Buoyed by the 2-0 win at South Wales against Swansea, the Arsenal admirals docked their ships and fled to their fatherland to answer the clarion call by FIFA in preparation for the biggest football fiesta, the FIFA Worldcup, to be hosted by Brazil.
Three gunners brought smiles to their country and their fans as they netted in their nation’s victory. Oliver Giroud started France’s 3-1 win over Georgia. I hope he scores against Spain on Tuesday night just like the first leg in Spain where he scored in stoppage time. I forget Cazorla is a Spaniard.
The Ox was alive all night as the three lions sent 8 past minnows San Marino. He scored and assisted another. The real test would be at Montenegro. Aaron Ramsey scored from the spot against Scotland as Wales came from a goal down without Bale in the 2nd half to win 2-1. The former captain surprisingly got his marching orders in the last minute of the game.
**Ramsey has had a series of celebrity killing goals and African’s grandfather of literature, Chinua Achebe, died less than 12 hours before Ramsey scored. Any connection? The Nigerian writer died at the age of 82 in the US. RIP** **pauses writing and observes one minute of silence**
In Africa, Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong made his “dench” black star debut as a sub in Ghana’s 4-0 whitewash of Sudan. Cameroon, Egypt, Burkina Faso all won their games.
Reigning African champion Nigeria had Nnamdi Oduamadi to thank as his volley in stoppage time earned Nigeria a point after Kenya had gone 1-0 up in the first half. The super eagles remain top in their group on goal difference despite Namibia losing 0-1 at home to Malawi.
Still talking of Nigeria, skysports and the sun have reported that sunshine Stars’ Godfrey Oboabuna is set for a trial at Arsenal. The Nigerian centre back that played all 6 matches in the just concluded AFCON 2013 with Nigeria is valued at about £1m. Hope he gets in. **as a naija boy**
The Nigerian Professional Football League entered week 3 on Monday and the table is beginning to look exciting. Heartland FC got their first win of the season with a 4-1 win over Kaduna United. Sharks lost 0-1 in Port Harcourt to Kwara United. Enyimba sent 2 late goals past Elkanemi in Aba.
The results in full are:
Bayelsea United 2-0 Wikki Tourist,
Akwa Utd 1-0 Kano Pillars,
3SC 3-1 Lobi Stars,
ABS FC 1-0 Dolphins
Sunshine FC 3-2 Gombe United
Sharks 0-1 Kwara United
Heartland 3-1 Kaduna United
Enyimba 2-0 El Kanemi
Rangers 0-0 Warri Wolves
Nasarawa United 2-1 Nembe City
You can check the full table on www.fifa.com
As the internationals are set aside for the Premier League this weekend, goners hope the Arsenal come back unhurt to hurt Reading FC. Hope we won’t need another madjeski miracle