Nigeria‘s “Big Three ” head to Miami next month to take on Guatemala in a friendly.
The Nigerian Super Eagles game is expected to hold on February 9 at the Sun Life Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins. The team will then move to Dallas, Texas to take part in the Green Soccer Bowl tournament. Nigerian head coach, Samson Siasia will have to prove himself as this will be his first game as head coach.
Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie dropped out of the New York City Marathon at teh 16 mile mark due to a knee injury. He claimed that this would be his last race. This was a stunning decision amongst fans because he was expected to race in the 2012 London Olympics. He is a two-time Olympic medal winner and the current world record holder with over 10,000m in marathon races. He was upste to have to return to Ethiopia this way.
I have been a runner for some time and I have always wanted to complete a marathon. At 37 I don’t blame Gebrselassie for deciding to call it quits. I’m 24 and I already have aches and pains from running. He is an insperation and diserves to retire when he wants to. I would feel accomplished by just completing one marathon.
A group of people tried to rush the entrance to a soccer game at the Kenyan capitol. During the rush at least 7 people were killed. A weak point in the gate was found so people rushed to get in before anyone was able to catch them. A spectator rushed out onto the field to try and stop the game because so many people were being injured.
When so many people are rushed into a panic things can get dangerous fast. I’ve always heard that soccer was a very popular sport around the world but sometimes the harsh reality of what the population wants and what they will do for it is shocking.
According to BBC world news fifa has suspended Nigeria from taking part in any international competitions including club. The ban from fifa occurred after the nigerian government allegedly intervened in the sport. The decision was made Monday after memebers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were taken before the courts.
“During the period of suspension, the NFF will not be able to be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, and also not in friendly matches,” said a fifa statement.
The world governing body claims that the call for a ban on Nigeria follows Nigeria’s Minister of Sports making a bid to restart the league without relegations from the preivios season. The court action that precided barred the newly elected members of the NFF which drew the ear of the governing body on government intervention.
The NFF has been struggling with controversies since Nigeria’s elmination in the first round of the World Cup.
This new ban on Nigeria does not look good for this weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.