THE RE-EMERGENCE OF VICTOR MOSES
When Chelsea got Victor Moses from Wigan in 2013, it was undoubtedly a great move for the talented lad. He had a decent debut campaign, winning the Uefa Europa League. Then came his struggle no thanks to injuries and loss of form – which led to his loan moves to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United. However, his fortune changed as he became a key figure in Antonio Conte’s squad – though was redeployed to an unfamiliar right wing-back position. He played key a key role in the Blues English Premier League triumph. Aside this, he was inspirational as Nigeria qualified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
AMAJU PINNICK’S CAF NOMINATIONS
After playing a key role in ensuring erstwhile Caf president Issa Hayatou was displaced by Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad, Amaju Pinnick saw massive progression in his ranking in Africa’s football politics. He won a seat on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.In May, during the first exco gathering after March’s election, the Nigeria Football Federation boss was appointed President of Afcon and Media Committees of Caf - Hayatou’s former post. His entrance into the topmost echelons of African football administration saw a return for Nigeria since the exit of the infamous Amos Adamu.
NIGERIA QUALIFY FOR 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
On the back of missing out of two African Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles were handed a tough World Cup qualifying draw with new manager Gernot Rohr having to navigate past African champions Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia. Although the journey started in October 2016 with wins against Zambia and Algeria, Rohr’s side ended it in stunning fashion - as things got thick and fast, becoming the first African side to qualify for the showpiece.
2017 CAF AWARD SHORTLISTS
Despite Victor Moses not making the cut in the African Player of the Year category, the country still remained in the spotlight. Gernot Rohr was nominated in the Coach of the Year category while his Super Eagles will also do battle for the Team of the Year.In the women’s category, Asisat Oshoala look to make it a hat-trick of wins as her heroics for her Chinese side, Dalian Quanjian earned a nomination alongside the Nigeria U20 women side.
NIGERIA HUMBLE ARGENTINA IN FRIENDLY
This has got to be Nigeria’s game of the year. Handing a 4-2 defeat to Argentina in Krasnodar is not an easy feat. Much of the pre-match talks had focused on how Gernot Rohr’s men would survive a side bereft of Lionel Messi but still beaming with world-class talents such as Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and the likes. But after 90 minutes, the less-fancied Eagles finished the herculean task in stunning fashion.