Sports

The guy in the middle you are looking at is Abiodun Adegoke. He is 7 feet and 2 inches tall, ((in England, they lovingly call such tall people, Beanpoles) almost 18 years old and has just been admitted to resume and complete his secondary education at Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy (SOCA), Wasimi, near Abeokuta, Ogun State. He should have finished his school leaving certificate and be in first Year at a university, but failed to do so following his inability to cope with the psychological effect of the taunting by the public, the bullying by school mates…
As we ecstatically inch towards the finale of the greatest sports fiesta in the world, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil, it is becoming increasingly apparent to many Nigerians that this time, Nigeria is going to end up without a single medal of any colour in any of the sports event. In fact, we may not even be in any of the finals of any sport, except perhaps, football, our current saving grace. But before I go on, let me appreciate and say Thanks and Kudos to our motley crew of athletes who, despite all the obstacles hurled…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 03:45

We Ought to Learn From Mandela

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South Africa, known as a racially charged nation and the birthplace of contention from which the term apartheid got is name, has a lot to teach Nigeria and the rest of the world. The outpouring of love and condolences at the death of Mandela is for a good reason. Our lives have been enriched by one man. And the world is fortunate to have been touched by the life Nelson Mandela had lived. Although South Africans were initially jittery and fearful that bloodbaths would break out, they needn't worry. The purpose of this essay is to challenge Nigerian leaders and…
Sunday, 14 June 2015 23:11

The Faith Of Our Mothers

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The Syrophoenician Woman (Based On Mark 7:24-30) She's a widow and a caricature of Phoenicia, a tiny fishing village on the outskirts of Syria Where neighbors' tongues wag and sneaky fingers point at "mother of the possessed little girl!' She's the Woman of Phoenicia in Syria whom the Master calls a dog ere her daughter's healing Her face reflects infamy, ignominy, humiliation, disgrace, and what resembles a sinner woman Unable to bear the shame one more day, she resolves to leave home in search of health for her girl A morose child, hearing impaired, mentally deficient, totally unresponsive to sensory…
I often wonder if Mr. Ejike Okpa and Mr. Ozodi Osuji are after all right about Africans and Nigerians. These Igbo stalwarts have frequently wondered about the intelligence of Nigerians, Africans and Blacks (with the possible exemptions for themselves). What made me think that maybe they are right is the development in Nigerian Football Federation. One of the strongest unifying bond among all Nigerians is football and sports in general. I was in a joint in Boston during the World Cup games in which Nigeria played. It was a day game but Nigerians were everywhere, perhaps took a day off…
It is not clear if Keshi is still with Nigerian Football Federation or not. Some reports have it that he has resigned. Another says he has denied resigning. Whatever is the truth we need to examine the reason he is alleged to have given for resigning. Here is what I have read as his gripes: He has inadequate facilities for practicing. The National Stadium is full of sand and dangerous to players. He cannot select his assistants. He is constantly being told who to hire. He does not have a free hand in personnel matters. He and his staff are…
Nigeria will for the 7th time be involved in Under 17 World Football Cup championship games. Nigeria has won it 3 three times (China 1985, Japan 1993, and Korea Republic 2007) more than any other nation since it’s founding in 1985. This year Nigeria would be facing off against the defending champion Mexico, a country that has won the World Championships two times already. Nigeria had beaten Mexico in this preliminary series earlier. What are Nigeria’s chances come Friday? The chances are very good. Nigeria, as mentioned earlier, beat Mexico in early rounds and so would have confidence that it…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:05

The Opportunity of a live Time

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From the opening ceremony to the fixtures proper it was a all celebration galore, and the felicitations continued after each victory .The Nigerian contingents did do us proud that was why the vuvuzelars of the supporters and other well wishers continued to thunder away up till the final match. The Super eagles as we have known them to have affirmed by their victory and consequent lifting of the trophy just like other contenders had their twist and turns during the tournament, this resulted into the call for the sack of head coach Steven Keshi as it has been the Custom…
Monday, 03 September 2012 03:06

