Wave your flag already! It’s the African Cup of Nations

 

Photo credit: The Guardian

 

Jeroh Tejiri

The 28th edition of The African Cup of Nations-co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea- kicks off on 21 January at the Stade d’Angondje in Equatorial Guinea and for the first time since I became old enough to remember the game, the streets of Nigeria isn’t flooded with pamphlets and 2012 calendars bearing team history, fixtures, key players and so on.

Although in my opinion, this could either be attributed to the state of the nation or to the simple fact that Siasia- the Nigerian coach of blessed “soccer” memory-took the Super Eagles to more prayer meetings than training sessions.

Nigeria as well as a host of other so-called big soccer nations are not going to be at the biggest Continental soccer Gala in Africa due to a number of reasons thereby reducing the appeal for the tournament but we are all Africans first and foremost and then Nigerians, Egyptians and Ghanaians second, thus we have an obligation to watch and support the tournament of our motherland the way Europeans would do if their country qualified or not.

That been said, in the following weeks as the game ensues,  I’ll be “commentating on the tournament and fixtures” and would be your guide on match reports, team ratings and co throughout the duration of the tournament starting tomorrow. So stay tuned and as expected your comments either good or bad are always welcome.

Enjoy the games

 

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