The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is to hold an emergency meeting with the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday.According to a statement from the Special Assistant to the Minister (Media), Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, the meeting will hold in the Minister’s conference room at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 2pm.Dalungâ€™s meeting the NFFâ€™s Technical Committee headed by Chris Green is coming on the heels of the Super Eagles AFCON 2019 qualifier 0-2 loss to visiting Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo at the weekend. Nigeria is now third in the Group E table behind Libya and South Africa.Â Seychelles is the fourth team in the group. Â Meanwhile, the Minister has called on football lovers and Nigerians generally to collectively support the Super Eagles in their quest for Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup tickets.“This is a temporary setback which is surmountable. We need to sit with the Technical Committee and crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback.Â “We have very young talented players in the Super Eagles and we trust that with more hard work and determination, this result can be reversed when we go to South Africa.“This is just the beginning of a long journey. The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can’t afford to be absent at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third consecutive time.â€œWe must do all within our means to support the team when they win and when there’s a setback. We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon.” Dalung assured football stakeholders.Meanwhile, South Africa Head Coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that plaudits have continued to trail Bafana Bafanaâ€™s 2-0 defeat of Nigeria last weekend.â€œI have received countless messages of congratulations, mostly from back home in South Africa. They are still trickling it and it goes to show what this win means for the country,â€ said an emotional Baxter.â€œIt is the way the victory was achieved which has been so emotional. The long trip to west Africa, the short preparation period and then go into the match and completely outplay the home favourites is something special,â€ reflected Baxter.He said Bafana were cautious in the opening minutes but once they realised the Super Eagles were there for the taking, they completely took control of the game.â€œWe were comfortable on the ball, hit the post twice; I am absolutely delighted. This is what South Africa should do on a regular basis,â€ he said, touching on how successful Vision 2022 was penning out.Â Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As the Indian cricket fans await the beginning of the country’s journey in the ICC World Twenty20 today, Google in its own way has marked the day for the fans. The company today has dedicated its Doodle to the India-New Zealand T20 match, which will be held at Nagpur Stadium.The Doodle shows two cricket bats, coloured in both the participant countries’ team jerseys atop a Google banner. The colourful Doodle reflects India’s great interest in the sport and the 20-overs tournament matches.Today’s match will be the first for both the countries and also in the main set of matches in this year’s World T20 tournament. A total of 10 teams have qualified for the main set in the 20-overs format World Cup.This year’s tournament is sixth in the edition and for the first time India is hosting it. India had won the first World Cup title which was held in the year 2007. The tournament this year will conclude at Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.The ICC World T20 is particularly interesting this year for India because if it wins the tournament it will be the only country to have won the title twice, and also the first to win it at home.