Let Us Talk Sports

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Nigerians love sports. All kinds of sports. Soccer. Track and field. Basketball. You name it; they love it. Nigerians are also good at playing sports. There is no greater proof of this than the number of Nigerians playing each sport at the international professional leagues. I do not mean Diaspora born Nigerians, but the home grown kind. Christian Okoye, Olajuwon etc of the 80's and 90's were all born and bred in Nigeria before finding fortune in football (American variety) and basketball (American invention). Neither of these men learned the rudiments of his sport seriously in Nigeria but each had…
"A good fortune may forbode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune..." anonymous. In local parlance there is a word called 'wash'. It actually has a relationship with some of its original dictionary meaning especially in informal terms. However in Nigeria, it is used in local parlance as a slang. Its earliest use, came with the era of 'money doublers'. Mischievous characters that deceived unsuspecting but greedy persons that for a certain amount of money they would buy a chemical which they would use in 'washing' papers which inevitably turn to currencies. Somehow the examples they…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:17

The Olympic Games And Nigeria’s Greatness

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Nigeria likes to tell the world that it has 150 million people, the most populous nation in Africa and the wealthiest country in Africa. The idea is to say that Nigeria is a very important country, a country to be reckoned with by other countries. Nigeria is the giant of Africa and any one who wants to talk about Africa must talk about Nigeria. But here comes the Olympic Games and the giant of Africa did not even win one single medal, not even a little bronze medal (South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana won medals). Why didn't it win…
Thursday, 02 August 2012 03:08

The Olympics And China’s Rise To World Power

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Take a look at the medals count at the 2012 London Olympics. What do you see? You see China with the largest number of medals. Now take a look at the Olympics of yesteryears, say, in the 1990s. What do you see? You see the USA with the largest medals. Now go back further and what do you see? You see the USSR and USA battling it out for the largest medals. Today the USA is second to China. Russia is nowhere to be seen. Germany, France and Britain, yesteryears world powers, are way back. So what do you think…
The defeat of Italy by Spain in the finals of the recently concluded European Championships tournament in Kiev has, if any doubts existed, confirmed the current Spanish national football team of one of the greatest football squads in history. They are the first team in the modern history of the sport to win consecutively, three major tournaments; namely the 2008 Euros, the 2010 World Cup and now the 2012 Euros. No team before, not even the formidable West German machine of the early to middle 1970s, had ever accomplished the stunning feat of securing back-to-back European Championship trophies, or were…
Since the sad news of the untimely passing of the former Nigerian Super Eagles player, Rashidi Yekini, hit the airwaves some few weeks ago, a familiar pattern of reactions seemed to have emerged once again in the manner of tributes being paid to the late footballer. While some people have gushed at his wonderful personality; that is, how he was always full of smile and jovial at all times; others have on the other hand, simply chosen to extol his football qualities which unarguably made him the best striker the country has ever produced to date – a point simply…
Monday, 09 January 2012 16:37

Boxing, Rousing The Nigeria Giant

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The question of sport and national identity and achievement is one which should not be underestimated. Certainly at various junctures in history, there have been events and policies linked to the perpetuation and consolidation of national spirit as well as a grandiose means of national expression in order to advertise a nation's ascent to presumptions of grandeur. Consider for instance the resurgent German nation under the banner of Hitlerian Fascism and its use of the 1936 Olympics as the means not only of granting a certain legitimacy to the Nazi regime among the community of nations but also as the…
It was the case up to a period in the not too distant past that a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world was indisputably the 'Richest Prize in Sports', and the heavyweight boxing champion was acknowledged as the 'Emperor of Masculinity'. Not so anymore. The ebb and flow in the fortunes of the heavyweight division, the barometer of the overall health of the sport, has been on a downward trend. Indeed, it is the case that many pundits are likely to say that never in the sport's history has the prestige and popularity of its premier division spiralled…
Chapter Five/"Reborn" -- Mickey Duff, an ex-fighter and now the rising matchmaker for Harry Levene promotions, had seen Tiger lose by a decision. To him, Tiger's six-wins-to-five-losses record spelt "journeyman fighter" convenient fodder for Terry Downes, the great hope of British boxing. "I thought I had done my homework," Duff recalled in his autobiography. "I had seen Tiger lose to a nobody in Liverpool and thought he was a perfect opponent –- one who would make a show but wouldn't be good enough to win." A lot was expected of Downes. He had taken up boxing during a brief sojourn…
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:35

Remembering Dick Tiger

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There perhaps have only been few in the modern epoch of boxing that have represented the themes of blue collar fighter and ageless ring warrior as Richard Ihetu, better known by his ring pseudonym, Dick Tiger. Indeed, it was once written that he "was the type of fighter who rolled up his sleeves, spat on his hands and went to work, giving an honest labouring mans effort. Each time. Every time." A succinctly unglamorous portrayal of a simple and uncomplicated man who bore the struggles and travails of a lifetime with admirable courage and dignity. He was born on 14…