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REFLEXIONS

‘Facing the rising sun, till a new day is born, let us march on till victory is won!’ these were the phrases that resonated in my reflexions all through the day. They came in full blast, preoccupied my heart and mind and left no room for other thoughts. Where I ever came across these phrases, I asked. And why this …

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ADDRESSING THE SPORTING DECLINE

There is no pretence about the sorry state of our sports growth and development. No honest and patriotic Nigerian will doubt the fact that our sporting fortunes has been on a steady and dangerous decline for some years now. Testimonies of woeful failures at international championships replete all over the country’s sporting calendar almost on yearly basis. There is urgent …

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Grassroots Memories (2)

My solemn reaction to the three photographs posted on Facebook by Ayodele Nwanze, Jamiu Isah and Joseph Solomon was a simple ‘memories,’ but I was surprised to see the array of comments and likes it elicited. Of the lot, the one that touched me most was by one of the former players, Michael Abiola, who now runs a kiddies’ game …

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NO MORE LABOUR LOSS, PLEASE

It may not be easy to delve into areas where one is not an expert parse but my elementary knowledge of economic theory is clear and unequivocal on the relationship between labour and reward. Economists have argued that ‘any labour without reward cannot be economically defined’. The literary implication of this is that every labour must be economically rewarded. Suffice …

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THE BIG FRIDAY NIGHT

And so it came to pass on Friday Night of all nights at the Nnamdi Azikwe stadium in the city of Enugu. The big Friday night that brought forth the glory days of our yester years—of those hay days of your, the big Friday night that brought forth the past and set it before our very present. Not so many …

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Grassroots Memories (1)

Go, go, go .. Go For Glory; Go For Honour, Go For Victory… National Grassroots Dream Team, We’re The Shining Stars Of The Future, We’re The Leaders Of Tomorrow …. Go!!! The verses you have just read above are the words of the anthem of National Grassroots Dream, a now defunct youth football development project I was privileged to be …

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NFF SHOULD TELL NIGERIANS THE TRUTH

It is important to clear the air from the onset that I’m neither for Amaju Pinnick nor for Ambassador Giwa. I’m convinced none of them have what it takes to move Nigeria football forward. The issue here is that, are Nigerians fed with the truth about the storm currently ravaging the football house and the administration of football in Nigeria? …

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FANS SYNDROME

I had not so much forgotten the occasional match disruption between Rock Eagles Football Club and Nicco football Club at the Saint Paul Anglican Grammar School in Igarra, Edo State. Whether I could remember the chronological sequence in which the events occurred or which side of the team instigated the fracas was immaterial. But the phrases ‘we no go gree’, …

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Can’t FIFA Ban Egypt?

SO amazed am I seeing that world soccer governing body, FIFA were quick to issue a warning at Nigeria, over the recent court ruling that interdicted Melvin Amaju Pinnick’s executive committee at The Glasshouse, but the global lords failed to take similar action in the earlier case of Egypt. Why did FIFA not react to the ruling in Egypt, which …

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FANNING THE FLAMES

Addison was a member in the British House of Commons decades ago. In his maiden speech in the House of Commons, he repeated ‘I conceive’ three times, and when he could proceed no further, a wag stood up and said, ‘the gentleman conceived thrice but brought forth nothing’. But same cannot be said about Chris Giwa. Three times has he …

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