There is a drawing board located somewhere in the country to which our administrators always claim they are returning to each time they mess up. They sound like this drawing board was responsible in the first instance for their failure and that ironically their return to this drawing board was going to make their next outing a success. What we always get however is another failure and another promise that the drawing board will be re-visited.
For example, each time any of our National sport teams flops, our sport administrators stare into Television camera’s and tell us glibly that they would return to the drawing board and come up with something better. But it never gets better.
It is to that drawing board that Coach Amodu Shuaibu and his now expanded technical crew have promised us they are returning to after their lackluster, stomach retching performance in the world cup qualifying match against the cartage Eagles of Tunisia.
It was to that drawing board they returned four years ago when we failed to make the World Cup in Germany. After fouling their preparations and superintending the sham in Kano which saw little known Angola pick the world cup ticket ahead of us based on the head-to-head rule, the men at the helms of affairs at the then NFA told us they will go back to the drawing board to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
After going to Mozambique in the earlier stage of the South Africa 2010 qualifying rounds and coming home with a point, they told us it was all a matter of going back to the drawing board and all will be made right. On that occasion, the Super Eagles had played like a pack of pregnant women escaping with a draw only by the grace of a rather incompetent referee who denied the Mozambicans two clear goals.
I don’t know where this almighty drawing board is located or of what size it is, I am only certain that that board should be full by now. Given the number of times it’s been visited and re-visited, there shouldn’t be any space left on that board by now and surely, the board has nothing positive left to offer.
I thus make bold to say, not just to our football administrators who have become to say the least, classical models of corruption and incompetence, but also to all our leaders, that the drawing board is now full. It is time to get to work.
Stop making excuses for your failures. Stop postponing your responsibilities. Stop leaving for tomorrow what you can accomplish today. Stop compromising standards. Stop cutting corners. Stop justifying your irresponsibility. Stop branding your incompetence. Stop giving us that old gist. Its now stale news and quite irritating to hear. Keep your damn drawing board to yourselves. Give us results.
What other justification is there for the existence of a sports commission and various sports federations complete with fat bellied members if the Country can not win laurels in international competitions? What are they doing with all the money if I may ask? Recently, we went to the world athletics championship in Berlin and did irreparable damage to the re-brand campaign. We did not just waste tax payers money in what was clearly a jamboree, we also had our athletes testing positive to banded substances.
If we don’t make it to South Africa 2010, the first time the competition is being staged on African soil, I suggest that we should not just throw bottles of water at them; we should match to the football house where they sit around and sketch on the mysterious drawing board and sack them. They deserve nothing more, than to be openly ridiculed.
So enough of the blames on the drawing board and please, could you stop giving us that bla bla bla of going back to it.?
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo
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