SPORTS FLAKES: EGYPTIANS BRING GOOD LUCK

SPORTS FLAKES: EGYPTIANS BRING GOOD LUCK

Playing against Egyptian opposition guaranteed five cup victories for Nigerian teams in the past, anytime we won a soccer competition, for the very first time. Maybe, the Super Eagles first World Cup triumph in future will depend on the luck of the Pharaohs. Green Eagles’ first and only All Africa Games gold medal came at […]

SPORTS FLAKES: RANGERS RELIVE ISTANBUL IN ASABA

SPORTS FLAKES: RANGERS RELIVE ISTANBUL IN ASABA

It happened in Istanbul in 2005, Asaba saw something similar on Wednesday October 24, 2018. Scoring three goals without any response from the opposition in 75 minutes does not always guarantee cup victory in soccer. Liverpool showed it, Rangers International confirmed it. Liverpool rose from the dead in the European Champion’s League grand finale just […]

SPORTS FLAKES: 1988: YEAR OF ‘OYINBO’ BAD LUCK

SPORTS FLAKES: 1988: YEAR OF ‘OYINBO’ BAD LUCK

Nigerians will not forget 1988, a year that soccer promised so much but left a clutch of heart attack cases sprawling across the field. Three continental finals, three defeats. Indeed it was a horrible season when expatriate coaches failed the nation. It began with Manfred Hoener, the German who led the Green Eagles to the […]

SPORTS FLAKES: DAY ADISA DEFLATED ACHEBE

SPORTS FLAKES: DAY ADISA DEFLATED ACHEBE

Many good things to write about Godwin Achebe who at 19 in 1959, captained the Nigerian national football team known at the time, as Red Devils. From that moment until 1971, he never missed a penalty kick whether playing for Lagos Railways or ECN. Achebe who began as a left back before settling as a […]

SPORTS FLAKES: THERE IS ALSO YABA IN UGANDA

SPORTS FLAKES: THERE IS ALSO YABA IN UGANDA

The Lagos ’73 All Africa Games was tough for Nigerians male athletes who failed to win an individual gold medal in Track and Field. When Yaba Ochola was announced as winner of the Hammer Throw, the Lagos crowd thought the country was back on track.At the maiden Games, Brazzaville ’65, the men picked four gold […]

SPORTS FLAKES: NIGERIA’S STRANGE OLYMPICS SOCCER LUCK

SPORTS FLAKES: NIGERIA’S STRANGE OLYMPICS SOCCER LUCK

It began 50 years ago and until 2020 comes, Nigeria’s uncanny record of playing against, at least, one eventual soccer medalist still stands9. Engaging the Green Eagles or Dream Team is one sure way of getting a medal round the neck. Nigeria’s debut was at Mexico ’68, at a time war was raging at home. […]

SPORTS FLAKES: JESUS, CHRIST PLAYED AGAINST NIGERIA

SPORTS FLAKES: JESUS, CHRIST PLAYED AGAINST NIGERIA

It happened at the National Stadium, Lagos. The Eagles were fighting to qualify for the Italia ’90 World Cup. Angola came with a bunch of unknown players managed by Jevaldo Ferreira. One of them bore the name Jesus. It also happened in Kigali when Christ came on for Rayon Sports against Enyimba. On Saturday August […]

SPORTS FLAKES: WHEN NKRUMAH, SHAGARI CELEBRATED SCHOOL BOYS

SPORTS FLAKES: WHEN NKRUMAH, SHAGARI CELEBRATED SCHOOL BOYS

Two of Nigeria’s school boy internationals were honoured by Presidents Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Shehu Shagari for exceptional display of talent while they played for the Green Eagles. Johnny Egbuonu was flown to Accra, Henry Nwosu was rewarded in Lagos. Egbuonu made the Eagles straight from Zixton Grammar School, Ozubulu [in today’s Anambra State […]

SPORTS FLAKES: BRAZILIANS WHO JOINED RANGERS

SPORTS FLAKES: BRAZILIANS WHO JOINED RANGERS

Twenty four years before he led Brazil to USA’94 World Cup victory, Carlos Alberto Pereira,was with Enugu Rangers as they prepared for their first WAFU Cup finals against AS Police of Senegal in Dakar. The Flying Antelopes were forced to a draw in the Lagos first leg and were not new to the Senegalese. Both teams […]

SPORTS FLAKES: GHANAIAN GOALIES IN NAIJA

SPORTS FLAKES: GHANAIAN GOALIES IN NAIJA

It all began in 1940 when Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe brought Collins Gardiner from the Gold Coast to join the Zik’s Athletics Club[ZAC] Bombers. The Lagos team enjoyed the services of two other goalies, Thomas Adisa [Addis Ababa] and Carl [Gentleman] O’Dwyer before the Ghanaian arrived. That same year, there was Francis Mensah who played for […]

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