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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
3 days ago

Stephen Keshi sacked as coach of Nigeria despite Sudan victory

Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to their first African Nations Cup triumph in 19 years.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has axed Stephen Keshi from his role as Nigeria coach.

Keshi, a former Super Eagles international, took charge of the team in 2011 and went on to lead them to African Nations Cup glory in 2013 and to qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The NFF announced its decision on Thursday, just a day after Nigeria's 3-1 African Nations Cup qualifying victory over Sudan.

Despite the win, the Super Eagles sit third in Group A following defeats to Congo, Sudan and a goalless...

7 days ago

Nigeria looking for answers after African Nations Cup loss to Sudan

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, left, defends Sudan's Muhannad El Tahir on Saturday. Sudan defeated Nigeria 1-0.

The juxtaposition of the words in the expression, "The King is dead, long live the King," can come across macabre on first hearing. The first half of the phrase is about the end of a life, the second about the extension of another. It is only when you realise two different lives are being discussed that the lines unblur and succession becomes the real subject under scrutiny. After this weekend, that is what Nigerian football will be thinking about.

Their 1-0 defeat to Sudan on Saturday has left...

By ESPN Staff
Oct 11, 2014

Nigeria handed another defeat in African Nations Cup qualifying

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, left, defends against Sudan's Muhannad El Tahir on Saturday. Sudan defeated Nigeria 1-0.

African champions Nigeria slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Sudan and are bottom of Group A with just one point from three games in African Nations Cup qualifying.

The setback was inflicted by Bakri Almadina's goal and increases the pressure on Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

Meanwhile, South Africa moved to the top of the group after a 2-0 win at previous leaders Congo. Two goals in three minutes just after halftime, from Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie, earned victory for Bafana Bafana.

The top two...

By ESPN Staff
Oct 7, 2014

Moses out of Nigeria squad due to injury

Victor Moses has withdrawn from the Nigeria squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers against Sudan after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 7, 2014

Victor Moses forced to pull out of Nigeria squad due to injury

Victor Moses has withdrawn from the Nigeria squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers against Sudan after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

Victor Moses has withdrawn from the Nigeria squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers against Sudan after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

Moses, 23, was recalled by the Super Eagles for the Group A matches in Khartoum, Sudan on Saturday and Abuja, Nigeria next Wednesday after being dropped following the World Cup.

However, the winger was injured while playing for Stoke City in the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday, and the Nigerian Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday...