Stephen Keshi & Nations Cup

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (born January 31, 1962 in Lagos) is a former football defender from Nigeria. The Nations Cup (also called 4 Associations' Tournament or Celtic Cup) is a biennial international association football tournament involving the National Teams of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 5.0/5

Stephen Keshi Nations Cup Super Eagles South Africa Africa Cup World Cup Burkina Faso Sunday Mba Joseph Yobo Victor Moses Emmanuel Emenike Samson Siasia Mikel Obi Nigeria Football Federation Ahmed Musa Ben Alaiya Nosa Igiebor Ogenyi Onazi Church of All Nations

Only 2 people have won the CAF Nations Cup as a player & as a coach: Stephen Keshi (NGR) & Mahmoud El-Gohary (EGY) |
Stephen Keshi (the Big Boss) is the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of Nations
Super Eagles boss, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, say he very sure the team will be in shape for the Nations Cup...
NFF yet to offer Keshi fresh contract Re-appointed Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has not yet been given a new contract by the Nigeria Football Federation. Indeed, discussion on new contract has not been reopened, informed sources have said. Keshi has been in the shadows since his infamous reinstatement as Super Eagles Head Coach as we gathered he was still trying to straighten certain aspects of his continuous stay with the team before the resumption of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers camp today The ‘Big Boss’, as he is fondly called was conspicuously absent from the touchline during the international friendly between Ghana U-23 team, the Black Meteors and the home-based Super Eagles at the commissioning of the new Akwa Ibom InterNational Stadium in Uyo on Friday. He however made a surprise appearance during the medal presentation ceremony to receive his medal. “There’s no contract offer at the moment, it could be revisited at the end of the Nations Cup qualifiers,” an NFF official said in Abuja, ...
Newly appointed coaches of the Super Eagles have assured that for the sake of rescuing Nigeria in this difficult period they have accepted the responsibility of leading the senior National Team to their next two matches of the ongoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series. The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, decided to part ways with the erstwhile coach of the Eagles, Stephen Keshi after his team defeated Sudan 3-1 at the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday and appointed NFF Technical Director, Shuaib Amodu. The 56-year-old will be assisted by El Kanemi Warriors coach Salisu Yusuf, who worked under Samson Siasia both with the Flying Eagles and Super Eagles, and Gbenga Ogunbote of Sharks. Yusuf said the coaches are optimistic of Nigeria scaling the hurdles of the qualifiers to defend the Nations Cup the Eagles won in South Africa, adding that all hands are on deck to ensure that the lost glory of the team is restored. “We’ll not disappoint the nation. We know what is at stake and we’ll ensu ...
De kwalifia for ness year Nations cup go enta anoda gear dis weekend as de Naija Supa Eagus go fly enta Khartoum wia dem go jam Sudan for dia third game for Group A. Naija take kasala start dia waka as per to kwalify for ness year Nations cup becos na onli 1 point na hin dem collect for dia fess two games. Sudan own sef warwar pass Naija own becos dem neva pick any point from dia fess two kwalifia as dem chop koboko two times. Plenty work dey ground for Naija coachi, Stephen Keshi to do for Sudan becos na muss for de Eagus to win dis match, and Oga Keshi don dey try hin bess. Match gbege Na all Naija fans para for de Supa Eagus lass month afta Congo bilala dem for Calabar for dia fess match, but de 1 point wey dem collect for dia second game against South Africa na hin kon reduce de pressure small. As per de plan wey Naija get to win dis match, dia coachi don invite 4 new Eagus wey go jam Sudan. Dia name be Ugonna Anyora, Hope Akpan, Emmanuel Sunday and Aaron Samuel. Sudan coachi, Abdallah Mazda no gree c ...
Punch Ngr vs Rwa: NFF weighs Keshi, temporary coach August 7, 2014 by Idris Adesina Stephen Keshi The Nigeria Football Federation members are considering retaining Stephen Keshi for Nigeria’s next match which is a qualification game for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup match fixed for September or use another coach for the game. The NFF members are now certain that negotiations with Keshi for contract renewal may not be over until after that match which has now left them with the option of asking Keshi to continue until the final decision is taken or use another coach on a temporary basis, The PUNCH has learnt. Both sides got through the early stages of the negotiation with Keshi affirming his interest to continue on the job on Monday. His initial contract expired with the 2014 World Cup. A Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu who is also a member of the NFF technical committee said that the country could make use of a temporary handler for the men’s senior National Team if the contract talks with co ...
As the Big Boss, Stephen Keshi calls it a day on his career as Coach of the Super Eagles, let's show some respect to Nigeria's most outstanding football product. Stephen Keshi's place in Nigeria's soccer hall of fame is assured. As Nigeria's most influential National Team captain, Keshi, it was who pioneered the tradition of professional soccer outside the shores of Nigeria when he joined the Ivorien club side, Africa Sports of Abidjan...and from there he moved into Europe, and opened the door for others. He ended his playing career in the US with Sacramento Scorpions. Keshi had a glorious career as a footballer and led Nigeria as Captain to our Africa Nations Cup glory in 1994. He captained the Super Eagles in our first ever World Cup appearance at USA 94. His career as a coach has been outstanding and today, he stands tall as one of Africa's most successful coaches with stints as Head Coach of Togo, Mali and Nigeria. He remains the second ever man to lift the Nations Cup as Captain and Coach. Football h ...
What is Stephen Keshi trying to prove? After winning the Nations Cup for you, you say Sunday Mba is not aggressive enough?
Keshi: I am feeling the heat Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi admitted that he is a bit under pressure to do well in his debut World Cup as coach. According to Vanguard, Keshi, against all odds won the 2013 Nations Cup in South African. He became the first Nigerian as coach to achieve the feat as captain of the team in 1994 and then coach in 2013. But facing the world seems to be a Herculean task as it was demonstrated at the Fifa Confederations Cup last year in Brazil. “I have qualified two countries for the World Cup. I did not go to the first one, but I am going to my first World Cup in Brazil. Certainly I feel a little bit of pressure. But we are going to work really hard to make an impact,” Stephen Okechukwu Keshi Perhaps this was why he expected so much from his players in their friendly game against Greece and last night against the USA. “I think I was asking for a lot. “I have just realised that as a team, we only started training together last week in Philadelphia. “I know I am askin . ...
Nasarawa United goalkeeper trainer, Aloy Agu has hailed Super Eagles chief coach, Stephen Keshi for the goal keepers he has selected for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Speaking with 2muchsports.com, Agu said the three keepers shortlisted by Stephen Keshi for the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brasil are the very best that Nigeria can boast of. Super Eagles handler Keshi chose Vincent Enyeama of Lille OSC of France,Austin Ejide of Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Israeli top league and home based Chigozim Agbim of Gombe United as his best hands to man the post. “I am not disappointed in anyway with Keshi’s choice,he did the obvious” The Former Super Eagles goal tender also expressed confidence in their ability to excel, “I know Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide having coached as goalkeeper trainer,they have shown excellent skills as guards. “Chigozie Agbim though was not really at his best at the CHAN Nations Cup in South Africa, but he is busy a good keeper and is busy at Gombe and will not disappoint, he adde ...
Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez, has admitted that he was surprised to find out that Stephen Keshi included him, in his final 23-man squad to the World Cup. Azeez, who made the cut ahead of more popular faces like Nosa Igiebor and Nations Cup hero Sunday Mba, says he is ready to help Nigeria...
