I want to believe that after this week, I may lay to rest ( For a while) the issue of age cheating and the development of the game of football, which has dominated my column for the past four weeks.Read More
The above was the title of Onochie Anibeze’s column,last week, Friday, April 13. If the column was in another paper and not the Vanguard, I would have adopted it wholesale to further preach the gospel of development in our football.Read More
I can bet that the celebration that accompanied Nigeria’s victories over Ethiopia and Kenya, spiced with the routing of EqutorialGuinea by Eguavoen’s lads has not waned.Read More
Throughout February I was in Sudan for the CAF Nations Cup Championship. On the fabled fourteenth of that month, I got a mail from Ikeddy Isiguzo, who to you, is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Vanguard Group of Newspapers.Read More
Whenever I tell my friends that I am not a politician, they laugh and quote the trite which says “ Every man is a political animal”Read More
The AIT Football Awards has come and gone. The memory is expected to linger till the next Award comes round.
As Chairman of the Award Panel, I did say as part of my vote of thanks that everything will be done to host the 2011 event at the end of this year. I have already read that it is going to be Lagos, while a call has come from Uyo showing interest. That, is for the Marketing Consultant to deal with.Read More
Faster than we ever think or visualize.
I have been reminded that though we are celebrating the second anniversary of the awards, it should have come three months ago.Read More
Going by the headline of this piece, what I am about to write is no more news.
I am convinced that perhaps there is nothing I am going to say here that our very intelligent readers have not heard or read and this influenced my earlier decision to dwell extensively on the just concluded Orange African Nations Championship.
I am at the Khartoum International Stadium. The time is 19.05 Sudanese time, 17.05 Nigerian time.
The first quarter final match of the ongoing 2nd Orange African Nations Championship has just come to an end and with it the impressive run of an experimental South African side that defied form books to top a group that included Ghana , Niger and Zimbabwe .
Two weeks before I left Lagos for Khartoum, I tried to get in touch with friends and family to intimate them about my trip to Sudan as member of the CAF delegation to the 2nd Orange African Nations Championship ( CHAN ).Read More
What is peculiar about spending four days in Abuja? Nothing spectacular except that I have not gotten myself to accept that Abuja is the place to be.Read More
As the Dr Amos Adamu saga raged last year, all attempts to keep mum were rebuffed.Precisely on October 25 2010, in a piece entitled “ Not the best of times…not “ I wrote what I considered to be a personal opinion.Read More
Last year, Nigerian football was at the cross roads.Good will set in, court cases were vacated, peace was expected to reign. Never again, the rancor, acrimony, inefficiency and corruption that bedeviled the sport we hold so dear.
This year, we were expected to take a decision, move forward, to the promised land.
This is a popular English cliché that says “
…Those who fail to plan, plan to fail …..” this is the idea that came to mind Friday morning when colleagues Olu Amadasun and Felix Okugbe woke me up to seek my view on the state of Nigerian sports in 2011, given THE MANY COMPETITIONS THAT ARE LINED UP FOR THE YEAR (Okugbe’s words)
I had intended this week’s column for my readers, especially those I cannot reach on phone or by mail. I had wanted to use the space this week to wish all of us a greater 2011, sportswise.Read More