Ikpeba: Yusuf’s bribery allegation will serve as lessons to lo local coaches

Salisu Yusuf bribery allegation scandal will be a lesson to Nigerian indigenous coaches, says Victor Ikpeba

Yusuf, the Nigerian national team Assistant Coach was caught on camera accepting cash for some players to make the cut to African Nations Cup (CHAN) that held earlier this year in Morocco.

The video footage was said to be shot by Ghanaian Journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, and made available to BBC Africa eye.

In the footage, Yusuf, who was said to be earning 3 million naira per month was seen collecting N360, 000 from the undercover journalists, who pretended as football agents.

Yusuf was further promised 15% of any deal should the players of the posed agents sealed a deal abroad after the CHAN tournament.

Ikpeba believes the bribery scandal will be a warning for other local coaches.

“I’m shocked with what happened to coach Salisu Yusuf. This should be a lesson to all our Indigenous coaches,” Ikpeba wrote on Twitter.

 

Meanwhile NFF’s Director of Communication in a statement obtained from CompleteSports have said that preliminary findings have started over the Yusuf’s alleged bribery scandal.

He said, “For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay.”

 

 

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Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

Ikeme, who spent all of his club career with newly-promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017.

The goalkeeper has decided to quit the game after consulting experts, and informed his teammates of the decision on Tuesday. Ikeme had said he was in complete remission in June, and Wolves chairman Jeff Shi praised the goalkeeper's strength of character in ‘what has been a very challenging time for him’.

Ikeme, who had various loan spells with various English sides joined Wolves as a 14-year-old, back in 2003,

He was a regular for the Midlands club when they won the English League One title in 2014.

He made 10 appearances for the Nigerian national team, who named him as the ‘24th’ member of their 2018 World Cup squad.

 

 

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Waiter: So, what are you having?

Spotkick: Errr… A huge slice of humble pie. Along with some egg to throw on our faces.

That’s right. Before the World Cup began, we lot here were so confident, our predictions so well thought-out, like we were Clifford Devoe in Season Four of CW’s The Flash. We did say come back to tell us how stupid our pre-tournament would be in a month’s time.

Who will win the World Cup?

This was the first question posed, and of course we bullishly laid out our supposed winners. Shehu Idris went with Portugal, and asked us not to ask him to explain. Portugal went out in the last 16, we still won’t ask Idris to explain.

‘For the good of the game, the whole should support Argentina winning the World Cup’. ‘…a team that has Lionel Messi going into any tournament stands a very good chance of winning it’. Ola Fadahunsi’s words were so profound then, by Argentina’s second game they seemed so illogical. La Albiceleste were lucky to even get past their group, and met their match in the first knockout round.

I went with France, who did turn out to win the tournament. There was scepticism in my prediction, which I’ll now smugly classify as humble and brilliant foresight. This self-lauding will cancel itself out soon.

Who will win the Golden Boot?

‘I feel Cristiano Ronaldo will win this’. Ronaldo started like a house on fire, with four goals in the first two games, but wouldn’t score again. Sorry, Idris.

‘Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s Thomas Muller’. Muller didn’t score a single goal as Germany went out after three games. Told you that self-lauding will cancel itself out.

‘Giroud has always proven himself in front of goal for Les Bleus’. Fadahunsi said as he predicted one of Olivier Giroud or Lionel Messi to finish top scorer. Giroud played seven games for France, without a single shot on target. Messi scored once. Oi vei.

Golden Ball Winner

Idris saw it in his dreams that pint-sized, fleet-footed magician Bernardo Silva would cart away with the golden ball. Tip, don’t gamble on the word from Idris’ dreams.

‘I’m going with David Silva, because no one else did’, that’s what I said. I’ve seen why no one else did.

Fadahunsi went with Messi. Is he secretly Argentine?

Which team will surprise?

‘These boys will stun the world’. Which boys? Saudi Arabia. Who said they’d stun the world? Yes, Idris. Let’s just move on.

‘One African team’ Fadahunsi said. He opted for Senegal, all five from the continent didn’t last more than three games.

‘Watch this space: Egypt top Group A and beat Portugal in the round of 16’, I said. Egypt lost all three games. Delete this space.

Which star will flop?

‘Does Alex Iwobi count as a star?, Idris asked. We’ll leave you to decide.

‘Paul Pogba. Enough said’. Fadahunsi really should have said more.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo, I call you out here’. I think he heard me.

