SPORTS FLAKES: OF SPARTANS AND TROJANS

SPORTS FLAKES: OF SPARTANS AND TROJANS

This is not Greek History, we are discussing Nigerian football, which drew quite some historical names between 1973 and 1986. East Central State Spartans came in 1973, won the National Sports Festival gold twice before giving way to Imo State Trojans in 1977. Trojans, like Spartans before them also grabbed the National Sports Festival gold […]

SPORTS FLAKES: WHAT COWS DID TO DOSU

SPORTS FLAKES: WHAT COWS DID TO DOSU

Cows deserve more than passing comments in the Nigerian narrative. Professor John Peeper Clark realized this early enough and penned a poem ‘Fulani Cattle’ before we all began to see herdsmen wielding AK-47 rifles. Goalkeeper Joseph Dosu, will live to regret the day cattle stopped his World Cup dream and almost ended his existence on […]

SPORTS FLAKES: GOWON: KNOCKED OUT IN KAMPALA

SPORTS FLAKES: GOWON: KNOCKED OUT IN KAMPALA

General Yakubu Gowon was a good boxer during his cadet days in Anzio Company, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom from May 1955 to December 1956. He took part in different competitions while undergoing training. Field Marshal Idi Amin was more active in the ring than Gowon. The former was the undisputed Light Heavyweight boxing […]

SPORTS FLAKES: PLEASE, GHANA MUST NOT GO

SPORTS FLAKES: PLEASE, GHANA MUST NOT GO

Some Nigerians did not know that before a compatriot ever became Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, Pius Quist, a Ghanaian, was there. It was during the colonial era. However, that trend still goes on. Men from the Sagoe family lay claim to heading more than a Sports Federation board. When the Nigeria Football Association […]

SPORTS FLAKES: WHEN SUPPORTERS CLUB BACKED MOROCCO

SPORTS FLAKES: WHEN SUPPORTERS CLUB BACKED MOROCCO

Red Atlas Lions of Morocco won the Africa Nations Cup for the very first time in 1976. The Green Eagles were there in Ethiopia after a dismal debut at Ghana ’63 and smiled back home with a bronze medal. The Nigerians lost twice to the Champions. In 1980, Nigeria hosted the tournament.It looked strange that […]

SPORTS FLAKES: STELLA WAS INDEED A MAN

SPORTS FLAKES: STELLA WAS INDEED A MAN

She was born in Poland as Stanislawa Walasiewicz, After four months, her parents relocated to the United States and she changed name to Stella Walsh. The identity crisis continued even in death. In July 1911, Stella landed in Cleveland were her dad found a job. The girl enrolled in school and became a household name […]

SPORTS FLAKES: ABIOLA DROVE BUS IN ZAMBIA

SPORTS FLAKES: ABIOLA DROVE BUS IN ZAMBIA

Chief Moshood Abiola was not called Pillar of Sports in Africa for nothing. The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land was everywhere all over the world trying to enjoy himself and make people happy. At a time he owned or co -owned half a dozen soccer clubs. There was ITT Lagos, which threw up national goalie, […]

SPORTS FLAKES: THERE’S PERFORMANCE ENHANCING SEX [PEX]

SPORTS FLAKES: THERE’S PERFORMANCE ENHANCING SEX [PEX]

Outrage followed Nigeria’s dismal performance at the Moscow ’80 Olympic Games. Some officials were accused of sleeping with female athletes while other countries went for medals. The country had won a bronze medal in boxing through Isaac Ikhuoria at the Munich ’72 Games following the footsteps of Nojeem Maiyegun, whose bronze at Tokyo ’64 made […]

SPORTS FLAKES: ANOTHER TAIWO OGUNJOBI DEPARTS

SPORTS FLAKES: ANOTHER TAIWO OGUNJOBI DEPARTS

Theirs is a family of twins and national athletes. Siblings, Taiwo and Taiwo Ogunjobi, represented Nigeria in Athletics and Soccer respectively. Some do not understand how you have children born of same father bearing same name. It is not strange among the Yoruba especially when there is abundance of twins. Taiwo Ogunjobi, the athlete, was […]

SPORTS FLAKES: ABIGAIL : WOMAN WHO KNOCKED OUT DICK TIGER

SPORTS FLAKES: ABIGAIL : WOMAN WHO KNOCKED OUT DICK TIGER

Richard Ihetu made news in 1958 when he beat Pat McAteer in Birkinhead, United Kingdom to become British Empire Middle weight boxing champion. That victory also earned him the Lord Londsdale trophy. Ihetu had adopted the ring name, Dick Tiger, and was also voted Sportsman of the Year, by the Eastern Region. He hurried home […]

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