The ongoing African Nations Cup tournament has been exciting to watch, with surprises everyday. Countries have started qualifying for the quarter finals and Gabon have been an excellent host. Nigeria, one of the biggest footballing countries in Africa and the Rainbow Nation – South Africa – were missing from the list of countries that would feature.
Defending champions of the African Women Cup of Nations Nigeria has reached the semi finals stage of the ongoing tournament in Cameroon.
Nigeria defeated Kenya 4-0 to book their spot in the last four. Nigeria played Kenya in Limbe, starting the game quickly as they scored in the second minute. Ngozi Okobi scored the goal as she got her first start in the tournament. A few minutes later, Nigeria doubled the lead through veteran Faith Ikidi who nodded from a free kick.
The Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has stripped his mind off a lot of things as Nigeria get ready to host Algeria in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers in Uyo on Saturday.
The tie billed for November 12 will see the CAF World Cup Qualifier group B leaders Nigeria take on Africa’s highest ranked team Algeria, who are desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of playing 1-1 draw at home to Cameroun.
It is a truth that Nigeria’s football is experiencing a poor moment at the moment.
AdegboyeOnigbinde who is a former CAF and FIFA instructor believes that a lack of qualified coaches is the reason behind this issue. He said that the majority of qualified coaches in Nigeria is unemployed and that this is the primary factor behind the slow development of Nigerian football.
Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr says that he would not think twice about dropping any player who is not committed to the national team.
The Super Eagles are once again undergoing a major revamp which is surprising considering that they were a dominant force in African football not too long ago. The presence of players like John obi Mikel and Obafemi Martins helped the Nigerian national team to lift the African Cup of Nations a few years ago. The highly talented squad has been on the wane in recent years. German nationalRohr was brought in to improve the fortunes of the national team.
Arsenal legend and two-time African Footballer of The Year Nwankwo Kanu revealed his disappointment after Nigeria failed to qualify for a second successive African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
The 2013 AFCON champions, and giant of Africa have endured a troubling time with football for years now and it seems it is not ending anytime soon. Kanu poured out his heart to local media, saying:
A Japanese surgeon has promised the Nigerian players a reward of $30,000 to each player if ever they win the gold medal at the Olympic football tournament.
The surgeon said that he has fallen in love with the Nigerian team after having heard of the financial issues on television. He stated that it is a great achievement in itself for a team with these kinds of problems to have reached this stage of the competition.
Sam Sodje is shocked how the bigwigs of Nigeria association can name someone manager of country’s senior side without having any deal in place with him.
Nigeria may be close to appointing interim manager Salisu Yusuf on a permanent basis.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi, says that everyone at board level are pleased with the way the team has performed under the regime ofYusuf. Hence, they are now considering making him as the new Nigeria national team coach. The team competed in friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg under the regime ofYusuf. In both these games, the team performed exceptionally well and managed to concede only one goal.
Nigerian national team coach Salisu Yusuf has been facing criticism for his failure to pick a large number of homegrown players.