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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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April For Resurrection

My message this month is based on the globally acknowledged and realistic conception of April as a reflection of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the crux of the matter for the fourth month of the year 2015, as I declare a divine resurrection for anything that has gone wrong in your life since the start of ...

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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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