As Joseph Yobo takes a bow

I just read Godwin Dudu-Orumen [the same one] write:

“All who campaigned for Yobo to make history of first player to reach 100 caps have had their way but inadvertently helped to write Yobo’s name into history in a very ugly way as the first Nigerian player to score an own goal at the world cup proper.”


Here is my take on that – this attitude of point-and-kill our HEROES is a very bad one – we have done this too many players before now – Yekini, Oliseh, Okocha, Kanu, Keshi – we wait for their end after we have sucked out all the JUICE from them – and begin to mock them – which of all the players I have mentioned did we have A STANDING OVATION FILLED STADIUM for to say THANK YOU and GOODBYE to?

Perhaps that’s what ENYEAMA learnt by choosing to leave on a high before una butcher am?

The interesting thing here is that these same Nigerians would stay up late at night watching testimonial matches for foreign players who are leaving the international stage – they have all the STATS of what the guys accomplished in their time but when it comes to NAIJA, na to dey use insults and mockery send off our players na hin we know – how do you look to encourage the next generation of STARS when you treat the current ones like this?

And when you ask these guys “habaa, why you dey yarn like these” – they soon tell you “habaa, na so e be now, the guy time don finish, make hin dey go!”

Kai, that what you get for playing for your nation for 100 times; in 3 World Cups; scoring 7 goals; and captaining the National team for about 4 years – at a time becoming the best central defender in Africa for so many years!

I have always said that “Nigeria has a problem with the ELITES giving the wrong values to the society to follow” – and this is one of them – this intellectual dishonesty perpetrated by many people that know what works elsewhere yet comes back home applying different rules is the same challenge we have in our politics, economics, and national development – and if you try to challenge these “over-enlightened folks”, they are gonna reel out how they are more knowledgeable about these things even long before you were born!

Well, I refuse to be an ingrate – I applaud Joseph Yobo as he takes a bow from the international scene – and wish him successes in his future endeavours while hoping his wealth of experience can be used by this nation in the nearby future to raise ‘a new army of excellent footballers’ that would make this nation proud again.

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