by Sayo Owolabi
Hey, sporting YNaija peeps! It’s been an eventful week in the world of sports and just like that Week 2 in 2011 has come to an end leaving us with about 50 weeks in the year.
A few days into the year, Nigeria’s sports doesn’t look like it will improve from where we left it in 2010, or even get better in the foreseeable future, with our administrators taking centre stage (as usual) while the athletes (the reason why there are administrators anyway) wallow in the background and suffer neglect.
Enough said. Let me just serve you guys (and ladies – FYI: I LOVE ladies that like sports) the top gist for the week through the usual “Props and Flops for the Week”.
N.B. Don’t forget to drop your comments, questions and other contributions. SAYOR Sports And Your Other Requirements) will be here to attend to them.
1. SPORTS MINISTER
In case you don’t know, we have a new Sports Minister in person of Prof. Taoheed Adedoja who replaced “runaway” former Minister, Mallam Ibrahim Isa Bio, who left Nigerian Sports worse than he met it. Anyway, Prof. Adedoja who happens to be a Professor of Sports has promised to transform Nigerian Sports within the next five (or so) months when he will be in office. I’ll give him a provisional prop but, sir – ACTION!
2. AUSTINE “JAY JAY” OKOCHA
Former Super Eagles skipper and midfield maestro, Okocha finally got on the Board of the Delta State FA after he missed out on the NFF Board last august. (If you ask me, I’d say ‘Board na Board jare, even it’s Local government FA’)
The Prop for Jay Jay however is in his acceptance to return to the NFF Technical Committee from which he has been AWOL since his appointment.
3. LIONEL MESSI
Yep, he’s fierce and ferocious, fleet footed, fabulous and simply Fantastic… he is none other than the undisputed best player in the world, argentine striker, Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona star won the Ballon d’or becoming the first player to win the unified World and European Player of the year award after they were merged last year.
Though many people insist that Spain and Barcelona’s midfield orchestrator, Xavi Hernandez deserves the award, you need to revisit video clips of Messi in 2010 to have a rethink.
4. BLACKPOOL AND LIVERPOOL.
These 2 sides were not given a chance to achieve much against their foes Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.
In the Premier League, Ian Holloway’s men made it 2 out of 2 against Liverpool under their new manager, Kevin Dalglish with a 2-1 win. The Orange men had earlier shocked the Reds at Anfield.
Inconsistent Arsenal went into their Carling Cup first leg semi final game against Ipswich Town with a very strong side but they failed to impress atPortman Road. Coach arsene Wenger said his team was “NAÏVE” and I say to him – “Tu Parle anglais???”
5. INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
Compared to FIFA, I feel that Jaques Rogge and his team on the IOC Executive Board can be trusted and entrusted with the administration of Sports.
They have foreseen the possibility of a Gulf nation hosting the Olympics in 2020 and are already addressing the issue of the hot temperature which may make it near impossible to have successful games in Summer.
1. HARRISON JALLA
Just as this attention seeking, self acclaimed ex- international has taken issues with the NFF personal, I am about to take things personal with him too.
First, let Mr. Jalla give me a brief profile on his playing career. Let him tell whether his body, NANF is duly recognised by FIFPro or not, what has he done to make life better for players in the NPL, what is his locus standi in suing the NFF and disturbing the peace of Nigerian football and many more questions I have on mind.
2. AMOS ADAMU
Yeah, the Mr. Fix It of Nigerian Football has formally appealed his 3-year ban by world football governing body, FIFA and has also said he wants to retain his seat on the Executive Committee of the body (I hear someone saying ‘is he for REAL?’)
Seriously, Mr. Adamu has caused us enough pains already and I think he should just enjoy whatever he has reaped from Nigerian Sports over the years and just let us be (Who seconds that motion?)
After the dust of the 2018 and 2022 World cup hosting rights have settled, members of the Executive Committee have been singing discordant tunes on the Qatar World cup with some suggesting that it should hold in winter since the temperature will be too hot in summer, others suggested that it should be a “Gulf World Cup”, and I ask what happened to the anti – co-hosting policy.
4. ARSENAL AND LIVERPOOL
Please see number 4 props above to understand why these people make the Flops list.
5. MIAMI HEAT
After going on a 13 games winning streak, the star studded Heat cast doubt on their title credentials once again as they lost two games to Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers on the trot.
Now Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James should tell Heat fans if they really want to win this title.