This is the last posting in the series on AFCON 2019. The Super Eagles concluded their assignment last night at the Cairo International Stadium with celebrations as good as if they had won the coveted trophy. It is understandable why they were so effusive in their celebration of Third-Place last night. That is the target the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, said his federation set for the team before the championship started. That is also the target the German coach, Gernot Rohr, with the humongous wages he receives, told Nigerians his employers set for him before the event started. On both counts, the team and the coach have delivered. On that score, also, the team deserves to celebrate. So at last, when the players arrived at their Le Meridien Metropolis Airport Hotel, there was a very sizable crowd of hotel guests and fans waiting to welcome and celebrate with them.
The final verdict by Nigerians will start to come to light in the days and weeks ahead.
Is Third-Place what Nigerians should ever aim for in African football? Should Nigerians celebrate Bronze as if it is Gold? Should Nigerians aim for Bronze when they could have Gold were they to believe in themselves, have faith in their capability, and set targets that reflect their vision for a place amongst the giants of world football? For my personal views on the entire championship, read my column in Complete Sports, The Guardian and Vanguard this Saturday. I have thoroughly enjoyed this daily journey. I hope you all also did whilst it lasted. Still keep a daily date with me on several other issues in the new website, www.mathematical7.com In the past two weeks, or so, excerpts of my exclusive interview with Chief MKO Abiola in 1992 went viral on the information superhighway. One of those that made it happen is Bashorun Dele Momodu, who shared it and gave me credit. No one else did, unfortunately. On Dele’s advice, I have decided to upload the entire 20 minutes’ conversation done 27 years ago in Chief’s Ikeja, Lagos, residence. Tony Akiotu (the GMD of AIT now) and I conducted the interview. Tunde Kelani, TK, recorded it. It is a prophetic and historic conversation. It shall be available from today on the site. Enjoy, share, and spread it. Kindly also credit the source, as it is a part of my life’s works. There are many more where that came from. Just keep a date on my site daily.