• How can your innovation succeed where others fail?

    first_imgThe Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice. The answer lies with data. A successful product launch can add millions to the bottom line, attract new customers and excite existing ones. But identifying the latest NPD opportunity can only be achieved when data is captured properly and turned into an actionable insight. Something, not many companies do successfully.In this whitepaper WNS reveals:The need to know trends driving food and drink innovationThe limitations with traditional approaches to trend analysisHow the latest AI technology is unlocking the insights that will drive NPD successWhat the data tells us about key future food and drink trendsDownload the whitepaper to know more.last_img read more

  • Wheelchair friendly homes in demand

    first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20203/30 McLachlan St, CurrajongThe two-bedroom, one-bathroom duplex sparked a flurry of interest from buyers looking for a wheelchair-friendly property.Mr Spinella said the home was inspected by 46 groups of potential buyers with five offers made. “We have that older demographic in Townsville who want to set themselves up for the next stages of their life,” he said.“This property was appealing because it was only one of two in a duplex, everything was already done to make it wheelchair friendly and the yard was concreted so it was low maintenance. “If you have a wheelchair-friendly property please call me because I still have buyers looking.” 3/30 McLachlan St, CurrajongSuch homes usually have ramp access to the front and back door, wide doorways, typically 900m, bathrooms that have a vanity fixed to the wall and showers and toilets that can be accessed by wheelchairs.For more details, call Mr Spinella on 0406 664 191. 3/30 McLachlan St, CurrajongHOUSE hunters are frantically searching for wheelchair-friendly homes as demand outstrips supply.Explore Property Townsville co-director Giovanni Spinella said he was seeking wheelchair-friendly properties with many buyers searching for homes that didn’t require renovations.Mr Spinella recently sold 3/30 McLachlan St, Currajong, for above the asking price of $168,000.last_img read more

  • Dutch pension consolidators double market share to €9.8bn

    first_imgStapAegon€5.8bn46,000 The Netherlands’ five pension consolidator vehicles doubled their combined assets under management last year to €9.8bn.A survey by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro has shown that the number of members in the general pension funds (APFs) has increased from 44,000 to 94,000 in total.Aegon’s APF Stap and ASR’s Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds (Hnpf) in particular experienced rapid growth. The company pension funds of Douwe Egberts (€1.8bn) and Sanoma (€600m) joined Stap during 2018, and the Pensioenfonds Arcadis (€1.1bn) moved to Hnpf.The Centraal Beheer APF welcomed the €1bn company scheme of construction firm Ballast Nedam and the €165m pension fund of chemicals firm Cindu. The APFs attracted new employer business, as well as existing pension funds: Centraal Beheer said 548 employers joined last year, adding 13,000 participants.However, contrary to the previous year’s survey, none of the APFs were in a position to announce new commitments.Recently, the €1.1bn company scheme Randstad said that it had selected an APF, while the €1.5bn pension fund of automobile organisation ANWB also announced its intention to join a general pension fund. Source: Pensioen ProAPFParent company AUM Members  Total Meanwhile, in the UK, a survey by consultancy Hymans Robertson has found that only a quarter of trustees polled (25%) thought that transferring their pension scheme to one of the country’s two commercial consolidator vehicles would improve the security of pension benefits, reports Nick Reeve.The survey of 131 pension scheme trustees found that 35% hadn’t heard of The Pension SuperFund, while 60% hadn’t heard of Clara-Pensions. The two companies emerged last year as independent consolidators for private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. The industry is currently waiting for the government to outline the legislative framework for the new vehicles, although The Pensions Regulator has set out its guidelines and expectations for schemes considering transfers.Alistair Russell-Smith, head of corporate DB at Hymans Robertson, said: “There is clearly a widespread lack of knowledge in the industry about the new players in the commercial consolidation market… [They] could benefit a significant minority of schemes, so it is vital the industry builds and grows its understanding about them. “Even if an employer has previously been reluctant to make significant upfront cash contributions, the ability to get a clean break from their DB scheme at a lower cost than buyout could now be the incentive that drives a significant cash contribution today.“Trustees concerned about the long-term covenant support should also seriously consider this option if the cash is now available. Without fully understanding the options available there is a chance that trustees could miss an opportunity to improve member security.” het Nederlandse PensioenfondsASR€1.4bn14,100 Centraal BeheerAchmea€1.3bn25,000 VoloPGGM€325m3,000 De NationaleNN Group€960m5,900 €9.8bn94,000 The APFs indicated that they were upbeat about their prospects for 2019, with Arnout Korteweg, executive trustee at De Nationale APF, saying that his scheme had received approximately 30 information requests last year.The interested schemes included pension funds with assets exceeding €2bn, he added.Hnpf indicated that an increasing number of larger pension funds were assessing the option of joining an APF.Centraal Beheer APF also reported “many” requests for information and proposals, adding that it expected to announce new entrants soon.However, Korteweg said several pension funds were reluctant to commit themselves because of uncertainty about the future shape of the Dutch pensions system. In addition, consulting their many stakeholders was delaying the decision process.Consolidators ‘yet to reach scale’According to Gerard Frankema, director of Stap, his APF was not operating under cost-covering conditions yet, explaining that the setup of the organisation was based on growth of the number of collective compartments for pension funds.De Nationale’s Korteweg said that up to €5bn of additional assets was needed to reach the APF’s break-even point.The €1.4bn Hnpf indicated that it would need assets under management of up to €7bn in order to cover its costs, while Centraal Beheer could not provide clarity on the issue.Meanwhile, the liquidation of PGGM’s Volo seems to be a matter of time, following the pension provider’s announcement last year that it wanted to discontinue its APF.Currently, Volo has the pension funds for Ortec and Jan Huysman as clients.Eric Goris, Volo’s chairman, said that it was assessing options for transferring its clients to another provider and subsequently liquidating the vehicle.Growth of APFs’ asset base (€m)Chart MakerUK: Trustees lack awareness of new consolidatorslast_img read more

