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Green Bowl Soccer Tournament gets USSF sanction

Posted: 18 February 2011 Time: 10:04

The much maligned Green Bowl Soccer Tournament in the United States has been moved to February 26 after organisers finally secured the official sanction of the US Soccer Federation. 

And in further cheering news for Nigerian fans, a squad of 22 players and 8 officials were on Thursday issued entry visas by the US Embassy.   Samson Siasia's wards will now depart on February 23 for the tournament, which will now take place over two days and feature four, instead of the initial eight teams.   The other three teams involved are Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. 

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posted: 11:04 am
This is a good step forward for Siasia and Nigerian Football. Playing in tournament that involves Mexico and Costa Rica, is a great opportunity to really assess our fringe players and test the tactical acumen of the coaching staffs. They can use the tournament to fashion out the best pattern that is most suited for SE. I want to commend the NFF for ensuring that Nigeria finally makes the cut out the eight countries. Good luck to the Siasia and his staffs, Good luck to the SE and Nigeria in general. God Bless Nigeria!
posted: 11:13 am
Finally! Now we can really get to see Siasia at work. The way his players play at this tournament, will let us see his technical depth, with an eye on the Ethiopia match in March!

I just hope we can get to watch it on TV.
posted: 12:13 pm
Great coaches are known for special gambles, sometimes it backfires while sometimes they get it. A typical example is Wenger's removal of Song when they were 1 goal down and under a firepower of Barca. However, it paid.

Going to this tournament with entirely home based players is a big gamble for a new coach who wants to win back a deserted fans. His success rating and/or below average rating will depend a lot on this antecedent. If he succeeds, then the gamble is worth it but if he doesn't then their will be a lot of factors to consider thus: how well did the players do on team assessment, how suiting is their pattern of play, does it seem that the team is a prospective dream team or not etc etc?

Base on these and other standards of assessment, winning or losing will be either encouraging or hopeless.

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posted: 02:42 pm
I dnt expect sia1 to win d tourney, but i jst wana access his capacity against quality national team sides. Abeg we nid live coverage o. Goodluck 2 U, Goodluck 2 me, Goodluck 2 evrybody, Goodluck 9jeria eee.
Up Eagle.
Billion Original
posted: 03:46 pm
Siasia is really riding on people's will. @McRichie, so u expect him to go there and lose? The earlier he incorporates a winsome and aggressively competitive attitude on his players..the better for Nigerian football.
posted: 06:37 pm
@onye-Ball, you are quite right with your comment,, but i dont realy see this competition as a big deal either winning it or not , that people should use it to judge sia1 homebase eagles as for me is an experiment to build fore the most important match the afcon qualifer match against ethopia of which few will be selected to join up with pro eagle as for me ethopia match will definately tell if sia1 is compitent
posted: 06:56 pm
i see the Green Bowl Torney as part of the build up in the Super Eagles. The technical acumen of Sia1 is not in any way doubtful, i sincerely hope its gonna be a successful venture handling the super eagles. luv u siasia........up eagles
posted: 08:01 pm
It is good to see that this tournament will hold afterall. I wish Siaone and the Super Eagles good luck. This is a good opportunity to prove yourselves again and to give Nigerians hope that the rebuilding process has actually begun.

posted: 08:21 pm
@Billion, some people are blinded by their sentiments hence should siasia lose, they will hide under the cover that the team is still experimenting. I dont think any good coach will go into any match hoping to lose, this was why i frowned at the lose to the FE in a mere practice match.
This tournament provides the SE ( i dont want to say home based eagles, siasia himself said they are all equal with their foreign counterparts) an opportunity to show themselves to the world and prove they should not be overlooked.

