Five people (including Umaru Dikko’s son!) have won a free copy of Soldiers of Fortune after winning the #SOF competition which required people to send in their memories of the military rule era. The full list of winners is below. Some of the best competition entries are above.
Remember Ben Johnson? Former 100 meter world record holder and Olympic champion who was stripped of his Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics after testing positive for anabolic steroids. The guy who brought the word “stanozolol” into everyday vocabulary…yeah – THAT guy.
Well he’s back, he is about to release his autobiography….and this is his story. He says he was the victim of a conspiracy he says, and someone spiked his drink….
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the national football team (the “Super Eagles”) from international football for two years. This was in response to Nigeria’s poor showing at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Nigeria were eliminated in the first round – getting only one point after losing to Argentina and Greece, and drawing with South Korea. Jonathan also dissolved the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and ordered an audit into financial dealings at the NFF.
While something drastic needed to be done, I am not sure this is the right move. The move is really dangerous and could get Nigeria into serious trouble with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF):
*FIFA looks very dimly on government interference in football.
*The last time Nigeria withdrew from international football events, it did irreparable damage to the football team. After winning the 1994 African Nations Cup, Nigeria’s then Head of State General Sani Abacha banned the national team from defending its title at the 1996 edition in South Africa after getting into a spat with South African President Nelson Mandela. As punishment, Nigeria was banned from the 1998 African Nations Cup, and its golden generation of players such as Okocha, George, Oliseh, Amunike, Amokachi, Ikpeba, Yekini, Taribo West, Okechukwu Uche et al were prevented from defending the title and from virtual victory at the 1996 and 1998 tournaments. By the time Nigeria was re-admitted in 2000, this golden generation had aged and were past their prime. Nigerian football has not been the same since.
*If Nigeria does not play at the next African Nations Cup in 2012, it risks being banned AGAIN by CAF AND FIFA.
*Denying international football to the national team will stagnate growth and starve players of quality competition. It will also affect the work permits of UK based players like Yakubu, Yobo, Olofinjana and other Nigerian players that want to move to the UK. Renewal and granting of work permits is conditional on playing a stipulated number of matches for Nigeria’s national team.
Bad move in my opinion.
The World Cup is just a few days away. As we prepare for the kick off, the above article assesses each African team’s chances of success. In my opinion, Ivory Coast have the most talented squad of the African teams. However their talisman Drogba is injured. Ghana are missing Michael Essien and Nigeria are missing his Chelsea team mate John Obi Mikel. South Africa are probably the weakest of the African teams.
Even though this is Africa’s first World Cup at “home” and with 6 African teams competing for the first time, any of the six sides: Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and South Africa, will do well to qualify from their group and make it to the second round. All six teams have been given very tough group games.