The Mathematician said the late Rashidi Yekini visited him last Wednesday

20 children will never play for 20 years but no matter what, memories will always be there to savour irrespective of the number of years.

Segun Odegbami, the mathematician has fondly called, has put up a post on how the Late Rashidi Yekini visited him in his office last Wednesday.

As quoted by nigeriafilms.com, Odegbami wrote, “I had an extraordinary encounter with Rashidi Yekini today in my office. When I arrived home a few minutes ago I saw a posting about Rashidi again on FB by someone lamenting how Nigerians have forgotten the gangly one. Then it crossed my mind that the FB posting I stumbled on was a call for me to tell Nigerians about my beautiful encounter with the great Yekini.

“I have just moved into a new office. I am trying to resurrect my studios that have been ‘dead’ for over a decade. My machines and equipment are obsolete and the parts cannot be found anywhere in the world. We have searched the internet and some 6 years ago I managed to buy some old but working machines from Pakistan that also packed up soon after. So I have been left frustrated with archival materials that cannot be transferred and seen again. Or so I thought until a few days ago.

“Kunle Oladeinde, my friend and colleague in the media business, called and told me he had found a man that can fix my old machines. To cut a long story short, the man turns out to come from my village of Wasimi. He is a retired engineer who knew me very well and we had known each other without knowing that we would need each other for something special that has now turned out to be a divine intervention. He came to my office some 6 or so days ago, took one look at all my dead machines and equipment and told me he could fix them all.

“It has been 7 (seven) days or so since we reconnected but this morning the miracle happened. 3 different dead machines were miraculously revived by this genius from Wasimi. He is working on the rest. When I went to check up on him this afternoon in the studio he was watching an interview of Rashidi Yekini that I did with him some 25 years ago on the eve of the final match against Algeria that qualified Nigeria for her first World Cup. I was mesmerized because I could not remember I did any such interview. It was just between the two of us alone in a hotel room or so. It was the longest and the most detailed interview of Rashidi l ever saw up to that point in his life.

“Rashidi hated to grant interviews so there is not much you will find anywhere. But here he tells me about his early life, his journey through the game from Nigeria to Cote d’Ivoire and to Europe, his mentors, his family, and his hopes for the future, all in unbelievable beautiful fluid English! It is an incredible piece of history. Until now I did not know what to do with it, but seeing this post on FB is the response I needed.

“I shall clean it up and put it out there for all to see and hear from Rashidi Yekini himself…a full 25 minutes of him telling me his own story. Watch out for it soon through a medium I shall let everyone know.”

 

 

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He knows he is well loved by the Nigerian public, his mistakes will be forgiven hence he plays with freedom.

Former Super Eagles and Chelsea defender believes Alex Iwobi dip in form for Arsenal was as a result of a perceived unlikeness from the North London side’s fans.

The 21-year-old Iwobi, who broke into the Arsenal’s first team in 2015 has been subject of attack from the Gunners’ fans with many believing he is not good enough for the club.

Iwobi scored the goal that saw Nigeria became the first country from Africa to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The 21-year-old also inspired the Super Eagles to a 4-2 win over the Albiceleste of Argentina on Tuesday at the Krasnodar Stadium – registering two goals and one assist.  

Babayaro posited that his dip in form was as a result of lack of confident whenever Iwobi dons the Arsenal Jersey.

According to the former Chelsea and Newcastle defender, for Arsenal to get the best from Iwobi, the fans need to get behind him.

Babayaro, as quoted by SportingLife: It’s clear to see why Iwobi plays so well when he plays for Nigeria and not that exceptional when he plays for Arsenal. He knows he is well loved by the Nigerian public, his mistakes will be forgiven hence he plays with freedom.

“You can’t say the same when he plays for Arsenal: He is the target of boo boys.

“They speak long and hard about his mistakes than his strong points. Naturally that puts him under pressure and also limits his efficiency.

“When he plays for Nigeria, the fans chant his name. They sing in his name, he feels the connection to them. He feels at home and inspired to do wonders with love.

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Akpeyi to Get Second Chance

Meanwhile a source closed to owngoalnigeria.com has revealed Daniel Akpeyi is still in Gernot Rohr’s plans.

Akpeyi’s display in his last two games for Nigeria has led to fans calling for him to be dropped from the National team but the source largely believes the Chippa United of South Africa shot stopper is still part of the team ahead of next year’s World Cup

“As for Akpeyi, let me say he’s not out of the frame yet, the source said. “Surprising right? But I suppose with the goalkeeping problem, he is not keen to cut any one loose yet.

Former super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai also echoed Rohr’s position. The 54-year old ex-international believes that Akpeyi’s mistakes against Argentina should not be an hindrance in the bid for a place in the national team ahead of the World Cup.  

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Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Honorable Solomon Dalung has referred to Argentina as a top ranked football association in Nigeria.

You read that well. You weren’t the confused one, neither me – Dalung, the Sports Minister of the country described to be the giant of Africa has decided to throw the entire world into another realm of confusion.

Read also: Babayaro on Iwobi - He Plays Better for Nigeria, Arsenal fans dislike Him

In a video shared on twitter by Oluwasshina Okeleji, @oluwashina on twitter, the controversial minister was caught to have called Argentina, a football association in Nigeria.

Dalung’s comments in the video were believed to have been aftermath of the Super Eagles of Nigeria 4-2 humbling of the Albiceleste at the Krasnodar stadium, Russia on Tuesday.

Dalung said, “… Argentina is one of the highly ranked football association in Nigerias.”

What Dalung meant by referring to Argentina as top ranked football association in Nigeria is vague  to almost everybody -  at least, for now. But all fingers crossed till the Argentina FA comes out to disregard misrepresentation that will go down as one of the greatests of all time.

Read also:Nwakaeme, Iheanacho, and Shaky Goalies: Talking Points from Nigeria’s Latest Internationals
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Javier Mascherano has revealed that Argentina 4-2 lost to Nigeria yesterday at the Krasnodar stadium was as a result of the Albiceleste inability to curtail the Super Eagles’ physical strength.

Two first goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero put the Sampaoli’s men ahead but a wonderful free-kick by Kelechi Iheanacho on the stroke of half-time reduced the deficit for a Nigerian side that later ran riot on the Argentines in the second half.

A brace from Alex Iwobi, and a goal from debutant, Brian Idowu in the second ensured the Eagles recorded their second victory against the Albiceleste.

 

With many attributing the reason for the Argentine’s lost yesterday to the absence of captain, Lionel Messi who was excused for the match, stand-in captain, Mascherano on his side, believes they paid dearly for undermining the strength of the Gernot Rohr boys.

Mascherano said: “playing against a team of such physical strength you pay the price. They walked all over us, and we tried to get back but we couldn’t.

Meanwhile, Gernot Rohr has dismissed talks that Super Eagles should be counted amongst favorites for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

 

Read also: Nwakaeme, Iheanacho, and Shaky Goalies: Talking Points from Nigeria’s Latest Internationals

The Franco-German said the team will remain as they still have more wore works to do.

“It’s a good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favorites to win the World Cup, Rohr said.

“We stay humble and realize we have more work to do. We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.”

The game against Argentina yesterday was Rohr’s 12th game in charge of the Super Eagles. The former Burkina Faso manager has seven wins, four draws and one loss to his name since he took over the 2013 African Champions' job 

 

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