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Super Eagles coach Rohr hits back at demands to use Nigeria-based players

Nothing fazes Gernot Rohr.

At 66 years old, the Nigeria coach has seen and experienced just about all there is to be seen and experienced. Attempts to rile him, whether contrived or not, continue to fall flat in the face of his measured disposition.

Throughout his tenure as Super Eagles coach, and in recent weeks, there have been calls for him to select more Nigeria-based players in the national team; but Rohr shut that down, telling ESPN in a lengthy interview that the country's best players are...

Nigeria suspends football activities due to coronavirus

Nigerian football on Wednesday finally caught up to the majority of the rest of the world in calling a four-week halt to football activities due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), president Amaju Pinnick also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and conduct advised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) -- such as hand-washing, the use of sanitizers...

Manu Garba seeking redemption with Nigeria's Golden Eaglets

Two years after going from world champions to failing to qualify for the tournament, Nigeria's under-17 football team have made their way back to the global fiesta via a top four place at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Five-time winners Nigeria are the most successful team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, and they also boast three runners-up placings.

Current coach Manu Garba guided the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title in 2013, while his assistant, current Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke, took...

Golden Eaglets vindicate Nigeria's youth football policy

When Nigeria's U-17 boys outscored Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout to qualify for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, few would have taken note of a small but very important squad detail.

Five members of the squad were graduates of the NFF U-15 team, who also progressed from the NFF U-13 team.

There were also graduates of the NPFL/La Liga U-15 Promises tournament.

A few short months ago, these players were in Morocco playing friendly matches.

Both programs were organised with the objective...

Wonderkids of the U-17 Nations Cup: Where are they now?

Frequent substitute Kelechi Iheanacho has two goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester City.
Frequent substitute Kelechi Iheanacho has two goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester City.

In previous years, the U-17 Nations Cup has afforded fans of the African game a first glimpse of some of the brightest young talents on the continent.

Some of these players have gone on to become household names, while others have fallen by the wayside and failed to realise their considerable potential.

In this feature, KweséESPN remember some of the stars of U-17 Afcons past, and review where these young stars are today.

2005: Winners - The Gambia

Jerry Akaminko, Ghana: Cultured centre-back Akaminko...