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A loss is difficult in sports but what is acceptable behavior by supporters of a team following a loss. I remember during USA’94, my first real experience of the World Cup, I was so pumped about Nigeria qualifying and playing and stayed up late to watch all our games. After making it past the group stages, I was so sure that we were going to the finals. And then Italy happened, that questionable penalty that Baggio converted. Jesus!!! My heart stopped for a second, tears enough to provide water for all of Nigeria flowed from my eyes, I slept on the balcony because I didn’t want to be around anyone and I didn’t eat for 3 days. It was a very painful way to watch our boys exit.

The world was watching yesterday as Brazil got decimated by the rebuilt German Machine, and for a second I thought it was me playing a novice on my game console but it was real. In the Span of 18 minutes, five (5) goals don enter. Talk about embarrassment especially from a country known for its rich football history and tradition and also playing on home soil. Oh and Brazil have won the most World Cups ever. For Brazil, e be like say na only Neymar waka come this WC because the one game in his absence just flipped the script.

Before the game ended, you could sense that the home crowd was not pleased at all with resounding boos and at one point they started cheering Germany’s dribbles. The Images following the game were much more troubling though. Majority of the violence after the game were reported in Sao Paulo were buses were attacked and set on fire and Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, where  people were seen burning the national flag and attacking people.

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As a fan what is the limit of showing your emotions after your favorite team or home team drops the ball? How heavy will you take such a defeat?

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR PREDICTIONS FOR NIGERIA AT THE WORLD CUP?

 

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It’s time to get pumped up for the World Cup! Africa’s soul & pop diva, Waje drops this hot world cup themed song, Spirit Of Africa, for the African teams in the Fifa World Cup in Brazil which starts in 3 days.

The “Spirit Of Africa” featuring Laitan Dada is about a United Africa through the beautiful game of Football.

You gotta cop it for sure.

DOWNLOAD via Itunes

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We’re less than a month away and ESPN have put out these amazing posters for all the teams participating in the 2014 Fifa World Cup. The posters were designed by Brazilian artist, Cristiano Sigueira.

The posters for each teams features the country’s main player(s), a color that denotes the team, and the teams official nickname. It captures the essence of each team, and are designed to look like graphic comic novels.

I’m feeling Nigeria’s own, but Croatia, Uruguay & Portugal’s are also pretty dope. Check em out. Which ones are your favs?

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uruguayCheck out the rest of them here: http://www.sportsgrid.com/soccer/all-32-amazing-world-cup-posters/#0

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We now know the players who will be representing Nigeria at the upcoming world cup as Head Coach of the super eagle, Stephen Keshi has put out his 30-man provisional world cup squad list.

The team will be captained by veteran goalie, Vincent Enyema. Returning to the squad after a hiatus/fallout with the NFF, is Osaze Odemingwe whose form in the EPL has been superb over the past months.

Interestingly Brown Ideye, Fegor Ogude, Chinedu Obasi and Ikechukwu Uche all did not make the list.

The list comprises four goalkeepers:

  • Vincent Enyeama,
  • Austin Ejide,
  • Chigozie Agbim and
  • Daniel Akpeyi.

The team’s defenders selected for the mundial are:

  • Elderson Echiejile,
  • Juwon Oshaniwa,
  • Efe Ambrose,
  • Godfrey Oboabona,
  • Azubuike Egwuekwe,
  • Kenneth Omeruo,
  • Joseph Yobo and
  • Kunle Odunlami.

Also in the team are:

  • John Mikel Obi,
  • Ogenyi Onazi,
  • Ramon Azeez,
  • Ejike Uzoenyi
  • Sunday Mba,
  • Gabriel Reuben,
  • Nosa Igiebor,
  • Joel Obi and
  • Michael Uchebo.

Others are:

  •  Ahmed Musa,
  • Shola Ameobi,
  • Victor Moses,
  • Emmanuel Emenike,
  • Victor Nsofor,
  • Osaze Odemwingie ,
  • Babatunde Michael,
  • Uche Nwafor and
  • Nnamdi Oduamadi

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have another date with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil next June, and it’ll cap the 3rd time Nigeria will be drawn with Argentina is the group stages of the World Cup. The previous time being 1994 (USA) and 2010 (South Africa)

The are joined in the group by tournament debutants, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.

Defending champions Spain will begin their defense of the World Cup with a rematch of the 2010 final against the Netherlands in Salvador on June 12, and are joined in the group by Chile and Australia.

England find themselves in Group D along with Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy.

Germany and Portugal were drawn together in a testing Group G that also included Ghana and the United States. The two European nations will meet in their first match in Salvador on June 16.

