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Stephen Keshi fired as Nigerian national team manager

Stephen Keshi was relieved of his national team managerial duties with Nigeria on Saturday.

Stephen Keshi has been relieved of his duties as coach of the Nigerian national team, according to a statement on the Nigerian Football Federation's website.

Keshi had been in hot water in recent weeks after his name turned up on a short list of contenders to potentially take over for Herve Renard as coach of the Ivory Coast national team.

At the time, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said the NFF would open a full investigation to determine whether or not Keshi had indeed applied for the job.


Stephen Keshi to see out contract as Nigeria coach, says NFF

Stephen Keshi signed a new contract in April.

ABUJA, Nigeria -- The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it has been assured that coach Stephen Keshi will honour his two-year contract despite being named as a candidate to take charge of African champion Ivory Coast.

The NFF said Keshi, who signed a new contract in April, is "very happy" with his job in Nigeria.

Keshi was on a list of more than 50 candidates published recently by the Ivorian federation to take over from Frenchman Herve Renard.

But in a weekend statement, the NFF said Keshi's...

 By Kevin Palmer

Nigeria's Stephen Keshi on list of applicants for vacant Ivory Coast job

Stephen Keshi is a former Nigeria international.

A succession of high-profile names have put themselves forward for the vacant post of Ivory Coast national team head coach, including Nigeria national team boss Stephen Keshi, whose presence on the list has alarmed the Nigerian FA [NFF].

Giovanni Trapattoni and former Southampton manager Dave Jones are also among those on the 59-name list interested in taking over for the departed Herve Renard.

But the biggest name, however, is Keshi, whose inclusion has caused a stir with the NFF.

"The NFF will...

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Real Madrid youngster Derik Osede wants to play for Nigeria

Derik Osede battles for the ball with Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.

Real Madrid Castilla defender Derik Osede has told BBC Sport he wants to represent Nigeria at international level.

Derik, 22, has played for Spain's youth sides, most recently recording two caps for their under-21 team.

However, the centre-back, who is contracted to Real's B side, wishes to be called up by Nigeria's senior side, as his father is Nigerian.

"I have lived in Spain all my life and I am not sure the people in Nigeria are aware that I have Nigerian blood," Derik, who was born in Madrid,...

 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...