  • Mackenthun tops final race, Larson is Bruns Challenge Cup champ

    first_imgREDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (Aug. 10) – It was the kind of finish fans like to see, but the conclusion of Sunday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Redwood Speedway was a tad too close from Dan Mackenthun’s point of view. Mackenthun edged Mike Bruns by all of half a car length to win the third and final race in the Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase. The victory paid $1,000. Mackenthun drew the pole start and led all 20 circuits. After an early caution, the last 17 laps ran green. “I had a plan going out there,” Mackenthun said. “I drove right around the tires in (turns) one and two and on the high side in three and four.” Rich Gregoire challenged at the onset. Bruns made best use of the bottom line and almost caught Mackenthun at the stripe.“It was a good race for the fans. They like it better when it’s close like that,” Mackenthun said. Dan Veenstra, Jeff McCollum and Gregoire rounded out the top five. Jim Larson clinched the overall Chase championship with his ninth place finish, earning a $1,000 share of the series’ $2,000 point fund while becoming eligible to qualify for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Kevin DeBaere repeated as series runner-up and earned $600; Gary Mattison was third and pocketed $400.NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb is a special guest Sunday at Redwood.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver Shaun Bruns and his wife Becky founded the Dominick Bruns Memorial Foundation in 2008 after losing their son to SIDS.The point fund is generated by the sale of T-shirts and racing shirts by the foundation along with contributions from area sponsors. Feature results – 1. Dan Mackenthun; 2. Mike Bruns; 3. Dan Veenstra; 4. Jeff McCollum; 5. Rich Gregoire; 6. Ken Tietz; 7. Matt Speckman; 8. Jake Bruns; 9. Jim Larson; 10. Gary Mattison; 11. Dustin Larson; 12. Kevin DeBaere; 13. David Moriarty; 14. Shane Bruns; 15. Jim Richert; 16. Shaun Bruns; 17. Dean Nething; 18. Jesse Timm; 19. Chris Palsrok; 20. Jim Gregoire; 21. Matthew Schauer; 22. Daniel Eckblad; 23. Andy Altenburg.last_img read more

