The Danger Of God In Soccer

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Untitled51When 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

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10 comments on “The Danger Of God In Soccer

  1. Seyi on said:

    Well religion is a way of life, it’s encompasses every aspect of your life. It’s not something you do at a particular time on a particular day of the day, leave and do something else until that day again. Asides that your article is spot on. It’s as if people forgets that God loves us all and helps those who help themselves. For him to multiply your efforts there must be an effort and he does uplifts the humble. During Nysc camp, I was part of the volleyball team and we were playing well but people kept on telling us that Platoon 9 is good and that they’ll be the winner. I got scared and prayed that they should lose but no they didn’t 😀 and we had to play against them for the cup! We were scared, short and slim to their own tall and big. They looked like they had more strength and we heard that they had better players than us and mad services that couldn’t be returned. We prayed and planned our strategy accordingly to the information. We placed our best players in front so that they can have longer control with the ball when it’s their turn to serve, we all worked together as a team, knew each others weaknesses and how to help. The other team relied on their brute force and on the praises heaped on them prior to the match. Once we got control of the ball they lost their bravado and all their lapses showed. They didn’t work as a team, they chastised each other for each failure thereby weakening the morale of each other. Needless to say that we won and attributed the glory to God. He helped but in the face of our hard work. If we had relented while still calling on him He’ll just say ‘look atew’ and give it to the better team. Long comment smh

  2. “God does not give you life credits any time you call his name in public.” Nigerians do not know that one oh. That particular sentence should be on banners everywhere so people can get their head straight.

  3. Sometimes, we out-source to God that which He has already given us answers for!

    We have been blessed with a brain, where the seat of knowledge resides; yet we expect God to come down, retrieve that knowledge and invent answers for us…answers that already dwell within!
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  4. Quinn on said:

    Now I don’t know much about cars but God is like the water you put in a car’s radiator, the car will work well but you need to add water to keep it going. We have brains and capabilities we all have to work hard and this is an irreplaceable criteria for success. God has given us abilities but God is a spiritual being on a spiritual plane. we here on the physical our practically on our own, though God is still undeniably of profound importance but let’s not allow our dependence on him to impede hardwork. In my school some people don’t read and they pray for a pass mark…ha bah naw. how e wan happen?

  5. Quinn on said:

    Hahaha. i imagine the look on God’s face whenever a Nigerian calls his name
    .Now I don’t know much about cars but God is like the water you put in a car’s radiator, the car will work well but you need to add water to keep it going. We have brains and capabilities we all have to work hard and this is an irreplaceable criteria for success. God has given us abilities but God is a spiritual being on a spiritual plane. we here on the physical our practically on our own, though God is still undeniably of profound importance but let’s not allow our dependence on him to impede hardwork. In my school some people don’t read and they pray for a pass mark…ha bah naw. how e wan happen? Apart from The Vice President there should be a NPC- a national Pastor’s commission.

  6. Quinn on said:

    Hahaha. i imagine the look on God’s face whenever a Nigerian calls his name
    .Now I don’t know much about cars but God is like the water you put in a car’s radiator, the car will work well but you need to add water to keep it going (stupid analogy). We have brains and capabilities we all have to work hard and this is an irreplaceable criteria for success. God has given us abilities but God is a spiritual being on a spiritual plane. we here on the physical our practically on our own, though God is still undeniably of profound importance but let’s not allow our dependence on him to impede hardwork. In my school some people don’t read and they pray for a pass mark…ha bah naw. how e wan happen? Apart from The Vice President there should be a NPC- a national Pastor’s commission.

  7. Nonso on said:

    Win or lose, Nigerian football teams will always call on God. This does not mean that they do not put in the hard work, it is more of a ritual or a culture I’d say.

    Examples of top performing football players that call on God are abound in European football leagues.

    Even the country that Nigerians are too quick to refer to, the USA, is also quick to call on God: ‘God’s Own Country’, ‘God Bless America’ are a few on the phrases we hear quite often.

    Leave Nigerians to their God jare!

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