AFCON 2015: Omeruo believes Super Eagles will defend trophy

The qualifiers begin September.


Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, has said he believes Nigeria, being AFCON defending champion, can maintain its hold on the trophy at the 2015 edition of the tournament with the help of quality players and coaches.

The 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers will determine all the participating countries for the tournament which will hold from 17 January to 8 February, 2015 in Morocco.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES at the Abuja Stadium, the Middlesbrough player said, “We can defend the trophy. I believe that our coaching crew is strong enough and also they will invite good and quality players for the qualifiers.”

The qualifiers start in the first week of September and all six matches will be played over two-and-half months between September and November.

Morocco, being the host country, qualifies for the tournament automatically.

Nigeria is in Group A along with South Africa, Sudan, and one of these four: Namibia, Congo, Libya and Rwanda.


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  • True Nigerian

    Nigerians don’t like commenting on articles like this one. Such a thoughtless country that is mostly bereft of critical minds! If you had mentioned Jonathan, Buhari or Pastor OritseJetscam in this poignant piece, then you would have got many tongues – with their thoughtless brains – wagging in objectionable ignorance.

    On social media, when I read the thoughts and opinions of my own former classmates about issues in Nigeria, I would often shudder about how a graduate would be so unthinking, so idi*tic, so uncritical, so bereft of sound logic, so absent-minded to things that are directly damaging his own potentials. It is breath-taking. I actually had to delimit the category of former colleagues I now associate with, because I discovered that my common sense was not as common as I previously thought. Social media helped me to discover the intellectual decay in Nigeria. You look at people you’ve always regarded as your peers professionally and you are utterly shocked to see how intellectually poor they are, how squalid their thinking is about their own country, its leadership issues, and social problems. It is shocking, utterly shocking and disheartening. But it explains why Nigeria is a cesspit of putrid conversation on national issues. It explains why risible clowns like Jonathan, Maku, Reno, Gulak, Akpabio and Nyesom Wike are running the country that has Chinua Achebe, Chief Fawehinmi, Wole Soyinka, George Ashiru, Osi Onuma, El-Rufai, Festus Odumegwu, Okey Ndibe, George Ashiru, Oby Ezekwesili, and many other world beaters. The kind of thought pattern from the kids you just described is quite representative of more than 90% of the voting adults in Nigeria, including many that already have masters degrees. And now, based on your report as to the kind of kids you are encountering in your job, it is safe to conclude that the hopelessly useless adult intellects I described above will surely be succeeded (survived) by another generation of thoughtless populace who think that God is in the business offering himself as a substitute for human brains and human responsibilities. So where is the hope? That is why Jonathan can afford to be a woeful disgusting failure and still gleefully nurse the hope that he will get another term. It is also the reason people like Tinubu and his APC can can afford to be excited about elections without bothering about being a credible opposition party. So where is the hope? That is why I don’t discuss Nigeria anymore!

  • Enemona

    Good article. This is the beginning and end of all our problems: it is the reason why we have a docile followership and cheating leadership. I do believe teaching creative thinking should also be a major duty of the schools, the school should not be about teaching math and physics but also about how these knowledge is applied in life. That’s what a good education system is about.

    The schools do not exist in isolation, their work should be supported by parents coaching of their wards. I still think parents run to divinity for things they can use their brains because of their level of education. It has been proved that the more educated a people are, the more sophisticated and pragmatic they become so education is key for the transformation (using this word for lack of alternatives). There you go Hussaina, you’re doing the right thing. Thanks for your good perspectives on issues.

  • Innocent

    Refreshing read. The moment we realize that we are gods and start thinking out solutions to our problems, we are truly free!

  • Okache

    Wonderful article. It is a problem, a big one.

    • Lucky 77

      I found it wonderful as well.

  • Tobi

    you just nailed my thought. Politicians steals your common wealth, run to imam and pastors with the money, Pastors are fixated on “don’t judge our leaders or speak ill of them, only pray for them”. we are so blinded by religion that I pray it should be banned, or drastically tamed. God bless the writer.

    • Lucky 77

      God bless you Tobi, with enlightened people like you, there may be hope for Nigeria

  • Wilson

    Majority of Nigerians stopped thing a very long time ago and this is a factual statement, therefore, i ask like i have always done, where lies the hope for a change that we all crave? I am as certain as i know that the sun shall rise tomorrow that angels won’t come from heaven to bring about such change. I attended a federal university and majority of my lecturers taught me with lecture notes which were compiled even before i was born and so we were constrained to not think outside the box as we were all expected to reproduce exactly what was in those notes in order to get very good grades. Almost a decade after graduation, i am pretty sure things have not changed much in the same institution. This was the same institution were most students spent long ours praying in lieu of studying in order to pass their exams. Today, you enter some school or work premises on a Monday morning and you won’t be able to tell if you were in a school/ work or in a church. Hypocrisy, ignorance, pervades the whole place and it is quite as disgusting as it is disheartening. For me, project Nigeria is a consummate failure and the earlier we all realize that the better for us all.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Huasaina ISHAYA Audu has proved to be the incontinent hypocrite of all time, no question. She feels no shame with employing lies, half-truths and duplicitous pandering tools to impress her islamic base and launder the gutter-level image of her tribal constituency. The intention here is to use the word “GOD” in a loose, generic sense to bring Christian values at par with degenerate islamism. As fraudulent as her garbage is, we still find comments by gullible nitwits hailing the sewage spewed by a disingenuous female islamist unable to rein in or mask her anti-Chritian paranoia.
    ISHAYA Audu Hussaina needs to be advised to harness her energies for the re-orientation of her islamic people, wean them from an opprobrious culture of barbarism, not deploy her puny female chivalry after the Christian values and the God. Somehow, this woman believes she can get away with cheap grandstanding and posturing without being told what we know: that islamic awusa mullahs and the elite ‘ranka dedes’ create and nurture the wild, barbaric almajiris who feed the ranks of the brutal BOKO HARAM butchers. They don’t even stop there; they sponsor the carnage from the secrecy of their spider-holes.
    If Husaina ISHAYA Audu knew any better, she should be talking to her mischievous mullah brothers and uncles who infuse the psyche of awusa youths with demonic hate for non-awusas and Christians. She has heared of awusa female suicide bombers in the North, or the awusa underpant Christmas Day bomber, Omar Mutallab, or hasn’t she? She has never heard about collaborating awusa muslim women who conceal terrorists’ phone sim cards, and sometimes IEDs in their vaginas….of all places.
    The outcome of this satanic indoctrination is the indelible assault on the sensibilities a generation of awusas who now form the BOKO HARAM terrorist outfit now poised to consume the clan in a self-destructive attrition. Hussaina should better be reminded that charity begins at home. She needs to channel the privilege of her ISHAYA name recognition towards building a signpost that directs her retrogressive clansmen towards the path of civility, not engage herself in self-righteous, Pharisaical posturing and buck-passing.
    Her guileful gimmick to foist God-worshiping Christians with a share of evil that is purely an exclusive preserve of her awusa clansmen is aimed to dilute the enormity of the her clan’s guilt. We cannot sit back and watch Hussaina get away with naked mendacity, simply for the “ISHAYA” she attaches to her name.

    • Lucky 77

      Garden city boy, u need to give yourself a break. u need to be informed about what u r writing. you have absolutely no idea!! and by the way, its Hausa, not awusa.

      • Garden-City Boy

        Thanks for the correction. I got it now…I won’t do the error again…..awusa, not hausa. But does it really matter…which one? Thanks again, though.