It is over, Atila mourns...

By Paul  Bassey, in South Africa
Mfon is a student of Mass Communications of the Redeem University. He has not been able to watch the matches especially the 7.30pm matches.

He talks about studies and exams, so early in the morning, or later, he calls me for information. Twice I have shocked him with stories of our loss.

The Argentina result was shocking because he thought we would have been beaten silly.Like a lot of other Nigerians, he jubilated, concluding that with the hard bit out of the way, and with only a minus one goal deficit we can now proceed to deal with Greece and South Korea.

When it was time to tell him the result of the South Korea match, I did not know how to handle it, so I started by saying “ Good news Mfon, goodnew…” he did not allow me land. He screamed “

…Daddy I told you…I told you… what about Argentina and South Korea?” I pitied him. I allowed him land then said “Baby” that is what I call him. “ we lost”. There was silence, then he said “Daddy tell me you are joking”

I went on to tell him the story that started with Kaita. How we scored first, the red card and the complete destruction by a Greece team that before then had never won a world cup match.

My son was devastated. In the course of spoiling his day, I also informed that my initial belief that Lagerback knew our players was debunked. This explanation came when he wanted to know the players that were fielded.

He is very versed and interested, a Man U supporter, so I went ahead to tell him about some technical faux pas of the coach especially when it came to substitutions and tactics to adopt.

He then asked about Kanu, Obafemi Martins and Osaze. I said I did not know why Osaze and Martins were not in the man’s starting eleven, but that I believed that Kanu would never be used so as not to expose the fact that they should not have taken him to the world cup.

I then said to him that all was not lost. That we could still beat South Korea and qualify.
This morning, what do I tell my son?

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