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2026 WCQ: They Thought It Was Done – Rohr Mocks Super Eagles After Benin Defeat

The head coach of Benin Republic, Gernot Rohr has mocked Nigeria after the Super Eagles lost to their Republic of Benin counterpart.
The Super Eagles lost 2-1 win in a 2026 World Cup qualifier on Monday.
Reacting, Rohr slammed the mentality of Super Eagles players.
Nigeria had taken the lead in Abidjan, thanks to Raphael Onyedika’s first goal for his country.
But they fell apart and conceded twice in the space of twelve minutes.
It was Benin’s first-ever victory against Nigeria, and Rohr, who coached the Eagles between 2016 and 2021, pointed out their lapse in concentration.
“We had the right organization, Nigeria scored the first goal, perhaps, they believed it was already done.
“But the reaction, the desire of my team was so strong that they could come back to win the match,” Rohr said, per Favour Itua.
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2026 WCQ: Why Super Eagles Lost to Benin Republic – Finidi

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George has opened up on why his side lost 2-1 to Benin Republic.
The super eagles had yesterday suffered the loss during its 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria remain in fifth position in the Group C table with three points from four games.
It was the second time the Cheetahs would beat the Super Eagles in 17 meetings.
Gernot Rohr’s men top the standings with seven points.
“We scored a good goal and after that we lost concentration, they got their equaliser and then they got their momentum,” Finidi said during his interaction with media after the game.
“We didn’t defend well the long kick from the goalkeeper and they got their first goal.
“We had control of the game, but we didn’t defend well.
“If you don’t take your chances and don’t defend well in a World Cup qualifier, you pay for it.
“First half was good but for the goals (we conceded), while in the second half we pushed and defended well.”
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Benin Republic Beat Nigeria 2-1, Fans Blast Finidi

Fans have demanded the sack of coach Finidi George after the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to Benin Republic.
Cotonou, the capital of neighbouring Republic of Benin erupted in joy following the shock 2-1 win over the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their 2026 FIFA world Cup qualifier at the Felix Houphouët Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

“This  was a real miracle,” Beninese foremost journalist, Elvis Dedjinou Zanclan , told NationSport after the match.“Two games won successively, first again Rwanda and  now, the super Eagles; this is unbelievable.”
Zanclan then added: “My point of view  at the end of the match  was that the Nigerian players  thought the game  was won  before the kick -off. I think Finidi’s team is the first Nigerian side to lose to Benin in history.
“Of course, Cotonou is bubbling and celebrating,”he noted.
By contrast,  the Super Eagles’ defeat  was painfully received  as Nigerians reportedly   took to the social media app, X(formerly Twitter ) to demand the immediate sacking of  Coach Finidi George over the team’s poor performance.
In a  report by Sahara Reporters , many of  Nigerian micro blog users  vented their anger on the former Ajax Amsterdam’s winger.
A commentator, Samstar said, “Finidi George is just a clueless coach with a very big head. Please sack him now and also jail him for stressing all Nigerians #SoarSuperEagles.” 
Another analyst, Buchi Laba regretted being among those who called for George’s appointment few months ago.
He wrote: “I pushed heavily for Finidi George to get the job. I’m a very stupid person. Never ever take any advice coming from me. I no get sense.” 
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Have you ever wondered why it is peculiar to Nigerians to be positive when in extremely difficult situations and particularly in trying times when the economy of the country seems to be swaying on an imbalanced scale? Nigerians still manage to proclaim positivity when inflation is the order of the day, when the usual price for food and other things is raised to power ten, the instances when individuals’ usual budget is no longer sufficient and the budget needs to be increased which may lead to exhaustion of one’s income on a particular need i.e foodstuffs alone whereas other bills need to be sorted urgently, and in most cases, one has to be placed on hold for the other to be fulfilled.

