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CENTURION! Ivorian Salomon Kalou was recently honored by the Ivorian Football federation just before the match against Mali for attaining the 100th cap for his nation. The 34 year old former Chelsea player still isn't tired as he currently plays top flight football in the German Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. #herthaberlin #germanbundesliga #Ivorycoast #afconwinner #club100 #africanlegend - #officialdelaruelive #delaruebuzz #delarursports

Winner AFCON 1994 as a player
Winner AFCON 2013 as a coach
Stephen Keshi was and will always be a winner.
Keep resting Big Boss. We miss you.

#StephenKeshi #Keshi #BigBoss #AFCONWinner #AFCON1994 #AFCON2013 #SuperEagles #Nigeria #RIP #KeepResting

Big birthday shout out to one of the best strikers #SuperEagles has ever produced... EE29 @emenike_9 more life and success bro ! Birikwa onye bolu #goalpuncher #EE29 #Afconwinner #urluv'n #NCK #out #now #linkup

Congratulations to Cameroon on winning African Cup of Nations... #afcon2017 #afconwinner #cameroon #sportslovers #supabets

MAGICAL 21!
Its no longer news anytime former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh wins with his erstwhile little known team in Fortuna Sittard. What is news is if Sunny doesn't lead that team to victory.
The people of Sittard Geleen in the Province of Limburg who are just about 37,730 inhabitants with some other villages included have never had it so good and are now spoiled with success.
Sunny won his 21st match in 36 games as gaffer of Sittard in style as he defeated RKC Waalwijk 6:0 at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion on Friday. He has only lost 7 times and drawn 8 matches to make Sittard a top flight team. Continue to soar high as you pursue promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie. #eredivisie #sundayoliseh #fortunasittard #dutchfootball #supereagles #9japikin #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist

7TH HEAVEN! That's where our own Sunday Oliseh is right now as he increased his record breaking tonight. Fortuna Sittard which hitherto hadn't won 6 games in a trot made it 7 tonight courtesy of former Super Eagles captain and coach in Sunday Oliseh. The boys gave him a worthy birthday present tonight as an Ospitalieri's 71st minute strike gave Fortuna the 3 points at stake against visiting Voledam at the Fortuna Sittard stadion.
Let's see if he will continue the magic in a forthnight. Congrats Skippo! #fortuna #fortunasittard #7thheaven #sundayoliseh #fifa #supereagles #9japikin #festac #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #atlanta96 #thankgoditsfriday

FINISHER! He's still scoring oh! Self exiled former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike is still doing his thing. Firing from his boots. The 30 year old Otuocha born striker came in as a substitute for Moussa Sow in the 74th minute to score the final goal for his team Fernerbache against Adanaspor at the 5 Ocak Stadiyumu to sturn the host 1:3 via an assist from Mehmet Topal. @emenike_9 announced his retirement from the Super Eagles on the 20th day of October 2015 having scored 9 goals in 37 outing. A major factor to Nigeria's success at the 2013 AFCON championship which we won for the 3rd time. He's still hot oh! Are u thinking what am thinking? Rhor u fit dial number sha #supereagles #fenerbahcefans #9japikin #turkishfootball #afconwinner #fenerbahçe #caf #thenff

MOST RECENT

27 GUN SALUTE!
Happy birthday to Super Eagles and Chelsea Fc forward Victor Moses as he turns 27 years old today. The 2017 nominee for thr CAF African footballer of the year who just returned from injury has all to thank God for. From his wedding this year to winning the English premier league with Chelsea where he was a dominant player on their road to success. 5Kondo is Wishing @victormoses many more glorious years ahead. Enjoy your day. #igbinijesu #victormoses #chelsea #wiganfc #afconwinner #supereagles #9japikin #birthdayboy #caf #fifa #fifaworldcup #roadtorussia #russia2018

MAGICAL 21!
Its no longer news anytime former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh wins with his erstwhile little known team in Fortuna Sittard. What is news is if Sunny doesn't lead that team to victory.
The people of Sittard Geleen in the Province of Limburg who are just about 37,730 inhabitants with some other villages included have never had it so good and are now spoiled with success.
Sunny won his 21st match in 36 games as gaffer of Sittard in style as he defeated RKC Waalwijk 6:0 at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion on Friday. He has only lost 7 times and drawn 8 matches to make Sittard a top flight team. Continue to soar high as you pursue promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie. #eredivisie #sundayoliseh #fortunasittard #dutchfootball #supereagles #9japikin #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist

SENEGAL 92!
Super Eagles players at AFCON 1992 where the Eagles dream at winning a 2nd Afcon nosedived to an Abedi Pele inspired 2:1 victory against the Super Eagles in the semi-finals. It was skipper Stephen Keshi's birthday and Black Stars skipper Abedi Pele made true to his words to spoil Keshi's birthday fun... And it came to pass as Abedi Pele and Prince Opoku Polley canceled out Mutiu Adepoju's 11th minute lead. However, the Super Eagles will go on to win bronze at the expense of another eternal rival in Cameroon with Friday Ekpo and Rashidi Yekini scoring for Eagles while Abedi missed the finals to card accumulation as he watched his compatriots lose on penalties to the Yeo Mashal led Ivory Coast who coasted to their first AFCON diadem. The Super Eagles will return 2 years later to win their 2nd AFCON in 1994.
Eagles on picture FR: Samson Siasia, Austine Eguavoen,Emeka Ezeugo,Friday Elaihor, Rashidi Yekini.. BR: Alloy Agu, Steven Keshi, Mutiu Adepoju,Friday Ekpo and Reuben Agboola.
Picture, courtesy Emeka Ezeugo. #memories #afconwinner #thankgoditsfriday #supereagles #abedipele #rashidiyekini #stephenkeshi #senegal #blackstarsofghana #indomitablelions #nigerianfootball #caf

