NIGERIA VS IVORY COAST #AFCON 2013: Another defining moment in history.

In a few hours, our National team will be meeting the star studded line up fromIvory coast. As much as I try to stay patriotic and beat my chest, I must admit that a part of me is wary.

In a previous post on my Facebook page, i referred to the Elephants as a formidable team. That does not in anyway mean that our Super Eagles are any less however, it will be recalled that when we faced the Elephants in 2006 and 2008, we exited the pitch with our heads bowed. At these respective meetings, they sent us packing with 1-0.

Our performance at the 2010 world cup event was nothing to write home about. The saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” manifested before our eyes when we failed to qualify for AFCON 2012 yet, this is a competition we won in 1980 and 1994. Where did things go wrong?

Today we meet again. As Ivory coast parades the likes of Didier Drogba, Sol Bamba, Siaka Tiéné and ofcourse the beast, Yaya Toure, we also have our finest in Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Mikel Obi and Joseph Yobo to list a few.

It is quite saddening to note that even with such strong players in our line up, many have lost hope in our National team.

In my recent interview with President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Maigari shortly after the victory against Ethiopia, he rightly noted that football was a game of numbers.

So to the technical team i ask, “what will it take to bring back those numbers that once made the Nigerian National team the envy of all?” A confident Stephen Keshi assures Nigerians that today, Ivorians will know “WHY WE ARE THE SUPER EAGLES“. Coach Keshi cannot be ignorant of the fact that as of January 2013, Nigeria’s FIFA ranking is 52 while Ivory Coast sits comfortably at the 14th place. What is Nigeria doing at the 52nd place when in April 1994, we ranked 5th in the world? What will it take to redeem our lost glory?

By :  Joi John

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