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 […]

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 […]

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