When Jesus could not save

So it ended for Sony Ela Nguema as they shipped in three more goals to respectfully exit the CAF champions’ league.

This game was played exactly one week ago and I have been thinking about it.

You begin to question the economic sense of coming three days before the match on Thursday, as if there was any hope whatsoever of knocking out Dolphins, seeing that they had lost by three goals to nil at home.

I wonder why the Sony team did not come in on Sunday and leave same day, why trouble yourself with the Port Harcourt traffic hospitality?

At the head of the Sony delegation was Jesus Ndongo. A mortal nowhere near the lofty mysticism of the Christian savior.

Surprisingly, this same Jesus had welcomed Dolphins in the away leg in Malabo, going well out of his way to make sure the team didn’t lack.

I dare say however, that Jesus is still a miracle worker.

His presence brought out the technical boxes for both technical crews.

The smile on the faces of Victor Babayaro, Emah Godwin and Omoh Ojabu was further testimony of the miracle.

Their regular place on the bench made more comfortable by the cushioned seats in the boxes, the sun no longer battered their heads for ninety minutes.

Also making an appearance with Jesus was the Nigeria supporters club.

Even the supporters club of Jigawa Golden stars will sing better. Their songs a constant reminder of how badly Nigeria football has done a back-slide especially with the Super Eagles.

I first heard all the songs they sang at the Tunisia 94’ Nations’ Cup. Someone should tell the supporters club to change their music.

Must it always be fashioned along the lines of Igbo and Yoruba music? In 94’, we could understand with the likes of Rashidi Yekini and Emeka Ezeugo.

Then there were no braided hairs. Now you have plenty of swagger players in the team.

Braided hair and dreadlocks being proof. And with the introduction of some home based players, the need for a new era of music has never been more exigent.

I recommend Terry G and Timaya be quickly incorporated into the supporters club. Their kind of music is perhaps the rhythm to sparkle the national teams.

Since it was not a Premier League match, coach Eguma overcame his fright and made his way to the touchline and structured his side in what was a 4-2-4 formation.

A clear demonstration of what he thought of the Equatorial Guineans.

Abduljaleel Ajagun and Seidu Abuu were the only two players in the middle for Dolphins, while Olawale Isiaka and a disappointing Chidi Osuchukwu joined Emma Nwachi and Ifeanyi Egwim upfront.

Olawale and Osuchukwu were expected to roam the flanks and provide some defensive assistance to Chinwo on the right and Kenneth on the left. However, they both had little to do and hardly ventured beyond the half way line. Kennedy Chinwo had such a commanding game.

The game had to wait for Omo Ajabu to come off the bench in the second half before we saw anything of brilliance.

He made a fine dribble, covering over forty meters into the 18yard box.

His well worked shot ricocheting on the upright before Addae profited.

In what was a listless performance from the Dolphins team, Ifeanyi Egwim’s MVP award and a cocktail of chops far better than the miserable doughnuts sold at the stadium, was proof of government’s participation in the game.
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  1. Wow, nice write up Man, keep it up!!!!

  2. Na only u fit do something like this.

    Keep The Flag Flagging!

  3. Piece was actually written by Nduka Orjinmo, one of Nigeria's best

  4. Just read this, Jesus Ndongo was part of our local league set up way back with Stationery Stores, He was briefly with Athletico Madrid. I think he is partly Nigerian on the maternally.