I surrender this page today to my boss, my brother, my striking partner and my friend, His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, who graciously wrote the foreward to my new book, 'Me, Football and More". I reproduce it for all to read.
Posted: Mar 03, 2013
On March 22, 1980, there were 22 players in the Nigerian national team that won the African Cup of Nations in Nigeria.
Recall from last week: It is the evening of the eve of the final match of AFCON 2013. I am looking at my crystal ball, and I see an eagle hovering high up in the sky in majestic splendor, its squinted eyes riveted on a target below – a gold trophy.
Posted: Feb 10, 2013
This was the same question I asked when I started my series on Afcon 2013. That was some 11 whole weeks ago!
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
Afcon 2013 has been a wonderful spectacle
As the national teams of 15 African countries join host South Africa, to commence the 29th Orange African Cup of Nations, the rainbow nation is set to explode in a kaleidoscope of colours in celebration, once again, of the brotherhood of the African football family.
Posted: Jan 06, 2013
I am caught already in the usual championship fever. That’s what usually happens to me every two years – understandably!
Posted: Dec 23, 2012
The great Pharaohs of Egypt will not be in South Africa in four weeks time when Afcon 2013 will kick off. Their absence has been one of the great shocks of this edition’s qualification matches.
Cameroun have one of the most dreaded national football teams in the world. They are consistent, brutally and physically intimidating, always confident and supremely athletic. For Cape Verde to have taken Cameroun to the cleaners is, indeed, an achievement of no small dimension. But how did Cape Verde do it? That is the one million dollar question.
Last week I thought I was done with commenting on AFCON 2013 until I arrive South Africa next January
Last Wednesday night the result of the match between Zambia and South Africa has now forcefully brought me back again to the matter.
Understandably, some Nigerians are not happy with me, following the headline of this column last week. Their grouse is that I did not promote my country above all others as favourite to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations championship.