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Congo humiliates crisis-hit Super Eagles

DR Congo humiliated the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an international friendly on Thursday, beating the Sunday Oliseh-coached team 2-0.

Enyeama lifts Ahmed Musa on his shoulder at a training session prior to 2014 W/Cup in Brazil.
Enyeama lifts Ahmed Musa on his shoulder at a training session prior to 2014 W/Cup in Brazil.

The Leopards, who are ranked 60th in the world took the lead courtesy of Dieumerci Mbokani in the seventh minute. His goal came from inside the box where he shot low to the left of Carl Ikeme.

Jordan Nkololo added the second in the 31st minute of the game.

Both teams last played each other in March 2010, with Nigeria winning 5-2 at the Abuja National Stadium.

THE Super Eagles camp in Belgium was torn into shreds on Tuesday following squabbles between Coach Sunday Oliseh and captain Vincent Enyeama

According to reports, Oliseh was unhappy about his captain’s late arrival and demoted him at a team meeting after dinner, naming CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa as the new captain.

Enyeama arrived at the Nigeria camp on Tuesday, one day after Monday’s deadline, after attending his mother’s funeral over the weekend in his home town.

The 101 caps player who retired from the team on Thursday after the crisis, hinted that the gaffer of the team, Sunday Oliseh insulted his late mother.

Gaffer Sunday Oliseh who described the altercation as a normal disagreement in a family, however, explained his actions of stripping first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama of the Eagles captain’s band and handing it over to CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa.

‘’I want a captain who is disciplined. A leader who can motivate other players. A player who  comes to camp early. I want a young player not a retiring player as captain. And Ahmed Musa is that player. He is my captain’’, Oliseh said.

When you have a new government like our honourable president just came in, he’s picked his ministers. And you have your philosophy and you have your way of working.

“As a coach I have looked at the team and I have looked at Nigeria going forward. We need a captain who will think of staying with Nigeria for several years to come, who is regularly in the front. And Ahmed Musa did a great job for us in Tanzania under very difficult circumstance. He is a very responsible player and he is the captain of the team. So he is the captain of the team, there is no question of a tussle.

“The fact that I would like to have somebody (as captain) who is thinking of playing now and not somebody who is preparing for retirement or thinking of life after-football. And I think it’s time we had peace and quiet around the Super Eagles. That is why I am glad that most of the players here are finding ways to work as a team because I get the feeling now that they are aware that they are representing 170 million people’’, Oliseh said on Brila FM.


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