Oh! Nigeria Oh! Our Football


Football, in the view of the common man on the street, is unarguably the only real issue of national interest, since our leaders have decided that governance and planning is their sole right. Football has also proved to be a unifying factor among the many tribes in Nigeria. It is only in our national teams that we do not have quota system (I hear someone saying are you sure?), but it is evident. As part of the huge human resources bestowed on us, Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents that can only be compared with the number in Brazil. These players are also playing in various big leagues all over the world delivering results. But when ever they come to play for home country there is always one issue or the other; in most cases match bonus and air ticket refunds. We have also changed coaches as soon as the NFA officials feel its due without consulting Nigerians.

I was really sad the whole of yesterday evening after we could not secure the much needed win over the Eagles of Mali who incidentally packed up their defence to hold back a combination of Obinna Nsofor, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, John Utaka and Osaze Odewingie with constant support from Mickel Obi and Taiye Taiwo. After we lost the first match to a determined Ivorian team, I felt we could come back against Mali but that dream was dashed by the fact that Mr. Vogts could not put together all the talents at his disposal to score at least one goal at the MTN African Cup of Nations. I wonder why he keeps bringing in Makinwa who as long as I am concerned is not better than my humble self in the act of scoring goals. Of course all our TV and radio stations are agog with the reasons and unreason why Nigeria should have won and why we lost; there will be a lot of analysis paralysis as the day goes by.

As it stands, the super Eagles should be on their way back to their respective clubs, because I actually do not see the miracle that will happen (even though I am optimistic) to make Drogba’s team win Mali and Nigeria wining our neighbours from Benin with a large margin. Personally, I do think Berti Vogts is not the coach we are looking for; he seems to enjoy a lot of presence in the News with his ready voice – Emeka Ezeala always making lames excuses on his behalf when ever anything goes wrong. I think those who are close to Mr. Vogts should please advise him to keep quiet and do his job. At this moment, our national team really needs a real midfielders in the likes of JJ Okocha (I’m not asking him to come back O!) or Etim Esin, the whole role seems to be too much for Mickel while Olofinjana is more defence minded. Maybe we have found a new Uche Okechukwu in Shittu but our defence also needs serious attention.

For me and some of my friends, the nations cup has ended and we look forward to a favourable performance in 2010.


2 Responses to “Oh! Nigeria Oh! Our Football”

  1. JOHN MAX Says:


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    We hereby inviting interested footballers that is physically fit to apply immediately.
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    All footballers from Europe and Asia should apply through England coordinator
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    Manchester United Football club of England
    Management & Treaning Office

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