THE DRAW IN FULL

  • Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
  • Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
  • Group C: Colombia, Greece, Cote d’Ivoire, Japan
  • Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
  • Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
  • Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
  • Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
  • Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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Nigeria Super Eagles striker & star of the African Nations cup Emmanuel Emenike will miss June’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the Fifa Confederations Cup due to a  knee injury.

He picked up the injury on Sunday playing for his club Spartak Moscow, on his return from a long-term hamstring layoff, during a Russian Premier League match. He will miss action for about 2 months as he tries to recover.

It’s a terrible setback for me because I was very happy to be back playing again on Sunday,” he told BBC Sport.

I know injury is part of football but sometimes you struggle to understand why it happens so soon again after recovering. Our team doctor is confident I will be back playing again after two months, hopefully I can return stronger and better.”

Emenike had also picked up an injury during the African Nations Cup that saw him miss the final match against Burkina Faso.

This means he will not be available for Nigeria when they travel to play Kenya on the 5th June, against Namibia a week later and the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Reports in the Nigerian media suggest that Everton striker Victor Anichebe will be handed a late recall by Keshi, as a replacement for Emenike.

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In what seems to be the most puzzling decision in recent Nigerian Sports history, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the national soccer team from international competition for the next two years following their poor performance in the World Cup, a senior adviser said on Wednesday.

“Mr President has directed that Nigeria will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to enable Nigeria to reorganize its football,” Ima Niboro, a special adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, told reporters.

“This directive became necessary following Nigeria’s poor performance in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.”

Nigeria left the World Cup competition with just one point, which it earned in a 2-2 draw with South Korea. Nigeria lost to Argentina 1-0 in its Group B opener and fell to Greece 2-1 in a game turned by the first-half expulsion of midfielder Sani Kaita.

The Super Eagles haven’t won a World Cup match since 1998. The Nigerians went out with two losses and a draw in 2002 and did not qualify for the 2006 World Cup

Source: 234Next.com & ESPN.com

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LWKMD. This was sent in to me by one of fashion writers, Oyato, and I swear I’ve watched these vids like 5 times today. Now this might not be the most refined show, or anything like that, but the guy is mad funny. “Just because you update your facebook status, doesn’t mean you’re in a different school.” I don’t want to yarn too much… just watch their vids. LOL.

You can check em out at their youtube channel.

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Nigeria's midfielder Sani Kaita hides his face after being handed a red card for kicking Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis
Nigeria's midfielder Sani Kaita hides his face after being handed a red card for kicking Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis

The Nigerian team has asked its government to provide security for midfielder Sani Kaita after his red card during a World Cup loss to Greece prompted more than 1,000 death threats.

Nigeria team spokesman Idah Peterside said Kaita has received the death threats via e-mail from Nigeria ever since he was sent off for kicking out at Greece’s Vassilis Torosidis in the 33rd minute of Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Bloemfontein.

“We just hope that the government will treat these threats as a serious matter,” Peterside told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Security has been increased around the Nigerian team’s base in Durban, but Peterside doesn’t believe the team is under any serious threat while in South Africa.

“We have enough security in South Africa and we are not worried about the player’s safety here,” he said.

Nigeria Sports Minister Ibrahim Bio is staying in the team’s hotel in South Africa and has been alerted to the threats, Peterside said.

“I’m confident that they are going to do something about it,” Peterside said. “The minister has told us that these things happen, that they are actions of some overzealous fans and we must not worry about it.”

South Africa police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said all teams at the World Cup were receiving adequate protection, and he hadn’t received any reports of threats against the Nigerian player.

Nigeria lost its first two matches at the World Cup and can only advance to the next stage if it beats South Korea convincingly and Argentina beats Greece in the last Group B matches. Both matches are Tuesday.

Peterside said the threats were a result of frustration by some fans in the soccer-mad West African nation.

Kaita, who belongs to Monaco but is on loan to Russian club Alania Vladikavkaz, could decide to go to Europe after the World Cup rather than return to Nigeria.

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Argentina in Rustenburg and was leading Greece 1-0 before Kaita was given a straight red card. The Greeks scored their first goals and rallied to capture their first win at a World Cup.

“A lot of people think we are already out of the World Cup, and they are just showing the frustration and pain of having so much hope in the Eagles,” Peterside said. “It’s just a country that’s passionate about football, and it’s showing in the reactions. But we are not taking these threats lightly at all.”

Peterside, a former Nigeria goalkeeper, said he wasn’t sure what protection could be offered to Kaita after the World Cup, but was confident the Nigerian government would handle it adequately. He said the threats hadn’t disrupted the players.

