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Korea/Japan 2002: Wobbling Eagles In “Group of Death”

From the moment the tournament draw took place for Korea/Japan 2002, Group F was regarded incontrovertibly as the "Group of Death" much like the exact situation for Russia 2018 with Nigeria scheduled to compete with perennial rivals Argentina, Croatia and dangerous underdogs Iceland.   It lived up to its billing. No team won more than one game in arduous group play, and [...]

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World Cup Special: Remembering Super Eagles’ 1994 heroes

After coming close for several years prior, the Super Eagles qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1994. It will always be special in the history of Nigerian football. Despite losing out in the second round to Italy, the Clemens Westerhof-managed team earned admirers for their approach; a high pressing game and entertaining style. Dubbed the 'Golden Generation', [...]

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    INTERVIEW: It’s not advisable to set a target for Super Eagles in Russia, says Mutiu Adepoju

INTERVIEW: It’s not advisable to set a target for Super Eagles in Russia, says Mutiu Adepoju

Mutiu Adepoju, former Super Eagles midfielder, is excited that top Nigerian players are active in their European club sides, with just a few months to the FIFA World Cup in Russia. In an interview with TheCable, Adepoju advised the Nigerian squad to play against Argentina as a team and not make the mistake of concentrating on Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero during [...]

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    FLASHBACK: When Deji Tinubu asked Keshi to choose between trophies and money (video)

FLASHBACK: When Deji Tinubu asked Keshi to choose between trophies and money (video)

Stephen Keshi and Deji Tinubu, both of blessed memory, shared a never-to-be-forgotten moment while they were both still alive. Keshi, a guest of Tinubu at the Sports Vision studios, was asked to choose between winning trophies and making money. The following dialogue ensued: DT: Money or trophies, which will you choose? SK: Money over trophies, we can't take both? DT: No you can't, choose one SK: [...]

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    Keshi honoured with Google doodle on posthumous birthday

Keshi honoured with Google doodle on posthumous birthday

Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles captain and coach, has been honoured with a Google doodle on his posthumous birthday. Keshi, who would have clocked 56 today, excelled as an influential captain for the Eagles and also achieved a lot as a coach. Nicknamed 'Big Boss', Keshi had 64 international caps as a player. His international debut was a friendly match against Upper [...]

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    Leon Balogun: When Keshi called me his son, I knew my international career had started

Leon Balogun: When Keshi called me his son, I knew my international career had started

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun says the late Stephen Keshi helped kickstart his international career. Balogun said an unexpected phone call from Keshi served as the catalyst for his membership of the Eagles team. The defender, who is of mixed nationality, said playing for Germany was not an option because there were many players that were "ahead of me". In an interview with [...]

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    Keshi, Alamieyeseigha… five prominent Nigerians who died of cardiac arrest

Keshi, Alamieyeseigha… five prominent Nigerians who died of cardiac arrest

On Friday, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), attributed the death of Jide, his eldest son, to cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function and consciousness. It disrupts pumping action and stops blood flow to the rest of the body. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including heart attack, [...]

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Fans vote Keshi as best African defender of his era

Late Super Eagles player/coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been voted the best African defender of his era in a survey conducted by a South African newspaper. In the survey conducted by joburgpost.com, Keshi beat Lucas Radebe of South Africa to second place and Ghanaian Samuel Ossei Kuffour who excelled at German giants Bayern Munich of Germany to the third position. Two other Nigerian [...]

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    How my world stopped the night Stephen Keshi died

How my world stopped the night Stephen Keshi died

How time flies. Today marks the first anniversary of the untimely death of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. For me, the wound is still absolutely fresh, almost like I just heard the news. Stephen Keshi's death caught me completely unawares and seriously tested my journalism professionalism, to say the least. I still remember it all clearly till now. It was during Ramadan period like [...]

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    Super Eagles, Lions of Teranga lock horns in London

Super Eagles, Lions of Teranga lock horns in London

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Thursday play Senegal in a friendly match in London. The friendly match is in preparation for the all important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against African champions, Cameroon. The Lions of Teranga and the Eagles have met twenty times since their first encounter on February 27, 1963 in the Kwame Nkruma Cup. Nigeria has won nine [...]

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    Stephen Keshi’s burial in pictures

Stephen Keshi’s burial in pictures

Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi was laid to rest at his hometown of Illah in Delta state on Friday. The football icon, who died suddenly at the age of 54, left remarkable footprints. The tragic incident occurred on June 8. Below are some pictures of his burial.                             [...]

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    ‘He only signed Keshi’s condolence yesterday’… Twitter reactions to Amodu’s death

‘He only signed Keshi’s condolence yesterday’… Twitter reactions to Amodu’s death

If the news of the death of  Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles coach, came as a shock, that of Shaibu Amodu, also a former manager of the senior national team, was obviously a bigger shock. Exactly three days after Keshi passed on, Amodu died in his sleep after complaining of chest pains on Friday night. Sunday Oliseh, Joseph Yobo, and Festus Keyamo, who [...]

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    Ex-Eagles’ coach Shaibu Amodu dies 3 days after Keshi

Ex-Eagles’ coach Shaibu Amodu dies 3 days after Keshi

Shaibu Amodu, former coach of the Super Eagles, has died at the age of 58. A source told TheCable that the deceased, who was confirmed national technical director by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF), complained of chest pains on Friday night, and did not wake up on Saturday. Amodu's death comes three days after that of Stephen Keshi, also a former coach of [...]

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    Keshi shouldn’t have been sacked, says ex-sports minister

Keshi shouldn’t have been sacked, says ex-sports minister

Tammy Danagogo, former minister of sports, on Thursday said the sack of Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach was a wrong move. Speaking with NAN in Port Harcourt, Danagogo said those who wanted Keshi sacked, had no better alternative. "I realised that those who were clamouring to change Keshi, at the point they were clamouring for it, we did not have any [...]

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    Shocked. Shocked. Shocked. Twitter reactions to Keshi’s sudden death

Shocked. Shocked. Shocked. Twitter reactions to Keshi’s sudden death

Nigerian football icon Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state. There has been outpouring of love and emotion for the football icon. Sunday Oliseh, former Super Eagles coach, Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar and so many took to twitter to pay tribute to the late legend. Below are some of the [...]

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    Stephen Keshi’s wife buried in Benin

Stephen Keshi’s wife buried in Benin

Kate, wife of Stephen Keshi, former head coach of the Super Eagles, was buried in Benin City, capital of Edo state, on Friday. She died in the United States in December after suffering from cancer. Speaking at the burial, Keshi described his late wife as “a unique person every man would love to have”. He also thanked Nigerians for the love, sympathy, prayers [...]

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