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‘Football is long dead in Nigeria’, says Jay-Jay Okocha

Former Nigeria captain Austine Okocha has refused to blame the either the Super Eagles or the head coach Stephen Keshi for their 1-0 defeat to Sudan in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Khartoum.

A ferocious header by striker Bakri Abd Elgadir in the closing stages of the first half which left goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama no chance ensured the hosts got the better of the African champions who put every foot wrong in the encounter.

The result means Nigeria now walk a tight rope towards qualifying for the biannual Africa football showpiece billed for Morocco in 2015.

According to Okocha who lamented via his twitter handle following the Eagles’ defeat to the Falcons of Jediane, the result was a confirmation that Nigeria football is no where to be found while making a case for the ‘big boss’ and his players

“Anyone that blames Keshi or the boys is short sighted. Our football is long dead and gone. This is just the confirmation” Okocha tweeted.

The reigning African champions are now placed at the base of the table in Group A with a point from three matches while South Africa with 2-0 victory over Congo away from home are ranked first with seven points.

Nigeria will welcome Sudan to Abuja in next Wednesday’s match as they attempt to revive their now slim chances of reaching Morocco in January.