Stephen Keshi & Nigeria Premier League

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (born January 31, 1962 in Lagos) is a former football defender from Nigeria. The Nigeria Premier League is the highest level of domestic Nigerian football. It is fed into by the Nigeria National League (NNL). 5.0/5

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The Kano Pillars, Enyimba catastrophic outing: Before the arrival of Stephen Keshi, the Nigeria Premier League...
The Super Eagles will feature seven new faces in the starting XI against the Azzurri in London on Monday evening Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has opted for a changed line up against Italy in Monday evening’s international friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The match will see seven players who were on the bench in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia start tonight’s match. Up front, Keshi has opted for Newcastle United forward Shola Ameobi and Toronto FC striker Bright *** instead of Emmanuel Emenike and Brown Ideye. They will play alongside Liverpool’s Victor Moses in a three-pronged attack. The lone midfield change is Brescia’s Nnamdi Oduamadi who will pair up with Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi. In defence where Keshi made three changes, Rizespor’s Godfrey Oboabona (who keeps his place from the game against Ethiopia) will be joined by Nigeria Premier League-based trio of Azubuike Egwuekwe of Warri Wolves, Solomon Kwambe of Sunshine Stars and Benjamin Fra ...
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi announced his squad of 15 Europe-based players that will take on Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23 in Calabar. The coach omitted captain Joseph Yobo from the list but recalled Obafemi Martins and Nnamdi Oduamdi to the side while giving first time call ups to Academica de Coimbra's John Ogu and Babatunde Michael of Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine. Keshi recalled 11 of the players that he took to the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide return to the side as well as defenders Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile and Kenneth Omeruo. In midfield John Obi Mikel, Fegor Ogude and Ogenyi Onazi are recalled. However, there's no place for Nosa Igiebor who failed to impress at the Afcon. They are joined by Ogu who plays in Portugal. Strikers Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye return but Emmanuel Emenike is still out injured. They will join up with the already announced squad of players from the Nigeria Premier League in their Abu ...
It has been a year full of events on the sporting front for Nigeria, the local league and even MyNaijaFC. Today is just 12th of February yet it seems like the year is at its end already. Lets first give honour to those whom it is due. To the Super Eagles we say CONGRATULATIONS. To the Stephen Keshi led technical crew we say THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS. We would also want to CONGRATULATE the board of the NFF, the Sports Ministry, the National Sports Commission and our greatest congratulations goes to the Nigerian people WOW!!! It's been a long time coming. Now to the bone of the meat. As promised by the ILMC(Interim League Management Committee) of the Nigeria Premier League promised us in December that a new sponsors have been tied up, they also said that the signing of the sponsorship deal would be done on the first day of February. It's February 12th now we are yet to see anything to that effect. The draws have not been done and lots more. Questions, questions, questions and lots more questions. How ab ...
The 23 players chosen by the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew is a case in point and there are so many questions to ask. And even as much as the criteria for the choices were not cast in stone – there are accusations from some quarters that there might have been some emotional and spiritual inputs into the list. But let us critically look at the team as it is made up and technically appraise the players that were chosen against those that were not chosen especially looking at the inclusion of six home-based players. Will the Nigeria Premier League stars get action, some action or will they be perpetual bench warmers? DEFENCE In the goalkeeping section, it is a good thing that we have three capable players who can be called upon to play and over the course of last year, we saw the three in action. They will pass but we can definitely not do better. In the defence, I have some questions. Why were the likes of Michael Odibe, Dele Adeleye, Gege Soriola and James Okwuosa not invited to test their mettle in t ...
For the Nigeria Premier League, its hurray! 6 players from the league were included in Stephen Keshi's list for
The official team list of the Super Eagles was finally released late on Wednesday, and no less than six home based professionals made the team Enugu Rangers, who were scoring goals for fun in the Nigeria Premier League, supplied three of the players, with goal keeper, Chigozie Agbim, and the striking duo of Sunday Mba and Ejike Uzoenyi making the cut. Stephen Keshi kept his promise of taking a home based player from each department as Warri Wolves Azubuike Egwueke and Sunshine Stars Godfrey Oboabona also made it, while Gabriel Reuben of Kano Pillars represented the NPL in midfield. The shock exemption was Bright *** who scored his first goal for the Eagles in the 1-1 draw with Catalonia. The full list of The Super Eagles. To the Nations Cup... Goalkeepers : Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers) Defenders : Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Amb . ...