  • England series in CWI best interests, says Bishop

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Well-respected television broadcaster Ian Bishop believes it would be in the best financial interests of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and regional players, to take up the England and Wales Cricket Board’s offer of the three-Test series in the United Kingdom this July.The series was postponed from the original June 4-29 dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, but now seems poised to go ahead under a new set of radical suite of safety proposals aimed at mitigating against the health threat.“I don’t know that the West Indies board can afford to go for prolonged periods with inactivity. I think that would be the death of them financially and by extension the players around the region will suffer greatly, as have most people in this country and around the world,” Bishop told i95FM Radio here.“I know that sports seem like a back burner (issue) to many when so many have been losing their jobs but … sport is not a game. Sport is a job and career as well for all of these players and the people surrounding it.“So if it happens, I think it would be a good thing as long as it happens safely. I don’t want to put anybody’s life at risk.”Reports emerged last week that CWI had identified a 30-man training squad for the tour, though the governing body subsequently clarified this was only to “help with the planning and logistics of flying to the UK” in the event the series was approved.Under ECB proposals, the tour would be played at “bio-secure” facilities like Manchester, Southampton and Leeds which boast hotels on location.Teams would also undergo strict isolation, quarantine and testing protocols, prior to and during the series.Bishop, who played 43 Tests between 1989 and 1998, said he believed both CWI and ECB would only proceed with the tour after getting the best medical advice possible.“First of all, I believe that the cricket boards will be guided by the medical personnel. So for (the tour) to happen, it means they would have had to be clearance from the medical people,” said the 52-year-old.“I speak under the proviso that the medical folk have given it a pass. I am not going to circumvent people’s health for the sake of money.”The UK has been one of the hardest hit regions with 237 000 infections and nearly 34 000 deaths. The outbreak forced the ECB to postpone the start of its domestic season until May 28.Bishop said it was important cricket officials understood the fluid nature of the pandemic and made the requisite adjustments.“Nobody in the world had suspected this scenario with the pandemic to happen, no one seems to have the answers, not even the medical people whose views and discoveries are changing from month to month,” the Trinidadian pointed out.“They are learning and we are learning as cricket people to understand the landscape and there is going to be a lot of change so I think we have to accept that we can’t put anything in concrete.“Nothing from here on will be as we conceive to be normal so we’re going to have to roll with the punches and really hope we get a better understanding as we go from week to week.”last_img read more

  • No. 5 men’s tennis splits weekend series

    first_imgA road trip to the Bay Area this weekend yielded a win over No. 27 Cal and an upset loss to No. 36 Stanford for the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team.The Trojans topped the Bears, 4-2, on April 10. The Trojan duo of senior Eric Johnson and sophomore Conner Farren and the pair of junior Max de Vroome and freshman Thibault Forget both fell by scores of 6-3 as the Bears took the doubles point to open the day. In singles, Cal’s Andre Goransson upset senior Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 6-1 to put the Bears up 2-0.The Trojans, however, rallied to claim the next four points and the match. Senior Jonny Wang topped Bears’ Oskar Wikberg 6-4, 6-1, de Vroome overcame Cal’s J.T. Nishimura’s 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, and senior Roberto Quiroz defeated Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Nick Crystal closed the day out for the Trojans with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the Bears’ Mads Engsted.After next heading to Palo Alto, the Trojans were edged out by Stanford 4-3 on April 11. Against the Cardinal, USC struggled once again in doubles play. De Vroome and Forget fell 6-3 to Stanford’s Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski. Johnson and Wang next dropped their match 6-2 to the Cardinal pair of Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz, giving the Cardinal the doubles point.In singles, De Vroome put the Trojans back on terms 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Paige. Next, Stanford’s David Hsu beat Crystal 6-3, 6-4 to put the Cardinal back up, but Wang defeated the Cardinal’s Robert Stineman 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to bring the match even at 2-2. Fawcett defeated Hanfmann 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, but Johnson topped Wilczynski 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to bring the result down to the final match. Stanford’s John Morrissey upset senior Roberto Quiroz 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3, to clinch the win for the Cardinal.Now 19-4 overall, the Trojans will head across town to face UCLA for their final match of the regular season this Thursday, before taking part in the Pac-12 Championships next week.last_img read more

