Garry Monk says Swansea will not sign
replacements to fill in for Ki Sung-yueng and
Wilfried Bony in January.
Ki will captain South Korea at the Asian Cup
whilst Bony will play for the Ivory Coast at the
African Cup of Nations.
The pair could miss as many as six games
after the game at QPR on New Year’s Day.
“When Bony and Ki are out for that period it’s
for someone to step up to that level,” Monk
“We’ve got a very good squad and I’m not
going to be making wholesale changes at all.
“There are certain positions we will look to
strengthen and if we can get the right player
to fit into the squad that’s the only time I’ll do
“Other than that we’ll go with what we’ve got.
“I’ve got full confidence in the squad right now
and it’s just adding quality to accompany
what we’ve got.”
Midfielder Ki, who spent last season on loan
at Sunderland, has been an ever-present in the
Premier League this campaign.
Wilfried Bony scored twice for the Ivory Coast
at the 2014 World Cup
Striker Bony is top scorer with eight goals so
far this season and signed a one-year
contract extension with the Swans in
Swansea go into Saturday’s Premier League
game at Hull City having lost their previous
two games against West Ham away and at
home to Tottenham.
Monk’s side lost 1-0 at Hull in April and they
have failed to score on their three previous
visits to the KC Stadium.
Hull have won only once at home all season
go into Saturday’s game against ninth-placed
Swansea, having not won a Premier League
match since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
on 4 October.
“Every team in this league is a different
challenge, the way they set up and the
different personnel and styles they have,”
“It’s getting your team to concentrate on
themselves but adjust enough to know where
the threats are from the other team.
“I would imagine they’re looking at this game
to turn around their form.
“They’ve got a very experienced manager who
will be looking at how to get them back to
winning ways and we expect a very difficult
“Hull will be different to what we’ve played
before, so the challenge for us is to perform
well enough to take the points.”
Super Eagles Assistant Coach Daniel
Amokachi has named 24 players from the
domestic scene for the upcoming friendly
games between Nigeria and Ivory Coast as
well as Mali in Abu Dubai.
Top on the list are Gombe United goalkeeper
Chigozie Agbim, Kingsley Sokari, Emem Uduok
and Gambo Mohammed.
Others are Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves);
Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars), Solomon
Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Idris Aloma (El-
Kanemi FC); Chimma Akas (Sharks FC);
Nelson Ogbonna (Heartland FC); Azubuike
Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Erhun Obanor
(Bendel Insurance); Bright Esieme (Enyimba
FC) and Umar Zango (Kano Pillars).
Also on the list are Ammel Angel Wilfred (Kogi
United); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC);
Charles Henlong (Giwa FC); Stanley Dimgba
(Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars);
Chinedu Udeaga (Enugu Rangers); Emem
Eduok (Dolphins FC); Kingsley Sokari
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan
Salami (Warri Wolves); Osaguona Christian
(Enugu Rangers); Gambo Muhammad (Kano
Pillars) and Christian Obiozor (Enugu
Meanwhile, all the players invited are expected
to report at the Bolton White Apartments,
Abuja on Sunday, 28th December with their
international passports and four passport
APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Mohammed
Buhari with his running mate Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo SAN in Abuja. Photo: Gbemiga
Osinbajo made this statement in his
acceptance speech at the national secretariat
of APC in Abuja, Wednesday. He pledged to
work with Buhari and the party if elected into
office to restore the hope of Nigerians.
He said: “I am deeply honoured and grateful
to have been nominated as the Vice-
Presidential candidate of our party, APC and
especially the Presidential candidate, General
“I also thank the leaders and elders of our
great party, APC for the trust reposed in me.
“The task of rebuilding this nation is one to
which I am fully committed. There can be no
other President, Leader and commander that
can lead that common sense revolution
Nigeria urgently needs than General
Muhammadu Buhari. I will proudly serve this
country with him.
“General Buhari’s uprightness and fierce
commitment to good governance is well
known. It will be a privilege to work with him.
I come to this assignment with lots of hope
and a resolve to be a part of this movement to
bring Nigeria back to its lost glory. With the
support of all Nigerians and the help of God,
we shall make Nigeria work again.
“I will work with him and the party to restore
hope and confidence in millions of our youth
and provide comfort and security for millions
of our country men and women.
I thank you all”.