When shall the Eagles be Kings of Africa again? 

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When shall the Eagles be Kings of Africa again? 

The Super Eagles regained some respect in African football last weekend. They drew with Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg. They had lost in their first-leg encounter in Nigeria a long time ago.  Since the disappointment of not going beyond the first round (like all the other 4 African countries) at the Russia 2018 World Cup, the national team of Nigeria have not been the same.  Even amongst football analysts, there is hardly any commonality in their evaluations.  On The Sports Parliament; a most authoritative sports programme on Nigerian television even arriving at a consensus on how well the team would play was a huge challenge.  Whereas most of the parliamentarians predicted a landslide victory for the Super Eagles, I could easily see ‘patriotism’ and wishful thinking written all over their assertions. It was more the heart wishing than the head willing!  Their performance on the night left unanswered questions, still, about how strong the Super Eagles are post the Mikel Obi and Victor Moses era. Both players retired from the national team after the World Cup. Although they are hardly missed, I was shocked to hear some football analysts suggest their recall for AFCON next year in the Cameroons!  How strong are the present Super Eagles? That’s the million Dollar question that no one seems able to answer ...

Welcome to Mathematical 7

Segun Odegbami

I am Segun. Friends and family call me Big Seg, Seg being the short form for Segun. The 'big' comes from Allan Hawks, my former British football coach in Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan, who used it to differentiate between two other Seguns and I in the team at that time. My 6ft 1 inch frame qualified me as the biggest of the lot. So, Big Seg it has being since then.

I am also very well known as 'Mr. Mathematical'. Many years ago, a radio commentator, Earnest Okonkwo, in is commentaries, gave me that sobriquet. Whether he was referring to the precision of my movement and passing or to my background as a Mechanical Engineer I never found out before he died many years ago. But that nickname also stuck and all those familiar with African football in the 1970s and 1980s are most likely to recall Mr. Mathematical and my famous number 7 shirt! All that, I believe, tells you a little about me.

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