July 10, 2010
Nigerians, like the geographical entity we inhabit are a people filled with the most incongruous contradictions. This is a country where Resources are abundant but 70% of the population still live below the poverty line, which is the worldâ€™s 7th Largest Oil exporter and yet has to import Petrol to satisfy the demands of itâ€™s teeming population, which has produced some of the worldâ€™s brightest people straddling various fields but only in the last year produced itâ€™s first University educated President.
July 7, 2010
As in the majority of instances when it comes to Nigeria, I find that events are better understood and analyzed when viewed against the prism of distance. So, once again Iâ€™ve decided to let things simmer for a while, allowing the din that is ubiquitous with all things Nigerian to die down before offering my candid views on the complete disaster that was Nigeriaâ€™s participation at this yearâ€™s World Cup.
June 21, 2010
Iâ€™ve refrained from making any comments in the aftermath of Nigeriaâ€™s woeful performance against Greece up to now for two reasons. Firstly, Iâ€™ve been a bit busy at my day job and couldnâ€™t get much free time to put my thoughts to paper. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I wanted to avoid a knee jerk reaction to a game which had itâ€™s subplots in order to avoid the inevitable pitfalls of jumping to conclusions which were premised more on seething passion than measured, rational analysis.
June 13, 2010
Iâ€™ve been feeling rather nonplussed since yesterday. Reason, Iâ€™ve had to do a lot of agonizing as to how to calibrate Nigeriaâ€™s performance against Argentina.
Should I give Lagerback kudoâ€™s for setting out his troops in a much more organized fashion and improving on the work ethic of the players (which had been a perennial source of concern with past Eagles teams), or address his tactical errors which contributed in ensuring that this was a game where we failed to snatch Victory from the jaws of defeat? Right now, Iâ€™m still at a loss, but letâ€™s see how it goes.
June 11, 2010
Like is usually the case before a much anticipated event, Iâ€™m stuck in a bit of limbo at the moment. The sense of anticipation mixed with anxiety has built up gradually over the past few days and weeks, welling up to a crescendo as the World Cup kicks off and making my emotions run the entire gamut of hope, doubt, despair but perhaps most tellingly of impatience for the start of hostilities and the visceral thrill I get out of watching my Nation strut itâ€™s stuff on the world stage.
June 9, 2010
With the final warm up match of the Super Eagles ending in a comfortable looking, if slightly flattering 3-1 Victory over North Korea, the Nigerian National team can at at last look forward to their daunting opening game against Argentina with cautious optimism.
The result will no doubt have gone some way towards assuaging some of the concerns of millions of Nigerians fans back home regarding the chances of the Super Eagles at the World cup, now barely a week away.
May 31, 2010
The final squad list of the Super Eagles for the mundial has just been released, throwing up a couple of surprises and generating no small measure of controversy.
Out of Lagerbackâ€™s initial 30 players, seven players were dropped. These included, as perhaps was to be expected the two home based players, goalkeeper Akpan Bassey and defender Terna Suswan. Also left out of the party were defender Onyekachi Apam, and forwards, Peter Utaka, Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe and Ike Uche.
May 26, 2010
The Super Eagles have kicked off their preparations for the World cup with a barren draw against a more cohesive and organized Saudi Arabia side. Those who were expecting fireworks and an inspired, rejuvenated performance from the Nigerian team would have been sorely disappointed as the Super Eagles put in a disjointed, sedentary display and were second best to a Saudi team who were comfortable on the ball and inventive, even if they lacked the end product to make more of their endeavour.
May 19, 2010
The Current Super Eagles team finds itself in an unusual position. The teams that represented the country at the World Cups in the United States in 94â€™ and France in 98â€™ , were discernible for the glut of talent running through them. The Super Eagles team that both astonished and enthralled the world in the United States for instance, could count on the ebullient talents of players like Jay Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, George Finidi, Daniel Amokachi and Samson Siasia while the Nationâ€™s representatives at the France 98â€™ edition also had Victor Ikpeba, Tijani Babangida, and Nwankwo Kanu.
For the current team however, the situation is completely different.
May 12, 2010
And so, the countdown to the World Cup enters its final stanza, with the release of squad lists, most provisional, but a few like that of Brazil, the final 23. For Nigeria, the release of a provisional squad of 30 provided a few surprises with the inclusions of Rabiu Afolabi who last featured for the Super Eagles as a member of Adegboye Onigbinde's ill fated 2002 World Cup squad, little known Sochaux forward, Brown Ideye as well as Monaco's Haruna Lukman and Everton's Victor Anichebe. In deference to those who constantly berate the absence of local talent in the National side, two home based players in goal keeper, Akpan Bassey and defender Terna Suswan were also named.