AMUNIKE!
With this post, we welcome former Nigerian international , Afcon winner and Olympic gold medalist Emmanuel Aminike to Instagram. The U-17 winning world cup coach announced his arrival this week on insta and he confessed that The "Real" Ronaldo, The Phenomenon and Brazilian world cup star in Ronaldo De Lima remains the best striker he ever played with in a team. This was at Barcelona where they both plied their trade at a time. Follow Aminike on @coachamuneke . #barcelona #amunike #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #tbt #throwbackthursday #thephenomenon #ronaldodelima #therrealronaldo #brazil

HAPPINESS IN THE HOUSE!
Super Eagles players, Manager and administrators led by Amaju Pinnick step out in bonding to snap pictures. Its always a happy home when everything goes fine. These crop qualified Nigeria for the world cup without losing a match and only considering 2 goals from open play in the 6 matches played. They did well to extend Nigeria's undefeated run to 37 in the world cup qualifying series. Yeah! Only team in Africa with such long run and second only to Spain in the world. To cap it up, they defeated Argentina 4:2 in a friendly match. Happy days are here again. #supereagles #alberceleste #fifaworldcup #roadtorussia #russia2018 #afconwinner #spain

CRUSH ON THE BOO!
Or is it Bae? Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel put this up yesterday on his page to celebrate with his partner and mother of his two kids @olga_allegra . These are definitely the best of times for the duo as Mikel was able to lead the Super Eagles to qualify for next years finals holding in Olga's country. Besides, Mikel also led the Eagles to demolish Argentina 4:2 in same Russia. More like a dress rehearsal. #supereagles #nigerianfootball #9japikin #roadtorussia #russia2018 #afconwinner #fifaworldcup

DADDY & SON!
Arguably Africa's best player ever Samuel Eto'o Fils with his son Ettiene. Talk of style mixing with soccer. We don't know yet if Ettiene plans to tow days way. S:O to this four time African footballer of the year and of course the most decorated player ever from Africa. #barcelonafc #intermilan #mallorca #indomitablelions #afconwinner #throwbackthursday #tbt #cameroon

FIRST OF MORE!
Former Super Eagles skipper and gaffer Sunday Oliseh was last Friday honoured with the award of the best coach after the first half of the Dutch Jupiler league. Sunny has taken hitherto little known Fortuna Sittard to the apex of the Jupiler where there's a neck to neck struggle with Nec Nimejen and Jong Ajax for the only automatic ticket. The award was presented before their match on the night against Fc Oss. You want to know how skippo responded to the award? Yeah! He led his team to dismantle FC Oss 4:0 to set the stage of retaining the honour at the end of the season. #sundayoliseh #fortunasittard ##jupilerproleague #9japikin #supereagles #nigerianfootball #fifa #afconwinner #jongajax #dutchfootball

IN THE BEGINNING! Look who's behind French goalkeeping legend Bernard Lama. That's arguably Africa's greatest player Samuel Eto'O fills standing behind. He was such a small kid then... The young shall not only grow but must grow beyond. How time flies. #throwbackthursday #tbh #samueletoo #barcelonafc #intermilan #cameroon #afconwinner #indomitablelions #mallorca #spanishlaliga #bernardlama

STRAIGHT FROM FLASH!
They were both manning the heart of defense for now disbanded Flash Flamingoes of Benin City. Isaac Semitoje was captain with Uche Okechukwu pairing him in the central half position. Yes, Ben Iroha manned the left full back at Flash while the right back was by ageless Friday Salami. Others who took time out to replace or join this pair were Tosan Blankson, Mike Odu, Titus Mba among others. Other players who represented this club were Austin Izeduno,Humphrey Jebba,Emeka Agbo,Samson Siasia,Etim Esin,Osaro Obobaifo, Waidi Akani,Victor Igbinoba,Michael Obiku,Ndubuisi Okosieme,David Ngodigha,Frank Njemanze,Charles Darlington etc.
Uche,Semitoje and Iroha later won the 1994 AFCON with Nigeria and became members of our first contingent to the world cup. #throwbackthursday #tbh #ucheokechukwu #flashflamingoes #nigerianfootball #9jaleaguenaweown #9japikin #lmcnpfl #usa94 #afconwinner #caf #supereagles #ogbestadium

REKINDLING!
Super Eagles legends in @official_jj10 and Emmanuel Amunike at the FIFA Best awards. #supereagles #nigerianfootball #supereagles #atlanta96 #afconwinner #fifa #usa94 #fooballlegends

DADDY & BABE!
Former Super Eagles captain and dribbling wizard Austin JJ Okocha seen on this picture with his daughter Daniella. Still fresh in my memory when this girl was born as @official_jj10 start preparation for a cut neck bride price... That Ugban Kwu will be worth a wait. The future is now. #jjokocha #throwbackthursday #tbh #supereagles #nigerianfootball #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #boltonfc #psg #9japikin

