Activities have increased at the Red Base and my attention has been needed more than ever before, such that I was unable to view most of the internationals that went down last night in various stadia around the planet earth under the acclaimed FIFA Window.

My Fatherland, Nigeria was invited to the 2013 Mandela Challenge to play the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. The South Africans wanted a challenge and they bite more than they could chew. If they had known they would have invited an opposition that they have had good records against, not the reigning AFCON champions.

The Men from the Boys
The Men from the Boys

Two second half goals from former U-20 international Uche Nwofor were enough for the Super Eagles to defeat the Mandela Boys. Boys they are, as the AFCON champions emerged as men of the game last night. I wondered what would have been the scoreline if John Ogu’s shots didn’t hit the bar, if Oduamadi had converted his chances or if the main-man Emmanuel Emenike had been in South Africa: The goals would have been uncountable.

It was a good workout for the fringe boys of the Super Eagles: Obinna Nsofor had not played for the Eagles for a long time, Shola Ameobi played his second ever Nigerian match, Uche Nwofor made his full international debut, Austin Ejide was in goal and had the band and Onazi and Moses returned.

Other internationals were interesting last night, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Hattrick added sweden to a 4-2 victory over Norway while Christiano Ronaldo had to salvage a draw for Portugal against Netherland.

from the Arsenal perspective, Santi Carzola scored for Spain against Ecuador while Theo Walcot scored England’s first Equalizer against Scotland in their 3-2 victory.

rushing for a meeting. be right back.