Sunday mornings reminds you that the weekend is about to end and work will continue in the next 24 hours. It tells you that you have less than 24 hours to get the final excitement of the weekend. You have the opportunity to take one last risk, enjoy one last excitement and visit one last place before the next day. To many, it starts with religious gatherings. To others, it is an opportunity to reflect on the day before, do some chores and prepare for the evening.
Yesterday, Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice for Manchester City as they defeated Stoke City 4-0. The young Nigerian have risen through the ranks in a very quick fashion and has shown he is more a deputy to Aguero than unripe plaintain Bony. Alongside, Iwobi and other Nigerian Eagles in Arsenal’s ranks, Iheanacho will be a major player in Nigeria’s fate in world football.
Same yesterday, Manchester United defeated Everton to progress to the final of the FA Cup for the final for the first time since losing to Chelsea in 2007. Anthony Martial scored a late winner after Lukaku missed a penalty. The young footballers are really taking England by the storm. Will the Red Devils break their FA Cup jinx? Will Van Gaal leave with a trophy?
Today, Arsenal travel to the stadium of Light to face Sunderland and will hope to get all three points to return back to third. Everyone is unusually fit and trained yesterday but the manager will need just 18 persons to prosecute the game. Will Wilshere feature? Will Rosicky be on the bench? Who starts today? I expect a 2-0 win for the Gunners with Alexis on the score-sheet.
In Uyo, current Nigerian Champions – Enyimba – will face Akwa United in a Sunday Night battle. The Elephants progressed to the group stage of the CAF Champions League on wednesday with goalkeeping heroics from Theophilus Afolekhai. They will need to switch gears to the rigours of the NPFL especially seeing that they 19th on the log. Can they get at least a point in Uyo?
Rangers are 2 points ahead on the log – thanks to a Friday night 2-1 victory over Nasarawa United, while El-kanemi Warriors have moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 defeat of Atlas-boys Ikorodu United. Can Ikorodu United avoid relegation?
So, get ready for Sunday football. Football never dies. You win some, you loss some, but you never stop believing.