Arrogant Nigerians

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by Salaam Yitbare » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00


The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
'82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
would make nice runs.

There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
hope for the team.

The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
will do better.

I feel better now.

Salaam Yitbarek

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by shehu_ » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Sorry Mr. Yitbarek, you can camouflage all you can, I dont think
you are "a brother" for don't sound like one. After you're done
with your Nigeria bashing, your stating that you will still root
for your "prodigal African brothers" leaves a huge doubt as to
who really are - you are not naija brother, though your hatred
of them is clear  "Arrogant Nigerians", "Prodigal African brothers",
You can always bash, but why claim what you aren't.

Quote:

>The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
>wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
>lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
>arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
>winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
>such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
>common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
>inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

>From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
>every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
>they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
>gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
>Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
>trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
>try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
>your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
>do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
>swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
>at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
>compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
>goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

>And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
>honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
>beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
>easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
>another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
>Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
>in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
>biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

>Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
>'82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
>and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
>intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
>goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
>the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
>were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
>embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
>some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
>would make nice runs.

>There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
>good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
>and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
>disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
>lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
>lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
>couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
>palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
>prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

>As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
>isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
>attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
>that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
>and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
>before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
>behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
>hope for the team.

>The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
>especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
>I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

>Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
>will do better.

>I feel better now.

>Salaam Yitbarek


 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by A Brigg » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

What the *** have you been talking about! Are you some Anti-Nigerian
***!!??? Get your ***ing facts straight your idiot! Ever since Bora
took over the players have not been overconfident. Then you go compare Kanu
( who plays for Inter Milan & is still not 100% for heart surgery) to
Maradonna?! Who ever said he was as good as Maradonna. You are really
something I have never encountered a person as arrogant as YOU. You go
around bashing them for no reason, moreover you come up with your B.S.
theories about how Nigerians play! No one can deny the Nigeria is one of the
most *talented* teams in the World Cup.

Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek


 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by A Brigg » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

What the *** have you been talking about! Are you some Anti-Nigerian
***!!??? Get your ***ing facts straight your idiot! Ever since Bora
took over the players have not been overconfident. Then you go compare Kanu
( who plays for Inter Milan & is still not 100% for heart surgery) to
Maradonna?! Who ever said he was as good as Maradonna. You are really
something I have never encountered a person as arrogant as YOU. You go
around bashing them for no reason, moreover you come up with your B.S.
theories about how Nigerians play! No one can deny the Nigeria is one of the
most *talented* teams in the World Cup.

Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by A Brigg » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

What the *** have you been talking about! Are you some Anti-Nigerian
***!!??? Get your ***ing facts straight your idiot! Ever since Bora
took over the players have not been overconfident. Then you go compare Kanu
( who plays for Inter Milan & is still not 100% for heart surgery) to
Maradonna?! Who ever said he was as good as Maradonna. You are really
something I have never encountered a person as arrogant as YOU. You go
around bashing them for no reason, moreover you come up with your B.S.
theories about how Nigerians play! No one can deny the Nigeria is one of the
most *talented* teams in the World Cup.

Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by A Brigg » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

What the *** have you been talking about! Are you some Anti-Nigerian
***!!??? Get your ***ing facts straight your idiot! Ever since Bora
took over the players have not been overconfident. Then you go compare Kanu
( who plays for Inter Milan & is still not 100% for heart surgery) to
Maradonna?! Who ever said he was as good as Maradonna. You are really
something I have never encountered a person as arrogant as YOU. You go
around bashing them for no reason, moreover you come up with your B.S.
theories about how Nigerians play! No one can deny the Nigeria is one of the
most *talented* teams in the World Cup.

Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by A Brigg » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

What the *** have you been talking about! Are you some Anti-Nigerian
***!!??? Get your ***ing facts straight your idiot! Ever since Bora
took over the players have not been overconfident. Then you go compare Kanu
( who plays for Inter Milan & is still not 100% for heart surgery) to
Maradonna?! Who ever said he was as good as Maradonna. You are really
something I have never encountered a person as arrogant as YOU. You go
around bashing them for no reason, moreover you come up with your B.S.
theories about how Nigerians play! No one can deny the Nigeria is one of the
most *talented* teams in the World Cup.

Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.  They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by Tcha » Mon, 22 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
>wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
>lesson.  
>From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
>every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
>they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
>gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
>Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
>trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to

[snip of some bogus anti-Okocha rhetoric]

Evidentally you watched a different game than the rest of us.  Okocha
may not be perfect but he made many good plays.

Quote:
>And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
>honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
>beautiful play for Ajax.

So what exactly are you trying to say about Nigerians?

Quote:
> I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
>lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
>couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
>palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
>prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

You can start by acknowledging that losing to Germany or Italy is not
a bad thing since those countries have 2 of the best leagues in the
world.   Then you can look at the positives and build on that.
Finally, you can move to Lagos (or Ibadan), apply for citizenship,
then play for the Eagles.

T

Ghana WC02 Champions!

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by John Bowma » Mon, 22 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
>'82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
>and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
>intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
>goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
>the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
>were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
>embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
>some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
>would make nice runs.

Hang on!  I agree that Socrates, Falcao, Zico et al were a wonderful team
but your argument is somewhat undermined by the fact that they failed to
account for one Paolo Rossi in '82.  Beautiful football or not, it still all
boils down to scoring more goals than your opponents.

John

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by SuperEa » Mon, 22 Jun 1998 04:00:00


writes:

 {stuff about Nigerian players deleted}

Quote:

>Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
>will do better.

>I feel better now.