Nigeria’s World Cup chances?

The general consensus was that we wouldn’t make it past the group stage. At least we got that one right.

Verdict…

Long version: At least we have Nigeria’s early exit as a form of vindication, plus I got France winning the World Cup. No one gets predictions right, and we are no different.

Short version: We are simply idiots.

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Former Nigerian international Sam Sodje has called for a new technical crew as he believed the Gernot Rohr’s led crew is not sound enough.

The Super Eagles failed to make it pass beyond the group stage of the just concluded World Cup – picking just three points out of nine.

The four time capped international, who believes the Super Eagles team should be kept said there was a need to change the coaching crew in order to maximise the potential of the players.

The Super Eagles failed to go beyond the group stage of the World Cup, and

I will advise that the group of players should be kept together and add couple of the obviously young players coming through,” Sodje told SCORENigeria

“But we definitely need a sound technical crew for the team.

“We have good and talented players, but talented players alone can’t win trophies.

“They need to be well coached whenever they come for international duty.”

Rohr extended his Super Eagles’ by two more years in the January of this year.

Rumours have been linking Rohr with the Moroccan national team job, but the Franco-German coach has said he would see his contract with Nigeria through.

 

 

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The Nigerian football icon has declared his intention to move from football into full time politics.

Segun Odegbami, famous from running down the touchline with the ball like no one else in his playing days in a press release that he would “plunge into the uncharted rivers of Nigerian politics.”

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Odegbami, who played for Nigerian side 3sc all through his career said he would be running for the Ogun State (one of the 36 states in Nigeria) Gubernatorial election under the platform of Labour Party.

In a press release as extracted from Sports Village Square, Odegbami said.

“On a different note, next Wednesday, July 18 2018, I am taking a plunge into the uncharted rivers of Nigerian politics.

On that day I shall become a member of the Labour Party, and be officially welcomed on that political platform as a gubernatorial candidate for Ogun State in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.

Knowing my background and temperament, that is a giant step to take. I cannot even start to imagine the consequences of that action.

But what I can clearly imagine is a vision of the Gateway State in Nigeria that can be a testimony of limitless possibilities in our country, and in Africa within a very short time.

But this will require, very essentially, the right kind of leadership!

The key is leadership – one untainted by the sharp experiences of the convoluted and polluted politics of the day; one with an unblemished record of service to his State, his country and to humanity; one with integrity, one with capacity and the courage to dare even in the face of the dangerous precipice on which the country perches..

What this means is that from next Wednesday I shall embark on a difficult, challenging but exciting journey of leading (and will begin to serve) a movement of people that align with my vision for Ogun State as a model State in progressive governance with focus on the people, their general well being and welfare, plus unprecedented rapid development; all these serving as an example for the rest of our country, Africa and, indeed, the Black race on earth.

Without doubt, in Ogun State we have the capacity, the resources, the energy and particularly the people, to become the fastest developing community in the world within a few years.

Ogun State can provide the foundation upon which the emancipation of Black persons all over the world will be built.

This will be in fulfilment of the dreams of Obafemi Awolowo, Wole Soyinka, MKO Abiola, and many other great sons and daughters of this most advanced but vastly underrated and underutilized system of socio-economic development – the Yoruba Culture.

To succeed in this exciting venture, we will all be challenged in daunting ways. It will be a long, lonely and often torturous journey, but we will not be discouraged, nor will our spirit be broken.

In fact the mountains we would have to climb will only ignite our excitement, determination, and focus.

I am taking the first step on behalf of all disenfranchised persons in the state. It is now irrevocable and irreversible.

Our ‘bank’ of contributions is also now open, and I humbly ask for your support and prayers particularly through the period of critical take-off period.

My team of volunteers will be outlining our programs through the next few months in various media.

Someone asked me the other day where I intend to find the financial resources to run this money-driven race.

I laughed even as I answered him with all the confidence I could muster that my financial resources are unmatched even though I do not intend to play the money game with anyone.

I assured him that the resources available to me are greater than all the money in the world.

He was still processing my response in his mind when I told him my secret weapon and greatest ‘financial’ resource – the people!

I therefore call on the people, all Nigerians, from all walks of life, young and old, at home or in the Diaspora, of all tribes and tongue, all who seek a great country, a healthy people, a vibrant army of youths well educated and fully engaged in conquering the world with their talent and passion, a great life for retirees, the elderly, the physically challenged, the civil servants, teachers, the neglected middle and lower classes, the artisans, the women, etc. Indeed the list of the disenfranchised in my State is very long.

