By ADEOLA ADEROUNMU, Since 2006

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Mikel Obi Was The Best African Footballer Of The Year 2013

By Adeola Aderounmu

Mikel Obi led Nigeria to glory when Nigeria won the 2013 African Cup iof Nations. Without his experience, input and impact Nigeria may not have won the title.

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Chelsea crashed out of the champion league race in 2013 but the team won the UEFA Cup. No one can doubt the inputs Mikel Obi had.

Mikel’s game may be a bit slow but the effects that it carries are enormous for both Chelsea and Nigeria in 2013.

When Nigeria met Ivory Coast at the Nation’s Cup in 2013, the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure became anonymous in the game. This was due largely to 2 reasons. First Stephen Keshi the Nigerian coach had a game plan that worked fine on the pitch. The second reason is because like i’d always told my friends even for several years now-Mikel Obi is way ahead of Yaya Toure in the game.

It takes the eye of a footballer to know that Mikel Obi is better than Yaya Toure in terms of ball sense and foresight. Yaya’s size has worked well for him but Mikel is a master of this game. When Nigeria met Ivory Coast, this truth was reveal. Mikel shone line a million star and Nigeria defeated Ivory Coast. It was a no contest.

Therefore in 2013 Mikel Obi is the rightful heir to the title of the African footballer of the year.

CAF and BBC AWARDS are among the biggest frauds in football. If you think FIFA awards are a scam, you may be right if you talk to Cristiano Ronaldo in confidential.

The people or coaches who do the voting appear to be drunk on illusion. They use their minds above their heads.

One of the strongest evidence to the fraud called African footballer of the year is that Jay Jay Okocha, who is one of the finest footballer ever to grace the game was never crowned as the African footballer of the year by CAF. There is no greater fraud in football.

Okocha carried BOLTON WANDERERS on his shoulders season after season and kept them in the top flight when he was in the EPL.

Before then he shone at the world cup and went on to play as a world class player at PSG where he taught the likes of Brazilian Ronaldinho some superb dribbling skills and football moves.

Mikel Obi should have won the title through CAF. He did not.

In our heads, in our minds and in our hearts-I speak for millions of Nigerians and the people who played and know football-Mikel Obi was the Best African footballer of the Year 2013. In that year the performance of Mikel was the best for club and country on the continent of Africa.

Racism in Football: FIFA Must Live and Lead By Good Examples!

By Adeola Aderounmu

Some things should not be taken for granted by FIFA and when necessary immediate amends should be made and apology or apologies tendered.

Where am I heading?

The coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles have been left out of the shortlisted candidates for the coach of the year award by FIFA.

In the times past, FIFA and CAF ignored the likes of Okocha for World and African footballer of the year awards even when we saw that at some points, Okocha was the best player in Africa and probably the world.

Keshi is one of only two men who has won the African Nations Cup as a player and a coach – the other being Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary (source BBC Sports)

Keshi is the only African coach to have qualified two countries to the World Cup. He led Togo to the 2006 Finals but was fired before the tournament kicked off. Now he is taking Nigeria to Brazil in 2014.

The Super Eagles did not lose any gain in the campaign towards Brazil 2014.

Now, can FIFA answer this question? What is the basis/ What are the bases or criteria for shortlisting FIFA’s coach of the year?

Is it the colour of your skin?

Is it the continent you live on?

Is it the country you come from?

If FIFA’s criteria are based on achievements, why is Stephen Keshi not on the list?

Is FIFA a promoter of racism in football?

I think people and African especially should be asking questions about the activities of FIFA.

There are many scandals in the past that have been treated with kid-gloves or swept under the carpets especially the bribery scandals. No one knows how far up the scandal eventually reached, we just knew that a few scape goats were brought to the spotlight.

That Keshi did not make the shortlist is a scandal!!!

No one is saying that Keshi should win, but respect is reciprocal. Keshi has been disrespected by FIFA.

FIFA is telling Africans that the football achievements on the continent of Africa is meaningless and inconsequential, me think!

