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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK

NIGERIA

Nigeria opt for foreign coach
Nigeria's sports minister Stephen Akiga says the national team must make an overseas appointment after all.

Onigbinde seeks new contract
The Nigeria FA has opened negotiations with Adegboye Onigbinde over a new contract to keep managing the national team.

West blamed for World Cup failure
Adegboye Onigbinde says Taribo West undermined his authority in Japan, causing Nigeria's first round exit.

Sodje commits to Crewe
Nigeria defender Efe Sodje says he will stay at English Division Two club Crewe Alexandra despite being linked with a move to Spain.

Sunday Oliseh quits
Nigeria's former captain Sunday Oliseh retires from international football after a nine-year stint.

Aghahowa 'not for sale'
Nigeria striker Julius Aghahowa will not be leaving Ukranie champions Shakhtar Donetsk any time soon, says the club's president.

Players plead for Okocha rethink
Nigeria's players ask Jay-Jay Okocha to reconsider his retirement.

Lawal heads for Levski
Nigeria winger Garba Lawal is to join Bulgarian side Levski Sofia at the end of June.

Kanu 'out for months'
Arsenal's Nwankwo Kanu says a "very serious" leg injury could see him miss the start of next season.

West wants Onigbinde out
Nigeria's Taribo West says coach Adegboye Onigbinde should be sacked for the team's poor performance.

Onigbinde's swansong
Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde puts his team's failure to qualify for the second round down to bad luck.

England labour to last 16
England make it through to the second round after an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Nigeria.

Eriksson's first mission accomplished
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has completed his first task of guiding England into the last 16.

England fans suffer in ignorance
BBC Sport Online's Chris Slegg suffers some nervous moments with the England fans in Osaka.

Clockwatch: England 0-0 Nigeria
All the action as England edge through to the second round with a nervy goalless draw.

Japan accused of sabotage
Nigeria's travelling supporters claim they were deliberately denied visas so they would miss their teams games.

Okocha quits for club career
Nigerian captain Jay Jay Okocha tells the BBC he is retiring from the national team to concentrate on playing club football.

Onigbinde considers future
Adegboye Onigbinde says his future as Super Eagles coach is in the hands of the Nigerian people.

Nigeria to fight to the end
Nigeria say they have a responsibility to field their strongest side against England - despite having no chance of qualifying.

Okocha to retire
Nigeria's Jay Jay Okocha says he will quit international football after the England game on Wednesday.

Swedes knock out Nigeria
Striker Henrik Larsson scores twice as Sweden beat Nigeria 2-1 to send the Super Eagles crashing out of the World Cup.

Okocha's tale of woe
Nigeria's captain says their lack of experienced players is responsible for their early elimination from the World Cup.

Super Eagles to play on
Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde says his team will play hard against England despite being eliminated from the World Cup.

Clockwatch: Sweden 2-1 Nigeria
All the latest action as Sweden come from behind to beat Nigeria in Kobe.

Sweden tough it out
Sweden coach Lars Lagerback says his team deserved to beat Nigeria after a 'hard' Group F game.

Nigeria get extra support
After several travel problems, members of Nigeria's official supporters club leave for Japan.

Sweden's spy impressed
Sweden team spy Thomas Lyth makes his report on the Super Eagles, admitting he is impressed by their spirit and teamwork.

Shorunmu gets rave review
Goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu is praised by Nigerians for keeping the loss against Argentina a respectable one.

Onigbinde upbeat in defeat
Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde says he is pleased with his team's performance despite their 1-0 defeat to Argentina.

Batistuta sinks Nigeria
Gabriel Batistuta scores to give World Cup favourites Argentina a 1-0 win over Nigeria in Group F.

Clockwatch: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
All the action from Argentina's victory over Nigeria in the Group F opener in Ibaraki.

Veron relief at win
Argentina captain Juan Sebastian Veron is pleased to have made a winning start at the World Cup.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis of Nigeria's performance to date in the finals.

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