There is work to be done. So keep a date with me and support me to achieve this.

Use me to show those who have condemned this country to the gallows of corruption, poverty, disease, hunger, crisis and underdevelopment that there are still a few good men and women, decent people with impeccable credentials, of good conduct and character, a big vision, and with the determination to serve as they lead the people,   change the fortune and face of Nigeria, and make the country the greatest Black nation on earth.

It will take off in Ogun State in 2019. With a team of co-visionaries, it can be done.  Try me!”

 

 

 

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Spotkick's FIFA World Cup 2018 Review

Monday, 16 July 2018 11:45

And so the curtain has fallen, the fat lady has sung, the last rites have been read. Forgive the ending cliches, we’re just finding it hard to say goodbye to the 21st World Cup and wondering what to do with ourselves. But with the tournament having reached its conclusion, Messrs Not Moony, Not Wormtail, Not Padfoot, and Definitely Not Prongs, Spotkick’s finest, gave their conclusion on the Mundial.

Player of the Tournament

Ola Fadahunsi: Luka Modric. Nobody comes close. He was phenomenal all through and he's one of the guys that had the most minutes at the World Cup - Modric is a complete work of art.

Trust Inonse: Who else for me than the Golden boy of the tournament - Kylian Mbappe. At 19 his confidence and determination is next to none. I don't think I have seen a better player at his age.

Kunle Ajao: Luka Modric, without a shadow of a doubt. Sometimes he felt like the solo act in this World Cup orchestra. Always a delight to watch on the ball, he even adds superb work rate off it.

Shehu Idris: Unarguably and undisputedly Luka Modric. Prior to this tournament his name wasn't even mistakenly mentioned amongst those worthy of the FIFA the best award but only sprinkle of people will wave his inclusion now. How he managed to lead Croatia into the Final and outshine the glorious Class of '98 with extra ounce of work-rate and non-human voltage of creativity is a paper for another time. FIFA got this call right, Modric was head, shoulders and knee above everybody else in Russia. 

Goal of the tournament 

OF: Ahmed Musa’s second goal against Iceland. That set the entire nation bouncing.

TI: The goal that got me thinking - Benjamin Pavard. Coming to the world cup as a rookie and still had the audacity to speak to the ball to get France their second goal against Argentina . Borrowing the word of Etim Essien- it was a slapping NASA

KA: Benjamin Pavard’s volley against Argentina is the kind of the thing you dream of, but 100 times out of 100, you thump that wide. He didn’t.

SI: Pavard!!! A technique that can make the ball spin and float like a balloon that isn't entralled with the wind, that sort of technique, with the outside of boot. That sort of technique, read me well and loud, is out of this world. If there wasn't a net there, that ball would still be floating happily like a hot air balloon in the sky of Russia. 

Match of the tournament 

OF: Germany vs Mexico.

TI: A match I won't forget in a hurry would be Portugal v Spain. What a thrilling encounter that was, as Cristiano Ronaldo showed the world why he is the present world’s best footballer. It was great watching Spain's champagne football against a Ronaldo-inspired Portugal.

P. S, A match I won't use a nail clipper on my nails for is the France against Denmark's horror.

KA: It was only Day Two when crisis-hit Spain played unconvincing Portugal in Sochi. A six-goal thriller that had everything, a free-kick, a penalty, a goalkeeping howler, a routine goal and a howitzer from a right-back. It set the tone for such an incredible tournament.

SI: Spain vs Portugal. The match, you'll agree with me, came dashing into us really early. We weren't ready for such an action-packed match after the tepid opening day of the tournament. Ronaldo's hattrick. Nacho's sumptuous half-volley. David De Gea's unusual gaffe. Diego Costa and Pepe rekindled old animosity. This match had a healthy bit of everything a match of the tournament should have. 

Best surprise 

OF: England. You might say they played lesser oppositions, but how these set of young guys were able to curtail the pressure always put on the Three Lions prior to every major tournament was a surprise. I give them credit for that.

TI: Best surprise? Which other team comes to mind but the Croatian national team. I bet even the best magic practicing priest never saw a final for the blazers.

KA: It’s easy to say England, and why not, a first semi-final in 28 years for them. But if their journey to the semis was a surprise, their path certainly wasn’t, and they lost the three games where they faced quality opposition. Plus, no one saw Croatia as finalists before the tournament, so it’s them for me.

