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Victor Moses May Be Fit For Egypt

Posted: Mar 6, 2016 at 6:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Mikel Pledges Allegiance To Siasia

Super Eagles striker, Victor Moses, will be fit for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna and the reverse fixture on March 29 in Alexandria, Egypt.
Moses, who was among the 23 foreign-based players invited for the two qualifying matches, got a knock in the match against Sunderland while featuring for West ham United on February 27.
The player is believed will be fit for the West Ham visit to Manchester United on March 13.
The Chelsea player is on loan at West Ham United. He has scored just once for the Hammers.
Former Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has expressed fears over the player’s fitness and had planned to visit him in London to ascertain his true situation before he resigned his post last month.
Moses, 25, has scored a goal in 16 appearances for ‘The Hammers’ in the EPL this season.
Chelsea star Mikel Obi has called up Nigeria caretaker coach Samson Siasia to pledge his total support ahead of all-important AFCON qualifiers against Egypt later this month.
Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel, who was listed by Siasia in a 42-man squad for the Egypt matches, has called the coach to pledge his total support in the wake of the resignation of Sunday Oliseh.
“Mikel called Siasia and pledged his full support,” disclosed the source.
The 28-year-old Chelsea midfielder was sensationally dropped to the bench by Oliseh when Nigeria beat Swaziland 2-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier last year.
As Eagles vice-captain, he was widely expected to be named Eagles coach by Oliseh after Vincent Enyeama’s dramatic exit from the Super Eagles, but in the end Ahmed Musa was handed the captain’s armband.
Mikel’s relationship with Siasia has blown hot and cold. He was one of the stars when Siasia led the country to reach the final of the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in the Netherlands. However, the coach overlooked him for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he stayed away from the qualifying tournament for the summer games.FIFA To Introduce Video Referees
Peter Edema
With Agency Report

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved trials for video assistant referees in the sport. A decision to test the advantages and disadvantages of video assistants in private before implementing live experiments for the 2017-18 season was taken at IFAB’s annual general meeting in Cardiff on Saturday.
The IFAB agreed to allow one type of experiment, which will involve a video assistant referee having access to video replays during the match and either reviewing an incident on request by the referee, or communicating with the referee proactively about an incident that he/she may have missed
“The expectation is not to achieve 100 per cent accuracy in decisions for every single incident, but to avoid clearly incorrect decisions that are pre-defined “game-changing” situations – goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity,” FIFA said on its website.
The IFAB says 12 leagues and one confederation are interested in staging live trials.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, said on the decision: “We have taken really a historic decision for football. FIFA and IFAB are now leading the debate and not stopping the debate.
“We have shown we are listening to the fans, the players.”
The IFAB has also amended the wording of the rule concerning the “triple punishment” for a player who concedes a penalty and is sent off and suspended having been deemed to have denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Furthermore, a player who is injured by a challenge that results in a yellow or red card can be treated on the field rather than having to leave the pitch and hand the team who committed the offence an advantage.
In other changes, players will be able to kick the ball in any direction from the kick-off instead of just being able to kick it forwards, while experimentation with a fourth substitution in extra time has also been allowed.
The changes will be enforced from June 1.