Do you remember the historic football match
between Nigeria and Brazil in Atlanta 1996?
General Sani Abacha was the president of Nigeria,
while Jo Bonfere was the Chief Coach of the
dream team with Nwankwo Kanu as the skipper.
Brazil was the king of global football and they
knew it. So, Nigeria losing to Brazil that night
would not have been a big deal.
Gosh! Brazil dealt with us that night. Till around
77th minutes (about 12 minutes to the end of the
game) Brazil was obviously dominating the game.
The score line was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.
Despite the Brazil squad including star names
such as Carlos, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo,
Nigerians watching the game still think Nigeria
did not deserve such humiliation by Brazil boys,
we had been beaten mercilessly. Nigerians
became angry towards the end of the match;
many had turned off their Television sets, some
were shedding tears, while few hoped and prayed
that we would not be further disgraced with yet
another goal, but the unimaginable happened in
At about 78th minutes Victor Ikepba stroked from
20 meters to score the second goal, everything
changed beyond the 3:2 score line. Pressure came
upon Brazi and hope for the Nigeria players, they
became more motivated and began to fire shots
from every angle.
Then another miracle, at the 90th minute, just
before the final whistle, Kanu Nwankwo turned
and flipped the ball over Dida and it was another
goal, the equalizer.
What a wonderful match...
There was a rule then, “the Golden Goal Rule: the
first team to score in the extra time wins the
Then came the decisive goal from Papilo in just 3
minutes into the extra time… And that was how
the messy game became a message.
A lot can still be done this year to make it a
glorious year, the remaining part of the year is
sufficient to define the whole year.
Don't lose hope now. It is too early to give up on
your beautiful expectations for 2018. It is not
over until it is over, wipe off the tears and buckle
In the remaining days and weeks of this
year, try to;
Surely, you will win...
Resist the pull of fatigue regardless of the disappointments and delay.