The word.
posted: 10:20 pm
Credit should be givien to siaisa for using home based players for this kind of tournament. Some coaches like amodu will not even venture inviting up to 5 home based players to camp, for the fear of loosing. Bible say by their seed we shall know them. By siasia atitudes and approaches to games shows how confidence he is. Generally, in life,anybody that can't take risk will find it very hard to succeed. Let siasia go to the tournament with home based players and loose, I will still prefered that to amodu with bunch of bench warmers and loose.
The word.
posted: 10:30 pm
Even if some people wish siasia best of luck, we all know who really wish him best of luck from their heart(siasia doesn't need their wishes anyway). If you point one finger to another person,three others will face you. Two people can't know more than 150million people that want him. If you want to take opposition side(which many of us were during amodu) the better, than hide under pretence of wishing him well, while you only want him to fail.
posted: 11:10 pm
come off it@The word- No good Eagles supporter will want Eagles to lose because the team is being coached by Siasia.
posted: 11:42 pm
@the word, your words are well understood. Under a competent coach, even the doubters expect home based to win an international tournament. They say no excuse for sia1. I laughed. The same home based that are not good enough for training and yet the same people supported the coach that said that. Sia1, we have seen part of your work already; working week in week out unlike the old that will wait for a competition before inviting Olofinjana and the likes. My broda, God will bless ur work jare. Super eagles for life.
posted: 01:17 am
@The word, anyi machakwa my broda...i gbadu that your comment,
posted: 04:27 am
Thank you @Garvey, some people think they are the only supporters of SE because they openly support Siasia.
This tournament is mainly for homebased players hence siasia has no choice than to go with a complete set of homebased players. In the friendly against sierra leone siasia used mostly foreign based players as they are the core to play the Nations cup qualifiers against Ethiopia.

Son of God
posted: 09:21 am
One things is certain here, Sia is making progress. I wish him all d best and let us all rmemba that it took Westerhorf 4 solid yrs to deliver d all conquering super eagles of nineties. Let us all rally and encourage sia 1. Good luck and God bless 9ja.
posted: 11:33 am
Celestine Babayaro declared
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Creditors are chasing former
Chelsea and Nigeria international
star, Celestine Babayaro, after he
was declared bankrupt in
London. According to The
Evening Chronicle, Babayaro,
who won Olympic gold in 1996,
has been listed in the London
Gazette as bankrupt.
The bankruptcy order was first
entered at a court in Croydon,
London, last year, before being
confirmed last month. The
leftback, who at a time was
reported to be earning 25,000
pounds a week, has been living
in Abuja for the past three years
At the peak of his career, he
bought a house and moved his
mother and siblings to England.
He also owned a chaffeur-driven
Hummer Jeep, ran a music record
label and was working on a
His neighbours in England said
his 475,000 pounds property is
suffering from serious neglect
probably as a result of the hard
times he now faces.
A recent testimonial for him to
be sponsored by Imo State
government was called off at
the last minute after what an
official described as “inflated”
the budget for the ceremonial
match that would have officially
marked his retirement for
Besides Chelsea, Babayaro also
featured for Newcastle United
and Anderlect in Belgium.
posted: 11:56 am
Etuhu Faces Jail Term In
Saturday, 19 February 2011
up a
man outside a casino.
The Nigerian, 22, the younger
brother of Nigerian
international, Dickson Etuhu,
took off his shirt and
headbutted Owen Fitzpatrick,
24, after a row and then kicked
him three times on the ground,
dislocating the victim's jaw.
CCTV footage of the brawl in
Manchester was shown at the
City's Crown Court where Etuhu
of Wigan, admitted assault
occasioning great bodily harm
and affray.
He was bailed to face sentence
in March. Pal Rico Richard's 27,
said Etuhu admitted the charge
and was remanded in custody.
Saturday Tribunesports reports
that Etuhu is eligible to play for
either Nigeria or England. He was
born in Kano, Northern Nigeria
but grew up in South East
London (Peckham) and attended
St. Thomas the Apostle school
for boys.
In 2009, he expressed interest in
playing for Nigeria but coach
Samson Siasia is yet to look at
the side of the player who can
either play as a winger or a
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posted: 01:11 pm
This tournament is a step in the right direction and I am very happy it is going to hold at last. I have always believed that SE will be stronger if we have a reservoir of talented home based players to select from. The standard of the local league will improve with good organisation, proper investment and planniing. The by products will be top quality players who will only settle for top clubs in Europe if they must go abroad to continue their professional career.
I wish Siasia and Super Eagles all the best for the future.
posted: 01:30 pm
@The word, you are spot on. We don't want hypocrisy in this forum. We know where they were during Amodu's era. I don't know why it is now so difficult for them to come out openly and declare their hatred for a coach working really hard to make the Eagles super again. Rome is a very beautiful city. However, was it built in a day?
@ Ken Ghadaffi, with all due respect, this tournament is not meant for the home-based Eagles. It was Siaone's initiative as part of the rebuilding process.
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