The Eagles have LANDED.Congratulations to the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria..
Nigerian team, Nigerian coach, Nigerian tactics, Nigerian style.
Believe in ourselves and nothing is impossible!
Up super eagles, up team members, up keshi. Congratulations nigeria. Oya oh make the celebrations begin oh. Enough beer for the house.
Was so happy about everything..was that a camera drone on the field.i mean the thing was floating all over during the game
Its actually called spider cam.. I think was first used in when germany hosted the world cup (or was it was first used when germany hosted the world cup in 2006.. or was it south african 2010) anyway its suppose to give an bird eye view of the game
Congrats, fellow Nigerians! This is what you get when a team is selected on merit! Shame on those that claimed the team was selected around a particular ethnic group! LET THE BEST MEN & WOMEN REPRESENT US EVERYWHERE! That too goes for the office of the President! Up Naija!!!
Trrooowwaayyyyyyy !!! 23 Gbosa for the Super Eagles..joy unspeakable.
Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa!
go eagles go eagles go ose o ose o ose baba!!1
Thank God they did not wear that jinxed white jersey. In any knockout match, it is a no-no. Apart from the World U-17 title which Coach Tella won, they have never won any championship game wearing white..ACN 2000, AAG 2003, WYC 2005, 2008 Olympics.
We need to burn those white jersies once and for all.
Somehow I wonder y jacob juma looks so angry n unhappy
FANTASTIC – Am stil so excited i can’t sleep. This is just what our country needs at this time. Keshi and his boys have done us proud. Just hope the NFF and the sports minister who were all calling for Keshi’s head/appointment of a foreign coach will bow ther heads in shame.
@yahazie. If possible those NFF guys would hire foriegn players. These are the same people who already booked a return flight for the whole team before playing ivorycoast.
Yeah, it is a mood of delirium across the land and nobody can take away the shine of this monumental achievement.
Many of us have thought that what has been lacking in the Super Eagles has been a real HUNGER for glory. Nigeria has always had good players but big headedness and superstar “I-feel-alright” attitudes have been the undoing of our soccer.
On this continent, we remain the only country to have won every continental soccer trophy available for national teams – U17, beach, Youth, U-23, men’s senior and women’s. We have also represented Africa at ALL soccer events on the global stage. It underscores our real worth as a soccer-playing nation but all too often, the superstar mentality has in no small way contributed to rob us of many potential victories.
This victory is made all the more remarkable by the fact that SEVENTEEN of the twenty three players of the Super Eagles were appearing at their first Nations Cup tournament – a team of self-willed rookies with attitude..N-A-I-J-A attitude and swagger. Most heartwarming was the fact that, in a courageous break from convention, coach Keshi brought SIX Nigeria-based players into the team and had the confidence to consistently use two or three of them on the field of play in every match.
It is an eyeopener for some of our more fickle compatriots who are so sold on all things of foreign extraction, not minding the fact that there is a difference between a national team player and a clubside player.
Some of us have always believed that until Clemens Westerhof or one of his dyed-in-the-wool proteges assume the headship of the Super Eagles, we would remain at sea. Thankfully, Stephen Keshi was Captain of that master class which had unforgettables such such Rashid Yekini, Austin Okocha, Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okechukwu, Ben Iroha, Siawonder, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Oliseh et al in tow.
It never was about playing for big name clubs in Europe as it is about playing consistently at a decent competitive level anywhere and more importantly, fighting spirit plus the head and heart for a big match. Keshi and co in their day were mostly on the payroll of small teams in Belgium, Denmark and Holland while others played in Nigeria. They were African champions regardless. Now, see how far a mix of the hunger in those aspirational Nigeria-based players and the commitment+level-headedness of their foreign-based peers has brought us? Who else but a Westerhof protege such as Keshi, Siasia or Eguavoen…just the way that they were brought up by Westerhof, would have had the courage to field an ‘uncut’ Sunday Mba beside the globally recognisable duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses?
Indeed, when Clemens Westerhof began to build his champion team of 1994 way back in 1989, the likes of Austin Okocha and Daniel Amokachi were still on the payroll of Enugu Rangers and Ranchers Bees of Kaduna.
Like the great Mahmood El Gohary of Egypt showed us with his all-conquering team dominated by the matadors of El Ahly and Zamalek, sprinkled in with a dash of great players based abroad, the biggest ingredients required for success are tactical discipline, team cohesion and commitment.
