Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi is more worried of Zambia, at the 2013 Africa Nations Cup
Nigerian national team head coach Stephen Keshi is more worried – if not scared – to face the African Champions, Zambia, at the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) group stage match at Mbombela stadium on January 25.
However, his consolation is that the other two teams in Group C, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are fairly beatable in order to be amongst top two teams for the next round, but he might be surprised by Ethiopia.
For football fans, the match between Chipolopolo and the Super Eagles is going to be unmissable as it is expected that there would be full of attacks and little defense.
Nigeria won the Afcon twice in1980 and 1994 respectively. They finished on the third place of the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 Afcon tournaments.
The team ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings in April 1994, the highest achieved by an African team.
In 1980 the team had won the Afcon trophy for the first time in Lagos. In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the four African titles won by Cameroon have been won by defeating Nigeria.
Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. They were managed by Clemens Westerhof. Nigeria topped its group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece.
On 30 June 2010, following their early exit and poor showing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national team from international competition for two years.
This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.
On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the Super Eagles from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions, but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.
On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.
However, four days later, the ban was “provisionally lifted” until 26 October, the day after the officially unrecognised National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) dropped its court case against the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). -