NEW LEASE OF LIFE!
If there's any seemingly old former Super Eagles player to be reconsidered to the Nigerian team, it must be @ike_Uche . Since he joined Gimnastic in the secunda league of Spain, he has brought a new odder to the team which narrowly escaped relegation last term. After scoring a brace in the penultimate weekend, Ikechukwu Uche followed it again with another brace on Sunday when his team traveled away to Estadio El Archangel to face Cordoba in a league game. @ike_uche showed he meant business as he opened the floodgate in the very first minute and doubled scores 14 minute later. He was however substituted in the 62nd minute paving way for Juan Delgaldo who struck in the 79th minute. Many Barreiro will add another 3 minuted later before scoring again via penalty in the 90th minute to end scores at Cordoba 1:5 Gimnastic . His name is still IKECHUKWU! #roadtorussia #russia2018 #spanishfootball #gimmasticfc #cordobafc #ikechukwuuche #afconwinner #caf #supereagles #9japikin

STRENGTH IN UNITY!
Former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh in his humility has refused to take all the glory. He has consistently told all who cares to listen that besides the almighty God, his assistants have contributed to his success at Fortuna Sittard.
Just this evening, he has continued from where he stopped after the little blip last Friday. Against all odds, even with a huge odd of 3.50, Oliseh led his army all the way from the City of Sittard to Stadion de Guelsset at Maastricht to inflict a 2:1 defeat on MVV Maastricht in front of their home fans in a match Fortuna Sittard ended with 10 men. Lissandro Samedo reacted within 2 minutes to cancel the 11th minute goal scored by Jonathan Okita to share the spoils of the first half.
4 minutes into the 2nd half, Andre Vidigal increased the tally for the visitors in what will be the last goal in the match.
It was indeed a dreary encounter as Oliseh's army got shown 5 yellow cards with Samedo earning a second one to get sent off.
By this victory, Sittard sits pretty in the second position behind Jong Ajax as they continue the battle for promotion. Well done Skippo! #fortuna
#fortunasittard #sundayoliseh #supereagles #9japikin #afconwinner #thankgoditsfriday #mvvmaastricht #dutchfootball

JOYFUL MOMENT!
When now retired Ivorian footballer Kolo Toure finally laid his hand on the AFCON trophy.
Imagine the feeling after 8 attempts to win the trophy more so when you achieve your desire on your last match for the national team. That joy is indescribable. Kolo Toure scored the 7th penalty on the road to this victory against Ghana in the AFCON 2015 finals.
He's now a technical assistant at Celtic where he retired after an eventful career which saw him play at Arsenal,Manchester City and Liverpool. #afconwinner #throwbackthursday #tbt #ivorycoast #elephantsofivorycoast #caf #arsenal #arsenalinvincibles #49unbeaten #manchestercity #liverpoolfc #celticfc

WHO THE CAP FITS!
They are the two active players with the most caps for their country. One Gianluigi Buffon has 172 for Italy while Essam El Hadary has 156 for Egypt. Hopefully they will both be at the world cup next year where they are expected to retire after that world cup. S.O to these two legends of the game from Europe and Africa. #essamelhadary #gianluigibuffon #italy #azzuri #egypt #pharaoh #throwbackthursday #tbt #roadtorussia #russia2018 #afconwinner #worldcupwinner

FOR THE LOVE OF AN AFRICAN! This was an act displayed before a match between Rayo Valencano and Atletico Madrid to encourage an African just a few weeks to his demise. Despite the fact that he had long left the round leather game almost two decades before this act, they still saw him as a hero who's labour past even as a professional in their land shouldn't go in vain. ... Not sure if that slogan is on the Spanish National anthem. They did it for ex Nigerian international. Wilfred Agbonavbare while on the sick bed.. It meant "You can make it Wilfred! Did Wilfred ever get such concern in his native land? I love my country na for mouth. Continue to rest in peace Ole Willie! #fuerzawilfred #athleticomadrid #rayovallecano #spanishfootball #throwbackthursday #tbt #supereagles #afconwinner #usa94 #edoboy #9japikin #olewillie

IN THE SPIRIT!
Super Eagles players in @kelechi72 @alexanderiwobi and @olaaina2 bonding in unity to achieve just one goal.... To crush the Zambians. Incidentally, the trio play in England. While Kelechi Iheanacho plies his trade with Leicester Fc in the premiership, Alex Iwobi is already turning into an Arsenal favorite. Ola Aina though yet to get his debut in the Super Eagles , plays for Hull City in the championship. He's actually a Chelsea player on a one year season loan to Hull. Let's do this tomorrow guys. Just one mission. Zambia must fall. #thankgoditsfriday #9japikin #supereagles #soareaglessoar #afconwinner #nigerianfootball #russia2018

READY TO CELEBRATE! With the kind of confidence brewing in the Super Eagles camp ahead of tomorrows clash with the Chipolopolo of Zambia, the Nigerian Football Federation has gone a step ahead in readiness to burst the Champagne just after the match. A victory will see Nigeria book its ticket to the mundial.
Did someone say it's too early to celebrate? No, we also think the Chambers should be ready as we have purchased ours to celebrate the imminent victory tomorrow. #soareaglessoar #supereagles #nigerianfootball #thenff #thankgoditsfriday #chipolopolo #russia2018 #9japikin #afconwinner

CENTURION! Ivorian Salomon Kalou was recently honored by the Ivorian Football federation just before the match against Mali for attaining the 100th cap for his nation. The 34 year old former Chelsea player still isn't tired as he currently plays top flight football in the German Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. #herthaberlin #germanbundesliga #Ivorycoast #afconwinner #club100 #africanlegend - #officialdelaruelive #delaruebuzz #delarursports

NO DISTRACTION! "We will play like everything depends on us and pray like everything depends on God. We will not be distracted. We will get the 3 points on Saturday" So says Super Eagles deputy skipper and Trabzonspor midfield general on his commitment to see Nigeria through to Russia. @onaziogenyi , 180 million people are taking your words. Zambia shan't be free! #soareaglessoar #supereagles #afconwinner #trabzonspor #9japikin #russia2018 #throwbackthursday #tbt

