Nigeria’s head coach Stephen Keshi gestures during the Group F match against Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Asia may have been the biggest loser on the pitch with not one of the confederation’s four sides at this World Cup winning a game but African football(...)

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi cheers on his team during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against France at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Having been around the block a bit, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi knows the score: when your team goes out somebody has to be blamed and having initi(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

Ejike Uzoenyi has been called up by Nigeria after an injury to Elderson Echiejile. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Nigeria have called up Ejike Uzoenyi as replacement for injured defender Elderson Echiejile who was forced out of the World Cup after tearing a hamstr(...)

 Uche Nwofor of Nigeria (second right) celebrates with team-mates after equalising in the last minute against Scotland last month.  Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Manager: Stephen Keshi Best finish: Second round (1994, 1998) World Cup record: Played 17, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 9 History They firs(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar  and Lionel Messi are both on the shortlist.

Six players from Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa this(...)