SI: Croatia of course. They surprised everyone including themselves. That they made it to the final wasn't the actual surprise but the jarring fact that they made it there playing gruesome extra 30 minutes after each of their knockout games and they didn't roll around the pitch in agony of cramps and fatigue is the biggest surprise. If Superman was real, he'll definitely be a Croatian.

Biggest disappointment 

OF: Germany summed up the whole disappointment for me.

TI: it's difficult to look away from Germany and Argentina but permit me to give this plaque to the Spanish national team. Who puts together over a thousand completed passes and still loses? That's ridiculous to say the least.

KA: I’ve watched German teams that have played underwhelming football, until this World Cup I’d never watched a German team that was complacent. It looked like they’d recovered after that late winner against Sweden, it turned out to be a false dawn. Watching Germany crash out of the group stage, it was almost like football broke.

SI: Germany. For the first time since Euro 2004, they crashed out of a major tournament in the group stages. For the first time ever in the history of Die Maanshaft, they bowed out of World Cup in the group stages. For the first time in my life, I saw a German team that's almost always vunerable to opposition breaks. Let me stop my "For the first time" game here. This German side were woeful and should be thankful for the mercy of that early exit.

Verdict on VAR

OF: As much as I loved VAR, I think it's doing more harm than good. Making football so predictable, the penalty given to France was evident, no referee in the world would have given that. To top it all, VAR is taking emotions away from the game; that is bad.

TI: Well! I have never been in support of the VAR and the World Cup test hasn't convinced a strand of my hair that it is needed. It kills the vibe of the game and for the fact that it wholly still depends on the discretion of the referee, in my opinion, it's not a solution if it's not solving the problem in totality.

KA: VAR is meant to correct clear cut errors, which means: (a) If the referee is called to look at it, then it’s supposed to be a clear cut error (Nigeria v Argentina). (b) If it’s a clear cut error, it shouldn’t take four minutes to decide (the final itself). That VAR is ultimately subject to human interpretation means it will be ludicrous in my eyes.

SI: Obviously it is here to stay and no amount of campaign launched against it will get it out. Moreover, it had a successful debut in Russia. Except for some little doggedness from referees to overturn their initial wrong decisions, it showed it can make this game a lot cleaner and a little more transparent. However, people still need to get used to this machine. We complain about how long it takes before a decision could be made but does it matter the amount of time for the best decision to be made? Football lover are finicky bunch who scavenge for errors like someone picking beans, VAR won't end football controversies. 

Most excited about

OF: Prior to the tournament, the issue of racism and fans violence seemed inevitable; how Russians were able to nip that all through the Mundial created so much excitement for me.

TI: The unexpectedly peaceful World Cup. Against all odds, Russia hosted one of the best tournaments in recent times.

KA: Watching Belgium’s counter-attacks, particularly against Brazil in the last eight, was a sight to behold.

SI: Kyllian Mbappe. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's era of dominance, either we like to admit it or not, is fast dissolving. Several names of successors have popped up over the years and it looked like these successors will make the claim after the early exit of the aforementioned juggernauts but these guys didn't have the previously thought impact on the tournament. Except Mbappe of course. At 19, with just a season and a half of top-flight club football under his blurily quick feet, he transformed the Mundial into another playground just has he's done with Ligue 1. It looked really easy for 'Donatello’ as his pace fuelled by his youthful exuberance proved harder than Advance Physics test for every defender he faced. His physical precociousness has shrouded his cold-eyed finishing talent. This boy's imminent dominance on football will mirror Messi and Ronaldo's but sadly, his won't have an almost equal rival to battle with.

Least excited about

OF: African countries.

TI: The shambolic performances by the African contingents, it was pitiful to say the least. Although a glimpse of fight came from the West Africans - Nigeria and Senegal- their best could only buy them three matches in Russia.

KA: The constant Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comparison after each player plays. It’s the World Cup for goodness sake, not El Clasico.

SI: Tiki Taka or Tiki Taxi or Taka Tiki or Kati Kati or which ever name you've given the boring act of caressing the ball endlessly across the pitch without urgency or a sharp edge. It used to be orgasmic when Xavi was still in the Spanish team with his eagle vision but now, it's just excruciating. Iniesta has passed his prime. Isco drives opposition near madness with his dribbles and not his passes. David Silva loses himself and his creativity in the incessant passing drills. Spain should fold up the paper containing the Tiki-Taka blueprints and reach for another approach now. 

