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Cyril C. NwokejiTuesday, February 2, 2016
cyril.nwokeji@wol.be
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SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA: SURPRISINGLY A FAILED CHAN TOURNAMENT!

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he unexpected failure of the Super Eagles team B, at the ongoing Chan tournament, comes as an unwellcome surprise to the teeming supporters of the Super Eagles. After the rather brilliant start to the tournament, on the heels of a rather impressive preparatory period, going into the tournament, the expectations for a successful tournament were quite high. But helass, it was not to be!

The Tunisian and Guinean national teams, showed the Super Eagles, in an unambiguous way, the limits of their possibilities! The clear verdict was: notwithstanding the talent, determination, preparation, and goodwill enjoyed by the Super Eagles team B, they were not good enough to be African champions, in their category; and they were quite far off the mark! This should be food for thought for the Coach Sunday Oliseh-led technical crew, with regards preparations of the Super Eagles team A, for the Nations' cup and World cup qualifiers. This is more so, considering the usually huge expectations of fellow Nigerians, with regards their highly, dearly, beloved Super Eagles.

What this reality means is that the Coach Sunday Oliseh-led technical crew, should after a time out, hit the ground once again running as fast as they could and start preparations for the next challenges facing the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The Super Eagles, presently, don't have top individual stand-out performers of world calibre, but as Coach Oliseh, earlier noted, the Super Eagles could still make a bold statement in the scheme of things, with a strong collective group's display! This should be the objective and this objective is realisable.

To those doomsday commentators, who may want to capitalise on this unexpected set back, to once again question the suitability of Coach Sunday Oliseh for the job of tinkering the Super Eagles, one says, wait a minute, take a breather, and allow the 'unfortunate' events sink in, before trying to 'crucify,' Coach Oliseh. The best teams on this planet, sometimes, lose matches. No team wins all the time. Yours sincerely, as an optimist, will rather see a half-filled glas of water, than a half empty glass. Failure per se, is not disastrous, but rather the management / reaction to failure. The failure of today, if well managed, could result in a huge success tomorrow! I also believe that failure is an inverted side of success. That is how it sometimes goes in life.

Coach Clemens Westerhoff, started with failure, as Super Eagles coach, in 1989, with an unfortunate loss to Cameroun and consequent elimination from the 1990 World cup competition, but bounced back to achieve hitherto unknown success with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. This is the time to encourage Coach Oliseh, with constructive criticisms rather than trying to discourage him, with hostile, scathing and disparaging criticisms. There can't and shouldn't be any questions about his suitability for the job, at this time. He has been appointed coach of the Super Eagles, and this should be respected; the time for changing the coaching guards of the Super Eagles, hasn't come, notwithstanding this set back. I believe that Coach Oliseh, has quite a lot to offer Nigeria, as Super Eagles' coach. For now, one is calling on fellow Nigerians, to be patient with Coach Oliseh !!!!!!!

In conclusion, one expects the Coach Oliseh -led technical crew to: make a careful analyses of what happened in Rwanda, synthesize it, digest it and use the lessons learnt from this and other experiences, to give Nigerians, a smoking, sparkling, scintillating, swinging, soccer-playing, Super Eagles of Nigeria, starting with the double header against the Pharaohs of Egypt, in march. Anything less would be unacceptable to Nigerians! Yours sincerely, wishes the Coach Sunday Oliseh -led technical crew, lots of luck, in this onerous task!

Iseeeeeeeeh!!!!!

UP SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA! UP NIGERIA!!

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