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As you guys all know Nigeria, the defending champions of the African Nations Cup, have failed to qualify for the 2015 edition of the continental tournament. This came after they drew with South Africa 2-2, last night, and Congo beat Sudan 1-0 to snatch up the 2nd spot.

As we all know, Nigeria is a country of football, and you can guess some of the reactions we saw between last night and today. Here are some of them. The Good, The Bad, The Hilarious and The Depressing

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As for us here. This is how we felt after we failed to qualify


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The match between Nigeria Vs South Africa Finally ends with a draw (2-2) and that result along with Congo beatin Sudan 2-0 means the Super Eagles are returning back home, and will not qualify for the African Nation Cup 2015….hmmmmm no word!!!

But we want to as you guys: Are you disappointed that the super eagles didn’t win and qualify for the nations cup after winning it just 2 years ago?

The circus of Nigerian football continues, as Stephen Keshi, who was fired a couple of weeks ago, has been rehired as the Super Eagles headcoach for the remaining qualifying games against Congo and South Africa next month.

Early this morning, media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye tweeted that Keshi is set to return to his job.

According to a report by Goal, Keshi has been asked to return to his post as part of reconciliatory efforts in the Nigeria Football Federation as ordered by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Nigerian Football Federation has been having issues with FIFA over interference from the government in the sport. Last week, it was reported that Nigeria faced a lengthy ban from football if these issues are not sorted out.

The Super Eagles have four points and are behind South Africa (eight points), Congo (seven points) but ahead of Sudan (three points) in Group A.

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In many ways we all say this one coming. Stephen Keshi, the coach of the super eagles has been sacked by the NFF with Amodu Shuaibu to take over from him for the final 2 games of the African Nations Cup qualifier.

This comes just after the super eagles won a qualifying game against Sudan, 3-1 in Abuja. Prior to that, Nigeria had struggled in the qualifying stages losing to Congo, and Sudan, and earning a draw in South Africa in their first 3 games. A total of 1 out of 9 points during that stretch.

According to a report by sports analyst, Colins Udoh

The decision was among others announced by the NFF Executive Committee after a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night ‘in the interest of Nigerian football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals’.

Keshi’s technical and backroom staff were also fired along with him. In their place, Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Alloy Agu will join Amodu for the final two games of the qualifying series.

Nigerians have been divided over the performance of the coach with some thinking he deserves to stay on, and others believing he’s tactically not on par with the world class coaches. But after winning the nations cup, and getting to the round of 16 in the World Cup, it’s hard to argue against his achievements. What are your thoughts on this?

Should Stephen Keshi Have Been Fired?


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Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi carried by players

“Talks over a new contract shouldn’t drag on,” Keshi told BBC Sport. “I can’t wait any more – the NFF is not serious.”

In a chat with the BBC Sports, Former Super Eagles Coaching, Stephen Keshi says “I have moved on. I can only wish the country well for the future.”

He added that;

“I’ve had about seven countries approach me in the last two months but I kept them all away.

There’s a game in two weeks (Nations Cup qualifier against Congo) but no-one is thinking about it and at the same time they expect you to win.

I understand the ongoing crisis facing the federation but the national team should not suffer from such at this crucial stage.

Sadly, I also think attention is focused more on the upcoming NFF elections and the national team is simply not a priority.

I love my country and I am aware of the dream our fans had of me taking this team to the next level.

While acknowledging the efforts of some people involved in the negotiation, I think others probably have other important things to do.”


Outside this, Keshi credits the fans and acknowledges their support of his efforts as coach. “I love my country and I am aware of the dream our fans had of me taking this team to the next level,” 

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Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi carried by players

After much speculation and delay, it seems like Stephen Keshi has accepted to stay on as the head coach for the Super Eagles. According to reports from africanfootball.com, “Stephen Keshi sent an official notice to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) today, formally confirming that he will stay on to continue as the national team’s coach.

Stephen Keshi is his time as Super Eagles coach led the Eagles to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 19 years and to qualification (and entry into the Round of 16) in a fifth World Cup.

