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 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...

 By Mark Gleeson

Who will be South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria's over-age Olympic players?

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Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune appears set to be one of South Africa's three over-age players.

A newspaper leak in South Africa revealed a rather embarrassing list of pedantic possibilities for South Africa's Olympic team, as they consider which over-age players to pick to strengthen the side for the men's football tournament in Rio.

Coach Owen da Gama's list looked more like a collection of personal favourites and brought howls of derision, followed by a rapid but unconvincing denial as spin doctors at the South African Football Association "slipped" an alternative list to the media.


Kelechi Iheanacho breakthrough at Man City gives Pep Guardiola hope

Kelechi Iheanacho is one for the future at Manchester City.

Kelechi Iheanacho has become the shining example of the type of homegrown star that Manchester City are so desperate to produce after a stunning impact in his debut season. The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in five starts for City and can get even better under the tutelage of incoming manager Pep Guardiola -- a coach with a reputation for transforming exciting young talent into the best players in the world.

The Nigeria striker's breakthrough in his first Premier League season has seen him...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama deserves final chance at Olympics

The ESPN FC crew debate whether playing in the Olympics over Copa America makes sense for Neymar and Brazil.
Vincent Enyeama was exceptional for Nigeria, despite a round of 16 defeat to France.
Vincent Enyeama could return as one of Nigeria's overage players for the Olympics.

There was no shortage of shock and disbelief in October when Vincent Enyeama announced, via Instagram, his retirement from international football.

It was an unfortunate and abrupt end to a stellar career over 101 appearances for the Super Eagles, marked by selfless dedication to the cause and memories of some of the most astonishing goalkeeping displays the country (and continent) have witnessed.

Since that retirement, Enyeama has gone on to put in amazing performances for Lille in Ligue 1, and...

 By Colin Udoh

Crisis continues to envelop Nigerian Football Federation

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Most expect Amuja Pinnick to be restored as president of the Nigerian Football Federation.

Nigerian football once again finds itself mired in crisis. This, after enjoying just under two years of relative, if fragile, peace.

Last Friday, Justice Musa Haruna of the Jos Federal High Court not only agreed to re-list an election-related case against the current board of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), but he also restored the injunctive reliefs previously granted by Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the same court in September 2014. That suit, which sought to restrain the NFF from holding...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria Football Federation needs to fix processes before hiring new manager

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Nigeria will be missing from a second consecutive African Nations Cup after losing 1-0 to Egypt last month.

Three coaches within the space of a year, and the possibility of a fourth joining the queue is testament to the current state of Nigerian football.

Rumours in Nigeria suggest Frenchman Paul Le Guen could be the lucky fourth to coach the Super Eagles.

Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and more recently, Samson Siasia all prosecuted a single set of qualifiers for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, with three different styles and to a large extent, three different sets of players.

One might argue that it...