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Nike, Welcome Back

Last week’s signing of a new agreement between Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and American sports kit manufacturing company, Nike, brought back to me deep-rooted and fond memories of past days of glory for our country’s squads donning the returnee firm’s brand – and I could not do but hope for a return to those podium spots of yore. While NFF ...

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GAME OVER?

In Stylistics, there is what linguist call ‘style as a deviation from norm’. What this means is that deviation occurs when we have a set of rules or expectations which are broken in some way. Like the way this font has just changed. This deviation from expectation produces the effect of foregrounding, which attracts attention and aids ‘memorability’. Deviation is ...

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Now That Keshi Has Penned

Ben Alaiya

It was a big relief to most Nigerian football and indeed sports fans, when finally the imbroglio over who will be the Nigerian national team boss was finally put to rest with arguably one of the biggest icons of the game in the country, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi penning the contractual papers for a fresh two-year tenure last week. To some ...

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KESHI AND THE TRIUMPH OF COMMON SENSE

At long last, the much awaited confirmation of a substantive Chief Coach for the Super Eagles has been effected. The Super Eagles has been without a substantive coach since last year. There is no doubt that the issue has generated a lot controversy or concern among the ever vibrant sports writers and columnists as well as other major stake holders. ...

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Akpeyi’s Belated Fame

As we await the commencement of a new dispensation in the Super Eagles, I shoot focus back to the recent international friendly against South Africa, as I recall the lavish praise and accolades that rained over stand-in goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi for his heroics during the game that ended 1-1 in Nelspruit. No Nigerian would forget in a hurry that one ...

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DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED

I was half way into my article for this week when my instinct drove me to look at the realities on ground concerning the NFF. They seem to be talking more and saying less; an attitude not different from previous administrations. So, I have decided to suspend this week’s topic so that I can bring to you what my thought ...

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TIME TO FACE THE REAL GAME

Now that Nigeria is through with the main election issues, it is time to face the real game, l mean the main sports matters. Before delving further into the main crux of today’s topic, it necessary to acknowledge and appreciate the receipt of some reactions to last week’s edition of the Mandate, titled – Games as in Sports and Politics. ...

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Open Letter To Buhari

Your Excellency, sir, Congratulations on your victory at the presidential election, and kudos for the resilience you showed in keeping your hopes alive to eventually become our nation’s number one citizen. Your fastidious and fervent style, plus the attendant victory that has come, are testimonies for other people who are waiting on the Lord for blessings and miracles. Indeed, your ...

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Everything We Do Na God Win

Ben Alaiya

(Credit To Korede Bello) It’s been an interesting year, months and weeks for Nigerian football and the drama has not yet abated as the combatants still think they hold the ace at a time when most of them have been crying for change, albeit in fake nuances. I must confess that I got the inspiration to write this piece from ...

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GAMES, AS IN SPORTS AND POLITICS

In those days there were positions of Game masters in our schools. I ’m sure they are still in existence in many of the schools if not all even now. Many will still recall the excitement and the joy of victory of one school over the other in competitions. The disgust, pains as evidenced in the gloomy and long faces ...

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