Eagles Sing Afcon Blues

Players of reigning African champions, Nigeria are distraught over their failure to reach the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The Super Eagles needed a win in their final game of qualifying but could only draw 2-2 with South Africa in Uyo on November 19.
Just under two years ago, the Super Eagles were victorious at the 2013 Afcon but will not have a chance of even defending the title they won in such dramatic fashion in South Africa.
With the finals of the 2015 Afcon set to kick off in Equatorial Guinea on January 17, spokesman of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya, has now revealed that players of the team are still pained they will not be part of the action.
“I have been speaking to some of the players recently and they are really hurt that they won’t be in Equatorial Guinea. Nobody is happy about it,” Alaiya told supersport.com.
He added that he had never seen the Super Eagles dressing room so gloomy as it was shortly after the 2-2 draw with Bafana Bafana at the Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.
“That is a day I will like to forget in a hurry. I have never seen the dressing room so low.
“The players were so sad and disappointed; some of them did not even have the energy to walk to the team bus. Some were even crying.
“The coach (Stephen Keshi) has to personally encourage them to try and lift their spirits.
“It is a very bad memory but hopefully, things will be better this year,” he said.
The Super Eagles are in action this month with two friendly internationals lined up against the Ivory Coast and Sudan in Abu Dhabi.