After a stellar performance in the group stages of the African Nations Cup, then the congratulations started pouring in like the Super Eagles had won the cup. The Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele had to fly into Cameroon to promise thousands of dollars, if they did well and scored goals. For good measure the President of Nigeria, President Buhari even spoke to the team. The last time I can remember this happening was when General Sani Abacha encouraged the team before the Atlanta Olympic finals. After losing a pulsating game to Tunisia a lot of people are asking: did the promise of dollar rain put too much pressure on the team? Some even reckoned that the show of solidarity was unnecessary, as the Super Eagles camp became a parade ground for my Mercedes is better than yours.

What happens to our dear Austin Eguavoen who a lot of people thought was the answer to our coaching problems? And will the ladies call out our dear Maduka Okoye for not diving properly for the ball? I definitely know many questions in the minds of Nigerians but the greatest priority should be facing an already wounded Ghanaian team in the World Cup qualifiers. Whatever happens I can imagine we will have enough blame to go round but in all I must say kudos to the Super Eagles despite the circumstances leading to the Nations Cup.

Rufai Oseni,

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