Emenike Furious Over Eagles Loss To Congo

Emenike Furious Over Eagles Loss To Congo

Nigeria striker, Emmanuel Emenike showed his furious side immediately after Nigeria lost 2-3 to Congo in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday.

The striker was surprisingly omitted from the starting line-up as the Super Eagles began their march towards successfully defending the AFCON crown won in exhilarating fashion in 2013.


After the final whistle at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar Emenike ignored journalists in the mixed zoned.

He then delivered a foul-mouthed tirade and smashed a water bottle on the floor as he stormed into the changing rooms.


Most of the Nigerian players refused to speak to the press after the game as they trudged on with long faces to the changing rooms.

Scorer of Nigeria’s second goal, Gbolahan Salami however spoke very briefly about his strike and the result.

“I feel happy and sad. I am happy I scored but sad that we lost,” he told supersport.com.
Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi blamed his players for the loss and accused them of showboating rather than go for the kill after taking an early lead.

“We didn’t play our game. After the goal, we started playing to the gallery and we didn’t play with aggression,” Keshi said.

Nigeria must now dust themselves and improve quickly ahead of their next game against South Africa next Wednesday.

The Super Eagles currently sit in third place of Group A of 2015 AFCON qualifier with only a better goals difference ensuring they sit ahead of bottom-placed Sudan on the standings.

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  • Benue 7 years ago

    Nigeria was outplayed, out thought by a more creative and dynamic Congo. Tactically Congo was Miles ahead of the Super Eagles.

  • Chukwudi 7 years ago

    Stephen keshi should stop feeling too big to invite players. He is not a big coach and even if he is, he should comport himself and always bear it in mind that other people are ready to take his position.

  • ekwe michael Stanley 7 years ago

    Keshi is always blaming his players after each poor performance. Let me state it clear, keshi has never organized a better team that plays good football. He was just a lucky coach.

  • Any player who does not play according to the coach’s instruction or is showboating should be droped from the next match by Stephen Keshi.

  • Anyim Michael Uchenna 7 years ago

    God wÍll bless u @Ekwe Michael,his just a lucky Coach but I think luck is beginning to run from him,he hasn’t justified the fat wage he earns,he doesn’t call the right players, why on earth didn’t he start Emelike, he feels to big,like he knows what he’s doing,Good coaches blame themselves for any loss their players get,look at Guardiola or Ancelotti,none will ever blame their players rather take the blame,Keshi stop blaming ur players,they are all playing according to the instructions given to them.

  • Uzoma 7 years ago

    Nigerians are bad loosers!

  • chukwuma 7 years ago

    Keshi,Keshi,Keshi, blaming game is not the best way to go.

  • TruthisBitter 7 years ago

    Emenike should show his anger and frustration in the next game by scoring 3 goals……Keshi is losing it gradually…..his choice of players let him down big time……especially Efe Ambrose and Elderson……Efe was poor on the day despite scoring a goal……the Congolese second goal was due to his lack of proper positioning……even the equalkizer was his fault too……he should have allowed the Congolese too much chance to place the ball….all he had to do was a slidding tackle that will change the direction of the ball and bring the Congolese player down in a professional way that may even earn the Congolese player a card for diving for a penalty….thats how I see it