...as they say, cometh the hour, cometh the man...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
And guess what? It works. The federal government here does not act as a hindrance to the development of the states like our federal government does in Naija. Rather it is more of a glue that binds diverse ways of thinking together. There are no restrictive measures against integration such as that stupid state of origin which we have in Naija, rather, any American can up and take a stroll to any part of the country where he would be made welcome and contribute his quota to the development of the place.
Why can't we take a cue in Naija and learn to be like these United States? Full article on NEXT...
Friday, November 06, 2009
Read the archives below, we will discuss this thing better later...
DID YOU EVER BELIEVE FIFA BANNED NIGERIA BECAUSE OF THESE REPORTS?
Sorry, you're mistaken!
Nigeria eliminates Togo on the way to China '85 U-17 World Tournament. The
Togolese cry foul about the true ages of the Nigerian players but couldn't prove anything.
Lucky to escape, Nigeria smartly drops some players who were indeed on the wrong side of 17. Segun Olusesan, Peter Igiebor, Kehinde Salami and Solomon Jenkins are among the ten who fail to make the China squad, after leading Nigeria to qualify.
Vanguard, April 2, 1985: Segun Olusesan is particularly bitter:
"The embarrassment I've suffered about my age is too much to bear.
It’s unfortunate I won't be going to China after scoring the goal that took Nigeria there"
Players are invited to constitute Nigeria's team in preparation for the U-20 World Cup in Chile the following year.
Celestine Nzekwe of Calabar Rovers, originally invited, is dropped for being
Over-aged but he turns around to challenge inclusion of Rangers' skipper. Ikechukwu Ofoje, who he says was his senior at school. The coaches eventually drop Ofoje who threatens to sue Nzekwe.
Augustine Eguavoen of ACB is also dropped for being over-aged, and the public begins to wonder why over-aged players were invited in the first place. The controversies are getting more and more embarrassing and the press is forced to caution the NFA:
Vanguard Opinion, July 21, 1986:
"There is more disgrace awaiting Nigeria if FIFA bans Nigeria for using over-aged players (in junior competitions). If NFA decides to use over-aged players, they are setting a lesson in dishonesty for these juniors to take to adulthood."
Ikeddy Isiguzo's Crisp shots: Vanguard, July 29, 1986.
"But no where in the world again does a country run into so much problem in producing a senior team because all the supposed juniors are already retiring. The NFA must do something about the mounting suspicions that there are seniors in the junior team"
Vanguard Opinion. April, 1986:
"... It appears that Nigeria has kissed THE WORLD CUP a good bye and is making no secret of it. One sign of this must be the news that has gained serious grounds that Andrew Uwe, former junior national captain was being called again to serve in the junior cadre. He has been there in the past four years or so.
The shocker is the proposed invitation of IKECHUKWU OFOJE, Rangers captain for the same team. It is simply outrageous. With these MEN being called up for the junior, what will be happening to the senior team?
Many people are worried too, silently, that the players being called to camp, KNOWN to the officials, are above the 20 years barrier.
They will readily point to some of the footballers who failed the test for the 5th National Sports Festival in Ilorin who are in the current under-whatever camp.
We are aware that the meet in Ilorin was for Under-18 athletes. so, what has a fellow who failed this test to do in the under-17 camp?
It is pertinent to point out that our victory in the under-17 World cup would not have gone down well with the rest of the world. They would want to scrutinize our entrants for the next edition. Nigeria cannot bear the DISGRACE of being tried on the international platform for CHEATING.
The likes of Uwe and Ofoje should not be KIDDED into playing in the juniors, we think they have no business being in the juniors unless the NFA is returning to those days in 1981 when its initials were dubbed NO FUTURE AMBITION. Those days are better forgotten.
Vanguard Opinion. Monday, February 2, 1987
"That we dwelt on the effect of DETAINING our good players in the junior grade even when we know they will do well in the senior cadre, or even when we know they are old to be SENIORS.
That is the simple reason why there are no players for the Green Eagles today.
That is why we can win all the junior meets in the world, but cannot pick senior titles. The NFA and the other associations cannot claim ignorance of these going-on.
Only three weeks ago, one of the junior Eagle players who featured in 1985 in
Moscow traveled to Cote d'Ivoire with a passport that showed he was born in
1958. Has the NFA seen this passport?
In 1984, Ikechukwu Ofoje filled a form for Rangers Cup Winners cup encounter against Petro Athletico of Angola. He was 22 years then. Does NFA have access to such information?
