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 By Colin Udoh

New-look Nigerian Premier League bearing fruit for Nigeria at CHAN

Nigeria head coach Sunday Oliseh had every reason to smile following his team's 4-1 thrashing of Niger.
Nigeria head coach Sunday Oliseh had every reason to smile following his team's 4-1 thrashing of Niger.

Nigeria's Chisom Chikatara came on with less than 30 minutes of play left in the opening game of their African Nations Championship Group C campaign against neighbours Niger and proceeded to decimate the opposition with a hat trick in a 4-1 victory on Monday.

It wasn't just about the number of goals he scored -- indeed, it could have been at least twice the tally -- it was his overall play. His movement was timed to perfection, the technique was exquisite and the finishing was lethal.

Chikatara...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria head into the African Nations Championships as favourites

Sunday Oliseh's Nigeria are favourites to win the African Nations Championships.

It is only Nigeria's second appearance at the African Nations Championships, CAF's Nations Cup for players who play in their domestic leagues, but the Super Eagles have already been installed as favourites.

That is at once heartening and burdening in equal measure. Heartening because it shows that Nigerian domestic players still command respect for their talent, despite a spate of underwhelming results at both club and international level.

Among other things, it is those results, especially at club...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's rising star Victor Osimhen deserves Best Young Player award

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Victor Osimhen, who helped Nigeria to victory at the 2015 U17 World Cup, has been named CAF Young Player of the year.

On Thursday night in Abuja, Nigeria, Victor Osimhen was named the Best Young Player at the CAF Player of the Year awards gala.

It was a fitting reward for the young starlet in a year which has seen him go from a complete unknown to a U17 World Cup winner, an African champion and the subject of sustained transfer interest from clubs across Europe.

Yet, it could all have been so different. A few weeks before the World Cup, as the Nigeria under-17s engaged in one final warm-up game against a local...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria U23's eyeing Olympic success under the guidance of Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia
Samson Siasia's focus has now turned to winning gold at next year's Rio Olympics.

Nigeria's Under-23 Nations Cup victory on Saturday must have come as welcome relief to Samson Siasia. Long held up as the torchbearer for the new generation of Nigerian coaches, his perceived inability to win major tournaments has been a major millstone around his neck.

Since leading the Nigeria U20s to the African title in 2005, Siasia finished second at the Under-20 World Cup that year, did the same at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and came in second behind Niger at the 2011 WAFU Cup tournament.

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 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria under-23s overcome familiar adversity to claim Olympic ticket

Samson Siasia, who coached Nigeria at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will get another crack at a medal next summer in Rio.
Samson Siasia, who coached Nigeria at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will get another crack at a medal next summer in Rio.

On Wednesday night, Nigeria's under-23 team became the first African team to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after a 1-0 defeat of hosts Senegal on Wednesday at the 2015 Under-23 African Nations' Cup, CAF's Olympic qualifying tournament.

Typically, the celebrations were soon marred by reports of a proposed boycott of the final, due to unpaid allowances. The squad are reportedly owed match bonuses and camping allowances dating back to their qualifying matches, which began for Nigeria in late...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria must make mental change to find success in CAF Player of the Year

Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu picks up the award in 1999.

It has been 16 years since a Nigerian won the African Player of the Year award. Since then, only three Nigerians have made it into the top three in the voting for Africa's best player.

However, in the early 90s the country dominated the awards. Rashidi Yekini won it in 1993; Emmanuel Amuneke in 1995, with Yekini third behind George Weah; Nwankwo Kanu won it for the first time in 1996, with Daniel Amokachi third behind Weah again.

In 1997, Victor Ikpeba won it and Taribo West was third behind Japhet...