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UNTIMELY CALL THAT BACKFIRED IN THE FACE OF MEDIOCRITY

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If truly President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the Super Eagles team before the Tunisia game on sunday , the point for me is why hurriedly rushed the President to speak to the team ahead of a Round of 16 tie?

What level of hypocricy and sycophancy can we call this?

I know for a fact some people because they wanted to look good in the eyes of the President, they ill adviced him to talk to the boys in this early stage of the Competition.

Let us get it clear, there is nothing wrong with the President speaking with the boys( A fatherly call) but it is just too early in the competition to pull such stunt.

I remembered even as a young boy in Tunisia 1994, the Military Head of State then Gen. Sani Abacha spoke to the Eagles. The question is when did he talk to them, the day of the final between the Eagles and the Chipolopolos of Zambia.

That is a case of putting a call through to the team at the right time as the Number one citizen of the Country, not in the round of sixteen of the Nations Cup. A competition that in the last two decades ,getting to the last four is almost our birthright even with the most challenging Eagles side.

Let us not forget that Nigeria is not a small footballing country on the continent like the likes of Comoros who are playing in a knock out phase of a Nations Cup for the very first time in their history when they play cameroon . So if the President of Comoros for example put this kind of call through to the players at this stage, it is totally understandable and in order not a country like ours.

Unfortunately those that hurriedly convinced the President to speak to the team, were actually not thinking of the team but did that for personal gains. They wanted to be seen as working and also used that to further penetrate Aso Rock.

Infact the charades started in the Group stage when we started taking the CBN Governor to the Dressing Room of the players to announce promises upon promises which for me were total distractions and uncalled for.

We just like doing things upside down for various selfish motives and too bad this time around our mediocrity was exposed very early.

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FIBA, Kida Threatens Nigeria with Basketball Ban

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… wants to force Nigeria into participation

World basketball body, FIBA has issued Nigeria an ultimatum to suspend its International withdrawal or risk getting additional years of wilderness.

Engr. Musa Kida is in the circle of events as a recipient, as the country sits out of international basketball as put out by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Government had called for Nigeria’s withdrawal as a result of in-fightings amongst stakeholders, lack of a functional league and a stall in the growth of the game at home. It said this measure will allow the country take a deep breathe, reconcile grey areas, re-strategize and get better as a basketball nation, instead of the cosmetic outward appearance of beauty but inner state of rancour and disunity.

In reaction, sources postulated “Nigeria is a sovereign nation and will not be blackmailed carelessly. Nigeria bigger than kidda and his cohorts”.

“Moreso, it’s understood that FIBA allegedly wrote Kida alone. The body has not written the Federal Government.

The Ministry has received no communication to that effect. Kida is not the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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