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The sore thumb called Hampshire Hotel

Over the phone she tried to explain her disappointment, how the place was not befitting of the Eagles and how it lacked adequate security.Yet it was only when we got back to Nigeria that I appreciated the level of her worry given the visuals highlighted in her World Cup countdown programme which was further corroborated by a colleague, Kayode Thomas of Next newspaper who also saw the hotel, live.

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I was in Kano

Laugh, if you want to. The last time I wrote, I tried to explain why I went to South Africa. One would have expected that should I have cause to do another travelogue it should be a trip to either Hawaii, the beaches and carnival fun of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil or Toyota’s Japan where I heard cars are being given out free to prove that the brakes are now working and you can do 250km per hour, commit suicide and still live to testify to the advantage the embattled motor company.

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I was in South Africa

I explained to him that this time was obviously different. Let me start this way. As host of the official World Cup countdown programme in Nigeria, it would have been terrible to see me on the streets of Abuja or Lagos when the world, South Africa especially was counting down to the World Cup.

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100 days of World Cup

The count down is on. I believe it is a co-incidence that the last friendly matches preparatory to the World Cup should be in the frame of what is now the 100 days count down to the World Cup. What is not a coincidence is that the organisers of the World Cup have lined up series of programmes aimed at bringing home the reality of an event that is still a subject of doubt in the western media.

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Jay Jay Okocha and other stories

I believe it was in this column I wrote last week that I do not envy the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF ), one bit. To lend credence to my fear, the President of the body is reported to have said that the Federation had to bow to the yearnings of Nigerians in choosing a foreign technical adviser for the Super Eagles World Cup campaign. I hope that statement, (if he said it,) will just end there, because no Nigerian will be held responsible if the coach they bring, fails to deliver.

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