Is it to mention the periods when heat is taking a toll but the power holding company who holds a solution to that refuses to let go of the electricity? Or is it the numerous times citizens get exploited by those in power and those placed in charge of protecting the citizens? Have you ever wondered why regardless of all these, we always stay positive? As for me, I believe this positivity is a result of having grown thick skin over the years, and the resilience that follows the near irremediable nature of most situations we find ourselves and the situation of the country.

Against all odds, with our unshaken faith and optimism, our watchwords are those that exude positivity, and you’ll find us chanting these words in the face of difficulty, every one of us conveying it in the languages, and ways we know best.

Some of these words and why they’re used.

Most of these words are usually two to three words or more joined together to form a phrase and they are mostly formed with pidgin English which not only makes them more distinct while being used but also outrightly unique. Some of these phrases are;

1. ‘E GO BE’

‘E go be’ is one of the exceptional phrases used to portray positivity. It simply means, “It will come to pass.” It is mostly used as a word of assurance amongst Nigerians to cheer up one another. Although it sounds playful and is mostly used playfully, it holds a deeper meaning than it seems.


This depicts “eventually, we will be fine” It is mostly used to proclaim that something good will come out of a situation eventually, or to assure ourselves or a person that no matter the situation, they’d overcome and be fine at last.


This one holds an in-depth meaning, from the words put together alone, one can easily decipher that it means “God will grant a wish or request or God will take control of a situation” This phrase also radiates faith, hope, and assurance.


This is a plea to God and can be related to the one above in instances whereby people say “God abeg run this thing for me” a plea to God to speedily grant a wish or prayer. Nigerians mostly incorporate this while ‘catching a cruise’ that is while making a joke out of something. Take for instance couple uploading their lovey-dovey videos or pictures online or a person putting up a picture showing them accepting gifts or shopping stuff worth much money and several similar scenes, you’d see Nigerians commenting ‘God abeg’ on such media uploads. Although, ‘God abeg’ is used ambiguously nowadays, sometimes as an exclamation to a weird happening or to something funny.


This means “it has eventually happened.” This phrase announces good news about a particular thing an individual has been looking forward to. It might be Good news that a visa has finally been approved, or collection of salary at the end of the month, or admission into a higher institution or a new job, and so on. Several people look forward to using this phrase to announce when good things happen to them.

There are numerous positive words put together that have surfaced over time just to keep our faith and optimism going strong.
Do you remember any other words such as the ones above? You can also contribute by adding them in the comment section.

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After the match between South Africa and Nigeria, Osimhen tells Boniface, “No Olosho Until We Win.”

In front of the 2023 AFCON championship match, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has given fellow national Victor Boniface assurances that the Super Eagles will maintain their focus.

Ivory Coast and Nigeria will compete for the continental trophy.

In their conversation, Boniface asked to be given two “oloshos” (prostitutes) for every Super Eagles player. Victor Osimhen, however, promptly corrected him, emphasizing that he and his colleagues are committed on taking home the AFCON championship in 2023.

When Osimhen subsequently enquired about Boniface’s level of fitness, the 23-year-old striker said that he is still struggling to get back to full health.

“Make them give Pere Nwa two Oloshos each for this night, una deserve am,” stated Boniface.

In response, Osimhen said, “Thunder, fire you. We don’t give up until we succeed, you hear?

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Kizz Daniel will follow through on his promise to fly a fan to the UK once Nigeria wins the 2023 AFCON.

Following Nigeria’s qualifying for the AFCON 2023 final, Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel has pledged to fly fans to the United Kingdom.

To get to the final, Nigeria had to defeat South Africa.

In a tweet, the singer had pledged to pay for the fan’s flight to the UK.

If Nigeria wins South Africa, the fan has arranged with Kizz Daniel to have him attend his upcoming gig at the Ovo Arena in the UK.

The fan asked, “Vado, take me to your next show, ovo arena, if super eagle wins today.”

Kizz Daniel said, “This I promise you… X is my witness 🤞🏿,” in acknowledgment of the wager.

However, Nigeria defeated South Africa, winning 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 deadlock at 120.

