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Articles by Oluwashina Okeleji

24 Oct 2019
At the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt earlier this year, 23-year-old Ola Aina played in his first major international tournament, helping the Nigerian national team to a third-place finish, writes OLUWASHINA OKELEJI. In doing so, he completed a remarkable personal journey.
23 Aug 2019
In its own right, the victory of the Nigeria women’s basketball team in Senegal is worthy of applause. However, as with most triumphs in Africa’s most populous country, the context of it makes it all the more remarkable.
9 Aug 2019
It appears now that, when it comes to hosting FIFA competitions, Nigeria has perfected the 10-year cycle.
19 Jul 2019
Nigeria’s defeat at the hands of Algeria on Sunday signaled, not only the end of the Super Eagles hopes of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) glory but also the beginning of a referendum on Gernot Rohr’s performance as coach of the team.
5 Jul 2019
Nigeria’s return to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), after a six-year absence, was greeted with a wave of extreme optimism.
21 Jun 2019
The Super Falcons have been Africa’s dominant team for as long as many can remember, and have not failed to make a World Cup appearance since the inaugural edition in 1991. As such, the expectations are always high, and belief is at its utmost.
7 Jun 2019
With Nigeria's preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hitting up, now is a good time to address an issue that could potentially do damage to Nigeria's prospects in Egypt. The Super Eagles are widely regarded as one of the favourites to go all the way this summer, much as Coach Gernot Rohr…
7 Jun 2019
With Nigeria’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hitting up, now is a good time to address an issue that could potentially do damage to Nigeria’s prospects in Egypt. The Super Eagles are widely regarded as one of the favourites to go all the way this summer, much as Coach Gernot Rohr…
24 May 2019
In order to examine the unfolding disgrace in Nigeria’s athletics space, it is important to establish the facts. In May 2017, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) transferred the sum of $150,000 to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) as payment of the annual grant due to all member federations. The trouble is that…
10 May 2019
The 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off on the 25th of May in Poland, with Nigeria making a return to the competition having missed out two years ago in South Korea. However, the preparations of the Flying Eagles – as the Nigerian team is known at this age group – have been almost entirely…
26 Apr 2019
In March, history was made in Tanzanian football. For the first time in 39 years, the senior national team qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), beating Uganda in Dar es Salaam by three unrivalled goals in the final qualifying match. The joy, the sheer weight of the achievement, is one that has taken…
12 Apr 2019
Later Friday night, Nigeria will learn its preliminary round foes at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. It has been a long, gruelling road to return to the top table of African football for the three-time African champions, one filled with numerous lessons. Following an unexpected triumph in the 2013 edition, the Super Eagles then…