I DON’T know what to tell sports minister, Ibrahim Isa Bio. But I will prefer that he talks less especially on technical matters.Read More
May I, this morning, start by informing our Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, that his people are courting failure and at the same time ridiculing Nigeria.Read More
I will continue to count on experience and bring it to bear where and when necessary. We all lamented our failure to qualify for the last World Cup. I remember when we led in our group and appeared to be coasting to Germany 2006. The then Sports Minister Musa Mohammed was at loggerheads with the Nigeria Football Association.Read More
I called the Eagles camp to discuss the match with Zambia with them. I congratulated them for their victory but immediately registered my observations and asked why were they so negative in their approach. They made more passes back than going forward.Read More
Is football failing to be a unifying factor in Nigeria?
Since I started following football in Nigeria, never had I experienced the mixed reactions that followed the defeat of Eagles by Egypt last Tuesday. There were those who felt extremely sad and those who felt happy. There were those who were simply indifferent. They never cared for they have since lost hope in the national team.
Amodu Shuaibu is human and he is superstitious. He believes God performed a miracle in Nigeria qualifying for the Copa Mundial and has used the Synagogue Church Of All Nations as a platform for showing gratitude to God. I did not hear him speak and so cannot ascertain his choice of words. Even the prophet will not say he did it but God.Read More
Coach Amodu Shuaibu was reportedly at TB Joshuaâ€™s last Sunday to thank him for helping Eagles qualify for the World Cup. Amodu, according to reports, believed TB Joshua helped Nigeria qualify and he visited his Synagogue Church of All Nations to thank him. That is the news in the media now.Read More
Amodu & Keshi were dropped because of our below per performance in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Even though we got to the third place, our display was dismal. When Amodu took over from Bonfere a few players like Oliseh were not sure that Nigeria would qualify, so they did not show up for some of the last qualifying matches. In came Friday Christopher in our last match to man the defensive midfield position and his performance was great.Read More
I want to start by congratulating the Nigeria Football Federation for Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the 2010 World Cup, the first World Cup in Africa.Read More
THIS is the moment that we have all been waiting for.I know how it feels especially for those who are passionate about Nigeriaâ€™s football.
Tension will take the greater part of them. In Mozambique, Tunisia will be playing to sail on to 2010 World Cup. In Kenya, Nigeria will be struggling to win and hope that Tunisia gets stuck.
I wrote in this column last week why the world foot-ball governing body, FIFA, cannot publicly condemn the shortcomings at the on-going Under 17 World Cup.Read More
Where are those who say that Nigeria can host the World Cup? Where are those who are still trying to convince the government that we can host the Commonwealth Games and are pulling all strings to start the bidding?Read More
Jonathan Akpoborie scored a brilliant goal in the ninth minute. Victor Igbinoba made it 2-0 with a television goal a minute to full time.Read More
JOHN Egbokhan walked up to me and said, â€œsir, what are you going to write this week? People are still expecting your analysis on the Nigeria- Mozambique match in Abuja.â€
I told John that I have also received text messages asking for my analysis on the match, three of them from ex internationals.
I HAVE passed through Owerri while connecting other cities of Nigeria. But for about 15 years, I never spent some time there. Yet, it was the same city I visited regularly to cover Iwuanyanwu Nationale in those days they bestrode Nigerian football like a colossus. It was there I saw great games.Read More