CENTURION! Ivorian Salomon Kalou was recently honored by the Ivorian Football federation just before the match against Mali for attaining the 100th cap for his nation. The 34 year old former Chelsea player still isn't tired as he currently plays top flight football in the German Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. #throwbackthursday #elephantsofivorycoast #herthaberlin #germanbundesliga #Ivorycoast #afconwinner #club100 #africanlegend #throwbackthursday #tbt

SERVICE TO FATHERLAND! Super Eagles midfield general and ever reliable Trabzonspor player @onaziogenyi in a show of patriotism posted this on his page yesterday just before Trabzonspor traded tackles with Turkish giants Besiktas at the dreaded Vodafone Stadyumu. Onazi and his team held their own as they came out of the encounter with a draw.
Coach Ersun Yanal once again kept faith with @onaziogenyi who started in the midfield before he was substituted in the 69th minute for Yusuf Yazici. He however saw a yellow in the 55th minute. The match thus ended Besiktas 2:2 Trabzonspor. Another indication to the battle readiness of the Super Eagles as they seek to book an early flight to Russia come Saturday in Uyo. #soareaglessoar #9japikin #nigerianfootball #russia2018 #caf #afconwinner #trabzonspor #turkishfootball #Besiktas #thenff

NO STOPPING US! Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has vowed to be present at the world cup next year at all cost. The Tianjin Teda player who posted a 5 star performance to lead Tianji to victory yesterday says though they respect the Chipolopolo of Zambia but it ends at that as the erstwhile KK 11 can not stop Nigeria from hoisting our flag next year in Russia. Such is that which we want to hear to boost confidence.
Nigeria takes on Zambia in Uyo next weekend in a match were victory will take us straight to the world cup even with a match on hand. Let's go Eagles. #soareaglessoar #mikelobi #Supereagles #russia2018 #tianjinteda #chelseafc #afconwinner #9japikin #caf #fifq #thankgoditsfriday

MOVING TRAIN! He's crushing everything in sight. Actually thought we were done making headline news of his performance. But when someone keeps churning out record breaking results, we have no choice. Just this evening, former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh against all odds led Fortuna Sittard all the way to Rabobank IJmond Stadion as guests to Telstar. Sittard took away the respect and inflicted arguably their heaviest defeat we can ever think of on them in front of their home fans. Fortuna Sittard scored 6 unreplied goals against their host. Its worthy of note that in their last 5 meetings, Sittard had never won Telstar and this evening, Schuurs opened the floodgate in the 60th minute after a barren draw. Vidigal made it 2 in the 67th minutes. Dammers made it 3 in the 69th minute. Vidigal achieved a brace in the 83rd minute. Stokkers made it 5 in the 84th minute and the greedy Vidigal decided it was a night to grab a hatrick as he achieved it with 3 minutes to go.
We kid you not. Every one in Holland now looks forward to see Sittard play. Keep breaking them records skippo! #fortunasittard #sittard #netherlands #orangeboys #sundayoliseh #Supereagles #9japikin #nigerianfootball #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #thenff #fifa

SECRETE OF SUCCESS!
Fortuna Sittard's coach Sunday Oliseh has continued to reign encomium on his players as well as his assistants. The former Super Eagles gaffer refused to take credit alone on his record breaking achievements which he keeps extending with Sittard and has taken time to praise these worthy hands in Sieb Dykstra, Gino Gacenna and Alex Voigt whom he expressed gratitude to for the cooperation extended to achieve their feat. Thats the way to go. Continue on that part true leader. #fortunasittard #sundayoliseh #throwbackthursday #thenff #9japikin #festac #ajax #fifa #afconwinner #tbt #caf

PAPENDAL!
The good old days. Papendal sports center used to be the Super Eagles traditional camp in preparation for competition or crucial encounters. It was a place erstwhile coach Clemence Westerhof always took us to with a few occasion to Faro in Portugal. As seen in this picture. Westerhof having a talk with erstwhile world number 7 George Finidi and Ben Iroha the man we called computer. #thenff #throwbackthursday #tbt #Supereagles #nigerianfootball #clemencewesterhof #afconwinner #papendal #faro

FRIENDSHIP IN RIVALRY!
They were all members of the Green Eagles of Nigeria. Once in camp or off field, they shared that camaraderie but when it was time to face each other in a league match or FA cup, it was like war. From left is Mr long throw Samuel Ojebode(IICC Shooting Stars), Chairman Christian Chukwu(Rangers International),Mathematical Segun Odegbami(IICC Shooting Stars) and Emmanuel Okala the cat(Rangers International). While Ojebode and Odegbami played for IICC of Ibadan, Chukwu and Okala both plied their trade at Rangers of Enugu. Their rivalry was world class in those days. #greeneagles #Supereagles #mathaticalodegbami #christianchukwu #segunodegbami #throwbackthursday #tbt #9japikin #afconwinner #thenff #IICCvsRangers #nigerianfootball

