Arsenal Legion May Form the Bedrock of Future Super Eagles

first_imgLittle wonder at the summer World Cup in Russia, the only player from the NPFL to make the Super Eagles team to the World Cup, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was only good for the bench with little or no chance manning the post.The eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation have therefore resorted to wooing ‘foreign’ players with Nigerian roots to forming the bedrock of the national team, which the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, described as VIP scouting.The NFF boss had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who are doing well in England and other leagues will wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time.He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation is monitoring several Nigerian players that are making waves in the various leagues.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited about being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.With Arsenal having named 11 Nigerians (not products of Nigeria League) in their squad for 2018/19 Premier League season, Pinnick, who interestingly is a fan of the North London club could as well start monitoring their progress in the quest of wooing them to play for Nigeria in future.The players are Alex Iwobi, who has played severally for Nigeria but currently sidelined with illness and would not be part of the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles today.There is also Eddie Nketiah, who is expected to see the first-team action this season, especially in the Carabao Cup and Europa League group stages.The remaining nine players are all youngsters and classed as U-21.They are Ryan Alebiousu, Xavier Amaechi, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, Arthur Okonkwo, James Olayinka, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole and Bukayo Saka.Nigerians should, therefore, be watching out for these future stars as they may form the bedrock of Nigeria’s team to the 2002 World Cup slated for Qatar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Nigeria Professional Football League not living up to the standard of churning out players for the Super Eagles, second choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was the only player from the NPFL to Nigeria’s team to the 2018 World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation in recent time has therefore been relying heavily on players of Nigerian descent in Europe to form the bulk of the national. With Arsenal naming 11 Nigerians in their 2018/19 Premier League season, the majority of Eagles players in future major competitions may be coming from the North London club, writes Kunle AdewaleNigeria football League was once so exciting and competitive that Nigerian players are signed on straight to European clubs without having to go through trials- Finidi George, Dosu Joseph, Etim Esin, are just few examples.But not anymore, as players from the Nigeria Professional Football League are only good for trials in countries like Cyprus, Lebanon, India, Singapore and some other little-known football nations of the world, and are, therefore, not even seen as good enough to don the senior national team shirt.last_img read more

Marshall professor speaks about values in democracy

first_imgMarshall School of Business professor James O’Toole, founding director of USC Jerry and Nancy Neely Leadership and Ethics Institute, spoke about the values system of a democracy and its implications on American politics at Mortar Board’s Last Lecture Series on Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.O’Toole has been named one of the “100 most influential people in business ethics” by the editors of Ethisphere, and one of “the top 100 thought leaders on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine.O’Toole started the lecture by saying that when he was young, he felt that he had a strong understanding of politics.“I thought I understood what was going on in the world, particularly in regard to what was happening in government and politics,” O’Toole said.He eventually realized, however, that he didn’t understand why people supported certain politicians.“You try to make sense of who you like, and why you like the person,” O’Toole said. “There are all these debates. They seem very chaotic. No matter what you believe, how do you make sense of it?”O’Toole went on to state that in a democracy, people make decisions based on their own personal values. He specifically sorted American values into four categories: liberty, equality, order and community.“[Liberty] is a value that Americans in particular hold more dear than any other value,” O’Toole said. “Freedom or liberty. No one thought about liberty the way we think about it prior to 1620.”He noted that this value conflicts with another American value — that of equality.“If everyone is equal you are going to have chaos,” O’Toole said. “It was a long time before people began to value equality in society. However, if you want equality of outcome in society, this value of liberty is going to get in the way.”He said that order is an important mediator between the two values.“Any sensible person would trade off liberty and equality for a well-ordered society,” O’Toole said. “Order, to a lot of people, is the very highest value.”But O’Toole also said that a sense of community was important for any democratic society to work.“Aristotle said a just society is a society where every single individual can make a contribution to his or her society,” O’Toole said. “This notion of community then, really has to do with environmentalism and humanism.”He then applied these values to politics, stating that most politicians derive their perspectives from these four core values.“Almost every single politician today is reflecting one of these value sets. It is a shorthand for a broader idea of what they believe,” he said.O’Toole said that these conflicting values can stall a country’s progress when applied to a political system.“There are several problems,” O’Toole said. “Whose value is right? There are people with competing values who have made it almost impossible for society to move forward. Nobody is getting what they want.”O’Toole ended the lecture by reminding the audience that backing a candidate doesn’t necessarily mean that the candidate will uphold the values of the people who voted for them.“The problem is that democracy doesn’t guarantee anything,” O’Toole said. “All it guarantees is that you have a voice, nothing more than that.”Allison Bajet, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism, said that the lecture really helped her think critically about the values that America has based itself on.“I felt it was very informative. I never really thought about the values of our society,” she said. “It was very interesting for me. I really liked how he laid out the four pillars that our presidents used to create a just society.”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 20 Duke