Note on Nigeria's World Cup

OF: So many people have been calling for Rohr's head after tournament - different strokes for different folks. In my opinion the Nigerian team to Russia was the best I've seen in recent times.

TI: Although disappointing from a Nigerian perspective, it's definite that this Nigerian team is the best in recent history. Just a little bit of trimming and a little bit of additional quality would make the team a world beater.

KA: Our World Cup may have ended after three games, but their was a sense of what might have been, rather than a sense of disappointment this time. Despite the early exit, there’s more than enough cause for optimism. A fair amount of stability right now will go a long way in helping. Not that we’ll have it.

SI: Although we crashed out in the group stages, it still hasn't stopped us from dreaming about what this band of young talents can achieve if they remain banded together with Gernot Rohr as the sheepherder. Stability is just what this team needs. Stability in players, coaches and administrators but the latter appears like it won't be getting the required stability as some destructive critters are already tilling the ground and unperturbed if the tree tumbles and all the goody birds bound off.

 

 

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Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, said he played Nigeria’s final group game of the World Cup while his father was kidnapped. Mikel said he was told his father had been kidnapped and would be killed if he made any reports, just hours before Nigeria’s defeat to Argentina in St. Petersburg last Tuesday.

‘I played while my father was in the hands of bandits’, Mikel told the Guardian UK. ‘I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.’

‘I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could let 180 million Nigerians down.’

Pa Michael Obi, Mikel’s father, was abducted when travelling along the Makurdi-Enugu Expressway from Jos, and this is the second time he has been victim to kidnappers, the first being in August 2011. The police were able to secure his release after a week, but Mikel said his father is currently receiving emergency treatment in hospital after being tortured.

‘I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and the support I’ve received from friends and family members. Unfortunately, my dad is now in hospital receiving emergency treatment as a result of the torture he received during his capture.’

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When Football365’s Daniel Storey wrote about England’s first game of this World Cup against Tunisia, and implied that if one doesn’t get that country feeling when one’s nation plays, then there’s something wrong, I met that with a bit of scepticism. You can watch the World Cup without holding an ounce of support for your country, I believed, and as a Nigerian, an ounce of support for the national side is more than enough recipe for heartbreak.

Storey may be English, and they may have had their fair share of tournament disappointments, but at least they have the consolation of reminding the world that they won the World Cup long before the big bang. Nigerians don’t have that same luxury on the big stage, from open goal misses that denied us a spot in the last 16, to amateurish lapses in concentration that cost us a spot in the quarter-finals, it’s always been ‘outlandishly get your hopes up and see it realistically get shot down’ when the Super Eagles took the world stage. Hence, my scepticism, or rather cynicism, towards Nigeria at the global tournaments.

So to Argentina v Nigeria in St. Petersburg. Argentina’s World Cup hanging a by the tiniest of threads, a win was a must, while Nigeria simply needed a point for qualification into the knockout phase. Even against my country, it was hard not to root for Lionel Messi, one of the finest players to have ever graced the game surely deserved more, after coming out of retirement to haul his team to the World Cup, than a tame exit in the first round. If I had any allegiance towards anyone before that game, there it laid, or so I thought. Then on to the actual watching of the game, seeing the turnout on the streets, social media and basically everywhere else in support of the Eagles, then Storey’s saying started to make sense. This country has its problems, from the ludicrous government’s lax attitude towards the well-being of its people, to its emphasis on placing more importance on trivial issues, and what not; but all those would have to wait. This was about us against Argentina, about finally getting them back for every time they’ve made us sullen in previous World Cups, four times we’d met previously in this competition, four times they’d beaten us; surely the gods of football owed us one. We were due our pound of flesh. And from then on, from the turnout of Nigerians prepared to see us advance to the next phase, to the noise they made, I stopped thinking, and started feeling.

I didn’t know when I felt glum after Lionel Messi scored, the man I supposedly wanted to root for, I didn’t know when I yelled at Kelechi Iheanacho for ruining a Nigerian counter-attack until I did, didn’t know when I yelled at the screen in frustration after Marcos Rojo’s alleged handball wasn’t penalised until someone beckoned on me to calm down, didn’t know when I had my heart in my mouth when Gonzalo Higuain skied one over our bar from close range; and I certainly didn’t expect to slump in anguish after Rojo bagged that late Argentine winner. I saw friends who were passionate about football, friends who weren’t really passionate, and friends who hardly took interest in the game, all go through the rollercoaster of emotion, uncontained euphoria when Victor Moses equalised, and utter dejection when Rojo scored- heads in hands, faces covered by shirts. This was football. This was the World Cup.

