HOW NIGERIA QUALIFIED FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP
Yesterday, not more than 30 boys and a coaching crew did it. Yes they did it against Zambia and that landed Nigeria a ticket to Russia 2018. Excellent.
I watched the 90 minute tension soaked and breathtaking game on TV. At a point, my focus left the boys to the crowd in the stadium.
As the cameras beamed n zoomed close, I looked for an Housa man, I could not find one,
Yoruba people, I couldn’t locate them,
Igbo kwenu seemed not to have come to watch their son Mikel.
Yes, the match was played in Uyo stadium but even Akwa Ibom people stayed back. I searched through and there was no tribe, no PDP, no APC, all the Christians in Nigeria were in Church and the Muslims in their Mosque. The politicians were busy with their 2019 project.
Again, in the crowd, you could not differentiate between a Northerner and a Southerner. Everyone in that stadium in one accord and unity was looking for one thing and alas it came, GOOOOOAL !!!
The shouts erupted, my neighborhood exploded, I could see joy and celebration everywhere.
It didn’t end there, those Zambia boys were daring and still fighting like wounded lions and then, the final whistle came. And I heard, We Win. I asked who is ‘We’?. He said Nigeria. I asked another, and another and they kept answering the same thing. I tried to argue that its not Nigeria that won and I sounded ‘weird’. The guy that scored that goal was Igbo or is it Delta?! I’m not too sure. That’s the reason I asked who is “We’?
I needed to be sure so I can give due credit to Igbo race or the Deltans. Even up to this morning, I’m still hearing we won, Nigeria is going to world cup next year!
The lesson here is that we can build this Nation if we tie it to a goal not our differences. Those differences were there within that 90 minutes and the whole nation stayed glued to their TV sets looking for That One Goal.
Yes we can, Truly we can!
Let’s look for one Goal as a nation now and Pursue It. Forget the differences, we will always have them. Great nations do have their differences but they have become great cos they strategically tied their vision and aspirations to one goal..to Become Great.
God bless Nigeria !!!