Nigeria national football team http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32804/all en Soccer-Nigeria leap up rankings after Nations Cup win http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/soccer-nigeria-leap-rankings-after-nations-cup-win <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZURICH, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Nigeria leapt 22 places up the FIFA rankings on Thursday following their win at the African Nations Cup, but the continent remained without a team in the top ten.</p> <p>The Super Eagles, who edged Burkina Faso 1-0 in Sunday's final in South Africa to win the competition for the first time in 19 years, rose to 30th place in the table, their best position for three years.</p> <p>Their opponents, who exceeded expectations by reaching the final, stayed outside the top 50 but have jumped 37 places to 55th.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/soccer-nigeria-leap-rankings-after-nations-cup-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest International relations Nigeria Nigeria national football team Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:15:28 +0000 5755349 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Tiny Tahiti plot ambush of jetlagged Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130615/football-tiny-tahiti-plot-ambush-jetlagged-nigeria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nigeria's status as resounding favourites to beat minnows Tahiti in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday has been compromised by a delayed arrival that leaves them just 36 hours to prepare for the game.</p> <p>Tahiti became the first team to arrive in Brazil for the intercontinental showpiece when they touched down on June 7, a full 10 days before the Group B clash with African champions Nigeria in Belo Horizonte.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130615/football-tiny-tahiti-plot-ambush-jetlagged-nigeria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Nigeria Nigeria national football team Technology AFP Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:19:05 +0000 5857801 at http://www.globalpost.com FIFA instructor roots for Nigeria at 2014 World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131208/fifa-instructor-roots-nigeria-at-2014-world-cup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ABUJA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria-born FIFA instructor Adegboye Onigbinde on Sunday expressed optimism that his country will have a victorious outing at the 2014 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil.</p> <p>Onigbinde, also a CAF instructor, told reporters that the West African country's senior national team has all it takes to soar higher when they slug it out with their Group F opponents Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iran, to qualify for the next round of the competition.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131208/fifa-instructor-roots-nigeria-at-2014-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festus Onigbinde International relations Nigeria national football team Xinhua News Agency Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:47:21 +0000 6013656 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigerian sports chief urges national team to make history at FIFA World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140630/nigerian-sports-chief-urges-national-team-make-history-at-fi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ABUJA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian sports chief Gbenga Elegbeleye on Monday encouraged their national team to make history by qualifying for the quarter-finals stage of the World Cup in Brazil.</p> <p>Elegbeleye, the director-general of the National Sports Commission (NSC), noted the only route to the quarter-finals for the African champions is to put up a wowing performance against France.</p> <p>According to him, if the Super Eagles win the match, they would make history as the first ever male senior national team to reach the quarter-finals in the FIFA world cup.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140630/nigerian-sports-chief-urges-national-team-make-history-at-fi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA World Cup Nigeria national football team Sports Xinhua News Agency Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:30:26 +0000 6191678 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: African champions Nigeria risk FIFA ban http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140704/football-african-champions-nigeria-risk-fifa-ban <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>African champions Nigeria risk an international ban due to government interference after a court sacked the football federation's executive committee.</p> <p>Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday appointed Lawrence Katiken as sole adminstrator of the NFF.</p> <p>The move comes in the wake of Nigeria's World Cup campain which came to an end on Monday with defeat to France in the last 16.</p> <p>Danagogo acted after a high court in Plateau State granted an injunction stopping elected NFF president Aminu Maigari, his executive committee and the NFF congress from office.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140704/football-african-champions-nigeria-risk-fifa-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International relations Nigeria national football team Political geography AFP Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:33:42 +0000 6196245 at http://www.globalpost.com