GENTLE GIANT IS GOLDEN! Happy birthday to former Super Eagles captain and one of the finest Centre half we have ever produced. Uche Okechukwu is 50 years today. A Trojan in his days. Was popularly referred to as gentle giant owing to his huge nature and yet a calm mien even in the face of hostility.
Uche Okechukwu started his career from home team Falcons of Aba now known as Enyimba where he played in the then 2md division of the Nigerian league. I was privy to his first professional career movement when he came over to now defunct Flash Flamingoes of Benin City. Personally watched their first training as the then coach Willy Bazuaye purchased 3 of them from Aba. The others were Benedict Iroha and a certain Osita Aniweke(we leave Osita for future discussion). Okechukwu will pair with then Captain Isaac Semitoje in one of the safest combination I witnessed as a kid. After their exploits in the shirt of Bendel United(transformed from flash), Iwuanyanwu National of Owerri will snap him and Iroha up after 5 star performance in the 1989 FAcup.
Okechukwu was one of those who formed the Westerhof revolution and represented Nigeria at AFCON 1990 where they won Silver. By 1994, Uche will win the AFCON with Nigeria and become a member of Nigeria's first contingent at the World cup finals.
Okechukwu played for Brondby of Denmark from 1990-93 61 times scoring from the Centre half 10 times. He would move to Turkish giants Fernebache where he spent 9 years playing a total of 191 matches with 19 goals to his kitty. He spent a further 4 years with Istanbulspor playing 75 times with 8 goals. Uche remained the longest foreign player to play in the Turkish league. This earned him a Turkish citizenship with the name Deniz Uygar.
He was one of the oldest 3 allowable by FIFA to join the Olympic squad and won the Olympics gold medal with Nigeria at Atlanta 96.
Gentle Giant played a total of 47 matches for Nigeria and scored 3 times. Wishing Deniz Uygar many more glorious years ahead as he celebrates his half a century years on earth. #brondby #fenerbahce #Supereagles #9japikin #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #gentlegiant #atlanta96 #Usa94 #fifa #caf #nigerianfootball #thenff

GOODISON PARK! It was a great applause from Everton fans as Former Super Eagles star Daniel "The Bull" Amokachi returned as a guest of Everton FC before the clash with Bournemouth Fc in their league match yesterday. @frenzziiibull played 43 times for Everton scoring 10 goals from 1994 to 1996 and won the FA cup with the blues in 1995 becoming the second Nigerian after John Fashanu to posess that medal. Incidentally, that's the last trophy Everton has won till date. The fans were sure excited to see the star who was popularly known to them as Amotaxi because of his sheer strength and brute force while bursting forward. The team didn't disappoint the guest either as they shook off a goal deficit to win 2:1. The former super Eagles player and assistant coach is currently the manager of JS Hercules who plies their trade in the Finnish 3rd division. #amotaxi #evertonfc #thebull #supereagles #nigerianfootball #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #9japikin #danielamokachi #jshercules

WHERE'S YOUR HEART?
News went agog yesterday that the NFF president had convinced Chelsea stalwart on loan to Swansea Tammy Abraham to opt for Nigeria rather than England his place of birth. I had my reservations. Not because Oghenetega A.K.A Tammy Abraham was not lethal but because I have always frowned at how our administrators and journalists alike flirt with players in diaspora just because they have a Nigerian back ground. Truth be told, Tammy proved to me last season while on loan to Bristol city that he was a diamond waiting to be polished. In the same vein, make no mistake. There are several young budding talents without opportunity to be on the limelight far far better than him or I dare say with potentials that will dwarf him. If we are lacking in his area of specialization in the Eagles, I probably would look at the opportunity of snatching him but not in this case. We can not continue like this. The English media went for the jugular after they heard of the move by our football federation and convinced him to pledge his allegiance for England. He predictably made a U-turn and doused that excitement on Nigerians. Tammy, we wish you good luck with the 3 Lions whom you would definitely get a few caps except you are exceptional. We have seen many like this before. Gabriel Agbonlahor and John Fashanu are case studies. One more advice to our administrators and journalists.... For every one Tammy in the UK, there are thousands in the streets of Lagos, Benin, Jos, Enugu, Owerri,Warri,Kaduna et al. For me, am happy. We wish you all the best Mr Abraham. #3lions #supereagles #afconwinner #thenff #roadtorussia #russia2018 #chelseafc #nigerianfootball #swanseafc #Caf #fifa #tammyabraham

WHO'S IN THE GARDEN? Former Chelsea and Ivorian winger Salomon Kalou from his humble beginning. This is the real throw back picture we are talking of. Kalou has since metamorphosed into a well refined gentle man both on and off the pitch. He's now a player for Hertha bsc where he's continued from where he stopped at Chelsea with 28 goals in 89 matches. Kalou scored 36 goals in 156 matches for Chelsea and he's an AFCON winner with 28 goals in 92 outings for the Elephants. #tbt #throwbackthursday #elephantsofivorycoast #herthabsc #chelseafc #salomonkalou #afconwinner #caf

NOT YET TIRED! 15 minutes was all former Super Eagles striker Ikechukwu Uche needed to strike and remind football lovers that he's still lethal in front of goal. @ike_uche was introduced in place of Juan Delgado in the 75th minute for Gimnastic in the Spanish 2nd division match against visiting Albacete at the Nou Estadi de Tarragona .
Omar Perdomo took the lead for the host in the 11th minute while Delgado increased the tally in the 20th minute. Albacete however responded in the 25th minute via Roman Zolzuya before @ike_uche put the game to bed in the 90gh minute to end proceedings at 3:1. #afconwinner #supereagles #9japikin #Gimnasticfc #albacete #spanishfootball #caf #nigerianfootball #thenff

