In two weeks time, the Super Eagles will return to the pitch to tackle the Harambee Stars of Kenya in a Brazil 2014 qualifier. This will be the first time the Eagles will be playing a competitive match since they surprised many by being crowned African champions at the Nations Cup in South Africa.
Of course, this singular act as now puts a different complexion on the Super Eagles whenever they now take to the field.
At a packed FNB Stadium, Johannesburg in South Africa, Sunday Mba’s splendid strike on the 40th minute was enough to hand the Super Eagles the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for the third time.
Against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the final match, Nigeria dominated proceedings from start to finish. The score line would have been more but for poor marksmanship on the part of the Nigerian strikers. Continue reading
Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (ANP) has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for moving on to the quarter finals stage of the Orange African Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013, urging them to go for gold.
ANP, in a statement issued through its national secretary, Jessica Elvis, urged the national team to make the country proud by moving on to the finals and returning with the trophy.
Can you readily recall the last time that we outclassed our opponents in a competitive match, whether World Cup or AFCON? We may love to regard ourselves as one of the giants of football in Africa, but how many years have passed since we last cruised to resounding victory in a serious match (not friendly) even against the lowest ranked teams in Africa? By the way, please don’t listen to those who claim that minnows no longer exist in the game. Equal access to knowledge does not necessarily equate to equal acquisition of it or equal ability. There will always be great teams and small teams. And it is a matter of deep regret that we have, by our acts of commission and omission, fallen into the ranks of the small teams. Nevertheless, much as our leaders have chosen to look the other way in pretence that all is well, our unenviable status in football should give other Nigerians cause for serious concern.
Zambia’s goalkeeper Danny Munyao (3rd R) celebrates after scoring a penalty on January 25, 2013 during an Africa Cup of Nations 2013 group A football match against Nigeria at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. AFP PHOTO .
After a grueling 90minutes encounter at the the Mhobela Stadium in Nelspruit , South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia played a 1-1 draw.
What is your opinion of the game? Was the Zambian penalty deserved? Did Nigeria play better compared to her first game? Was Skipper Joseph Yobo’s absence felt? What is Nigeria’s chance(s) of qualifying from the group?
Do have your say!
As the year 2012 rolls by, Nigerians will be counting their blessings or bemoaning the state of the sector under President Goodluck Jonathan. Based on the abundance of talents in all nooks and crannies of the country, Nigeria should be to be among top leading sporting nations in the world. But the story of Nigeria’s sports in the year under review was clustered in the abysmal failure of Team Nigeria contingent at the London 2012 Olympics Games.
The Confederation of African Football on Sunday announced the list of the top-ten nominees for the African Player of the Year Award with Nigeria’s Mikel Obi making the list. Nigerian players: Mikel, John Utaka and Victor Moses were listed in the first long list of 34 players released last month by CAF before the cut.
Mikel has continued to run based on the strength of his winning the English FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea last season.