7 Minutes with China: When a trophy or two counts for nothing



Nigeria's Super Eagles will for the first time go to the World Cup with more joyful stories coming out of the camp of the team than negative and this is a good thing, no doubt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       First, there was no crises concerning money and most of all the jerseys got the whole world talking with the universe agreeing with one voice that the Eagles had won the jersey World Cup.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The jerseys sold out in record time and there were photos on social media of people who had no links with Nigeria buying it because of its beauty and that was also a good thing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nigeria had won that World Cup, the jersey World Cup. It was not just the jersey that wowed the world but the attire of the team as they arrived in Russia for the mundial.                                                                                                                                          Again the World held hands, sang kumbaya and declared Nigeria to be the best dressed team out of the 32 and did we deserve it?                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think we did, but that was not all, was it? Another noticeable trend was that of the official Super Eagles song for the World Cup. Every time the team has a World Cup to play, there will be a theme song but this time, there has been more than one theme song.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        First, I heard a song titled Issa goal and in it were the voices of Naira Marley, Olamide and Lil Kesh. Was it a theme song for the Eagles as they prepared for the World Cup? Yes it was. Dedicated to the Super Eagles as they headed to the World Cup. Then I attended the Pitch awards in Port Harcourt where they introduced the artiste, Maleke who did a rendition of his song, Victory Song. They called it the official theme song of the Super Eagles and it did not sound too bad, in fact I loved it immediately.                                                                                                                                                            A week before the World Cup kicked off, there was a launch party for another theme song for the Super Eagles by Olamide and Phyno titled, Dem go Chop am. This one was sponsored, I think, by AITEO and was declared as the official Super Eagles World Cup song.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A few days later there was another by Adekunle Gold and Mayorkun titled the Believe Anthem. Do not forget that Tony One Week had already released a theme song for the World Cup and there was the regular Austino Milado Dodorima remix getting rotation on radio.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When you have as many as five theme or official songs for the World Cup based around one team it certainly means interest in the team is high and this is good for the Eagles that the entertainment world have decided to be part of what they are doing.                                           
The jerseys were embraced by Nigerians and non Nigerians alike
                                                                                          One can easily say Nigeria have won the jersey World Cup, the dressing World Cup and the theme song World Cup but what will it profit us if we win all these “meaningless” World Cups and are disgraced out of the real one?                                                                                                                    As much as what has happened with the jerseys, dressing and theme songs are good for the image of the team, I want to believe Gernot Rohr and his charges know the real World Cup starts on Saturday against Croatia. Watching Egypt and Morocco lose on Friday to added time goals should only just tell the Eagles that a football match is not played for 90 minutes but for how long the referee wants it to last before he ends it with his whistle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The confidence of Nigerian fans towards the team dipped after the last four friendly matches before the World Cup and the injury concerns regarding Leon Balogun has not in any way helped matters.                                                                                                                                                          Whatever Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles plan to do tomorrow, they should know that losing is not an option.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If  the Super Eagles are disgraced out of the World Cup, the world will quickly forget the beauty of the football jerseys. It is always good to start your World Cup campaign on a high.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The ball is in the court of the Super Eagles. let’s forget the pre- World Cup trophies we have already won and face the real thing.                                                                                                                                                                                                    #SoarSuperEagles


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