Emenike says Obasi’s allegations are true but defended the late Stephen Keshi. Keshi was the Super Eagles manager at the 2014 World Cup, and it’s believed that Obasi’s accusations were levelled against him. However, Emenike has come in defence of the former Togo manager but admits there’s a lot of corrupt practices in the national team. “What Chinedu said, he just did not wake up to say this,” Emenike told owngoal. He’s been having this thing in his mind, he needs to take it out, and if I see any ex-footballer that attacks Chinedu, I will attack the person back because he’s saying the truth. read also:Emenike sets promotion target for Belgian side Westerlo ”For me, I have never paid anyone in the national team, and even when I did endorsement with Guinness, I tried to give Stephen Keshi out of the money which he rejected saying he doesn’t need anything from me,” Emenike added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMesmerizing Pictures Of World’s Most Beautiful StaircasesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made Former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has confirmed that players always like to offer coaches bribe and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials for national team slots. Loading… Former Schalke star, Obasi, caused controversy last week when he revealed that he was dropped from the 2014 World Cup squad because he refused to bribe. Several personalities have reacted to Obasi’s recent allegations with his former teammate, Emenike, the latest player to have a say on the issue. The former Spartak Moscow striker was part of the Nigeria team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and was also named in the squad that went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Advertisement
Press Association “I’ve seen Sir Alex Ferguson on Monday at a charity game,” the former Trinidad and Tobago international told Sky Sports News. “He was in good spirits but the rumours were really strong around the place that he was going to retire and there was a big announcement supposed to be happening tomorrow and not today. “I think probably the fact of the club floating on the stock market meant this decision needed to come out very quickly. But the people within the football club knew this was likely to happen this season.” He added: “And I think with his hip replacement (booked in for late July), with David Gill going as well, that sort of pushed him to say ‘this might be the best time for me to retire’.” Yorke expects there to be a strange atmosphere in the immediate wake of Ferguson’s departure from the helm. “He’s been such a focal point at the football club,” he said. “He’s taken Manchester United to the level they are at right now. “It’s a shock to the system because he’s been there every day. He’s the one person when you go into the football club he’s always there. For him not to be there from the start of next season, it’s not going to be right around the football club and it will take some getting used to.” Ferguson, of course, will be bowing out on a high having regained the Premier League title after being pipped to the crown by rivals Manchester City in dramatic circumstances on the final day of last term. “He has very, very high standards and it’s all about winning trophies and breaking records with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Yorke continued. “But there’s more to the man. How they lost the Premier League last season – that would have hurt him immensely. Certainly losing it to Manchester City, that would have hurt worse than anything else. “He wanted to regain it and he’s managed to do that in a great way and with a great style of play.” Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, who played under Sir Alex Ferguson between 1998 and 2002 and was part of the 1999 treble-winning side, feels a combination of factors led the Scot to call it a day at the age of 71.
Press Association Walcott was withdrawn from the Arsenal XI to face Stoke last weekend after feeling pain in his stomach, and the Gunners confirmed that he needs surgery. Walcott will miss England’s crunch qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland as well as Arsenal’s games against West Brom, Swansea and Napoli. An Arsenal statement read: “Theo Walcott will have a minor procedure on his abdomen in Germany on Wednesday which will keep him out of action until after the next international break.” Walcott’s injury is a blow for Arsenal, who have come to rely on the winger even more this season following the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to have the 24-year-old back for the game against Norwich on October 19, however. Wenger said: “Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It’s not a hernia, but it’s a little structural problem in his abdomen. “He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.” Walcott’s injury is arguably of bigger importance to England, however. Walcott has become an instrumental part of Roy Hodgson’s starting XI of late, starting the last five games for the Three Lions. England need to win their final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland next month to guarantee qualification for Rio 2014. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out for three weeks because he needs stomach surgery.
Wednesday morning’s football practice was more focused and intense compared to the previous day’s practice despite the over 90 degree temperature before 10 a.m. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said he was happy with the team’s energy and focus throughout practice.“The heat has been good for us,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a positive that we have to work through it.”Sarkisian sees practices as a whole as what’s most important for the team. He said when the team plays hard consistently throughout practice, that’s what prepares them for the games.“We have to be hard on one another because that’s going to make us better and help us perform better on Saturdays,” Sarkisian said.Sarkisian spoke about how true freshman inside linebacker Osa Masina has been playing much more confidently over the past two to three weeks and is playing to his strengths. Masina grabbed another interception during the team portion of practice Wednesday.Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox also praised Masina’s performance after practice. Masina delivered an immediate impact for the Trojans in his debut after returning a fumble recovery 46 yards for a touchdown.Wilcox pointed out that the defense will continue to see a significant amount of substitutions. He’d like to continue to see a lot of balance in the number of snaps his plays see in each game. The team’s fluidity is dependent on themselves, not the opponent.“It’s about getting fresh bodies in the game,” Wilcox said. “Getting the guys who can help us win the game.”Though the defense played well and held Arkansas State to only a touchdown, Wilcox would like to the team fortify its coverage against dual threat quarterbacks.“We had chances to make some negative plays that we did not make,” Wilcox said. “Those things need to improve.”On offense, Sarkisian said he was was glad that the young offensive line was challenged against Arkansas State. He said that being challenged on the first series of the first game will be beneficial for the team later on in the season.“In the grand scheme of things, we’re still a little young,” Sarkisian said. “But I still think we are going to be very good.”Redshirt sophomore safety Chris Hawkins, who had an interception and a fumble recovery last game, thought that the defense’s performance as a unit was a good one with so many different players seeing playing time against Arkansas State.“It’s valuable to mix guys up,” Hawkins said. “It gets a lot of guys experience.”When it comes to Idaho, the team is not treating them any differently from a Pac-12 opponent.“We have to look at them as if they’re the best,” Hawkins said. “So we can do our jobs.”Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, likewise, isn’t taking the team’s week two opponent lightly.“Idaho is going to give it their all,” because they’re playing against USC,” Smith-Schuster said.Even though Smith-Schuster is only a sophomore, he’s already aiming to emerge as one of the team’s unsung leaders.“You don’t need a ‘C’ on your chest to be a captain,” he said.In practice, Smith-Schuster has been seen as the type of player who is always communicating with his teammates, on the field and on the sidelines.Against Arkansas State, Smith-Schuster was double-teamed frequently. Instead of becoming frustrated by double coverages, Smith-Schuster decided that he was going to embrace it and uses it as motivation.He is also happy about the advantage that the double-teams give to his teammates because it , in turn, makes it easier on them to get the ball and score.“If I win on double-team, it looks good for NFL scouts,” Smith-Schuster said. “I love it.”The No. 8 Trojans will return to Howard Jones Field for one final practice before taking on Idaho at the Coliseum on Saturday night.