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PEPPER FOR PEP GAURDIOLA OF AFRICA

He fought ahead as the clock ticks on in the match against Guinea deploying every tactics. He unleashed his player who could cause a major upset. He stood and watched critically with the hope that his muse will communicate something vital on how to turn the tide of event. He paced up and down, giving directives. He prayed to his …

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YOUR EXCELLENCY, LET ME RULE YOU OUT OF ORDER

Not a few were surprised to hear that anybody could disparage the unique and all important role of sport in nation building. It is most amazing and it also amuses many that one potent instrument without any barrier or limitation in our national life could be so underrated and underestimated to a level of being considered inconsequential and with no …

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Beyond Eagles’ CHAN Ouster…

Nigeria’s football comity is back into mourning, on account of the home-based Eagles’ elimination from the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Rwanda. So sad that our team went crashing 1-0 to Guinea, in match we needed only a draw to move on to the next stage of the competition. Our pain deepens when we remember how raucous all of …

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PROMISE FULFILLED

When our president Mohammad Buhari mounted the seat of power on May 29th 2015, obviously, there were many traps awaiting him; the first being the campaign promises that seemed unrealizable which we all folded our hands to see how he was going to bring them to fruition. Was this government going to be like the previous ones? What mark of …

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NO TIME FOR DISTRACTION, PLEASE

The challenge ahead is huge as the 2016 Rio Olympic game is around the corner. The outcome of 2012 London Olympics was a monumental disaster for Nigeria. The need to do better at the Rio games cannot be over-emphasized. This is a huge challenge confronting the country and indeed sports managers and administrators of conscience today. No athlete would want …

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Time To Rename Dream Team

Today I make a bold claim for the renaming of Nigeria’s under-23 national side, mostly because I believe the tag ‘Dream Team’ is not only outdated but also not in consonance with the ideals of an outfit that is expected to soar. Rather than portray a team booming with zeal, zest, vigour and enthusiasm, the current tag portrays images of …

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TELLING THE TRUE TRUTH

It has been a long, long holiday for me both intended and unintended. And while away, my heart and soul could not but think about the welfare of our dearly dear readers and most importantly readers of this column. I wish to tender unreserved apology for going AWOL not because I wish to put on the garment of truancy or …

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UNMASK THE MASQUERADE

That Nigeria is blessed with unimaginable talents in every aspect of human endeavours is not in doubt. It has also become a source of concern to most patriots that the country has not been able to effectively harness the potentials endowed with. Nigeria is known to be excellent in paper work. We are globally recognized as experts in painting a …

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Our Military Sports Minister

ABU: Femo, how you dey, long time no see… ME: Times are hard o, but we thank God. Let’s just say all is well. How’s your end? ABU: I would have said it’s fine, if not for this our military sports minister… ME: Who’s that? ABU: The new minister of sports, of ours! ME: Oh, Barrister Solomon Dalung? ABU: More …

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FRIDAY COLUMN – SYLVESTER IKUEJAMOYE

 EQUAL TREATMENT AS CANVASSED FOR It has been a long drawn agitation by me and indeed other stake holders in this uniquely important industry pressing for equal treatment for all athletes irrespective of the particular sport of interest. It is my considered opinion that all globally recognized and approved sports should be given equal and adequate recognition by the ministry …

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