Ben Alaiya’s Shocking Death And The Misrule Of Sports In Nigeria

By Daily Sports on October 11, 2021

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Last week, dear readers, sports journalism suffered major setback via the death of Ben Alaiya, gentleman and brilliant unassuming colleague until his demise recently. He remains till date the most accessible Super Eagles Media Officer.

He was a jolly great and good fellow. Friendly to the core and sad that death snatched him away when SWAN and sports needed him most.

I was in Newswatch when he served as the Media Officer and one was never disappointed whenever he was beckoned upon to confirm information and such cordial atmosphere made it extremely easy between him and the ever demanding sports journalists. It is still instructive to note that there were no misquotations of happenings in Super Eagles camp or anything near such during his tenure.

In short, his death came to most of as rude shock but God knows best. One can only say like any living will pray that perpetual light may continue to shine upon him….Amen!!

As you will bear me out that we discussed the failure of sports like any other sector or sub sector in the country today. Like the real prophets we are the expected happened. Nigeria lost her first leg World Cup qualifier game against Central Africa Republic, CAR in Lagos 0-1.

The reversed leg was player in Cameroun the adopted home ground of the troubled crisis ridden country.  That how worst it has become with Nigerian football where minnows in African football can readily run over and rings around and over the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

As I have said oftentimes in this column in the past, Nigerian football has been sadly reduced to this ridiculous level by Amaju Pinnick, his fellow travelers and very incompetent technical crew led by Rohr.

I won’t again border you on how he emerged as the technical hand of the team rather the deed has been done and what those that have come to terms with the damages and several steps backwards he has plugged Nigerian football at the national and senior level into leaves soured taste in the mouth.

Like how Buhari/APC government has left the country reeling in unprecedented debt burden that remains shocking in the Nigeria foreign debt history. In short, the country is profusely bleeding in all fronts. The pains are rapidly growing daily. That is the reality on ground presently on whatever is the remains of a nation Buhari has left sharply divided on all fronts yet those that are so deceitful are bent rehears ling his self-styled and acclaimed incorruptible syndrome.

The breast of a nation apologizes to the legendary late Afro beat musician Fela Kuti.

As Nigeria brooks the monumental failure in all spheres in the country would not ever come to keen watchers of the nation’s present political leadership as a surprise one hoot. President Buhari’s government is predictable as it has never pretended which direction it goes and has been doing same since 2015.

This predictable Buhari’s regime in wrong reasons succeeded in putting every foot wrong leaving the country and populace in painful yokes burden only the political class is spared. It is the sad way we are today. One is not glad writing this week, because of the woeful performance of Buhari, his badly and ill-prepared government.  

Football and indeed all sports have seen hell in all facets since this very oppressive, repressive, wicked APC government brought to the citizenry. It has been the shame of Nigeria. Buhari inherited a safer Nigeria, Nigeria where her citizens are not ravaged by hunger as it is the order of the day in today’s Buhari’s Nigeria.

Sports which ordinarily have been acting enduringly as buffer have been comprehensively eroded.

Look at what ordinary and war torn CAR national team coming to Nigeria to hand over defeat to one of the high profile teams in Africa, the Super Eagles of Nigeria in front of her home soil.

It is the beginning of the worst. As l did say above no matter what the result of the second Nigeria’s image has been dented by this none football playing nation in Africa.

One is keenly waiting to the flimsy excuses from Amaju Pinnick and his cohorts. It is abnormal and abnormality has been in the fore front since this is not regime. I have raised alarm over the kind of administration this Amaju government in NFF has put up since it came to power.

It has used corruption and settlement to the vocal as such cheap individuals/ citizens turn blind eyes to obvious wrong doings which have helped in no smaller measure to drag down the game. The resultant effects are what we have been witnessing. It was Super Falcons at Aisha Buhari Invitational Women Champ where the Nigerian Women ten fell for South Africa.

A lot more are coming. Note that this columnist should not be seen or looked at as a prophet of doom but it is the obvious reality eminently facing the country presently. I am drawing the curtain on this issue which is not hidden but which has been fueled by my colleagues Sports Editors that have aided and abated this corruption, bribery and divide and rule by Amaju Pinnick-led NFF executive committee.

As our remaining teams in CAF competitions’ gear towards posting spectacular results in their various encounters one also prays that the governments sponsoring these teams Rivers United, Enyimba International and Bayelsa United assiduously work in harmony with the management of these teams who are on ground so that there will be no more early exit from the Competition.

We will keep our eyes on the ball. Our social media handles are on 247. Keep shooting hard till next week as the struggle continues!!!

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 11, 2021


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