REWARD 4 LOYALTY! Former Ivory coast captain,Arsenal,Man City, Liverpool and Celtic defender Kolo Toure has been appointed as a technical assistant with Celtic Fc of Scotland.
Kolo, a member of the Arsenal Invisibles who later joined Manchester City where he also won the league title. Kolo later joined Liverpool and would follow Brendan Rogers to Celtic when the later was sacked at Liverpool. Kolo also won the league title and cup with Celtic before calling it a day in his otherwise successful career. Toure also won the AFCON title with Ivory coast. Kudos to this African son. #celticfc #liverpoolfc #you_never_walk_alone #arsenal #manchestercity #afconwinner #elephantsofivorycoast #caf

7TH HEAVEN! That's where our own Sunday Oliseh is right now as he increased his record breaking tonight. Fortuna Sittard which hitherto hadn't won 6 games in a trot made it 7 tonight courtesy of former Super Eagles captain and coach in Sunday Oliseh. The boys gave him a worthy birthday present tonight as an Ospitalieri's 71st minute strike gave Fortuna the 3 points at stake against visiting Voledam at the Fortuna Sittard stadion.
Let's see if he will continue the magic in a forthnight. Congrats Skippo! #fortuna #fortunasittard #7thheaven #sundayoliseh #fifa #supereagles #9japikin #festac #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #atlanta96 #thankgoditsfriday

7TH HEAVEN! That's where our own Sunday Oliseh is right now as he increased his record breaking tonight. Fortuna Sittard which hitherto hadn't won 6 games in a trot made it 7 tonight courtesy of former Super Eagles captain and coach in Sunday Oliseh. The boys gave him a worthy birthday present tonight as an Ospitalieri's 71st minute strike gave Fortuna the 3 points at stake against visiting Voledam at the Fortuna Sittard stadion.
Let's see if he will continue the magic in a forthnight. Congrats Skippo! #fortuna #fortunasittard #7thheaven #sundayoliseh #fifa #supereagles #9japikin #festac #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #atlanta96 #thankgoditsfriday

SEMPE 4 THE MAN WEY SABI!
Dude is 43 years today. Happy birthday to former Super Eagles skipper and gaffer Sunday Oliseh. Birthday couldn't have come at a more appropriate time than today as he prepares to leads Fortuna Sittard to what might be an unprecedented 7th victory at home to FC Volendam at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion tomorrow evening.
Sunday a FIFA instructor is actually the new rave of the dutch league. Wishing you many more merrier years Skippo, thanking you for all the memories and special thanks for that 3rd goal against Spain at the 1998 world cup.
As I remember that goal ehn? Eish! Goose pimples. #supereagles #9japikin #fortunasittard #throwbackthursday #tbt #sundayoliseh #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #Ajax #dortmund #juventus #oldladyofturin

ALL 4 MAKAYLA! It took just 2 minutes of play for Super Eagles assistant captain @onaziogenyi to register his name in the scorers chat
In a weekend Turkish league match against Genclerbirligi at the Senol Gumes Akyazi Stadiyumu home ground of Trabzonspor. Leading 2:1 with 2 minutes to go, coach Ersun Yanal pulled out Barak Yilmaz and introduced the Nigerian star and poom! He found the back of the net on the 90th minute to keep the 3 points for Trabzonspor.
The homers were put on the back foot when Ahmet Ilhan Ozek silenced the crowd with his 6th minute goal. Not until the 53rd minute before Trabzonspor responded via Olcay Sahan. Hugo Rodallega however gave the home team their lead in the 84th minute before @onaziogenyi wrapped up for the home team dedicating goal to his new born baby girl Makayla. More of these bro as we continue to look ahead to Russia. #makayla #trabzonspor #genclerbirligi #supereagles #russia2018 #nigerianplayer #9japikin #afconwinner #nigerianfootball

MIRACLE WORKER! Former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh last week made history as the first coach ever in the history of Fortuna sittard to win six straight games at home tuff. The club which merged on the 1st of july 1968 from Fortuna 54 and Sittardia have never enjoyed such a ride in their 49 years history.
Sunny, a FIFA instructor with the highest FIFA coaching license from an African has finally began to put what he has learned into use.
Let's see if he can make it 7 next week Friday. Well done skippo! #sundayoliseh #supereagles #fifa #caf #fortunasittard #thankgoditsfriday #nigerianfootball #afconwinner #olympicgoldmedalist #atlanta96

PIONEER! Go sholly! Its your birthday. He was popularly known as Paolo shortened from Sao Paolo in Brazil. A name given right from his youth days having grown up in Surulere. He lifted Nigeria's first world cup straight as a fresh graduate of St Finbars college Akoka and was the first human being to lift the FIFA U-16 world cup known then as KODAK U-16. Happy birthday to this legend in Nduka Ugbade as he turns 48 years old today. Ugbade was quickly drafted to the U-20 team along with team mates in Victor Igbinoba, Jonathan Akpoborie, Hilary Adiki, Kingsley Akhionbare, Sani Adamu amongst others. Ugbade was a member of the Chile 87 squad and returned to the 1989 squad where he etched his name in Gold scoring the equalizer against USSR in the quarter finals in what became known as the Daman Miracle. Ugbade thus won Silver at the U-21 world cup in Saudi Arabia.
After a brief hiatus from the National team, Nduka will return to be a member of the AFCON winning Tunisia 94 Super Eagles and world cup qualifiers only to be dropped for Mike Emenalo on the eve of the world cup in USA 94 which denied him from making history as the first player to metamorphose from U-17 world cup to the senior world cup. In his playing days, he was a tiger on the pitch.
Paolo played for El-Kanemi Warriors, Castila and Aviles in Spain, Perak in Indonesia before he hung his boot after an otherwise successful career. He's currently an assistant coach with Nigeria's Golden Eaglet and was a gold winning ast coach with the 2013 U-17 Eaglets . Thank you so much for the memories Paolo. #kodakfifau16 #goldeneaglets #supereagles #flyingeagles #tunisia94 #afconwinner #stfinbarscollege #damanmiracle #thenff #9japikin #9jaleaguenaweown

