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The foolhardy, the naive and their money…

May 31, 2012 Articles 2 Comments

Elijah Litana (wearing the number 3 shirt for Zambia) has squandered about a million dollars in earnings

With the stupendous amounts of cash passing through the hands of many of today’s footballers, it would not be wrong to assume that even with their rather lavish lifestyles, they should be set up for life, once retirement arrives. Those exercising prudence and acknowledging a need to save for the rainy day – which unfailingly […]

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What (or who) killed Rashidi Yekini?

May 19, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

Rashidi Yekini, celebrating after scoring Nigeria's opening goal in their 3-0 win over Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup finals, in Dallas Texas.

It has been, unbelievably, almost seven months since my last post. I wish I could say that I am in an apologetic mood, to those of you who followed my posts with keen interest and were disappointed when I took an abrupt leave of absence. Chronicling, repetitively, the problems that plague the development of the […]

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October 29, 2011 Articles Leave a comment

Samson Siasia was sacked as Nigeria coach on Friday October 28th, after just 11 months in charge

For those gradually accustoming themselves to a weekly helping of my thoughts and reportage on the African game, I can only offer my profound apologies for my unexpected, prolonged absence from these pages. Incessant travel across Nigeria, England and Germany, as well as a bout of sudden ill-health over the last couple of weeks, are […]

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Why has Nigeria become CAF’s whipping boy?

October 2, 2011 Articles Leave a comment

Nigerian Football Federation president Aminu Maigari (middle) is seen by many to lack the needed force of character to push Nigeria's international agenda

The series of meetings in Cairo, over the latter part of September, have thrown several issues into the fray, which no serious commentator of the continental game can afford to ignore. Top of the list, for today, is the decision of CAF’s executive committee, on Monday 27th September, to allow Libya and South Africa swop […]

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Can Drogba win his biggest match?

September 24, 2011 Articles Leave a comment

Can Drogba (in white) descend into Ivorian politics and remain unblemished by the dirt?

The last time I chatted, at length, with Didier Drogba, at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham, Surrey – about a half hour’s train ride from London’s Waterloo station – his major concern was recovering from the spate of injuries that made an opening season with Chelsea, after leaving French club Olympique Marseille, a challenge. Exuding […]

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September 17, 2011 Articles 3 Comments

The illegal transfer of Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary in 2008 kick-started Sion's troubles

As the utter shambles that is the 2010 Nigerian championship continues, the worst organised in its 39-year history, with no one having the foggiest idea about when it will end, whilst the rest of the organised world is well into the 2011 season, it’s the high-stakes legal poker game, between Swiss side FC Sion and […]

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Who switched off our televisions?

September 10, 2011 Articles 1 Comment

South African fans were denied the pleasure of watching their last Nations Cup qualifier against Niger

As any fan of the Super Eagles throughout Nigeria clearly observed last Sunday, there was no telecast of their penultimate 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Barea of Madagascar in Antananarivo. For a football-crazy country that lives, breathes and eats the game – and the fortunes of its struggling national team – the […]

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Reforming football begins with us

September 3, 2011 Articles 1 Comment

Ghanaian football fans

The battle for the heart and soul of FIFA, world football’s governing body, has, unsurprisingly, kept us hacks pretty busy, as we report on the unfolding drama amongst its squabbling chieftains, which will continue for a while yet. Mohamed Bin Hammam’s fight against his life ban, the Brazilian authorities investigation into the financial conduct of CBF […]

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Will Hayatou dodge the bullet of folly?

August 27, 2011 Articles Leave a comment

Issa Hayatou, CAF's president, has spent 23 years in office.

My close-up encounters with Les enfant terrible, El Hadji Diouf, the former African Footballer of the Year, recently slammed with a five-year ban by the Senegalese Football Federation for telling the world an uncomfortable truth – that there is corruption in African football – were going to be my focal points today. El-Hadj is a […]

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Truth is a necessary inconvenience

August 20, 2011 Articles Leave a comment

African football has a long way to go before it will be able to celebrate a World Cup triumph like Italy's captain Fabio Cannavaro (arms raised) did in July 2006

As an Ivorien acquaintance poignantly observed, during a chat we had in the plush lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel and Towers, in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton last May, truth-tellers in African football do not have a long life-span in its corridors of power. When they bluntly point out the unacceptable and fight for what […]

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Will South Africa let a snub go?

August 13, 2011 Articles 1 Comment

Danny Jordaan, the 2010 World Cup CEO, is keen on improving relations between South Africa and Nigeria

Courtesy of the riots across England, Nigeria’s Super Eagles were unable to take on Ghana’s Black Stars at Watford’s Vicarage Road ground last Tuesday, denying them a needed warm-up game ahead of the next stage of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, taking place in early September. Yes, I know… For any football fan […]

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August 6, 2011 Articles 7 Comments

Sunday Oliseh works as a football analyst for Belgian television

When it comes to Sunday Oliseh, the former Nigeria captain and retired defensive midfielder, I admit it… I am completely biased. Over the last 13 years, which began with a conversation at The Amsterdam Arena, whilst he was wearing the red and white strip of Ajax, our relationship has advanced to a level where we […]

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Who is Osasu Obayiuwana?

A qualified lawyer but functioning, mostly, as a British-Nigerian journalist, broadcaster and blogger for 30 years, I am currently the Associate Editor of the London-based monthly magazine NewAfrican, the continent’s oldest English-language general interest magazine - Over the last 21 years, I've reported on football and sport for the BBC World Service, BBC TV Sport and BBC Sport Interactive, travelling throughout the world, wherever there is an unusual or unique tale to tell. I regularly work as a reporter, commentator and sometimes presenter of the World Service's "World Football" programme. I have reported and written opinion pieces, interviews and features for Reuters, The Guardian and Observer newspapers of London, The London Daily Mail, Die Welt in Germany, World Soccer Magazine, FourFourTwo. Weekly Soccer Magazine in Japan, The Voice of America Radio network, Switzerland’s Facts magazine, Egypt’s Al Ahram newspaper and South Africa’s Sowetan Soccer Magazine, I also worked on the IMG/TWI team (makers of the television programme, "FIFA Futbol Mundial") that covered the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. Covering several World Cups, Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and most of FIFA’s competitions, as well as watching league football from America’s MLS to the Chinese Super Division – and a lot of what is in between, like the French, Dutch, German, Belgian and Spanish championships, I have also dabbled into football administration, as a FIFA Media Officer during the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. I was, until Friday, the 23rd of September 2016, a member of FIFA's Anti-Racism/Anti-Discrimination Task Force. I also advised the Nigeria Olympic Committee, as part of a group of lawyers, on how to set up a Court Of Arbitration for Sport, even though they are yet to implement our legal blueprint, five years after we completed our report! 😏