How the 2010 World Cup red card ended Sani Keita’s International career!
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Former Super Eagles defensive midfielder Sani Kaita is famously remembered for his inglorious 2010 FIFA World Cup red card vs Greece, an expulsion many Nigerians hold responsible for the Eagles group stage outster in South Africa.
Kalu Uche curled in a free-kick to hand the Super Eagles a 16th minute lead vs the Greeks on Wednesday June 16, 2010.
Sani Kaita got the marching orders for Violent conduct in the 33rd minute as he kicked out at Vassidis Torosidis after the Greece player hit his chest with the ball in a touchline incident.
The Referee sent Kaita off for violent conduct, the midfielder aghast as he walked off the turf with his shirt pulled over his head in dissapointment as he became the first Nigerian to be sent off via a red card during a World Cup game.
With the Eagles down to ten men, Greece got an equalizer 11 minutes after Kaita’s sending off and subsequently claimed maximum points in a 2-1 win.
Many Nigerians believe that his red card cost Nigeria the game.
The aftermath of the red card was not pleasing to Keita’s football career and his life.
Sani received over 1000 death threats from football enthusiasts via his mail, Twitter and other social media sites.
The red card marked the end of his international career with the Super Eagles, he returned to Nigeria league with FC Ifeanyi Ubah in 2014-15 season and retired from football in 2017.