SPORTS FLAKES: SADNESS AND JOY IN IBADAN

SPORTS FLAKES: SADNESS AND JOY IN IBADAN

From Ibarapa to Lagelu, Oke Padre to Challenge, tears flowed freely as much as bars were filled. It was Saturday July 12, 1986. The ancient city of Ibadan was in mourning. Shooting Stars fell off the Premier League. That was also the day, Leventis United won the League for the very first time. Shooting Stars […]

SPORTS FLAKES: AKAKEM: NON-FLYING CLUB CHAIRMAN

SPORTS FLAKES: AKAKEM: NON-FLYING CLUB CHAIRMAN

Prince Lemmy Akakem did what sounded strange in Nigerian football circles when as Chairman of Heartland Football Club[ then known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale], he rarely travelled with the team outside the country. The money kept aside as allowance meant nothing. While Akakem followed the team by road all over the country during Premier League matches, […]

SPORTS FLAKES: FREETOWN BOY WHO NEARLY ‘KILLED’ ME

SPORTS FLAKES: FREETOWN BOY WHO NEARLY ‘KILLED’ ME

It happened in 1992. Venue was the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri. My mission was to cover a league game between Heartland [then known as Iwuanyanwu National] and Insurance of Benin. The Owerri team was a galaxy of stars, known and unknown. Godwin Eke was a member of the Flying Eagles squad that won bronze at […]

SPORTS FLAKES: PROFESSORS OF NAIJA FOOTBALL

SPORTS FLAKES: PROFESSORS OF NAIJA FOOTBALL

Samuel Ekpe Akpabot became a soccer prophet in the later part of his eventful life. He spent most of his time at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan and retired as a Professor. The don began his career at Kings College, Lagos where he captained the football team. Straight out of school, Akpabot […]

SPORTS FLAKES: HOW LIONS REDEEMED BABANGIDA IN 1990

SPORTS FLAKES: HOW LIONS REDEEMED BABANGIDA IN 1990

Whoever gave General Ibrahim Babangida the nickname, Maradona, tied his luck to Argentina without reading much meaning into it. While IBB dribbled many of his friends in the game of politics, soccer also diminished the maximum ruler in his quest to be celebrated as a lucky president. The Argies had a president, Carlos Menem. They […]

SPORTS FLAKES: 1985 EAGLETS REINCARNATED IN 1989

SPORTS FLAKES: 1985 EAGLETS REINCARNATED IN 1989

There was so much between the Golden Eaglets who won the FIFA Under -17 World Cup in 1985 and the Eaglets who lost in the quarter finals of the same competition in 1989.If you did not believe in reincarnation before now, just brace up for these similarities that are too close to be dismissed. When […]

SPORTS FLAKES: BLACK STARS, BAD LUCK!

SPORTS FLAKES: BLACK STARS, BAD LUCK!

Black Stars of Ghana are no good news at all whenever they come against the Super Eagles in the Nations Cup. Win or lose, Nigeria never lifted the continental trophy after confronting the fellow West Africans. It all started in Accra at Ghana ’78. Green Eagles had earned their first medal, a bronze, two years […]

SPORTS FLAKES: MAGIC OF DECEMBER 12

SPORTS FLAKES: MAGIC OF DECEMBER 12

It all began on December 12, 1976. Shooting Stars of Ibadan lifted the Africa Winners Cup in Yaoundé following a 4-2 aggregate victory over defending champions, Tonnerre Kalara. That was the very first time a Nigerian soccer team would become continental soccer champions. The Cameroonians had beaten Mighty Jets of Jos on away goals rule […]

SPORT FLAKES: WHY GHANA MUST GO

SPORT FLAKES: WHY GHANA MUST GO

Black Stars of Ghana are no good news at all whenever they come against the Super Eagles in the Nations Cup. Win or lose, Nigeria never lifted the continental trophy after confronting the fellow West Africans. It all started in Accra at Ghana ’78. Green Eagles had earned their first medal, a bronze, two years […]

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 […]

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