What Does The 2018 FIFA World Cup Tell Us About Nigeria?

By Ikenga Chronicles July 12, 2018

–Paschal Nwosu Esq

I watched France edge out Belgium, in a pulsating, intriguing and sublime play. Both sides played very well but the Red Devils were dehorned in a play pitch that was far from hell.

What struck me about the French team was the broad spectrum selection of highly skilled African players that were highly motivated and played passionately to honour France. France perhaps , remains the only African team in contention at the ongoing Russia 2018. The French did not try to impose Whites or real French men. They recruited their players purely on merit with the purpose of winning.

In the case of Nigeria, some issues are foreplay before you can get the chance to wear the national colour. First the football administrators, seek out a spent old White skinned man to the neglect of our vibrant, home coaches, to get their cuts and travel cheques in due cause.

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They are least concerned about the better competence of the locals nor are they imbued with nationalism. They know that the old man is amenable to instructions.

The horrible aspect now is that players desperately seeking international exposures pay millions to sports administrators to arm twist, national coaches to field them.

This is why out of more than 80 million males we can’t seem to find the synch to select the first eleven.

Unlike the French we are constrained by the need for federal character in our line up. In other words, the constitution of Nigeria has to be adhered to.There must be Etuk, Musa, Adebayo, Kokori, Obongwo, Mohammed and Tonye, in the field of play.

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It appears that we are not playing to win but qualifying to participate.

The corruption in our football administration has robbed us of our place in global football.

Now to poor nationalism and insecurity:

While Mikel is playing a crucial match to down Argentina his father is in the captivity of kidnappers. That is how much we love our country. This alone dampened the spirit of the players and edged us out.

This tells us about the palpable insecurity in our country, the lawlessness, the feverish quest for wealth at all costs.

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To a little bit of humour:

We are the only team in the world cup named after birds unlike the red devils that aggravate fear. How does the eagle exercise prowess in football with wings and claws? I am yet to see an Eagle playing football. Who did this to us?

First we were called Green Eagles, perhaps because of nationalist or religious fervour until, it was pointed out that no Green Eagle exists on planet earth. Then we became Super Eagles, but it seems , we are always in flight and nothing is super about a team that knocks itself out by own goal or litters the pitch of play with charred feathers.

We need to reform our football administration and make new laws to put coaching and management in the hands of competent hands. We don’t need whites to teach us to play football. It smacks of neo-colonialist mentality. Look at how well the Senegalese coach did at Russia!

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Look at how dismally our White man undid us with his near sight and undaunted ignorance of Nigerian football.
Perhaps its time we change the name of our team to just NIGERIA like other countries or better to frighten the hell out of our adversaries, rename the Eagles, THE BLACK DEVILS!

I think in time past, we used to be known as the red devils, but black devils would do knowing the frail nerves and prejudices of whites, you can sense the palpable fear and clattering teeth at the pitch.

Perhaps I have said too much already and may I ask, What did our participation in Russia 2018 tell us about Nigeria ?

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