Vanguard Nations Cup: Keshi in ‘trouble’ over final team selection on JANUARY 6, 2013 · in NEWS, SPORTS AS the CAF deadline for the submission of team’s final 23-man list approaches, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi is “growing grey hairs” over picking his squad for the Africa Nations Cup, officials have said. Eagles spokesman Ben Alaiya disclosed that the performance of the players in a training camp in Faro, Portugal, has made Keshi’s job of selecting the best players for the Nations Cup difficult. ”The competition here is very tough. Coach Keshi is growing grey hairs over who to drop because all the players are on top of their game as they all want to be at the Nations Cup,” Alaiya said on a Brila FM sports programme monitored in Lagos yesterday. “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.” Eagles goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu is also satisfied with the showing of the goalkeepers from the Nige ...
EXCLUSIVE Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is on the edge of his seat ahead of his squad announcement after Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel missed his third straight game on Saturday as the Blues defeated Southampton 5-1. Mikel was unlisted, heightening speculations that his injury might keep him out of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations squad. DON'T MISS Match Report: Southampton 1-5 ChelseaTEAM NEWS: Demba Ba in for Chelsea The midfielder has been nursing a knee knock that he suffered in a Premier League game against Norwich City. The club's website had stated that Mikel would be available for Saturday's game but he was not listed in Rafa Benitez's squad. Compatriot Victor Moses was listed in the Chelsea game and scored the third goal in a 5-1 defeat of Southampton. He and Mikel are expected to join the Super Eagles in their Faro, Portugal training base on Saturday night. National team spokesman Ben Alaiya responded to queries from Goal.com about Mikel's injury status thus: "He has said he's fit and when he ...
Catalonia 1-1 Nigeria — Match Report Nigeria held Catalonia to a 1-1 draw at the Estadi Cornellà El Prat on Thursday evening as they continued preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations that starts later this month. Sergio Gonzalez converted a penalty early in the seventh minute to give the hosts the lead before US-based striker Bright *** got the Super Eagles an equaliser in the 55 th minute. Stephen Keshi started with a team of home-based players mixed with a handful of Europe-based lads while John Cruyff’s squad consisted of players from the Barcelona and Espanyol sides in La Liga. Barcelona’s Xavi, Carles Puyol, and Milan’s Bojan Krkic were some of the big name stars paraded by the Catalonians while Nigeria had Ike Uche, Emmanuel Emenike, and Ahmed Musa come in as substitutes. The entire Nigerian defence was consisted of Nigeria Premier League players: Chigozie Agbim in goal, and defenders Solomon Kwambe, Azubuike Egwueke, Godfrey Oboabuna and Benjamin Francis who all proved themselves highl ...
Peter Odemwingie is ready to make his Premier League rivals pay after being dumped by Nigeria. The West Brom forward was left out of his country’s provisional 32-man squad for the African Nations Cup and he is now set to quit international football. Odemwingie, 31, is still fuming at his treatment and slammed Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi. Albion head to QPR today looking to heap more misery on struggling Rangers. Odemwingie said: “It’s clear now that my dayswith the Super Eagles are over. “I was warned that they were going to find a reason to push me away when the chance came. “I still love my country and care about the football but I already wasn’t feeling the way I would have liked to feel.” By missing the African Nations Cup Odemwingie will also be around for the birth of his son. He added: “My son will be born around January 11. “So it was a difficult call for me to go away with the Super Eagles camp, come back for the birth and go again.”
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is eager to take home-based players to the African Cup of Nations if they can prove their value to the team. Keshi opened a training camp on Monday for 22 home-based players in preparation for the tournament, which kicks off in Johannesburg on January 19. And the 50-year-old said he would be pleased to take players from the Nigeria Premier League to South Africa, but is not making any promises
FOOTBALL: Enugu Rangers new signing Sunday Mba has said he expects several players from the NPL to make the squad to the AFCON. No player from the Nigeria Premier League made the final squad to the 2008 and 2010 Nations Cups and it is widely believed that possibly only two players would make coach Stephen Keshi's final list to next year’s tournament. However, Mba, who has scored two goals for the Eagles under Keshi, said he expects more players from the NPL to press for places to South Africa 2013. "If the coach didn't have confidence in us, he would not call for a training camp for us. So I don't buy that school of thought that we stand no chance. Its football and anything could happen," the former Warri Wolves star told MTNFootball.com "There is no doubt that our lack of action in the league would tell on our performance but again that is the reason why the coach wants to start the camping early." The training camp for local league players will open in Abuja on December 17.
Keshi hints on Martins, Kalu Uche recall: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has hinted on recalling Levante ace Obafem...
