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Nest of_ChampionsWITH the Super Eagles victory over the Red Devils of Congo, the decider has finally come with an historic encounter with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday at the State-of-the-art Akwa Ibom Stadium nicknamed "The Nest of Champions" in Uyo.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:36

Bafana in Nigeria to Win, SA Coach Boasts

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shakes-mashaba-SA-CoachBafana Bafana Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba, and captain Dean Furman have expressed their desire to cap off their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a memorable win in Nigeria.

Stephen-KeshiNigeria manager Stephen Keshi hailed his team's performance in Cape Town Wednesday despite their goalless draw against hosts South Africa in the second round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"The game was not bad. I thought it was good tactical play and good play by Bafana – a bit of improvement from my players, a lot better than what we did on Saturday," Keshi stated in the post-match press conference.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:10

Pitso Mosimane: Ejike Something Else

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Ejike UzoenyiMamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is backing new signing Ejike Uzoenyi to succeed at Chloorkop, saying the Nigerian “is something else”.

Uzoenyi, who was formerly with Enugu Rangers, made his much-awaited Brazilians debut in the 2-0 win over AmaZulu in Pretoria on Sunday. Even though he only spent 15 minutes on the field, the speedy attacker showed flashes of brilliance.

“He is something else,” says Mosimane. “The liitle bit you saw, you can see what we have. He is not fit yet but we had to give him a little bit of time to play against AmaZulu.

EmenikeEmmanuel Emenike travelled a long road to get to Brazil, at times even on foot, and once stopping at a Turkish cell, but he made it to the World Cup.

It was a close run thing and there were times when such a scenario seemed more than just unlikely.

Yet at 27 years of age, Emenike will lead the line for Nigeria against France in the World Cup last 16 on Monday.

It was his goal against Malawi in a 2-1 World Cup qualification victory, following a brief international exile, that helped Nigeria through to the play-off round in which they ousted Ethiopia.

bafana seaglesSANigerians.com have it that plans for yet another Super Eagles vs Bafana Bafana clash has been finalized.

However, this time around it would be the ‘retirees’ members of Africa's two soccer powerhouses that will meet in the planned friendly will see squad members of the 96 class from both sides entertain Africa’s soccer lovers.

It has been confirmed that the Nigerian line-up will feature, among others notable ex-Eagles, Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu, Emmanuel Amuneke, Daniel Amokachi and Stephen Keshi, the current coach of the Super Eagles, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, while South Africa will announce its squad on Thursday 13th March 2014

Ejike-Uzoenyi-1SANigerians.com learnt via the website of Mamelodi Sundowns that Enugu Rangers’ Ejike Uzoenyi would be joining the elite South African Premier league soccer club for a four years contract that will commence by June 2014.‬

The quicksilver forward emerged the Most Valuable Player of the concluded CHAN 2014 in South Africa.

Ejike said he was excited that he concluded the deal. ‬He told the club’s website that “Joining a club like Sundowns is a great deal for me because their ambitions to conquer Africa are in line with my career objectives as a player.”

Basetsana's FIFA U20 Women's World Cup dream was dashed as they went down 1-0 to Nigeria at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. Nigeria progress on a 7-0 aggregate win.

The Falconets grabbed an early goal through Adeboyejd Yetunde who took full advantage of a disorganized South African backline to slip one past Kaylin Swart and give the West Africans the upper hand six minutes into the start.

The South Africans regained their shape and showed character as they pushed forward in search of a consolation goal but the Falconets proved to be the better side, remaining solid in defence. The match went into the break with Nigeria still in the lead.

Basetsana were fired up into the second half as Shiwe Nogwana and Thembi Kgatlane looked the most threatening, keeping the Nigerian goalkeeper busy for the remainder of the half.

A Falconet_vs_BatsetsanaA second half substitute saw Nomvula Kgoale come on for Robyn Moodaly to boost the South African midfield.

In the dying minutes of the game, Nogwana pulled one forward to surprise the Nigerian goal-minder but her shot was sent over the cross bar.

The Falconets knew they were in with a shot and took the foot off the pedal to frustrate Basetsana as they seemed happy to sit back and defence their lead. Their tactic seemed to work as the match ended 1-0 in their favour and they will now participate at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.

Basetsana technical advisor, Ephriam Mashaba admitted that it was a big disappointment not to have qualified for the World Cup but said that they were content as the girls stuck to the game plan and played well.

MohamedOulhajIfeanyiEdeThe Super Eagle performed the unfathomable in the on going African Nations Championship by staging an exhilarating come-back in their quarter finals clash with Morocco. Keshi’s boys fought back with courage and discipline to overturn and finally win the hotly contested clash by cancelling within 45 minutes, a three goals deficit conceded within the first half of the tie and ‘besting’ Morrocco with a fourth goal at extra time.

Super Eagles_CHAN2014When the Super Eagles take on the Atlas Lions of Morocco in the quarter final match of the ongoing African Nations Championship tomorrow, they won't lack support from the stands.

The leadership of the Nigerian Union in Cape Town has purchased hundreds of match tickets to be distributed free to its members resident in the city and its environs. A Nigerian community leader here in the South African city, Chief Obinna Evans told Sports Vanguard that arrangements have been concluded to ensure we achieve maximum support for the Eagles on Saturday.

Nigeria at 2014 CHAN: Great support as Nigeria gears up for must-win final group game

Nigerian Union_South_Africa2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa - Ahead of Nigeria's must-win match against South Africa in their final group A match Sunday at the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa, Nigerians living in South Africa are mobilising support for the team. Nigeria is currently third on three points from two matches, and needs a victory to be sure of advancing to the next round.

The fact that Nigeria will be taking on the host has raised the stakes.

But the President of the Nigerian Union in Johannesburg, Ikechukwu Anyaene, said there is no cause for alarm as his union had rallied Nigerians living in South Africa to ensure maximum support for the home-based Super Eagles.

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