Despite our enormous differences- political, social, sexual, religious, economic- here the goal was common, to will Nigeria into the next round. The same silence of despair after Messi put us behind, the same joyous cheer after we equalised, and the same hate we bore when they snatched qualification from our grasp. Messi is the one of the world’s greatest ever players, we’ll accept that in a few days’ time. Here, though, he was nothing more than the little man who aided in stealing our dreams once again, one who we now hope will face a humiliating exit against France in the next round, just to quell our angst. The sense of injustice- whether valid or not- was collective, as was the wonder over what might have been, what should have been. In those moments, we had everything in common, nothing apart, the sense of togetherness was laudable.

It’s the hope that kills us, but at least it brings us together first.

 

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The former Super Eagles captain said that the Nigerian players gave their best, but admitted their best was not enough on the night.

According to Okocha, inexperience in the Nigerian team was pivotal to the team lost to the La Albiceleste.

Gernot Rohr boys were on the verge of booking a place in the next round of the World Cup, after Moses had cancelled out from the spot Messi’s first half opener, but an 87th close range finish from an unmarked Marcus Rojo dashed all hopes of such dream.

Okocha, who represented Nigeria at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup said that the Nigerian players never capitalised on their chances – saying the La Albiceleste deserved their place in the next round of the competition.

“If you want to be harsh on the Nigeria team, is that we didn’t capitalise,” Okocha as quoted by Goal. “We didn’t keep two or three players up there to hurt them. We were limited in terms of experience.

 “Credit to Argentina, they threw the kitchen sink at it, and they deserved to win.”

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On the second goal Nigeria conceded on the night, the former Bolton Wanderers man added, “Poor defending there. We should have recognised to come in a good position at the time the cross came in.

“Moses acted late there. I can’t fault the effort of the players, they gave their all, but at the end of the day, it was not good enough.”

On the VAR call not to award Nigeria a second penalty, as Rojo was seen on replay to have headed a Musa’s cross to his arm, Okocha rather put off the blame from the VAR call – saying Ighalo should have converted the resulting effort.

He said further, “Ighalo should’ve scored or he should’ve at least worked the keeper.”

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Nigerians have took to their various social media handle – reacting and savouring the Super Eagles’ commanding victory over Iceland on Friday afternoon

A drab first half, which the three time African champions had the larger share of possession, but could not have any shot on target was improved on in the second half – with two goals from Ahmed Musa deciding the tie.

The win meant that if Nigeria could get at least a draw in their next game against the Albicelseste of Argentina, and Croatia could force Iceland to a draw, or lose by a margin not more than three, the Super Eagles will move to the next round of the Mundial.

Savouring the moment, Nigerians in their usual fashion have taken to the social media spewing out different shades of opinions, jokes and so on.

A Twitter user with the name DADDY THE FATHER @SemilooreAkoni has likened the joy in the country aftermath the Eagles' triumph to that that was witnessed when Abacha, who has been dubbed as Nigeria’s worst ever dictator died on June 8 1998.

@SemilooreAkoni wrote: “The last time Nigerians were this happy was when Abacha ate apple and died.

 

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Another Twitter user also joked that the improvement in the second half from the players could be as a result of the coach threat to arrest the players with the Nigeria Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).King of Ikorodu @OtunbaBillz: “See them playing like Rohr threatened them with SARS at halftime.”

Jeffrudeen @VillageParrot also wrote: “In less than 90 minutes,Ahmed Musa has made Nigerians happier than Buhari has in 3 years.

Also, Nigerian musicians were not left out of the party, with Olamide Adedeji, aka Badoo full of confidence - saying all that is left for the Super Eagles is to defeat the Argentines in their next game.

Olamide Adedeji @olamide_YBNL wrote: “Na to chop Argentina eyes remain now ! Nigeria issa goal !!!

Michael Collins better known as Don Jazzy, who was proud of the Super Eagles’ performance wrote on his twitter handle @DonJazzy: “We did thissss. If I catch any geh this night. Na belle straight.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Akpoborie has warned the players not to get carried away with the victory over Iceland.

The former Nigerian international wrote on his Twitter @ Akpoborie: “Job is not done yet, there is still plenty of football to be played against Argentina.

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