The Danger Of God In Soccer
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When it comes to Religion, nobody does it better than Nigerians. We love our Religion and we carry it everywhere we go … work, in the airplane, in school, everywhere, even overseas … which brings me to the 2015 Womens World Cup taking place in Canada.
Meet Super Falcons Coach Mr.Edwin Okon who was asked a series of soccer questions including tactical at a press conference right before Nigeria played Australia at the competition. Here are the questions and here are his answers…
Journalist 1: “Coach, Australia and a lot of teams have referred to Nigeria as unpredictable. How do you feel about that tag?”
Coach Okon: “yes, Nobody can predict the Nigerian team. Only one man up there can predict the team of Nigeria, which is the almighty God. He is in charge of our team…That is Nigerian team for you because they are fully determined and fully equipped with the power of the Almighty Father.”
Coach Okon continues: “In Nigeria, once we add God to anything, we are very serious about it and we don’t joke with it once the name of God is mentioned”
On Australia the team…
Coach Okon: “The battle is 50-50 and whoever the father God wants to come up to that level (will win) and I know we Nigerians are looking forward to that victory come tomorrow.”
On the table with Coach Okon on that day was Super Falcons attacker Francisca Ordega, asked to preview her team’s match against Australia she responded: “We are gonna make our nation proud. We are preparing very well and we believe with God on our side, we’re gonna make it happen tomorrow!”
Nigeria lost that mach 2-0 as they were outplayed by Australia! The Super Falcons subsequently lost the next match to USA 1-0 and thus crashed out of the Women’s world cup. Coach Okon was relieved of his Pastorial I mean coaching duties after the tournament.
But I bet if you ask him why he was fired, he would say something like: “Only God knows why!” But we all know why!
Its because he like so many other Nigerians fail to grasp the concept of God.
The truth is that God is not Nigerian, God does not belong to us, Not every battle is a spiritual battle and God does not give you life credits every time you call or mention his name in public! So when it comes to issues like soccer that require hard-work, skills,intelligence and battles that are not against spiritual-forces-of-the-under-world let’s try to leave God out of it and focus on the core things that will make us successful!
Interview Data pulled from July 6, 2015 TELL Magazine Oped by Anthony Akaeze