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Football (Soccer)

Posted by keayo on Jul 12, 2010 in Naija
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Sani Kaita, if he values his life, will not be returning to Nigeria.

Sani Kaita, if he values his life, will not be returning to Nigeria.

Nothing brings a third world nation together like the game of football (translation: soccer). In fact, in 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a forty-eight hour ceasefire so that they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. Yes, you read it correctly…Nigerians paused the Biafran war in order to watch a soccer match and afterward resumed the war. Can you imagine?

The World Cup brings a whole new spectacle of antics and excessive Naija pride from anyone with even an ounce of Nigerian blood; suddenly, you begin to see people out of the woodworks just claiming their Nigerian heritage—people that you didn’t even know liked football suddenly become World Cup commentators. This is the stage where arguably the best of the best are brought together to compete in the game of football and fight for the pride of their country.

Many people believe that the “not so” Super Eagles thoroughly embarrassed Nigeria (once again) this year in the first World Cup ever to be held in Africa. Argentina would have easily slaughtered the Super Eagles if it wasn’t for goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama’s world-class saves throughout the game. Somehow, Nigeria was able to escape with only a 1-0 loss to the Argentinians. In the next game against Greece, Nigeria scored the first goal of the match and began to celebrate as if they had just won the World Cup itself. Everything was looking great for the Super Eagles until Sani Kaita (currently the most hated man in Nigeria) foolishly kicked at a Greece player after the ball had already gone out of bounds. He was immediately issued a red card, sent off the field, and his team’s morale and level of play went downhill from that point on as they played with only ten men. The Greeks, who had never even scored a goal in their World Cup history, were able to score two goals and win their first-ever World Cup game that day. After a tie in their final game against South Korea, Nigeria packed up their Ghana Must Gos and was sent home, leaving with only one point in the tournament – a pure disgrace. People began to de-pledge their Nigerian allegiances and quickly search for rebound teams to support, while a handful remained loyal to the Super Eagles looking towards a 2014 FIFA comeback. If you still do not understand how seriously we take this sport, do research on the over-reaction of our president. The disgusted President Goodluck Jonathan threatens to suspend the national football team from international play for the next two years.

Super Eagles

Super Eagles

As naija players de try arrange d yawa and kasala way de done bring 4 their ppl make we jus try de pray 4 dem as d kin laf and curse guys go give dem no go b small one even people way poor pass go join curse dem..if life still de sweet Sani Kaita abeg make una tell am make I’m no come back dis Naija…abeg country ppl, make we jus try jolly as we done manage commot d 4-1-9 way we de carry 4 record since…

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