It is common to regard people bearing Moses as ‘Holy Moses.’ This is not far-fetched because of the role Moses played in the Bible. He was the one who set the Israelites free and took them out of slavery from the land of Egypt. However, Victor Moses of the Super Eagles is not ‘holy.’
I am beginning to doubt his nationality because he seems to think he is doing Nigeria a favour by appearing in national colours. Moses is one of the players invited for the two friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso in the current FIFA international window but he opted out, citing injury.
He played Chelsea’s last game against Stoke City and I believe he will play the next. This is not his first time. Moses took a report to camp but his club doctors did not call the Eagles camp to confirm his injury.
That is the normal thing to do. He has done this about 10 or 11 times and it is most unfair. He is not only insensitive, his patriotism is in doubt. I like him on the pitch and many Nigerians are happy with his good run at Chelsea but to pay back with his usual truancy is so bad.
His colleague at Chelsea, David Luiz, had a slight injury and was dropped from the Brazilian team but the player challenged the national coach. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez limped out during the team’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom but a few days later, the player was back home in his country getting set for Chile’s match against Argentina.
I hate to hear the same sentiment about the possibility of him losing his shirt at Chelsea because most of his teammates are out to play for their respective countries.
No doubt, Moses is the best Nigerian export on current form but if he continues this way, some other players will join him. He can as well end his international career so that the coaches can work with other players ready to show commitment, passion and patriotism. Enough is enough!
Let’s clap for Pinnick
Sports is about cheers and boos. Athletes and administrators who do well receive the cheers while those who fall on the other side get the knock or boos.
The recently held elections of the Confederation of African Football was unusually keen and the change group eventually had the last laugh by terminating the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou with the emergence of Ahmad Ahmad as CAF boss. The impact of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, was massive in the continental ‘coup’.
Pinnick took a political risk when he went on international media to announce his support for Ahmad even while Hayatou was still in office. Pinnick’s position was largely criticised in Nigeria but the eventual results have vindicated the 44-year-old NFF boss. I must confess I was one of those not sure about the ability of Ahmad to defeat Hayatou.
The victory margin of Ahmad and that of Pinnick over Benin Republic’s Musharaf Anjorin were clear indications of the foresight of the NFF boss. I don’t want to go into the controversy of whether or not he had government’s support; truth is he stood with what he believed in and he saw what most of us did not see. Kudos to him.
However, I expect him to humble himself and be a good ambassador of Nigeria. It is amazing that he was correct with his political calculation and now I expect him to work closely with the CAF President to make football better on the continent and in Nigeria in particular.
Let me also state that the feat achieved as the third Nigerian to be on CAF executive committee is a huge one but the celebration should stop now to enable the NFF to prepare well for the huge task of picking a ticket to the 2019 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
These are very important assignments ahead. Once again, I congratulate Pinnick and believe he deserves our respect for the feat going all the way to get it right in continental politics of the round leather game.
I advise him to thread softly and learn from the travails of former CAF member, Dr Amos Adamu. Pinnick should get to work as we expect to feel his impact as one of the decision makers of football in Africa.
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