Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Calvin Emeka Onwuka

    The year ‘King Keshi’ died…

The year ‘King Keshi’ died…

It was around 1.25am when I parked my car in front of the house. I signed off the call which was with Chibuzor Ehilegbu in the US. The fulfilment of a long quest to find a guy who seemed to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Ehilegbu was last seen in the national team colours at the 1984 [...]

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    The NFF executive board should resign

The NFF executive board should resign

When the final whistle was blown in Alexandria to end the match between Egypt and Nigeria it also ended the hopes of Nigeria playing in the Gabon 2017 AFCON. The 2nd consecutive time; the third in 4 events. For me that was the culmination of a chain of events that I trace back to Brasilia, Brazil. To the days after Nigeria [...]

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    Mikel’s experience vital in Alexandria

Mikel’s experience vital in Alexandria

During the 2012/13 PL season then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho executed 2 masterclass away victories at Man City and Liverpool that really should be taught in Coaching Schools. In those matches CFC arrived as underdogs against teams that at the time were rampant in their attacking prowess.As the Samson Siasia coached Super Eagles face Egypt in the must win encounter [...]

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    Business as usual after Oliseh

Business as usual after Oliseh

As I grew older and observed issues involving Nigerian football closer, the more things became clearer to me. Consequently, the sadder these things seemed to make me. Two weeks ago I was on a BBC World service programme during the FIFA presidential elections and I was unequivocal in my view that football across all countries and leagues is corrupt. There is [...]

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    Nigerian football law needs reviewing. Now.

Nigerian football law needs reviewing. Now.

I am old enough to remember the joy of Nigerians when we hosted and won the 1980 African Cup of Nations. I also remember my indignation that most of my classmates at Shamsudeen Islamic Primary school, Ojuelegba, Lagos seemed unaware of the tournament even - I did not realise that my football love was not universal for my age at [...]

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    NFF, this is your decision/choice

NFF, this is your decision/choice

Finally, during the week the Nigeria Football Federation named a substantive coach for the senior national team the Super Eagles in the person of Stephen Keshi. For the record, after the defeat to France at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Stephen Keshi’s contract with the country’s football body ran out – expired/whatever they want to call it. In an [...]

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#BabaNowThatYouAreThere – CHANGE our sports

I belong to a generation of Nigerians who voted on June 12 1993 in an election that was to have ushered in MKO Abiola as president. Our votes did not count. However, this election of General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s next president I have claimed also on behalf of my generation.As the Presidential elections drew close a hashtag was introduced for [...]

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    Keshi gives fresh conditions to renew contract

Keshi gives fresh conditions to renew contract

Representatives of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have held a secret meeting with Stephen Keshi to discuss terms of renewing his contract as the coach of the Super Eagles.Keshi's  contract ended at the Brazil 2014 World Cup and he told TheCable that he was not going to renew it ─ amidst reports that South Africa was preparing to offer him [...]

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    Nigeria suffered from a poor World Cup squad

Nigeria suffered from a poor World Cup squad

Germany and Argentina will contest the 2014 World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium in Brazil. By getting there they have shown they have been the best two sides at the tournament.Nigeria played Argentina in the group stage and could easily have gotten a point from the match. However, since then the paths of both countries’ football have [...]

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    The Keshi Interview: I hate attacks on my family

The Keshi Interview: I hate attacks on my family

Last week, we published the first part of our interview with Stephen Keshi after Nigeria's ouster from Brazil 2014 World Cup. In this concluding part, he speaks on his experience coaching the Super Eagles. TheCable: What is the difference between being at the World Cup as player and as a coach?Stephen Keshi: There is a world of difference. The footballer’s only [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Why I resigned, by Keshi

EXCLUSIVE: Why I resigned, by Keshi

Stephen Keshi left his post as the head coach of the Super Eagles after Nigeria's loss to France in the second round of the World Cup. He spoke with TheCable at the Brasilia Palace Hotel a day after the ouster. TheCable: Knowing what you know now, what would you have done as regards the preparations of the team before this World [...]

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    What’s the fuss about John Obi Mikel?

What’s the fuss about John Obi Mikel?

In my little over four decades on this earth, I have been fortunate enough to remember great footballers that have won Nigeria's colours. Footballers that as a kid used to make me run out to attempt some of the stuff they did on our streets in Surulere, Lagos, and later on our fields in Festac Town. This is not really [...]

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    Keshi, Yobo quit; Enyeama may follow suit

Keshi, Yobo quit; Enyeama may follow suit

Reports emanating from the media centre at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia say Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has resigned his post with immediate effect.According to Ben Alaiya, the team's media officer, Keshi confirmed his resignation to the players after the round-of-16 defeat to France."He thanked them for all their efforts under his watch as their coach and wished them well for the [...]

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When Mark left state affairs for football

In these days of picture manipulation and photoshop one can never say with all sincerity that "a picture never lies". The photograph of defender John Boye of Ghana supposedly kissing his wad of dollar bills went viral on the internet.He might not have been kissing it. He could so easily have been sniffing it. I am more inclined to think [...]

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    Mikel: Bonus row won’t affect us against France

Mikel: Bonus row won’t affect us against France

Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel says that the team is focused on the round of 16 match against France here in Brasilia."A lot of needless noise has been made over the bonus issue but it was sorted the very next day very quickly too and we resumed training," he said at the pre-match press conference at the [...]

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    Super Eagles boycott training over bonus row

Super Eagles boycott training over bonus row

Nigeria's chances and preparations for the World Cup with Les Bleu of France are being seriously threatened by another bonus row between the players and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Shortly after the team qualified for the next round following the match with Argentina, the players waited for the NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, at the hotel in Porto Alegre, Brazil, [...]

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