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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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Adieu, Willy Bazuaye!!!

I have to inevitably maintain my trail of eulogies and praise singing this week, as I continue down the panegyric lane with lofty words in celebration of the life and time of veteran football coach, WILLY BAZUAYE, whose passing away on Monday shook me to the bone marrow, as I spontaneously recalled how intimate I had been with him sometime ...

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POLITICS OF SILENCE

Let me state from the outset that I do not lay claim to the authorship of this title. It is the brain child of Kanan Makiya who was born of an Iraqi father and an English mother. He carefully crafted this phrase in his book to explain a scenario. When I saw the book, I was immediately attracted to it. ...

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FA, ELECTION AND THE RETURN OF THE GENERAL ll

In fulfillment of the promise l made last week, this week piece is meant to properly put into right perspective, the obvious advantages inherent in continuity and reasonable length of stay in office, particularly, by sports administrators through purposeful leadership. I’m not in any way in support of ‘’DIE’’ in office syndrome but leadership of sporting institutions with fairly long ...

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Re: Amuneke, Manu, Siasia …

I have decided to revisit the above topic, which first emerged penultimate week, simply because a lot has already gone under the bridge since then, especially as Emmanuel Amuneke failed to win the African U-17 Championship in Niger Republic; which apparently putting a lie to my forecast that he has what it takes to be part of an expectant treble ...

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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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FA ELECTION AND THE RETURN OF THE GENERALS I

The NFF supervised elections into the boards of various States’ Football Associations seem to be on course and progressing steadily. Most States are almost through with their elections. But one particular striking feature noticed across the states is the return of the big and known names both at the state level and national level. I’m an unrepentant advocate of continuity ...

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MARCH ON GOD’S PROMISES

My message for the third month of the year is the assurance of goodness and mercy that you will enjoy once you key into God’s commandments, as His promises are divine covenants ordained to meet each and every situation in your life. It is a message founded on various aspects of the supernatural value of the number three, which the ...

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Merson’s Predictions

Sky Sports’ Paul Merson gives his predictions ahead of the midweek Premier League action on Tuesday and Wednesday, including a bold top four prediction involving north-west rivals… Aston Villa v West Brom (Tuesday, 7.45pm) Villa are without a win in the league since December 7. This is a tough one, especially for a Midlands derby, but I’ll go for a ...

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