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Bad Pitch In Kaduna…

A discussion last Saturday with one of my foreign-based boys gave me the muse for this write-up, as he pondered during my visit to his place that it was an irony to hear players of the Super Eagles complain about the pitch at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, which was not half as much compared to the turf in Ghana’s ...

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PHYSICIAN, HEAL YOURSELF

Story telling is the basis of our existence. It reveals who we are, what we think we are and what others think we are. Each day, we are faced with different kinds of stories that put us in the right frame of mind and some put us off. But its power is wonderful. There is practically nothing that we have ...

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Keshi Must Tear Amodu’s Report

Ben Alaiya

I have always respected some personalities in sports until I begin to see their other sides. Most of the characters know themselves and in due course we will find time to tell ourselves what we call ‘the home truth’. I must also use the opportunity of this medium to congratulate the Super Falcons for doing well at the FIFA Women’s ...

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ANYTHING LEARNT FROM BLATTER’S BLUNDER?

It is no longer news that FIFA has conducted fresh election into its executive committee. It is also no longer news that Joseph Sepp Blatter won the election. It is no breaking news that Blatter has equally announced his resignation owing to wide spread opposition against his re-election as a result of the record breaking fraud allegedly discovered by the ...

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Re: Applause For Manu, Okon

What a conspiracy Coaches Manu Garba and Edwin Okon apparently staged against me last week; as their respective teams lost crucial games everyone thought they would win, just few hours after I used this column to praise them to high heavens. Such it was this time last week that I splashed applause on both gaffers, hailing the tactical acumen Okon ...

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WANTED: PROZONE SOFTWARE FOR NFF ADMINISTRATION

How is one to explain this to Mother, or to Father, or to brothers, or to sisters and Friends and fans, and football fanatics who are elated and excited and carried away by the much talked about capacity building for coaches and referees? How is one to explain the magical prozone software which we are told is the solution to ...

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BLATTER, THIS IS VERY UN-EUROPEAN

To talk about the drama in the house of football in Zurich, headquarters of FIFA within the last ten years or so is no doubt a daunting task. FIFA, the organizing body of world most loved sport, football, has nose-dived astronomically that its “white garment of dashing white snow” has suddenly become stained, dirty and smelling. Unfortunately, the period falls ...

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Applause For Manu, Okon

By the time you would be reading this, the Flying Eagles’ match against Germany might have come and gone, considering that the kick-off at 8:30am today means a bright start and early end; too late for headlines in the dailies, but certainly splendid for the social media, radio and television as well as for evening newspapers. With all that in ...

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THE PERFECT STORM

How shall I tell what we have heard? The tower is not all broken- here and there the legacies still stand, the glass house in Zurich still stands too like a great tree in a forest, and the birds nest high. Yes, the birds nest high; watching carefully to see where the next meal is going to come from. They ...

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Warri Wolves As Metaphor For Disaster

Ben Alaiya

It was another bleak weekend for club football in Nigeria, as Warri Wolves FC, the last hope for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup crashed out of the championship to AC Leopard De Dolisie. After losing the first leg 3-0, Wolves could only manage a 3-1 home win to lose by 4-3 on aggregate. The club managed by ...

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