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 By Colin Udoh

Kelechi Iheanacho issue shouldn't overshadow Nigeria's Olympic prep

Kelechi Iheanacho would arguably perform well at the Olympics, but he must wait to earn his place.

There is plenty to be said for having a star player of genuine, game-changing quality on a football squad, especially one that is heading for a major tournament. In Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria have a youngster with the slowly realising potential to be among the best the country has produced.

It explains why Samson Siasia is so keen to have him as part of his Olympic team for the Games in Rio this summer. That desire has hit a snag, however, with the Nigeria coach lamenting early this week that...

 By Colin Udoh

Shuaibu Amodu was an icon, and an iconoclast, in Nigerian football

Amodu's intense self-belief and conviction in his approach did wonders for football in Nigeria.

There has been neither a more controversial nor steely character prowling the Nigerian football touchline than Shuaibu Amodu. Officials, players and media regularly came away scalded either by his sharp tongue, burning stare or simple refusal to bend. And naturally so: Amodu was a man with an unshakable belief in himself and his abilities; he would let nobody diminish his own sky-high valuation of himself and his intellect.

It was a valuation he'd earned, too. As a 31-year-old, he masterminded...

 By Colin Udoh

Remembering Stephen Keshi: Nigeria's legendary player and coach

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Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to their third African Nations' Cup title in 2013.

As a fan, one of my most abiding memories of Stephen Keshi, who passed away on Tuesday, was his mistake that allowed Senegal's Jules Bocande to cancel Samson Siasia's early goal in a group stage match at the 1992 African Nations' Cup in Senegal, only to see Keshi later redeem himself by bounding up all the way forward to smash home the winner in the final minute.

It was in Keshi's character that he never saw a hurdle he was not willing and prepared to scale, especially if it was his own mistake....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Former Nigeria coach and captain Stephen Keshi dead at 54

Stephen Keshi is one of only two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach.

The African football fraternity is mourning the death of former Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Keshi from a cardiac arrest at the age of 54.

Keshi died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Benin City in southern Nigeria. He was planning to return to his base in the United States later that day.

His friends say that Keshi was in good health and had no previous heart problems.

After winning 64 Nigeria caps as a central defender between 1981-95, Keshi had three stints in charge of...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria friendly wins show glimpse of promising future

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Nigeria enjoyed a successful week with victories in friendlies versus African rivals Mali and Luxembourg.

Over the weekend, Nigeria's Super Eagles were involved in two friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg, managed by stand-in coach Salisu Yusuf, and shorn of the excused services of key duo Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa, both of whom were released to take part in the Joseph Yobo Testimonial game. Nevertheless, the team came away with two victories, 1-0 vs. Mali and 3-1 over Luxembourg.

Here are five takeaways from the two games:

1. Iheanacho continues to impress

He may not be the finished article...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's domestic league giving fans enough reason to keep it local

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Nigerian football fans can now shift focus from scenes of Leicester City's trophy presentation back to their local league.

Barring a few Cup Finals, and of course the UEFA Champions League, the major European leagues came to a close last weekend.

And what a season it has proven to be.

England, as usual, led the way for the dramatics, with Leicester City's dream title triumph signposting what could be the dreams of many a small club, especially with the expected windfall from their new broadcast deal starting next season.

The playing field is gradually levelling up, promising the mouthwatering prospect of even more surprises...