NFF: It’s the trophy or nothing

NFF: It’s the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria trophy or nothing

Posted: 14 January 2013 Time: 12:57 pm

The Nigeria Football Federation has set an Africa Cup of Nations target for Stephen Keshi and his squad: winning the trophy.

The Super Eagles are in a rebuilding phase, and a lot of the squad are making their tournament debut in South Africa, but the country’s football administrators are already piling on the pressure.

After an unconvincing 0-0 draw against minnows Cape Verde, Nigeria continued their preparation with a well-deserved 1-0 win over Dutch club FC Rotterdam on Saturday.

First Vice President of the NFF, Chief Mike Umeh told vanguardngr.com they expect coach Stephen Keshi to “deliver”.

“There is a common parlance that says, ‘to whom much is given much is expected.’ My dream, and surely, I’m speaking the minds of my colleagues on the board, is to see Keshi and the Eagles bring home the trophy.

“It would not be enough to say I want to see them in the semi-final or final. There is no other way of measuring had work than success. That means it’s the trophy or nothing.”

HAVE YOUR SAY HERE: Do you think Nigeria will bring back the trophy?

Nigeria missed out on the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. They are drawn in Group C with Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and play their first match against Burkina Faso on January 21.

Previous comments on this story...

MAMINZELA
posted: 01:02 pm
Bafana Bafana:Its the 1st round exit or nothing
candyman
posted: 01:17 pm
Wt all due respect 2 da nff thats impossible not after leavin behind so many quality players....in fact i dont see this team getting out of da group....im driving to mpumalanga wt my naija friends ill bring tissue to wipe their eyes whn dey start cryin....hahahah!
Good luck
posted: 01:17 pm
Steven Keshi will win the cup in Jesus name, Amen!!!
luise-hero
posted: 01:27 pm
for me winning the competition could have be wonderful but i have to be sincere here
the NFF are completely right by setting up a trophy target but i don,t see how that can happen
Ghana are playing very good a team who has be together for 6years now
,Ivory-coast drogba $ is team for 8years
Zambia for 5 years
the understanding and experience also a contributing factor which am afraid it can possibly work against our dear Super Eagles 75% of the players has no AFCON experience
Super_eagles
posted: 01:49 pm
@candyman who even give u d assurance dat capeverde wont defeat u on saturday?
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 02:12 pm
I agree with NFF in toto. Siasisa's era was not different. So, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Trophy or nothing. Win or lose and get booted out. Its just as simple as that. Nothing personal guys. Its business and must adhere to strict business principles. Period.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 02:30 pm
How can they expect to win where as they left out their on-form scoring machine martins and odemwingie
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 02:34 pm
MAMINZELAposted: 01:02 pm  |  Report
Bafana Bafana:Its the 1st round exit or nothing
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Orlando Pierats: its the 1st round exit in CAF or nothing
Elite
posted: 03:07 pm
eeemzaa-walikhosi

No no no, Do we have Libolo again!!!???!!??!!
candyman
posted: 03:11 pm
@super eagles my brother im not under any illusion i knw my team will loose all da games coz the only world class player i have has retired frm int...football...u on the other side have some of the finest players in the continent....u have the luxury of living out top stars like martins,uche,odemwingie,taiwo...and so many more
Malson
posted: 03:13 pm
what do nigerians eat?
a 21year old nigerian boy easily looks like serero's dad.or maybe it z true that they are age cheats.Their under 20 national team is shocking to say the least you would swear it z their legend's squad
Mbhebhisto
posted: 03:50 pm
@
Malsonposted: 03:13 pm | Report what do nigerians eat?
a 21year old nigerian boy easily looks like serero's dad.or maybe it z true that they are age cheats.Their under 20 national team is shocking to say the least you would swear it z their legend's squad
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These age cheaters eat everything that smell Kak. Look at thier physique. They are like Pigs
I hate all of them, of course with Pierats FC and thier fans your Bleksim
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 03:56 pm
@Malson:

The officials of SAFA are currently arraigned for match fixing. What do you call that in SA? In Nigeria its called fraud. But, it is the type that should be intolerable considering that it is coming from the very wrong quarters. I thought that those who commonly fix matches are the betting syndicates outside the game. A dog is not expected to eat the bone hung on its neck. Thats what SAFA "criminals" have done by fixing matches themselves and swapping roles with the betting syndicates.

By the way, do you remember the age cheating saga involving a certain SA clubside that was in the news recently? Please, don't throw stones if you know that your house is built with glasses. You MUST learn not to generalize. Shred your mind and purge its many impurities or it risks being permanently twisted. Its just an advice.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
ZION 2
posted: 04:38 pm
@luise-hero, I agree with you 100%. I pray n hope that our SE will go far, but coming back with the cup?.. wel, who say miracle no de happen.. lol
longman
posted: 04:49 pm
Nff make una allow keshi do his job!
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 04:58 pm
how old is Mikel,i mean real age not football age..on serious note please God give us Nigeria,less settle this once and for all .i don't like them kwerekweres
Black Lion
posted: 05:15 pm
@ ###### kaizer chiefs bla bla
I suppose nijas are kafirs not kwerekweres
Copy that
Nipsy
posted: 05:27 pm
Nigerians like to masturbate, if they win AFCON then Bafana will win the world in 2014 beating Spain 14-0 in the final with all goals scored in the first half of the match.
Nipsy
posted: 05:28 pm
Nigerians like to masturbate, if they win AFCON then Bafana will win the world cup in 2014 beating Spain 14-0 in the final with all goals scored in the first half of the match.
Anonymous
posted: 05:29 pm
f,i have always been a die hard supporter of the super eagles .in a situations like this ,we have to take it one game at a time.we shouldnot give our players and coach unnecessary pressure. all eagles fan should pray for success.
sunday
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