Africa Cup Of Nation 2021

Africa Cup Of Nation 2021

Africa Cup Of Nation 2021

There’s something about the next Africa Cup of Nations in two weeks that doesn’t quite fit my mind. To begin with, CAN 2021 will take place in January 2022. This is the first anomaly.

In two weeks, all other things being equal, I intend to be in Cameroon. The last time it was held there in January 1972, when the country failed to win it on their home soil. This disappointment with this failure has persisted ever since, and the psychological calabash must be broken after 50 years.

Unfortunately, there is a growing threat to the hosting of the Championship which had already been postponed twice last year in response to the dangers of the Coronavirus, with all its devastating effects on human activities. Football has not been immune from the devastation the virus has wrought on humanity.

The most powerful man in the world of football, Giovani Infantino, the president of FIFA, is considering advising CAF and the Cameroon Football Federation to seriously consider postponing the championship again to a more auspicious period. His concern has little to do with the health conditions, but with the interest of its most powerful confederation, UEFA, how hosting the event in January will negatively affect several powerful clubs across the board. Europe when their African players leave for between 4 and 6 weeks of the African championship.

This has always been a problem over the past decades. Some clubs have indeed suffered and paid for their absence.

At a time in the past, some European clubs took extreme measures to transport their players to and from venues between matches and brought them back on special planes to Europe to play in their leagues.

The physical and mental toll of such an arrangement made it unbearable. It was the craziest arrangement that was doomed to fail.

Take Liverpool FC now, for example.

The club’s two top scorers are heading to the African championship. Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane play for two of the best national teams in Africa, Egypt and Senegal respectively. The two countries should stay in the trophy race until the end. This means that in addition to the 2 mandatory weeks before CAN, and the four weeks of the championship, players could be absent from their club’s services for at least 6 weeks.

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Liverpool’s fate in the English Premiership race could be at stake with the absence of these two key players.

There are several other clubs with similar situations, but to different degrees.

European clubs are putting pressure on the FIFA president to intervene and force CAF to either postpone the African championship or cancel it altogether this year, until something can be found to answer to the interests of the most powerful block in world football.

Meanwhile, the situation is further compounded by the escalating problem of the COVID-19 pandemic that will not go away.

It is hoped that Cameroon will ensure strict compliance with safety and health measures during the championship for all participants, and let FIFA and UEFA sweat their issues without disrupting CAN 2021.
Another foreign coach for the Eagles – our mumu continues!

Apparently, there is a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles waiting backstage.
On the eve of CAN 2021, this is the disturbing news beneath the surface of Nigerian football. An unknown coach from Venezuela has been interviewed and hired by the Nigerian Football Federation and will be revealed after the championship in Cameroon. I even heard that he would be in the stands during the CAN, observing but not training the team, waiting to succeed Augustine Eguavoen whatever the result of Nigeria.

What’s even more shocking and annoying is that the man’s claim to fame is that he’s recommended by his friend, “The Special One,” Jose Mourinho. It must be a joke! Jose, who himself has “faltered and groped” from club to club in Europe, unable to find his bearings and record further success as a manager since his dastardly exit from Chelsea eons ago.

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It’s hard to believe that Nigerians will fall for this shit, this cheap blow, to be carried out like sheep, after the humiliation that the proudest blacks on earth have subjected us to with the shameful manipulation of Gernot Rohr , a mishap that should have taught them a lesson never to try to cheat Nigerians again. It seems that some people still think that our mumu is eternal.

If not that this is an acute case of what legendary Jamaican singer Bob Marley has described as “mental slavery”, how can one give Nigerians a coach whose best? “Attestation” is a recommendation from a coach that the country is in doubt about engaging with its “fall” from Olympian training heights at some point in distant history, and still groping for answers to his problem?

Have we become so stupid to accept such blatant abuse of our collective psyche?

Haba, does the NFF realize the damage such an appointment would do to Nigerian coaches with better qualifications who will be denied, once again, the opportunity to accumulate experiences that officials say they do not have ( and that no country would offer them anyway) to manage their own team after racket failure with foreign coaches?

I checked. This foreign coach is not known in any big football circle. He didn’t hold up any serious reference. Venezuelan football is not even known in these regions, let alone the Venezuelan coaches. He doesn’t come with an intimidating profile. He has not won anything for his country, neither as a player nor as a coach. So what are we talking about?

I wonder why Nigerian coaches and players, especially the current generation of retired former international coaches, whose opportunities are sold to undeserved strangers, aren’t already on the streets, crying Blue Murder and calling the dismissal of the whole NFF.

If I were a Nigerian coach, I would go to court today and sue anyone who brings in another foreign coach to manage the national team of that country, and jails the Nigerian coaches and the entire country in one. another period of colonization in the process.

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It would be very damaging and would deal a permanent blow to the confidence and careers of skilled Nigerians who wait years in the shadows to serve their country and earn some respect.

When Nigerian officials, who have also blatantly failed everywhere (except in the writings of their collaborators pushing the pen in this racket with foreign coaches) continue to treat qualified Nigerians as not being good enough to coach their team national, they should also be rejected. all peace and respect. Having failed to surrender, they too should be fired and replaced by foreign directors. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

The problem has now become that of racial self-abuse, if there is such a condition. What is wrong with us that we are continually crashing? When will we respect who we are, tell our own stories, and proudly project our own to the world?

If this new foreign coach’s report is true, it will truly be a hard and bitter pill to swallow, and a tragedy for our Nigerian soccer heroes who have excelled in the game and are now denied instruction.

The day the next foreign coach arrives on the shores of Nigeria, for my part, I will lead or join the chorus of taunts against a misguided and arrogant meeting.

My position and actions may be nothing, but my name should never be found written among those who would remain silent in the face of such a tyrannical act against the proudest black African of African descent on earth, at some point in time. story where they suffer from some of the worst cases of disrespect in the world.

Some of us are waiting for this foreign coach to come and face our own “hell”.

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