Following the round of 16 exit in the world cup, Stephen Keshi had put in a notice that he intends to resign as head coach of the Super Eagles, and just recently was linked to the head coaching job for South Africa.

Nigeria will play Rwanda, in Nigeria, on September 7th, 2014. This will be the Eagles’ first qualifying match for the Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in Morocco in 2015.


It has been coming for a while, and now FIFA has come down on the Nigeria Football Federation for what it deemed as interference of the government in the football activities.

Reuters Sports broke the news via their twitter handle


This all came about after the NFF president, and executive committee members were prevented from running affairs of the football federation by a High Court of Nigeria.

According to an official statement from FIFA, “no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact. During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches. The most immediate effect is that Nigeria will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014.

For what was a relatively successful world cup campaign (reaching the knockout stages), the aftermath has been nothing but embarrasing for Nigerians with Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi stepping down along with Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyema.


Full Statement from FIFA:

The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference. Article 13, par. 1 and article 17, par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing. The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014.

The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.

As a result of this decision, no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes). During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches. The most immediate effect is that Nigeria will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014.

In addition, neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any FIFA or CAF development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period.


After the dust has settled, and we’ve come to terms with our loss to France and exit from World Cup 2014, it’s a good time to look back and reflect.

First off, let’s say that although we’re all disappointed and sad to see our team lose, this has, by all account been our most successful world cup showing in 16 years. Pretty much since the days our great players, Kanu, Sunday Oliseh, Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West etc. Yes it sounds odd to say but it definitely has. Let’s take a step back and look at our previous world cup showings:

  • 2002 World Cup – Left in the Group Stage with just 1 point
  • 2006 World Cup – Did not qualify
  • 2010 World Cup – Left in the Group Stage with just 1 point.

Now this particular group of player reached the knockout stages with arguably far less talent than the previous team that achieved this. They beat a pretty good Bosnian side, pushed one of the favorites Argentina to the limit, and even in the loss to France, held their own all the way till the last 11 mins of the game. It’s really a performance we can show our face about.

Vincent Enyeama, solid as ever, made the most saves of any goalkeeper at the tournaments.

When you look at this squad of players, with barely a star name in Vincent Enyeama, Mikel and maybe Osaze, you realize that what they have accomplished as a team over the past 2 years along with Stephen Keshi is very remarkable; African Nations Cup, World Cup Round of 16, and playing more organized than the previous squads. They have accomplished much more than the other African teams with bigger star players (Ghana and Ivory Coast). The coach made tough decisions and stuck by them, and a lot of them for the most part paid off.

Stephen Keshi, right now stands, as the only African Coach to have won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach. Comparing that with any other coach from Nigeria then you can see he’s miles ahead of his colleagues. When you add other NFF issues, and politics he and the team have had to deal with through his tenure then you realize that this job is 10 times harder than other coaching jobs, and makes the achievement more impressive.

While we’re sad to see him resign, I can completely understand why he made that decision. It’s understandable that we root for our country and get frustrated when we lose, but to hurl insults and call the squad the worst or the Coach the worst is really ungrateful and short-sighted. I myself in my frustration am guilty of some not-so-nice comments.

So I stand here today, and say a BIG Thank You to the Super Eagles, and Stephen Keshi. You have done us proud, and history will remember you all as one of the best teams, and coach produced by Nigeria. And to you Stephen Keshi, we hope to see you soon again, but for now, Take A Bow Sir! You deserve to be celebrated rather than castigated.

Signed, A Happy and Proud Nigerian.


There had been rumors since yesterday that the super hero goal keeper for Nigeria, Vincent Enyeama might be quitting International football. This comes just hours after the head coach Stephen Keshi resigned, and the captain Joseph Yobo resigned.

In the video which was recorded by KickOffNigeria he said “It’s a big prestige and honour to wear the armband for the national team but I think I want to take some time off and think about whether I want to continue or not.I will have to sit with my wife and discuss it and make a decision. Maybe I will take a few months, maybe a few years.

Could this be the end of the road for this promising and over achieve Super Eagles team? It certainly looks like there’ll be a reset button hit after the dust settles.

