Google Honours ‘The Big Boss’ Stephen Keshi

The former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi, has been honoured with a Google doodle on his posthumous birthday on Tuesday, January 23.

Popularly called the ‘Big Boss, Google honoured him on its search page with a caricature wearing the Nigerian number four jersey and another wearing a face cap depicting his role as captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles and Coach of the team.

Also in the image are medals with ’94 and ’13 inscribed on them apparently showing his achievements in 1994 Africa Cup of Nations as player and as a coach in 2013.

Born January 23, 1962, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement.

The football legend represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time captaining the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.

He led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations becoming only the second person to win the trophy both as a player and a coach after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

Keshi died on June 8 in Benin City at the age of 54 and was buried in his hometown, Illah, Delta State.

The author of  Things Fall Apart, Late Chinua Achebe was also another notable Nigerian honoured by Google in the past.

Why Mikel Obi Could Leave Chelsea In January

mikel obiChelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi has hinted he may leave the Premier League club in the January transfer window.

Mikel has been with Chelsea for 10 years and is their second longest-serving player behind captain John Terry but is yet to play this season.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2006 for a fee of 16 million pounds, the Super Eagles captain has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

Asides the need for playing time having failed to play a single minute in the current season, there are also rumours that he has been offered an incredible $212,000-a-week deal by Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG.

Yaya Toure’s glorious two-goal return to Manchester City line-up from a similar situation could be a reason for Mikel to consider persevering but Chelsea’s great form lately means there is no weak link in the Chelsea midfield for Mikel to benefit.

While these seem to justify a move away, Mikel however, has promised to do his best when called upon to play for the London based club.

“I have never been a guy who made excuses in life, I never shy away from my responsibilities,” Mikel told BBC Sport.

“I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind. I have been professional, I train and work everyday with the team and I hope one day I will get to play.

“I have written my name in the history of this football club and I have won loads of trophies. I have played close to 400 game and have no single regret.

“I still want to win more and help the team. Players move on in life but I am relaxed about January. I will speak to the club find the best solution.”

Leicester City Renew Bid For Ahmed Musa

Leicester English Premier League leaders, Leicester City, have renewed their interest in the race to sign Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, from Russian club, CSKA Moscow in the summer.

After failed attempts to land the Nigerian attacking winger in the January transfer window, officials of the foxes are reported to be in Russia to tie up a deal with the Moscow side for their number one target.

Leicester are ready to put around £18 million on the table to for the 23-year-old former Kano Pillars striker.

There are indications that CSKA Moscow would likely hold out for the £23 million release clause in the contract of Musa when discussions resume with Leicester in the coming week.

The Nigerian had also attracted the attention of other leading English Premier League teams.

Enyeama Makes African Footballer of the Year Top 3 Shortlist

EnyeamaSuper Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has made the final top 3 short-list for the CAF African Player of the Year Award.

Apart from starring for Nigeria at the World Cup, the 32-year-old was impressive in a Lille side that finished third in Ligue 1 last season, helping the club to the UEFA Champions League preliminary stages.

Enyeama kept 21 clean sheets in the last league season.

Current holder; Yaya Toure and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the other two contenders for Africa’s biggest individual honours.

The winner will be unveiled on January 8 in Lagos.

The Super Eagles captain had earlier failed to win the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) organised African Footballer of the Year Award, having been shortlisted among players to vie for its 2014 edition.

Algeria and Porto forward, Yacine Brahimi won the BBC honours.

 

Joseph Yobo Endorses Jonathan For Second Term

Joseph YoboFormer Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has identified President Goodluck Jonathan as a president who has done well for the Nigerian youths and should be given a second chance to accomplish what he has in stock for the youths.

Yobo was in the Presidential Villa with an organisation he called “PDP Ward To Ward Initiative” to hold a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

After the meeting, he spoke to State House correspondents on what the initiative was all about.

According to Joseph Yobo, the transformation agenda of the Jonathan administration has given the Nigerian youths power and belief in oneself and this cannot be ignored.

He said that the future is for the Nigerian youths and that everyone of them should stand up and defend their votes during the February 2015 presidential elections.

Joseph Yobo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian senior national team until his international football retirement in June 2014. He is also Nigeria’s record appearance holder.

I love Super Eagles; It is In My Blood – Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi on this edition of Sports Tonight answers myriad of questions from Nigerians via Twitter and he expresses his passion for the Super Eagles to excel.

He answered questions on the list of players for the forthcoming friendly match between Nigeria and South Africa, which exempts Super Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama.

The Big Boss also gave a hint on Osaze Odemwingie’s return to the Super Eagles, soon and what he’s done to get Mikel Obi give his best to the team and the future plans for the Eagles ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Keshi was the guest on a special edition of Sports Tonight with Toyin Ibitoye from Channels Television studio in Abuja.