The Chipolopolo of Zambia, albeit for lack of options, followed that template in 2012 and WON against all odds and now, the Super Eagles have keyed into that commendable idea by blending the exposure of well-disciplined foreign-based players and the aspiration-driven hustle of Nigeria-based players; youth and experience; raw drive and tact, to give Nigeria something big to cheer about once again.
At the 2004, the Super Eagles kicked out defending champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon which had fancied players on the payroll of Chelsea, PSG, Arsenal, Milan etc at the quarterfinal stage using a team which had players from unfancied China, Poland, Isreal and Norway.
So we must allow all who are committed to the cause to do justice to the national interest. Keshi is a risk taker who has proven that ‘a faint heart winneth not a fair lady’. He and his team are emblematic of Nigerian character and self-belief such as has given the world NOLLYWOOD, Tuface, D’Banj, 9ice, P-Square, Nneka, ASA, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda, Aliko Dangote et al. The good thing is that these Super Eagles are still in the process of formation and are not yet a finished product.
At least, some of our most voluble detractors have now been served humble pie..never mind they have not won ANYTHING since the 1960s and even for a country which imagines itself to have the best league on earth, they have not won the European Nations Cup either..since inception in 1960 and not even to emulate little republics such as Holland, Denmark and Greece. C’est la vie.
Like or LOATHE us, we are unapologetically N-A-I-J-A.. And so let us come together and H-O-L-L-E-R for there is a blue moon over Nigeria. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are ONCE AGAIN, CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA
Love it Beegeagle. Thumbs up!!!
Still basking , overwhelmed with joy at the super eagles victory in south africa. It is truly a great day for us in nigeria. This team was given no chance to succeed, scepticism was rife amongst the population, my humble self include. Practically every person was calling for the sack of keshi, nigerians and glass house hand in hand did not give the team any chance at succeeding after the first 2games at this years afcon.
After the game with ethiopia had come to and end and it was confirmed that we were going to play ivory coast, as always, my patriotic self, I said to my self win or lose against CIV, I still love my my country and our super eagles…….. Loyalty!!!
Lo and behold when the civ game came, “we change everything for CIV head oh………choi….. Super eagles play ball that day, I no lie, the thing sweet me for body well well”. After the game with CIV I knew we were going to win the nations cup. Super eagles enforced and strengthened my resolve to my country and father land, inspired , patriot, blessed.
Sunday mba’s goal against CIV, was no doubt the highlight of the tournament for me, my proudest moment, his resolve and lone bust to victory, rewarded with a splendid goal, damn….. I screamed my lungs out.
Another great moment was when enyeama out of excitement, almost lifted the referee when the final whistle was blown…….. Classic image.
Mike Adenuga rewards Eagles with $1m, promises to pay Keshi’s salary from March
Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr, the CEO of Globacom, on Sunday night rewarded African champions, the Super Eagles with a whopping $1million. Stephen Keshi received $200,000 from the billionaire businessman , who also assure him he will take over payment of his salary from March. Adenuga made these announcements, shortly after the 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa, had earlier given the team N130million and promised to do more if they won the trophy. The team will arrive Nigeria, where they will be received by the president on Tuesday and the government’s package for them will be unveiled.
Oshe, Oshe o, Oshe ooh Oshe Baba !!!
Thanks super eagles, nigeria needed something to fell good and be inspired about. Collectively and individually.
13 February, 2013
Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, was N10 million(about US$65,000) richer courtesy of the Federal Government. In addition, he was conferred with the nation’s fourth ranking national honour – Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). Each of the players got N5 million and were conferred with the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
The team captain, Joseph Yobo, who also got a cash gift of N5 million like other players, was, however, conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). All the assistant coaches also got N5 million each and were also conferred with the national honour of OON while the technical officials got N2 million each.
In addition to the cash gifts and the national honours, Jonathan also announced that each member of the team will get a plot of land in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The allocation papers were presented to them at the ceremony.
The president also announced donations from individuals such as Chairman, Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga ($1m); former Managing Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu- ($500,000) and Sir Emeka Offor ($500,000). The nation’s leading entrepreneur, Alhaji Aliko Dangote gave a cash gift of N5 million to each of the players.
Well, South Africa is becoming a good hunting for Nigerian teams. We battered Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses 5-0 there a few years ago to emerge African Women Champions.
In 2011, we dominated Cameroon’s Junior Indomitable Lions 2-1 right there in South Africa to emerge African Youth Champions.
THAT MEANS, as I write this we are both junior and senior African football champions. Yes, we are current champions of the African Youth Championship and the African Nations Cup.
N-A-I-J-A POWER !!
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