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.
It happened in 1998. A black man was the main artist in the opening ceremony of the World Cup. He dazzled all. The world stood to celebrate him. He was the pride of the black race and perhaps an icon to the rest of the world.Read More →
I once wrote that I was yet to see serious efforts to change our London Olympics poor performance to a medal-winning one at the Rio Games in three years time.Read More →
Chief Assam E. Assam is Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus.Read More →
Chief E. K. Clark may not be the most popular politician in the country. There are people who dread him for his harsh criticisms. They do everything to avoid him.Read More →
Uche Ejimofor will never forget that day in Gboko.
It could take good space if he were to chronicle his memoirs as team manager of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, once a top side in the continent.Read More →
Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine a week ago, according to court documents obtained by AFP Thursday.Read More →
They played some good passing game but were caught up with what you may now permit me to tag a disease in Eagles. This disease has been in the team for long, dating back to the days of Amodu Shaibu, Berti Vogts, Lagerback, Siasia and it even appears more prominent now. It is a disease that kills many of the attacking moves of the team.Read More →
Mike Itemuagbor is a sports marketer of repute and can confirm the difference between donation and sponsorship.Read More →
Shortly after his appointment as sports minister last year Bolaji Abdullahi was on his way to Zurich, the FIFA headquarters.Read More →
February 2013: Seigha Porbeni called me from Port Harcourt where he was watching the last Secondary School Games and lamented this way:Read More →
Before Stephen Keshi was officially announced the new Super Eagles coach, I had the privilege of discussing the problems of the Eagles with him.Read More →
I have decided to draw your attention to the issues between Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles coach and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation. I do so for the interest of our football especially the 2014 World Cup campaign.Read More →
It could amount to a great disservice to Nigerian football if I do not let Nigerians know this.Read More →
In the early hours of Wednesday the just concluded Africa Youth Athletics Championship, otherwise known as AYAC Warri 2013, was reviewed on Sky News.Read More →
There was something unique about the reception Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan held for the Super Eagles while celebrating their 2013 Nations Cup feat.Read More →
When I saw pictures of the reception held for the Stallions of Burkina Faso from the airport to the stadium and their visit to the state house where the President hosted them, I tried to compare them with what happened in Abuja.Read More →
Can the Eagles withstand the physical attributes of their Burkina Faso counterparts and win the Nations Cup in South Africa on Sunday?
That is my wish.Read More →
Can they close the space they usually leave between them, play compact game and break away when they gain possession? That’s my wish.Read More →
There are three major qualities midfielders should possess. Coaches look out for these in them.Read More →
Aside food, drinks and music that form part of the entertainment here all football matches are shown on large screen television.Read More →
I’m sure Stephen Keshi must be savouring the 3-1 victory againstVenezuela in an international friendly inFlorida Thursday morning.Read More →
What has gone wrong with Nigeria? Yes, I would like to come and share our success story with you in Nigeria. When I was competing Nigeria was at the same level with Jamaica. But I don’t know why you have gone down. Yes, I’ll come to Nigeria.”Read More →
Two days after the final of the 100m for women Dr. Emmanuel Udughan, the Governor of Delta State was on line to the Nigerian camp at the London Olympics.Read More →
I was in Liberia and I saw the Eagles play 2-2 with the Lone Star in Monrovia. When I watch a game I celebrate goals but I lay emphasis on performance. I try to analyse the performance of the players individually and as a team.Read More →
Nine years ago, there were long queues in Nigerian cities especially Abuja.
It cost more than 20,000 to purchase a sim card when Nigeria introduced GSM telecommunications. Globacom stormed the scene more than one year after and crashed the price to N5,000.
Sports is part of entertainment and this partly explained why he took huge interest in not only what we did on the sports desk but also in Nigerian sports.Read More →
Sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi surely means well for our sports but he simply doesn’t get it. While lamenting on our failure at the 2012 London Olympics, the minister assured that Nigeria will win five gold medals at the next games in Rio de Janeiro and that the next Sports Festival in Lagos, the Eko 2012 Games will be the springboard for good performance in the next Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.Read More →
I played football but not to the level that officials needed my passport for any outing. Injury did not allow me to proceed.Read More →
I have seen spectacles. I have enjoyed some great shows from music to movies and exciting atmospheres in sports from tennis to track and field and of course football. But nothing is like the Olympics. Some adore it almost as a religion. Yes, it even started like a religion before it became competitive.Read More →
I have to tell this story to President Goodluck Jonathan for he is also the patron of Nigeria Olympic Committee.Read More →
I was in Calabar to see the Eagles beat Rwanda 2-0 in a Nations Cup preliminary match. And just like I reminded Samson Siasia during his time that his team had only exhibited only 40 percent of what his dream performance was, I say same of Stephen Keshi’s team today.Read More →