Dear Onochie,

Your article today is an interesting piece. Character is what is lacking in our national teams, not skills. When pride and indiscipline enter through the door, determination and knack for honor fly out through the window.

If you have watched any of our recent matches on TV with any of the old Nigerian players around and see the tears that flow from their eyes whenever our team is not doing well you will understand that their character defined by an inherent fighting spirit has not waned even with age. Whoever restores self-belief and desire for success in our national teams has done it all for us.

Please note that it was Aham Nwankwo that scored the goal for BCC and not Arthur Nwankwo, the politician.

Thanks and God bless.

Paddy Ezeala

Regional Communication and Campaigns Coordinator Oxfam America
West Africa Regional Office
Dakar, Senegal

Dear Onochie,

Your article was a mssterpiece.  I so enjoyed it,maybe because I know all the characters mentioned, from Ade Ojeikere (who always sat beside me at the Ogbe Stadium in my Benin-City days) to those Insurance dare-devils who reigned mightily after the likes of Victor Oduah and Tony Otah.

Now, can you ensure that these upcoming eagles get and understand the import of the story: “wearing the Nigerian shirt in spirit, soul, and body”? You may need to start a serial on such real life account of our great heroes.

It will motivate these emerging crop of players (plus the thousands coming from the football academies) and it will take us as a sporting nation to our real dream of standing tall in the world through sports. Once again, I thank you and Ojeikere for reliving that dream.


Sir Azu Mafiana

Thank you Onochie for your wonderful piece today on Keshi’s dream tackle. I have always believed that senior sportswriters like yourself and other willing ones should be in the vangaurd of the crusade to restore our football to it’s winning ways and take it back from the brigands that are killing it today.

After reading your article today, I was overwhelmed by a spirit of nostalgia. The names Ogboe, Monidafe,Surugede, Adiele,Agbonifo, Egherevba and others you mentioned made me proud to be a Nigerian. These are players who fought and died literally on the field of play for our country.They played the game because they loved the game and our country and not because of what they would get from playing. These are the kind of players we should hold up as hero’s to the present generation so as to build in them the fighting spirit required to winning football games.

I dare say most, if not all our present players were not born when Keshi made his awesome tackle on Ogboe in his dream. So it is the responsibility of senior sportswriters to write about the exploits of our players of old so as to point the younger generation in the right direction instead of dissipating energy looking for problems in the Keshi team to magnify and in the process bring him down.

You said, “who will fight for Nigeria”. I want to challenge you to lead the fight for Nigeria on your pages and we will all follow you. Let’s start with the fight that until players like Mikel Obi and Osaze Odemwengie imbibe the spirit of country first to fight for our country, they should be shut out of the Eagles.Then and only then would our climb back to football prominence start.

Best wishes,

Chris Omorodion


How you dey?You go kill person with that your story about Keshi chasing Henry Ogboe for dream…that Boy, Ogboe na real wizard…remember Insurance v Rangers for 1978 Challenge cup finals…

How your wife and family. Greet madam for me


Emeka Gift Enyadike Africa Football Manager –




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