We shall not cease drawing attention to these irregularities because in addition to being hell bent on telling the truth, we are patriotic enough to know that some day, the type of scandal that saw Ghana disqualified in place of Togo in the Junior World Cup can get to these shores"
Nigeria again starts assembling its teams in preparation for the qualifying matches of the 1989 U-17 tournament in Scotland and the U-20 championship in Saudi Arabia. The line-up of players is again outrageous and Vanguard's Chris Okojie was quick to note on July 6, 1988:
"It is not good to cheat. It is not good to invite the CHARITIE'S who were invited in 1983 (but failed to make the U-20 team) and look to them again in 1988. It kills our football because we do not allow the young ones to learn their trade.
Instead we go on exposing old men in children's cloths."
Nobody listened to Okojie and Charity Ikhindero went on to make a grand appearance at Saudi '89.
Okojie's stable-mate, Ikeddy Isiguzo, appeared to have gotten some hearing, however, when he picked on the U-17 squad on July 15, 1988:
"The matter of the moment is on the age of the players in the team. Kingsley Ogbodo is unqualified for the U-17 camp on grounds of his age. I have not seen his birth certificate, I don't know when he was born, but I have two documents (public documents, in fact), which I am basing my allegations that he is not under-17.
One is the 1988 magazine published by Ogbodo's club, Rangers. It is clearly stated there that he was born in 1968. His license for this season, issued to him by NFA, gives his age as 20.
These documents are available to people and with the experience of Mexico (banned for 2 years by FIFA on this issue), Seb has no alternative than to send Ogbodo home." Ogbodo was ultimately dropped from the U-17 squad only on the grounds of injury, but the NFA has demonstrated the highest order of negligence by inviting the boy into the U-17 camp when they, actually issued him the playing license's which gave his age as 20!
Despite such grave blunders by the NFA, Segun Odegbami was to draw the biggest flak of 1988 when he wrote in that year's November edition of Complete Football, page 7:
"some people erroneously point at the achievement of our junior teams and ask the pertinent question: What is wrong with the senior team? But the truth is that we are deceiving ourselves into believing that there would be evolutionary transition from the junior to senior. In most cases, it will never happen.
However in order not to earn the wrath of patriotic Nigerians who think that winning should be achieved at all costs (including cheating), I reserve further discussion on our junior teams for the boardroom. But to put it more succinctly, if Lemmy Isa is under-17, my grandfather is 30.
We must all pray that one day, selfish interest of a few people will not earn us international humiliation and disgrace through disqualification. While Anderlecht in Belgium waits for Osondu to grow up. Let's keep our efforts at the grassroots alive"
Segun Odegbami had played outstandingly for Nigeria for several years, but his writing of the foregoing earned him the spite of many. His advice was seen as unpatriotic and it was casted aside, but that didn't stop the ex-international ace from alerting the NFA when the FIFA ban was still months off in the September 1989 edition of Complete Football, page 15:
"Nigeria is in grave trouble! Very serious trouble with FIFA! The NFA has got wind of it already. The association had better be braced and battle ready for a catalogue of accusation the world soccer body is preparing to unleash on her."
It is doubtful if the NFA took this warning seriously, just like the ones over the years. Otherwise, Nigeria would not have stood accused by FIFA in the first place.
FIFA charged and convicted the NFA only for negligence over the records of player's ages, but the truth is that NFA had been negligent over several serious issues in the past years. Now, who will convict the NFA for its other acts of negligence and wash off this can of worms down the drain forever.
Complete Football, January 1990 pp 6-7
Monday, November 02, 2009
"What is history but a fable agreed upon?"
Has any one of you wondered why the Sphinx by the Great Pyramid of Giza has no nose? According to the legend, when the great French general later to be emperor, Napoleon invaded Egypt, he was shocked to find that the Sphinx's nose had the distinct broad features of a Negro. This was in direct contradiction to the prevailing thinking at the time that Negro peoples had absolutely no history and that the ancient empire of Egypt for example had a Caucasian upper class who lorded it over subject peoples.
The Negro nose possessed by the Sphinx challenged that school of thought, so to remove any doubts in his mind, Napoleon had his soldiers break the nose off. As time has gone on since that incident in 1798, it has become accepted thinking that Rameses II was Caucasian. Recent archaeological evidence challenges that perception, but whole generations have come and gone in the 211 years since, who have believed with their entire souls that the Egyptian Empire was ruled by a Caucasian upper class. In that regard, Napoleon has successfully revised history. Of course that story is not exactly true as a Danish explorer, Frederic Norden made sketches of the Sphinx in 1737 and it was without a nose then. Napoleon was born in 1769. However, there are so many cases of history being rewritten to suit the whims of a conquering peoples.
Fast-forward the clock some 211 years, and there is a genuine attempt to rewrite the history books...