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Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has announced he is stepping down as Nigeria coach following the FIFA World Cup defeat to France, and subsequently defender Joseph Yobo, who earned his 100th cap in the game against france has retired from international football.

The Super Eagles played very well against France, and pushed France all the way to almost the end of the game before Paul Pogba’s header gave Les Blues a 1-0 lead. The own goal by Yobo sealed the win for France with a final score of 2-0.

Stephen Keshi confirmed his retirement via his twitter account, and said he’s ready for new challenges.

Stephen Keshi has been labelled by Okocha as the best indigenous coach Nigeria has ever had, and it’s hard to argue. Stephen Keshi is the only African coach to have won the African Nation’s cup both as a player, and a coach, and likewise has matched Nigeria’s best performance at the World Cup.

The 52-year-old, who took over in 2011, has been linked with the South Africa job.

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Well fellow Nigerians, it’s been a good run, but unfortunately the super eagles wont be making history by making it to the quarter finals for the first time ever. They lost to France 2-0 after conceding 2 late goals from Paul Pogba & an own goal from Joseph Yobo.

Nigeria impressed during the first half and had actually taken the lead on 19 minutes but Emmanuel Emenike’s goal was ruled offside in a very tight decision.

The game looked destined to hit extra time until Paul Pogba headed home the ball after a failed punch out by Vincent Enyema in the 79th minute.

France added a second in injury time as Joseph Yobo deflected a Valbuena cross into his own net.

That’s it for us. Till another 4 years. We will ask the question:

What do you think of our performance at this year’s world cup?

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And so it happens again with yet another one of our African countries.

Reports coming from multiple sources have it that the Nigeria squad has cancelled their training session set for today due to a dispute over World Cup appearance fees and bonuses. Apparently, the bonuses were not met.

Prior to the beginning of the World Cup, players and officials agreed on bonus amounts if the Super Eagles were to advance to the Knockout Stage and it seems that this agreement was not met. The reason being that only a certain amount of money was made available in Brazil.

General Secretary Musa Amadu has reportedly left Brazil to travel back to Nigeria, and arrange for the payments to be made, but is not due back in Brazil until after the Round of 16 match against France.

The squad is scheduled to leave for Brasilia on Friday ahead of their match against France on Monday but there is no indication that they will threaten to boycott the match.

Sports correspondent for ESPN and KickOff Nigeria Colin Udoh reported via his twitter account the developments and cancellation of the scheduled training session

The Ghanaian squad had a similar dispute a few days ago over appearance fee for the World Cup.

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The Nigerian Super Eagles have advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 despite losing to Argentina 3-2.

The super eagles went down 1-0, but equalized with a goal from Ahmed Musa all within the first 5 mins. Argentina took the lead again with a free kick from Messi just before the half making his tally for the game at 2 goals, and 4 goals in the tournament.

Musa scored again to make it 2-2, and shortly after Argentina scored off a corner kick to make it 3-2.

Nigeria will still advance to the round of 16 thanks to Bosnia beating Iran 3-1 to leave Iran at 1 point, and 3 points for Bosnia. This development makes Nigeria the first African team to qualify for the Round of 16 for the World Cup 2014.

Big ups to the Super Eagles!!


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We might have a reason why the super eagles players looked very uninterested during their match against Iran. They could possibly have just been done with some in-house war of words with Senate President, David Mark over 25% of their match bonuses ($8m in total)

The Punch Reports:
Senate President, David Mark, got a taste of the national team camp when he held a meeting with the Super Eagles in Campinas just before their opening match against Iran in Group F of the 2014 World Cup on Monday.

Mark led the Federal Government delegation to the World Cup in Brazil.

Our correspondent learnt that Mark had demanded to hear the players’ grievances with the aim of settling the rift between them and the Nigeria Football Federation over their bonus. The players allegedly asked Mark to pay them $2m immediately from the $8m the NFF was expecting from FIFA for the first round matches since he was the third in authority in Nigeria and representing the President. The players maintained that they should get 25 per cent of the money.

The players insisted that they must receive their money before their match against Iran, which eventually ended 0-0 in Curitiba.

