Rangers FC forward, Chrisantus Uzoenyi Ejike, is upbeat about Nigeria’s chances of reaching the final of the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and hopes the home-based Eagles get the chance to prove their worth in next summer’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
The Super Eagles team B will be up against Ghana in the semi-finals of the CHAN at the Free State Stadium, Mangaung, today (Wednesday).
Ejike, 23, who grabbed his third goal of the tournament in the win over Morocco on Saturday says the Coach Stephen Keshi-led side are poised not to end their campaign abruptly without the trophy.
“The spirit amongst us has remained high and we are focused on doing well on Wednesday,” he told Cafonline.com.
“We are on course to win this championship.”
The Eagles emancipated from mare debutantes to becoming the bookmakers favourite for the CHAN title on the backdrop of one or two memorable wins in the wake of their Opening Day loss to Mali in Cape Town.
Uzoenyi says the squad has always meant business despite having to get off their debut appearance on a losing note and will leave no stone unturned against perennial rival.
“It may surprise others but to us in the team, we know our goal and why we are here in this tournament. We mean business and you have all seen how we communicated this belief on the field of play.
“Yes there is a lot of respect for Ghana but nobody is going to stand in our way to win the trophy. So Ghana will fall on Wednesday.”
The Black Stars have only conceded once- in the 1-1 draw against fellow semi-finalist, Libya, in their penultimate Group C match. But unlike the free-scoring Eagles have never scored more than a goal through to the knock-out round.
Comeback kings, Nigeria, has scored eight more goals than their opponents, but have likewise conceded that much against opponents- an aspect the team has to address ahead of Wednesday’s crucial encounter.
Nonetheless, Uzoenyi believes their firepower will be decisive against Ghana and wants to be among the scores after 90 minutes.
“(The Super Eagles) will find a way to score and believe me we shall score,” he stressed.
The last time Ghana lost to Nigeria in a competitive tournament was in the Group Stage of the 2006 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt. They have won their West African neighbours since then. With both nations due for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, the forward sees Wednesday’s cracker as the best opportunity to prove to Keshi how “committed” a team the CHAN Eagles can be and probably get one or three players a slot in the 23-man squad Brazil.
Uzoenyi continued: “When one gets a chance during a tournament like this, one has to make the most of it and I know that our team is benefiting from that kind of attitude and commitment.”
(Kick-off time is 7:30 Nigerian time. Live on Super Sport, NTA and other terrestrial channels.)
Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack
Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.
The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.
Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.
Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.
The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.
The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria
Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.
This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.
However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.
Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.
The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.
Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?
The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.
Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.
Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.
Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.
As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.
Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.
With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.
Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.
Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:
One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.
Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.
This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.
It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.
The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:
As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.
The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.
The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.
This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.
With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.
If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.
Wrapping It Up:
We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.
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