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Last Updated: Monday, 28 January 2008, 15:33 GMT
Vogts to consider Nigeria future
By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Sekondi

Berti Vogts
Vogts is under pressure from fans and the Nigerian media
Nigeria coach Berti Vogts is set to consider his future after a poor start to the Africa Cup of Nations which has seen him suffer from intense criticism.

The Super Eagles' 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast and the 0-0 draw with Mali means Nigeria's qualification from Group B is out of their hands.

But the 61-year-old says he would not be forced to quit.

He said: "I have a contract until 2010 and that is what I want to think about not what you (the media) think."

"But if you are desperate to get an answer, you will have to wait," he added.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji

"After this tournament when I go back to Germany then I will think about things and especially about you (the media)."

After the game against Mali, police had to prevent fans from attacking the team bus.

And Nigerian journalists have been as relentless in their questioning, taking to task players such as Stephen Makinwa, Yakubu Ayegbeni and Obafemi Martins who have failed to live up to expectations.

But, with calls for Vogts to resign, most of their criticism has been reserved for the former Scotland boss.

The Super Eagles have reached the semi-finals at each Nations Cup they have contested since 1976, with the exception of the 1982 tournament.

And as his team face a possible early exit from the 2008 edition, Vogts is sweating on the fitness of his captain Nwankwo Kanu for survival.

"It's a blow not having him as he's one of the leaders in my group, and it will be a good thing if we have him back," Vogts said.

"We missed him against Mali and to have him for the last group match will improve things for us."

Nigeria's qualification to the semi-finals depends on them beating Benin by two clear goals and Ivory Coast defeating Mali.



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