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AFCON: Lagos Prepares For Massive Watching Center Before South Africa vs. Nigeria Match

A massive watching center has been erected by the Lagos State Government at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, as well as at several other spots throughout the state, ahead of the Super Eagles’ African Cup of Nations semi-final match versus South Africa on February 7.

A statement posted on the Lagos Government’s X handle states that 25 viewing centers have been established in various parts of the state to guarantee that every Lagosian is excited and amused.


“A massive watching center has been established by the Lagos State Government for the Super Eagles vs. Bafana Bafana match on Wednesday, February 7. To promote and guarantee that, the government maintains twenty-five viewing centers around the State.

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AFCON: Nwabali, Osimhen, Lookman Included In Super Eagles’ Starting XI Against Angola

Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, is set to guard the goalposts when Nigeria takes on Angola in the quarter-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday evening.

Recall that The Chippa United keeper was a major doubt after he sustained a knee injury during Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 clash last Saturday.

However, Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro, has kept faith in his players who started against Cameroon in the round of 16, and expects them to get a good result against Angola.

Peseiro will maintain the 3-4-3 formation with the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Calvin Bassey to shield Nwabali.

Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi will be on the right and left flanks.

Alex Iwobi and Frank Onyeka will occupy the midfield, while Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman and Moses Simon will spearhead the attack.

The match will take place at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan at 6 pm.

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AFCON 2023: The Vision I Saw About Nigeria Vs Angola Match – Nathaniel Bassey

Gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey has revealed that God showed him a vision concerning Super Eagles match against Angola.
The match will take place today, February 2 against Angola in the ongoing 2023 AFCON.
In the last game of Nigeria, Bassey had predicted about the injury of Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.
Nwabali was injured in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon making him doubtful for today’s game.
The Chippa United goalkeeper was fouled by Georges-Kevin N’Koudou while saving a cross in his box.
Bassey had said: “Me, I feel led to pray for our goal keeper. May the Lord help Him.”
Nigeria vs Angola is the first quarter-final game of the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations by 6pm today.
All eyes are on the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they slug it out against Angola in the AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023.
The target for Nigeria is to qualify for the semi-final.
The winner between Nigeria and Angola on Wednesday February 7, 2024, at the 40,000-capacity Peace Stadium in Bouake, will face the winner of Cape Verde vs. South Africa to be played also on Friday.
Reacting on his verified “X” page, Bassey said:Why am I praying and the next thing I’m seeing is about super eagles? And hey, it’s not as though I’m thinking about them o per se… 
“Well, tomorrow we must take every chance that comes our way. It’s not the day to miss chances. 
“I saw two people on the bench crying. May we not have cause to weep about the match and any of our players. 
“If we have to weep, may it be for joy ooo. Amen. So it lifts the nation. It’s been tough lately.”
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Angola Players Promised Cash, iPhone 15 Incentive to Beat Super Eagles

Players of Angola national team have been promised money and iPhones if they beat the Super Eagles on Friday.
The two countries will clash in the Quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Palancas Negras, who are fresh off a commanding 3-0 victory over Namibia in the Round of 16, were also promised cash gifts if they advanced to the final.
As reported by Angola Press Agency, Banco Angolano de Investimento, a bank in Angola, announced that it would reward each Angola player and coaching staff with the sum of five million Kwanzas (equivalent to approximately N5.41 million).
Aguinaldo Jaime, the President of the Board of Directors of UNITEL, a private Angolan mobile phone company, also gave an iPhone 15 with free calls, SMS, and internet for a year to every member of the Angolan delegation in Cote d’Ivoire.
The company Sodiam EP also pledged a substantial amount of $250,000 to both the national team and technical team if Angola secured a spot in the final of the 34th edition of the Nations Cup.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Angola at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan, on Friday, February 2, 2024, by 6 pm.
Both teams come into this match with an unbeaten record in the tournament.
Nigeria had victories against Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, and four-time champions Cameroon in the quarterfinals.