African Champions, Nigeria, out of AFCON 2015

The Super Eagles disappointed millions of their fans as they blew off the chance to be at the 30th edition of the AFCON to be staged in Equatorial Guniea in early 2015 as they were only able to manage a 2-2 draw with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

Tekelo Rantie was the tormentor-in-chief  as the South Africa Striker scored two goals one in each half to extinguish the hopes of Nigeria going on to defend the title they won in 2013 in South Africa.

While Nigeria did pull level through two goals from Sone Aluko it was too little too late for Nigeria to get the needed victory that could have helped their qualification quest.

The home draw saw the Eagles finish with eight points from six games, thus finishing third behind South Africa and Congo. Congo defeated Sudan one nil at home to qualify.

Read our liveblog of today’s match in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, here.


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  • Dr. Kay

    Eya , the beginning of Badluck oh, Jonathan this was your nineth cat live and its all over, defending champions can’t defend their crown next year hmmm is that not signs of things to come?
    Dumbo that’s a divine message , the days of the locust is over , pack your shit and head straight for the creeks, next year is for people with genuine love for Nigeria and its people.

    • Joe

      This Dr Kayak is sick sha. Was it under GMD that Nigeria won AFCON after 19 years? So the crises in NFF that created the ship in the first place was Jonathan ‘s creation. Nonsense.

    • Lyle

      “Dr.” Kay, I guess you know next to nothing about football. How did Spain do at the 2014 World Cup, how well did they defend their title, and how did Brazil, the host country do? It’s football, it happens! It has NOTHING to do with GEJ, NFF, by FIFA rules is completely independent of Nigerian govt. Then again, I don’t think you have the capacity to understand this.

      • Blessing Ekpere Ogbu

        If NFF was independent of the Nigerian Government, what was GEJ doing imposing Keshi on the NFF. This is like that night in Babylon when Belshazzar organised a party and a hand appeared writing ‘mene mene teke upharsin’.

        • ahmed

          My brother na because it’s the turn of south south to also turn things upside down forgetting that this is the jet age. Whether you like it or not, other countries are making progress. Thank God for disappointing the rogues that might be thinking of stealing our resources through the mundia had been we made it.

      • ahmed

        Just as you know, those teams you mentioned gave account of themselves in their prime before diminishing return set in. Can we say the same thing of this wingless eagles whose only saving grace over the years is out much touted good luck.

    • Alcindo Satori

      Such comments should be expected from a yoruba man! No surprise at all. ..

  • Gbenga

    Does South Africa look like a football team from the 70th minute of the game? Of course not!
    The entire Bafana Bafana was an assemblage of robots who couldn’t complete two passes.

    • D1

      What do you expect the strategy of Bafana Bafana to be with 10 men on the field? They played a counter attack kind of game, which worked perfectly for them. They almost scored another goal at the last minute. I think you should rephrase your statement, Nigeria played purposeless football.

  • Wähala

    No thanks to JoNothin Dumbo for imposing a deadbeat Stephen Keshi as Eagles Coach, as if he were dealing with his PDP cabal. That day he set slimy feet on the new stadium with his satan’s luck was when I knew it’s goodbye Nigeria’s hopes… it’s time to finally overhaul the Super Eagles and get rid of players who are not regular starters for their respective teams regardless whose name is scraped… all those Mikel Obi people. We lack creativity in midfield, fantasy in our game culture, ambitious and aggressive attackers from the flanks which had always been our winning formula. Simply put, we need to rebuild from “within” and groom home-based players to international standards. I really don’t see any outstanding Nigerian players in any league unlike the days of Siasia, Okocha, Oliseh, Kano et al. These mediocre clowns are simply reflective of the kind of system and Govt. we have in place today… “I don’t give a damn” kinda players. Technically losing to SA Zulus at home is a mega-disgrace. Nonsense!

    • Chris1408

      Well said. We keep celebrating mediocrity and expect wonderful results. Not happening

  • Maria

    Up Keshi… the best coach in the world.

    • Wähala

      Blame Dr. Dumbo for raising Lazarus from the dead…

      • Jon

        Stop blaming the coach and the entire team. There is a fundamental problem with Nigeria as a whole and it is affecting everything that has to do with Nigeria. Nigeria was never a very serious football nation and we wonder why the whole sub Saharan nations are catching up with us. If you call yourself a giant, you better live up to it or else you will be disgrace.

  • Maria

    A country ruled by mediocre…

  • Emma

    NIGERIA DEFEATED BY TWO CONGOS

    Even with that draw Nigeria could have qualified but for the two Congos.
    Congo Brazzaville scored in the 63rd minute to beat Sudan in Khartoum.
    That score by itself was not enough to send Nigeria out of AFCON 2015.
    But the three goals scored by Congo Kinshasa against Sierra Leone did.

    • aiyekotto

      how many congos dey africa sef

    • Jon

      Nigeria fate was in her hand but she squandered it. Nigeria was even lucky not to have lost the match. South Africa came to break the Jinx. We are just too lousy people, not discipline, lack of organisation and lack of good preparation. Much ado about nothing. We lost because we don’t deserve to be in Equatorial Guinea. We should learn to take criticism and stop being emotional and accept our failure.

