The Godswill Akpabio stadium has emerged as the traditional residence ground for the national team. A stadium constructed a couple of years in the past by former Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akbabio as considered one of his many legacies for the state after eight years of selfless service has unexpectedly turn into a national monument reserved for rescue missions.
Nigeria’s first match on the nest of champions used to be the pleasant with the black stars of Ghana, where homeboy Emem Eduok scored the lone goal to open the stadium on a effective notice.
That victory didn’t come straightforward though as the home primarily based super Eagles staff struggled for kind and % to defeat a vulnerable Ghana nationwide workforce.
seeing that that day, until date, the tremendous Eagles have always found lifestyles reasonably insufferable no longer only on a bad surface, but also in an setting stuffed with many off container distractions. The workforce camp site at the Le Meridien resort is a 45 minutes pressure from the stadium but beyond that, the resort is at all times a behive of activities each time the Eagles are in camp. Most instances, the gamers are lodged within the first and 2d floors in the B wing of the lodge, while the C and D wings are reserved for different purposes not to be discussed here.
The stadium has brought us more sorrows than joy, our boys have laboured in useless on a few ocassion to impress however the consequence, shouldn’t be at all times commiserate with our performance on the day. What in point of fact will be chargeable for this?
smartly belief me to at all times dig deep.
In my determined need for a solution to this begging question, i got here throughout a sixty five year old palmwine tapper, who told me he was once born and bred up in Itam, a town, just on the outskirt of the state. He was once on the stadium on that day to see the in shape and like everybody, he left the venue disapppointed after every other terrible end result.
He accosted me simply as i was about to board a keke napep to the super Eagles hotel. Am certain he noticed the media tag on my neck so he decided to talk out all he had stocked in his head for well over two years.
Are you a midiea man (media man ) he stated within the average Calabar intonation. I stated yes as he pleaded we enter the keke collectively. Off we go! and soon, the discussions commenced.
” My names are Joshua Effiong Bassey he mentioned smiling. i’m a son of the soil from Itam in pass Rivers state. My son, this story i am about to tell you is essential to the longer term successes of the tremendous Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio stadium. The gods of the land are offended and have to be apoeased urgently he said grinning his tooth. How do you imply i retorted?
That land the place the stadium is positioned is a cursed land he mentioned smiling. until at the present time, the house owners of the land are crying that they weren’t properly compensated via people who sold the property. The marketers will not be the unique house owners of the land, it was once a disputed property they usually took good thing about their connections in government to promote the land with out consulting our fathers who toiled for several years to make the situation very fertile for football.
These old males are girls are wallowing in abject poverty in these small villages across the stadium while some persons proceed to revel in from.their sweat. they have got constructed mansions for themselves in Uyo, they’ve married new other halves and sent the former ones away. these women too have joined in raining curses on the land which is their supply of wealth.
earlier than the match with Algeria, these men came to appease the land, they supplied sacrifices to the gods and we made all the vital atonements. That was how we received a resounding victory. males have been standing with calabash on their head while the game used to be going on, they were busy figthing some unknown spirits dwelling a long way and close to. That match virtually went bad when the Algerians made it 2-1 however Victor Moses emerged with the 0.33 and everyone used to be chuffed on the day.
None of you together with you journalists who declare to grasp so much, knew what was once happening three forests behind the stadium.
For this sport, we started appeasing the gods due to the fact that friday final week, we had gone thus far however as at Saturday morning, they refused to indicate up with the money, they were not there to fulfil all of the promises made so we called on the rain and it came with thunderstorm. the entire sacrifices performed in five days of sleepless nights used to be washed away in just six hours . It was once tough all night time. I was once there, my mother is from this village, i am sixty five but my mother continues to be very a lot alive. She is a sufferer and i have sworn to assist her struggle for her rights. If that cash used to be paid sooner than 12AM on Saturday, the scoreline would were 3-0 in favour of Nigeria however because they renaged on their promise, we reversed everything Mr Joshua concluded”
I went on to ask extra questions and solutions were promtly equipped however these answers will be stored for my subsequent publication which should be out latest Saturday this week.
prior to this latest defeat, the Eagles struggled and misplaced 1-zero to Uganda on the Godswill Akpabio stadium, drew 2-2 with South Africa, a outcome that ended Nigeria’s 2015 international locations cup desires and defeated Tanzania 1-0 in another hard earned victory.
the three-1 win towards Algeria remains the one candy victory recorded through the tremendous Eagles on this pitch. Now some eggheads of the football house have started the seek for a brand new home ground for the Eagles in advance of the world cup qualifying fit with Cameroon in September. These males should not also happy at the enthusiasts for their mute make stronger. They infrequently sing when their national staff is down. Even when we wanted their support it was once now not approaching. One factor about lovers at the national stadium in Abuja, although we’ve 5,000 lovers existing, they will remind the boys of the necessity for objectives. you’ll see the mexican wave and you will hear ‘ALL we’re pronouncing, give US ONE intention’.
That was not there on Saturday. Coupled with the fact that we had a divided supporters club sooner than the sport, everyone simply went quiet.
Let’s now not see this as every other joke, lets look at the probabilities significantly and take out what is required going forward one top respectable stated in a phone dialog.
We can’t find the money for to attract with Cameroon talkless of losing some other said.
A phrase must be sufficient for the clever.
…. document compiled by using team of workers reporter of NSM in Uyo.