Dream Team’s victory is good beginning – President Buhari
The practice in the entire world is that people associate with successful individuals, just as the Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari did to Nigeria’s dream team – over their win, in the ongoing Olympic Games.
“On behalf of the government and people of our great country, I wish to express my support to our athletes who have arrived in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. I am particularly delighted by the outcome of the football match early this morning in which our football team defeated their Japanese counterparts.
“The sweetness of the victory comes from the fact that it came against all odds.
Our team overcame several challenges to put up a sterling performance.
This is a good beginning.” The President said.
The diligent shall stand before kings (Prov 22:29)
In the passage above, the Bible said, “Sees thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. KJV.
There is a lesson for all Nigerian youths in this passage, coupled with the dream team’s victory and what the President has to say to them.
The President (recently) expressed optimism that the country’s team will put up an impressive showing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This was contained in his message to the Nigerian Olympic contingent.
The President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, hoped that the victory of Nigeria’s Under 23 football team, the “Dream Team Six” over their Japanese opponents will serve as an inspiration to the entire contingent.
“I am already aware that you have made personal sacrifices in your journey to the Olympic Games. The motivation comes from strong discipline and the love of the nation.
“As you embark on the search for honours for the nation, I seize this opportunity to assure our Olympians that you have my support and those of all Nigerians.” The statement read.
Dead Peter Ogaba, Former Golden Eaglets defender
In the case of Peter Ogaba, Nigerian football can (further) be likened to what the Bible called ‘a good name’ is better than riches and honour.
“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth”. Eccl 7:1, KJV.
Man lives and dies, but majority people are running after wealth without mindfulness of their end: whether it would be good (both on earth and with God) is totally out of many people’s concern.
The Assistant Training Officer of the FCT Coaches’ Association, Kenny Owojori, reported that Ogaba died after a brief illness in Abuja.
Ogaba was the youngest member of the Nigerian U-17 team that took part in the 1987 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Canada.
He also featured at the 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia, where Nigeria finished second behind Portugal.
He played professional football for clubs in Portugal and France.
Is it not good when players become miracle workers?
Of course, a lot of people will like to visit a man of God that has a ministry with public show of power, signs and wonders but there is danger in that (a bit), as most of the so called miracle workers indulge in manipulating people.
Perhaps, Coach Siasia was not determining the end of his team to be manipulative with the Nigerian populace.
As Nigeria U-23 team’s Head Coach, Samson Siasia described the performance of his players that saw them defeated Japan 5-4 in their opening game of the football event of the 2016 Rio Olympics barely five hours after arriving Manaus as a miracle.
Jesus Christ had said, “For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Matt 24:24, KJV.
Majority expect little performances with Nigerian football team (in any competition) due to their usual disappointment, coupled with various crisis that rock the Nigerian Footbal Federation, NFF, overtime.
However, Siasia might be resuscitating hope of the masses in the team. “I just can’t describe what happened today. My boys defied science to win this game; what gave us this game was the mental toughness of the boys. For a team not to train for two days and put up this type of performance is a miracle. You know that when players are tired they tend to lose focus. That is why we conceded four goals. For now, all I can say is I just want to go and savour this victory with my players.”
On his plan for the next game, Coach Siasia said, “We just won a game, we can’t and won’t allow this victory get into our heads. Our target here is to win the gold and this is just the first step of us achieving that aim. No two games are the same, for me this hurdle is over, when I wake up tomorrow I will then think of my next game.”
Describing the Japanese as good, he said, “The team we defeated is a good side; I respect them for pushing my boys to the limit.”
On a serious mood now
The Nigerian sport arena, especially the football, presents some ups and downs as may be found in the life of a man.
No matter what your challenges might be, you need to forge ahead with great resilient and optimistic spirit. Life is not a bed of roses (you know that): life will not give you what you want but what you request of it, you have also been told that (over time).
Then, dust yourself (from any point of life that you are set back) and begin to move forward. Make yourself relevant to solving the problems of these generations.
Seek God, find Him and build a final relationship with Him (throughout your existence): He is the only one that can guide you into all truths, through the Bible and the Holy Spirit – about Jesus Christ.