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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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Good Tidings Of June

My epistle for this month is about good tidings coming the way of the believer, with a verdict that the new month is bringing forth manifestations of fresh grace; because “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and …

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BUHARI, THE TEAM MANAGER, KINDLY CHANGE THE GAME TEMPO

The political game in Nigeria has never been this awesome. The game has generated a great deal of overwhelming interest. There is hardly anybody on the border line. Nobody seems to be hiding where he or she truly belongs. Expectations from this team is no doubt very high and it is apparent the fans or call them the spectators or …

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Fly, Eagles Fly But…

Ben Alaiya

…Super Falcons Of Hope Like the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation declared in the course of time, activities in the NFF is going to be very tight. Whether those who made the declarations know the implications of their conclusions is another story for a latter day. But the times are already upon us and the Flying Eagles have commenced …

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BUHARI, THE TEAM MANAGER, KINDLY CHANGE THE GAME TEMPO

As you are reading this piece today, the inauguration of the new government must have either commenced or that is about to start or that it has just been concluded. It certainly has been a long drawn journey. It’s been months moving to weeks and then to days, sliding to hours and then minutes to seconds. The political game in …

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