2015 AFCON: Iheanacho Faults NSC Over Eagles

2015 AFCON: Iheanacho Faults NSC Over Eagles

–Says it will be difficult for Eagles to get crowd in Abuja

Dr. Sam Iheanacho, University of Calabar (UNICAL) Director of Sports, has faulted the recent directive by the National Sports Commission (NSC) that subsequent Super Eagles matches should be played in Abuja.


The Associate Professor at the institution’s department of Human Kinetics and Physical Education was of the view that the national team is well at home in Calabar despite their 2-1 loss to Congo Brazzaville in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, saying sporting authorities must be mind security challenges befuddling the country at present.

“Personally, I don’t agree with the NSC over the proposed movement of Super Eagles matches from Calabar to Lagos for obvious reasons,” stated Iheanacho.


“Why on earth matches should be moved to Abuja when we know that the fans are not usually there.

“It would be more difficult even now to have a large turnout of spectators in Abuja in the wave of recent terrorist attacks over there and how do we expect the players to give their best under fear? ,“ he asked.

Iheanacho said the NSC should by and large, appreciate the concerted efforts of the government and people of Cross River State especially that of Governor Liyel Imoke to the development of Nigerian football, insisting that the country risk non qualification for the 2015 AFCON if care is not taken.

“Have the NSC forgotten so soon the role played by Governor Liyel Imoke towards Super Eagles qualification for the 2013 AFCON which they won in South Africa? Iheanacho asked rhetorically?” The players are used to Calabar because they get good support from the government and the people of the state.”

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  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    COMPLETE SPORTS NIGERIA – Please ask Keshi or other relevant authorities about Chuks Aneke he is playing all the games in the Belgian Top division and Europa Cup. He is also a potential solution to the lack of creativity and technical skill lacking in Nigeria’s Midfield.

  • Keshi will not invite this player and others doing well in Europe and other leagues. You know why? Keshi is a lazy coach and more than anything, he can not make money from inviting the players. Until we do away with Keshi and find a new coach who puts the interest of the team above his personal interest, we will not have the true Super Eagles.

    • Saint Palmer 7 years ago

      yes, you are right, we will not have the true super eagles like the one`s we had before they employed keshi right ?…..narrow minded people..

    • Ojabowale Oluwole 7 years ago

      Please can you name a coach who can put National interest above personal interest in this country and if it is the foreign ones, they only come to take our money. What we should continue to criticise and the same time offer solutions like the Chuks idea is good, one day they will be given a chance

  • alima Marcus 7 years ago

    Keshi is trying but should give others players a chance to prove themselves such as obasi, olaiton and martins.

  • Jossyking 7 years ago

    If we talk from now till d next world cup, Keshi will never change His decision. So he owned d team and what ever d team dos spoke of Him. So let him come out with His own team. All those u are mentioning are ur team, so may nt work for Him even thou they are top class.

  • Toppal 7 years ago

    You call people who want active and good players invited by Keshi narrow minded people. Okay no wahala. But you that support mediocre like the bench warmers he fielded against Congo and lost in Nigeria are the broad minded person abi.

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