As another Olympic year draws near, sports enthusiasts have identified swimming as the abode of medals which Nigeria has not adequately deplored her potentials to enhance her overall medals in any international sports competition. Nigeria has not won any medal in swimming before despite the fact that the country is surrounded by waters. They are therefore, calling for action in this regard though less than two years to the next Olympic scheduled for 2016.
The intrigues that heralded last week’s election of Board members into the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, might have been over but those who had followed happenings within Nigeria’s football a few months ago certainly have different tales to tell. Since the days of former NFF President Ibrahim Galadima in 2006 till present times, those who lay claims to the Glasshouse have never gotten to their ambitious positions the normal way. Instead, there have always been series of infighting and dirty power play occasioned by selfish aggrandizement.
Football lovers still wonder why Head Coach of Super Eagles Stephen Keshi whose supposed contract expired when 2014 World Cup ended in July is still facing uncertainties despite the fact that the Delta State-born tactician is still holding sway under interim arrangement.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s decision to seek re- election has continued to generate ripples within the global soccer fraternity and there are insinuations that the football chief severally accused of corruption want to cover up his traces before retiring. Amidst several financial and maladministration allegations which have enveloped FIFA under the present administration, Blatter recently made U-turn to stand for another election insisting that his mission at Zurich remains unfilled.
From all indications the embattled President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari is believed to be thriving with the sponsorship money meant for the federation he allegedly diverted and said to be throwing around to sustain the current crisis in the federation.
No doubt, the new NFF factional President, Amb. Christopher Giwa is facing an uphill task following the way and manner of his election into office. Obinna Ogba emerged 1st Vice President. An extra-ordinary congress scheduled to draw plans on how to conduct election in a later date automatically became an elective congress which produced the duo of Amb. Christopher Giwa and Obinna Ogba . Despite all the intrigues Amb Giwa who spoke to Newsworld expressed his determination to carry everybody along to calm purported selection that saw him as the new NFF Boss.
Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has reiterated the Commission’s preparedness to avoid another cataclysmic poor Olympic outing come 2016. “We will not because of the fact that Nigeria could not win medal (in Delhi, India) lose hope of what lies ahead of us. I still believe that we as a country have abundant talents scattered all over. All we need to do is to fish them out and nurture them.
Glasshouse, headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is currently infested with the aspirants’ intrigues and brinkmanship coupled with the increasing doubts on the possibility of postponing the NFF’s Board election scheduled to take place on August 26, as earlier announced.
In 1914, the year that Lord Lugard welded the Northern and Southern protectorates into one Nigeria - was also the year that the First World War began. The war saw 42,959,850 troops of the Allied Powers ranged against 25,248,321 troops of the Central Powers. By the time anger and angst subsided and reason and restraint prevailed on November 11, 1918, there were 22,477,500 military casualties on the Allied side and 16,403,000 on the Central side. Civilian casualties are generally unknown but the numbers are also in six digits.
It is a cliché to suggest continental sides struggle against physical or direct football, but against highly technical sides such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona, this is where English clubs’ comparative advantage lies.
Bayern are a more powerful side than Barcelona, but they had no answer to Arsenal’s extremely forceful start at the Emirates, seemingly unable to deal with the tempo. Only Mesut Özil’s penalty failure prevented Arsenal from leading.