Mba misses out, Yobo in for Nigeria Sunday Mba, who helped secure a third CAF Africa Cup of Nations last year, has failed to make the cut for Nigeria's final squad for the FIFA World Cup™. Mba, who scored the winning goal in the 2013 Nations Cup Final against Burkina Faso, was late in joining the Super Eagles' training squad in London last week because of a visa hitch. But Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said the midfielder has since not shown enough desire to be part of the 23-man squad going to Brazil. "His lateness to camp contributed (to his missing out) but outside that he did not show the hunger, the fight, we expected for him," explained Keshi. "We have only two and half weeks to prepare for the World Cup and he was not giving us what we wanted. He was very relaxed and it was unlike him." The six other players who will not be on the flight to Brazil next week are Joel Obi (Inter Milan), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis), Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan), Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow), Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolve ...
♛www.elotiTV.com♛ World Cup: Rangers ‘unhappy’ with Uzoenyi, Mba’s exclusion: Enugu Rangers has expressed disappointment at the exclusion of Ejike Uzoenyi from Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil. The Flying Antelopes’ media officer, Foster Chime, told KickOffNigeria.com that he was surprised by the exclusion of Uzoenyi, who was voted the Most Valuable Player at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) held earlier in the year in South Africa, as well as Sunday Mba, the team’s ex-player, who was the hero of Nigeria’s 2013 Nations Cup winning side. “I just heard this morning. I won’t say it’s unfortunate because Stephen Keshi has said before now that he knows by heart the squad he will take to Brazil. So maybe before now he had already made up his mind that both Ejike and Mba will not make the team,” Chime told KickOffNigeria.com on Tuesday morning. He, however, cited the inclusion of Uche Nwofor and Michael Uchebo as a moral victory for the club, wh ...
RENARD LINKED TO TAKE THE BAFANA JOB! With the South African Football Association (SAFA) announcing yesterday that coach Gordon Igesund's contract will not be renewed, 2012 and 2013 Nations Cup winning coaches Herve Renard and Stephen Keshi have been lined up as possible replacements. Renard is without a job after standing down from his Sochaux post at the end of the season while Keshi is believed to be in his final months in charge of the Super Eagles and will be expected to strand down after the World Cup in Brazil. Zambia's Afcon winning trainer has also been linked with Swiss champions Basel, Evian TG and Lorient but he has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Africa if the right offer and country came along. SAFA president Danny Jordan announced in Johannesburg yesterday that SAFA are "looking for a candidate who will take Bafana Bafana back to the glory days. He should be someone who takes us to the next level". Former coach Carlos Queiroz and Ajax Cape Town coach Rodger de Sa have also bee ...
Osaze in keshi's 30 man squad Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie and Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi are in Nigeria's provisional 30-man World Cup squad for Brazil 2014. Odemwingie has been recalled to the Super Eagles after ending his feud with coach Stephen Keshi. The pair fell out after Odemwingie was omitted from Keshi's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad. Odemwingie, 32, last played for Nigeria in a goalless draw against Rwanda in February 2012. He told BBC Sport: "I made mistakes in the past but I've put all that behind me now. I thank the manager for this chance. "This is good for my career because I am in a better place right now. I just want to make my own contribution to the team and my country." Also handed a recall is Captain Joseph Yobo, 33, who has not played for Nigeria since they won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last year. John Mikel Obi of Chelsea and Liverpool's Victor Moses lead a cast of 19 returning players from the Nations Cup squad despite both struggling for first-team footb ...
 border=
Ibadan-based spiritualist Sat Guru Maharaji has tipped the Super Eagles to win the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Maharaji who spoke yesterday in Ibadan as guest of Oyo state chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) said all Stephen Keshi and his boys need do to spring the mother of all surprises in Brazil is to avoid wearing any color that has blue as well as sing a song he has specially composed for the team before every game. Maharaji said he had a hand in Nigeria’s fine run last year having been in constant touch with both the Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets during their AFCON and FIFA U-17 campaigns in South Africa and Dubai respectively. In Maharaji’s words: “I was in constant touch with the Eagles during their AFCON 2013 campaign and I remember telling them that the blue in Vincent Enyeama’s jersey was not good for the team. I told them that we would lift the Nations Cup, if they observe certain laws of divinity which has affinity with our country. I remember the Super Eagles officia ...
OH, MIKEL! The day Jose Mourinho signed Matic, I lamented here that our own Mikel Obi's Chelsea days were over. But Chelsea fans, ever interested in mouthy exchanges, told me to mind my business. I wondered what could qualify better as my business when Nigeria's 2014 World Cup participation was in jeopardy! To win the Nations Cup in South Africa, Stephen Keshi anchored an average squad on Mikel and the ex-Chelsea regular showed why he was the main stay in Chelsea's back-to-back European triumphs. But Mourinho, just because Man City has Yaya Toure, decided he needed his own Yaya to stand any chance of winning the EPL. So, the Portuguese wittingly concluded to end the career of Mikel, who was in same playing mold with Yaya before the same Mourinho turned him into a robotic stationery, with instructions to sit deep, break up play, guide it with strength, pass to the nearest man but never near the centre line! Well, I pray Chelsea goes trophy-less this season so that Mourinho will come to grips that Mikel was ...
Nigerian international Felix Owolabi has exclusively divulged to supersport.com that star striker Ikechukwu Uche must be recalled to the Super Eagles squad ahead of this year's World Cup in Brazil. Since the 2013 Nations Cup, in which Nigeria were crowned champions in South Africa, Uche has been overlooked by the Super Eagles' gaffer, Stephen Keshi. But Owolabi believes that the African champions would have a disastrous outing in Brazil should Uche miss the World Cup. Last week, Keshi was quoted to have said that the Villarreal striker would not be given any chance in his squad, claiming that Uche is not a disciplined player. Owolabi urged Keshi to temper his decision on Uche's matter with mercy, stressing that the attacker would be of great advantage to Nigeria in Brazil. Owolabi, who was part of the Nigerian squad that played at the 1978 Nations Cup, added that Uche is the best striker Nigeria has at the moment and that his form in Europe this term cannot be overlooked. “I can tell you that Uche is th ...
Stephen Keshi does not need any foreign adviser. 2013 Nations Cup and 2014 CHAN were evidences
Nigeria favoured for CHAN title on January 09, 2014 at 1:23 pm in Sports JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Debutants Nigeria appear the strongest of the 16 contenders for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which kicks off in Cape Town this weekend. Although ranked only third in Group A because they failed to qualify for two previous editions of a competition for home-based footballers, they should advance with hosts South Africa. Nigeria are seeking a second African National Team title in South Africa within 13 months having won the more prestigious Cup of Nations last February. The architect of that success, coach and former National Team captain Stephen Keshi, is back with four of his 2013 Confederations Cup squad. Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim and defenders Francis Benjamin, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Solomon Kwambe went to Brazil, and striker Ejike Uzoenyi was part of the Nations Cup-winning squad. Another goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu, helped the national junior team defeat Mexico last October to capture the world titl ...
