SU was penalized for a foul inside its box that granted Pittsburgh a penalty kick. The Panthers’ Roosa Arvas shot the ball to the bottom-right corner, and Syracuse goalie Courtney Brosnan dove the same way. But Brosnan couldn’t get a piece of the ball, which slipped by for the goal. As Brosnan got up from the grass, she pounded the ground.After playing solid defense for nearly 85 minutes, the Orange (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) surrendered the game’s only score in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh (5-6, 1-2 ACC) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Syracuse controlled the ball, but couldn’t capitalize on its chances. The tied score put the Orange at risk if its defense made a costly mistake, which it did.“There’s nothing you can do about that,” Wheddon said of the penalty kick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJunior Taylor Haenlin, SU’s most reliable defender, played her best game of the season, Wheddon said. As a central defender, Haenlin cleared away almost all of Pittsburgh’s chances that went through the middle, with either her feet or head. The Panthers only took two shots in the first half as Syracuse dictated the pace of the game. The penalty kick that the Orange allowed was the only mistake in an otherwise clean game for the defense. “We really shut them down,” Brosnan said. “I thought except for that one play, they didn’t really have too many opportunities. So I thought we were pretty good today.”With the defense playing at a high level, Wheddon said the only way his team would lose would be if they allowed a goal on a set piece, which it did.The Panthers’ only legitimate scoring chance in the first half came off a free kick in the 22nd minute. Arvas shot the ball toward the top corner of the goal but Brosnan leapt up and tapped the ball above the crossbar. Set pieces have been an issue for the Orange. In the past five games, SU has allowed three goals on three set pieces and the fourth on the penalty kick that lost it the game. During the flow of play today, Syracuse stopped everything else.“I guess we just got to stay on top of it mentally,” Brosnan said. “We can’t have little lapses like that to allow the PK. I think we do that pretty well, just split seconds that aren’t good for us.”The Orange’s defensive success was in part due to playing with four defenders instead of three. Earlier this season, SU played a 3-5-2, but Wheddon has recently made the switch to a 4-3-3. The change shifts a midfielder to defense, which eliminates space for the other team’s forwards.Erin Simon and Maddie Iozzi played as outside midfielders in the 3-5-2, but played as outside defenders on Sunday and sent numerous passes in the air to Syracuse’s forwards.“I’m just trying to generate a little offense out of the back and be more dangerous out of the back,” Simon said.On all parts of the field, Syracuse’s defense turned in a spotless performance. But one mishap was mixed in.Said Wheddon: “We limited them to non-threatening opportunities, so this one hurts.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

European train crash kills dozens

first_img Other deadly train accidents in Europe in recent decades included the June 1998 derailment of a high-speed train traveling from Munich to Hamburg, which killed 96 people; and a crash in a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate Underground station in central London that killed 43 in February 1975. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BIOCE, Serbia-Montenegro – A packed passenger train derailed Monday and plunged into a steep river canyon outside the Montenegrin capital, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 135, most of them children. The four-car train derailed near the village of Bioce, about nine miles northeast of Podgorica, as it emerged from a tunnel above the Moraca River, police said. Interior Minister Jusuf Kalomperovic said initial reports indicated the train’s brakes may have failed. At least 200 passengers, many of them schoolchildren returning from a ski trip, were believed to be on the train in what was among the deadliest European train crashes of the past quarter-century. Victims cried out for help from the ravine, where four train cars lay smashed. Darkness in the densely forested area was hampering rescue efforts. Bodies were entangled in the mangled red train cars and scattered around the nearby patches of thick woodland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The train simply went wild, out of control,” one passenger said as blood poured down his forehead. “I was fine because I was in a back compartment. Those in the front got the worst of it.” Deputy Prime Minister Miroslav Ivanisevic told reporters that the government’s casualty figures stood at 39 killed and 135 injured, but he warned that the numbers could rise as emergency crews continue to reach victims in the 300-foot ravine. He described the crash “as the worst rail accident in the history of Montenegro.” Montenegro’s transport minister, Andrija Lompar, resigned because of the accident, Ivanisevic said. A three-day mourning period was announced for the victims. The train was en route from the northeastern town of Bijelo Polje to the Montenegrin coastal city of Bar when it derailed near Podgorica. last_img read more