Nigeria Lists Yobo, Mikel, 21 Others For Nations Cup

Mikel Obi
By SR Sports

Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo will play in his sixth Africa Cup of Nations finals after making the final list of 23 released on Wednesday night by Coach Stephen Keshi.

The 32-year old defender, who started off as a junior international striker when Nigeria hosted the 10th FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA U-20 World Cup) in 1999, has previously played at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 finals, winning bronze on four occasions.

Chelsea FC of England midfielder John Mikel Obi, 11-year veteran goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and ace forward Ikechukwu Uche are also included.

Apart from Yobo, goalkeepers Enyeama and Austin Ejide, defender Elderson Echiejile, midfielder Mikel Obi and forward Ikechukwu Uche who were at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the rest are profile-on-the-rise and ambitious performers ready to captivate Africa.

South Africa 2013 will be the first Africa Cup of Nations for goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Juwon Oshaniwa and Godfrey Oboabona, midfielders Nosa Igiebor, Ogenyi Onazi, Obiora Nwankwo, Fegor Ogude and Reuben, Gabriel, and strikers Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Sunday Mba, Brown Ideye, Victor Moses and Ejike Uzoenyi.

2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup silver medal-winner Omeruo will celebrate his 20th birthday on January 17, the day the team will land in South
Africa, while fellow defender Elderson Echiejile, a star of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2007, will turn 25 on the eve of Nigeria’s
first game against Burkina Faso.

Two-time champions Nigeria play Burkina Faso, Zambia and Ethiopia in Group C, with their first two games against the Etalons and the Cup
holders coming up inside Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on 21st January and 25th January respectively, before a clash with Ethiopia’s Walya
Antelopes in Rustenburg’s Bafokeng Sports Palace on 29th January.

NIGERIA’S FINAL LIST OF 23 PLAYERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA 2013

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose
(Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine
Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio
Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria);

Forwards: Ahmed Musa ( CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu
Rangers, Nigeria); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)
 

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Wingless Eagles

Mr Keshi knows now that the White Witch Doctors are more technically knowledgeable than in in Soccer. Two of the Best Burkina are missing in this Team and Keshi Eagles plays a game with no tactic and no technical impact.The Eagles could not even complete three passes, the defense too slow to join the attach, and the turnovers in a game is more than the entire turnovers in the Premiership this Season. There build up to the goal has not meaning purpose and one wonders what is the reason you have a Coach. Keshi stood washing as the Burkina Coach exploited the Vacuum at the left back to create so many chances. To make it worse, the guy placed there completely abandoned his duty post. Well this is work-in-progress Team.

SATGURU MAHARAJ JI GIVES NIGERIA AFCON 2013

For hosting The GodFather Power in our midst for the past 33 years, The Living Perfect Master, Satguru Maharaj Ji, has considered Nigeria as eminently qualified to carry the day at the end of the AFCON Continental Soccer Fiesta, which is slated to commence in South Africa on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
For the players, The Satguru, divinely counselled them as follows: “Throughout the duration of the tournament, the players and their handlers must not smoke or drink any form of alcohol. They should stay away from women and the hotel where they are lodged should be a no-go area and hence out of bounds for all visitors.”
Satguru Maharaj Ji further explained that the whole idea is to ensure that all the energies of Nigeria’s ambassadors to the tournament are channelled in one direction throughout the tournament,

SATGURU MAHARAJ JI GIVES NIGERIA AFCON 2013

because in such a state or purity of the body, mind and soul, the grace of the Chukwujekukuku power of Maharaj Ji, will touch the team to run at the speed of light, faster than any team in the world.
The Satguru went further to urge Nigerians to feel happy and be merry while the song on the lips of all Nigerians during each encounter should be “Show Your wonders (3 times); Maharaj Ji, You are the One.” We have given them a minimum of 3 goals for each match. In case of any difficulties during the match, the song should be changed to “Baba Do Am For Us.”
The love is there! The grace is there!! Congratulations to Nigeria and Nigerians on your anticipated victory!!!