Warri Wolves reliable midfielder, Sunday Mba, has said that only God can decide his availability for the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) billed for South Africa in January 2014, stressing that he cannot categorically give Nigerians assurance of his participation in the tournament. Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, had recently revealed that he had been pleading with his regular home-based players to shelve the idea of leaving the country for foreign deal until after the CHAN tournament, disclosing that the likes of Mba and Azubuike Egwueke were the ones he had spoken to. However, asked his take on the situation, the 2013 Nations Cup sensation, replied: "The decision on whether I should play CHAN depends on God. He knows the best and if God says I won't play, I will not be there, but if it is His wish that I play, I would certainly be there. I'm now busy preparing for CHAN and don't want to bother myself with transfer, but I don't know what will happen next." He equally reacted to the concerns of ...
After AFCON, CHAN Next -As Home-based Eagles Seek Fresh Glory In South Africa South Africa has become a good hunting ground for Nigerian teams, who now take The Rainbow Nation as home away from home in their quest for continental titles. So much so that the mention of the name South Africa for any tournament leaves Nigerians optimistic and hopeful of their team returning with the cup. The reason for such optimism is very simple: and this is the fact that the country has won all the major competitions entered for in that country except the World Cup. It is the same enthusiasm that is preceding the fact that Nigeria will be making a return again to South Africa early in 2014, as a squad of players from the Glo Premier League will gun for top spoils at the third Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN). This time around, the array of home-based players will be hoping to imitate their Super Eagles counterparts who emerged African champions at the last Nations Cup tournament held in the land of the Madiba in 2013 ...
" Sewnet Bishaw , Africa's best " Sunday Oliseh by: Uche George Egbe Sunday Oliseh has described Ethiopia's coach Sewnet Bishaw as one of the best on the continent. In a preview of Nigeria's upcoming World Cup Qualifier against the Walya Antelopes on his personal website, the Former Super Eagles midfielder practically described Bishaw as the best coach in Africa. "Ethiopia’s Head Coach Sewnet Bishaw is one of the best coaches in Africa (if not the best) based on what he has been able to achieve with this team and the materials available at his disposal," Oliseh wrote. "Very thoughtful in his remarks which even when seeming lose have a well thought objective behind every word." Oliseh warned the Stephen Keshi-led Nigerian team that beating Ethiopia will not be a walk in the park, adding that they were one of the best teams at the Nations Cup earlier in the year. "The team in my opinion was at the Group Stages of the Afcon 2013 the best African Team. "They were collective, physical, enterprising and one c ...
Head-to-head matches between Nigeria, Ethiopia Gray's College Kaduna gives a detailed recap of previous clashes between 2014 World Cup rivals Nigeria and Ethiopia. Altogether, both teams have met seven times with Nigeria winning four of these matches. Ethiopia recorded a famous victory over their more illustrious opponents in a 1994 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, while two other matches between them ended in draws. 1982 Nations Cup Finals - Nigeria 3 Ethiopia 0 The first meeting between both countries was at the 1982 AFCON in Libya, where Nigeria thrashed Ethiopia 3-0. Current Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, scored a brace in the game with Ademola Adeshina getting the other goal. Friendly 1993 - Ethiopia 0 Nigeria 0 The second game was a friendly played in Addis Ababa in1993 and the Eagles won 1-0. 1994 Nations Cup qualifier - Ethiopia 1 Nigeria 0 The next game was a 1994 AFCON qualifier, where Ethiopia recorded their one and only victory over Nigeria. April 11, 1993 is still a red letter day in Ethiopia t ...
How abt this from Goal.com David meets Goliath as Nigeria take on Ethiopia in the next play-off match-up. On paper, it wouldn't take knowledge of rocket science to figure out which side is or isn't the overwhelming favourite. Nigeria are reigning champions of Africa, receiving their coronation at the Nations Cup tournament in South Africa that saw Ethiopia seal an exit from the tournament's first round with a 2-0 loss against Stephen Keshi's team. That notwithstanding, four-time World Cup finalists Nigeria do have a peculiar way of making easy victories seem like the hardest things to pick up, drawing three of six games against minnows Namibia, Malawi and Kenya during the previous qualification stage and making relatively heavy work of a 6-1 defeat of Tahiti at the Fifa Confederations Cup earlier this year. Such complacency is what could allow Ethiopia to steal an unlikely opportunity to sell their beautiful brand of football and the joie de vivre of their fans to the rest of the world. Even so, backing N ...
Super Eagles players and officials as well as their Elephants of Cote D'Ivoire counterparts were all thankful to Kaduna State as they were treated to a surprise, sumptuous Gala Night, Saturday by Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State. Governor Yero, who was represented by his Sports Commissioner, said the event was meant to further cement the brotherly love existing between Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire and also inform all that the CHAN qualifier was beyond a mere football event. Speaking at the end of the event, Elephants coach, Saraka Kango Nobert, said he was shocked at the massive reception and promised to take the message home for a possible pay back in the return leg. He described Nigerian Coach, Stephen Keshi as an Ivorian having played in that country before and vowed that sooner than later his country will come for their adopted son to help them win the Nations Cup, to which all laughed off. Keshi thanked that NFF leadership and Governor Yero for the huge hospitality accorded his team and their oppon ...
Top 10 Nigerian Players Of 2013 by mukina2: 1:51pm On Jul 08 Ahmed Musa Ahmed Musa has definitely had more joy with CSKA Moscow than with the Super Eagles, where he was relegated to the bench in favour of Victor Moses. In Russia, he reigned supreme – finishing as the highest goal scorer for his club in the league and helping his team win the league after seven barren years. He was also prominent during the Cup run which they won on penalties. For the coming season, he needs to consolidate his form at club level and translate that into the Super Eagles for greater effect. Efe Ambrose Another serial winner in 2013, Efe Ambrose even scored for the Super Eagles against Liberia to help the team get to the Nations Cup. In South Africa, he proved a wise choice at right back. At Celtic, whom he joined at the beginning of last season, he proved himself in the Scottish League and in the Champions League and was part of the Celtic team that famously beat Barcelona 1-0 at Hampden Park. He ended the season with the ...
Emmanuel Emenike returned to action on the pitch in a friendly tournament for Spartak Moscow against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday. The Nigerian forward who's has been missing through injury since April played the first half of the match that ended 0-0. Nigeria Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi will be pleased that his main arrow head is fit again and will be hoping that the Nations Cup top scorer will keep in shape and injury free for the WCQ later in the year.
Several players of Nigeria’s Super Eagles have declared that they would not mind having controversial West Bromwich Albion attacker, Peter Odemwingie back in the team. Odemwingie last featured for Nigeria in a 2012 Nations Cup qualifying game in Kigali, Rwanda in February 2011. Head Coach of the Nigeria National Team, Stephen Keshi hinted in an interview this week that Odemwingie could get an unlikely recall to the National Team. "For (Odemwingie), he still has a place in the team. I'm not looking for an apology from him. (Odemwingie) is somebody thatI like very well and he knows that. The thing is, it's about the team that I'm worried about,” Keshi said. Inter Milan midfielder, Obiora Nwankwo has now praised Keshi for “this bold step” and believes Odemwingie’s return will bode well for the African champions. “Having Odemwingie back in the National Team will be a big plus. With all due respect to all the strikers in the team who have been working hard, Odemwingie is avery experienced striker w ...
