IT was a good feeling when Ikechukwu Ofoje introduced me as a guy he played with in Nigeria and ovation followed. But it felt better to see for myself the progress this wonderful Nigerian is making in the United States of America. Ofoje made name as the youngest captain of Enugu Rangers when the Nigerian league could compare with what we have in Europe now in terms of followership and glamour at least among Nigerians. He was a strong defender, who sometimes was thrown into the attack. He never disappointed on those occasions. He packed bullets on both legs but his right was deadlier.Read More
Many know my views on the blunders of sports minister Solomon Dalung. But if truth be told, he may not, largely, be held responsible for the huge flop that was Nigeria at the just concluded Rio Olympics. He is only partly to blame for the fact that the little time he had to prepare Nigeria’s athletes he spent QUALITY TIME broiling in the leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation and doing things that belittle his office.Read More
It was a good feeling when Ikechukwu Ofoje introduced me as a guy he played with in Nigeria and ovation followed.Read More
IFY Okafor, called my phone from her Dallas home Wednesday morning to know if I had heard the sad news. She had heard even before the news broke to the public in Nigeria.Read More
There’s hardly any week that the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, does not have a thing or two to talk about football. If he is not orchestrating to settle dispute (even where there is none) he is attending one football event or receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF or their President, Amaju Pinnick.Read More
Immediately I saw Arthur Egbunam I remembered his 1979 story that has not been written till date.Read More
IN one of your moves to check my naughty escapades you spanked me really hard and out of anger I grabbed a kitchen knife nearby, charged at you and you took to your heels.Read More
THE authentic President of the Nigeria Football Federation (they should revert to Nigeria Football Association) would have merged yesterday in the election held. It has been put off.Read More
YOU may accuse President Goodluck Jonathan of not rescuing Chibok girls more than 130 days after their kidnap by the Boko Haram insurgents. You may accuse the Jonathan administration of not being decisive in handling security matters in the country.Read More
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