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Worldcup draw: Nigeria will meet nemesis Argentina

For the fifth time in six World Cup appearances, Nigeria have been drawn against Argentina in the group stage. The Super Eagles have lost all four previous World Cup meetings with La Albiceleste — in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 — albeit by slim scorelines. Although they showed great character in coming from behind to beat the Argentines 4-2 in a recent friendly match, it will require a tremendous performance to repeat the feat at the World Cup. Familiar foes aside, they will face new opposition in Croatia and Iceland, with…

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Moses Simon included as Sampson Siasia tinker Super Eagles

Nigeria’s caretaker head coach, Samson Siasia, has included a handful of new faces, including Fanendo Adi and Stanley Amuzie, in his 42-man roster for the 2017 Afcon qualifying games against Egypt in March. Some of the new players were drawn from the under-23 team which Siasia managed before he took charge of the Super Eagles following Sunday Oliseh’s resignation last month. Sincere Seth and Segun Oduduwa are new inclusions from the domestic front. Under-23 captain Azubuike Okechukwu is also in the mix. New call-ups from overseas are Portugal-based Stanley Amuzie…

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Nigeria Super Eagles Coach Oliseh Pleased With Efforts

SUPER Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh in reviewing his five months in charge of the national team, submitted that the Eagles are making progress under his watch. The former defensive midfielder revealed in an article on his website that it has been challenging coaching a nation with 170m people who are football analysts and coaches, but the results have been promising. The Eagles have played eight games, with four wins, three draws and one loss, scoring nine goals and conceding two under Oliseh. He argued that there wasn’t any special achievement…

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Nigeria and Mexico Draw In Atlanta

The Mexican national soccer team met Nigeria for an international friendly on Wednesday night in Atlanta, Georgia, as the teams began their final stages of preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. During the early going of the game, Nigeria was able to dominate with their speed and movement throughout the midfield, but Mexico was able to find some quality chances during the later stages of the first half. Unfortunately, the pacing of the game slowed considerably in the final minutes as the Nigerian squad was continuously staying…

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Afcons: Keshi’s Moment Of Truth

      Listener staff report Nigerian Super Eagle Coach Steve Keshi named his final 23 man squad for the African Cup of Nations slated to be held in South Africa this month. Steve Keshi reports say, always wanted the Eagles coaching position and he finally landed the high profile job last year after another countryman Sampson Siasia failed to qualify the talented Super Eagles for the last edition of afcons. For this year’s edition, Nigeria lobbied the Confederation of African Football [CAF] to give them a soft opponent for…

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