Nigerians; very unpatriotic. Steve Keshi, after so much criticisms and discouraging words, won the Nations Cup for us. Now we are there at the Fifa Confederations Cup and this guy took us there with few international stars and more of local players. People are now raining all kinds of insults and calling him names. We are now asking for the head of Keshi. Here we are, the same people criticizing NFF for wanting to get a foreign coach, now calling for a foreign coach. By the time we have a foreign coach and he loses one match, Nigerians will start asking for Amodu Shuaib or possibly Augustine Eguavoen. Nigerians, Oh Nigeians. How we forget so soon everything good once we dont get it as planned. We can't achieve much as a nation with this very attitude. Stephen Keshi is a good coach, he has tried and should be given a chance.
 border=
WHAT A DISGRACE: At a press conference today in Rio, Brazil; FIFA was reporting on all participating countries at this year's Confederation Cup which begins tomorrow 15 June 2013. And the report on Nigeria was very appalling in that, it was shameful announced that the Super Eagles have decided to participate in the tournament after a protracted spat with the Nigerian Football Federation on the issue of bonuses which was owed the players. I thought to myself, as though the bone of contention is new to us Nigerians, however my concern is not whether corruption is no longer the order of day, but that , men, not at this stage and age should something like that be resolved by external bodies so to speak. This begs a question; don't we no longer have leadership in that country? Hardly had we come out of the spat between the Nigerian Minister of Sport and Stephen Keshi during the recently concluded Nations Cup in South Africa, and now this? It is laughable to have the Nigerian leadership embroiled in personal is ...
BEN MEMULETIWON – MIRROR I Saw Eagles Revolt Coming You really do not need to be Nostradamus, reputed as the man who saw tomorrow, a man whose invocative prophecies are shrouded in codes or soothsayer to know that Nigeria’s football at the Super Eagles level was sitting on gunpowder waiting to explode. And when the African champions failed to fly to South Africa from Namibia Thursday, due to a row over win bonus, I knew the day had finally come. Unfortunately, it came at a time when Nigeria may end up as pariah in football circles, if the revolt is not nipped in the bud immediately. It is coming at a time when the eye of the world is gazed at Nigeria and what the Eagles will do at the Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil, which begins tomorrow, June 15. Nigeria has her first match against Haiti on Monday, June 17. Nobody believed that the Eagles would behave like the Falcons, who chose to be refugees in South Africa a couple of Years Ago after winning the Women’s Nations Cup. But we all knew that the s ...
And Lastly on June 12, another important hero of today is Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. He, as the Captain of the Super Eagles Squad that won the Tunisia '94 Edition of AFCON, together with Coach Westerhof and other members of the squad, presented the Nations Cup to MKO Abiola at his Ikeja home shortly after they arrived in Nigeria. Stephen Keshi while presenting the Cup to him did not only describe Abiola as the Pillar of Sports in Africa but also Nigeria's President Elect.
Agbim and seven other local league players make the list for the Super Eagles trip to the Confederations Cup. Coach Stephen Keshi continued to make sure that the NPFL players are adequately represented in the Super Eagles squad to a major tournament By Babajide Alaka Jun 7, 2013 3:22:00 PM Chigozie Agbim, Warri Wolves The Super Eagles squad list to the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup was released on Thursdayand included in the 23-man list are eight players who ply their trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League. The NPFL produced six players for the triumphant Super Eagles team that won a third Nations Cup trophy for Nigeria in February. The players in that squad were Chigozie Agbim, Ejike Uzoenyi, Godfrey Oboabona, Reuben Gabriel, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Sunday Mba. For this trip to Brazil, Coach Keshi has droppedboth Uzoenyi and Gabriel; though both players transferred to European clubs after the Nations Cup win. The team left Nairobi for South Africa on Friday after their 1-0 win over Kenya in a Gro ...
Nigeria have made nine changes to their squad for the upcoming Fifa Confederations Cup from the 23-man selection that won February’s African Nations Cup as coach Stephen Keshi continue his controversial policy of promoting untried youngsters. The selection, released by the Nigerian Football Federation on Friday, includes four uncapped players plus five more who made a first international appearance just over a week ago in a friendly match against Mexico. Keshi has a settled look about his defence but a bevy of changes in other departments with both Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike unavailable after they had a significant impact on the unexpected Nations Cup success in South Africa at the start of the year. Captain Joseph Yobo, dropped during the tournament, is left out as his international career looks at an end, while the likes of Peter Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins were again overlooked. Keshi was pilloried before the Nations Cup for choosing inexperienced, home- based players but since winning the ...
Football:- NFF boss Maigari and Coach Keshi have a cordial relationship ahead of upcoming matches: As the Nigeria Football Federation continues to prop up the senior National Team, the Super Eagles for the busy month of June, NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari has declared that he has a new pact with the team’s technical crew headed by Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi for a qualification ticket for Brazil 2014. Maigari under whose leadership the Eagle have had a smooth run at the major tourneys leading to the win of the Nations Cup trophy at the SA 2013 Nations Cup was quoted by Super Eagles Media Officer Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, as saying that he may have had disagreement in the past with members of the National Team crew but the overriding need for national success has put all that in the past. “Keshi and I have been talking and even when am not with the team physically they know I am there in spirit and we are set for a touchy month of June where we hope to make Nigerians happy”, Maigari said ...
It will be soon I guess cos he just won Nations Cup as a coach "Why is Stephen Keshi's account not verified"
Kalika: Siasia Deserves Some Credit For Eagles’Afcon Win Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Simon Kalika, tells IZUCHUKWU OKOSI that coach Samson Siasia would have qualified Nigeria for the 2012 Nations Cup if he was given enough time. The Dutchman also believes that coach Stephen Keshi has worked really hard to deserve the AFCON victory
Mba Denies Warri Wolves A new twist has been added to the transfer saga hanging over Africa Cup of Nations sensation, Sunday Mba, as the player is now stating allegiance to Rangers International of Enugu and denies any obligation with Warri Wolves, the club he starred for last season. In what could be a telling chapter in the tussle for Mba between Wolves and Rangers, the scorer of Nigeria’s winning goal in the AFCON 2013 quarter-final against Cote d’Ivoire and the only goal of the final against Burkina Faso, insists his contract with the Delta State side has expired. Mba had camped, trained and played in a few friendly matches with The Flying Antelopes for some months before he was named in Stephen Keshi's squad for the Nations Cup. Rangers claim that Mba, who had two previous stints with them, is still their player, as he was only loaned out to Dolphins of Port Harcourt in 2010, and that his subsequent sale by The Garden City club to Warri Wolves is invalid as they did not sanction it. Warri Wolves, ...
By Onochie Anibeze Sylvanus Okpala cant believe that Okey Isima is gone forever. Okpala's savouring of the Nations Cup glory was halted Monday by the news of the death of the man he adored in their days at Onitsha and who was to become his bosom friend and room mate throughout their days in the Green Eagles. Isima died in Abuja at the weekend few years after he returned from the USA where he lived after retiring from football. He was a member of the 1980 Nations Cup squad and played from the left back position where he scored the only goal that beat Egypt in that tournament in Nigeria. ? As far back as 1982, Isima and Okpala hit Europe to play professional football, marking what the media was to term the exodus of Nigerian players to Europe. However,this became prominent when Stephen Keshi led a train of Nigerian players to Europe much later. I can remember Isima for many things,Okpala said yesterday while mourning the fallen star. Late Oke Isima was my senior in football. We used to carry their boots at ...
