World Cup Special – Nigeria’s Unique SolutionJuly 2, 2010
Our boys made a low-key return to Blighty and are out of sight. The FA is wondering what to do with Fabio Capello in the light of their insightful move to renew his contract before the start of the World Cup, landing them between a rock and a hard place. What can we do? Many England fans have their own ideas, mostly illegal and jail worthy, but they need to look no further than Nigeria for the definitive answer. The president of Nigeria, the fantastically named Goodluck Jonathan, has ordered the suspension of the team from international competition for two years, due to their poor performance. He’s also reportedly looking to dissolve the football federation. This is to enable Nigeria to reorganise their football, a spokesman said. FIFA are kicking off because they have a ban on government interference in football and they’re not happy, but as far as I’m concerned it sends a clear message: you screwed up, you’re gone, no one is indispensable – so fix up!
I mentioned in my last post on our sorry appearance in the World Cup about teams needing to have a common purpose in order to win. Many in body, one in mind, I said. I read a little article in the Metro paper today concerning Ghana who play Uraguay on Friday. The goalkeeper Richard Kingston said this:
“We are a good team. But we have so much more than that. We have unity. We love each other. We do everything together. There is no single player who does anything on their own. The spirit is high and we play as a team. It brings out the best in Ghana.”
Rooney? Lampard? Terry? – take note.