  • tuco

    Keshi and his biafran team, it serves them right. No remorse no sympathy.

    • Reporteruncensored

      You no get sense!

    • Bosah

      You are a very good and patriotic Nigerian. Your type is the reason the country is advancing rapidly in all phases. We need more Nigerians like you so that the people who represent us will continue to strive to make us better. When they win, they win for us, when they stumble we deny them and call them names.

      • aiyekotto

        lwkmd

    • Alcindo Satori

      I hail you! As a proud biafra man, it feels good to know that we control the emotions of Nigeria! !

  • Easy

    The coach is too proud. He is definitely happy it ended this way. For Keshi it’s pay back time. He play Emenike and Efe Ambrose inspite of their form. All those who were shouting for Ike Uche I know you are feeling the shame of his mediocre performance. Ike’s touches was terrible and he play purposeless football. What is wrong in playing Kelechi Iheanacho and all those hungry for opportunity to play god eagles? Every department need an overhaul.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      “Kelechi Iheanacho and those hungry for opportunity” – thank you for bringing this up. I thought that is one opportunity this Keshi guy missed. And it is unfortunate.

  • clairvoyance

    They turned a crucial qualifying match to a political rally for bad luck Jonathan now bad luck and TAN as robbed Nigeria the chance to be at the nations cup, it is like APC paid more money to the South Africans than the PDP did to those super fowl APC na only ona waka come.

  • Bosah

    Nigeria won AFCON while GEJ is President and failed to defend the title under GEJ’s reign. So freaking what?

    • clairvoyance

      Ur bad luck Jonathan time as expired if he had any brain at all he should be reading the handwriting on the wall it’s over dude.

      • Alcindo Satori

        …and he’ll rule your broke ass another 4 years. Prepare to be homeless!!

    • Preco01

      Running out of goodluck is what it is! When you TAN something.. you make it darker.. the luck has become TANNED!

      • kammykazee

        Looool.

  • Chris1408

    Wetin concern president with soccer team coach. As incompetent as he is in everything, he even dabbled into soccer coaching. Badluck all the way

    • Alcindo Satori

      even when naija won the cup last time, he was president as well. remember?!!

      • Oweja

        His intervention was zero then, remember?

  • ICC Hague

    Bad luck Jonathan with Jonathan everything will become Bad, Naira is Bad oil is Bad. Change is the only answer.

  • Dr.Dan

    The first job the new NFF president did in office was to sack Keshi having seen that he lacks tactics but our clueless GEJ intervened and reinstated Keshi. Im glad the result played out well .GEJ should stop meddling with the decision of NFF. As a zoologist his expertise is on wild animals not on football he should leave NFF to take decision in the best interest of nigerian football. Its a shame that not even a new stadium,with promise of uncommon reception by the oil rich governor could inspire the super chicken.

  • Bbb

    Transformation ambassador of Nigeria brought their bad luck from goodluck campaign to super eagle. I wonder why politics gas become part of super eagle that was suppose to cut across political
    Party. What has TAN got to do with our supporters , I see the failure coming from new branded stadium built with our oil money, only God know how much is being embezzle on that stadium, anyway story for another day. TAN as you have supported super eagle to fail. Kindly note that febuary 14,2015 is the finally failure, cos anything you support now nah failure.

    • Oweja

      Lol! TAN’s failure don enter semifinal!!!

  • favourtalk

    Please someone shouldn’t tell me about it’s not GEJ that forced the failed keshi on amadu picnick again. What a shame that he didn’t allow the NFF to do their job but always force. The hand of politics on people who wants sport not politics. Another failed transformation. We need a change

  • Bbb

    God wetin we do South Africa, they seize our money in dollars, they enter our pastor jet carry our money comot, they deny us from buying ammunition from black market. They finally stop us from going to nations cup, as if that is not enough, they didn’t allow us to qualify as bad looser.

    TAN why did u carry your badluck to our super eagle. You guys for they support your Oga at the top and leave our super eagle alone.

    • Oweja

      Hm! Una no know sonthin! No be una winch dia people and kpewen dem for Synagogue? God of soccer don comot una back o!

  • abolaji

    Nigerian’s attitude towards criticism needs re-cultivation as a matter of urgency, what has GEJ got to do with musa’s one on one with the keeper (three times)? or is not this same Jonathan that was the president when coach Steven keshi broke 19 years record. he won the trophy wen no any foreign coach can do so. during the world cup he got to the level every other coach has ever gotten to. this same keshi you people are criticizing is the 15th best coach in the world.(go and check). instead of you people to concentrate on how to improve our pace, team work and sense of professionalism. you are busy condemning jona. infact when some of you have headache you blame Jonathan for it .

  • Modibbo Adamu

    The sentiments also penetrated Football in Nigeria just like the politics, till we have leaders without sentiments before Nigeria will be restored into her past glories, then super eageles will even win the World Cup not continental cup

  • Nostory

    This is a bad omen for President Jonathan; it is a sign that he will be chased out of Aso rock in 2015