It came like a renewed feeling, being proud of Nigeria. Resilient, committed when it matters most, survival against all odds, a few of the qualities we can use to describe a real Nigerian. Real because they do not wake up hoping to succeed by fraudulent means or hope on someone to provide their next meal. Real because they are a pure description of the Lion and Gazelle story, “the lion starts running as soon as he wakes up this goes for the Gazelle because if the Lion is slow there will be no food and if the Gazelle is slow it ends up in the belly of a Lion” that is a real Nigerian.

Two Nigerian soccer teams had two victories on Sunday, September 9, 2007 but one of them has stayed in the headlines, not because the other was less significant, but because it was earned after a stiff fight. Once again Nigeria dominated the whole of the world fighting through Europe on the Asian soil. I think Asia is fast becoming an omen for Nigeria. This same tournament also produced the likes of our own “Papilo” Nwankwo Kanu, Celestine Babayaro, Wilson Oruma, to mention but a few and all the three U-17 Golden victories were on Asian Soil.

Our Eaglets cruised through, France, England, Germany, Spain and their South American counterparts; Argentina and Columbia. The challenges were surmounting, yet they kept moving; first there was team arrival in batches, then shortage of kits and then the coach fell ill all at the door of the championship, but the guys were undaunted. The challenges were tense, they were committed, obedient, like one of them at a reception for them in Lagos, “we were already told what to do in the field and we worked towards it”.

I was deeply touched as I watched a mammoth crowd welcome them in the company of the executive governor of Lagos State, Barrister Babtunde Raji Fashola on arrival at the international wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos. They also expected to grace the presidential villa on invitation of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua as is customary. They have simply written their names in gold as long as Nigeria, Africa and world football is concerned. Also not forget some other real Nigerians; our Super Falcons kept their hopes of staying the Women’s world championship alive with a gallant fight and subsequent one all draw against a much sophisticated Swedish side.


One Response to “GOLDEN ASIA”

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