Vanguard News shared the following link and had this to say about it: Victories over highly rated Cote d’Ivoire got the team attention, but the scepticism still persisted. The final counts – the Cup, the Golden Boot for Emmanuel Emenike, five players in Africa’s First Eleven, and Stephen Keshi the only Nigerian coach to win the Nations Cup, and ...
Dear All, its 9 days to the 1st ever gathering of Nigerian Student Leaders in the United Kingdom. The theme is "Building Capacity for a New Generation Nigeria". To register simply use this link Spaces are running out and please dont leave it to the last minute. It's history in the making and it promises to be a conference you wont soon forget !!! Remember, you have the power to change your generation. For decades now, We have always been told that We are the leaders of tomorrow, yet the same people that have been telling us this are still justling and fighting to become leaders. Afterall, Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi did not have to bring back the likes of, Kanu, Okocha, or Amokachi to win the Nations Cup !!!
WHO SAID WHAT AT 2013 Afcon The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ended on Sunday with Nigeria taking the title and chimpsport reviews who said what during the three-week competition: "You don't want to know what was going through my mind in the last few minutes." – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after a tense finish to a 1-0 final win over Burkina Faso. "You have to be big when you lose and small when you win." – Burkina Faso coach Paul Put reacting with dignity in defeat. "It feels great – this is my sixth Nations Cup, and my last. I was praying to God I could win it. I feel so blessed, so grateful to God." – emotional Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo on what it meant to be handed the trophy. "There were a lot of doubters when I first arrived in Ouagadougou to take up my post. I believe many were hoping for a Jose Mourinho-type coach, not Paul Put." – Put on initial reactions to his appointment. "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well." – CAF president Issa Hayatou on Tunisian referee S ...
NIGERIAN'S WIN AT AFCON IN South Africa IS PROOF THE COUNTRY COULD ATTAIN ITS POTENTIALS IF LEADERSHIP IS RIGHT In 1984, Festus Adegboye Onigbinde took a team of rookies to the Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire. Though that team comprised the likes of evergreen Muda Lawal (of blessed memory), the moving spirits in that team were the young Turks of Stephen Keshi, Chibuzor Ehilegbu, Humphrey Edobor, Henry Nwosu, Rashidi Yekini (also of blessed memory), Peter Rufai, Ademola Adesina, Clement Temile and others. Though Nigeria had won the Nations Cup in Lagos in 1980, it had crashed out with ignominy in the first round of the championship in 1982 in Libya. Coach Onigbinde was therefore clearly rebuilding; and his young team had a fancy run all the way to the final, where a more seasoned Cameroun side of Roger Milla, Theophile Abega (of blessed memory) and Ernest Ebongue triumphed 3-1, after the Eagles had taken an early lead. This year, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, ironically a part of that Onigbinde 1984 team, also t ...
Is this true? Have we really manufactured our own brand of football? Let us see how: [1] Nigeria went with a local coach in Stephen Keshi rather than a big name European coach [2] Keshi picked young players, rather than big names [3] His emphasis was on team work, rather than individual stars [4] Keshi kept faith with the players he had, even though some of them had shaky starts to the tournament [5] Home-based players like Godfrey Oboabuna and Sunday Mba were played despite the Nations Cup traditionally being for European-based players [6] Despite criticism of certian players like Uwa Echiejile, Keshi stuck by them, showing faith in their ability [7] Keshi had the guts to bench Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo for the 19-year old Kenneth Omeruo [8] All the fans criticised Keshi for not taking a natural rightback to the tournament but he kept faith in the converted centreback Efe Ambrose, who not only did well but got into the Tournament XI [9] Keshi showed he was prepared to drop players who did not perf ...
Stephen Keshi used d bricks dat Nigerian threw at him to build and develop a better team dat won d nations cup. Sunday Mba scored on a ''SUNDAY'' Victor Moses came 2 d Super Eagles 2 aid dem in crossing D RED SEA(Nations Cup) even though he's an orphan. Mikel Obi is been regarded as d ''OBI (KING)'' of d team. Emenike was crowned d Highest Goal Scorer. Enyeama was crowned d best keeper of da tournament. Efe Ambrose put in his best in d AFCON 2013 final and he made d best 11 in Africa. Joseph Yobo(Captain) lifted d 2013 Nations Cup trophy. Super Eagles of NIGERIA are now been regarded as d CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA.Stand up for d Champions. GOD BLESS NIGERIA;GOD BLESS NIGERIANS!!!
Nigeria's star winger Victor Moses starts tonight's Africa Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso after overcoming an ankle injury, but leading scorer Emmanuel Emenike limped out of contention. Moses, who scored both goals in the Super Eagles' 2-0 first-round win over Ethiopia, has overcome the injury he picked up in Wednesday's semi-final drubbing of Mali. But in-form Spartak Moscow striker Emenike, who suffered a more serious hamstring problem in the same match, has failed to make Stephen Keshi's starting XI, with Ikechukwu Uche taking his place. Emenike, who was not even fit enough to be named on the bench, is joint leading scorer in South Africa on four goals with Mubarak Wakaso of Ghana. Villarreal striker Uche shone during the qualifying stages for the 2013 Nations Cup before ceding his place to Emenike. He leads the Nigerian attack with Brown Ideye. Veteran defender and Captain Joseph Yobo once again misses out through injury with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama retaining the skipper's armband. Attac ...
Super Eagles’ date with destiny Johannesburg - Nigeria will hope to end an astonishing 19-year wait for a continental title on Sunday evening at the National Stadium when they take on Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Stephen Keshi was the Nigeria captain back in 1994 in Tunisia, though he missed the final with an injury, as the Super Eagles beat Zambia 2-1, with an Emmanuel Amuneke double. Since then, despite producing a litany of talented players, Nigeria have continually failed to live up to continental expectations, their last final appearance coming way back in 2000. Now with Keshi at the helm as coach, they have a fantastic chance to make amends. There is also a particular irony to the fact that it is on the shores of South Africa that Nigeria have created this opportunity. Bafana Bafana won the Nations Cup subsequent to Tunisia ’94 on home soil in 1996. Yet Nigeria, the holders, were missing from that competition, boycotting South Africa in the midst of a political row. Nigerians ...
Afcon Final: Ojido prays, Obienu advises NFF. One old but very alert man monitoring all matches of the Nations Cup and praying that Stephen Keshi and Eagles lift the trophy today is Pa John Ojidoh, a veteran of many fields of sports. Ojidoh, 86, spoke from his home in Illah, Delta. “I wished that Keshi is listed among the great coaches who have worked in Nigeria. My rating has Westerhof, Troussier and Amodu as those whose records have distinguished them in the past 25 years or so. And if Keshi wins the Nations Cup, he will be added on this list. So far, he has done well. He has been noble, humble and confident in the post match conferences. May God not allow our match with Burkina Faso to be like the battle between David and Goliath. Burkina Faso looks the most balanced team of the tournament and Nigeria has a big job in their hand. I pray that Keshi completes his mission with a victory. Then his market value will skyrocket and cause NFF and NSC to respect him.” Nwabufo Obienu, former vice chairman of ...
In 1994 when Nigeria won the Nations Cup in Tunisia,Stephen Keshi who was the Captain then sat on the bench.Peter Rufia,the Goal Keeper was the Stand-in-Captain.Now in South Africa,Joseph Yobo the Captain is on the bench and Vincent Enyeama is the Stand-in-Captain.Is history going to be repeated?
