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Nigeria offering Keshi new contract a symbol of federation's stabilisation

Stephen Keshi's new contract is the first step toward stabilising Nigeria's football programme.

Jay-Jay Okocha has urged African football to think big as it continues to challenge for higher honours in the global game and more efficient structures on the continent. In a wide-ranging interview with FIFA.com ahead of last week's Match Against Poverty, Okocha asked African teams to aim high at World Cups by believing they can break the barrier into the final four, where no African team has gone before, and beyond.

"The problem is that we still settle for very little," Okocha said. "We celebrate...

Stephen Keshi signs new contract as Nigeria coach

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Stephen Keshi signed a two-year contract to continue as coach of Nigeria on Tuesday, calling it "a new page" after a tumultuous story so far that has seen him guide the country to the African title, resign, return, get fired and then be reinstated.

Keshi and the Nigerian Football Federation agreed the new deal after lengthy negotiations, putting Keshi back in charge ahead of the start of 2017 African Cup qualifiers in June and 2018 World Cup qualifiers later in the year.

 By PA Sport

Brazil edge Chile on late Firmino goal, Lacazette leads France past Denmark

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down Brazil's narrow 1-nil victory over Chile.

Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a second-half winner as Brazil beat South American rivals Chile 1-0 in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were all on display in north London, but the game's biggest names could only show glimpses of their attacking best and it was left to substitute Firmino to find the decisive goal in the 73 minute.

Since last year's humiliating exit at their home World Cup, Brazil have now recorded eight...

Nigeria angry as Bolivia pull out of friendly amid Boko Haram fears

A friendly between Bolivia and Nigeria was cancelled after the Bolivian football federation asked for the match, scheduled to be played on March 26, to be postponed because of the internal conflict in the African nation.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, federation president Carlos Chavez specifically mentioned extremist group Boko Haram as a concern.

In response, Nigeria said Bolivia "chickened out" and that their "excuses" for calling off the friendly this month "do not hold any water."

Bolivia...

Ex-Rayo Vallecano, Nigeria keeper Wilfred Agbonavbare dies of cancer

Former Rayo Vallecano and Nigeria goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare has died of cancer aged just 48.

Wilfred played at Rayo from 1990 to 1996 and was also a member of the Nigeria squad which won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and reached the second round while playing their first World Cup that year in the USA. More recently he had worked as a goalkeeping coach, in business and as a porter at Madrid's Barajas airport.

News of his death at a hospital near Madrid was communicated by the La Liga club...