first_img Comments Published on January 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) rides back-to-back conference wins into Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night to face No. 20 Duke (14-4, 3-2), who is coming off back-to-back losses against Clemson and Notre Dame. The Blue Devils fell to the Fighting Irish 95-91 on Saturday, while the Orange romped Wake Forest by 28 behind 25 points from Trevor Cooney.Here’s what you need to know about Mike Krzyzewski’s team ahead of the matchup:All-time series: 5-3 in Duke’s favorLast time they played: Then-No. 4 Duke scraped the floor of Cameron Indoor with the Orange on Feb. 28, 2015. Justise Winslow’s season-high 23 points lead the way for the Blue Devils. Syracuse shot an abysmal 19-of-62 from the field and 3-of-20 from beyond the arc. Tyler Roberson led SU with 16 points and nine rebounds, but his frontcourt counterpart Jahlil Okafor logged a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds in the lopsided win.The Duke report: The Blue Devils are fourth in the country in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency ranking behind Notre Dame, North Carolina and Southern Methodist. Duke hasn’t scored fewer than 80 points in any home game and only one game saw the Blue Devils put up fewer than 70. They rank second in the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage and are led by sophomore guard Grayson Allen, the ACC’s second-leading scorer with 20.2 points per game. Duke’s Achilles heel, though, may be down low with big man Amile Jefferson still sidelined due to injury. He’s factored in all four matchups with Syracuse over the past two seasons and his absence leaves the frontcourt duties to Marshall Plumlee and freshman Brandon Ingram.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike last year with future first-round NBA Draft picks Okafor and Tyus Jones, Duke boasts an impressive crop of freshmen. Ingram leads the group with 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, followed by sharpshooter Luke Kennard (scored 30 against Notre Dame) averaging 12.9 per game and Derryck Thornton chipping in 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per contest.How Syracuse upsets Duke: Even though Syracuse is on the rise and Duke is reeling, this would still be a sizable upset for the Orange away from home. Duke opponents score 58.1 percent of their points inside the arc and that ranks sixth in the country, according to KenPom. With Jefferson out, teams are attacking the interior and Syracuse can do the same. Tyler Roberson has been more effective finishing at the rim for the Orange and so too has Dajuan Coleman, who made all three of his field-goal attempts in the paint. If the Orange can hit a string of outside shots early like Cooney did against Wake Forest, it will open up the interior and Syracuse can attack an already thin Blue Devils frontcourt.Numbers to know: Syracuse has the lowest percentage of bench minutes in the country, according to KenPom, but Duke isn’t much deeper. The Blue Devils bench players see only 26 percent of a game’s minutes on average, which ranks 321st in the nation. If Syracuse can wear down Duke in transition (it’s unlikely because the Blue Devils have the seventh-best turnover percentage in the country), Krzyzewski may be forced to dip further into a team that is already without one of its best players.Player to watch: Kennard may not be as prominent os Allen or Ingram, but the freshman’s season-high 30 points against the Fighting Irish puts him well on Syracuse’s radar. He’s scored in double figures in each of Duke’s five ACC games and has only had one game shooting below 50 percent from the field in conference play. Kennard can also get to the rim and draw contact, which SU may not want to incite since Kennard shoots a whopping 92.4 percent from the foul line, which ranks sixth in the country. Here’s a jab step he used against Notre Dame.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more