Sports: the week’s props & flops

by Sayo Owolabi

THE PROPS

1.     HARRISON JALLA AND NANF

You have the right to disagree but I think that Jalla and his guys at NANF deserve as many thumbs up as they can get for letting NFF off the hook and ‘allowing Nigerian Football to move forward’.

2.     ARSENAL

I probably ridicule the London Goners, er, Gunners a lot, but after seeing them put three goals past Manchester City and four past Newcastle United within four days, I think my darling Red Devils should beware. The sweetest part is that these two teams had defeated champions Chelsea this season, so FORZA GUNNERS!

3.     FLYING EAGLES

The John Obuh boys have shown that Nigerian men can still play football by qualifying for the 2011 African Youth Championships. Kudos!

4.     THE SPORTS MINISTER

If we don’t credit Mallam Ibrahim Isa Bio for the end of the NFF saga, at least we hail him for the more visible move to ensure that our athletes do not fall prey to the doping saga at future international competitions (as was the case at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India).

5.     JAVIER HERNANDEZ

He is the young prodigy that saved the blushes of Manchester United against Stoke City and Wolves. In case you didn’t see a jersey with that name, his shirt carries the name “CHICARITO” which means little pea. This little pea is making a big impact.

THE FLOPS

1.     THE NFF EXECUTIVE BOARD

They get the first knock for the haste in which they’re setting out on their job. They made a novice – Barrister Chris Green the head of the Technical Committee. It’s a classic case of a square peg in a round hole, if you ask me.

2.     MIAMI HEATS

After a woeful pre-season, the star studded Heats failed to turn on the fire in their first game of the 2010/2011 NBA season, falling to Playoff runners up, Boston Celtics. Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and two-time MVP, LeBron James, need to wake up and smell the coffee.

3.     MANCHESTER CITY.

They’re definitely the opposite of Arsenal as it pertains to this Props and Flops List. How does an investment of over to $200 million collapse on its own home ground? Beats me.

4.     RUSSIAN WORLD CUP BID

The Russians have shown that they can be bad losers, who just want to win the bid by sentimental means. Throwing jabs at a fellow bidder does not show good sportsmanship.

5.     REAL MADRID

The Galacticos (are they still called that name?) failed to beat third tier side Real Murcia in the Copa Del Rey after they had breezed past Racing Satander over the weekend.  I think they can do better… really!

Sayo Owolabi is the inspiring co-presenter of Sports Edge and Final Score on 92.3 Inspiration FM, and is referred to as the “Voice of Choice” in the world of sports.

He is the Creative Director of a multi-dimensional media, PR and idea generation outfit, XPRESSIONS MegaMedia, and has his name couched in the acronym SAYOR (Sports And Your Other Requirements).


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