THE WORLD CUP IS OVER!: Guide to What's Next For Football Consumers in Nigeria

Football Never Stops! Part 2 

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“Just because the world cup is over doesn’t mean football stops. Football never stops, that’s one of its biggest appeals.” Mike L. Goodman wrote in his article: ‘The World Cup is Over, Now what?’

Nigeria Premier League:
If League Management Company (LMC) sought out with club owners on the issue of players’ remunerations, then NPL will resume. But as it is now, most of the clubs are still indebted to their players and couldn’t meet LMC deadline.  In the following weeks we’ll be seeing how this issue could be resolved.

I know that many fans in Nigeria do not follow the domestic leagues. But you can choose to start supporting a club today or go down against another club – that’s one way to get interested.

Sharks of Port Harcourt are on top of their game this season and we’re yet to see if they can hold on in the second half of the season.

Kano Pillars are champions in the past to seasons, only challenged by Eyinmba of Aba  last season. Remember, Eyinmba is the only Nigeria club that had won CAF Champions league back to back in 2003 and 2004.

African Cup of Nations Qualifiers:
You may say you want to see Super Eagles play again. Sure, you can see the team in the next months. May be or may be not, you may be seeing the same team that went to the world cup compete in AFCON qualifiers against South Africa,

Again, we’re not sure if NFF may renew Stephen Keshi’s contract or if a new head coach may be contracted to take over. Most football watcher in Nigeria said Sunday Oliseh or Amodu Shaibu is favored for the plumb job.

By January 2015, Morocco should be hosting AFCON and hopefully Nigeria will be defending its title as Africa’s champions. Abdul Yerima, Sports analyst from Morocco, said: “Africa should watch out for Algeria?”

FIFA under 16 World Cup 2015:
Nigeria has started building another formidable team to defend the Under 16 world cup in 2015. Remember, the golden Eaglets won the tournament in UAE 2013.

Nigeria’s ex-international and former Barcelona star, Emmanuel Amunike, is now in charge of the new team. Most fans are hopeful that Amunike can enact what his former boss, Manu Garba, did with the Eaglet in 2013.

Flying Eagles Qualifiers
Manu Garba has graduated with most of his boys that won the FIFA under 16 world cup in UAE 2013. We are hoping to see these enterprising set of boys enact what they did in 2013, by winning for Nigeria, for the first time, World Youth Championship in 2015.

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