Kalu who followed the tournament specifically to size up the Indomitable Lions, insisted he did not bargain for the tremendous showing of the now five-time winners especially in the absence of some of their super stars.He said: “The Indomitable Lions have become a looming threat to Eagles World Cup aspirations. I did not give them a chance at all but now we have all seen that the road to Russia 2018 is going to be rougher. For Cameroon to excel without Liverpool’s Joel Matip and the trio of Eric Choupo-Moting, Andre Onana and Alan Nyom, that’s incredible.”He then urged the Super Eagles to remember the ill-fated journey to Italia ’90 during which the Indomitable Lions stopped Nigeria despite the death of Sam Okwaraji.“History must not repeat itself. During the Italia ’90 qualifiers, Cameroon and Nigeria were in the same group. We needed just a draw in Yaounde to advance having beaten them 2-0 at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan, the day Austin Eguavoen scored his first goal for the Eagles. It did not happen. Peter Rufai was dropped at the airport by Clemens Westerhof, David Ngodigha was injured in the game that turned out to be Aloysius Agu’s debut.“And the Lions were at the time Nations Cup champions having won Maroc 1988 edition. François Oman Biyik sealed it with a header that gave the hosts a 1-0 victory,” Kalu warned.He has also volunteered to open up talks between former captain Vincent Enyeama and Rohr.“I think there is communication gap between Rohr and Enyeama. I am ready to bring them together. We need good keepers to support Carl Ikeme. The Eagles also need to play friendlies with Senegal and Burkina Faso. They are francophone and play like the Indomitable Lions,” Kalu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2017Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned handlers of the Super Eagles not to allow a repeat of Nigeria’s capitulation to Cameroon again following the triumph of the Indomitable Lions in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which ended in Gabon on Sunday night.Cameroon defeated Pharaohs of Egypt 2-1 to win their fifth AFCON title.But with the Indomitable Lions’ trip to Uyo in August to confront Eagles in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Kalu who is also Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, advised the country’s Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to keep more than an eye on the team of the moment.
Ghanaian coach, Samuel Taylor, has been selected as part of 8 finalists for Arsenal and World Remit’s “Future Stars” program.The eight Future Stars finalists will now compete in a public vote for the chance to attend a personalised training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London – sponsored by online money transfer company, WorldRemit. Two winners will be chosen – one male and one female.Taylor described his selection as a once in a lifetime opportunity and urged people to vote for him to help realise a lifelong dream.“The opportunity World Remit is offering me is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it will open my world to new skills and new people who can all help me further my career as a coach,” Taylor told Citi Sports.“I’m urging people to vote for me so I can use the experience I acquire at Arsenal to help my kids to nurture their talents,” he said.To vote for Samuel Taylor, visit www.futurestars.worldremit.com, scroll down and vote for him.Voting is FREE.About Samuel TaylorSamuel coaches under 13, under 15 and under 17 teams at Em Sporting Club, which is located in a rural area near Accra.A passionate football player himself, he decided to start coaching to bring together children and coaches from neighbouring villages to enjoy football together.Learn more about Samuel Taylor’s work in the video below:How was Samuel Taylor selected for the World Remit Future Stars?In August, World Remit and Arsenal Football league launched its “FUTURE STARS” Competition targeting youth football coaches across Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.Out of all the global submissions, Mr. Samuel Taylor, a youth coach from Ghana was chosen as finalist! This means he has advanced to the next level to be considered for training in London UK with Arsenal Football Club Development Coaches.