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Enyeama And The Call For Replacement

There was an easterly wind blowing around and carrying the sound of waves which I have paid more attention to than ever. So far as other fugitive sounds were concerned, they were the same as silence. I do not know about others who were with me at that moment. But I found myself listening and scrutinizing with an extraordinary attention ...

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Playing God With Nigerian Football

Ben Alaiya

Last week the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Federal Republic , Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, shocked the entire globe when before final elections announcements were made he called his opponent to congratulate him and told all and sundry that his Presidency was not worth any human blood. The opposition is still in quandary as to that singular act of ...

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EMPLOYMENT GENERATION, SPORT IS HANDY

In line with the mood of the nation as can be seen all over the country, Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa and indeed as the most populous black nation in the world has demonstrated that she has the capacity to be the leading light in Africa. I felt twenty times taller and surely shoulder high with great ...

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Encounter With Adebule

Last Saturday’s elections turned out to be highly rewarding, historic and educative for us at SportsDay, as we put aside our sports talents for the time being and became ‘general beat’ reporters, in the service of motherland Nigeria. Kudos to SportsDay CEO, Ben Alaiya for approving a proposal by National Weekender editor, Desmond Ekwueme for a joint-expedition by staff on ...

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TABLE TURNED

I cannot say much about the friendly match we played against Uganda on the 25th of March because I was neither at the stadium nor was I able to watch the match while it was on-going. On that day, I was accompanied my editor to the premiere of ‘Fanz Championship’, a popular MTN football quiz game show. My Editor, Mr. ...

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Turning In The Widening Gyre

Ben Alaiya

First I must apologise to my numerous readers for being away for over three years. It was national duty that called and I believe that I would have compromised my position as a member of the Super Eagles crew if I was to maintain this column. Even as I didn’t enemies were more than friends as I tried to discharge ...

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THINKING ALIKE, SHARING SAME VIEW

It was cheering news to me to read in the media that the new General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed was quoted to have assured the nation that the fire outbreak that gutted the account and other sensitive sections of the NFF secretariat immediately after the Brazil 2014 World cup would be revisited. It is ...

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Manu’s Future Eagles

I cannot do but continue rolling words of praise out for Coach Manu Garba, but my awe for him reached greater height last Sunday, after he orchestrated a glorious end to the Flying Eagles’ campaign at the African Youth Championship in Senegal. Some cynics might scold me for attributing the U20 squad’s victory to Garba’s acumen, but we all have ...

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Dolphins FC’s Rambling House

This was not an easy story. It was not a road for tender feet or for casual eyes. Let me tell you, it was as hard as that of an old man’s soul and as sunless as his eyes. To report it was a difficult task for sports journalist. We wished it never happened. Our pride as a nation was ...

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MARK THE DIFFERENCE

I got some reactions to the topic I treated last week from the readers of this column. Last week topic was a continuation of the one treated two weeks ago which was titled ’FA ELECTION, THE RETURN OF THE GENERALS’. It is expedient and important to thank every one of you for finding quality time to read the Mandate column. ...

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