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OLISEH, SAFE FLIGHT

I have followed with keen interest the permutation, interest, analysis and other submissions generated on the appointment of the new Super-Eagles coach, Mr. Sunday Oliseh who was formally unveiled in Abuja on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. My position is still the same and that is the timing of the appointment as a result of the sudden sack ...

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Oliseh Must Read This!

Dear Sunday Oliseh, this is a special open letter to you, through the public purview, to welcome you aboard as Super Eagles head coach and equally admonish you on the way to go. This exhortation or warning, as the case might be, is laced with lucid information you should know already; but I feel duty bound to remind you that ...

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BETWEEN CRITICISM AND HYPOCRICY

I remember now only the pictures on the television screen on that day, the two men (Keshi and Siasia) standing side by side. They were put on the spotlight by journalist¬, their faces brimming with smiles. They had a handshake to the bewilderment of viewers at home. Not many expected the friendly atmosphere. This was because one has just lost ...

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Celebrating Serena, The African-American Icon

Ben Alaiya

As I started to write this piece, some notable Nigerian sports personalities came to my mind and I wished I could get their views on the phenomenal performance of Serena Williams in the last two Grand Slams at Rolland Garros and the recent one at the All England, which climaxed only on Sunday with the Gentlemen’s final. I thought of ...

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NFF AND ITS BACKWARD MOVEMENT

It may not be out of place to conclude that the current board members of the NFF are not good learners not to talk of being fast learners. By their action, it is obvious that they are not good student of history. Sound managers should be able to know when is the right time for any action to be taken ...

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July For God’s Promises

This month, I serve a reminder of God’s promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even in our time, God continues to give His Word that He is ready to bear all our infirmities, still the storm in our lives and be with us till the end of time – only if we believe and remain constant ...

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BETWEEN NFF AND KESHI

One thinks himself smart, the other pretends not to know anything happening around. He chooses to remain silent if that will enable him navigate the turbulent waters. One relies on the powers of the office, the other is banking on his achievement and riding on the good will of the people and endorsement from the government. Both are keeping their ...

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Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again

Ben Alaiya

The erudite Professor of Literature, Ola Rotimi, now of blessed memory, must be thinking of the present happenings in Nigerian football when, he wrote the award-winning play; “Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again.” It was and still is a classical farce. If you like, you can translate that to what Nigerian football management, is presently experiencing under too many influences ...

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ISSAH HAYATU AND THE MORAL BURDEN

The Confederation of African Football, CAF is the umbrella body for football matters in Africa. It is the sole body regulating the activities and the affairs of football in Africa. Mr Issah Hayatu, the president of the organization is from Cameroun and has been presiding over the affairs of CAF for about 30 (thirty) years. However, it is curious and ...

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Permanent Eagles’ Venue?

Last week’s announcement by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the Super Eagles’ next match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will hold in Kaduna revived memories of a discussion I once had with some colleagues about the propriety of taking national team matches from one venue to another. Back then, our argument had been that Nigeria needs ‘an ...

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