CELEBRATION! Happy birthday to former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo as he turns 37 today. The retired footballer started off as a surprise squad player at the 1999 FIFA U-21 world cup hosted by Nigeria. Yobo will be promoted to the super Eagles where he earned a 100 caps making him the player with most appearance for Nigeria until Vincent Enyeama caught up and eventually eclipsed him by 1. Yobo started his career at Standard Liege in Belgium before joining Olympic Marseille of France. After a stunning performance at the 2002 world cup in Korea, Yobo was snapped by Everton initially on loan before fill signage the year after. At Everton, he played a total of 220 matches scoring 8 times. After 10 years at Everton, the Ogoni born defender moved to Fernebache of Turkey where he stayed for 4 years winning 90 caps and scoring thrice. At the end of the romance, he would return to the premiership with Norwich City playing a paltry 8 matches from where he hung his boots.
Joseph Yobo appeared in 3 world cup finals with Nigeria and 6 AFCON tournaments and eventually won the AFCON gold with the 2013 team. We wish him many more happy years ahead as we thank him for the memories. #fernebahce #olympicmarseille #standardliege #evertonfc #norwichcityfc #supereagles #afconwinner #nigerianfootball #portharcourtpikin #touchph #caf #thenff #fifa

AVATAR! Kind of beast mode we want him to be. If you churn out huge performances week in week out for your club and then transfers same energy to the national team, then we have and will never relent to refer to you as our hero. He's always a beauty to watch as he gives in 100% in every match he plays. He was our man of the match and keeps keeping us happy. Keep it up Victor Moses. We will be here to report your winning of the African footballer of the year. To say we are proud of you is an understatement. Just go out there tomorrow and do your thing. #soareaglessoar #igbinijesu #supereagles #indomitablelions #caf #afconwinner #fifa #chelseafc #nigerianfootball

NEW ADDITION! Former Super Eagles and a major architect in Nigeria's triumph at AFCON 2013 Emmanuel Emenike has been delivered of a baby girl by his ex model partner. Baby and mother re said to be doing fine in the UK where she put to bed. Emenike recently signed for Greek giants Olympiakos. Congrats to @emenike_9 and wife. #supereagles #olympiakos #9japikin #afconwinner #cskamoscow #fenerbahce #westhamunited

VISION 20-20! Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has been gifted a further 3 years extension at the bridge. A Chelsea player who have been constantly on loan, Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy sure still sees a reason to keep him in their pay role hence the new extension. He has however been loaned to Kasimpassa in Turkey for a further 1 year. We wish you @omeruo all the best in this new challenge. #roadtorussia #russia2018 #supereagles #nigerianfootball #afconwinner #caf #chelseafc #stanfordbridge #romanarmy #kasimpasa

MATHEMATICAL @ 65!
Former Super Eagles captain and second all time highest goal scorer for Nigeria Segun Odegbami turns 65 today. As we wish him many more glorious years ahead, we use the opportunity to thank him for the memories. An architect of Nigeria's first AFCON trophy of 1980. Odegbami also won the African winners cup with Shooting Stars of Ibadan. A former member of the NFA. A sports journalist even though he graduated as an engineer. Played 46 matches for Nigeria scoring 23 times. 65 hearty cheers as we will still be counting. #afconwinner #supereagles #nigerianfootball #caf #shootingstarsofibadan #thenff #9japikin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DODO MAYANA! Before the day runs off, shout out to former Super Eagles number 1 and captain Peter Rufai as he turns 54 today. This Idimu prince who started off with Lagos darling team Stationary Stores would play for the Super Eagles for over 2 decades. Rufai who's exploits between the sticks saw his career blossom from Belgium to Portugal, Netherlands and Spain. He kept for Super Eagles in our first world cup appearance as well as the last man on our way to AFCON success of 1994. Peter Rufai played for the Super Eagles 65 times scoring a goal which he achieved in the 6:0 pounding of Ethiopia in 1993. All hail Omoba Dodo Mayana! #supereagles #afconwinner #tbt #throwbackthursday #caf #9japikin #nigerianfootball

COULD YOU HAVE GUESSED RIGHT! That's Nigeria's former captain in the person of @official_jj10 . That was when Okocha was 3 years old. Even at three, dude was cock sure where his future was headed. A plastic football was enthroned in his hands to tell the whole story of the future. Still wondering why he loved to caress the ball? Guess that wonder is over having seen this picture like me. Thanks once again Jay jay for all the memories. #throwbackthursday #boltonwanderers #psgparis #parisstgermain #enugurangers #supereagles #afconwinner #caf #fifa #eintrachtfrankfurt #jayjayokocha #tbt

3 IN 2 GENERATIONS! Alexandra Iwobi is being sandwiched by his retired football uncles in Austine Jayjay Okocha and Emmanuel Okocha. Bother Emma and Jay jay both played for the super Eagles of Nigeria. Jay jay scored a handful for Super Eagles while Emma also had a goal scored against Algeria in the 1990 AFCON tournament. @alexanderiwobi has also started his goal account for Eagles albeit hasn't represented in AFCON. @official_jj10 followed the footstep of elder brother Emma playing for Rangers and its also historical to note that Iwobi's dad also preceded Emma at Rangers International of Enugu. One thing for sure. @alexanderiwobi wouldn't have that privilege of representing the Flying antelopes. Iwobi's mum is siblings with Emma and @official_jj10 . #throwbackthursday #tbt #enugurangers #9japikin #afcon #afconwinner ##jayjayokocha #thenff #caf #arsenalfc #supereagles