Kaita, “has apologized to his teammates, and they all have forgiven him,” Peterside said. “We are in good spirits ahead of the South Korea game.”

In the most prominent case of an international player being targeted after a World Cup, Colombia defender Andres Escobar was shot and killed in his home country days after his own-goal helped the United States defeat the Colombians 2-1 in 1994.

In a recent case of players being involved in violence in Africa, the Togo national team withdrew from the 2010 African Cup of Nations at Angola in January following an attack by gunmen on its team bus in which two officials died.

Is this what it has gotten to?

Source: ESPN.com

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The atmosphere was magnificent, the pitch (field) breathtaking and stadium loud (thanks to the vuvuzelas). I arrived at the stadium 4 hours before kickoff to avoid any hold up or long story with traffic or ticket agents. Once we arrived we “tailgated” at the MTN fan zone booth where we played several games and hung out in the court yard. The more and more time we spent in the courtyard the more Argentinean fans started to outnumber Nigerian fans. By match time the ratio of Nigerian fans to Argentinean fans was 30 to 70. Granted the stadium had a large South African concession that generally supported Nigeria while few others supported Argentina or remained neutral.

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I for one was disappointed by the lack of support our people showed on the day of the game. Argentina is five thousand miles away while Nigerian is about twenty-eight hundred miles away. Common laws of migration/geography will also tell you that there are more Nigerians in South Africa than Argentineans. Was it because Nigerians are cheap and cannot afford the tickets and the hassle of traveling? My Naija sense tells me no as I know we get that money.  So it boils down to the fact that Nigerians are not as passionate about Football as our South American friends are. We claim to be the giant of Africa in football; I laugh at that because all we are clinging to is an Olympic title that we won 14 years ago. Mind you, we did not qualify for the 2006 world cup and we only scored 1 goal in the 2002 edition. Remember we barely qualified for the World Cup. I say this to say that we are a mediocre team in Africa not the giants that we have conjured up in our minds.

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Our team does not help itself out as well. Some of our tactics are just straight from the bush. First of all, why would you arrive to Johannesburg the day before the biggest game in Nigeria football in eight years? Joburg is known to have high altitude so it makes breathing a task while exercising. The Nigerian Football Association was aware of the circumstance but chooses to ignore it. Secondly, was Lar drunk or possessed when he decided not to start Osaze and Oba? From the commentary I heard he planned to put them in to spark the game in the second half. Does that make sense? Osaze is generally recognized as our best and most hardworking player for the past few years; did Argentina bring Messi on for a spark? One aspect though that we have improved from the past is our goalkeeping. Vincent Enyeama played the game of his life and he will probably be handsomely rewarded somewhere in Europe.

I do not mean to sound like such as pessimist but I need to call a spade a spade. The state of Nigeria Football is one full of hype and no reward. I would much rather be like the Black Stars who under promise but always over deliver. I am calling all fans to support the team for our next two matches; hopefully this will lead to many more games after those two games. We also need to keep our mouth shut in regards to being the best team in Africa. Ghana, Egypt, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cameroon are more accomplished in the past 10 years.

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I think I am done with my rant about our football team. I took some pictures from the Argentina please see below for your viewing pleasure. More pictures are available in the gallery.

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Flair Magazine is out in the newsstands now. The cover of the June issue is showing our football player(s) love, and so on the cover is Nigerian International, Osaze Odemwingie. he discusses soccer and the world cup campaign for the super eagles. Def cop a copy!

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Jaguda.com has arrived at the world cup. Enjoyment dey happen here in south Africa. If you’re not here get on a plane and start coming … time still dey before the Naija game. When I arrived at the airport those vuvuzelas were so loud and it was apparent that world cup had landed. The buzz is South Africa is crazy; SA citizens are about to witness a once in a lifetime event. Driving around Johannesburg there are signs that the World Cup is indeed in Africa. People are flying their flags of their individual countries on their cars and homes.

On a different note, I am thoroughly impressed with South Africa; it is an image of what our continent could be like if the government functioned the way it should. It looks like there is hope for Africa. This World Cup will do several things for this economy but the most apparent is it will stimulate the economy of several Southern African countries. A guy sitting next to me on the plane had rented a car and planned to travel throughout out South Africa; another was going to watch the USA play all its round robin games and in between would visit the safaris in Zimbabwe. In Johannesburg there are so many tourist in town that all the malls are jam-packed. People are spending money left and right. Hopefully they have a good experience so that they can keep coming back with more and more friends. This is all good for our continent. Southern Africa will be a better place because of this event. Businesses are springing up left and right. I went to cut my hair and all the buzz at the barber shop was about Nigeria’s first game in the world cup. My fellow patrons and friends are saying that Nigeria is in trouble against Argentina. Sadly, I believe that we are lucky if we get a draw. I watched the Nigeria versus North Korea game and we looked hopeless, lazy and selfish. I will not be surprised if we get beat 3-0. Sorry for the football rant but it is the world cup after all.

