AFCON 2013: Nigerian Football Administrators Say Super Eagles Have No More Excuses Left

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi and Team Skipper at a press conference with Zambian coach
By SR Sports

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made it clear on Monday that it does not expect anything less than an outright win by the Nigerian Super Eagles when they face the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the final Group C match of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

Draws in two games so far   have now rendered Tuesday’s encounter a must-win for Nigeria and the NFF says there is no excuse for the players and technical crew not to do Nigeria proud at the tournament.

Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, said: “This team has received tremendous support from the Government of Nigeria, the football federation and the good and passionate people of our country. There is nothing the players or the Head Coach and his crew have requested for that we have failed to provide."

“After qualifying for this championship, the team has played a number of friendly matches and everything that is needed to motivate players and officials have been provided for them. All that is left now is for the team to go all out and show a high level of commitment and patriotic fervor in getting the job done.”

The NFF organized top-class friendly matches for the Super Eagles in the run-up to this tournament, with the team playing against Venezuela in the United States of America, Catalonia in Barcelona and Cape Verde (one of the first teams to reach the quarter finals here) in Portugal. They also played against Dutch team FC Rotterdam and Portuguese club Farense during a 20-day final training camp in Faro, Portugal.

Before the kick-off of the championship and despite limited financial power, the NFF ensured payment of salaries of all members of the technical crew till the end of this month.

Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green, also agreed that there is no excuse for the team not to work hard and do like-never-before to give back lost honor to Nigeria on Tuesday.

“There is no reason whatsoever for the team to fail. The NFF has done its part, done almost everything required of the federation to train a team for this competition and motivate that team."

“The draws against Burkina Faso, and Zambia were uncalled for, but those matches are behind us and we have a huge opportunity to put things right against the Ethiopians.”

The Super Eagles have savored the beautiful environment of their Hunters’ Rest home since arriving in Rustenburg on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the testy duel with the fast-paced, tireless Antelopes of Ethiopia.

But Barrister Green says: “We have to be very careful against the Ethiopians. They run hard and forever and do the short-passing game brilliantly. But with the personnel that we have here, we should be able to contain them and get the goals we need to reach the quarter finals.”

Skipper Joseph Yobo has recovered from injury he sustained  in the first game against Burkina Faso and could come into the fray on Tuesday, with youngster Kenneth Omeruo sure to fill in at right back, earlier occupied by midfielder Ogenyi Onazi against the Zambians last Friday.

NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu said on Monday: “The Super Eagles should just go into Tuesday’s game and show why they are super. Nigerians have lost patience. We have had enough of draws, and it is time to start winning.”

Cup holders Zambia will take on Burkina Faso’s Etalons at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium simultaneously on Tuesday. Depending on results of Tuesday’s matches, the Super Eagles will either stay in Rustenburg  on their way home or return to Mbombela for Sunday’s quarter finals.

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Super Eagles Wins Mali

Super Eagles will win Mali to Qualify for Finals tomorrow by God's grace.


I wish the super chickens bad luck in this match cos they're all igbos who don't deserve to be in the squad.

i weep

i wept when zambia equalized. Keshi is not a coach.what is musa doing there on that day.why wouldnt he remove musa 4 ike uche on time.lets look 4 a good coach.even if we win ethiopia,can we face ivory coast etc.i weep 4 naija.

Ethiopians may send us

Ethiopians may send us packing ,am afraid

Keshi pls play Ike Uche alongside Emenike

Keshi pls play Ike Uche alongside Emenike together, not as replacement. Keep Victor Moses as substitute and play Brown Idehe along with Ike Uche and Emenike.. I am sure with this 3 in front Ethiopia will be demolished before half time Whistle.

I will prefer Omeruo in right back than Yobo, who is aging and past his best days, losing alertness.


A moratorium should be placed on the name super for at least 10yrs until the eagles regain their shine,Joseph Yobo is the worst thing that has ever happened to Nigeria football,he and his bad luck group achived nothing for us


Nigeria will draw with ethipia tommorrow but will qualify because Burkinafaso will win Zambia tommorrow to the suprise of many fans. The reason for our failure so far is because of the seed of discord stephen keshi sowed in the super eagles by not inviting our key and experienced players. Assume the following players were present Osaze Odemingwe, Obafemi martins, perhaps John Utaka, haruna, Peter Utaka, Joel Obi and Anichebe. Super Eagles B were taken instead of Super Eagles A. It is now left with God mercy for us to progress. Stay bless.

Keshi has failed

There is no need to cry over a spilled milk. Keshi is not a coach. Forget about this his propaganda building a team. He is only try to cow us to let him be taking 5 million naira every month for another four years. A player who is 26 year or someone like Yobo who is over 30 years then Keshi will build him to 34 years to perform for Nigeria.
They should make it very clear to him, if he fails to get to semi final let him look for another job from there. No sentiment, Football is about hiring and firing period.

Eagle style

This has always been eagles pattern/way to qualify for quarter final in all thier priliminary matches in the past. They always put themselves under pressure. I believe they will qualify and make it to semi. Good luck.

Nigeria will win dis time &

Nigeria will win dis time & will qualify. we should continue to pray as they progress. it is not over yet. there is still 90 minutes. Nigeria will fly, dont forget!

We will show the world why we r here

The Ethiopians once again will shine in the pitch like
The zambians match. We are not totally afraid of Nijas.. We know them very well.. Am 10000% sure we waliyas are gone bit them and tell the world 'YES WE CAN'!!! Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go....Ethiopia!!!!!!!!!!!


Fact is Nigeria does not have good players at the moment compared to Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Cameroun and such other African countries. How many Nigerians play for the top 4 Clubs in England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France? Maybe Mikel and Moses of Chelsea.

Ivory Coast can count at least 11 players in English Primier league and another 11 players in French Ligue 1; not to mention other divisions.

Using over aged players in youth competitions have caught up with Nigeria. Its more difficult using over aged players now hence the decline in fortunes of Nigeria football.

The solution is to go back to Youth Football development begining from Secondary Schools Principal Cup competition.


Keshi is a local coach with village boy mentality. He should have included Osaze in the squad inspite of personal differences. He should not have included Yobo, who is past his usefulness, in the team. How is Yobo Captain when he is not playing/performimg? Then, he should not have conceeded Ameobi to Pardew/Newcastle. When same NUFC/Pardew held on to Demba of Senegal 2 months ago, Senegal invoked FIFA clause and punished them for it. Keshi has no clout to handle European clubs/coaches. Keshi failed even before the AFCON started as his foundations and fundamentals were wrong.


Do or die

Super Eagles or Super Gabbages

They should go home and not qualify for World Cup in Brazil - Shame!

AFCON 2013

pls eagles, don't make us die of heartbreaks as a result of your inability to qualify to quarter finals! wish you victory


The Eagles would not fly...! Their striker Obi should learn from Togo's Adebayor.

Keshi, carry your load and return home from SA. Stop wasting our foreign exchange.

An inevitable Riot Act

Yes, this is an inevitable Riot Act! But the players had placed themselves in a position that necessitates such warning. Even without such a warning, the players must sit down and think about the disgraceful outings in sports Nigeria has had in the most recent past. Sometimes I begin to wonder whether Christian Chukwu and his former teammates, in spite of their age, would not have done better in this competition than what we are witnessing in the present competition! After all Roger Milla of Cameroun was a reliable player for that country, in spite of his age at the time. Finally, the present crop of players should remember that their future and personal prestige are at stake! Should they fumble their marketability in their profession would become questionable. If you mess your country up foreign clubsides would mess you up too!

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