Can the Eagles withstand the physical attributes of their Burkina Faso counterparts and win the Nations Cup in South Africa on Sunday? That is my wish. Last week, in this column, I wished so many things as Eagles were to face Ivory Coast, favoured by all to win the ongoing Nations Cup. I wished that the Eagles played more compact rather than the loose positioning we saw in their previous matches against Burkina Faso, Zambia and to a little extent against Ethiopia in the group matches. I wished that they moved more forward than their many passes back to their area when not necessary. I wished that Ahmed Musa and Ike Uche were left out of the quarter final tie against Ivory Coast. And I felt that Fengor Ogude’s disqualification from the match due to card offences was a divine action and said that we would not miss him. I also wondered how he even made the team. He was slow, marked and passed poorly and never created any thing in the midfield but he kept on playing. But to be fair to Stephen Keshi, the Eag ...
Togo, Angola, two others vie for Keshi’s signature Nigeria Coach, Stephen Keshi is now the toast of African countries here, as at least four African countries are said to have indicated interest to engage his services if Nigeria finally part ways with him after the Nations Cup fiesta. Daily Trust gathered here that Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and another unnamed country have made contact with the Super Eagles helmsman for a possible contract after the Africa Cup of Nations. There was however no information as to Keshi response to the requests. Keshi on Wednesday night said at a post match briefing in Durban, after his wards book Nations Cup Final meeting with Burkina Faso that he was not sure of his future with the Nigerian team after the African soccer showpiece. “I have never said I am against a white coach, my position is that if you wana to bring a white coach, bring a quality coach that can help African players, don’t go there and bring a carpenter from Europe, because most of th ...
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says he can relate to Joseph Yobo's current predicament having been in a similar position himself. Keshi, despite being Nigeria captain, spent most of the 1994 Nations Cup campaign on the bench, with his assistant Austin Eguavoen leading the team out for most of the tournament. Yobo is now facing the same predicament, as he has seen his starting spot taken by youngster Kenneth Omeruo. "I can understand how he feels because I have been in that same position," Keshi said. "I used myself as an example for him, and luckily he understands and is motivating the players, leading them, organizing them even when he is not playing." Yobo came on for the closing minutes of Wednesday's 4-1 win over Mali and admits that while he would like to see more minutes, the coach's decision was to be respected "I would love to play every minute, but it is up to the coaches, and I just have to be ready anytime," Yobo said.
53 keshi-14 The much anticipated Super Eagles list for the 2013 Nations Cup,has been released by coach Stephen Keshi,minutes to the deadline for submission stipulated by Confederation of African Football (CAF). Keshi made good his promise of taking players from the Nigeria Premier League(NPL)as he has six homebased players in his final squad. Surprisingly there was no place for Bright *** who netted the fantastic equaliser against Catalonia on January 2nd,and also Raheem Lawal was dropped from the team. The Full list: Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria) Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria) Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (R ...
"The first lesson from the match is that success unites Nigeria, while failure makes us resort to ethnic and religious attacks. Before the match, in a bid to vent their frustration on something, some people called the Super Eagles team an “Igbo team” or “Biafran Eagles”, because the coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is Igbo from Delta State, while a majority of the players are from Igboland. Keshi was accused of applying cronyism in the selection of members of his team, which was the “reason” the team was under-performing. Interestingly, such people did not also remember that Igbos were in the majority too in the Green Eagles team of 1994 that won the Nations Cup and played in the World Cup for the first time that same year, as well as the 1996 Dream Team that won the football gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics, with names such as Stephen Keshi, Ben Iroha, Mike Emenalo, Uche Okafor, Uche Okechukwu, Chidi Nwanu, Sunday Oliseh, Austin Okocha, Emmanuel Amuneke, Nwankwo Kanu, Celestine and Emmanue . ...
No foreign coach resuming at the time Stephen Keshi resumed would have gotten Nigeria this far in the Nations Cup. Lets appreciate what we have and support him with adequate resources and before too long we will have our Dream Team.
Who will be the first coach to lose his job at the Nations Cup? Algeria boss Vahid Halihodzic was told that his position would be safe whatever happened in South Africa, so he looks ok, despite the Fennecs' first-round exit. Will Zambia and Herve Renard have to part ways? Is Nigeria's Stephen Keshi on his way out if the Super Eagles lose to Ivory Coast on Sunday? Has Gordon Igesund done enough by taking South Africa to the quarter-finals?­ Who will be first to be fired?.Angola disappointed this edition will the coach stay?
52 Nations Cup record: 16 previous apps. Best finish: Champions (1980, 1994). Nigeria will be desperate to erase the memory of failing to qualify for the 2012 finals - and their 6-1 thrashing of Liberia, which secured their place in South Africa, shows they mean business. The Super Eagles have an excellent record in the finals - lifting the trophy twice, finishing runners-up four times and coming third seven times. Only in 1963 and 1982 (first round) and 2008 (quarter-finals) have they failed to collect medals and they look to have a decent chance for at least a last-eight place. Nigeria fans are optimistic that Stephen Keshi - who skippered Nigeria the last time they conquered Africa with a 2-1 triumph over Zambia in Tunis 19 Years Ago - can repeat the feat as coach. Centre-back and Captain Joseph Yobo, poised to equal the record of former African Footballer of the Year Nwankwo Kanu by playing in six Cup of Nations tournaments, is the defensive general of the Eagles. Much is expected from Chelsea pair Jo ...
frica Cup of Nations - Group C Teams: Zambia v Nigeria Date: 25 January 2013 Venue: Mbombela Stadium The pressure will be on both Zambia and Nigeria as they look to take a step in the right direction when they meet for an AFCON Group C clash on Friday. Both sides drew their opening Africa Cup of Nations 2013 games, leaving all of the Group C sides on one point with two group ties left. A defeat for either side would be a massive set-back. The Super Eagles drew their opener 1-1 against Burkina Faso after surrendering a lead deep into stoppage time. However, Stephen Keshi's side did look in control for most of the game. Meanwhile, defending AFCON champions Zambia were disappointing in their 1-1 draw against Ethiopia, who were down to 10 men but held on for a point. Chipolopolo struggled to create enough opportunities against Ethiopia and coach Herve Renard has urged his players to step up their performance. Nigeria were the last team to beat Zambia in the Nations Cup, back in 2010 when the Super Eagles edge ...
MORNING NEWS ON DiSkI 101 Holders Zambia and Nigeria go head-to-head on Friday in the first heavyweight clash of the Africa Cup Nations as they seek to break the stalemate in Group C. The match represents not only a chance for points in the battle for quarterfinal places but also affirmation of both sides' potential. Zambia were surprise winners of the 2012 Nations Cup and the scalp of a major power like Nigeria would assuage those doubters who feel they were fortunate in the last tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. It will also give credence to Zambia's ambition of qualifying for the next World Cup. Nigeria say they are building a team for the future, according to coach Stephen Keshi and Friday could provide a good indication on how far they have progressed. But while the first game at1500 GMT will be the one for the purist, the next at 1800 pitting Ethiopia against Burkina Faso will draw the fans and passion. Ethiopia are again expected to be backed by a raucous crowd at the Mbombela Stadium afte ...
Get your iPhone insurance today!
I laughed whn i read a report in d dailies credited to d coach of d Super Eagles Stephen Keshi that this present team he handles is as good as the 1994 team he captained to win d Nations Cup as well as getting to d 2nd round of US '94 World Cup n which rose to become d 5th ranked team in d world. I hv bn following this team since Keshi took over n having seen d team play in several occasions,am of d opinion that there is no bases for comparison.
Misfiring Zambia begin the defence of the African Nations Cup title against Ethiopia and a new-look Nigeria face Burkino Faso in Group C in Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium on Monday. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country embarrassingly missed out on the last edition of the Nations Cup and have undergone a controversial overhaul under new coach Stephen Keshi.
Ex-players return for AFCON title: Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is returning to the Nations Cup with Nigeria...
Nations Cup starts 2morrow. As a prophet i've seen it all. This is the conclusion. Nigeria vs India in finals. India will lift the Cup beating Nija 1 - 0. After dat match Stephen Keshi will be sacked as coach and Rashidi Yekini will be appointed as the new coach.Oops!
Nations Cup: Who makes Keshi’s final list? AS the CAF deadline for the submission of team’s final 23-man list approaches, the process of whittling down the number of players in the Super Eagles camp in Faro, Portugal has already commenced. It has been confirmed that the performance of the players in a training camp in Faro has made Keshi’s job of selecting the Best Players for the Nations Cup more difficult. The Eagles spokesman Ben Alaiya confirmed this when he said Stephen Keshi is “growing grey hairs” over picking his squad for the Afcon. According to him, “In fact Keshi at the training on Thursday did not know when he voiced out that he is in trouble as he doesn’t know who to drop.” For example, the emergence of Ogenyi Onazi, Rabiu Ibrahim, Nosa Igiebor, Gabriel Reuben, Henry Uche, Raheem Lawal, Obiora Nwankwo and Mikel Obi, the battle for a shirt in the midfield would be tensed. This is because, there are great players who are skilful and can handle the ball very well. Already, four p ...
Breaking news: Keshi releases final list for Nations Cup! Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, Wednesday night released the list of Nigeria’s team to the 2013 African Nations Cup. The list was released even as the friendly match between the Eagles and Cape Verde was still on.
⁠Keshi rages at *** Ideye drop rumour Super Eagles’ gaffer, Stephen Keshi, has denied the report in the media that the Portland Timberwolves star, Bright *** and Dynamo Kiev goal poacher, Brown Ideye, are major causalities as he prepares to unveil the final 23-man list for the Nations Cup
The first blunder of coach Stephen Keshi at the upcoming Nations Cup in South Africa would be to maintain "Joseph Yobo" as captain of the Super Eagles!
KESHI’S GIANT STRIDES... I must confess I would not have offered Stephen Keshi the Super Eagles job if I had anything to do about it. Though a great player in his days, Keshi’s antics caused more problems in the Green/Super Eagles than the number of games they actually won. His in-fighting that led to constant divisions in camp, culminating in his Group being christened, ‘Benin Mafia’, effectively denied Nigeria qualification for 1986 and ’90 World Cup Finals. There’s many more to write about Keshi and Nigerian football that could make a 400–page book. So, let’s concentrate on the present. When Keshi took the job, The Super Eagles were at the lowest ebb in over 20 years. A situation that was clearly avoidable if his predecessor, Samson Siasia, did not attempt to handle the National side with vindictive knuckles. That Nigeria could not qualify for the Nations Cup in 26 years told the story more of how badly deteriorated our football had nose-dived. Keshi came and did what a sane man would d ...
After the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with star-studded Catalonia on Wednesday, coach Stephen Keshi said he now has an idea of what his team will look like for the Nations Cup. OLUFEMI ATOYEBI writes on the chances of the players seeking Nations Cup debut
FOOTBALL:- Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa both based in Russia, as well as Italy based upcoming midfield ace, Ogenyi Onazi, have arrived the Super Eagles camp as preparations gathers steam for the Afcon 2013 Nations Cup, with Wednesday’s friendly against Catalonia selected the first big test. The trio breezed into camp at lunch time Sunday and were immediately checked into their rooms, with Onazi, explaining that they could have been earlier but spent time waiting for Emenike’s luggage which did not arrive with the plane from Lisbon to Faro, but will now be expected on Monday morning flight to the Eagles camp site. After exchanging banters with team officials led by Stephen Keshi they joined teammates in having their lunch and just as they were about rounding off, the fourth player to arrive on Sunday, Raheem Lawal, who now plays in the Turkish second division showed up. The four players are expected to take part in training on Sunday evening, as more players continue to hit camp for the internationa ...
Super Eagles' coach, Stephen Keshi has excluded Osaze Odemwingie in his Nations Cup list. Right or wrong? Let's gist.
Nigeria Axe Odemwingie, Martins for Nations Cup: [CAF]Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has left star...
Osaze Odemwingie's Nations Cup are all but over after being left out of Nigeria's provisional squad for South Africa 2013.
Onkwonkwo to get a second chance Defender Chibuzor Okonkwo is back in the Super Eagles squad, but coach Stephen Keshi says the right back will have to prove himself all over again. Okonkwo, a regular fixture in the side under former coach Samson Siasia, was blacklisted by Keshi when he left camp a few days into training under the new coach for an unsuccessful trial in England. This was after Keshi had decreed that home based players must be ready to stay at least six months with the National Team before attempting to travel abroad. With the Nations Cup approaching, and options limited at right back, Keshi has now recalled the experienced defender saying every person deserves to be given a second chance in life no matter what, but the player must now justify his call-up. "But he has to prove that he’s a better player in terms of discipline and action on the pitch," he said. Okonkwo played the second half in the 1-1 draw against Nasarawa United on Thursday and showed flashes of his old self. -XKR
 border=
Stephen Keshi has expressed satisfaction with the fitness level of NPL players in the team's first training ahead of next year's Nations Cup
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says his Nations Cup door remains open to the likes of Taye Taiwo. Should he play?
Keshi to start preparations for Nations Cup when he arrives on Saturday: Coach of the Super Eagles,Stephen Keshi...
Colin Udoh trying to help Stephen Keshi find Super Eagles defenders for the Nations Cup. Go to m.guinnessvip.com and leave your candidates in the Sliding Tackle comments section!
KESHI, BEWARE BY ONOCHIE ANIBEZE I’m sure Stephen Keshi must be savouring the 3-1 victory against Venezuela in an international friendly in Florida Thursday morning. Venezuela were semifinalists in the last Copa America. They lost the third place match to Paraguay on penalties. They are no minnows in football. The good thing about that victory was the withdrawal of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses from the match. It afforded Keshi the chance to try other players who probably would not have played. Mikel and Moses, for now, would always win first team shirts if they honour invitations to National Team. But no one could say so of Brown Ideye and Ogenwo Onazi who scored brilliant goals. Nosa Igiebor stood out in Liberia in the 2-2 draw in the Nations Cup qualifier and lived up to expectation in Calabar. But in Florida he seemed to have sealed a regular shirt in the Eagles. Many will tell the story of his superb goal for long. Not to forget the performance of debutants Shola Ameobi and Bright *** Keshi describe . ...
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has dismissed reports that Osaze Odemwingie would be at the Nations Cup as no player is guaranteed a shirt yet.
Obafemi Martins makes it impossible for Stephen Keshi not to call him for Nations Cup trial now.Scoring consistently and reliable any day
Keshi eyes Ameobi for Nations Cup: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says he will give striker S...
