First of all, let me start by thanking the Super Eagles for pleasantly surprising all of us. I congratulate Nigerian football fans that have waited for almost two decades to win the ‘big one’ in Africa again. I would be the first to admit that this victory is ‘sweeter’ than that of 1994. I cherish this victory more due to the fact that most; if not all the pundits in the world put Nigeria in the fifth place among the likely winner of the AFCON 2013.
Those who read me on this blog would note the fact that I had always believed in the team but not to the extent that they would go all the way in South Africa. I developed a keen interest in the team as I watched Stephen Keshi took the bull by the horns in inviting new players to the squad.
The singular decision to make the team very competitive again is one of the most significant factors that resulted in the victory we all are savouring right now. Virtually everyone agree (although after daylight) that Keshi is on the right track and that our team should be on ‘reserved’ for those that are ready, committed and determined to do the Nation proud.
From all indices and statistics available, the Super Eagles thoroughly deserve to be Champions. Panelists at Super Sports all agreed that Nigeria was the best among the 16 nations that participated. We are not ‘lucky’ champions. Despite all the calls that went against us, God almighty saw us through and I have never been prouder of my Nation than as at this moment.
Our team showed clearly everything that could happen to Nigeria when we all decide to do our best and do away with nepotism, corruption and avarice. All we need to do is to believe in ourselves and in our Nation and no one would be able to stop us.
To Big Boss, you have applied yourself and shown that hard work indeed pays. With your triumph, you have taught many to believe in themselves even when nobody believe in them. Yours is almost like the Biblical stone that the Builder rejected that eventually became the chief corner stone. And like in the conclusion of that verse, you must acknowledge that your victory is the doing of God. It is indeed marvelous in all sight and we can wait to see this team moved even higher to greater heights.
Like Ibrahim Shehata of Egypt, Stephen Keshi could lead the way in chatting a new era of domination of African football by Nigeria. In this regard, he must not savour this victory for too long!
There is work to be done and history to make. Champions always want to win again. The Super Eagles under Keshi can win again!