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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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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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