SEMI FINAL AIMS

After winning the African cup of nations for first time with this current generation, Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has said that he will be looking to make it into the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Nigeria have managed to win a total of three African cup of nations titles so far in their history.

However, African teams are yet to taste success in the FIFA World Cup. Due to the fact that Nigeria have a young average age within the squad, it is expected that they will be highly competitive at the World Cup that will take place in just over a year.

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PROUD NIGERIANS

The Nigerian midfielder Victor Moses has said that he is extremely proud to be a Nigerian. The Chelsea midfielder managed to lift the 2013 African cup of nations with the African team after they managed to win the final against Burkina Faso 1-0.

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NIGERIA IN POOR FORM

Nigeria have been extremely poor in the last five matches, which has raised the concern ahead of the 2013 African cup of nations.

The manager once again saw his team put an extremely disappointing performance in the recent match against Cape Verde. Nigeria were playing against Cape Verde in the second of the friendly match ahead of the African cup of nations. After failing to assert any major advantage over the minnows, Nigeria only managed a 0-0 draw. The manager Stephen Keshi lambasted his players by saying that it was not good enough.

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ALUKO IN CONTENTION

The Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has confirmed that the Hull city player Sone Aluko is in contention to be part of the team at the 2013 African cup of nations that will be held in South Africa.

The 23-year-old Nigerian has been an impressive form for Steve Bruce's side as he has already scored eight goals in just 17 Championship matches. As a result, his call up for the 2013 African cup of nations has been widely discussed. Stephen Keshi this also confirmed that he has already taken a look at the player and he remains in contention for the final squad.

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KESHI HAPPY WITH TEAM

The Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has said that he is extremely happy to have a team that has so many high quality strikers. Nigeria has many talented strikers who are playing both at home and in foreign clubs.

This means that the team has a depth in attack that is unmatched by many teams in Africa according to the manager. As a result, he feels that the team is heading in the right direction. He has also said that he will be looking at various new strikers when the Nigerian football team takes on Venezuela in a friendly match in Miami.

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KESHI CALLS FOR COMMITMENT

The Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has said that he wants complete commitment and professionalism from his players if they are to keep their place in the national team squad even after the end of the African cup of nations.

Nigeria will be hoping to qualify for this tournament after not playing at their best in recent international matches. Even with the presence of high profile players like John obi Mikel, Nigeria have not been able to make much of an impact in the international scenario of African football.

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PREM STARS LEFT OUT

The Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has decided to omit Premier league stars John obi Mikel and Peter Odemwingie from the match against Liberia next month. Nigeria will be playing against Liberia in the 2013 African cup of nations qualifier match.

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PRESSURE TELLS

Nigeria national team manager Stephen Keshi has said that there was a lot of pressure on the national team following their failure to qualify for the 2012 African cup of nations. Nigeria will be taking on Namibia in the World Cup qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will take place in Brazil.

CALABAR HOSTS HOME MATCHES

The Nigeria Football Federation has said that Calabar will be the host of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations home qualifiers that will take place in June and also the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as well.

The games were initially expected to be held in Kaduna, but they have been shifted in order to do away with the security problems.

MOSES TIPPED FOR THE TOP

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has said that international football will be a huge boost for Wigan athletic striker Victor Moses.

Wigan athletic signed the teenager from Crystal Palace a few seasons ago, but he is yet to become an established star in the Premier league.

He is often known for missing even the easiest of chances, which have resulted in the lack of interest from big clubs.

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