Football is such a great sport, a great event that bridges all tribes, nations, beliefs or mere gaps. It is a like a religion with a unique rule of 22 bodies chasing a round ball. It is by far the most populous sports in the world.
Anything that tries to bring the game to halt is seen as an enemy, a global one. And it is not usual to see football fight back. Koscielny was in tears as the French national was up at Wembley in a friendly against England. He was done and was a shadow of the player that kept a clean sheet against Germany in Paris. He was emotional hit like every other French.
The Paris attack shock football and the world at large. The ripple effect provided security concerns such that scheduled friendly games in Germany and Belgium were called off. The terrorist have denied the world of a German-Dutch football. Will they deny us of the regular club football?
Well, they couldn’t deny Zlatan of his last major tournament with Sweden as they knocked out Lord Bendtner and his Danish gang. I wished they both made it to the Euros. I will miss Bendtner. He has a way of scoring in the Euros. Hungary also knocked out Norway against all odds. How Bosnia could not make the Euros less than 2yrs after playing in the Worldcup is yet to be understood. Ask the Irish.
The international break is over with Nigeria progressing to the group stage of the 2018 Worldcup qualifiers. It gets tougher for Sunday Oliseh. He is yet to concede a goal in 6 competitive games as the coach of the Super Eagles but he is yet to prove to Nigerians that he will get the job done. Egypt is February away and will be Oliseh’s 1st big test. No Swaziland, No Tanzania and No Burkina Faso.
The English Premier League returns this weekend. Arsenal will hope to get all 3 points at the Hawthorns before the must win UEFA Champions League tie by midweek. Bellerin is back to put Debuchy back to his bench and away from torments. Don’t miss the El Relegato between Chelsea and Norwich. There is also the El Clasico in spain. Will Messi feature?
In Nigeria, the football season draws to a close this Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium with the Federation Cup Finals. The league ended last week Sunday with Enyimba crowned as champions for a record 7th time. You can see details of the players that made this history for Enyimba on ThatEnyimbaFan.
Back to the Federation Cup, the gates have been thrown wide open for the Final with gifts for the 1st 500 fans at the stadium. Akwa United will hope to win their 1st ever major trophy when they face Lobi Stars by 4pm. Lobi Stars won the trophy in 2003 and lost to Heartland in the 2012 Final. The winner of Sunday’s final will join Nasarawa United in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
The ladies are not left out in the Federation Cup Finals. Sunshine Queens and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns by 2pm at the same stadium. What is it about Teslim Balogun Stadium?
So football is back, or rather football continues. Value a life, live peacefully and pray for peace.
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