Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Revealed: Nigeria May Miss Out Of 2013 Nation’s Cup

Late M. K. O. Abiola once broke the Franco-politics of African football

This story is culled from www.frontiersnews.com and the first question that runs across my mind is this is a grand conspiracy. The environment of the story is very familiar. I see some ingredients of truth in it. Are we playing the game on the pitch and leaving the long term board room to chances. I pray this is not going to come to past. The story unedited is presented below.
By Benjamin Umuteme
The Nigerian male football team, Super Eagles may not qualify for the 2013 Nation’s Cup scheduled to hold in South Africa after all, FrontiersNews can authoritatively reveal.
According to a football source who spoke to Frontiersnews, over the weekend in Abuja, plans have been concluded by some French speaking countries including Nigeria’s opponent Liberia to scheme the Super Eagles out of Africa’s elite football festival.
The second leg clash of the decisive Nation’s Cup qualifiers would be played in Calabar, as both countries battled to a 2-2 draw with Liberia needing a late goal to stalemate the game after the Eagles were almost running away with a win.
“Five countries including Liberia had held a meeting where it was agreed that the match would end in goalless it would go into extra-time and then penalties before Nigeria would eventually lose to Liberia on penalties,” the source said.
According to the source, “it would need a spiritual intervention that would be spearheaded by Super Eagles Chief Coach Stephen Keshi if the situation is to change.”
He explained further, “when former coach Samson Siasia was given the same warning, he didn’t take it seriously and we all saw what happened to him, but I just hope Stephen Keshi does not take the warning lightly as failure to qualify would mean his job would be on the line.”
Nigeria’s Super Eagles was widely tipped by bookmakers to qualify for the last edition of the Nation’s Cup in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon but were held to a 2-2 draw by Guinea with a late strike by Guinean midfielder Pascal Feinduno after Nigeria had led by 2-1, thus ending the Super Eagles hopes of appearing at Africa’s elite football championship.
Chipolopolo of Zambia are the reigning African Champions after overcoming tournament favourites Cote d’ Ivoire through penalties in the finals.

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