  • Celebrating USC’s standout female athletes

    first_imgAfter winning last week’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships race, Terry will compete alongside seven other USC women, the Women of Troy’s 4×400 meter relay team and four men in the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where she will look to defend her NCAA indoor title in the 60-meter race. This season, McIntosh is fourth in scoring for the Trojans with 19 goals through 13 games. Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry — Track and Field Junior All-American sprinter TeeTee Terry has no one left to beat at USC but herself. In 2019, Terry broke her own school record in the 100-meter dash, which she first set as a freshman. She also anchored the four fastest 4×100-meter relays in USC history.  As captain, TeeTee leads the team by example. “She’s very dedicated— she leads by doing,” said Caryl Smith Gilbert, director of track and field. “She’s always there to lend a helping hand.”  Kulikov is having a strong senior season thus far. She was most recently ranked No. 27 in singles before upsetting No. 15 Cal freshman Haley Giavara Saturday. She and freshman partner Eryn Cayetano were the No. 16 pair before falling to Giavara and freshman Valentina Ivanov. “It’s a big accomplishment and I’m proud,” Pili said in an interview with USC Athletics. “And I’m just happy I’m making my family and everyone else really proud.” Her coach isn’t the only one Pili impressed, however. Rival UCLA coach Cori Close commended Pili’s strength. As the second-highest leading scorer in conference games, Pili defied all expectations, including those of head coach Mark Trakh.  The Anchorage, Alaska native is also the only USC women’s basketball player to be named to the All-Pac-12 Team as a freshman and is the lone freshman on this year’s honorary roster.  “She’s one of the team captains, so definitely I would say [her] leadership [stands out],” Pintaric said. “She’s [the] coach’s voice in the locker room and the reason why we are the team [that] we are right now.” McIntosh stepped up her game even further during her junior year, scoring 34 goals with 10 multiple-goal performances. She once again came in clutch in the tournament setting, putting up 2 goals in the MPSF Tournament and 2 more in the NCAA Tournament. Following the season, McIntosh was named an All-American Honorable Mention and All-MPSF Honorable Mention. Senior driver and Southern California native Kelsey McIntosh has been a consistent scoring threat across her four years at USC. She scored 21 goals in her freshman season, and as a sophomore, she was instrumental in the Trojans’ MPSF Tournament victory with 2 goals in the championship match against Stanford. “We thought she might not start at the beginning of the year,” Trakh said. “So she earned it. She came in, and she did everything that she needed to do, and she turned out to be a pretty good player … We’re very proud of what she did.”  “The different people around the world I inspire to go out there and be their best version of themselves, on the track, off the track … that kind of keeps me going,” Terry said in her most recent YouTube video.  Alissa Pili — Basketballcenter_img “She’s stronger than anything,” Close said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “She is one of the best freshmen in our conference, certainly, but even around our country.”  USC head coach Marko Pintaric said that while McIntosh has had to work to become the scoring threat she is now, she has always had a high aptitude for the game. Senior captain Angela Kulikov has been a dominant force in both singles and doubles competition for the Trojans. In her impressive junior campaign last year, she and her partner Rianna Valdes came into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 doubles pair in the country. Kulikov was also named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team after going 16-4 in singles play. According to Gilbert, Terry’s work ethic is incomparable.  “I think it’s super important that, for one, [motivation] comes from yourself,” Kulikov said. “It’s easy to want to please other people, please your parents, please your teammates. But I think as I’ve gotten older … [I saw] that can make an impact on those younger than me and those who are going to come up next, so I’d say that’s the biggest motivation from me at this point in my career.” Angela Kulikov — Tennis Four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year forward Alissa Pili dominated in her first season for the USC women’s basketball team. She is the first Trojan to earn the title of conference Freshman of the Year since 2009.  Kulikov said her motivation comes from knowing she can be a role model for the game’s next generation. With over 37,000 followers on Instagram and 2,000 subscribers on YouTube, Terry says her fans, who she calls “Teebabies,” motivate her to be better. The Women of Troy’s leaders have demonstrated exceptional leadership and athletic skills during their USC careers. (Design: Kitty Huang; Photo (clockwise from top left): Colin Huang, Daily Trojan file photo, James Wolfe, Imran Tallman | Daily Trojan) Although McIntosh is an important offensive instrument for the team, Pintaric said her most important role comes as a leader. “Her water polo IQ is very high, [but] she was more of a passer coming out of high school and a set player,” Pintaric said. “So she grew offensively and became a very good shooter and somebody that you can’t leave open right now. Definitely a problem for opponents.” USC boasts many talented female athletes who have made strong impacts in their respective sports. In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, here are some of the standout women from USC’s spring sports teams: Kelsey McIntosh — Water Polo “It’s going to be hard to ever replace TeeTee,” Gilbert said. “She has a desire to be great. She absorbs everything a coach says to her … She looks for advice. She looks for knowledge … That’s hard to come by — a hard worker who really wants to do what [coaches] tell them.”last_img read more

