RelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Ladan Bosso, President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, says former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, does not need coaching experience to succeed as Super Eagles Assistant coach. Bosso made the assertion against the backdrop of raging criticism trailing the Nigeria Football Federation’s recent appointment of Yobo as replacement for Imama Amapakabo, an assistant coach of the Super Eagles. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja, Bosso maintained that Yobo’s experience as a player and knowledge of the game would come even as he learns on the job. He said: “Most of the Super Eagles players basically are based in Europe. “He is used to those places. “The Super Eagles players on ground will also give him respect because he’s an ex-international and has captained the team.” Bosso said three basic criteria were required before appointing a national team coach: playing experience, certification and work experience, adding that Yobo ticks the first two boxes. According to him, there is no much coaching required at the Super Eagles level, but more of coordinating, tactics and management of players. He said: “I can tell you that at the Super Eagles level, there is no much coaching. “It’s mainly coordinating, tactics and management of players unlike in the age-grade teams.” The former U-20 national coach called on fans and football stakeholders to support the Super Eagles technical crew led by Gernot Rohr as they seek to turn around the team. NAN reports that Yobo, 39, had 101 caps for the Super Eagles and featured in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments before retiring in 2014.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsGernot RohrImama AmapakaboJoseph YoboLadan BossoNigeria Football Coaches AssociationNigeria Football FederationSuper EaglesWorld Cup
Middlesex have extended Toby Roland-Jones’ contract to the end of the 2014 domestic season.Roland-Jones, 23, has emerged as a key player for the club and underlined his potential by taking 68 wickets at an average of 22 in the last two seasons.His excellent form earned him an inclusion in England’s winter Performance Programme.AdChoices广告“It is great to have secured Toby’s services for at least the next three years,” said Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.“Toby is an extremely talented and hard-working player. Hopefully he will be bowling for Middlesex CCC for the next 10 years or more.“Toby has come a long way in an extremely short space of time. This time two years ago there was a danger he may have slipped out of the game.“He is now one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country – and there is still plenty of scope for him to become an even better bowler.”Feature: Ones to watch in 2012 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(REUTERS) – Arsenal slumped to a last-gasp 2-1 Premier League defeat at relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday in a blow to the London club’s chances of securing European football next season.Frenchman Neal Maupay struck the winner five minutes into stoppage time after Nicolas Pepe’s delightful second-half opener had been cancelled out by Lewis Dunk.The defeat left the Gunners, who lost keeper Bernd Leno to injury in the first half, in ninth place with 40 points from 30 games, six behind fifth-placed Manchester United.The result came three days after Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a 3-0 rout at Manchester City as the Premier League returned after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus health crisis. Brighton are 15th on 32 points, five points above third-from-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.Arsenal had four attempts in the opening 10 minutes – more than in the entire game against Manchester City – but they still could not find the net.Their best chance came in the 31st minute when Alexandre Lacazette’s header was tipped away by Mathew Ryan after the Frenchman had been set up by Bukayo Saka, Arsenal’s most dangerous player who struck the bar in the eighth minute. Leno was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 40th minute with a possible knee injury after a tussle with Maupay.He was replaced by Emiliano Martinez, who made his first Premier League appearance since 2017 and was tested right away by Aaron Mooy.Pepe broke the deadlock in the 68th with a splendid curled effort into the far top corner.It took Brighton seven minutes to level, with Dunk forcing the ball in after Maupay’s header had been blocked on the line by Rob Holding following a corner.Five minutes into stoppage time, substitute Alexis Mac Allister played the ball forward and Maupay collected it after letting it run through his legs and flicked it past the keeper to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Arsenal.