Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Picture of the day




Daddy Okere doing the
exact same thing (albeit on a smaller scale), that his pikin got paid N100M for. Short memories you say?


Saturday, June 26, 2010

10 reasons for Naija to support the Bredas...

Its a no brainer guys! :mrgreen:

1. Accra is as close to Lagos as are most major Naija cities in the south; and closer than the ones in the north :idea:
2. MOST people in the world cant tell the bloody difference between a Ghanaian and a Nigerian :curse:
3. Ghanaians might well 'hate' Naijas, but it doesnt work both ways. We aint got time to beef our little brothers 8-)
4. Talk true, Ghana was balling correct before Naijas ever knew wassup. Check the records. :taunt:
5. Ghana is the only country right now that can salvage our contnent's battered football image. :atc:
6. If Ghana win, no be only Ghana man go benefit. You sef go throw shoulder small - until u have to show your passport! :P
7. Ghana women will now have more ammunition with which to 'ride' you stubborn Naija guys - a frustratingly difficult task till now. Dont knock the experience! :tic:
8. Come on!!!! Which genuine, self-respecting African would support the USA over Ghana anyway - Barrak Obama notwthstanding? :oops:
9. Michelle Obama is said to have Ghanaian ancestry - check out her bakasi. It the real reason why Obama went to Ghana and shunted Naija. :wink:
10. For world peace. Nigerians go hear wien from Ghana if we dont take action NOW and join the winning side!!!

10 reasons for Naija to support the Bredas...

Its a no brainer guys! :mrgreen:

1. Accra is as close to Lagos as are most major Naija cities in the south; and closer than the ones in the north :idea:
2. MOST people in the world cant tell the bloody difference between a Ghanaian and a Nigerian :curse:
3. Ghanaians might well 'hate' Naijas, but it doesnt work both ways. We aint got time to beef our little brothers 8-)
4. Talk true, Ghana was balling correct before Naijas ever knew wassup. Check the records. :taunt:
5. Ghana is the only country right now that can salvage our contnent's battered football image. :atc:
6. If Ghana win, no be only Ghana man go benefit. You sef go throw shoulder small - until u have to show your passport! :P
7. Ghana women will now have more ammunition with which to 'ride' you stubborn Naija guys - a frustratingly difficult task till now. Dont knock the experience! :tic:
8. Come on!!!! Which genuine, self-respecting African would support the USA over Ghana anyway - Barrak Obama notwthstanding? :oops:
9. Michelle Obama is said to have Ghanaian ancestry - check out her bakasi. It the real reason why Obama went to Ghana and shunted Naija. :wink:
10. For world peace. Nigerians go hear wien from Ghana if we dont take action NOW and join the winning side!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Complexes

Truth be told, this issue about the national team's performance at the World Cup is drilling deep into my bones. Not because our team's performance was unexpected, frankly I expected them to do badly, but because of the reaction of Nigerians to the whole fiasco.

Why do we have this terrible inferiority complex?

Truth is this: Amodu was not the best man for the Eagles' job, and he did not even top the interview. However, when the decision to sack him was stupidly made after the Nations Cup, why were the three guys who trumped him in the initial selection process not called? Why did all of the new people who were called have to be white?

I am no racist, however from a financial point of view, I am more interested in the Return on Investment yardstick. If you take what happened to us in this World Cup, the return has been ZERO. I say build from the bottom up. Engaging foreign coaches is a lazy way out of reaping where we've not sown.

Let's gather the most intelligent of our ex-players - I suggest Siasia/Oliseh - and get them to mould a team that fits into the character of the nation. If we need a qualified coach, look no further than Kadiri Ikhana. The man has won the CAF Champions League back to back, has won Nigerian titles with different clubs! He is the one who in charge of the Nigerien team got them to beat our home based Eagles. A feat that I would never have dreamed of in my worst nightmares!

Look at Argentina and Germany today, their teams are not coached by geniuses like Capello or Lippi but their teams are exciting to watch and add a spontaneity to the game we haven't seen with the overblown and over-coached European teams.

Let's take a risk on our futures and in my opinion, the results wouldn't be any worse than we have now.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quick one

A little history lesson to those who wish to write off Nigeria, England (and Greece) after the 1st game:

11th July 1966: England 0-0 Uruguay
14th June 1982: Italy 0-0 Poland
16th June 1982: West Germany 1-2 Algeria
16th June 1982: France 1-3 England
3rd June 1986: Belgium 1-2 Mexico
8th June 1990: Argentina 0-1 Cameroon
11th June 1990: England 1-1 Rep of Ireland
18th June 1994: Italy 0-1 Rep of Ireland
19th June 1994: Sweden 2-2 Cameroon
21st June 1994: Bulgaria 0-3 Nigeria
13th June 1998: Holland 0-0 Belgium
3rd June 2002: Turkey 1-2 Brazil
13th June 2006: France 0-0 Switzerland
18th June 2006: France 1-1 South Korea

They don't all have to start like a bull in a gate y'know...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Alea iacta est

There are times to criticize, there are times to join together. This is one of those times.

From now until mid-July, the NFF are my friends, the Eagles are my brothers, Nigeria is one. UP EAGLES!!!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Chaotic preparations AGAIN!

Let me remind you of the following:

[1] In 2002 the NFA flew the Eagles to Abidjan a week before the start of Mali 2002 to play a friendly. It turned out that the game was actually scheduled to be played in Bouake. Our players had to take a bus ride from Abidjan to Bouake (it's like driving from Lagos to Kano).

[2] After the friendly, they traveled to Bamako (Mali) again by road arriving at past midnight only to find that their hotel bookings weren't properly sorted.

[3] Before all these, our players left Nigeria grumbling and poised for a fight as they sensed that someone was playing games with their ticket refunds.

[4] With no preparation (or a chaotic 1 week preparation) they played in 42 degrees Celsius (having come from sub-zero temperatures in Europe) and won their games 1-0, but got slammed by ignorant fans and officials who had an agenda.

[5] Then came the visit of the Sports Minister (Aku) and his Sports Director (Ekeji) to the camp on the eve of the semi-final clash with Senegal. The players led by their captain (Oliseh) asked for their ticket refunds. They were told that the terms of payment had changed. As expected the players reacted angrily (some said rudely).

[6] With a low spirit (feeling betrayed/cheated) players went into the semi-final game and lost in extra-time.

[7] Officials found the perfect excuse to execute a predetermined plan to remove an insubordinate coach (Amodu and Keshi) and his gang of 'undisciplined' players (aka Tired Legs).

When some of us that saw beyond the surface cried foul, ignorant fans said the so-called 'poor' outing was solely a coaching problem. Others with an agenda easily argued that there was no problem posed by the NFA that was too big for a competent white coach to overcome and deliver championships for Nigeria.

Forward the hands of the clock, and we are in the same cauldron again. When will things change?

Which is why, I seriously think that with our esteemed and expensive expatriate at the helm, these problems are too minor to be of any concern. They should in no way stand in the way of our run to glory in SA.