BY JACOB AJOM, Cape Town
Failure, they say is an orphan. Clearly, it is not the same with victory; which, rhetorically put, has many parents. And so, the fear of failure, more than anything else, spurred the Super Eagles team B, presently campaigning at the 3rd African Nations Championship to record resounding victories over Mozambique and hosts South Africa after falling 1-2 to eventual group leaders, Mali in their opening game.
The man who masterminded the sudden twist in the fortunes of the team that was already written off, Uzoenyi Ejike has said those two victories have saved the careers of a whole generation of players, particularly, those of them in the CHAN campaign.
’’If we had crashed out in the group stage, it would have been a big blow to all of us,’’ Ejike began. ‘’You know our people, when a team fails, they don’t single out any individual player in the event a team fails.
The only thing they remember is that this player or that player was in the team.
’’But after our loss to Mali, I said to myself that this won’t be the end of my international career. We all must salvage it together and that was the general feeling in camp,’’ adding that there are very good players in the Eagles squad who only lack the required experience.