Ahmed Musa Marks Birthday In Style ..Keshi Predict Eaglets World Cup Win Super Eagles winger and one of the goal scorers in the 6-1 routing of Liberia, Ahmed Musa, was the special birthday boy on Saturday night after the team’s win, Victor Moses is expected to mark his in the coming days. The birthday session, which was not planned for, was announced by Head Coach Stephen Keshi, who said a cake has been prepared for Musa to mark the session. Thereafter in-house compere and Team’s Psychologist, Robinson Okosun, took charge of events with players and official singing and dancing the happy birthday song for the fleet-footed winger. Assistant Coach, Sylvanus Okpala, known for his singing dexterity at such occasions took charge and it was fun as all the players and officials celebrated one of their own in style. Musa said at the occasion that he is wishing for a Nations Cup triumph for the team, when next he will be marking his birthday. In a similar vein, Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi has predicted that the ...
Congratulations to Nigeria, the Super Eagles and Stephen Keshi as Stephen Keshi delivers the Nations Cup ticket to Nigeria. If Nigerians and Super Eagles players co-operate with Stephen Keshi, he will also qualify Nigeria for the World Cup. Keshi is a child of destiny!
Flying Eagles coach, John Sam Obuh has enjoined the Super Eagles tactician, Stephen Keshi to make sure his players are well informed of the permutations that will see them qualify for next year’s Nations Cup.
Seyi Olofinjana: Stephen Keshi will qualify Nigeria for 2013 Nations Cup -
coach, Stephen Keshi has urged his players to make it count when they play Liberia, in the winner takes it all second leg 2013 Nations Cup qualifier, October 13 in Calabar. Keshi was ...
Stephen Keshi is in no mood to suffer fools gladly as preparations for the crucial return leg of the final qualifying game of the 2013 Nations Cup begins in Abuja today
Naij.com Nations Cup: Eagles Can’t Afford to Lose to Liberia – Erico Joe Erico, a retired goalkeeper of the former Green Eagles in the 1970s, wants total support for the Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, in the October 13 clash against the Lone Star of Liberia in Calabar. FOLLOW THE LINK TO READ MORE
 border=
Enyeama Oboabona, Oshaniwa, Yobo, Ambrose Obiorah , Gabriel, Uzoenyi Ideye, I. Uche, Moses The Eagles are better rated, have the better players but all that will be consigned to the dustbin as Liberia welcomes the Nigerian team to Monrovia on Saturday for a very crucial Nations Cup qualifier. In 12 matches played between the two countries, Liberia have only ever won one with the Super Eagles having eight triumphs. They have sharedthree draws. In February, the Super Eagles made up of home-based players defeated a predominantly home-based Lone Stars 2-0 in Monrovia. But Saturday’s match has a different dimension as there is more at stake. But the Eagles can take encouragement from that February win and use it to get another one on Saturday.The teams will be engaging themselves this time around will be much changed but the Eagles should take this one on paper. Tactics The Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi, has largely used the 4-3-3 formation and this should still be applicable to face Liberia. The Eagles squa ...
Eagles train in Niger for wed friendly Nigeria trained Monday at the Stade Omnisport in Niamey ahead of their friendly against Niger on Wednesday. The Eagles arrived Niamey Sunday night and checked into the Hotel Gaweye in the centre of the city. Wednesday’s friendly will kick off 3:30pm Nigerian time at the Stade Gen Sani Kountche in the Niger capital named after a former Niger Head of State. The stadium seats up to 40,000 fans according Niger Football Federation officials who are also using the game to prepare for its crunch Nations Cup duel against Guinea on September 8. It was also gathered that the Mena will be parading up to five foreign-based professionals who were expected on Monday from their various clubsides in France for the encounter, as the team hope to use their full arsenal against the Eagles made up of entirely local stars. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has said he expects his team to acquit themselves well on Wednesday. Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo said he expects a very good result from ...
Vanguard News shared the following link: was in Calabar to see the Eagles beat Rwanda 2-0 in a Nations Cup preliminary match. And just like I reminded Samson Siasia during his time that his team had only exhibited only 40 percent of what his dream performance was, I say same of Stephen Keshi’s team today.Category Onochie Anibeze
Twenty four hours after Nigeria’s 2-0 victory in a Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda coach Stephen Keshi was in a relaxed mood in his hotel room in Calab,,,
Stephen Keshi will win the Nations Cup as a player(captain) and as a coach.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is to axe Victor Moses and John Utaka as he goes for goals against Rwanda in a 2013 Nations Cup qualifier.
Before the Nations Cup qualifier February 29 in Rwanda Uche Kalu performed above average in training and the friendly match in Liberia. He clearly stood out as one of the best among the local players. But when the foreign-based stars arrived for the match in Rwanda Kalu lost his place in the team. It was difficult for Stephen Keshi to field him in place of Osaze Odewengie and Yakubu Aiyegbeni. And with Ike Uche as the striker on the bench Kalu could not even find a place among the dressed players
Super Eagles' manager, Stephen Keshi has dropped five domestic players from the squad preparing for the 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Namibia on June 3 in Calabar
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has picked Raheem Lawal and Gege Soriola for next month’s World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers. Spain-based midfielder Lawal and Gege, who features for South African club Free State Stars, staked serious claims for Eagles places in the friendly against Peru in Lima, which Nigeria lost 1-0. The other fresh call-ups for the qualifiers are the Italy-based duo of Nwankwo Oboirah and Nnamdi Oduamadi. They are to report to the Calabar training camp of the Eagles latest Sunday evening, while Lawal has been given special permission to come in the following day. The coach is also expected to on arrival from Lima, announce the home-based squad for the tight three-way qualifiers against Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda.
What was Stephen Keshi thinking leaving Mikel out of the Super Eagles team to prosecute next month's Nations Cup qualifiers? Hmmm!
Prince Philip Emmanuel Macron Buckingham Palace Hillary Clinton Donald Trump President Trump Marine Le Pen Le Pen Star Wars North Korea House Republicans Red Sox Saudi Arabia Ivanka Trump Morning Joe Barack Obama President Donald Trump Brad Pitt Google Docs Stephen Colbert National Day Puerto Rico Celta Vigo White House Jimmy Kimmel Fenway Park Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Islamic State National Front Julian Barratt Manchester United Ed Sheeran Sean Spicer James Comey South Side Middle East Justice Kennedy Angelina Jolie Girl Scout Liam Hemsworth South America Director James Comey Pope Francis Met Gala John Paxson Turner Prize Triumphant Return Dodger Stadium Kim Kardashian Elon Musk Vietnam War Nicki Minaj Machu Picchu Mahmoud Abbas Royal Court Carter Page Los Angeles Hong Kong Mark Zuckerberg Huma Abedin Theresa May Queen Elizabeth Amanda Knox General Election Star Wars Battlefront 2 Joe Walsh Arsene Wenger Maria Sharapova Susan Rice White City Imagination Technologies Premier League Mayor Rahm Emanuel Cara Delevingne Donald Tusk Chris Rock Tim Cook Nate Jones Harry Potter Director Comey May Day Mutual Fund American Airlines Air France Indian Ocean Daily News European Union Jimmy Fallon Paul Ryan Ashley Graham Ariel Winter San Bernardino Jeremy Corbyn Europa League Tony Parker Vin Scully Adam Jones United Airlines Kent State University Kraft Heinz
© 2017