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 By Colin Udoh

Gernot Rohr's revolution as Nigeria coach must end with World Cup spot

Gernot Rohr, the new Nigeria coach, is tasked with guiding the country to the World Cup.

Gernot Rohr has finally knuckled down to the business of being Nigeria coach, with his first assignment the African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania this weekend. The match itself is largely meaningless, as Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament, but Rohr's reign could do with getting off to a winning start. 

Irrespective of the finance-induced disarray within the Nigeria Football Federation, expectations for the new man have not been tempered. Rohr's main task is to qualify...

 By Colin Udoh

Samson Siasia quits Nigerian football following Rio Olympics

Samson Siasia led Nigeria to silver at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Samson Siasia has quit Nigerian football after leading the Super Eagles to bronze at the Olympic Games, blaming a "disrespectful system," among a number of other problems.

Siasia, who also won a silver medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, said his decision was affected by unpaid wages and a lack of appreciation for his work.

"I have reached that point where I have to say I have had enough," Siasia, whose contract expired at the end of the tournament in Brazil, told the BBC.

"I've gone several months...

 By Colin Udoh

What can Nigeria learn from their Olympic football campaign?

John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel celebrates Nigeria's 3-2 win over Honduras in the bronze medal match.

Surrounded by a chaotic buildup to the Games, including a war of words between Nigeria's Sports Ministry and football federation, the Olympic football team delivered the country's lone medal from Rio.

Bronze it may have been, but seeing as it was a very marginal improvement (cough cough) over the grand total of zero from 2012, there was some reason to be, well, less glum.

In any case, there are a four key lessons to take away from Dream Team VI's face-saving campaign:

1. Siasia has not changed much


 By Colin Udoh

Gernot Rohr's first Nigeria squad includes Mikel, Iheanacho, Musa

Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr was named Nigeria boss last month.

Gernot Rohr has named his first Nigeria squad, picking five England-based players and a handful from the 2016 Olympic team squad to face Tanzania in an 2017 African Nations Cup tie.

Neither country can qualify for the tournament, with the single qualifying place already won by Egypt, but the Super Eagles are using the game as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup qualifying clash away to Zambia in Ndola in October.

Rohr, named this month as Nigeria coach, has selected 23 players with captain...

 By Colin Udoh

John Obi Mikel's leadership shining through for Nigeria at the Rio Olympics

John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel hasn't just been Nigeria's leader on the pitch, he's played a pivotal role off it as well.

They arrived at the Rio Olympics barely 300 minutes ahead of their opening game, but Nigeria's Dream Team 6 (not Super Eagles as many mistakenly refer to them) now stand 90 -- perhaps 120 -- minutes away from contesting the gold medal.

In other climes, such an obstruction might be considered a remarkable turnaround, but for Nigeria, it is par for an obstacle-strewn course.

Off the field, their tribulations read like a litany of sorrows. On the pitch, they have looked imperious in all bar one game,...