My Brazil Diary day 5: Poor information management

I like Brazil and I will certainly be back for the Olympic Games in 2016 but of course that will be after the Commonwealth games in Scotland in August and the AFCON in Morocco in 2015.

The only problem here like every Nigerian has said is that of communication as the people speak Portuguese while we speak English.

You would have to go through fifty Brazilians before you even get one that speaks English and that’s how bad it is, but unlike the hundreds of Nigerian visitors here, I do not blame the Brazilians.

At my hotel, the Ibis Congonhas, two of the receptionists at the Lobby speak English and one of the handy men just in front of the hotel has helped us with interpreting especially when we want to take taxis for our normal outings.

And I ask, how many Nigerians on the streets speak Spanish, German, French or Portuguese?

Nigeria has hosted FIFA World Cup twice and how many of our hotel receptionists could speak international langiages?

It is my belief that these people here even speak more English than Nigerians bother to speak international languages, but moving on…


Nigerian babies
I keep saying I will search of the missing sixty million condoms.
This is because UNAIDS offered to pump two million condoms to Brazil to help in the sexual activities that may occur in the course of the World Cup.

The president general of the Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo shouted himself hoarse saying 2 million condoms would not be enough for a thirty day World Cup.

He rather advocated for two million condoms daily totaling sixty million for the month.

Question is, where are these sixty million condoms?

This will be in a separate blog post on its own but the Nigerians boys here have gone wild.

I’m not bothered about their escapades because boys will be boys.

What has bothered me is that some of them have not even bothered to ask for FIFA/ UNAIDS condoms, they have just been firing without using shin guards (like we say in local parlance).

One of them even told me that his target is to get a Brazilian offspring and he had been working overtime to ensure that happens.

When I asked if he was not bothered about contracting HIV/ AIDS he looked at me like I had just dropped from the skies and said, “Something must kill a man.”


The Eagles and controversy

Nigerian national teams are not without controversy and right from Keshi’s first day on the job there has been controversy.

It was either about him not picking the right players, or him trying to “wipe out” senior players from the team.

We have seen the Osaze Odemwingie controversy, Joseph Yobo’s, that involving Ike Uche, the players refusing to board the plane for the FIFA Confederations Cup, players not taken to the World Cup and it goes on.

At the World Cup proper, we have seen Victor Moses “refusing” to train pre-match with his mates against Argentina but the latest happened yesterday when we got information that the players refused to come out for training.

As usual it has all been talks from the journos who waited on the team but have the NFF come out with an official position?

I saw the English team when they first arrived and how they briefed the press every single day of their stay.

Team Nigeria only briefs the press on the eve of a game and after the game but that should not be the case.

We have not managed information right.

There are still speculations why Moses did not train against Argentina; the controversy of Echiejile and Uzoenyi was never cleared; the issue of the player “strike” has still not been cleared.

Unless we get our information management right, we will continue to dwell on speculations that have never helped our football.

Eagles bonus wahala


I hear the Eagles want thirty thousand dollars paid to them for the 1st round games they played and I think they are being pushed by greed.

Before the World Cup they agreed with the NFF to be paid ten thousand dollars per win, five thousand for a draw and nothing for a loss.

They just played three games which they lost one, drew one and won one and have been paid their fifteen thousand dollars each for their efforts.

My sources tell me that the players suddenly want thirty thousand dollars each for the efforts in the first round.

That is what my source has told me.

My money is running dry, my time is running out and I must begin to think about Nigeria more frequently now.

Port Harcourt on my mind






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