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WAFU Cup of Nations disaster shows Nigerian football is in dire straits

And so the unthinkable happened. A penalty shootout defeat by Cape Verde saw Nigeria eliminated from the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations in disgrace.

Nigeria looked likely to avoid the disgrace of the unwanted record when Sikiru Alimi scored his scrambled goal, but a giveaway just seconds before fulltime saw the game go to penalties and the nervy Super Eagles lads missed three of their kicks to hand the islanders victory.

This was nothing short of disaster. Two losses in one tournament, and another defeat...

Ex-Nigeria U23 captain, silver medalist Promise Issac dies

Promise Isaac, who captained Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, authorities said Thursday. He was 31.

Issac was playing for the Austin Bold of the USL and the team said he died Wednesday night. Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac's apartment building but further details were not available.

Austin Bold owner Bobby Epstein said Isaac...

Nigeria coach blames Mfon Sunday Udoh for WAFU Cup of Nations defeat by Togo

THIES, Senegal -- Mfon Sunday Udoh must have thought Halloween had come a month early, given his nightmare performance in Nigeria's opening 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations match on Sunday.

Nigeria lost 2-1 to Togo -- their second defeat by the Sparrowhawks in seven days, after their 4-1 reverse in a CAF African Nations Championship qualifier -- and the Akwa United FC striker was largely to blame.

Udoh may not have started the match but that certainly didn't mean his impact wasn't felt, at least by...

Who is Nigeria's best player to have featured in WAFU Cup of Nations?

The WAFU Cup of Nations is upon us again, and Nigeria, as usual, will be contenders for the title. The Super Eagles B side has been to the final at each of the three editions they have contested, winning once.

In doing so, they have thrown up a number of players who have gone on to make a splash in the main Super Eagles team.

Here are five of the best.

Ahmed Musa (2010)

Musa is by far and away the most prominent of the players who have used the WAFU Cup of Nations to launch their careers has been....

Imama Amapakabo thinks big for Nigeria at WAFU Cup of Nations

Ghana may be one title better, but no other country has made more appearances in the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations final than Nigeria.

Of the four finals played, the Super Eagles have contested three, winning one; Ghana and Senegal are tied on two each. The only final that Nigeria missed was in 2013, when they failed to attend the tournament. Incidentally, one of their final losses was to Togo, their opening-day opponents at this year's tournament in Senegal; but we will return...