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 […]

SPORTS FLAKES: ENYIMBA AND THEIR MOSQUITOES

SPORTS FLAKES: ENYIMBA AND THEIR MOSQUITOES

Enyimba started as underdogs in 1976. Perhaps if a bashful school girl found herself in that position, the pregnancy was unexpected. Chief Jerry Enyeazu wanted to set up a team for newly created Imo State and found himself grappling with more than a battalion of players. Enyeazu did not want to disappoint the young men […]

SPORTS FLAKES: ONE MUSLIM CALLED SUNDAY

SPORTS FLAKES: ONE MUSLIM CALLED SUNDAY

Ibrahim Sunday remains Nigeria’s most successful club soccer coach. Many compatriots do not even know much about him. That one can understand because he was born in Koforidua, Ghana and the Kano man did not work in his home country. For a coach who won the maiden Africa Super Cup in 1992 more recognition should […]

SPORT FLAKES: FASHOLA: FIRST CAPTAIN OF NATIONAL TEAM

SPORT FLAKES: FASHOLA: FIRST CAPTAIN OF NATIONAL TEAM

Power minister, Babatunde Fashola, may be playing Sunday, Sunday soccer. He is also a much heralded Manchester United fan. The former governor is not in any way close to the cleats of his uncle, Alfa Bello Fashola, the first captain of the Nigerian national soccer team. In 1938, A.B. Fashola, captained Nigeria against the Gold […]

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