>Salaam Yitbarek

Im tempted toagree with you that the Nigerians were overcallous, but Ithink you
are over emphasizing this , and maybe the word "arrogant " is not the
approrpiate word to use since you dont know exactly whats going on in the minds
of these players. I guess its just your impression of what happened on the
field, If I were you i will sate that in your commentary, you make it sound
like you interviewed the players afterwards and they displayed arrogance. I
understand your points and Nigerians in general were a little dissapointed in
the way the team scored just one goal. Having said that , I think you are a
little harsh and you are blowing this out of proportion

Thank you

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by Patrick Ton » Mon, 22 Jun 1998 04:00:00

And I thought soccer was about world peace. Man have I been kidding myself.

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by ogog.. » Tue, 23 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

Inferiority complex? Where does that come into this? It seems you are the one
with the inferiority complex. BTW, why are you so interested in patronizing
Naija football? Where are you from?

Quote:

> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
> beautiful play for Ajax.

You are a fool for posting this. Really.

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

> Mind you, I'm all for tricks and relaxed and beautiful football.  Brazil
> '82 are one of my favourite teams of all time.  But when they got ahead
> and wanted to show off, they did it properly, that is, with some
> intelligence.  They would play one-touch and try to score beautiful
> goals with a series of one-touch moves, and a midfielder running in at
> the end for the final touch.  When they tried to dribble by people and
> were stopped, they wouldn't just stand their and soak up their
> embarrassment--they would try to get the ball back so that they could do
> some more showing off.  They would move forward with the ball and people
> would make nice runs.

> There was none of that from Nigeria.  The Nigerian definition of looking
> good seems to be standing still with the ball and looking disinterested,
> and occasionally giving the other team the ball.  Ah, it was a
> disgusting display.  I won't bother saying that I hope they are taught a
> lesson.  I know they will lose eventually to Italy or Germany, or even a
> lesser team.  And then they will say that they played better but
> couldn't finish or something silly like that, and go back to their
> palaces in Lagos.  Sigh!  But I'll probably still be cheering for my
> prodigal African brothers.  What can I do?!

> As for specific players in the team, Ikpeba is the man.  His talent
> isn't great--he is not natural with the ball, but self-taught.  But his
> attitude is excellent.  I like that he once said Nigeria lacks the guts
> that Cameroon have, and that he criticised his team for poor preparation
> and scolded the "mafia" clique of players in the team just one week
> before the WC.  That he still started for Nigeria in spite of such
> behaviour is a sign that the mafia is not very strong, and that there is
> hope for the team.

> The two left-sided players--Babayaro and Lawal--played very well, too,
> especially Babayaro.  Amokachi, Ikpeba, and Yekini played alright, too.
> I am still in shock over Yekini's good play in this tournament.

> Good that Uche is out.  Maybe a youngster without such a swollen head
> will do better.

> I feel better now.

> Salaam Yitbarek

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Arrogant Nigerians

Post by mmcdo » Wed, 24 Jun 1998 04:00:00

{snip pile of crap}

Nigeria are easily the most entertaining team in the World cup and I hope
they win it.
Is mise le meas
Brian

 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by SuperEa » Wed, 24 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:



>> The Nigerians had me, a dedicated supporter of all African teams,
>> wishing Bulgaria would score in the last minute to teach them a good
>> lesson.  And they almost did!  There are few things more unsightly than
>> arrogance without substance.  The Nigerians have never got close to
>> winning a World Cup.  In fact, this is only their second one.  How can
>> such non-achievers be so arrogant?  Perhaps they are simply displaying a
>> common trait of upstarts--a fear that comes from lack of confidence and
>> inferiority complex, that is masked by an outward show of bravado.

>> From the start of the match, it was clear that Nigeria would dominate in
>> every aspect.  But they insisted on being nonchalant and looking as if
>> they did not want to be playing.  A good example of this is Okocha.  He
>> gave the ball away at least ten times without being rushed (the
>> Nigerians were given plenty of time on the ball).  And he still kept
>> trying some untidy tricks that were never going to work.  It's okay to
>> try a trick or two, even if you're being, IMHO, but if it doesn't work,
>> your opponent has shown you up, and you should not try it again.  If you
>> do, it better work.  What was that one Okocha messed up, only to have a
>> swing at the deflected ball?  A real classy player would be embarrassed
>> at having tried something and having it look so ugly, and then
>> compounding the embarrassment by shooting an ugly shot wide of the
>> goal.  But not Okocha--he just kept on trying to dribble past people.

>> And how about Kanu and Finidi, two players that I had awarded the
>> honorary title of non-Nigerian because of their intelligent and
>> beautiful play for Ajax.

>> They got into the act, too.  Kanu beats a man
>> easily on the wing, as is his habit, and then he stupidly tries to beat
>> another when it was just not on.  The way the defender was positioned,
>> Maradona wouldn't have tried to do that.  And Finidi looked like he was
>> in a trance in the second half.  Next to Okocha, he was the second
>> biggest black hole in the Nigerian team.

So far the way it stands, Nigeria is the only team making Africa look
respectable , Id rather you show respect and communicate your feelings to the
Nigerian organizers or better yet work with your national team to make them
look good, instead of hacking down the African banner carrier, frankly im
disappointed with this post
 
 
 

Arrogant Nigerians

Post by Mario Tregli » Thu, 25 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


<SNIPPED>

> So far the way it stands, Nigeria is the only team making Africa look
> respectable , Id rather you show respect and communicate your feelings to the
> Nigerian organizers or better yet work with your national team to make them
> look good, instead of hacking down the African banner carrier, frankly im
> disappointed with this post

Last week, an English commentarist refered to Brazilian football
as "arrogant but pleasant to watch", which makes me wonder what
people mean by *arrogant*?
Nigerians are playing their football and are winning, I can't see
what arrogance has to do with anything, geeeez...

peace

Mario Treglia
Tokyo/JAPAN