  • Miller named event ambassador of Tata Mumbai Marathon

    first_img LIVE TV READ | Doncic Returns To Mavericks’ Lineup After Missing 4 Games WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India COMMENT “Sports has the power to bring the community together and a marathon is the ideal example. It is a great leveller. At the start-line everyone comes together as one with a touch of anxiousness and excitement,” she was quoted as saying in the release. Seven-time Olympic medallist and nine-time World Champion, American gymnast Shannon Miller was on Friday named the international event ambassador for the 17th edition of Tata Mumbai Marathon. The marathon will be held in the city from January 19. The 42-year-old American gymnastics legend is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, twice in 2006(individual) and 2008 (team) respectively.READ | Deepak The Brightest In Indian Wrestling; Bajrang, Vinesh Rock Steady In 2019Miller named event ambassadorHer tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. Miller has been the winner of an astonishing 59 international and 49 national competitions, a media release stated. She is the first US gymnast to win two world all-around titles. Leading the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first-ever team gold at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Miller also became the first American gymnast to clinch the gold medal on the balance beam.READ | Against Dolphins, Patriots Playing For Week Off In Playoffs Written Bycenter_img “I have been fortunate to be part of events which have sport on the highest of levels, with a wonderful sense of goodwill and sportsmanship,” Miller went on to add.  First Published: 27th December, 2019 13:57 IST READ | Iowa To Honor Hayden Fry While Facing USC In Holiday Bowl Last Updated: 27th December, 2019 13:57 IST Miller Named Event Ambassador Of Tata Mumbai Marathon Seven-time Olympic medallist and nine-time World Champion, American gymnast Shannon Miller was on Friday named the international event ambassador SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

