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MIKEL, MOSES AND IWOBI NAMED IN NIGERIA’S SQUAD FOR ZAMBIA CLASH

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the 23-man squad that will make up the Super Eagles for October’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

A win for the Super Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium will hand Gernot Rohr’s men a place in Russia 2018 with a game to spare. Read the rest of this entry

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NIGERIA MOVE UP IN AUGUST FIFA RANKING

Nigeria have moved up a spot in Fifa’s latest World ranking released on Thursday ahead of next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifier clash with Cameroon.

Despite their 2-0 home defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Gernot Rohr’s men still climbed up to the 38th position in the rankings. Read the rest of this entry

Keshi Legacy: The Ultimate Inspiration

stephen-keshi-legacyBy the time the final of the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations came around, Stephen Keshi had been with the national team 13 years. Injury had robbed him of a spot in the squad in 1980 that won Nigeria ‘s first-ever continental trophy inside the Mainbowl of the National Stadium, and he had been part of twin final losses to arch-rivals Cameroon, in 1984 and 1988.

Yet, when he felt a twinge a few days to the title match against Zambia, there was no hesitation. Asked by Clemens Westerhof why he was opting out, Keshi shrugged, “Look, I’d love to play, but this [is] a final.” Read the rest of this entry

Nigeria may face Algeria, Ghana or Cote d’Ivoire for 2018 World Cup ticket

eagles-line-upCaf has announced the seedings for the World Cup 2018 qualifying draw for June 24, with Nigeria, Egypt, Cape Verde, Congo DR and Mali all included in Pot Two.

African champions Cote d’ivoire are named among the top seeds, along with 2014 Fifa World Cup quarter finalists, Tunisia, Ghana and Senegal.

Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa and Congo are confirmed in Pot Three, while Uganda, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Gabon and Libya find themselves in Pot Four. Read the rest of this entry

Keshi was a leader with passion – Amuneke

stephen-keshi-immemoriamEmmanuel Amuneke says he is still in shock following the death of former Nigeria teammate Stephen Keshi.

Both were members of the golden 94 Nigeria squad that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and also featured at the World Cup in the United States of America same year.

“Words can’t describe the moment.  It’s a huge loss, we have lost a great leader, brother, a father and a great personality that represented Nigeria well and someone who has put smiles on the faces of millions of Nigerians around the world,” Amuneke told Goal. Read the rest of this entry

The Super Eagles’ global plunging reputation

nigeriaThe Super Eagles finished 2015 in 66th place on the FIFA Rankings, and 14th in Africa. It is the lowest finish to the year for the three-time African champions since 1999 when they ended that year in 76th spot. Goal takes a look at the plunging fortunes of the side throughout the year.

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Why Odion Ighalo cannot reproduce Watford form with Nigeria

odion-ighaloThe first leg of Nigeria’s tie against the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland last week was riddled with lateral passing, sterile possession, hopeful long-balls, lack of verticality, incision and integrated movement, bizarre substitutions and tactical naiveté. The drab, goalless affair was arguably the nadir of coach Sunday Oliseh’s tenure, but a two-goal victory at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium and qualification for the next round should buy him some respite from heavy criticism — if not good will. Read the rest of this entry

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