by Akan Ido
This week’s Rubbin’ Minds is to get soccer lovers in the mood for the African Cup of Nations hosted in South Africa.
Anchored by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, this edition of the program had Seun Adedigba, Sports Analyst, UNILAG FM; Jimmy Akinsola, Sports Analyst, Beat FM, and Tega, Sport Analyst, Smooth FM in the studio to talk about the Nigerian national team, its opponents, and the chances of the Super Eagles of reaching advanced stages of the compettion.
Jimmy Akinsola was of the opinion that the inclusion of Osaze Odemwingie would have been a moral booster to the team since, according to him, “Osaze was beginning to have such an influence.”
On the spat between Coach Stephen Keshi and Odemwingie just before the start of the tournament, Seun Adedigba said both of them share the blame.
He said, “Keshi is at fault, Osaze is at fault… Osaze has been talking to every coach.”
Akinsola lamemnted the lack of friendly engagements in the weeks leading to the tournament but Seun Adedigba countered saying the availability of friendlies does not determine the overall performance of the team in the tournament.
He said, “In 2002, when Onigbinde took us [to the tournament], we won ever friendly we played… then, what happened?”
Commenting on the composition of the team, Tega said, “Before I was born, Nigeria has always had defensive problems.
“A team is only as good as their last friendly,” he added.
All the discussants expressed their optimism over the Super Eagles emerging victorious at the end of the tournament with Akinsola saying, “If we get to the final, Nigeria can win.”
On the second segment of the programme, talented actress, Uru Eke was in the studio to talk about herself and her acting career.
She was put on the spot by host, Obi-Uchendu, who asked her questions from the beginning of her acting aspirations and her plans moving into the future.
According to her: “(Acting) is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
With this inspiring insight into Eke’s life as an actress, we call it a day on the edition of our programme, Rubbin’ Minds.