  • Rohr Lists 25 Eagles for Clash with England

    first_imgPRE-WORLD CUP Another chance for injured Moses Simon Lokosa, Ajiboye, two others droppedDuro IkhazuagbeThe picture of Nigeria’s squad to the World Cup in Russia became crystal clear yesterday following the release of a 25-man Super Eagles list by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Expectedly, the list was dominated by the usual suspects who have established their presence in the team since Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr took charge of the senior Nigerian football team in 2016.Captain John Mikel Obi is leading the squad which is arguably Nigeria’s youngest team ever to the Mundial. Also in the list are the likes of Assistant Captain, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo. The quartet are the remnant of the Stephen Keshi’s Eagles to the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago.Chelsea wing back, Victor Moses who did not feature in the tune-up game with DR Congo last Monday in Port Harcourt is to link up with the squad in London today for another warm-up game against the Three Lions of England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.Enyimba FC’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa who took charge of the goal area after Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with Leukeamia is the only player from the domestic league in the Russia-bound team. The other goalkeepers selected are Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi of South Africa’s Chippa United.Abdullahi Shehu, Olaoluwa Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, and Bryan Idowu make up the list of defenders Rohr will rely upon to shield his goal area from any harm.The midfield have Mikel, Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Joel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo.Musa, Moses, Alex Iwobi, Simy Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon make up Eagles strike force to battle Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage of Russia 2018.Moses Simon, who was earlier ruled out of the finals due to injury, will undergo further medical checks in the United Kingdom to ascertain the seriousness of his injury.Plateau United’ goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, NPFL leading scorer, Junior Lokosa, Bulgaria-based defender Stephen Eze and Uche Agbo of Standard Liege were the players who were eventually dropped from the trip to England to end their World Cup aspiration.Rohr was reported to have met with the players one-on-one to inform them of his decision before the final list of 25 players was announced yesterday.Meanwhile, Super Eagles who flew out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja yesterday afternoon are to train at the Wembley Stadium (venue of Saturday’s clash with England’s Three Lions) between 5pm-6pm on Friday, after a pre-match press conference scheduled for the Stadium’s conference room at 4.15pm.Saturday’s encounter, the third official match between two countries with considerable historical affinity, will start at 5.15pm Nigerian time.THE TEAMGOALKEEPERS: Francis Uzoho; Daniel Akpeyi; Ikechukwu EzenwaDEFENDERS: Abdullahi Shehu; Olaoluwa Aina; Tyronne Ebuehi; William Ekong; Leon Balogun; Chidozie Awaziem; Elderson Echiejile; Kenneth Omeruo; Bryan IdowuMIDFIELDERS: Wilfred Ndidi; Mikel John Obi; Ogenyi Onazi; John Ogu; Mikel Agu; Oghenekaro Etebo; Joel ObiFORWARDS: Odion Ighalo; Simeon Nwankwo; Alex Iwobi; Ahmed Musa; Kelechi Iheanacho. Moses Simon (further checks in the UK); Victor Moses (to join team in London)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Rohr Threatens to Quit Super Eagles,  Gives NFF Two-month Ultimatum

    first_imgGernot Rohr ‘’There is tremendous potential in this team, with great players like Osimhen,’’ Rohr explained to‘’There are interesting prospects, such as the AFCON 2021, the World Cup 2022. But first we must regularize things’’.Rohr added that from January 1, 2020, he will be” free to engage elsewhere,” if nothing is settled by then.Meanwhile, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers which start in March, Rohr has revealed he hopes some of the foreign-born players would have pledged their international futures to Nigeria by then.Since Rohr arrived, there has been an influx of players with dual nationality representing Nigeria. The likes of Alex Iwobi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Semi Ajayi and Maduka Okoye have all pledged their international future to Nigeria.And that won’t change anytime soon despite calls from critics for Rohr to include NPFL in his Super Eagles squad. The former Bordeaux manager revealed he hopes some of the players they have been trying to convince to switch allegiance to Nigeria would have done so before the World Cup qualifiers start in March 2020.Speaking on about his plans for the World Cup qualifiers on Super Eagles youtube page, the former Burkina Faso manager said he will also keep an eye on some of his regulars.“I think at first, we have to follow what they are doing, our players, Rohr said. We have to take some news on our injured goalkeeper, Uzoho who has been operated with success last week.“And we have still to work on some departments in our team, and like we do always, we will scout our players, we will watch the games, we will go and meet some of them, and we will have also perhaps good news if one of the big players we are searching for who can play for two countries accepts to play for us.”The 2022 World Cup qualifiers for African section will kick off in March with the draws set to be conducted later this year. The teams will be split into ten groups of four teams with the winners advancing to play each other in a home and away tie to determine Africa’s five representatives.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has issued a two-month ultimatum to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF over his future with the national team, saying he would quit his post if things are not regularized.Nigeria are unbeaten since the conclusion of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, registering back-to-back impressive draws against Ukraine and Brazil and they have maximum points from their first two group matches of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.Rohr recently met with Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and it is claimed that the Minister held talks with the German over extending his contract for two or three years, with his current agreement with the Nigerian Federation set to expire in June 2020.last_img read more