Obaseki, Keshi, Ogunjobi for LBA Former Nigeria Premier League (NPL) chairman, High Chief Oyuki Obaseki has confirmed he will be present at the 2012 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) in Lagos. Also, Super Eagles' Head Coach, Stephen Keshi and former Nigeria Football Association secretary-general, Taiwo Ogunjobi have confirmed to be part of the dignitaries for the LBA. Obaseki is excited that the LBA is private-initiative meant to support the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). "It's a good move from you individuals to have your own version of the awards for the league," said Obaseki. Keshi, on the other hand, believes the 2012 LBA will serve as a way to spur on players in the nation's top flight to continue to give their best as they stand to be rewarded.
Football | Nigeria Nigeria, Liberia live on SuperSport 12 October 2012, 08:40 After missing out on the 2012 edition of Africa’s showpiece football tournament, the Cup of Nations, in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Nigeria's Super Eagles will confront Liberian on Saturday live on SuperSport looking to avoid the mistakes of the last qualifying campaign. The match is live on SuperSport 3 from (5pm CAT), from the historical city of Calabar. A combination of players from the Nigeria Premier League and the foreign legion will line up for duty in this must win match having drawn the first leg 2-2. Former Nigerian captain, Stephen Keshi has the responsibility of leading the Eagles into this epic clash and Nigerians expect him to secure the ticket for the Eagles to join the rest of Africa in South Africa 2013. Interestingly, all eyes will be on Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi, who will grab his first cap under the nation's former captain on your World of Champions. Broadcast details Saturday, October 13 SS3 (4.45pm CA ...
Keshi to name final 11 NPL stars This weekend Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi will name his final 11 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) players for a 2013 AFCON qualifier in Liberia. "I expect my foreign-based players to begin to arrive from Sunday, so by Saturday I should have decided on the players to remain in camp,” Keshi informed MTNFootball.com “It’s just a few players like Efe Ambrose who is playing on Sunday that I expect to be here on Monday." Fresh call-ups like Philip Asuquo from Shooting Stars and Sanusi Sani of Gombe United are expected to stake string claims to be on the squad to Monrovia. These players will add to the 11 overseas-based stars he has called up for the game fixed for September 8. There are currently 24 players from the NPL at the Abuja training camp of the Super Eagles. Keshi has also told MTNFootball.com that he would love his team to arrive Liberia 24 hours to the game in Monrovia. "I would love us to leave late on the sixth, work out on the seventh and play the game the next da ...
The Super Eagles of Nigeria today played a goalless draw with the Menas of Niger Republic in the international friendly game played in Niamey. Both Nigeria and Niger aimed to use the friendly, to prepare their teams for the forthcoming 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers against Liberia next month. While Niger fielded some foreign based professionals,Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi used the opportunity to parade players that ply their trade in the Nigeria Premier League. Though the game ended 0-0,the Super Eagles were the better side as the trio of Reuben Gabriel,Papa Idris and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim excelled against the Niger team that fielded eight foreign professionals. Coach Keshi is looking towards infusing more home-based players into the mainstream Super Eagles,to forestall an over reliance on the foreign players. After the game Keshi said: “Its a good warm up for the Liberia game and we should pick a good result in the encounter, because we did not play with the compliments of our Europe based stars ...
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 ...
Mr. Emmanuel Attah is the team coordinator of the Super Eagles. In this exculsive interview with Soccer Press, he gives an insight into the mind of Head Coach Stephen Keshi as he executes his team re-building programme, the composition of the team and his concerns about the Nigeria Premier League.
NFF chief wants Mikel, Osaze In eagles A member of the NFF technical committee Austel Emelelu has asked for top stars like Mikel Obi and Osaze Odemwingie to be recalled by the Eagles. Chelsea star Mikel, Odemwingie as well as Emmanuel Emenike, Obinna Nsofor and Yakubu Aiyegbeni were left out of last month’s qualifiers by coach Stephen Keshi. Instead, Keshi worked with players from the Nigeria Premier League as the core of his team. “Despite the results we recorded against Malawi, Rwanda and Namibia last month, we will still need the experience of players like Mikel, Osaze, Emenike, Nosa Igiebor and Fengor Ogude in our next match,” said Emelelu. Emelelu’s position is shared by former international Jonathan Akpoborie. "It won't be an easy game against Liberia, but Nigeria can win if the right team is chosen,” the outspoken Akpoborie told MTNFootball.com “The Eagles coach should involve more foreign-based players in the game because it is a winner-takes-all situation. “And Liberia have beaten N ...
Glasgow Rangers forward Sone Aluko has saluted as bold the decision by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi to pick Nigeria Premier League players.
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