When FIFA does not respect Africa or African coaches and footballers, what do we expect from the racist football fans around the world?

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Egypt are Masters of Africa, Again..!

Adeola Aderounmu

Egypt won by a lone goal scored in the 85th minute. A deserved victory for the best team in Africa. For the first time in the tournament, Ghana played a good game but they lost to a better team.

Ghana, just like Nigeria, ordinarily do not even deserve to be in the final with the loads of negative football they played along the way to the final. Nigeria played better in the semis but lost by a lone goal to Ghana.

This tournament is a wake up call for the African teams that will play in 4 months time at the World Cup in SA. Surely they will not get enough rest. They will be tired to play when the games start in SA. 2 Big championships in a spate of 6 months is not childs’ play.

It is very sad that Egypt, the undisputed masters of African football will not be at the tournament in SA. How did they miss out? CAF and the organisers of football in Africa should put on their thinking caps-on how the best team on the continent missed out of the World Cup. Are there loop holes in the qualifiers that need to be plugged? Did Egypt play poorly in those qualifiers? Were they adversely affected by the home-away game syndrome?

Congratulations Egypt…enjoy your victory and reflect on your absence at the greatest football festival on earth.

CAF-The Confederation of African Football is TOTALLY CRAZY!

By Adeola Aderounmu

Africa never stops to surprise me. Sometime I wish I could just wake up from the nightmares of African governments and organisations.

Togo have been banned from the next two Africa Cup of Nations following their withdrawal from this year’s tournament. The Confederation of African football (Caf) also fined the Hawks $50,000 for quitting the competition in the wake of a gun attack on the team bus in Angola“-BBC

CAF has gone crazy.

It is Togo who should be seeking legal action against CAF and the Angolan government for not providing adequate information about security in Angola.

Seriously I am short of words to express my disappointment in CAF. Whoever made the decisions is completely insane and out of his or her mind.

What are we going to do about the people who lost their lives? Some families will never be the same again as a result of the avoidable tragedies in Angola which was completely the fault of the Angolan government and the recklessness of CAF.

Togo should ignore the fine and even withdraw (by itself) from CAF competetition for life until CAF becomes “human” in nature and reasonable in thinking. This is nonsense and completely idiotic on the part of CAF.

Nation Cup Scandals: How Angola Messed Up the African Cup of Nations

By Adeola Aderounmu

Angola is giving Africa bad image ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. These must be worrying times for the Organising Committee in South Africa. South Africa must continue to monitor the useless errors emanating from Angola and the world must be told in clear terms that whatever is happening in Angola right now is basically Angola and CAF’s problems and is not related in anyway to South Africa 2010.

Togo went home because Angola and CAF did not warn of the rebels in Cabinda. Togo lost key members of their national team to organised terror acts in Cabinda. Togo therefore went home to bury their dead compatriots while praying for the reserve goalkeeper undergoing treatment in SA.

Malawi has filed a fresh complain. The team has not been able to train since they beat Algeria 3-0 in their opening game. Ahead of their game to Angola which they lost, the Malawians were not allowed to train. Each time they got to the training pitch, they were turned back. Sometimes it was the Angolans training there and at other times they were being chased away by the police.

What a scnadal? The Angolans are lucky that everyone is not like me. This scandal is enough for the Malawians to withdraw from the competition. I mean if you are not allowed to train or practise ahead of your game, then you are like going to a war without weapons.

The Malawians did not get the chance to train on their tactics, and they had no time to exercise and charge-up for the game against Angola. That they lost is therefore no surprise.

Angola has messed up this year’s Nations Cup. Angola should never be allowed to host any competition in the next 20 or 40 years. They should learn to do their homework. I actually see this particular case as a way of demoralising the Malawians and making sure that they did not get the necessary time to plan the downfall of the Angolans. It worked perfectly well!

This is a shame-a BIG scandal by any magnitude. Angola is disgracing their country and Africa. Angola should bury its head in shame. This is nonsense!

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