Idiotic nigerians

You cannot appreciate the talents you have in your country at the moment. There is dearth of good nigerian players now. Just for your information,
1. Victor Moses is from Kaduna State, 2. Ahmed Musa is surely not from South East, 3. Vincent Enyeama is from Akwa Ibom State, 4. Ogenyi Onazi is from middle belt, 5. Nosa Igiebor is from Edo State, 6. Joseph Yobo is from Rivers State, 7.Echiejile, 8. Juwon Oshaniwa, 9. Efe Ambrose, 10.Kenneth Omeruo, 11. Reuben Gabriel & 12. Brown Ideye are all non Igbos. This is the reason I am saying that you are idiots for calling this team Biafran team. Ethno-centric nigerians!!!

Idiotic nigerians

You cannot appreciate the talents you have in your country at the moment. There is dearth of good nigerian players now. Just for your information,
1. Victor Moses is from Kaduna State, 2. Ahmed Musa is surely not from South East, 3. Vincent Enyeama is from Akwa Ibom State, 4. Ogenyi Onazi is from middle belt, 5. Nosa Igiebor is from Edo State, 6. Joseph Yobo is from Rivers State, 7.Echiejile, 8. Juwon Oshaniwa, 9. Efe Ambrose, 10.Kenneth Omeruo, 11. Reuben Gabriel & 12. Brown Ideye are all non Igbos. This is the reason I am saying that you are idiots for calling this team Biafran team. Ethno-centric nigerians!!!

Re: Biafran Team

Haba Keshi! Na wa for you. Are you sure these are the best players Nigeria can parade in South Africa? Nigerians are too intelligent enough to know that your selection was too sectional and bias. I am not an advocate of quota system in football however it is too glaring enough to know that magu magu was in full play. GOD help us to win.

people should keep sentiment

people should keep sentiment aside & lets support the super eagles...I never knew that Biafran is still being recognized, I'm happy about that. pls. let us all join our minds together & wish keshi his boy the best of luck...If they won, it's for all nigerians...up super eagles!!!

Re:Biafran team

I agree its a biafran team.Whatever happened to the Federal Character??? Yorubas dont play soccer any more?? martins not good enough?

NO MATTER the team selection

NO MATTER the team selection some people will always complain.EVERYONE CANNOT BE SELECTED AT THE SAME TIME .ALL I WILL SAY GOODLUCK! TO THE TEAM.

Baby Eagles

Keshi may have trouble succeeding as a Coach if he does not drop the antics he played while he was Eagles Team Captain with the help of Clement Weshorff. This Team List is clearly too ethnically skewed. No wonder he insisted that Martins is not good when the guy is busy pumping the net with goals in one of the most competitive leagues in the world. Anyway, this Team list is purely composed of the boys in a competition meant for the men. Please do not prepare go like my lovely Brother Ayo Ositelu, just do not set any expected miracle from this Team. This is not the real Eagles. It is an adulterated Team. There is no way they could go far.

It will be Naija cup if these boys win

This is Naija team. Most of these boys probably gew up outside your so called Biafra. The stupidity has no stop somewhere.

Biafra Team

Anonymous, you sound so very dumb. First of all the names listed above do not in any way suggest that these players were picked from "Biafra." Secondly, should we once again do we wanna base our team selection on quota rather than performance? It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that the state Nigeria is in today has been borne out of the so called national character, aka, quota.

He left the most in-form Nigerian

Keshi left Osaze behind.

I am not sure he knows football.

If Biafrans alone can give us

If Biafrans alone can give us the nations cup so be it. They have shown interest and zeal that caught the attention of the coach. Looking back into history one discovers that they have always been there right from Green Eagles to now Super Eagles. Which clubsides are older than Rangers?

If Biafrans alone can give us

If Biafrans alone can give us the nations cup so be it. They have shown interest and zeal that caught the attention of the coach. Looking back into history one discovers that they have always been there right from Green Eagles to now Super Eagles. Which clubsides are older than Rangers?

This one na Biafran Team.

This one no be naija Team na Biafran Team. Simple!!! I no go support this biafran team.

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