Nigeria striker out till August

Nigeria striker Bright Dike tears his anterior cruciate ligament

Posted: 14 February 2013 Time: 10:42 am

MLS club Portland Timbers are looking to sign a replacement for Bright Dike after the Nigeria international striker picked-up a long term injury.

Dike tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a friendly game against Seattle Sounders last week and has consequently been ruled out until August at least.

Timbers have now listed Deon McCaulay, a Belizean international forward as a possible replacement for Dike, who underwent successful surgery last weekend.

Lamenting the loss of the Nigerian striker, Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said: "It’s too bad. We feel for Bright. He was going to be a key piece for us this year. But that’s football, it happens and guys get injured.

"He’s a tough kid, he’s a great kid, he’s a good kid. We’ll miss him, but he’ll overcome this.”

The 26-year-old, who scored five goals in Timbers’ final 11 games of last season, made his international debut for Nigeria in a friendly game against Venezuela last November and was part of coach Stephen Keshi's 32-man provisional squad for the Nations Cup, until he was left out of the final 23-man roster.

Article by: Uche George Egbe

Previous comments on this story...

Mosixty
posted: 11:17 am
Enough of Nigeria
sonny ****
posted: 11:39 am
@Mosixty, will rather have more of wuruwuru PSL and crappy banana banana players.
I can see him green with envy after Nigeria cane to South Africa and took the cup away right under their nose.
mavisto Downs
posted: 11:40 am
KO is really boring now come on guys, can you post this thing on a Nigerian site. Nxaaa these editors i suspect they come to work drunk or smoking something illegal.
mavisto Downs
posted: 11:48 am
@Anonymous

Year 2000 Cameron won AFCON under your nose in Nigeria, so please don't talk as if it was the first time that happening.
Aku Karia 1 of Imo State
posted: 11:52 am
Nigeria move to 30 in the new Fifa ranking,,, now 4th in Africa..
Nuu
posted: 12:06 pm
I mean really now, who wants to know about palookas from nigeria, Kick-Off stop this.
neg60 (khosi 1970)
posted: 12:10 pm
Then sithini thina we don't know this dike person the other thing is that we don't even watch mls
The genius
posted: 01:27 pm
Re utlwile ka Hillbrow stars batho, enough.
Me,myself and I
posted: 02:43 pm
@nuu damn I just got off your mother, she look old but she still knows how to move those hips.
sharpest
posted: 02:53 pm
abusing Nigeria is the new past time for South Africans. I guess Nigerians have to get used to it, just ignore their immaturity,and pray for the demons of apartheid and xenophobia to be cast out from this land
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 03:24 pm
@Me,myself and Iposted: 02:43 pm | Report @nuu damn I just got off your mother, she look old but she still knows how to move those hips.
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So you declare yourselve a ############?
omendi
posted: 04:34 pm
Get well soon ....
oga
posted: 06:47 pm
Nice kid indeed, get well quick boy because you must be in the train to Brazil next year. As for those slaves from ewu land, your masters are blowing the whistles, leave now before their dogs or whips land on you. Years of jackboot has really dehumanised these south africans. omashe O!
Podium
posted: 06:58 pm
@mavisto, was it Nigeria alone that hosted it? Check your records it was Nigeria and Ghana and mind you the SE played out a 2-2 draw. Cameroon won on penalties after one of our penalties was disallowed (Ikpeba's goal).
Moreover, we won the silver medal. Our co host was dismissed in the first round. We beat you in the quarter finals by a wide margin of 4-0 if you recall very well.
Again, it was Cameroon that won the cup and not banana banana. The point is that SA can never win an AFCON title on our home soil. Okpetu!
Podium
posted: 06:58 pm
@mavisto, was it Nigeria alone that hosted it? Check your records it was Nigeria and Ghana and mind you the SE played out a 2-2 draw. Cameroon won on penalties after one of our penalties was disallowed (Ikpeba's goal).
Moreover, we won the silver medal. Our co host was dismissed in the first round. We beat you in the quarter finals by a wide margin of 4-0 if you recall very well.
Again, it was Cameroon that won the cup and not banana banana. The point is that SA can never win an AFCON title on our home soil. Okpetu!
Podium
posted: 06:58 pm
@mavisto, was it Nigeria alone that hosted it? Check your records it was Nigeria and Ghana and mind you the SE played out a 2-2 draw. Cameroon won on penalties after one of our penalties was disallowed (Ikpeba's goal).
Moreover, we won the silver medal. Our co host was dismissed in the first round. We beat you in the quarter finals by a wide margin of 4-0 if you recall very well.
Again, it was Cameroon that won the cup and not banana banana. The point is that SA can never win an AFCON title on our home soil. Okpetu!
Me,myself and I
posted: 07:03 pm
@Five families-La-cosa-nostra, u are about to become six families, your sister just called that the pregnancy test just came out, u are about to have a nigerian in ur family.
Me,myself and I
posted: 07:19 pm
@Five families-La-cosa-nostra, u are about to become six families, your sister just called that the pregnancy test just came out, u are about to have a nigerian in ur family.
naijasoccerfanatic
posted: 09:55 pm
Its funny how South Africans call Nigerians names when the crime rate in South Africa is only second to Colombia's

... ..Oscar Pistorius 'shoots' girlfriend: South Africa is a country dogged by violent crime
Yahoo! News – 10 hours ago....Email 0Recommend21Tweet7Print......
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Police officers in Johannesburg, South Africa


..... Article: Oscar Pistorius Charged Over Girlfriend Murder
Sky News - 36 minutes ago
....South Africa has some of the highest rates for violent crime in the world, with an average of nearly 50 people murdered each day.

There are also high levels of assault, rape, robbery and carjackings.

Some home-owners carry weapons to defend themselves against intruders.

Oscar Pistorius was understood to have shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, although the circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear. He may have mistaken her for a burglar, according to Johannesburg's Talk Radio 702.

According to United Nations research, South Africa has one of the highest firearm-related homicide rates in the world, second only to Colombia at the time.

The rate, which was measured per 100,000 people, put the country's score four times higher than the US.

According to statistics 12.7 in every 100 people in South Africa own a gun and it is estimated there are almost six million civilian firearms.

In 2008/09 it was reported that there were 662 murders in the UK, but in South Africa there were 18,148.

There are also an alleged 18,000 attempted murders each year.

As a result of these high levels of violent crime, many people choose to live in gated communities and employ private security guards.

These are especially common for middle class residents and often involve high perimeter fencing and alarm systems linked to security teams.

Both blacks and white people live in guarded compounds and are protected by firms that often promise to respond within three minutes.

The South African Police Service also often employs security companies to protect their own police stations, with the private security industry estimated to be worth 14 billion South African rand (£1 billion).

Fear of crime is high, with the Institute for Security Studies estimating that 50% of people in Pretoria feel "very unsafe\" walking in their area at night.

A study by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, based in Johannesburg, said there are a number of causes for the high levels of violence in South Africa.

These include the normalisation of violence in society, so it has become a legitimate means of resolving conflict, and a subculture of criminality ranging from individuals to gangs.

The report also highlighted the vulnerability of young people and the high levels of unemployment and poverty.

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Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 01:46 am
Sixteen clubs chase Sunday Mba


Sunday Mba celebrates his goal
(Photo: skysports.com)


Bundelsiga outfit Bayern Leverkusen and Dinamo Zagreb top the list of sixteen teams chasing the signature of Super Eagles latest sensation Sunday Mba according to the Executive Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick.


Pinnick told a Lagos based radio station on Thursday the list of suitors for the two-goal Afcon hero was growing by the day and his parent club Warri Wolves will weigh all the offers coming their way before a decision is finally taken

Unending chase

-Bayern Leverkusen and Dinamo Zagreb are top on the list but we have received as much as 16 concrete offers for Mba. The Delta State Sports Boss revealed.

On Sunday in Johannesburg, the 24-year-old Warri Wolves forward scored the goal that ended Nigeria’s 19-year wait for a continental glory as they won their third Nations Cup trophy at the expense of Burkina Faso.

In 2008, Mba was close to teaming up with Spanish lower league side Elche, but the deal collapsed after his local club then, Enugu Rangers, demanded too much money.

The window in Western Europe is shut, but there are still opportunities in places like Ukraine and Russia.


Written 14/02-13 18:08 by Eludini Babatunde
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