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 […]

SPORTS FLAKES: GOALKEEPING AS FAMILY AFFAIR

SPORTS FLAKES: GOALKEEPING AS FAMILY AFFAIR

We cannot forget so easily the duo of Emmanuel and Patrick Okala, brothers, the first Nigerians to bring African Nations Cup gold and silver to a family. The former won gold in 1980. The latter picked a silver medal in 1984. The senior Okala was not the first goalie to emerge from the family. His […]

SPORTS FLAKES: FEBRUARY DEATHS THAT SHOCKED ENUGU RANGERS

SPORTS FLAKES: FEBRUARY DEATHS THAT SHOCKED ENUGU RANGERS

James Ogidinma Ibeabuchi scored one of the two goals that gave Enugu Rangers their first Challenge Cup in 1974. The Flying Antelopes defeated perennial grand finalists, Mighty Jets of Jos, 2-0 in Lagos. In 1975, the left winger scored one of the two goals in Green Eagles’ 2-1 victory over Ghana Black Stars, at the […]

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 […]

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