When it became obvious that the players were not moved by his presence, the Senate President allegedly became angry. It was learnt that after the players had spoken that their coach, Stephen Keshi, who apologized to the FG delegation and the NFF members at the meeting.

We don’t know if this dispute has been settled but we know that this is not the first time this has happened. The super eagles arrived at the Confederate cup last year late, after embarking on a strike over unpaid bonuses.

You would hope that the players would not have to do this, but with Nigerian officials and the NFF, you have to fight fire with fire sometimes.

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Remember when we drew Iran 0-0 in a game where many expected us to win? What made it even worse was that we looked utterly boring and uninterested. Well we all know how Naija football fans are. We cursed and abused and rained insults on the whole team, including Stephen Keshi the coach. Remember how we started apologizing after Argentina almost drew with Iran if not for a last minute Messi Moment?

A Vanguard reporter spoke with Stephen Keshi in Brazil, and reported that the Super Eagles coach is angry at Nigerian fans for abusing him and his family over the team’s performance at the on-going World Cup in Brazil.

“It’s a shame, just a shame that we keep doing the same thing and then they come back and they say they are sorry. Sorry for abusing my mum? Sorry for abusing my siblings? For what? That I am representing Nigeria?”

“I am disappointed, totally disappointed (by the personal attacks), but it’s their thing, no wahala (no problem).

He didn’t stop there. He also blasted his fellow former football stars who have criticized his team and his tactics in Brazil, saying he had expected much better from them as they ought to know better about the game than the man on the street.

Ouch! But we feel you Stephen Keshi! Best way to silence your critics? Win!

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Our 23 Man Super Eagles Squad Kicks off their world cup campaign in about 2 hours, veteran artiste sound sultan decided to put out a video to support our SUPER EAGLES. Accompanied by Naija Ninja, YoungGreyC and Our former Super Eagles Goalie. Celestine Babayaro.

Babayaro sef dey drop 16 Bars, chuckles. Go Super Eagles, No Tension. Oluwa Cover Yin.

Good Luck Guys!

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The world cup is upon us people. We’re just one day away from the biggest sporting event in the world. For us Nigerians it’s another exciting moment, and one that can potentially make us forget the horrible showings we’ve had over the last few world cup, most notably 2010.

So without too much long story, here are some things to expect from the super eagles this world cup.

1. No More Karate Kick Red Cards


We all remember Sani Kaita and his Ryu-style Karate kick from the last world cup. Well this world cup there will be none of that. For one this team is more disciplined defensively, and they rarely give away silly free kicks or get random bookings. I trust Keshi has fixed some of those issues. Nigeria might not have the attacking flair of previous years but defensive we’re pretty solid much thanks to the goalie Vincent Enyema.


2. Nigeria will struggle against Iran, but still win.


Everyone in Nigeria has pretty much written off Iran as a forgone conclusion, and expects the Super Eagles to defeat them with ease, but not so fast my friend. No one came to the world cup to get flogged, and Iran had a pretty impressive qualification path, top South Korea in the group. Nigeria will eventually prevail but I expect this one to be much tougher and tighter than expected.


3. Emenike will shine


For us Nigerians, we are fully aware of the talent/potential Emenike has, but expect this to be on full display in the World Cup. He’ll have a good world cup, will score a couple of goals, and generally have a good showing. Good enough that we might see him shift clubs after the competition.


4. Round of 16 at least


I’m going to go out say Nigeria will qualify for the round of 16 for the first time since 1998 this year. A win against Iran, a draw against Bosnia, and a 0-0 draw against Argentina (Thanks to Enyema) will see us through as 2nd in the group. We’ll play France in the round of 16, and anything can happen from there.


5. Expect the unexpected


Nigeria history has been the team to defy expectations all the time. When they are expected to do very well, they fail woefully, and when they’re written off they surprise a lot of people including their fans. We were not even given a chance to be African champions but alas here we are, and from many of the predictions I’ve read from analysts, many are picking Bosnia over Nigeria in Group F. However, you just never know with the Super Eagles. We could lose to Iran but beat Bosnia and Argentina. Pretty much expect the unexpected.