Argentina beat Nigeria for the third time in the world cup final phase but the super Eagles still managed to reach the round of 16 after Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1 in Group F. Argentina beat the African champions 3-2 in a thrilling match that saw Argentine Captain Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scored within five minutes of each other. The Eagles become the first African team to qualify after Cameroon and Ivory Coast were bundled out of the competitions unceremoniously.
Nigeria will now play in the second round for the third time after qualifying for the same stage in 1994 and 1998 but losing out on a quarter finals ticket each time. With a local coach and former player Stephen Keshi as Coach, a very disciplined team and the optimism within the rangs of the players, fans of the Eagles in Nigeria and across Africa are expecting nothing short of a quarter finals qualification for the team this year.
Islamist terror group Boko Haram managed to steal the limelight from the Super Eagles on Wednesday June 25h 2014 when they managed to launch another deadly attack on a busy shopping mall in the capital Abuja killing more than 21 people. The group that is fighting for the Islamisation of Nigeria has killed hundreds of people mainly in northern Nigeria and is still holding more than 270 young girls it kidnapped more than two months ago. It has since kidnapped more than 60 more women and the presence of intelligence officials from western countries including the USA, UK, France, China and some other countries has apparently led to more rather than less bloodshed and carnage from Boko Haram.
Africa’s two other participants, Ghana and Algeria play their final group matches today and both will qualify f they win their matches. Portugal will clash against the Black stars of Ghana in Group G at 5pm while Algeria will have to defeat Russia with a significant goal margin in their Group H match against Russia at 9pm.
Host Brazil will now be joined by France, Nigeria, Switzerland, Belgium, Mexico, Netherlands, Chili, Colombia, Greece, Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica that have qualified for Round II.
Meanwhile, President Biya has ordered Prime Minister Philomen Yang to investigate the cause of the woeful performance of the Lions at this year’s world cup and to present a report within one month. The presidential statement signed as usual by the Secretary General at the presidency Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh also demanded the prime minister also outlines “…proposals in view of a profound restructuring of Cameroonian football”.