by Ifreke Inyang
In less than one month, all seems to have gone wrong in the Nigerian sports circle. First, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after a 2-2 draw at home with Guinea. That simply meant the visitors qualified for the continental showpiece instead as Group B winner. A few days later, Wydad reached the final at the expense of two-time champions, Enyimba on a 1-0 aggregate after they won the first leg semifinal 1-0 before they held Enyimba to a goalless draw at the Aba Township Stadium.
The female National team did not offer any consolation either. The Super Falcons lost a penalty shoot out 4-3 to be eliminated from the Olympic Games by Cameroon last weekend. The Falcons travelled to Cameroon with a slim 2-1 advantage and lost by the same scoreline, before Gloria Iroka and Faith Ikidi missed on the spot kick to send Cameroon through.
Since then, Samson Siasia and Uche Eucharia have been sacked.
This Sunday on Rubbin Minds, we will be discussing the ‘Spirit of Naija’ with focus on the state of Nigeria football. We will be having Jimi Akinsola – Sports presenter (The Beat FM), Abiola Aloba – Sports event Organiser, Abiola Kazeem – Sports Analyst and Sayo – Sports presenter (Inspiration FM). They will be talking extensively on the issues that has bedeviled the Nigerian sports sector and how we have found ourselves here.
On the first segment however, we will be having a chat with Mai Nasara who recently won the $100,000 Literature prize money for his book, The Missing Clock. He will be telling us all about his journey before and after this huge recognition.
Join the conversation by tuning into Channels TV by 3pm or you can watch online via: www.ynaija.com/rubbin-minds. Follow us on Twitter (@YNaija) and read live tweets from the show. Don’t miss it!