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 By Colin Udoh

Five things we learned from Nigeria's 2-0 win over Chad

Stephen Keshi's side struggled to make a breakthrough before running out 2-0 winners.

It was a game of two halves for Nigeria as they labored to a 2-0 win over Chad in their opening game of qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup.

Here are five things we observed from Saturday's clash in Kaduna.

1. Give Rabiu Ibrahim the No. 10 shirt!

As if we didn't already know, Ibrahim's talent and ability have never been in doubt. What he has lacked has been perhaps a settled head. Nomadic journeys through Europe have left Rabiu unable to find any consistency despite his enormous...

 By Colin Udoh

Old mistakes remain as Nigeria begin 2017 African Nations Cup qualification

Stephen Keshi claims his side are moving forward, but lack of preparation could doom his Nigeria team again.

The Nigerian team talk a good game. To hear the coach and players speak ahead of Saturday's opening qualifying fixture for the 2017 African Nations Cup against Chad, one could be forgiven for thinking that a million lessons had been learned from their failure to qualify for the tournament in 2015.

On Wednesday, the squad held an open day for the media, and at the press conference that followed coach Stephen Keshi went to great lengths to emphasize that lessons have been learned from that failed...

Aliko Dangote: Five things to know about Nigerian keen on Arsenal

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Aliko Dangote could become the first African owner in the top flight.

Five years after Nigerian businessman and Arsenal fan Aliko Dangote's offer to buy the North London club was rejected, he has been linked to them again. Dangote admitted he remains interested in owning the Gunners but told Bloomberg he will not offer a "ridiculous price," rather just one the "owners won't want to resist."

If successful, Dangote will become the first African to own an English Premier League club. Here's five things to know about the man who one day hopes to buy Arsenal.

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Nigeria offering Keshi new contract a symbol of federation's stabilisation

Stephen Keshi's new contract is the first step toward stabilising Nigeria's football programme.

Jay-Jay Okocha has urged African football to think big as it continues to challenge for higher honours in the global game and more efficient structures on the continent. In a wide-ranging interview with FIFA.com ahead of last week's Match Against Poverty, Okocha asked African teams to aim high at World Cups by believing they can break the barrier into the final four, where no African team has gone before, and beyond.

"The problem is that we still settle for very little," Okocha said. "We celebrate...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's long descent into ignominy culminates with another ANC flameout

The ESPN FC crew discuss the last of the teams to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea in January.

For the second time in three tournaments, Nigeria's Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the African Nation's Cup after drawing 2-2 with South Africa in a must-win final game of qualification. This failure is not a coincidence; it is not even bad luck. It is a gradual descent into ignominy that has been at least two decades in the making.

Since winning the African Nations Cup title in 1994 and reaching the World Cup Round of 16 later that year, as well as claiming Olympic gold in Atlanta two years...

 By Colin Udoh

Why Stephen Keshi had to go as Nigeria head coach

Stephen Keshi guided Nigeria to the second round of the World Cup, but is now out of a job.
Stephen Keshi guided Nigeria to the second round of the World Cup, but is now out of a job.

It was always going to happen. Stephen Keshi's forced departure as Nigeria coach had always been a matter of when, not if.

As a matter of fact, were it not for the crisis which engulfed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) immediately post-World Cup, where the body was split in two leading to a FIFA ban that was later lifted, the former Super Eagles captain would have been relieved of his job way earlier.

Outsiders will be taken aback at the firing of a man who delivered Nigeria the African...