Nigerian national side eliminated from 2015 African Cup
The Nigerian national side was eliminated from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after losing against South Africa and even with the recent managerial change that is going on involving Stephen Keshi, this has not stopped the nation in any way as an interim manager in the form of Daniel AMokashi was named and the Nigerian has a number of matches expected to play within the upcoming weeks.
On March 29, Nigeria was expected to play against Bolivia in a friendly match but the Nigerian Football Federation has recently announced that their opponents ‘’chickened out at the last minute’’ due to health concerns involving the Islamic group Boko Haram which has killed thousands of people in the northern section of Nigeria.
As a way to avoid putting the coaching staff and the players themselves in any kind of risk, the football federation of Bolivia decided to back down and the match is going to take place in another location instead of Nelspruit which was the original location that was planned to be played on.
This isn’t the first time that violence has threatened or affected the world of football as people are question whether or not the upcoming 2018 World Cup which is going to be held in Russia would be the best place to have the international competition as Russia does not have a healthy relationship with Ukraine and a number of protests, disagreements and other things have been going on.
Ukraine has even announced that they start boycotting the tournament if Russia does not pull its troops out of a Ukrainian territory.
Nonetheless, SeppBlatter believes that even with all of these threats and acts of aggression, the 2018 World Cup will help bring peace to the region.
The match between Bolivia and Nigeria was cancelled and now Nigeria has scheduled a friendly match against Uganda which both nations have already confirmed and the match is expected to kick off on March 25.