HAPPY BDAY CEREZO! Augustine Ebeiguowen Eguavoen is 52 today. Former Super Eagles skipper, former U-20 coach,U-23 coach and Super Eagles coach and skipper has everything to thank God for.. From his days at Bendel Insurance to ACB before his sojourn abroad to Belgium where he played for AA Gent, Kortijk and later Topedo Moscow. A regular for Super Eagles of Nigeria right from his first appearance at Maroc 88. A reliable defender as hatchet man for Clemence Westerhof. A member of the AFCON winning 94 Super Eagles which he captained in the absence of the injured Stephen Keshi. Humility personified. Called on Keshi to come lift the cup up after the victory. Member of Nigeria's first ambassadors to the world cup finals returning to the next finals in 1998. We salute this soja of Nigerian football. Has remained relevant as a coach for numerous Nigerian league clubs including a sojourn to Sliema wonderers in Malta and Black Leopards in South Africa. Domo to you! #supereagles #nigerianfootball #9japikin #augustineeguavon #edo #bsider #afconwinner #thenff #lmcnpfl #9jaleaguenaweown

GOLDEN CLUB OF NIGERIA! Former flying Eagles striker,former Super Eagles striker, former flying Eagles coach, former Olympic Eagles coach,former Super Eagles coach Samson Yebowei Siasia clocked the golden age of 50 today. The former Lokeren player who won the French league title with Fc Nantes in 1994/95 season has everything to thank God for as he hits this milestone. Siasia who scored 13 goals for Nigeria in 51 outings was also a member of the AFCON winning 1994 Eagles,member of the first Nigerian squad to appear in the world cup finals. Member of the first Nigerian U-21 team to win Bronze at Moscow 85. He also has a FIFA silver medal as coach of the flying Eagles, a bronze and silver medal also as coach of Nigerian Olympic football team from 2 editions. Siasia has a stadium named after him in Yenegoa. Congrats to you Sia1 as we wish you many more joyful years ahead. #afconwinner #usa94 #fifa #caf #9japikin #ajegunleboy #ajegunle #supereagles #thenff #fclokeren #nantesfc

THE KING IS 44! Today, August 14-2017, Former Nigerian and Bolton Wonderers skipper "AUGUST"ine Jay jay Azuka Okocha turns 44 years. Right from that 1st match for Super Eagles at the national stadium Surulere against Algeria in a world cup qualifier, he announced his arrival to the admiration of Nigerians and caused fear for all Nigerian eternal rivals. Jay jay had his debut in the 1:2 loss to Ivory coast in Abidjan but will avail himself for proper assessment in the second match at home to the Algerians. After Nigeria went one goal down to the visitors, Jay jay sent the Israelites supporters in the national stadium in to ecstasy when he curled home his free kick to even scores before Rashidi Yekini scored a brace with an Amokachi addition to make it 4:1 on the day thus Okocha's 1st of 14 goals for Nigeria in 75 outings began. Jay jay is a magician with the ball. An attestation everywhere he has plied his trade. While we need not overemphasize all his achievement, its pertinent to note he's an AFCON winner with Nigeria, an Olympic gold medalist with Nigeria and was named as one of the 125 living football legends by Pele. Wishing @official_jj10 happy birthday and many more merrier years ahead. Thanks for the memories skippo! #jayjayokocha #boltonwonderers #hullcity #fernerbahçe #supereagles @9japikin #psg #afconwinner #olympicgold #usa94 #tunisia94 #atlanta96 #caf #fifa #eintrachtfrankfurt

1ST CUDDLE! Daddy @onaziogenyi cuddles his daughter who was born on the first of August 2017. What did they say about 1st fruits again? We await the night vigilantes to probably find a scripture that best depicts 1st born. Anyways, the Super Eagles assistant captain would certainly have rushed into the US to achieve this unification as baby was born in Atlanta. The important thing here is to congratulate the midfield general once more on the addition to his family..... Yeah! Not to forget his wife who helped in achieving the result of procreation. #trabzondporfc #onazi #supereagles #9japikin #uscitizen #ikomo #afconwinner #caf #turkishdelight #godblessamerica

BUNDLE OF JOY! Super Eagles assistant captain @onaziogenyi has been delivered of a baby in Atlanta USA. Congrats to this new addition to Sandra and Eddy. The ecstatic Midfield General announced on his page how his joy has doubled. Not your fault if you can't keep calm. Remember this baby is sharing same birth date with Legend @kingkanu4 . August 1st is it. Congrats once again bro. #trabzonsporfc #supereagles #bundleofjoy #9japikin #afconwinner #laziofc #nigerianfootball #thenff

THEN AND NOW! When he was better known as Uwa Echiejile and now better known as Elderson Echiejile. Former Bendel Insurance and Super Eagles left back in a throw back picture. @elderson_echiejile a former youth international with the U-20 which represented Nigeria at the FIFA Junior world cup held in Canada in 2007 where he played in Nigeria's 5 games and even scoring a goal from left back.He later graduated to the Super Eagles with @ideyebrown and have remained active for Nigeria till date. Not a mean feat for this left back who has just joined Silvasspor in the Turkish league. #bendelinsurance #edoboy #bsider #supereagles #afconwinner #throwbackthursday #fcbraga #monacofc #standardliege #rennesfc #sivassporfc

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