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Anyway you will be hearing from me throughout the cup. I will be reporting about the all the different areas of such a festive event. The “talent” level here is ridiculous. Luda was right the best women are from Africa … odikwa risky. I will report on the bars and hangouts to hit to watch the games and jolly. South Africa opens the cup tomorrow at 4PM South African time. Hopefully Bafana Bafana pulls through with a victory against Mexico. I am attending the Nigeria versus Argentina game. Pray for our boys to pull off a miracle. I will upload pictures as soon as the game is over. If you dey SA let me know. Also you can follow me on twitter @ “emekajr11” … Let the enjoyment continue.

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Super Eagles’ captain Nwankwo Kanu believes the Nigerian team is capable of making it all the way in South Africa 2010.

Kanu, who captained the Nigerian team to a historic gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States, and who will be making his third World Cup appearance in South Africa after featuring at the 1998 and 2002 tournaments, believes the Nigerian team can still be in South Africa by July 11 when the final comes up at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

“Considering what we have done in 94, 96, 98, everybody believes we are one of the big countries in Africa, so definitely we have to produce. When we are not producing, that is when it is difficult. So the pressure comes,” said Kanu, in an interview with Fifa.com. “For me, I can say we are going to be up to the semi-finals… maybe even the final. We believe we can beat any team any time, but you’re going to have to play very well.”

With a team made up of some of the continent’s best players such as Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Osaze Odemwingie, Taye Taiwo, and the experienced goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, the Super Eagles are capable of springing a couple of surprises in South Africa. But they also have something going for them which Kanu feels will help the team’s aspirations in South Africa.

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Let’s hope they do make it all, the way, but for now, they should focus on beating Argentina. If they do that, then everything else I believe will fall in line. Let’s see though.

Do we believe the Super Eagles will make it to the finals? Not so sure, but I believe Naija will definitely shock a lot of people with how far they go. It seems like all I’ve been hearing these days is how Argentina is going to flog us. I reject it….lol. Messi or No Messi, we can hold our own.

In the meantime, let’s inspire ourselves with some of the songs released for the super eagles in the past months. Hopefully this can ginger our swagga small for Saturday.

*** Naija All Stars – Power of Naija ***

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*** Waving Flag Remix – Knaan feat. MI, Banky ***

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News Source: 234Next

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World Cup is about 8 days away, and we are about to witness the first ever Fifa World Cup Tournament hosted on African soil. Simply a thing of joy I must say. Nneka releases a track titled Viva Africa, which is on the Official World Cup Album. The track is classic Nneka, and she uses the song to send a message while maintaining the pride in the continent. Listen and enjoy.

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Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas have been confirmed among the performers who will play at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert before the first match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa in June. Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas are to perform at the start of the soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, held on June 10, will open the international sports tournament the night before the first match (11.06.10) and will feature 12 artists, including a number of African musicians alongside mainstream pop acts. This year’s tournament is the first time the World Cup has ever been held in Africa.

Former South African soccer player Lucas Radebe, who is helping organize the concert, said: “I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa. “Music and sports are the lifeblood of African culture, so to combine those in this historic event will be a true celebration of Africa.”
Source: Afrogist

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In the grand tradition of music for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a song with international appeal has been chosen to represent the world’s most popular sports competition. K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag: The Celebration Mix” will be featured as the official song for the 2010 World Cup, which begins in South Africa on June 11th.

Officials for Africa’s first World Cup sought an anthem that would represent the improved changes of the impoverished continent. With economies in Rwanda and Ghana gaining momentum, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will represent Africa’s growing influence on the world.

“Wavin’ Flag: The Celebration Mix” is a remix of the third single off the Somali rapper’s recently released, critically acclaimed third album Troubadour. The song features lyrics that renounce war and oppression and express a sdesire to be an instrument for peace. Pumped up by pronounced percussion and sentimental harmonies, the mix intends to appeal to an audience as diverse as the teams that will contend for the Cup.

So, prepare for the sight of hundreds of men, draped in the colors of their own countries, crying, hugging and chanting the chorus — just as they did when U2 closed out the 2006 Word Cup finale with “One”. In anticipation, check out a preview of what’s to come below.

Source: Consequence of Sound