Emenike: Players offer coaches, NFF officials bribe

first_img 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.Advertisementlast_img read more


Season of change for Trask’s squad

first_imgChange is a good thing — at least the men’s soccer team hopes so.With a new coach and 14 freshmen, the Badgers are expecting the new talent to help push the team and set new standards.First-year head coach John Trask feels with all the changes going on around the program, this year is a fresh start and an opportunity to make something new out of the program.“I think change is good. We’ve had a lot of change within the department even. In some ways I kind of like it — it’s a fresh start. We can all set our own standards — coaches, media, everything about the program,” Trask said. “We have a chance to set a different standard, because the standard of the past hasn’t been set high enough. I think we can all admit to that.”Trask isn’t the only one setting new standards for this season. The players themselves are setting their own goals and standards in an effort to quickly overcome any uneasiness.Senior Aaron Nichols believes his team is capable of anything.“As a team, I think we have high standards for ourselves,” Nichols said. “Like I said, we’re young, but there’s nothing that I don’t think we can’t achieve. And we’re all trying to buy into that and believe in that together.”Trask is trying to mesh the older guys who have been through so much change in their careers at UW and the new players who don’t know any differently, into a stable team.While Trask isn’t afraid to play freshmen, he’s hoping the new talent on the team will push the veterans and bring out the competition within the team that will transfer to the field. Aside from the fact senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint is tabbed to start in net, the rest of UW’s starting 11 remains fluid right now.“We have some talented freshmen that will push these older players — and I don’t mind playing freshmen,” Trask said. “They know they’re all being critiqued on everything they’re doing and they know they can change teams at any minute. We’re hopefully bleeding some of that competition with these guys. It’s been pretty cool so far.”Senior Jon Rzepka also noted the competition within the team and the need to prove himself to the coaches all over again.“It’s kind of been tough because you have to prove yourself all over again,” Rzepka said. “It’s taught me to be a better player because it’s pushed me more to prove myself to the coaches and to step up my game to that next level.”Despite trying to fuel some competition within his team, Trask still wants to see the veterans find their place and feel comfortable in his new system.“I’m pulling for the older guys — not that I’m sorry for them — I just know where I’ve seen what they’ve gone through,” he said. “We’re pulling for all the older guys, it’s not like we’re trying to run these guys out the door. I made a commitment to them, to make sure they have success before they leave, whatever success is.”Keeping hopes for a successful season in mind, the Badgers working on coming together and just being one united team.Although they certainly have high hopes for a good season, right now Wisconsin is taking practice one day at a time, one game at a time. Being such a young team, they’re working on getting better each day.“I think as a team, we’re young, that’s first of all,” Nichols said. “So every day we get out here, we want to try to improve, we want to get better and better. I know that’s a small goal, but every day we’re trying to come out here and just do one thing better.”“Some guys one day look real good and some guys another day look real good,” Trask said. “We’re getting closer, we’re moving in a direction. We’re very much a work in progress, that’s the best way I can put it.”last_img read more


GGEA is aiming to revolutionise player development in Call of Duty

first_imgOpTic Gaming‘s holding company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, has created GG Esports Academy (otherwise known as GGEA) in an attempt to reinvent how amateur players are developed in the Call of Duty esports scene. Bryan Yale, GGEABryan Yale, a former cybersecurity consultant who is heading up the project, spoke to Dexerto about the newly-formed venture and what his goals are in the long-term. Explaining exactly why GGEA has been built, he said it “is about matching unique talents in the world of esports with pro organizations. We want to utilize the minor league systems to develop amateur talent that will eventually feed into the major tournaments. In essence, we are esports talent development.”GGEA entered the Call of Duty scene ahead of this weekend’s CWL New Orleans Open with two teams, entitled GGEA.Blue and GGEA.Orange – but the organisation won’t stop there. “The goal is to have six salaried Call of Duty teams at any one time, all from outside of the ‘pro level’ – the CWL Pro League,” he said.“We’re not interested in having a spot at the top level, and instead want to focus on our teams’ progression at open events.” So while having six teams suggests GGEA wants the best chance of landing in money-making placements, Yale insists that they’re actually interested in developing the skills of emerging Call of Duty players. He went on to reveal that “if either of Orange or Blue end up qualifying for the Pro League in New Orleans then we’d sell them on” because they’re in the scene to “develop talent and make the level of the scene better.”So, what type of player qualifies to represent GGEA? The team behind the scenes is “looking for players and teams that are on the cusp of breaking into the top-flight. More specifically, ones that have shown they have something but that there is just something missing that we’ll identify and work on.” Yale also revealed that GGEA is looking for talent from around the world – not just locally in North America.Working closely with its sister company OpTic Gaming, GGEA was also created to provide an academy solution for the organisation’s newest ventures into esports: Overwatch and League of Legends. There is no word on when it will actually venture into those games just yet, though. The organisation’s Twitter description reads “Coming soon” and it has no website at this moment in time.GGEA’s first outing at CWL New Orleans Open ended with a Top 20 finish with Orange and a Top 24 finish for Blue, which is a promising start for the organisation.Esports Insider says: This is a refreshing take on the development of Call of Duty talent, and we’re excited to see how this goes and moreover which other esports GGEA moves on to in the near future.last_img read more


Art in the Loft preparing to open in June

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith Governor Gretchen Whitmer beginning to ease restrictions of the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, businesses across Michigan are beginning to open up. That includes some right here in Alpena.Art in the Loft is planning to get back in the swing of things, bringing staff back to work at the art gallery after being off for 10 weeks.Executive Director of the gallery, Justin Christensen–Cooper, says the first order of business is making sure community members will have a safe experience when they return.“It’s going to take us a good week just to get the space ready, meaning having adequate signage that’s related to the coronavirus, sanitizing all the surfaces, cleaning, organizing, and then we’re going to use that time to get our artists back up there to start to setting up their displays of all their new artwork that they have.”One of the major concerns as the gallery prepares to reopen its doors is getting back on track financially. Like many other businesses, Art in the Loft has taken a significant hit due to the coronavirus response.“We’ve seen a 60% cut in what our revenue would’ve been up to this point. And that’s revenue that goes toward things such as administration and staffing, to paying the rent, to allowing artists the space to come up and use as a means to sell their artwork. So the biggest thing that I can really do to help not only our mission but to help arts in our community is to become a member of Art in the Loft. And they can do that through Art in the Loft’s website and those funds are going to be going to so many things that we want to start back up.”When the gallery does reopen, social distancing guidelines will still be in place and events will be limited to attendees who RSVP. A number of programs will also be available online. Art in the Loft is scheduled to reopen june 11.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art in the Loft, coronavirus, reopeningContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 cases for Wednesday, May 27Next Michigan Secretary of State branch offices to reopen June 1 by appointment onlylast_img read more