Ronaldo is a staff of Transporte Metropolitano. He speaks passable English and was glad that he met me to rehearse the language. He saw me at the Fabaguara Subway studying a map on the connections I had to make to get to Itakira where Corinthians Stadium is located on top of a hill.Read More →
What a thrill to be part of the World Cup in the very acclaimed home of football, Brazil.
But I will not be here for long. I will soon be heading home. However, the little I have seen has been satisfying. The football culture, the friendly Brazilian people and their ever exciting women.
IT may not be proper to call on Mr. President for most things the ministries and other government bodies can handle especially when they are yearly budgeted for and monetary allocations paid to the relevant bodies.Read More →
THE return of Clemens Westerhof to Lagos, last week, made some great memories green again.
The man generally acclaimed to be Nigeria’s best-ever coach was in Nigeria for a television documentary on Nigerian football with emphasis on his era when Nigeria was 5th in FIFA’s ranking, the best ever any African country has attained.
He has served as sports minister during which he became the President of Nigeria Olympic Committee, a post he holds till date. He has one regret today.Read More →
ON Tuesday, Stephen Keshi will face the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. He is expected to submit a provisional list of players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup to the federation and thereafter answer some questions from members and defend the list.Read More →
I was in a long chat with a friend who was worried about the campaign to “leave Keshi alone.”
My friend recognises the freedom coaches enjoy on technical matters especially with regard to selection of players and team tactics. But he is afraid that the Nigerian factor could make nonsense of the freedom coaches enjoy on technical matters. Nigerians either give in to sentiments or get swayed by inducements.
The situation in Eagles is similar to the current one in our track and field where Nigeria has become a one-athlete nation. Blessing Okagbare is the only world class athlete Nigeria has and the whole country, for now, banks on her for medals from the Olympics to the World Championships. Our hopes crash if she falls sick or fails in any of these events.Read More →
I commend you on your in-depth football analysis, and all embracing reportorial coverage of football matches played by the national teams on foreign lands. You always cover the extra mile, prowling behind the battle lines to assemble privileged information to back up your reports and analysis.Read More →
TOMORROW, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan will step on the stage at the Prestigious Oriental Hotel along Lekki Road, Victoria Island, Lagos to receive Vanguard Newspapers’ Personality of the year award.Read More →
He was a father to many of us in the sports industry. An interesting chat followed. With ease, he was recalling great events of the past, giving out names and dates in a manner that compelled me to share the information with you in my two columns.Read More →
When calls for the invitation of Mikel Obi to the national team became loud and pressure on Keshi was evident I was compelled to reveal, in this column, why Keshi left out Mikel at that time.Read More →
After the goalless draw against Mexico in Atlanta yesterday I sent Stephen Keshi a text , praying God to grant him the wisdom to sort out the confusion Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama may be creating for him.Read More →
I was a member of the Segun Adeniyi panel that investigated the Namibia match bonus international disgrace.Read More →
On Monday night, Pa John Ojidoh passed on in his home town, Ilah in Delta. He was 88.Read More →
Last week, in concluding my column, I asked for contributions on how we can achieve excellence in the sports that we are endowed. The column was my reaction to Bozo, a South African who agonised over Nigeria’s continued superiority over South Africa in football. I felt that we should lament more for South Africans are doing well in the sports that they are endowed while same cannot be said of Nigeria. The following are some of the contributions. I left out some which didn’t have names.Read More →
On the streets of Cape Town, last Monday, a South African fan, Bozo Mbongisi, stopped our Jacob Ajom and sought to know what Nigeria was doing that South Africans were not doing that makes their football inferior to Nigeria’s.Read More →
ON Sunday, December 15th 2013 at about 6.00 am, I arrived at the newly reconstructed General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja on my way home to begin my annual vacation. At the entrance to the departure hall, a couple of ladies smartly decked out in the charismatic uniform of the Nigerian Army, all smiles, approached me with army rosettes, offering to pin one on my shirt front. Usually, for this favour, you pay a token sum of money to support the army. The most charming military chicks around are picked for this event, which is a cherished tradition worldwide.Read More →
I once read a book on journalism which warns that one may not be objective if one pretends not to have biases or sentiments on issues or towards some people.Read More →
I was so surprised that I put a call to our Tony Ubani to confirm the report he sent in the last week of 2013 from Rivers.Read More →
Mary Onyali and I have always had long chats. Sometimes, when it’s on phone, they are longer than an hour .Read More →
Last minute changes in space allocation killed this column last week. I serve it today. But let me briefly touch on two things that happened after that.Read More →
Last week I pleaded with Stephen Keshi to have a rethink about the conditions he announced before any member of the Golden Eaglets can be invited to the Super Eagles.Read More →
We have had players who were sensational in the junior teams especially the Under 17 team but who never progressed to the senior team.Read More →
I did not know that I would be called upon to pray. Before this time I said the Lord’s prayer, Holy Mary, Glory Be God and went on in my meditation to pray for the family that has shown me great love and which was leading us in prayer.Read More →
In the said article that my friend Sadiq is condemning in his attempted defence for Sani Ndanusa I summarily wrote that tennis in Nigeria has suffered tremendously since Ndanusa assumed office as the President of Tennis Federation in Nigeria and regretted that even as sports minister and President of Nigeria Olympic Committee Ndanusa has not been able to help tennis. Many tournaments have died under his tenure and he has not been able to convince any sponsors to return to the game. It is so bad that teenagers, as I experienced myself at the National Stadium, who should be playing tournaments and mapping a future for themselves now beg to coach elderly people for tokens that could help them live.Read More →
How times change. Rolake Olagbegi, the once elegant tennis queen of Nigeria from the famous Olagbegi family is now married to Moyo Kassim and boasts of all the features that make her a mother of three.Read More →
I received many messages especially in the first half of the game.
Nigerians could not understand what was happening. Three of the messages were similar as if the senders rehearsed them. They were apt questions. “What’s happening?”, one read. Next was “What’s going on?” Another said “it will be miraculous if we survive this.”
You can lose to a weaker team when you underrate them. With all your finesse and techniques, a fighting team, with guts and stupendous will, overpowers you. A team endowed with technical prowess can lose to a team full of determination. A hungrier team can shock a team with superior skills.Read More →
The world has been fed with all sorts of stories on the 2018 World Cup that went to Russia and the 2022 World Cup hosting right that Qatar won.Read More →
I don’t think that any Nigerian President has shown the kind of concern President Jonathan has demonstrated in sports in the past two decades.
General Sani Abacha did well but those managing other sports other than football would not readily agree. Again, Nigeria was a pariah state at the time and only sports could give us succour. And Abacha embraced soccer. It paid off.